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    25,009 posts since Sep '05
    • Is that our new manager? Liverpool fans stunned as Rodgers hits the town

       

      Out on the town: Brendan Rodgers pictured at Garland nightclub

      Out on the town: Brendan Rodgers pictured at Garland nightclub

       

       

      Brendan Rodgers has been busy taking in the Liverpool lifestyle after being spotted in one of the city’s most famous bars.

      The new Reds boss was seen posing with fans at Garlands, which is a popular gay venue, as well as being a favourite among straight men.

      One onlooker told The Sun, 'One of the lads made a joke about someone at the bar looking like Brendan Rodgers.

      'It wasn’t until closer inspection that we realised it was actually him.

      'He happily posed for pictures. Usually it’s the players you see in the club so to see the manager was a bit surreal.'
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    • Terry 'racially abused' Ferdinand after taunts over alleged affair, court hears

      • Trial at Westminster Magistrates' Court expected to last five days

      • Terry faces maximum fine of £2,500 but no prospect of jail

      • FA inquiry has been postponed until after criminal case

       

      In the dock: John Terry listens as Anton Ferdinand takes the witness stand

      In the dock: John Terry listens as Anton Ferdinand takes the witness stand

      In the dock: The Chelsea captain arrived at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday morning

      In the dock: The Chelsea captain arrived at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday morning

       

       

       

      Chelsea captain and England international John Terry called Anton Ferdinand a racist obscenity in response to taunts about his alleged affair with a team-mate's ex-girlfriend, a court has heard.

      The 31-year-old allegedly called QPR defender Ferdinand a 'f****** black c***'.

      Terry is accused of a racially aggravated public order offence during a Barclays Premier League match on October 23 last year, which was broadcast to millions of people.

      Appearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court, Terry sat in the dock wearing a light grey suit, white shirt and pink tie.

      The court heard that Terry told Ferdinand to 'f*** off" and also called him a "f****** k*******' as the pair exchanged insults.

      Opening the prosecution, Duncan Penny said: 'The Crown alleges that the words he used demonstrated hostility based on Mr Ferdinand's membership or presumed membership of a racial group.

       

      Accused: Terry denies any wrongdoing after being charged with shouting an offensive comment to Ferdinand

      Accused: Terry denies any wrongdoing after being charged with shouting an offensive comment to Ferdinand

       

       

      The court heard that Terry maintains he was only sarcastically repeating words that Ferdinand wrongly thought he had used.

      Mr Penny said: 'The Crown alleges that the defendant, most probably in response to physical gestures being made by Mr Ferdinand which the defendant understood to refer to the well-publicised allegation of an extra-marital affair with a team-mate's wife, shouted at Mr Ferdinand.'

      He went on: 'The Crown's case is that the words were abusive and insulting in a straightforward sense and that the term 'f****** black c***' was uttered as an abusive insult demonstrating hostility based on Mr Ferdinand's membership of a racial group.

      'They were uttered by the defendant in response to goading by Mr Ferdinand on the issue of his extra-marital affair, rather than by way of exaggerated and instant querying of a perceived false allegation.'

      Terry was allowed out of the dock into the well of the court to view footage of the alleged insult.

      Before the case started, defence barrister George Carter-Stephenson QC asked for Terry to be allowed to sit beside him in the well of the court rather than in the dock.

      District Judge Howard Riddle rejected the request.

      Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, controversially axed from Roy Hodgson's 23-man Euro 2012 squad, tweeted support for his brother on Monday.

      'Morning all! Frazzled head this morning, school run done! @anton_ferdinand head high bruv,' Ferdinand said.

      Terry denies any wrongdoing and has hired the services of experienced and highly respected QC, George Carter-Stephenson, to lead his defence.

      Terry was dropped as England captain by the Football Association once his trial date was set for after Euro 2012, and that axing led to Fabio Capello's resignation as manager and the appointment of Roy Hodgson.

       

      Impressive: Terry starred for England at this summer's European Championships

      Impressive: Terry starred for England at this summer's European Championships

       

       

      Hodgson selected Terry in his squad for the championship in Ukraine and Poland and the central defender played in all four of England's games at the tournament before their elimination on penalties by Italy.

      The Chelsea defender, who did not say anything when asked for comment on his arrival at court, takes to the dock facing a maximum fine of £2,500 if he is found guilty. There is no prospect of any jail sentence. The trial is expected to last for five days.  

      The case is being heard by Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle, and there is no jury.

      Both television clips and unbroadcast footage of the incident, which would normally be used for training purposes, were shown to the court. 

      It is claimed that Ferdinand said something about 'shagging ya mate's missus' and made fist gestures, before Terry responded.

      The court was told that Chelsea team-mates Ashley Cole and John Obi Mikel were nearby when insults were traded, but they will not be called as witnesses as part of the prosecution case.

      Terry said in a statement to the Football Association five days after the incident that he and Ferdinand had been exchanging 'verbals' and he had made a gesture to imply Mr Ferdinand had bad breath.

      He said: 'We're still having a, sort of, ding-dong, if you like. That's when, as I said before, he said "black c***".

      'Now clearly, as I said before, I don't think he's calling me a black c***, but at the same time I take quite a strong offence.'

       

       

      Centre of attention: Members of the media flocked to Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday

      Centre of attention: Members of the media flocked to Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday

       

      Police protection: Terry wore a pink tie and grey suit for the first day of his trial

      Police protection: Terry wore a pink tie and grey suit for the first day of his trial

       

      No sentence: Terry doesn't face a jail term

      No sentence: Terry doesn't face a jail term

       

       

      The England defender said he was not offended by the taunts about the alleged affair with Wayne Bridge's ex-girlfriend, because 'it's not the first time I've heard it, so it's with a pinch of salt a little bit now'.

      However he said he was angered by any accusation that he might have used a racist insult. After the match, which took place at QPR's ground Loftus Road, Terry asked a steward to get Ferdinand from the QPR dressing room.

      Terry said in his statement: 'It's myself, Anton and Ash (Ashley Cole), nobody else, and I said to Anton, "was you accusing me of calling you a black c***?"

      'Frazzled head this morning. @anton_ferdinand head high bruv' 

      Rio Ferdinand on Twitter

      'That was my exact words to him, and he said "No, not at all."'

      Later in the interview Terry added: 'I'm being honest and open with you guys, that I didn't mean it in the context that, if you watch the video and me, watching the video, you can quite easily say that doesn't look good.

      'But at the same time, in the context of what I thought Anton accused me of, you know, no-one can argue what my feelings were at that time.'

      Immediately after the match, Ferdinand did not think that Terry had used racist words, the court heard.

      He said: 'It's handbags innit - it's what happens on the pitch', and the two shook hands. But later, Ferdinand's girlfriend showed him footage posted on YouTube, and he believed Terry had used the racist insult.

      Ferdinand told the court that if he had realised at the time he would have told officials.

      He said: 'I would have been obviously very hurt and I probably wouldn't have reacted at the time because, being a professional, you can't do that. I probably would have let the officials know what happened and dealt with it after the game.

       

       

      Clash: The two footballers played against each other again in January

      Clash: The two footballers played against each other again in January

       

       

      'When someone brings your colour into it, it takes it to another level and it's very hurtful.'

      Chelsea were down to nine men in the clash at Loftus Road, and Ferdinand and Terry began trading insults over a penalty claim, the court heard.

      Ferdinand said: 'He called me a c*** and I called him a c*** back and he gave me a gesture as if to say my breath smelled.

      'I said to him "How can you call me a c***? You shagged your team-mate's missus, you're a c***"."

      This was a reference to Terry's alleged affair with Wayne Bridge's ex-girlfriend, Vanessa Perroncel.

      Ferdinand jogged down the pitch making a fist gesture to imply sex, he told the court.

       

       

      Support: Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck arriving at Monday's trial

      Support: Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck arriving at Monday's trial

       

       

       

      After the match, Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole told him: 'You can't talk to JT like that.'

      Terry then met Ferdinand to ask what had happened. 'Mr Terry said "Do you think I racially abused you?" I was like "No",' Ferdinand told the court.

      'I said "No, that never came out of my mouth". Then Ashley Cole popped his head round and said "Yeah, didn't you say that to me?" I said "I didn't say that at all".' He agreed it was just 'handbags', and 'banter', the court heard.

      'I said to him "How can you call me a c***? You shagged your team-mate's missus, you're a c***". '

      Anton Ferdinand speaking in court

      Ferdinand said he was no stranger to being sworn at and under cross-examination from George Carter-Stephenson QC agreed he had also sworn at players.

      The QPR defender said he was angry at Terry trying to get a penalty and 'he barged me in the back for no reason', he said.

      The barrister told Ferdinand he has a tendency to 'paint yourself in the best light'.

      Asked why he was so angry with Terry appealing for a penalty, Ferdinand, describing himself as a 'calm, collected player', said: 'Because I am a winner.'

      Ferdinand added that he was angry because Terry had made a hand gesture at him indicating he had bad breath.

      Proceedings in Court One have been punctuated by swear words but Ferdinand insisted he did not use those words off the pitch.

      The QC asked the witness if by shouting abuse at him he was 'trying to get a rise out of Mr Terry and get him to react?'

      'Probably, yes,' said Ferdinand. 'There wasn't long left in the game.'

      In a statement made to police last November, Terry said he was offended by the accusation that he had used racist language.

      He said his words to the other player were meant to make it clear that he had not used a racist insult, and that Ferdinand was a 'k*******' for thinking that he had.

      The statement read: 'Whilst footballers are used to industrial language, using racist terms is completely unacceptable whatever (the) situation.

      'I was completely taken aback by this remark as I have never been accused of something like that and I did not take his remark lightly at all, and took strong offence to his suggestion.'


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    • QPR to unveil plans for new 35,000-seater stadium as club looks to leave Loftus Road

       

      Moving on: QPR are looking to leave Loftus Road

      Moving on: QPR are looking to leave Loftus Road

      Moving on: QPR are looking to leave Loftus Road

       

       

       

       

       

      QPR will reveal plans for a new 35,000-seater stadium within weeks.

      The Hoops' Loftus Road home is the smallest ground in the top flight with a capacity of just 18,439 and the club have been vocal in their attempts to find a plot of land for a new stadium.

      QPR chairman Tony Fernandes revealed this week the club are evaluating three potential sites and posted via his Twitter account the club have made a 'great first step' in its attempts for a new stadium.

      It is understood that drawings are at an advanced stages and the Rs will make a stadium announcement before the start of the new season.

      The plans are likely to be unveiled after QPR return from their pre-season tour in Asia rather than at a press conference on Monday, which many had expected.

      The club invited the national and international media to the event in central London, where they plan to make a major announcement they believe could help turn the club into a 'global' brand.

       

       

      Global brand: Fernandes

      Global brand: Fernandes

       

       

      There had been suggestions QPR would reveal a new stadium, although it is instead understood that Manchester United's Park Ji-sung will be unveiled.

      The South Korea international will move to Loftus Road for a fee of £5million once the relevant paperwork has been completed.

      Park would certainly help the Hoops achieve their aim of becoming a global 'brand' after his success at United, not only on the field but commercially as well.

      The 31-year-old won four Premier League titles and a Champions League crown during his time at United and is understood to have been swayed to join QPR by their ambitious plans.


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    • Tottenham on the verge of completing transfer of Jan Vertonghen

      • Spurs have agreed a fee with the defender's club Ajax
      • Vertonghen was Eredivisie player of the year last season

      Jan Vertonghen

      Jan Vertonghen is set to complete his transfer from Ajax to Tottenham after the two clubs agreed a fee for the defender. Photograph: Olaf Kraak/EPA
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      Tottenham Hotspur are set to finally complete the signing of the Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen after the London club announced they had agreed terms on Sunday.

      Spurs have been tracking the Belgium defender since last season, when he helped Ajax claim a second consecutive Eredivisie title. Vertonghen, 25, is due to undergo a medical before completing a deal valued at around €12m (£9.5m) that will make him the second arrival since André Villas-Boas took over as manager.

      "We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Ajax for the transfer of Jan Vertonghen, subject to a medical," a statement on the club's website read. "The 2011-12 campaign was the Belgium international's most successful season to date – being named Ajax captain at the start and going on to lead the Dutch side to their second straight league title.

      "The centre back's impressive performances did not go unnoticed as he was named Eredivisie player of the year as well as Ajax's player of the year in a season that saw him score 10 times in 37 appearances. In total, Jan made 220 appearances and scored 28 goals for Ajax since making his debut for them in 2006."

      Vertonghen will bolster a Spurs central defence that has been weakened over the summer following the departures of the long-serving former captain Ledley King and Ryan Nelsen.

      "I'm 25 years old and I feel ready to play in the Premier League," Vertonghen said. "I've heard a lot of good stories from my Belgium team-mates, so I think I'm ready for the club."

      The defender is also hoping Spurs can keep hold of their key players, such as Luka Modric. "They have a lot of good players and I hope the most important players will stay," he told Sky Sports News.

      Gylfi Sigurdsson moved to Tottenham from Hoffenheim for £8m last week.

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    • Picture: See image of Liverpool's new Liver Bird mascot named 'Mighty Red'

       

      "He may be a Liver Bird, but he looks awful," said one unimpressed fan

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      Mighty Red: A bit of fun? Or rubbish?

       

      Brendan Rodgers New best friend before Liverpool's home games?

       

       

        

      The mascot is a rough representation of the Liver Bird which is the symbol of the city and features on the club badge.

      One fan told MirrorFootball they were not impressed with the new character.

      "He may be a Liver Bird, but he looks awful," our source said.

      "I just hope that is for the children and will not be present at every game played at Anfield."

      What do you think? Would you like to see Mighty Red larking about with Brendan Rodgers before the first home match of the season against Manchester City?

       

      Edited by zocoss 09 Jul `12, 10:07AM
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    •  

      Transfer window: Club-by-club guide to all the Premier League deals

       

      Keep track of all the latest transfers this summer with our club-by-club guide...

      New man: Marko Marin poses with the Chelsea shirt

       

      New man: Marko Marin poses with the Chelsea shirt

       

       

       

       

       

      ARSENAL                                                                                                                                          

      IN

      Olivier Giroud (Montpellier, £13m), Lukas Podoloski (Cologne, £11m)

      OUT

      Joel Campbell (Real Betis, loan), Denilson (Sao Paulo, loan), Manuel Almunia (released), Gavin Hoyte (released)

       

       

      ASTON VILLA                                                                                                                                   

      IN

      Matthew Lowton (Sheffield United, £3m), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord, undisclosed) Brett Holman (AZ Alkmaar, free)

      OUT

      Carlos Cuellar (Sunderland, free), Emile Heskey (released) Brad Guzan (released)

       

       

       

      CHELSEA                                                                                                                                          

      IN

      Marko Marin (Werder Bremen, £7m), Eden Hazard (Lille, £32m)

      OUT

      Didier Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua, free), Jacob Mellis (Barnsley, free), Salomon Kalou (released), Jose Bosingwa (released), Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid, loan)

       
       

      EVERTON                                                                                                                                          

      IN

      Steven Naismith (Rangers, free)

      OUT

      Adam Forshaw (Brentford, undisclosed), James Wallace (Tranmere, undisclosed), James McFadden (released), Marcus Hahnemann (released)

       

       

      FULHAM                                                                                                                                             

      IN

      Sascha Riether (Cologne, loan), Mladen Petric (Hamburg, free), George Williams (MK Dons, free)

      OUT

      Andrew Johnson (QPR, free), Danny Murphy (Blackburn, free), Bjorn Helge Riise (released), Orlando Sa (released)

       
       

      LIVERPOOL                                                                                                                                      

      IN

      None

      OUT

      Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbache, £1m), Fabio Aurelio (Gremio, free), David Amoo (Preston North End, free), Stephen Darby (released)

       
       
       

      MANCHESTER CITY                                                                                                                       

      IN

      None

      OUT

      Wayne Bridge (Brighton, loan), Owen Hargreaves (released), Gunnar Nielsen (released), Stuart Taylor (released), Greg Cunningham (Bristol City, free)

       
       

      MANCHESTER UNITED                                                                                                                

      IN

      Nick Powell (Crewe, £4m), Shinji Kagawa (Dortmund, £17m)

      OUT

      Fabio (QPR, loan), Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton, free), Richie De Laet (Leicester, undisclosed), Matty James (Leicester, undisclosed) Michael Owen (released)

       

       

      NEWCASTLE                                                                                                                                    

      IN

      Gael Bigirimana (Coventry, undisclosed), Romain Amalfitano (Reims, free)

      OUT

      Fraser Forster (Newcastle, £2m), Leon Best (Blackburn, £3m), Ryan Donaldson (released), Danny Guthrie (Reading, free), Tamas Kadar (released), Peter Lovenkrands (released), Alan Smith (released)

       
       
       

      NORWICH                                                                                                                                         

      IN

      Steven Whittaker (Rangers, free), Jacob Butterfield (Barnsley, free).

      OUT

      Adam Drury (Leeds, free), Zak Whitbread (released), Aaron Wilbraham (released), Josh Dawkin (released)

       
       

      QUEENS PARK RANGERS                                                                                                           

      IN

      Fabio (Manchester United, loan), Robert Green (West Ham, free), Ryan Nelsen (Tottenham, free), Andrew Johnson (Fulham, free), Samba Diakite (Nancy, undisclosed)

      OUT

      Peter Ramage (released), Danny Gabbidon (released), Danny Shittu (released), Fitz Hall (released), Gary Borrowdale (released), Lee Cook (released), Rowan Vine (released), Patrick Agyemang (released), Akos Buzsaky (released)

       
       

      READING                                                                                                                                           

      IN

      Pierce Sweeney (Bray Wanderers, undisclosed), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Stuttgart, free), Danny Guthrie (Newcastle, free), Garath McCleary (Nottingham Forest, free)

      OUT

      Brian Howard (released), Tomasz Cywka (released), Andy Griffin (released), Jack Mills (released)

       

       

       

      SOUTHAMPTON                                                                                                                              

      IN

      Alexander Buttner (Vitesse Arnhem, undisclosed), Jay Rodriguez (Burnley, £6m)

      OUT

      Bartosz Bialkowski (Notts County, free), Lee Holmes (Preston North End, free), Ryan Doble (Shrewsbury, free), David Connolly (released), Radhi Jaidi (retired), Aaron Martin (Crystal Palace, loan)

       

       

       

      STOKE                                                                                                                                                

      IN

      Jamie Ness (Rangers, free)

      OUT

      Andrew Davies (Bradford, free), Salif Diao (released), Ricardo Fuller (released), Louis Moult (released), Tom Soares (released)

       
       
       

      SUNDERLAND                                                                                                                                 

      IN

      Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa, free)

      OUT

      Asamoah Gyan (Al-Ain, £6m), Craig Gordon (released), Jordan Cook (released), George McCartney (West Ham, undisclosed)

       

       

       

      SWANSEA                                                                                                                                          


      IN

      None


       

      OUT

      Ferrie Bodde (released), Casey Thomas released), Joe Walsh (released)

       
       

      TOTTENHAM                                                                                                                                     

      IN

      Gylfi Sigurdsson (Hoffenheim, £8m)

      OUT

      Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow, £5m), Niko Kranjcar (Dynamo Kiev, £2m), Ryan Nelsen (QPR, free), Louis Saha (released), Ben Alnwick (Barnsley, free)

       

      WEST BROMWICH                                                                                                                          

      IN

      Ben Foster (Birmingham, undisclosed)

      OUT

      Keith Andrews (Bolton, free), Nicky Shorey (released), Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday), Somen Tchoyi (released), Marton Fulop (released), Paul Scharner (released), Nicky Shorey (released)

       

      WEST HAM

      IN

      Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton, free), Stephen Henderson (Portsmouth, undisclosed), Mohamed Diame (Wigan, free), George McCartney (Sunderland, undisclosed)

      OUT

      Robert Green (QPR, free), Julien Faubert (Elazigspor, free), Frank Nouble (Wolves, free) John Carew (released), Abdoulaye Faye (released), Papa Bouba Diop (released), Freddie Sears (Colchester, free)

       

      WIGAN                                                                                                                                                 

      IN

      None

      OUT

      Chris Kirkland (Sheffield Wednesday, free), Mohamed Diame (West Ham, free), Steve Gohouri (released), Jordan Robinson (released), Hugo Rodallega (released), Hendry Thomas (released)




       

      Edited by zocoss 09 Jul `12, 9:54AM
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    • Liverpool unveil Mighty Red mascot at children's party

       

      Mighty Red: Kids love the new Liverpool mascot

      Mighty Red: Kids love the new Liverpool mascot

       

       

       

       

      Liverpool have unveiled a new mascot - a life-size Liver Bird called 'Mighty Red' - in a bid to appeal to younger fans.

      Traditionally, Liverpool have never had a pitch-side mascot at Anfield and it seems Liverpool's American owners want to continue this.  

      But the character, which made its first appearance at a children's party on Sunday afternoon, is loosely based on the Liver Bird, a symbol of the city, and is seen on the club badge.

      It will be used to entertain kids at community events.

      While Mighty Red's appearance - which is strikingly similar to Arsenal's Gunnersaurus Rex - seemed to entertain the kids, some parents were not enamoured.

      One fan said: 'It looks ridiculous. We'll be a laughing stock if this thing appears on the touchline. It's just more Americanisation of the club.

      'While it's fine for the kids - it will be good at children's parties - and is marginally better than the utterly dreadful Olympics mascots, just keep it away from Anfield.'

      It is still unclear if that fan will get his wish, although it seems likely that Mighty Red will be used solely in Liverpool's community work and will not be present on match days.

      The introduction of Mighty Red is not the first time a mascot has been poorly received on Merseyside.

       

      Mighty Red is strikingly similar to Arsenal's Gunnersaurus Rex

       

      Entering a new era: But Mighty Red had at least one fan seeing red

      Entering a new era: But Mighty Red had at least one fan seeing red

       

       

       

      In the 1990s Everton tried to introduce the ill-fated 'Mr Toffee' (or Dixie as he was known).

      Evertonians were not enthralled with Dixie and he was abandoned after one season and not seen again at Goodison.

      However, one Liverpool fan present at the kids' party thought the club was being progressive. 

      'I was there for the launch of Mighty Red and he went down brilliantly with the kids, who are the intended targets for this mascot.

      'They ran like mad to get their goodie bags off him, they danced around him and queued up to have their pictures taken. They loved him!'


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    25,009 posts since Sep '05
    • At least if the 2nd choice is nice they can still feel a little better when they play away.

      Now, if they are not wearing their scuba diving suits, they will be wearing their purple ones... lol.

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    • Peter Hill-Wood says attacks on way Arsenal is run are 'utter rubbish'

      • Chairman says Alisher Usmanov's criticisms 'not helpful'
      • 'It's not as if we've been relegated,' says Hill-Wood

       

      Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood
      Arsenal's chairman, Peter Hill-Wood, has responded to criticism of the club's lack of spending after news of Robin van Persie's likely departure.
       
       
       

       

       

       
       
       
       

      The Arsenal chairman, Peter Hill-Wood, has staunchly defended the running of the club against the vitriolic criticism levelled against the board by the 30% owner, the Uzbek billionaire Alisher Usmanov. Hill-Wood maintained that Arsenal's policy of spending only what they earn is correct, as is the stance that the American majority owner Stan Kroenke, and former shareholders such as Hill-Wood who made millions selling their shares to Kroenke, should not be expected to put money into the club. Hill-Wood described Usmanov's attack on this approach, which Arsenal call a self-financing model, as "not at all helpful".

      The chairman, who made £5.5m selling his shares to Kroenke, said the club provides Arsène Wenger with as much money as possible for players, but cannot compete with Manchester City's Abu Dhabi-backed wealth. At the end of a week in which Arsenal's captain, Robin van Persie, announced he will not sign a new contract, citing a lack of ambition for success, Hill-Wood said: "We don't have the same oil wealth that [City's owner] Sheikh Mansour has. He is prepared to pay astronomical figures for players; we cannot pay that sort of money, and we can't compete."

      In his open letter to Arsenal's board on Thursday, Usmanov was scathing about the self-financing model, arguing it was, in effect, engineered by the former English shareholders, including Hill-Wood, to make personal fortunes. The owners' policy of not investing their own money in the club, Usmanov argued, meant Arsenal borrowed to build the Emirates Stadium (£260m), charge supporters very expensive ticket prices, yet still leave Wenger short of money to retain and sign star players.

      "The self-financing model … allowed the major shareholders of the time … to benefit from [an] increase in the value of their holdings," the letter said. "All of these shareholders and board directors sold 100% of their holdings and cashed out at vast profits."

      Alongside Hill-Wood pocketing £5.5m, the longstanding shareholder Richard Carr made more than £40m selling to Kroenke in 2009. Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith, who also inherited her Arsenal shares, made £116m selling them to Kroenke last year. Danny Fiszman, who bought into Arsenal in the 1990s, first with a portion of the former vice-chairman's David Dein's stake, made £160m, the final sale to Kroenke made just before Fiszman died last year.

      Hill-Wood said making so much money from selling his shares was "nice", explaining: "You wouldn't say no to a few million pounds." But he rejected as "complete and utter rubbish" the accusation that the club was run deliberately to increase the value of his and the other owners' shares, at the expense of supporters and a robust budget for Wenger.

      "It was nice to make that money, but I was never involved in Arsenal for that reason," Hill-Wood said. "I was involved because I have been brought up to love Arsenal and that is my only concern."

      Of Usmanov's intervention, the Arsenal chairman said: "I do not know what is trying to do really, I don't think he is right."

      Arsenal's summer has been disrupted by Van Persie's public announcement that he does not intend to renew his contract after, he said, being left unconvinced by the club's plans to compete for trophies. The departures of Gaël Clichy and Samir Nasri last summer to City, where they did win the Premier League, and of Cesc Fábregas, the previous captain-talisman, have left Arsenal looking like a selling club in the age of big-spending plutocrat owners. Usmanov argued that the owners should invest by paying off the stadium debt, which was still £98m and cost £15m in interest last year.

      However Hill-Wood argued, as does the chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, that the financial penalties due for early repayment make that unviable.

      "It's simple to say we should put some money in, but it doesn't make any sense," Hill-Wood said. "We can't pay off the debt without huge penalties, and putting money in for any other reason doesn't make any sense at all. We give the manager as much money as we possibly can, and all we can do is continue. We have run the club sensibly, and we haven't done badly; it's not as if we have been relegated."

      Usmanov, with whom Kroenke does not communicate, is also critical of the executive team, who brought in £33m commercial income last year, £70m less than Manchester United. He points to the board too, saying it would benefit from younger people with more football and major sports club experience. Gazidis, 47, is Arsenal's youngest director; Kroenke is 65 this month, Hill-Wood 76, Sir "Chips" Keswick 72, Lord Harris of Peckham 69 and the long-serving administrative stalwart Ken Friar is 78.

      Hill-Wood acknowledged: "It would be good to have some young people on the board, but it is not as easy for young people who have full-time jobs to do that now as it was when I was a young man. However I do not think there is anything different we can be doing in the running of Arsenal."

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    • Manchester United star Park Ji-Sung to undergo QPR medical ahead of £2.5m move

      The Old Trafford giants are ready to offload their long-serving South Korea star but will only receive an extra £2.5 million if Rangers avoid relegation from the Premier League

      Pedigree: Midfielder Park has won four Premier League title at Old Trafford

      Pedigree: Midfielder Park has won four Premier League title at Old Trafford



       

       

       

      Park Ji-Sung will undergo a medical at QPR on Monday ahead of his proposed move from Manchester United which will see the Premier League giants receive an initial fee of just £2.5 million for the South Korea international.

      Reports on Saturday suggested United would recoup £5m for the 31-year-old, who joined Old Trafford seven years ago, but Goal.com understands the Red Devils will only receive an extra £2.5m should QPR avoid relegation from the Premier League for a second consecutive season.

      Park, who earns £70,000-a-week at United, is in line to become the top earner at Loftus Road in a deal which will represent a significant step in helping the club’s ambitious owner Tony Fernandes turn the west London outfit into a “global” brand.

      The former PSV Eindhoven star, who won four Premier League titles during his time in Manchester, must still pass a rigorous medical, however, before completing the move.

      Park missed large portions of last season with hamstring and ankle trouble and when he was recalled to the side for the pivotal Manchester derby, having missed the previous seven matches, was way off the pace and was withdrawn with more than 30 minutes remaining of a match that effectively cost his side the title.

      Fernandes has invested heavily in the club since he assumed control last August, recruiting the likes of Joey Barton, Bobby Zamora and Djibril Cisse. But Park’s imminent capture represents a significant upgrade on those transfers and will certainly boost the R’s profile in the Far East, where the Malaysian businessman owns the AirAsia airline.

      QPR are due to play in Indonesia on July 23 as part of their pre-season preparations and Park is likely to feature.

      "We are still waiting for a confirmation," Indonesian Premier League spokesperson Abi Hasantoso told Goal.com.

      "But if the deal goes through, we believe Park will come along. It was their [QPR's] commitment to bring their best squad here."

      QPR have already called a press conference for Monday where they are also rumoured to be unveiling plans for a new stadium.

      Earlier this week Fernandes wrote on Twitter: “Excellent stadium meeting. Wow. Looks great. Going to make big announcement. Hopefully see Amit [Bhatia, vice-chairman] in a few hours to brief him. Wow.”

      He later added: “Stadium will be in west London. Will not lose overall atmosphere. Lots to do and many pitfalls but great first step.”

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    • Actually I thought £2 million is already good money considering they only paid £4 million for him and now he is 31 and going on to 32 soon.

      He has served United well in the last 7 years, very hardworking but he is getting lesser games last season and maybe even lesser this if he stays. So it's a good time to let him go for the club as it takes away his $70k per week salary and also for him as he gets to play more over there.

      But i read he will leave for £2.5m with another £2.5m if QPR stays in the premier league in May next year. Which is also a very good deal for United.

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    • Terry trial over Ferdinand race row set to begin on Monday

       

       

      Race row: John Terry and Anton Ferdinand after the alleged incident

      Race row: John Terry and Anton Ferdinand after the alleged incident

       

      John Terry stands trial on Monday over allegations that he racially abused QPR's Anton Ferdinand in a match at Loftus Road last October while playing for Chelsea.

      The former England captain, 31, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London charged with a racially aggravated public order offence.  

      If found guilty, Terry faces a maximum fine of £2,500. There is no prospect of any jail sentence. Football supporters found guilty of racial abuse can be subject to orders banning them from all grounds in the country.

      Terry denies any wrongdoing and has hired the services of experienced and highly respected QC, George Carter-Stephenson, to lead his defence.

      Terry was dropped as England captain by the Football Association once his trial date was set for after Euro 2012, and that axing led to Fabio Capello's resignation as manager and the appointment of Roy Hodgson.

      Hodgson selected Terry in his 23- man squad for the championship in Ukraine and Poland and the central defender played in all four of England's games at the tournament before their elimination on penalties by Italy.

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    • They really are Queens PARK Rangers: Hoops nab £2m Man United midfielder

       

      South Korea international Park Ji-sung is moving to the Londoners, who will be without banned Joey Barton for the first 12 games of the season

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      Good Korea move: Ji-sung Park is heading for Loftus Road
      Good Korea move: Ji-sung Park is heading for Loftus Road

       

       

      QPR are set to complete the marquee signing of Manchester United's Park Ji-sung, Press Association Sport understands.

      The South Korea international will move to Loftus Road for a fee of £2million once the relevant paperwork has been completed.

      Park, who won four Premier League titles and a Champions League during his time at United, is understood to have been swayed to join QPR by their ambitious plans.

      The 31-year-old became one of Sir Alex Ferguson's most reliable players after joining the club in the summer of 2005.

      Park began his professional career with Japanese side Kyoto Purple Sanga aged 18 and impressed during Guus Hiddink-led Korea's successful run to the World Cup semi-finals in 2002.

      Such performances saw him follow the Dutchman to PSV Eindhoven, where he played for three years before joining United for £4million.

      The deal comes just days after United loaned defender Fabio to QPR for the duration of the upcoming season.

      Park will be useful to Rangers early in the season, because captain and central midfielder Joey Barton is banned for 12 games after being sent off in the final match of last season.

       

      Joey Barton

      Dirty dozen: Barton's suspension leaves a hole in Rangers' central midfield

       

       

       

       

      The Rs return to pre-season training on Monday, when the club have slated a press conference to make a major announcement that they believe could help turn the club into a "global" brand.

      Park would certainly help the Hoops achieve that aim after his success at United, not only on the field but commercially as well.

      Rumours of Park moving to the Rs have been around all day and earlier SkyBet even suspended betting on him leaving for Loftus Road.

      Edited by zocoss 07 Jul `12, 9:45AM
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    • Kop horror at purple kit

      EYE-CATCHER ... Andy Carroll, Steven Gerrard, Craig Bellamy and Luis Suarez in new third kit
      EYE-CATCHER ... Andy Carroll, Steven Gerrard, Craig Bellamy and Luis Suarez in new third kit
       

       

       
       

      LIVERPOOL fans were left cringing last night as their dazzling new third kit was launched.

      The reaction to the eye-catching purple, orange and white design was a far cry from the approval the popular new home shirt received when it was first revealed in May.

      Kopites already expected the worst after a garish version of the shirt was leaked online last month.

      But while the new strip was not quite as ghastly as the mock-ups, the strip Warrior call a “bold design statement to the football world” proved far from popular.

      The purple body — or “nightshade” colour — is apparently inspired by “popular past goalkeeper kits” worn by David James and Pepe Reina.

      While the tribal warrior markings on the white sleeves are a “design first for the club”.

      But Reds supporters were not left convinced by the “ground-breaking” shirt.

      One fan tweeted: “I still can’t eat after watching Liverpool’s third kit. It must be illegal in some countries right?”

      Another posted: “Liverpool’s third kit is an absolute disgrace. Whoever designed and signed off on it should be ashamed.”

      But at least one supporter seemed happy as they wrote: “It’s official, the new Liverpool third kit is actually quite nice. I even like the tribal aspect.”

      The Reds will wear the shirt during their Europa League campaign and in selected Premier League matches.

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    • Istan-bullish: Fenerbahce look to end Aquilani's Liverpool hell

       

      With two years remaining on his bumper Anfield deal, the Reds simply want the Italian out of the door

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      Sidelined: Aquilani has no future under Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool Sidelined: Aquilani has no future under Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool
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      Fenerbahce have rekindled their interest in Liverpool's misfit midfielder Alberto Aquilani.

      Fenerbahce have looked at Aquilani previously, but never made an official bid to Liverpool to sign him.

      The Istanbul club are considering Aquilani again as they look to strengthen their midfield following Emre Belozoglu's departure to Atletico Madrid.

      After loaning the Italian out to Juventus and then AC Milan for the last two seasons, Liverpool would prefer to sell him.

      Aquilani, who cost £17million from Roma in 2009, has two years left on his Reds deal and is available for around £6million.

      Fenerbahçe believe they may be able to tempt the Roman to come to Istanbul and they can offer him Champions League football after they finished runners up in the Turkish league.

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    • Rodgers takes swipe at Sigurdsson after wage demands scuppered Liverpool deal

       

      Back in training: Brendan Rodgers takes charge at at Melwood

      Back in training: Brendan Rodgers takes charge at at Melwood

       

       

       

      Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson's increased wage demands scuppered his move to Anfield.

      A deal had been struck with the Iceland international for him to return to Swansea - where he had spent the latter half of last season on loan - but when Rodgers moved to Anfield that move hit the rocks. 

      The Reds then appeared to be in pole position because of the player's relationship with the manager but when discussions began over finances Rodgers discovered the 22-year-old was asking for more money than he had agreed at Swansea.

      Rodgers did not feel that was justified and, as a result, Sigurdsson signed for Tottenham - because of the club's ambition and quality squad according to the player.

      'He wasn't playing at Hoffenheim, I brought him to Swansea and he did very well for me there, scoring seven goals in 19 games and was very good,' said the Reds boss, who succeeded Kenny Dalglish just over a month ago.

      'He and I both sat and spoke and believed that playing football was going to be the most important aspect for him.

      'But obviously it was important financially so we agreed a deal for him to go to Swansea and that was wrapped up.

      'I then became the Liverpool manager and that then wasn't something that was going to happen at Swansea so he then had a choice of where he wanted to go.

      'I knew what the market was and I wasn't prepared to pay anything over what I had known was agreed before.

      'Liverpool would have provided Gylfi with a wonderful opportunity to perform with a manager that he knows and at a club which is a real footballing institution.

      'But he's decided to go to Tottenham, for whatever reason.

      'I wish him the best, he's a good kid and there's no ill feeling. We've got other targets and we'll move on.'


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    •  

      City's Van 'tap' rap

      Arsenal claim Man City tapped up RVP 
      VAN CRASH ... Arsenal and City are on a collision course over RVP

      ARSENAL want to report Manchester City for allegedly ‘tapping up’ star striker Robin van Persie.

      The club are convinced that Van Persie’s agent Kees Vos has already been in touch with the Premier League champions.
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      Manager Arsene Wenger and chief excutive Ivan Gazidis called Vos yesterday to express their fury at how RVP announced he would leave on Twitter.

      In more embarrassment for the shell-shocked Gunners, their second-largest shareholders launched a scathing attack on the club in an open letter.

      Usbek oil magnate Alisher Usmanov and Farhad Moshiri, who hold around 30 per cent of shares, blasted the club over losing Van Persie, just like they lost Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri last summer.

      They wrote: “This policy is leading to the loss of our best players, often to our main competitors and even causes the players themselves to question their future at the club and the club’s ambitions.

      “The situation with our captain and outstanding performer of last season, Robin van Persie, sums this up.”

      Most of the players return to training next Monday and Wenger and Gazidis (right) must now decide whether to lodge an official complaint over the alleged tapping up.

      No club has invoked the Prem’s Section K rule on illegal approaches since Chelsea were fined £300,000 for their part in Ashley Cole’s move from Arsenal in 2005. City are adamant they have done nothing wrong.

      SunSport told yesterday that the Gunners felt Van Persie was trying to plot a way out of the club.

      Arsenal insist they will hold the Dutch star to the last 12 months of his contract, although the reality is they will let him go for £30million.

      City will make an opening bid of only £15m for the 37-goal Footballer of the Year who can pocket £200,000-a-week wages at the Etihad.

      Usmanov and Moshiri, through their Red & White Securities Limited, want to put Arsenal in a position where they can retain and sign top stars.

      They wrote: “It doesn’t help to turn a blind eye and keep thinking we are in the same league as Real Madrid, Chelsea, Man City and Barcelona.

      “To have a chance of success, which means winning trophies, we need to match them in every aspect.”

      Arsenal expect Van Persie to go on their Far East tour. He could even face City in a friendly in Beijing’s Olympic Stadium on July 27.

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    • Arsenal plunged into civil war as Usmanov blasts chief Kroenke after RVP bombshell

      Hitting out: Russian-based billionaire and Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov (L),sat beside Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, has launched an attack on the cluib

      Hitting out: Russian-based billionaire and Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov (L),sat beside Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, has launched an attack on the cluib

       

      Under pressure: Usmanov's attack has turned up the heat on majority shareholder Stan Kroenke

      Under pressure: Usmanov's attack has turned up the heat on majority shareholder Stan Kroenke

       

       

      ARSENAL SHAREHOLDERS

      • Kroenke Sports Enterprises UK Ltd - 41,581 shares = 66.83 per cent
      • Red and White Securities Ltd (Alisher Usmanov and Farhad Moshiri)
        18,495 shares = 29.72 per cent
      • Other shareholders = 3.45 per cent

       

       

      Arsenal are threatening to head into meltdown after Alisher Usmanov launched an attack on the club.

      After being hit by Robin van Persie's refusal to sign a new contract, the Gunners hierarchy have now been questioned in an open letter from Red & White Holdings - which is fronted by Russian billionaire Usmanov.

      It turns up the heat on owner Stan Kroenke as the club battles to stay among the Barclays Premier League's elite.

      Arsenal's second-biggest shareholders have written to Kroenke expressing 'deep reservations' about how the American is running the club.
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      Usmanov and Farhad Moshiri claim that a 'tight' financial regime is leading to manager Arsene Wenger selling his best players and 'having to continue to find cheaper replacements.'
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      They complain that 'we are faced with losing our true marquee player' because we cannot 'give confidence that we can win trophies,' asking 'where are the safeguards to ensure that this doesn't happen again and again?' 

      The pair own just under 30 per cent of Arsenal through investment company Red & White but haven't been allowed on the board  by Kroenke.

      Red & White feel Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has given the impression there is a 'bitter stand-off' between themselves and the hierarchy.

      The letter continued: 'In our view it is clear you are trying to distract attention from the more fundamental issues facing the club.

       

       

      Tipping point: Red &amp; White's rant comes a day after Robin van Persie announced he will not be signing a new contract

      Tipping point: Red & White's rant comes a day after Robin van Persie announced he will not be signing a new contract

       

       

      'These are the financial model, the lack of investment and club's future strategic direction.

      'At the heart of this is the policy of so-called self-financing.

      'The previous decision by the board to fund the building of the Emirates Stadium with long-term debt was, we believe, certainly not about self-financing.'

      Red & White, who point out they have 'invested circa £200million of cash', set out their 'vision' for Arsenal.

      The letter added: 'It is simple. A debt free club, with a big enough war chest to buy top talent players who can hit the ground running and who can complement the club's long tradition of developing young players and homegrown talent.

       

      Vision: Red &amp; White wants Arsene Wenger to spend money on top talent

      Vision: Red & White wants Arsene Wenger to spend money on top talent

       

       

      'Together they can help the club win the most prestigious trophies - because it is the trophies which are the crowning achievement for everybody at the club.'

      Red & White closed their letter by wishing Kroenke 'every success', although stressing they have 'deep reservations about the viability of the policies being pursued by his management team and sanctioned by the board'.

      The letter concluded: 'Finally and reflecting our long-term commitment to the club, we will continue to purchase more shares in the club from anyone who wants to sell them to us.

      'Also in order to formalise our long-term involvement with the club and put an end to any speculation over our position, we, as the co-owners of Red & White, will proudly retain our holding in the club as a long-term investment for ourselves and our family members to benefit for generations to come.

      'We want the absolute best for the club and will do what is necessary to ensure the success of the club that we all love.'

      Arsenal will take time reviewing statements in the open letter before deciding whether to make any official response.

       

      New era: Olivier Giroud is one of Wenger's big signings so far this summer

      New era: Olivier Giroud is one of Wenger's big signings so far this summer

       

       

      However, it is understood the Gunners board and management team are all very committed to the current direction, with a firm belief that the self-funding model will bring long-term success, both on and off the pitch.

      The claims by RWS follow on from the announcement by Van Persie, in a carefully worded statement on his official website, that he would not be extending his current deal, which runs out next summer.

      The 28-year-old netted 37 goals in all competitions as Arsenal eventually secured third place, and manager Arsene Wenger recently declared the club must retain their talisman 'at all costs'.

      However, despite meeting with Wenger and chief executive Gazidis at the end of last season and the signings of Germany striker Lukas Podolski as well as France forward Olivier Giroud, Van Persie remains unconvinced he can fulfil his ambitions with the club he joined as a raw talent from Feyenoord in May 2004.

      Van Persie will turn 29 in August, and the next contract he agrees could well be his last at the highest level.

      Serie A winners Juventus, Paris St Germain and Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City are said to be ready to test Arsenal's resolve with a £20million-plus bid.

      However, the Gunners - who last summer saw both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri leave - could also look to hold Van Persie to the terms of his deal.


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    • Fergie's going for a Brazilian: United delegation jet out to sign Moura

       

      Chelsea and Real Madrid are also chasing the small but skillful Sao Paulo attacking midfielder who is now the Reds' No.1 target

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      Moura merrier: United want Lucas to spice up last year's trophyless team
      Moura merrier: United want Lucas to spice up last year's trophyless team

       

       

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      Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson wants to make Brazil's next big thing - Sao Paulo starlet Lucas Moura - his big summer signing.

      Fergie has sent a delegation headed by chief scout Jim Lawlor to thrash out a deal for the 19-year-old, who is also wanted by Chelsea and Real Madrid.

      Meanwhile, Ferguson is pleading with United's owners, the Glazer family, to spend up to £30million on the youngster who tops his hit-list as he aims to improve his side after a trophyless season.

      United have been on the Moura's trail for months and invited his father to Old Trafford for talks - as Mirror Sport revealed in April.

      Now, they have gone to Brazil in a bid to seal the massive transfer.

      Moura, who has already capped by his country, is valued at £35m by Sao Paolo, but United are looking at ways of bringing down the price while also winning over the player and his loved ones.

      The youngster's contract is part-owned by his family. If they back a move to Old Trafford, it could give Ferguson's hopes of pulling off the coup a real boost.        

         

      Manchester United board members Avi Glazer, Bryan Glazer and Joel Glazer, sons of Malcolm Glazer, prepare to watch their team take on Villarreal in their Champions League soccer match at Old Trafford

      Show me the money: The Glazers must fork out if United are to land Lucas Moura

       

       

       

       

      Fergie hopes the fact that United see Moura as their top priority will also give them a leg up on Chelsea and Real.

      However, the real key will be getting the financial backing of United's American owners, by using the argument that Moura will have re-sale value as he is younger than alternative targets such as Tottenham's Luka Modric.

      Chelsea have had a bid for Moura turned down, while Spanish champions Real are already in talks with his camp.

      Moura is a small but super-skilled attacking midfielder who made his debut as a 17-year-old and has now played 80 times for Sao Paolo.

      United would have no hesitation spending the money and putting Lucas into their side from the start, with Ferguson desperate for an injection of something fresh after a season of disappointment.

      Edited by zocoss 05 Jul `12, 11:31AM
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    • Liverpool's new third strip: The worst jersey ever... or a kit of all right?

       

      Getting shirty: Liverpool's new third kit has been unveiled

      Getting shirty: Liverpool's new third kit has been unveiled

       

       
       

      Liverpool kit designers Warrior made a real splash with the Anfield club's new strip - which is some coincidence as the newly-unveiled third kit looks like a wet suit.

      Pushing boundaries, expanding horizons, seeking out brave new worlds, say what you like - this change kit is certain to divide opinion.

      The radical combination of purple and orange are hardly the choice of colours to satisfy the purists over on Merseyside and comes after the club revealed the ultra-traditional first kit in May. 

      The new home kit was well received by those who appreciated it's nods to the illustrious history at Anfield.

      The Reds heralded the new home kit for 'it's modern tradition' and that 'it's unapologetically Liverpool FC', but the third strip is as far removed from that as you could imagine.

      The new kits are the first collaborations with Boston-based company Warrior Sports following a £25m-a-year partnership which broke British records when its was announced last year.

      Warrior, a subsidiary of New Balance, have taken over from adidas in making a kit which has in recent years been the fourth biggest seller around the world.

      Around 900,000 are sold annually, a number only beaten by North West rivals Manchester United.

       

      Black LFC Kit 2013

      Wet suit jersey ?

      New Liverpool Away Kit 2012-13

      Black Liverpool Jersey 2013 Warrior Sports

       

       

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    • Kind of expected... He will end up at City as most of gunners stars do... lol.

      $120k compare to $225k per week, borrow Joe Cole's words, a no brainer not to take... Laughing

      But i think Wenger also expected already otherwise why he signed so many new top strikers for, French league top scorer Giroud and Germany forward Lukas Podolski...

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    • I didn't go to Liverpool because Spurs are going places, reveals Sigurdsson

       

      Making an impression: Gylfi Sigurdsson scores against Spurs in Swansea's 3-1 defeat at White Hart Lane

      Making an impression: Gylfi Sigurdsson scores against Spurs in Swansea's 3-1 defeat at White Hart Lane

       

       

       

       

       

      Gylfi Sigurdsson spurned Liverpool's advances because he believes Tottenham are a club that is going places, the Iceland midfielder has revealed.

      Speculation surrounding Sigurdsson's future came to an end when Spurs confirmed they had signed the 22-year-old on a reported five-year deal.

      Sigurdsson had been linked with Swansea, where he was on loan last season, and the midfielder confirmed this evening there was also strong interest from Liverpool, who are now managed by former Swans boss Brendan Rodgers.

      But Sigurdsson opted to move to White Hart Lane after a meeting with the Spurs' hierarchy, who persuaded him the north London club are destined for great things.

      Spurs failed to make the Champions League last season after Chelsea's victory over Bayern Munich in the final, but Sigurdsson believes the club will be serious challengers for a top-four place next term.

      'I enjoyed playing under Brendan and I am grateful for everything he has done for me, but after careful consideration I liked Spurs best,' Sigurdsson told Icelandic website mbl.is.

      'The team has world-class players in their ranks and they play good football, which I like. I was impressed with the club's plans for next season and the coming years.


      On the move: Sigurdsson

      On the move: Sigurdsson

       

       

      'There is clearly great ambition at Tottenham and the club intends to do big things. It is a pleasure to see that Gareth Bale has signed a new contract.

      'There are top players in the team and the club is getting a new training ground.'

      Sigurdsson joined Swansea on loan from Hoffenheim last season and netted seven times in 19 appearances for the Welsh side.

      Swansea had agreed a £6.8million fee, and personal terms with the player, but Rodgers' departure to Liverpool scuppered the deal.

      The midfielder has already spoken to Andre Villas-Boas, who was named as Harry Redknapp's replacement, and is looking forward to working under the Portuguese.

      'I like him and the ideas he has,' Sigurdsson added. 'He has faith in me and I'm looking forward to working under his leadership.'

      Sigurdsson's arrival has raised questions about the future of Luka Modric.

      The Spurs playmaker, who last year was the subject of a £40million bid from Chelsea, has made it clear he wants to leave White Hart Lane, and Sigurdsson is being viewed by some as a like-for-like replacement.

      Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has vowed not to sell any of the club's top stars but his resolve could be tested if Chelsea, Real Madrid or either of the Manchester clubs bid for the Croatian this summer.

      Tottenham hope to wrap up a deal for Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen in the near future and the club have also been linked with a move for Russian midfielder Alan Dzagoev.


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    • Tottenham: Five tasks for the new manager André Villas-Boas

      The Portuguese will need to appease Luka Modric and Gareth Bale while adding to his resources in defence and attack

       

      Andr&eacute; Villas-Boas tasks

      André Villas-Boas will have to handle players like Luka Modric and Gareth Bale better than he did the big egos at Chelsea. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/for the Guardian

       

       

      1 Resolve the Modric situation

      Tottenham's playmaker wants Champions League football and that's on offer at Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United. Can AVB convince the Croatian to hold tight for at least a year, in the hope Spurs return to Europe's top competition in 2013-14? If he can't, the expected signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson may ease the blow of Modric's departure, especially as the Icelander may better balance André Villas-Boas's preferred 4-3-3 formation

      2 Sign a new centre back

      Tottenham have plenty of talent in the centre of their defence, but none of it is a surefire, long-term bet: Ledley King is on his last legs, Michael Dawson has been out injured for some time, and William Gallas isn't getting any younger. Steven Caulker, returning from a successful loan spell at Swansea, may be the answer, but if Villas-Boas decides the 20-year-old is not quite ready, he may need to dip into the market

      3 Keep Bale happy – within reason

      Gareth Bale's new four-year deal is great news for Spurs, but the player's ambitions will need to be kept in check. Bale is world class out wide but if last season is any guide, distinctly average in the middle of the park, where he has pretensions to play. Villas-Boas needs to gently disabuse the player of his Beckham-like desire to move away from where he shines – a test of the manager's ability to handle big egos with sense and sensitivity, something he failed to achieve at Chelsea

      4 A new striker

      Harry Redknapp has left Villas-Boas an attack-minded squad – albeit one light on actual attackers. Emmanuel Adebayor's loan period has come to an end, and Roman Pavyluchenko has left. Only Jermain Defoe of the big-name strikers remains, and he's not particularly happy with his role as a bit-part player. Daniel Sturridge could fill the gap

      5 Good PR

      Villas-Boas has much else on his plate – from sourcing a long-term replacement for the goalkeeper Brad Friedel to attempting to persuade his old Porto charge João Moutinho, below, to join him at White Hart Lane – but perhaps the most crucial task is to get the Spurs support onside. A section of the fanbase are sceptical in the wake of the Chelsea debacle. A modest acknowledgement of his mistakes at Stamford Bridge – even if they were blown out of all proportion by an unfairly critical media briefed by Chelsea's old guard – would help win hearts and minds, and buy him time he might otherwise not enjoy should his reign get off to a slow start

      Edited by zocoss 04 Jul `12, 10:25PM
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    • China crisis: Anelka argues with angry fan after Shanghai Shenhua lose again

       

      Supporter was furious over poor performance and star's refusal to perform traditional end-of-match bow but was told: I don't care

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      Bow row: Anelka wouldn't perform salute to fans that is customary in China
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      Nicolas Anelka’s Chinese adventure has gone pear-shaped after he got involved in an ugly confrontation with an irate Shanghai Shenhua fan.

      Anelka, who captains the super-rich Chinese side, angered their supporters by refusing to perform a traditional bow with the rest of the team after a shock 1-0 loss away to bottom-of-the-league Qingdao Jonoon.

      Bowing by a whole team at the end of a match is customary in China.

      It is seen as a way for the players to thank fans for their support, regardless of the result of the game.

      The former Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Bolton and Chelsea hitman was verbally attacked after the match by a fan, who stormed into the lobby of the hotel where the Shenhua squad were staying.

      The fan shouted, in English, at ex-France international Anelka, “Why don’t you bow with the rest of the team?”

      He was bundled away by other Shenhua players and hotel staff before tensions could boil over.

      However, the fan later returned for another go at Anelka, as the players were preparing to board their bus.

      On spotting the same seething supporter , Anelka walked up to him and said, “If you want to have a talk. Stand here now.”

      The fan, who made a 700-mile round trip from Shanghai to attend the match, shouted back at Anelka, “I took time off work and paid for flight tickets and a hotel to come to support you all, but you did what?”

      A perplexed Anelka replied, “Why me? Why don’t you find a Chinese player?”

      The fan shouted back, “Because you are the captain and you should be responsible for this [bowing to the fans] - if you don’t respect us, we don’t respect you.”

      Anelka replied, “I don’t care.”

      The incident caught the attention of the Chinese media, who also noted that Anelka left the field as quickly as possible after the Qingdao game, without shaking hands with any of his opponents.

      Fans on Chinese football forums and social networks were split on the issue, but the tide in Shanghai seems to be starting to turn against Anelka, who has scored just two goals in 12 games.

      Shenhua have struggled this season and are just one point off the bottom of the table halfway through the season.

      Shenhua supporter Lu Xiaoming, 24, told MirrorFootball, “I didn’t travel to the game but I heard about what happened - what can I say? I just hope he leaves.

      "Anelka is a myth, I’ve given up trying to work out why he isn’t playing better.”

      But fellow fan Li Gun, 27, was more forgiving of Anelka and said, “He’s done his best so far, his personality is not the type to bow to fans, so I still support him.

      "The problem in Shenhua is that some local players are just not good enough to play alongside him.”

      Shenhua recently appointed former Argentina boss Sergio Batista as manager, replacing Anelka, who had a brief spell in charge as player-coach earlier in the season.

      Batista confirmed that new signing Didier Drogba will make his Shenhua debut on July 14 in a match against their bitter rivals Beijing Guoan.

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      Gunners laud Olivier: New signing Giroud set to tackle taboos on the terraces

       

      The French league’s top scorer last season was recently voted the country’s sexiest footballer and got his kit off for gay mag Tetu

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      Olivier Giroud looks set to make waves in the Premier League after posing for a gay magazine in France.

      The Montpellier striker is due to join Arsenal in a £10m deal after Euro 2012.

      Giroud, the French league’s top scorer last season, was recently voted the country’s sexiest footballer. The 25-year-old has now got his kit off for gay mag Tetu. 

      He features on the front cover of the Paris-based monthly, proudly ­declaring: “I have no taboos.”

      Montpellier owner Louis Nicollin has repeatedly made headlines with a string of anti-gay comments.

      But Giroud told Tetu: “I would be delighted if my ­gesture can help change the mentality of some people ­involved in football.  

      “I don’t see any difference between a gay person and a straight one. Tetu is a ­magazine just like any other.”

      Edited by zocoss 04 Jul `12, 9:47PM