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    25,008 posts since Sep '05
    • Sturr crazy? Chelsea reserve wants £80k a week AND position pledge from Liverpool

      Reds have made an approach about a January deal but striker wants mega money and a guarantee he'll play only through the middle not out wide

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      Wide of the mark? Sturridge's verdict of his value far exceeds Liverpool's

       

      Wide of the mark? Sturridge's verdict of his value far exceeds Liverpool's

       

       

       

      Daniel Sturridge is demanding a staggering £80,000 a week to move to Liverpool in January. 

      The Reds have already asked Chelsea about their reserve striker’s availability, and look set to follow up their interest, which dates back to the summer, in the winter transfer window.

      There is a feeling at Anfield, however, that Sturridge has done little in the last 12 months to justify such big wages since his fine start to last season. 

      Back then, he scored 10 goals playing wide in an attacking three under Andre Villas-Boas. 

      But since last December, he has scored just five times for the European Champions.

      The 23-year-old’s camp also insist he MUST play through the middle if he were to move to Liverpool next month. 

      Liverpool are keen not to repeat the financial mistakes of past windows after big signings Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing struggled to make any sort of impact

      Edited by zocoss 04 Dec `12, 7:23PM
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    • Originally posted by I.imba:

      Seriously....i thought is assisant to Rafa?


      'Stand by" in case need to chop suddenly... Laughing

      And also put as a spy to have a better knowledge of whats going on in the dressing room like whose not happy with the manager but not dare to tell i guess...

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    • Toilet roll and £20s... West Brom players stitch up Ridgewell in best way they know how

       

      Bad taste: Ridgewell landed himself in trouble after this picture was leaked

      Bad taste: Ridgewell landed himself in trouble after this picture was leaked

       

       

       

       

      With toilet roll pouring down from cupboards and a £20 note stuck to the wall, it could only be one player's locker which has been trashed and photographed for posterity on Twitter: Liam Ridgewell.

      The West Bromwich defender has been remorseful after the embarrassing picture emerged of him wiping his backside with a wad of £20s.

      But it would seem his team-mates have seized upon this as a perfect opportunity to wind-up one of their fellow players.

      The former Aston Villa and Birmingham defender was forced to apologise after the picture was leaked at the weekend. 

      He claimed the shot was taken to wind up a friend after he won a bet and he never intended for it to enter the public domain.

      Ridgewell told The Sun: 'The photo was taken in the privacy of my home around eight months ago as a joke to wind up a mate, who I had just won a personal bet with.

      'I only intended him to see the photo but now it’s public, I can understand how it will be viewed. I am sorry for any offence it causes.'

      The picture caused anger as Ridgwell earns in a week what the denizens of the West Midlands earn - on average - in a year.

      The club distanced themselves from the issue saying it was a private matter.

      'This is a private issue for Liam that has become public', a Baggies statement said.

      'It does not put the club in a good light and we will deal with the matter internally. Since Liam joined us 11 months ago, his conduct on club duty has been exemplary.'

       

       

      Wind-up: Ridgewell's locker draped with toilet rolls and a &pound;20 note

      Wind-up: Ridgewell's locker draped with toilet rolls and a £20 note

       

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    • Benitez: Lampard and Cole could yet stay

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      Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard
      Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard have made nearly 850 Chelsea apperances between them

       

      By ESPN staff

      Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has backtracked on comments he made suggesting Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard would be allowed to leave the club at the end of the season.

      Cole and Lampard are both out of contract at Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, with Benitez appearing to reveal at one of his opening press conferences as the club's interim manager that the England duo would be departing the Blues next summer.

      The Spaniard has now moved to clarify those comments, however, suggesting that both players could yet end up staying in west London.

      Cole has been strongly linked with a move to Paris St Germain in recent weeks, while Lampard is believed to be a target for MLS side LA Galaxy and Ligue 2 club AS Monaco.

      "When I was asked the other day, maybe it was a misunderstanding or maybe my English was not good enough, but the situation I know is that they are finishing their contracts [in the summer]. Past that, I do not know," Benitez said on the club's official website.

      "I know that Frank is happy here and he is a player that is part of the leadership, he is one of the important players, but I do not know about his future.

      "So I cannot say yes or no, he will stay or he will leave, in January or even at the end of the season. At this moment, I do not know."

      Benitez confirmed that he met with the Chelsea hierarchy on Friday, but insisted that potential January signings were on the agenda - not who might leave.

      "We didn't talk about any players going," he said. "The board were asking me about players coming but not about any players leaving."

      The Blues have been linked with Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao and Metalist Kharkiv forward Taison in recent weeks.

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    • Luis is no cheat

      THAT'S HANDY ... Suarez was booked for handball
      THAT'S HANDY ... Suarez was booked for handball


      Brendan Rodgers leaped to the defence of Luis Suarez as a new controversy hit the ­Liverpool striker.

      The South American was booked for handball during the 1-0 victory over Southampton and will now miss the visit to West Ham next week, after reaching five bookings this season.

      It leaves the Reds boss without a recognised centre-forward for the visit to east London, and there was criticism of the striker after the game against Southampton for trying to score with the aid of his arm.

      But Rodgers insisted: “If he’s handled the ball, then it’s probably just natural instinct. I didn’t see it clearly, but I’m sure it was instinctive and not cheating as someone suggested.

      “With instinctive stuff like that, of course it’s needless, but sometimes they happen. He’s done so well to arrive at this stage without that extra booking, but there we go.”

      Rodgers admitted a certain frustration at losing Suarez for such an annoying offence, but said: “I do still have people capable of getting goals.

      “I’m not going to lose sleep because he’s not available. At least it means he will more than likely start now against Udinese. We’ll be strong there.”


      Edited by zocoss 03 Dec `12, 2:37PM
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    • Rafa rages at Chelsea flops

      RAFA BENITEZ launched a furious attack on his Chelsea players, claiming they have no leaders, no confidence and no character.

      The Blues boss turned on his side after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at West Ham — and is now ready to rush back the injured John Terry and Frank Lampard.

      Benitez, who was again booed by Blues fans, said: “Normally when you lose, you are not happy — but I was angry. We did not manage their physical game, the long balls, the second balls, the corners.

      “We gave them too many options to play their game and we could not be comfortable in possession.

      “That is when you have to show character and quality — and we did NOT do that.

      “Character and leadership is always necessary in a team.

      “Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea team had a lot of character but it is a different time now.”

      The European champions face two vital games this week — against Danish minnows Nordsjaelland in the Champions League and then struggling Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday.

      They must beat the Danes — and hope Juventus lose — to make the last 16 of the Champions League.

      Both knee injury victim Terry and Lamps, who has a calf problem, could return to face the Black Cats, with Benitez admitting he is desperate for their leadership qualities.

      He said: “Terry will train part of the session on Monday so, hopefully, will be close, although with the knee you never know. Frank will train on Monday as well. Sunderland? We will see.

      “I will talk with them and then the doctor afterwards.

      “Normally I wouldn’t play them if it was not necessary but a lot of players can play with problems. It depends on the risk.

      “But character and leadership are necessary in a team.”

      Rafa admitted that confidence is low throughout the team. He said: “We have young players in their first year in the Premier League.

      “They have talent and quality but you still have to show that on the pitch.

      “If you cannot cope with the physical demands of the game, you cannot show your quality so we have to give them confidence.

      “I’ve not had too much time in training every day but we will try to adjust things.

      “They are experienced players, they’ve won the Champions League and a lot of trophies but they have to show that character.

      “And they need confidence to do that.

      “Some players might show character but if one or two are not at that level, the whole team suffers.

      “That is what happened in the second half at West Ham.”

      Benitez insisted he had not bitten off more than he could chew at Stamford Bridge. He said: “I knew it was a challenge. If we had beaten Fulham, when we had control, and West Ham, everything would be different and I am confident things will change.

      “I just came to do my job and I am sure that the team is good enough to win things. We have to win games and then everyone will be happier.”

      Juan Mata, who scored the opener at Upton Park, said: “In the last few weeks we’ve been dropping down and losing points and we need to change that. It’s important that we improve.”

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    • PREMIER LEAGUE 2012

       

       

       

       

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      Manchester City vs Manchester United

       

      Sunday, 9 December 2012

      Time: 9:30pm  -  (Live)   

      Mio Channel 102 in HD

      EPL Game 16

        

       

       

       

      Manchester United :  

      De Gea, Ferdinand, Rafael, Smalling, Buttner, Evans, Evra, Carrick, Giggs, Scholes, Cleverley, Fletcher,  Hernandez, Welbeck, Robin Van Persie, Young, Rooney, Lindegaard.

      Powell, Macheda, Bebe.

       

      Doubtful : Valencia, Anderson, Jones.

       

      Injured : Vidic, Nani, Kagawa. 

        

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    •  

      GAME 16

       

      EPL - Match 16 - December 8 / 9 / 10 / 12 Fixtures

       

             

       

       

       

       

      Saturday, December 8, 2012

       
       
      Sunderland v Chelsea       
           11:00      Mio    102  


      Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion     11:00 Mio    103 

        

      Swansea City v Norwich City   11:00      Mio    104


      Aston Villa v Stoke City    11:00      Mio    105


      Southampton v Reading          11:00      Mio    106  

       

      Wigan Athletic v Queens Park Rangers   11:00      Mio    107

       

       

       

       

      Sunday December 9, 2012 

       

       

      Manchester City v Manchester United     9:30     Mio    102

       

      West Ham United v Liverpool     12:00mn      Mio    102

       

      Everton v Tottenham Hotspur      11:00     Mio    103



       

      Monday December 10, 2012  

       

       

      Fulham v Newcastle United      4:00am (Tue)    Mio    102

       

       

       

      Wednesday December 12, 2012  

       

       

      Sunderland v Reading       3:45am (Thur)       Mio    102

       

       

       

       

      Saturday, December 15th Weekend, 2012

      Chelsea v Southampton
      Liverpool v Aston Villa
      Manchester United v Sunderland
      Newcastle United v Manchester City
      Norwich City v Wigan Athletic
      Queens Park Rangers v Fulham
      Reading v Arsenal
      Stoke City v Everton
      Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City
      West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United

       

       

       

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    • EXCLUSIVE: Get me Avram! Abramovich wants former Chelsea boss Grant to replace flailing Benitez... ALREADY

       

      Under fire: Rafael Benitez has struggled in his first games at Chelsea

      Under fire: Rafael Benitez has struggled in his first games at Chelsea

       

       

      Roman Abramovich is considering a shock move that would see Avram Grant return to Chelsea.

      The Russian fears he has made a mistake bringing in Rafa Benitez and sees the re-appointment of Grant as an adviser to the Spaniard as a possible solution.

      Benitez has been interim manager for only three games but is yet to win, and fans are fiercely against him.

      After Saturday's 3-1 defeat at West Ham, Abramovich spoke to senior Chelsea lieutenants about approaching the man he sacked after the 2008 Champions League final. Grant has been out of work since leaving Partizan Belgrade at the end of last season.

      The Israeli is understood to have a good relationship with Benitez, which has encouraged Abramovich to think the pair could work in tandem.

      The Chelsea owner has met fans and also been warned by his close circle of advisers that the appointment of Benitez could be turning into a disaster. Abramovich was appalled by his team's performance in Benitez's first game, a goalless draw against Manchester City, and made one of his personal visits to the training ground last Tuesday.

      It is understood he was also at the training ground to visit Andriy Shevchenko, who was there to study for his coaching qualifications.

      But Abramovich was keen to carry out his own investigation before last Wednesday's game against Fulham, another goalless draw that left the Russian livid.

      Abramovich refuses to entertain anything other than a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League as he continues his seduction of Pep Guardiola, and will stop at nothing to achieve it.

      He is determined to jolt Chelsea back to winning ways and is not opposed to firing Benitez if he believes it is the only course of action to save the season. With Grant installed in a consultancy role, he will have a safe pair of hands ready to take over team affairs if it comes to this.


      Disappointed: A number of fans were outraged that Champions League-winning coach Roberto Di Matteo was sacked

      Disappointed: A number of fans were outraged that Champions League-winning coach Roberto Di Matteo was sacked

       

      Remember me, Rafa? Avram Grant (right) was sacked by Roman Abramovich

      Remember me, Rafa? Avram Grant (right) was sacked by Roman Abramovich

       

      Ruthless: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich

      Ruthless: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich

       

       

       

      Fears are also circulating within the camp that players have not reacted well to last month's sacking of Roberto Di Matteo and that there are communication problems with Benitez.

      The interim manager insists on two team-talks, speaking English to the English speakers and Spanish to others, which caused confusion in the dressing room at West Ham.

      It has also emerged that Abramovich invited seven Chelsea fans into his office at Stamford Bridge before the Manchester City game to discuss Benitez's appointment. The meeting lasted around an hour.

      The supporters told Abramovich that they appreciated his backing for the club but would continue to protest against the Spaniard.

      Anti-Benitez banners were on display at Upton Park and fans sang: 'Roman Abramovich, is this what you want?' after Chelsea went behind. Benitez has told Abramovich the squad needs boosting in January.

      He said: 'The players know that if I am here it is because they were not at the level everyone was expecting.'


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    • Ridgewell’s bum note: West Brom star apologises after being pictured wiping his backside with pile of £20 notes

      West Brom defender Liam Ridgewell has apologised after an embarrassing picture emerged of him wiping his backside with a wad of £20 notes.

      The former Aston Villa and Birmingham defender claims the picture was taken to wind up a friend after he won a bet and he never intended on it becoming public.

      Ridgewell told The Sun: ‘The photo was taken in the privacy of my home around eight months ago as a joke to wind up a mate, who I had just won a personal bet with.

      ‘I only intended him to see the photo but now it’s public, I can understand how it will be viewed. I am sorry for any offence it causes.’

      The picture showed the 28-year-old squatting over a toilet with nearly £1000 worth of £20 notes scattered over the floor.

      The West Brom player earns around £20,000-a-week and the picture is sure to anger fans – especially as that is the average annual salary in the West Midlands – one of the most deprived areas in the country.

      The picture was sent to the newspaper by a fan who asked not to be named, he said: ‘The people of West Bromwich earn a fraction of what this idiot earns yet he makes a mockery of his good fortune like this. It makes me sick.

      ‘We’ve always thought footballers were arrogant, overpaid buffoons and this just proves it.’

      The club distanced themselves from the issue saying it was a private matter.

      They told The Sun: ‘This is a private issue for Liam that has become public.

      ‘It does not put the club in a good light and we will deal with the matter internally.

      ‘Since Liam joined us 11 months ago, his conduct on club duty has been exemplary.’

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    • San zero: Premier League clubs on alert as Sneijder threatens to leave Inter for FREE

      Dutch playmaker is claiming breach of contract, which interests the likes of United, City, Liverpool and Spurs

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      Wesley Sneijder is ready to walk out of Inter Milan for free – sparking a Premier League scramble to sign the Dutch master next month.

      Sneijder, a £35million target for Manchester United 18 months ago, is taking legal advice to discover whether he can force his departure from the San Siro after being ordered to take a pay-cut by the Italian giants.

      Inter want to slash his £180,000-a-week wages by half – and have told him he will continue to be frozen out by coach Andrea Stramaccioni until he signs the new deal.

      Sneijder, 28, will ask FIFA to intervene but has already been assured he is within his rights to walk out on Inter for breach of contract and restraint of trade.

      That would allow him to sign for another club while FIFA investigate his case – and it could take FIFA up to two years to make a ruling.

      Sneijder’s availability will once again alert Sir Alex Ferguson.

      The United manager wanted to sign the Dutchman last summer but pulled the plug on the deal when the player demanded wages of £250,000-a-week.

      Sneijder’s advisers have made it clear he is now ready to take a small cut to around £160,000-a-week.

      Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool have all been informed of Sneijder’s impending availability. And although Paris St Germain and Fenerbahce have made their interest clear, the player would prefer a move to England.

      Sneijder has made just five Serie A appearances for Inter this season and hasn’t played since September 26. He said: “I am super-fit and I want to play.”

      Inter are trying to slash their wage bill as the world economic crisis grips Italian football. Sneijder still has two-and-a-half years left on his contract, but Inter will extend it by a further season if he accepts a pay-cut.

      Inter’s technical director Marco Branca warned: “We have given Sneijder time to think about our offer and during this situation we will not select him for games.”

      Edited by zocoss 02 Dec `12, 10:42AM
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    • Rafa axe fear

      West Ham 3 Chelsea 1

      RAFA BENITEZ last night admitted he could soon be AXED as Chelsea boss.

      Interim chief Benitez revealed he was “not 100 per cent” certain of his future after the defeat at West Ham.

      Benitez admitted: “I would say that it depends on the things that we can do on the pitch. So, if we improve on the pitch, it will be easier for everyone.”

      Pressed on the fact he did not sound 100 per cent sure of his position, he replied: “No, I am not 100 per cent. We didn’t win today — that is the main thing.”

      Benitez knows owner Roman Abramovich may pull the trigger after a shaky start to his Stamford Bridge career, which has seen two draws, one defeat and just one goal scored.

      He was again booed by the Chelsea fans and taunted with chants: “You’re getting sacked in the morning.”

      West Ham boss Sam Allardyce warned Benitez he will NEVER succeed at the club unless he wins over the fans.

      Allardyce said: “You can’t manage a club if the fans are not behind you. It just won’t happen. And the only way you can get them on your side is by winning games.”

      “If you’re winning, the fans will always back you.”

      And Big Sam believes the nature of the job makes it impossible to feel sorry for Benitez.

      He added: “We don’t have sympathy for each other.

      “We compete against each other, we toil against each other and we play mind games against each other.

      “I said to my players in our pre-match team-talk that a lot of people have been saying Chelsea would be relieved to be playing away from home after the problems they’d had in their last two home games.

      “I told my players to make sure that wasn’t the case and we came out on top.”

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    • Usually the case after one fellow talk big pre-match...

      Allen was his usual self, poor in midfield again. Dunno where he find his confidence... Must be from his manager...

      Bale was amazing, he ran 50 yards cutting through pool's defence like a hot knife through butter... And he left 4 pool defenders behind watching...   

      Downing and Henderson started again, looks like they chase Sahin for nothing... Pay $80 odd k pounds a week to park butt on the bench.

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    • EPL - Match 15 - Dec 1 / 2 / 3 Fixtures

       

         

       

           

       

       
      Matches on Singtel Mio Tv :     

       

       

       

       

      Saturday, December 1st, 2012


       

      West Ham United v Chelsea            8:45      Mio    102 

       

      Manchester City v Everton       11:00      Mio    102 

      Liverpool v Southampton      11:00      Mio    103


      Arsenal v Swansea City          11:00      Mio    104


      Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur        11:00      Mio    105

       

      West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City          11:00      Mio    106

      Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa       11:00      Mio    107


      Reading v Manchester United         1:30      Mio    102 

       

       

       

       

       

      Sunday December 2nd, 2012 

       

      Norwich City v Sunderland    12:00      Mio    102  

       

       

      Monday December 3rd, 2012 

       


      Newcastle United v Wigan Athletic      4:00      Mio    102 

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      December 8th Weekend, 2012

      Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion
      Aston Villa v Stoke City
      Everton v Tottenham Hotspur
      Fulham v Newcastle United
      Manchester City v Manchester United
      Southampton v Reading
      Sunderland v Chelsea
      Swansea City v Norwich City
      West Ham United v Liverpool
      Wigan Athletic v Queens Park Rangers

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

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    • Chelsea issue partial apology over Mark Clattenburg affair

      • Chelsea: initial statement needed 'more consideration'
      • Club regrets impact of media scrutiny on Clattenburg

       

      Referee Mark Clattenburg, 4th official,

      Mark Clattenburg returned to action as a fourth official when Tottenham Hotspur played West Ham United on 25 November, nearly a month after Chelsea's complaint.
       
       

       

       

       
       
       
       
       

      Chelsea have expressed regret over their handling of aspects of the complaint of racist abuse lodged against Mark Clattenburg, with all parties involved now seeking to draw a line under the controversy ahead of the official's return to top-flight refereeing on Wednesday night.

      The Chelsea chairman, Bruce Buck, had met face to face with Clattenburg at the National Football Centre in Burton upon Trent on Monday, discussing the issue with all 16 of the elite referees, the Professional Game Match Officials Limited general manager Mike Riley, and the Premier League's chief executive, Richard Scudamore. Those talks were deemed as frank but constructive, with a joint statement duly issued by the club, PGMOL and the Premier League in which Chelsea admitted they should have "given more consideration" before making their allegation public.

      The Football Association determined last week that no charges would be brought against Clattenburg after investigating a claim by the Chelsea midfielder Ramires that he had heard the official describe Mikel John Obi as "a monkey" during the 3-2 defeat by Manchester United on 28 October.

      The club had confirmed in the immediate aftermath of that game that they had lodged a complaint to the Premier League match delegate, alleging "inappropriate language used by the referee and directed at two of our players". They made a formal complaint to the FA the following week over the alleged incident with Mikel, but dropped their accusation over comments allegedly made towards Juan Mata.

      "There was a constructive and open discussion," read the joint statement issued on Wednesday. "The club regrets not having given more consideration before issuing a statement on the evening of Sunday 28 October. The club also regrets the subsequent impact the intense media scrutiny had on Mark Clattenburg and his family. The referees accept that given Chelsea had received a good faith claim from one of their employees, the club had an obligation under FA rules to report the allegation."

      The statement fell short of issuing the public apology demanded by the referees' union, Prospect, with Chelsea conscious that Ramires still resolutely stands by his original testimony and that the FA welcomed the manner in which the club followed the formal process with their complaint. The PGMOL has also accepted the club followed protocol in lodging the complaint once their employee had made his claim.

      Yet there has been recognition within the club's hierarchy of the personal pressures placed on Clattenburg, who had always denied any wrongdoing but had been omitted from the referees' roster for the four weekends since the game at Stamford Bridge while the FA conducted its inquiry. Having been fourth official for Tottenham Hotspur's victory over West Ham on Sunday, he will take charge of Wednesday's game between Southampton and Norwich at St Mary's.

      Buck made a point of stressing the club saw no issue with the 37-year-old officiating at games involving Chelsea. "There was recognition by all parties that the impartiality and integrity of refereeing in this country remains paramount," concluded the statement. "Chelsea made it clear they would welcome Mark Clattenburg back to Stamford Bridge in the future and PGMOL would have no issue in appointing him to a Chelsea FC match going forward. It was a thoroughly professional meeting. All parties now believe it is time to draw a line under this incident, learn from it and move on for the good of all Premier League clubs, players and match officials."

      Prospect's national secretary, Alan Leighton, said the use of the word "regrets" in the joint statement was "an important move forward in confirming Chelsea's recognition of Mark's integrity and impartiality". 

      Mikel has requested a personal hearing having been charged with misconduct for using threatening or abusive words and/or behaviour after he stormed into the officials' changing room after the final whistle. If the charge is upheld, he is expected to face at least a three-match ban. That could be extended to as many as five if the mitigating circumstances are rejected.

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    • The star of this match could turn out to be Dempsey tonight. In his last game he was really impressive, like he has finally settle into the Spurs team since moving in late Aug. So if Pool emphasize alot on Bale, Dempsey may surprise everyone...

      Let's see if Allen have to eat humble pie at the end of this match...  

       

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    • Allen got good things don't learn but now learn Carragher and Gerrard ways of talking big before a match... Often such talks backfire...     

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    • Buck holds Clattenburg talks as Chelsea seek to rebuild ties

       

       
       
       
       
       

      Chelsea made the first move towards a reconciliation with referee Mark Clattenburg when the club's chairman, Bruce Buck, paid him a personal visit yesterday.

      Buck travelled to St George's Park in east Staffordshire where the 16-strong group of select referees were having their regular meeting in an attempt to explain why Chelsea pushed ahead with their allegation of racism by Clattenburg towards midfielder John Obi Mikel.

      Since Thursday's decision by the Football Association that Chelsea's evidence that Clattenburg called Mikel "a monkey" during the game against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on 28 October was not strong enough to warrant a charge, talks have been ongoing between the club and Mike Riley, general manager of the referee's association.

      While Chelsea's decision to push ahead with the complaint was judged to be justified by the FA, despite the evidence of midfielder Ramires being judged to be insufficient, the club have been looking at ways of building bridges with the refereeing community.

      There are elements among the referees in the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMO) who are understood to be very unhappy about the manner in which Chelsea approached the issue and determined that some such acknowledgment be made by the club.

      The discussion with Buck is also believed to have touched on the possibility of Clattenburg taking charge of Chelsea games in the future.

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    • Gunns are all the wage

       
       
      Marouane Chamakh
      'DEADWOOD' ... Arsenal flop striker Chamakh 

       

       

       

       

      ARSENAL’S board will face more questions when bitter rivals Spurs release their figures for last season.

      They are set to reveal Tottenham spent £1million less PER WEEK on wages than the Gunners.

      Arsenal have already confirmed a wage hike of 15 per cent to £143.4m in 2011-2.

      If reports are correct, that Spurs remained at their 2010-11 level of £91.1m — or below it — it would mean Arsenal spent £52m more to finish just a point ahead.

      Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis will say ‘Ah, but we qualified for the Champions League.’

      Yet it was only Chelsea’s Munich miracle which denied fourth-placed Spurs and the Gunners will recoup that £50m from this season’s competition only if they win it.

      Some Arsenal fans will also see further evidence the club are not using their wage budget effectively.

      There is particular dismay about “deadwood” like Marouane Chamakh, Sebastien Squillaci and Johan Djourou, who earn the best part of £150,000 per week between them but are yet to make a Premier League appearance this season.

       

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    • Joe’s Spur

      Joe Allen
      WELCOME HOME ... Allen is in the mix at Swansea yesterday

       



      Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

       

      Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool      3:45      Mio    102


       

       

      JOE ALLEN insists Liverpool’s ‘Invincibles’ can down Spurs at White Hart Lane.

      The Reds extended their unbeaten league run to eight games yesterday in their stalemate at Swansea.

      Next up for Brendan Rodgers’ men is a trip to Tottenham on Wednesday.

      And Allen said: “We have extended our unbeaten run now in the league to eight games and we are getting that consistency now which we want.

      “We would like to pick up more wins, that goes without saying, but we are confident that in the coming matches that’s going to come.

      “We will go to White Hart Lane with a high level of confidence and are confident we can get a good result.”

      Allen spent five years in South Wales before following Rodgers to Anfield in the summer.

      And the midfield schemer admits it was emotional going “home” to the Liberty.

      He added: “It was exciting for me to come back.

      “I had some great years here, Swansea have great support and there’s a great bunch of lads in the dressing room as well, so it was nice to come home.

      “Playing in midfield against Leon Britton was a strange but good experience as he has been something of a mentor to me, so it was a great challenge against a great player.

      “Swansea was an incredible experience in my life and I can’t be more grateful to this club. The ride they have been on has been an amazing story and to be part of that I feel very humbled and privileged.

      “I’m in a new chapter of my life now at Liverpool and am loving life here. It’s an incredible club to represent and I’m loving every minute of it.”


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    • You can't deny he got better PR skills than Rafa, Roy and Kenny lor... And he is always rubbing his players up making them feel good... lol.

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    • PREMIER LEAGUE 2012

       

       

       

       

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      Manchester United vs West Ham 

      Wednesday, 28 November 2012

      Time: 4:00am  -  (Live) (Thur Morning)  

      Mio Channel 103 in HD

      EPL Game 14

        

       

       

       

      Manchester United :  

      De Gea, Ferdinand, Rafael, Smalling, Jones, Buttner, Evans, Evra, Carrick, Giggs, Cleverley, Fletcher, Anderson, Hernandez, Welbeck, Robin Van Persie, Young, Rooney, Powell, Lindegaard.

      Macheda, Bebe.

      Doubtful : Valencia -  hip problem

      Suspended : Scholes

      Injured : Vidic, Nani, Kagawa. 

        

      Edited by zocoss 27 Nov `12, 11:04AM
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    • Can't wait to see the fans reaction at the end of this match if Chelsea don't win... More boos for ah ben?