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Joey Barton criticised by Paris Saint-Germain for ladyboy tweets aimed at Thiago Silva

PSG blast Marseille's Barton for 'ladyboy' tweets aimed at Brazilian defender Silva

James Cann, Press Association


20:13 GMT, 3 April 2013



20:13 GMT, 3 April 2013

Paris Saint-Germain have criticised Joey Barton after the Marseille midfielder used social networking website Twitter to liken Thiago Silva to an 'overweight ladyboy'.

In a series of tweets published through his official account, the on-loan QPR player questioned whether Brazilian defender Silva was 'pre-op or post-op' and demanded an explanation why the 28-year-old had mentioned him in his pre-match press conference ahead of last night's Champions League quarter-final with Barcelona.

The Ligue 1 leaders tonight expressed their unhappiness with Barton's 'unacceptable remarks' and threatened to “take action” against the former England international.

Immense: Thiago Silva (right) played against Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday

Immense: Thiago Silva (right) played against Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday

A statement published on psg.fr read: 'In the last few hours, on social networks, unacceptable remarks have been made by Olympique Marseille player Joey Barton against Paris St Germain player Thiago Silva.

'These attacks are serious and go beyond mere verbal jousting. The directors of the club, the players and the coaching staff are supportive of Thiago Silva and cannot accept such statements.

'They reaffirm their unwavering commitment to the values of respect that should govern our sport.

'Thiago Silva and Paris St Germain reserve the right to take any action they deem necessary.'

PSG have taken issue with a series of tweets against the player which began to appear on Barton's account from yesterday afternoon.

Barton originally tweeted: 'Thiago Silva. That the same p**** thats been injured all season. Another over rated Brazilian. Sort your hamstrings out FatBoy…'

Blast: PSG have criticised the Marseille midfielder (right) for his tweets about their defender

Blast: PSG have criticised the Marseille midfielder (right) for his tweets about their defender

Joey Barton

Thiago Silva

Leap: Barton (left) demanded to know why Silva was discussing him in his pre-match press conference

The Liverpudlian was responding negatively to comments from Silva ahead of last night's game at the Parc des Princes, which finished 2-2 ahead of next week's second leg at the Nou Camp.

He continued tweeting during the game, adding: 'Have to take back what I said about Thiago Silva being over rated today. Been immense tonight. Still looks like a overweight ladyboy though!

'2 questions for Thiago Silva. Firstly, Why are YOU talking about ME, in your press conference before PSG v Barca Very strange.

'Secondly, Are you Pre-Op or Post-Op #transsexual #thiagosaladyboy

'Baffles me, which way he's going. Is he a man changing to a woman or a woman changing to a man Can't work it out.'

Inflammatory: Barton took to Twitter to slate the PSG defender

Inflammatory: Barton took to Twitter to slate the PSG defender

Speaking to L'Equipe on Monday, Silva had said: 'There is a Marseille player, I cannot remember his name, an Englishman, who has said bad things about Neymar and Brazilian football, and also about (David) Beckham and (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic.

'Because no one is talking about him, it seems it is fun for him to criticise great players for people to know he exists.'

League One round-up: Swindon go top but Fabrizio Piccareta says he will resign in the morning

Piccareta claims he and Swindon's backroom staff will resign on Wednesday despite Robins going top


22:38 GMT, 19 February 2013



23:22 GMT, 19 February 2013

Swindon assistant manager Fabrizio Piccareta claimed the club's backroom staff were all set to resign in the morning despite a 3-1 victory over Tranmere taking them to the top of League One.

Manager Paolo Di Canio quit yesterday citing off-field problems at the club and Piccareta revealed after the victory at Prenton Park the technical staff would follow suit.

Piccareta, who was put in charge for the trip to Tranmere, was adamant it would be his final game.

Going: Swindon beat Tranmere 3-1 but Fabrizio Piccareta will resign tomorrow

Going: Swindon beat Tranmere 3-1 but Fabrizio Piccareta will resign tomorrow

'After this game, this fantastic game
that everyone has witnessed, I want to tell you that this is our last
game as technical staff of this football club,' said Piccareta

'I want to highlight one thing. This
achievement that this fantastic team got tonight, so top of the league
and this victory has a name, and a surname and that is Paolo Di Canio.

'People must know that yesterday he
released a statement at 7pm, but until 5pm yesterday afternoon we were
together preparing for this game as usual, in the best professional way.

'And I just spoke to Paolo because he
just rang me to congratulate us and the players because he is absolutely
happy of what his team has achieved.'

Slow start: All the goals came in the second half at Prenton Park

Slow start: All the goals came in the second half at Prenton Park

He added: 'From tomorrow, I don't know what is
going on with Swindon Town Football Club but this was a very important
moment to say thanks to the Swindon Town fans that are amazing.

'Tomorrow morning we will resign
because we are here for Paolo Di Canio and we will follow Paolo Di Canio
everywhere. Even if he will coach Real Madrid or Luton Town.'

All the goals came in the second half at Prenton Park.

James Collins hit a fierce long-range opener for the Robins (48) with Gary Roberts (71) firing into the top left-hand corner of the goal from 25 yards to double the lead.

Gone: Paulo Di Canio resigned as Swindon Town manager on Monday

Gone: Paulo Di Canio resigned as Swindon Town manager on Monday

Tranmere pulled one back seven minutes later when Donervon Daniels slotted home from close range but any hopes of a comeback were dashed by Roberts' stunning long-range strike at the death.

In the other League One match, Oldham climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win at Stevenage.

James Dunne gave Stevenage a ninth-minute lead but the Latics hit back through Dean Furman (46) and a James Tarkowski header (60).

Everton"s 8.6m Leroy Fer deal in jeopardy

Everton's 8.6m Fer deal in jeopardy after medical reveals knee injury problems

Dominic King


22:27 GMT, 29 January 2013



22:56 GMT, 29 January 2013

Everton's bid to sign Leroy Fer has been plunged into doubt after a problem emerged following the midfielder's medical.

The Holland international had been on the brink of becoming David Moyes' first January signing after he flew in from Rotterdam on Monday night but significant doubts emerged yesterday following stringent tests at the club's Finch Farm training base.

It prompted Everton to enter into further negotiations with FC Twente over the structure of the 8.6million deal, given that Fer had serious knee injury last year, but the Dutch club are unhappy with what has been offered

On the rocks: Fer had flown in to complete his deal, which has hit a snag

On the rocks: Fer had flown in to complete his deal, which has hit a snag

Chairman Joop Munsterman said:
'Everton have demanded additional conditions for the transfer of Leroy.
They want to pay in separate instalments. We can't agree with that. We
need to buy a replacement.'

Everton remained tight-lipped over the
problem but there is no question that David Moyes is still eager to
bring the highly-rated Fer to Goodison Park, if negotiations can be
completed to their satisfaction.

Fer, who had travelled to Merseyside
with his girlfriend Xenia and agent, Rob Jansen, had been shown around
Finch Farm yesterday and had made a positive impression on all those
with whom he had dealings. He had also agreed a four-and-a-half year

So highly thought of is the
23-year-old in Holland that he is expected to star his country's next
friendly in midfield ahead of Wesley Sneijder and Rafa van der Vaart, as
Louis van Gaal picks a squad for the 2014 World Cup.

Moyes was reticent to talk about Fer
at his press conference yesterday afternoon but the most telling thing
he said was describing suggestions the 23-year-old was being brought in
to replace Marouane Fellaini as 'a load of tosh'.

Fellaini's future has been a source of great speculation but Moyes has no intentions of selling the influential Belgian.

Moyes, whose side face West Brom at
Goodison Park tonight, said: ‘I read something like that (about Fellaini
being sold) and that is the biggest load of tosh i have heard.

Down and out Fer's move could be off

Down and out Fer's move could be off

'That is nonsense whoever wrote or
said it. They are different types of players. No, that is not the reason
for bringing (Fer) in, that is for sure.’

Everton’s squad has been hit by
injuries to key figures in recent weeks and, aware that sustaining any
more would prove detrimental to what has been an encouraging season,
Moyes admitted freshening his group up during the window was vital.

Explaining why he moved for Fer, Moyes
said: 'I felt that we are in a really strong position and could we try
and strengthen that position and stay there if we can.

'I would hate to look back and think i
hadn't given that a go or made any attempt to do that. The squad needs
help. I think the squad has done brilliant to get where it has got but
it could do with one or two additions.'

Kevin Kilbane column: Media work brings different pressure and nerves to playing

Media work isn't as nerve-racking as making your debut as a player… but it's not far off



00:41 GMT, 15 December 2012

I played at Everton for three years and made more than 100 appearances for David Moyes.

I’ve lost count of the number of games I have watched at Goodison Park as a player, spectator and a pundit.

Last Sunday, just a day after finally announcing my retirement, I walked into the ground in my new job. And with that came an entirely different pressure, and plenty of nerves. Not as bad as making your debut as a player, but pretty close.

New pressure: Kevin Kilbane says life as a pundit will bring different stresses

New pressure: Kevin Kilbane says life as a pundit will bring different stresses

I’ve worked with BBC Five Live and Newstalk as co-commentator while still playing and always enjoyed it, it’s one of the reasons I’m happy with the choice of new career.

For the record I don’t see the career taking me to Limerick as manager just yet. I’ve always said I wouldn’t rule out a return to coaching but when I landed in Dublin yesterday to read about my pending appointment at Jackman Park, it was as much of a surprise to me as everyone else.

The club did make contact for the first time yesterday afternoon and I wouldn’t rule out talking to them in the future, if they are serious.

As a player, as soon as you put down the headphones and head home, you start worrying about the day job and training on Monday morning. That security was gone now.

I love watching football – I was at Preston North End v Crewe Alexandra on Saturday just to see my old club – and I’ve always analysed games the same way, and want to put that over in the commentaries.

Particularly at Hull last season I started to really study the opposition and analyse formations, teams and players, so I’ll use that as the basis of the information I’ll bring to the listeners.

I’ve always tried to be honest, but of course, while still a player yourself, at the back of your mind is the fact you might say something that might upset a former team-mate or fellow professional. I’m not going to go daft and say things for the sake of it but I’ll say it as I see it.

In attendance: Kilbane was at Goodison to see Everton score a late winner and beat Tottenham 2-1

In attendance: Kilbane was at Goodison to see Everton score a late winner and beat Tottenham 2-1

The reaction to last week’s announcement has really surprised me, and fans from all the clubs I’ve played for, and from Ireland, have said some very nice things.

There have been one or two less favourable ones and my personal favourite was a tweet from a Sunderland fan who said 'I thought he retired when he was playing for us.'

Yes. I’m on Twitter, and the first week has certainly been interesting.

I know a lot of players use it now but I was never really comfortable joining while I was still a professional footballer representing a football club.

While I will still be careful about what I say, and won’t be using it to provoke furious debate, I am freer now to express my views and enjoy it.

It’s really nice to interact with fans and answer their questions, send on any retweet requests, and pass on any little tips. Just don’t be fooled by this week’s success!

I can use it to raise the awareness of the Downs Syndrome Association and without Twitter I might not have found out about the campaign to save Preston Bus Station. It’s part of my childhood (is it right for a man to be proud of his town’s bus station). They can’t knock it down.

Whatever apprehensions I had about hanging up the boots disappeared the moment it was out. Finally I could answer questions about my future and look forward to that first game at Everton.

Good times: The Irish international retired from football last week

Good times: The Irish international retired from football last week

And since then the phone hasn’t stopped. It’s been incredible really, and of course I know it will calm down, but the offers of work have naturally been very welcome.

I was asked to stand in at the last minute for Question of Sport. And bumped into Robbie Savage as he left following the first recording. 'They let any old riff-raff in here.' Yes, Robbie Savage.

Played on Phil Tufnell’s team and met Irish champion jockey Richard Hughes, which was a real honour. I had to put our snap on Twitter.

If there’s one commitment I am nervous about, it’s my first appearance on The Late Late Show. It’s an Irish institution. And just to put my mind at rest the fellow guests are Dohmnall Gleeson, The Dubliners, Catherine Jenkins and Billy Connolly.

I do keep asking myself what I’m doing there.

Coleman's coming through

Everton reserves manager Alan Stubbs first brought Seamus Coleman to my attention.

He’d just signed from Sligo Rovers and Stubbsy mentioned him because he liked the look of him straight away and he looked like he was going to become a good footballer.

So I kept an eye on him and I know he was an integral part of the Blackpool team which gained promotion.

They wanted to sign him permanently but David Moyes recognised that loan spell was an important part of his progression and he had plans for him at Everton.

In his first season he mainly played in midfield but for the last two has been competing with Tony Hibbert for the right-back slot.

Tony is a very good defender, and not much gets past him, but doesn’t give as much as Seamus going forward.

Impressed: Kilbane rates Seamus Coleman and is pleased with his progress

Impressed: Kilbane rates Seamus Coleman and is pleased with his progress

Tony’s injury has given Seamus his chance, which he has really grasped. He was excellent against Tottenham last week and you can see his defensive game is improving. He has made mistakes but the good thing is, you can see he is learning from them.

I really believe that Seamus’s long overdue regular place in the Republic of Ireland team is behind his form this season.

It should have happened two years ago but now he is established in the squad, he has grown in confidence.

He could have gone the other way after missing out on the Euro finals, and I know that must have hurt him. How many players get the hump and don’t make themselves available You have to earn the right to play for your country.

Seamus has been on the peripherary but always made himself available, turned up when selected, not moaned when he hasn’t played. He just wants to play for Ireland.

He’s turned up, worked hard, played well for his club and got his call-ups. His performances can only be good news for Ireland, Everton and Seamus.

My part in Arsenal’s downfall

I got a text message from my former Hull team-mate Matt Duke on Tuesday, wishing me all the best for retirement.

I asked what he was up to and he texted: 'All good, got a game against Arsenal tonight.’

Clearly it inspired Matt to his heroics in the penalty shoot-out Capital One Cup win over The Gunners.

Matt, who’s now coaching at Bradford too, has fought back from testicular cancer, and his harsh release from Hull in the summer of 2011.

And I can’t think of many lads who deserve a night to cherish for the rest of his life as much as Dukes.

Kevin Kilbane is a columnist for The Irish Daily Mail

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants his team to aim higher than fourth

We can do better than fourth! Liverpool manager Rodgers wants his team to aim high after their recent form



22:33 GMT, 14 December 2012

Brendan Rodgers has told Liverpool’s players aiming for fourth place is not good enough – and urged them to believe they can climb even higher.

Talk of Liverpool challenging for a Champions League spot two months ago would have been swiftly dismissed but an improved run of form in recent weeks has left them four points behind Everton.

Rodgers gathered his squad together before training at the club’s Melwood retreat yesterday morning and reminded them what could be achieved in the coming months if they can maintain a high level of consistency.

Braving the cold: Liverpool's recent form has pleased Rodgers

Braving the cold: Liverpool's recent form has pleased Rodgers

Liverpool entertain Aston Villa today before facing Fulham, Stoke and Queens Park Rangers and Rodgers wants to see his side take advantage of inviting opportunity.

When asked if he felt fourth spot was up for grabs, Rodgers replied: ‘So is third. So is second and maybe even first. I said to the players this morning that everyone talks about fourth place.

‘But what about third We are 11 points off second; we have still to play Manchester City and we should have beaten them at home.

‘If we get a run of games and keep our mentality and focus then it is not fourth we want to aim for. You want to aim as high as you possibly can.’

Moving on up: Liverpool won 3-2 at West Ham last weekend and have only lost one of their last 10 matches

Moving on up: Liverpool won 3-2 at West Ham last weekend and have only lost one of their last 10 matches

Liverpool have not finished in the Champions League positions since 2009, which Rodgers acknowledged adding: ‘Of course, when the club has been out of top four for so long, that is the ultimate ambition to be in there.

‘We just need to focus on our work, tactically prepare the team, keep confidence high and keep as many players available as we can in order to get results. If we continue to do that through to January we will be in a good place in the second half of the season.’

Rodgers, meanwhile, has not given Stewart Downing any public assurances about his future ahead of his reunion with Villa. The England winger is expected to fill in at left-back today in the absence of the injured Jose Enrique but will be allowed to move in January if the right offer comes in.

‘Stewart is very low maintenance,’ said Rodgers. ‘He is a good man, an experienced player and he wants to play. I have got good communication with him and all the players. I constantly speak with them and that is important because they want to know where he stands and where he is at.’

England beat India by 10 wickets in second Test: Report

Cook and Compton see England home after spin twins set up Test win in Mumbai



06:06 GMT, 26 November 2012

England raced to a famous 10-wicket win over India in the second Test this morning, after Monty Panesar finished with a career-best match haul of 11 for 210.

The tourists' series-levelling victory was achieved principally on the back of Kevin Pietersen and captain Alastair Cook's wonderful first-innings centuries yesterday.

Today, they merely had to complete an apparently straightforward task – and duly did so with the minimum of fuss at the Wankhede Stadium.

Panesar recorded innings figures of six for 81 as he and Graeme Swann accounted for 19 of the 20 home wickets to fall and India mustered just 142 all out on this spinners' pitch.

Beginning 31 runs in front and with just three wickets remaining on day four, India had to believe opener Gautam Gambhir (65) could somehow inspire enough resistance to set England an awkward total.

It was an unlikely scenario, and one which proved beyond him.

Professional job: Alastair Cook saw England home to victory

Professional job: Alastair Cook saw England home to victory

Harbhajan Singh made his intentions clear from the first ball of the morning, clubbing Panesar for four high over mid-off in an over which cost 10 runs.

But Swann (four for 43) made short work of the tailender at the other end, finding extra bounce with an off-break to take the glove for a neat catch by Jonathan Trott away to his left at slip after Harbhajan shaped to cut.

Positive play: Nick Compton made 30 not out as England won on day four

Positive play: Nick Compton made 30 not out as England won on day four

Zaheer Khan also tried to slog India into more credit, but managed only a single before his sweep at Panesar resulted in a gentle skier safely held by wicketkeeper Matt Prior.

Number 11 Pragyan Ojha then appeared to have made contact with his bat, for a catch at short-leg, off Panesar.

But umpire Aleem Dar's agreement about that was required to close the India innings, and it was not forthcoming.

Jumping for joy: Monty Panesar was a key bowler for England taking 11 wickets in the game

Jumping for joy: Monty Panesar was a key bowler for England taking 11 wickets in the game

It was not a decision which looked likely to be significant, and so it proved as India could add only another six runs before Gambhir fell to another dubious call – this time from Tony Hill – when there was a suspicion of inside-edge about his lbw dismissal.

There were no complaints from England, of course, and fewer still after Cook and Nick Compton passed their target of just 57 well before lunch in under 10 overs.

Doing his bit: Graeme Swann helped clean up the India tail on day four

Doing his bit: Graeme Swann helped clean up the India tail on day four

The tourists therefore surpassed India's nine-wicket margin of victory from the first Test, and will head for the third in Kolkata with renewed confidence that they can after all become the first Englishmen to win a series here since 1984/85.

Joe Cole comeback poor Liverpool Twitter

What HAS happened to Joe Cole He was so poor, a Liverpool fan wants him replaced… with a shopping trolley!



10:51 GMT, 1 November 2012

Yet another comeback from Joe Cole ended in disappointment and the Liverpool midfielder left Anfield after a 3-1 Capital One Cup exit to Swansea with manager Brendan Rodgers less than impressed.

The former England international, who turns 31 next week, made his first start since the Europa League qualifier against Gomel on August 2 but lasted just 45 minutes.

And Liverpool fans were quick to attack Cole on Twitter. One said he was starting a petition to replace Cole in the team with an 'upside down shopping trolley.' Another said he could not imagine a worse performance by a Premier League footballer.

Off the pace: Cole (right) made his Liverpool comeback on Wednesday night

Off the pace: Cole (right) made his Liverpool comeback on Wednesday night

Another @jd77 Tweeted: 'Is there no way Liverpool can fine Cole 2 weeks wages for playing s**** And @LFCTransferNRS wrote: 'Cole is on 90k per week wages for THOSE kind of performances from last night. He's a real waste of money.'

Cole was trending on Twitter yesterday morning as fans attacked his performance. He was withdrawn at half-time for captain Steven Gerrard with Rodgers admitting former Swans star Joe Allen was the only midfielder to perform well in the opening 45 minutes.

Chico Flores and Nathan Dyer put the visitors 2-0 up and, although another interval substitute Luis Suarez quickly reduced the deficit, Jonathan de Guzman added a third in added time.

'The club have invested an astronomical amount of money on a talented player and Joe had the opportunity,' said Rodgers.

'He has been back fit a couple of weeks and his opportunities have been limited but you have to see.

'I thought it was difficult for him, it was too slow and it wasn't what I would expect from a team I tried to set up to be dynamic.'

Cole, signed on a free transfer from Chelsea by Roy Hodgson on wages of 100,000 a week, spent last season on loan at Lille.

He returned to Anfield this summer determined to make an impression on a manager he knew from their time together at Stamford Bridge but he is just not fitting in and further first-team chances appear slim.

Disappointed: Cole was hauled off by Rodgers at half-time

Disappointed: Cole was hauled off by Rodgers at half-time

Rodgers was unhappy with his side's first-half performance in particular and was gracious to admit his former club deserved their victory.

'I thought the best team won. We were too slow, there was no tempo in the first half,' admitted the Northern Irishman, who left south Wales to take over from Kenny Dalglish at Anfield in June.

'It is disappointing. You can only hurt (from the result) if you are the better team and I thought they were the better team.

'I am disappointed to be out of the competition but I don't think we can have any complaints.'

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup, having succeeded Rodgers, hailed the club's achievement of reaching the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time.

Marching on: Swansea progressed to the quarter-finals

Marching on: Swansea progressed to the quarter-finals

'I think we deserved the win and it is not very often you can say that as a manager playing at Anfield against Liverpool,' said the former Denmark international, whose side now have a home tie against npower Championship side Middlesbrough.

'To win at Anfield is great so maybe it is (the best performance of his short reign).

'For 80 minutes we played a really good game with some fantastic counter-attacks and it was nice to watch.

'It is the first time the club has gone so far in the competition and to be in the last eight is great.

'It is a great achievement for the squad and the fans and now we can enjoy it but not for too long because we have another big game at Chelsea.'

Ryder Cup 2012: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson battle for the record nobody wants

Tiger and Phil battle for the record nobody wants on thrilling final day at Medinah



23:16 GMT, 30 September 2012

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were battling over an unwelcome Ryder Cup record on Sunday – as the American who has suffered the most defeats in the event.

Woods suffered his third loss of the week in Saturday's fourballs alongside Steve Stricker, beaten on the 18th green by Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald.

That was the former World No 1's 17th Ryder Cup loss and at the time matched the total of Mickelson, who famously lost twice on the opening day at Oakland Hills in 2004 when paired with Woods.

Handing it to him: Tiger Woods (left) conceded the final hole against Francesco Molinari

Handing it to him: Tiger Woods (left) conceded the final hole against Francesco Molinari


Click here to read the full report from Medinah

The pair held the joint record overnight – until Mickelson was stunned on the final green by Justin Rose in the singles last night, making him top of the charts with 18 losses.

Woods has struggled here and his old coach Butch Harmon admits to being 'speechless' at some of the shots he played on Saturday.

And on Sunday, he was sent out last by captain Davis Love in the decisive singles facing Italian Francesco Molinari.

Woods had insisted he was 'absolutely' fine with Love's decision to leave him out on Saturday morning, adding: 'It was nice to be fresh, no doubt.

'This is a long grind to go all five. I've done it before and it's hard. I felt great and it was nice to kind of sleep in and get a little bit of rest.

The record nobody wants: Phil Mickelson (pictured) and Woods were battling to be the American with most losses in the Ryder Cup

The record nobody wants: Phil Mickelson (pictured) and Woods were battling to be the American with most losses in the Ryder Cup

'I watched the guys on TV and tried to get out here and watch them a little bit (but) captain says, “Hey, it's cold out here, stay inside, stay warm and be ready for your match”.'

'I put so much effort into that last match yesterday afternoon, I was pretty spent. Five matches in three days is a lot, and hey, I'm not young anymore. I'm one of the older guys.'

Asked about his form, Woods added: 'I've played well the last two afternoons and didn't get a point.

It's tough. 'I'm feeling good about my game but just, unfortunately, haven't got a point.

'I played terrible in the morning, really, really struggled. I turned around in the afternoon and we ran into a guy (Nicolas Colsaerts) who made more putts than anyone I've ever seen.'

Just didn't happen: Woods was left out on Saturday morning by Davis Love

Just didn't happen: Woods was left out on Saturday morning by Davis Love

Courtney Meppen-Walter: Manchester City star arrested over death crash

Man City starlet Meppen-Walter held by police over car crash deaths



16:30 GMT, 2 September 2012

Manchester City footballer Courtney Meppen-Walter has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after two people died in a collision on Saturday night.

The 18-year-old was arrested after a silver Mercedes and a red Nissan Micra collided in north Manchester, leaving a 32-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman dead and two teenagers, believed to be 15 and 16, with serious head injuries.

It is believed that Meppen-Walter was
driving the Mercedes. The 32-year-old man was driving the Micra with the
37-year-old woman in the front passenger seat and the two teenagers in
the back, Greater Manchester Police said.

Car smash: Meppen-Walters has been arrested following a crash

Car smash: Meppen-Walters has been arrested following a crash

A second man, aged 19, who was driving a grey Volkswagen Golf, was also arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

At around 10.15pm yesterday police were called to Bury New Road at its junction with Sherborne Street following reports of a collision.

Officers attended and the 32-year-old man and 37-year-old woman were pronounced dead at the scene while the teenagers were taken to Hope Hospital, where they remain.

A Manchester City spokeswoman said: 'It is a devastating tragedy for this family and also for the Greater Manchester community at large.

Manchester City Football Club offers its heartfelt condolences to the family and all affected by the events of yesterday evening.

'The situation is subject to an extensive investigation by Greater Manchester Police and therefore we are unable to make specific comment on the incident itself at this time.'

Sources said that Meppen-Walter, who was born in Bury, Greater Manchester, was driving a 'low-powered' Mercedes at the time of the collision.

The defender joined City in July 2010, according to the club's website.
The youth-team player has been a regular in the England under-17 side, according to the website.

London 2012 Olympics: LIVE – final day including LeBron James

LIVE: Olympics – follow all the action on the final day as it happens



07:25 GMT, 12 August 2012

You can keep track of all the latest news, views and pictures from the Olympic Park and beyond with our live coverage. This is your ultimate guide to all the action as it unfolds during London 2012…


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8.15: The big stories just keep coming at the Olympics. Mo Farah topped the race of his life last Saturday by repeating the trick yesterday evening to win gold in the 5000m.

As the sporting action inside the Olympic Stadium came to a close, the 29-year-old made British sporting history.

8.10: And give this event a chance. I found it slow going yesterday but the suspense built as it progressed.

After the fencing is 200m swimming and even some horse riding.

But the drama comes at the end of the day when the combined events of shooting and running crown the champion.

At these Games, the women's event will be the last gold medal – so keep an eye on it.

8.05: And the early birds are already out in the modern pentathlon.

The fencing has begun at the Copper Box, where Britain has representation in Mhairi Spence and Samantha Murray.

Just to clear a few things up there are 36 competitors in all, with each one facing each other in a round robin format.

Each fencing bout is one minute long and the first to score a hit wins. If neither score a hit then both pentathletes lose the bout.

8:00: So sadly here we are, the last day of London 2012 and the final act of what has been a highly successful Olympic Games.

I admit I had my doubts, but these Games have gone far and beyond my expectations.

But now is not the time for reflection – we still have loads of action to get through before London 2012 really ends – and there may be a couple more British medals too…

Plunge: Tom Daley celebrates his bronze

Plunge: Tom Daley celebrates his bronze