Ferdinand hits out at alleged racist abuse from England fans

Rio Ferdinand has reacted to allegations he and his brother Anton were the subjects of racially abusive songs from a section of England supporters during the Three Lions’ win over San Marino, the Daily Mail has reported. Taking to Twitter, Ferdinand said: “You expect and accept banter from fans on the terraces as it’s part of what makes the game great, but racism is not banter and from your own fans. WOW.” “Always a small minority who ruin it for others.” The Manchester United defender added: “Let’s not jump to…

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Chelsea give trial to son of George Weah

Chelsea have taken on trial the 13-year-old son of former World Player of the Year George Weah, who briefly played for the club near the end of his career, the Daily Mail has reported. Timmy Weah is said to have been eager to try and make the grade at Stamford Bridge and follow his father’s lead. George Weah joined Chelsea on loan from Milan in 2000, scoring on his debut against Tottenham Hotspur and playing 11 times for the club, netting three goals in total. Weah also played for Manchester…

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Liverpool ready to move for Ajax star Eriksen

Liverpool are preparing a bid for Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen, the Daily Mirror has reported, after Brendan Rodgers sent scouts to watch the Denmark international during his country’s recent matches. The Reds are said to be hopeful that Eriksen’s links with compatriot Daniel Agger and former Ajax teammate Luis Suarez help push the 21-year-old towards Anfield. Eriksen lined up for Denmark against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria in the past week and is said to have again impressed the representatives from the Merseyside club. Eriksen has stalled on signing a…

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Aston Villa to offer Petrov coaching role

Stiliyan Petrov could remain at Aston Villa past the expiration of his contract this summer after manager Paul Lambert confirmed he would offer the club captain a coaching role if the midfielder, who is in remission after suffering from leukaemia, but still undergoing chemotherapy, feels able to take the position, the Daily Mirror has reported. Petrov was diagnosed with the illness a year ago and hasn’t played football since, with his active career appearing to be at an end, according to what the Bulgarian is understood to have told friends.…

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Man City boss Mancini unhappy with Kompany’s Belgium appearance

Roberto Mancini has revealed that he tried to convince Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany not to join up with Belgium for the last round of international fixtures, and admitted that he was disappointed the defender didn’t take his advice, according to the Guardian. Kompany has not played for City since limping out of an FA Cup match at Stoke City in late January with a calf injury, the third time in a year, the newspaper adds, that Kompany has suffered a problem with his calf muscle. City were keen to…

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England fans accused of racially abusing Ferdinand brothers

England could face sanction after its supporters were reported to FIFA for signing racially abusive songs directed at Rio Ferdinand and his brother Anton during the World Cup qualification win over San Marino last Friday, ESPN has reported. Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) revealed they lodged a complaint with the world governing body over the content of some of the songs emanating from the England sections of the ground, with FARE’s executive director, Piara Powar, adding that the group wanted to highlight that racism is not always as explicit…

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Llambias happy with Newcastle accounts

Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias has revealed he is very happy with the club’s drama-free accounts, as the Premier League side post a profit of more than £1m, Sky Sports has reported. The Magpies recorded a £1.4m profit for the year ending June 2012, their second successive set of positive accounts and, Llambias believes, a reflection on the framework imposed at the club in order to safeguard its financial future. “

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Sunderland pair Cattermole and Fletcher to miss rest of the season

Sunderland have been left reeling by the double blow that top scorer Steven Fletcher and captain Lee Cattermole will miss the rest of the season, threating the club’s Premier League future, according to the Daily Mail. Fletcher, a £10m signing from Wolves, suffered an ankle injury while playing for Scotland against Wales and a second scan revealed the damage was much more extensive than first thought. The striker will miss at least six weeks of action and could have to undergo surgery to cure the problem. The Mail adds that…

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Toure to wait to decide Man City future

Yaya Toure will not decide if his future lies with Manchester City or one of his continental suitors until the end of the season, the Daily Mirror has reported. Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid have been spoken about as interested parties. Toure has two years remaining on his City contract and his agent, Dimitri Seluk, recently warned the Premier League champions to make an offer to his client sooner rather than later. But City have a policy of not negotiating new contracts during the season and are unwilling to change…

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New West Ham deal to put Allardyce among Premier League high-earners

Sam Allardyce’s new West Ham contract will see the former Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn manager earn £9m over the next three years, making him one of the highest-paid bosses in the Premier League, according to the Daily Mail. Allardyce this week confirmed he was close to signing an extension to his existing deal with the Hammers, with his current contract due to expire at the end of this season. Allardyce has been at Upton Park for almost two seasons, taking the club out of the Championship in his first year…

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Jovetic warned against Arsenal move

Stevan Jovetic has been told by his Fiorentina teammate Luca Toni to forget about moving to Arsenal and set his sights higher up the Premier League table, the Daily Mirror has reported. Jovetic has been mentioned as a summer target for the Gunners and recently confirmed he would be interested in the switch, but Toni, a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, believes Jovetic is selling himself short – and may even be best served remaining with his current employers. “I tell him to think carefully before leaving Florence,…

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Tottenham, Man City and Inter in running for Aston Villa striker Benteke

Tottenham Hotspur head the pack chasing Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, the Daily Mail has reported, but face competition from Premier League rivals Manchester City and Serie A side Inter, who were knocked out of the Europa League by Spurs. Benteke has enjoyed an impressive season, his first in English football, even as Villa have struggled at the wrong end of the table under Paul Lambert, who replaced Alex McLeish in the Villa Park hot seat last summer. Moving from Genk for £8m, the 22-year-old Benteke has 17 goals to…

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Vialli backs Zola as next Chelsea boss

Gianluca Vialla believes Gianfranco Zola has what it takes to be the next Chelsea manager – and offered his compatriot and former teammate some words of advice of the current Watford boss does move to Stamford Bridge, according to the Daily Mirror. Zola spent six years as a player with Chelsea, moving from Parma in 1997 before leaving for Cagliari in 2003. In that time he won the favour of the club’s supporters to the point he was named the club’s greatest ever player in a poll, playing under Vialli…

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Arsenal and Liverpool to fight it out for Swansea captain Williams

Arsenal this summer intend to step up their interest in Swansea City captain Ashley Williams but face competition from Liverpool, where former Swans boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to be re-united with the Wales international centre-back, the Daily Mail has reported. The newspaper adds that Williams has been one of Swansea’s outstanding players in an impressive year for the Welsh club under Michael Laudrup, skippering the team to the top half of the Premier League and success in the League Cup, which was clinched with an emphatic 5-0 win over…

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Monaco to offer Mancini huge budget to leave Man City

Roberto Mancini will have a transfer budget of £170m if he agrees to leave Manchester City and the Premier League for Monaco, the Daily Mirror has reported. It is the second time the principality club have tried to tempt Mancini away from the Etihad Stadium, having made their first approach last season. Mancini however signed a long-term contract with City in the summer, having taken the club to their first league title in more than 40 years. Monaco are though willing to offer Mancini a three-year contract worth £22m. Claudio…

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Arsenal ready to cash in on Gervinho amid Galatasaray interest

The Daily Express is reporting Arsenal’s desire to cash in on Gervinho, who has failed to cement a regular place in the Gunners’ first team. Turkish giants Galatasaray are preparing to test Arsene Wenger’s resolve with a £12m offer, which would be a profit on the £10.8m fee Arsenal themselves paid to Lille two years ago. The Champions League quarter-finalists are showing some strong financial power, having acquired the services of Wesley Sneijder from Inter, and brought Didier Drogba back to the European game from Shanghai Shenhua in the January…

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Everton continuing to track Negredo

Despite missing out on their target late in the January transfer window, Everton are continuing their close pursuit of Spanish international Alvaro Negredo. The Toffees hierarchy will be more encouraged on Wednesday of potentially luring Negredo to Merseyside after he revealed he would like to play in the Premier League, according to Eurosport. The 27-year-old featured in Spain’s disappointing home draw with Finland in the World Cup qualifiers last Friday, although he lost his starting place for the reigning World and European champions ahead of the victory in Paris against…

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Davies heading for Bolton exit

Kevin Davies has admitted he is shocked by Bolton’s decision to not offer him a new contract, says BBC Sport. The Trotters captain turned 36 on Tuesday, and extended his current deal last May, despite relegation from the Premier League. However, the former Chesterfield youngster has been told he won’t get a new deal, or a testimonial, and might leave the Reebok Stadium on loan before Thursday’s closure of the Football League loan window for the season. Davies told talkSPORT: “I’ve had a couple of sit downs with the manager.…

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Vela prefers Sociedad stay to Arsenal return

Mexican attacker Carlos Vela has revealed that he is not interested in a return to Arsenal, despite having a buy-back clause in his contract with his current club, reports the Daily Mail. Vela moved to Real Sociedad on a permanent deal in August after six years in north London, having made just 62 appearances in the senior side at the Emirates Stadium. The top scorer at the 2005 FIFA Under-17 World Championship had several loan spells in this period, including stints with Osasuna and Sociedad in Spain, and West Brom…

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Skipper Kompany set for Man City comeback

Manchester City have been dealt a late boost to their season with defender Vincent Kompany set for a return to first team action, says ESPN.co.uk. The City skipper featured for the entirety of Belgium’s match against Macedonia on Tuesday night, helping his side to a 1-0 win thanks to Eden Hazard’s strike. Kompany had spent two months on the sidelines having picked up a calf injury in the FA Cup fourth round victory over Stoke City in January. But, after several setbacks, it now seems likely that the 26-year-old will…

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Pearce plays down England young guns’ Euro hopes

Stuart Pearce insists that his England Under-21 side are not favourites for this summer’s European Championships, according to Sky Sports. The Young Lions will head to Israel this summer in top form, having won their last eight matches – including a 3-0 victory over Romania last week – without conceding a single goal. But boss Pearce believes that England should concentrate on progressing from a tough group – which includes hosts Israel, Norway and Italy. Pearce said: “I don’t fear what’s in front of us. I won’t be putting unnecessary…

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McDermott didn’t want to spend at Reading, says Zingarevich

Reading owner Anton Zingarevich insists that he offered funds to improve the Royals’ squad in January but was turned down by a reluctant Brian McDermott, according to Sky Sports. The Madejski Stadium chief removed ex-boss McDermott from his position earlier this month, with the 51-year-old having failed to pull the club away from the Premier League drop zone. But Zingarevich, who replaced McDermott with former Southampton manager Nigel Adkins on Tuesday, refutes claims that he failed to provide finances to invest in the Reading squad, also revealing that Adkins will…

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Ferguson surprised by Man Utd’s Premier League stroll

Sir Alex Ferguson has declared his shock at Manchester United’s huge lead at the summit of the Premier League, according to ESPN. United are 15 points ahead of their local and title rivals Manchester City, who famously snatched the Premier League crown from the Red Devils on goal difference in the dying seconds of last season. And Ferguson admits that he was expecting more of a close-run race in this campaign – with United requiring only 13 points, at most, from their remaining games to secure a 20th top division…

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Players who should look abroad this summer

Despite the huge money and prestige on offer to home-grown talent in the Premier League the lure of playing in a foreign land is becoming more and more attractive for English players looking to either escape the media glare or face a new challenge. Already this season we have seen Joey Barton make a success of his loan spell at Marseille while Emile Heskey continues to prove effective for Newcastle Jets Down Under. Last season Joe Cole was one of Ligue 1’s best players and David Beckham recently joined the…

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Chelsea still in my heart, says Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has again hinted he would welcome the chance to return to the Premier League with Chelsea when he leaves Real Madrid, ESPN has reported. Mourinho was in charge at Stamford Bridge between 2004 and 2007, winning the Premier League title twice with the Blues before a fall out with owner Roman Abramovich led to his departure. The Portuguese has since coached Inter to victory in the Champions League and led Madrid to the Spanish title last season, with the club through to the latter stages of the Champions…

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