Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hit with £50k fine and given suspended stadium ban

first_img1 Jose Mourinho has been given a suspended one-match stadium ban and fined £50,000 for his outburst following Chelsea’s defeat to Southampton.The under-pressure Blues boss launched a scathing attack on referee Robert Madely after his side were beaten 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge on October 3.He was furious at Madely’s failure to award Chelsea a penalty and claimed officials are ‘afraid’ to give his team vital decisions.Mourinho was subsequently charged with misconduct by the Football Association, and the Portuguese has admitted breaching their rules.An FA statement read: “Jose Mourinho has been given a suspended one-match stadium ban and fined £50,000 after he admitted a breach of FA Rules in relation to post-match media comments.“The Chelsea manager was charged for misconduct following the game against Southampton on Saturday 3 October 2015.“It was alleged his remarks constituted improper conduct in that they alleged and/or implied bias on the part of a match official or match officials and/or brought the game into disrepute.“Mr Mourinho’s suspended stadium ban will be immediately invoked should he be found by an Independent Regulatory Commission to have committed a further breach of FA Rule E3 for any comment or statement to or through the media before 13 October 2016. Jose Mourinho last_img read more

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Video: Happy birthday Paul Scholes! All of the Manchester United great’s England goals

first_imgHappy birthday to one of the greatest midfielders England, and the Premier League, has ever seen.Paul Scholes turned 41 today – which means it’s absolutely OK to revisit his best moments for his country.The former Manchester United midfielder turned back the clock by starring in a Unicef charity match at Old Trafford on Saturday.GALLERY: 10 GREAT IMAGES AS MANCHESTER UNITED LEGENDS BECKHAM AND SCHOLES STAR IN CHARITY MATCHWhat was your favourite Scholes goal for England?last_img

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Roses are Red, relegation is claret and blue: Valentine’s Day massacre as Liverpool beat Villa 6-0

first_img 5 5 As good as Liverpool’s attacking play was, with manager Jurgen Klopp starting Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho in combination for the first time, Villa’s collective defending was so shambolic that attention must inevitably centre on the Villans’ shortcomings.Sturridge – whose two previous Premier League goals this season came in Liverpool’s home victory over Villa last September – scored the Reds’ first after 16 minutes, guiding a header from a beautifully whipped left-wing Coutinho cross past Villa ‘keeper Mark Bunn.  Liverpool cruised to an emphatic 6-0 victory at Villa Park as the home side’s pathetic capitulation left them seven points adrift at the bottom of the table, eight away from safety and utterly bereft of hope as they stare relegation in the face.A week ago Liverpool supporters left Anfield en masse after 77 minutes of a Premier League draw with Sunderland, in protest at proposed ticket price rises.But at Villa Park on Valentine’s Day, there wasn’t much love in the air as the home team’s fans departed in droves rather than witness the latest nadir of a so far wretched season for one of English football’s most historic clubs. Former Villa man James Milner doubled the lead with 25 on the clock, swinging a free-kick into the box that evaded everyone, including a flapping Bunn, for a soft second goal.Just before the hour, Emre Can got in on the act, receiving the ball from Firmino on the edge of the box and sending a right foot shot past Bunn.Four minutes later, Divock Origi was brought on for Sturridge, whose lack of match fitness meant he lasted just an hour. Villa were quick to welcome the Belgian to the party.Origi’s first touch took him clear of the woeful Villa back line, which had pushed up the pitch only to be completely exposed by a simple Coutinho through ball. The Belgian’s second touch made it 4-0. The fifth was reminiscent of playground football, as Nathaniel Clyne’s shot was saved, only for a panicked defensive scramble from the home side to ensue around the six yard area, from which the ball emerged for Liverpool’s right-back to tuck home with ease.As if things could barely get any worse, Kolo Toure was left completely unmarked at a corner kick and duly headed in Liverpool’s sixth on 71 minutes.Klopp’s team have been rightly criticised for their defending at set plays this season, but there cannot have been a more abjectly defended set piece all season than Villa’s organisation for Toure’s goal.With 15 minutes to play, Liverpool’s German manager brought on former Villa striker Christian Benteke, whose move from Villa Park to Anfield last summer for £32.5m has so far proved an expensive failure. And so it says it all that, despite being out of favour at Liverpool, Benteke’s introduction will have reminded the Belgian striker he is almost certainly better off being relegated to the bench with the Reds, than being relegated with Aston Villa. 5 5 5 Daniel Sturridge enjoys Liverpool’s win at Villa Park last_img read more

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VIDEO: Watch Man United flop Bebe channel his inner Ronaldo with this strike

first_img Bebe’s time with Manchester United was not a success Check out this thunderous strike from Manchester United flop Bebe!The Portuguese signed for the Red Devils in 2010 for a reported £7.4m – despite Sir Alex Ferguson admitting to have never seen him play.He only managed two appearances in four years at Old Trafford before moving back to Portugal with Benfica and now on loan at Rayo Vallecano.However, he showed a glimpse of why Carlos Queiroz recommended him to Ferguson with this stunning strike against Espanyol on Monday night. Watch the video and let us know what you think in the comments section below! 1center_img Getty last_img read more

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Tribe drives Yankees buggy in wild contest

first_imgUnreal. Surreal. Hitchcockian. Call it whatever you’d like. October baseball has rarely witnessed something like this. At times, it was like watching a low-budget, late-night horror flick: “The Bugs Who Ate The Yankees.” And for some reason they feasted on Chamberlain, who stood on the mound struggling to see catcher Jorge Posada’s target as the tiny pests buzzed around his head. As some of them stuck to his muscular, sweaty neck and back, Chamberlain threw a wild pitch in the eighth that gave Cleveland the tying run. Three innings later, the Indians won it and swarmed Hafner like their little helpers did to the Yanks. “They bugged me,” Chamberlain said. “But you’ve got to deal with it.” Umpire crew chief Bruce Froemming said he never considered stopping the game, which will surely go down as one of the strangest in postseason history. “It was just a little irritation,” he said. “We’ve had bugs before. I’ve seen bugs and mosquitoes since I started umpiring. It might not be a perfect scenario. Within about 45 minutes, basically they were gone. “There was just about a 10-minute period where everybody was lathering up,” he said. By the end of the night, the Indians were celebrating and heading to New York looking for a sweep. “I don’t feel safe at all, though,” first baseman Ryan Garko said. “I mean, it’s the Yankees.” Lofton, a gnat-like nuisance to the Yankees – one of his many former teams – so far in this series, walked on four pitches to lead off the 11th against Luis Vizcaino. Franklin Gutierrez failed twice to get down a sacrifice before hitting a single. Casey Blake moved the runners up with a bunt before the Yankees walked Grady Sizemore to load the bases. Rookie Asdrubal Cabrera missed his chance at being a hero by popping up right in front of the plate, but Hafner, who has struggled all season, delivered. Cleveland’s designated hitter lined a single on a 3-and-2 pitch to right-center – making the Indians just 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position – and was mobbed by his teammates as an exhausted crowd of 44,732 towel-waving fans celebrated a win they’ll talk about for years to come. One day after the Indians slugged their way to a 12-3 win, Fausto Carmona and the Yankees’ Andy Pettitte put pitching back into the series. New York finished with just three hits, all off Carmona during his nine spectacular innings. Rafael Perez went two innings for the win. Game 3 will be Sunday at Yankee Stadium, with Cleveland’s Jake Westbrook facing Roger Clemens. Until the first pitch, everyone will talking about the bugs. “It was like blankets of stuff out there,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said. Chamberlain, the wildly popular 22-year-old, came in for Pettitte in the seventh with runners at first and second. He struck out pinch-hitter Gutierrez and got Blake on a soft fly to right to keep the Yankees up, 1-0. That’s when everyone started buggin’ out. Chamberlain needed to be sprayed with repellant before taking the mound in the eighth as the pesky insects descended upon the ballpark on another muggy fall night. Chamberlain walked Grady Sizemore to open the eighth and threw a wild pitch before asking for another dose of spray. Cabrera sacrificed before Hafner lined out to first. Then, on a 1-and-0 pitch to Victor Martinez, Chamberlain uncorked another wild pitch that allowed Sizemore to score.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ALDS: Amid a swarm of insects, Cleveland rallies to take control. By Tom Withers THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CLEVELAND – These were truly sacrifice flies. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CitySwarming bugs, millions and millions of them, bombarded the New York Yankees at the worst possible time Friday night, covering and rattling rookie reliever Joba Chamberlain and helping the Cleveland Indians to a 2-1 win in 11 innings and a two-game lead in their AL playoff series. “It’s like somebody let them go,” Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said. “Just when you think you’ve seen it all – that’s home-field advantage.” Midges 1, Yankees 0. Where was the Sultan of Swat when they needed him? Travis Hafner hit a bases-loaded, RBI single with two outs in the 11th to score Kenny Lofton as the Indians, who trailed, 1-0, before the flying pests invaded in the eighth inning, won a game their fans will never forget. last_img read more

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Folk hero saves day for Cowboys

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe Cowboys scored nine points in the final 20 seconds Monday night, with Nick Folk’s 53-yard field goal as time expired giving them an improbable 25-24 win over the Buffalo Bills. “Oh, it’s great,” Folk said. “It shows you how good we can be and what we can do if we don’t make mistakes. And even if we do make mistakes and we stick together as a team, we still stay in the game.” Romo, after being intercepted five times and also losing a fumble, drove Dallas (5-0) 80 yards and hit Patrick Crayton with a 4-yard TD pass with 20 seconds remaining. The 2-point conversion try failed when Jabari Greer stripped Terrell Owens of the ball in the end zone. But Tony Curtis recovered the onside kick and after two completions, Folk nailed his fourth field goal, shocking the sellout crowd that came to celebrate the first Monday night home game for Buffalo (1-4) in 13 years. “I think our team, outside of me, played an outstanding football game,” Romo said. “They dug me out of it. It was tough to grow through that, especially on Monday night. No one is going to care when it’s all said and done how you won the game.” It was the second last-second loss on a field goal this season for the Bills; Denver did almost the same thing in the opener. “It was embarrassing, embarrassing,” Bills receiver Lee Evans, on the verge of tears, kept repeating in a somber locker room. “We had opportunities to put the game away, put some points on the board, give us a little more cushion. Couldn’t do it. It’s embarrassing.” The win kept the Cowboys the NFC’s only unbeaten team heading into a battle with 5-0 New England in Texas Stadium. This latest victory was one of the most incredible in the Cowboys’ illustrious history. Buffalo made nearly all the big plays, including interceptions for TDs by George Wilson and Chris Kelsay and a 103-yard kickoff runback by Terence McGee. In position to clinch it, Trent Edwards’ pass from the Dallas 11 was tipped by DeMarcus Ware and returned 70 yards by Terence Newman. Romo looked for tight end Jason Witten, his favorite receiver. Instead, he found linebacker John DiGiorgio at the goal line and DiGiorgio returned his first career pickoff 38 yards. Yet the Cowboys didn’t go away. And after their long drive to Crayton’s TD, Sam Hurd deflected the onside kick ahead to Curtis. After Owens couldn’t hold on to a 20-yard pass to the Buffalo 25, Romo completed two more passes against Buffalo’s inexplicably soft coverage. Folk, after having his first try from 53 yards negated by a Bills timeout, won it. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NFL: Dallas scores nine points in the final 20 seconds to beat Buffalo. By Barry Wilner THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Tony Romo is nothing if not resilient. And because he didn’t let four interceptions in the first half, two returned for touchdowns, destroy his night, the Dallas Cowboys pulled off a stunning comeback victory. last_img read more

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Frank Girardot: Real-life Mexican mob not ‘Sopranos’

first_imgFrankie Buelna of Bassett took a bullet to the gut at a sports bar in Pomona this month. Jimmy Palma of San Gabriel got shivved on Death Row in San Quentin in 1997. Jose Uribe of Rosemead took a shank 40 times to various parts of his body and was killed in county jail in 1993. All three had something in common – an affiliation with La Eme, otherwise known as the Mexican Mafia. All three deaths likely came from crossing the gang leaders. La Eme, Spanish for the letter “M,” as in Mafia, was organized in the early 1940s. Its first leaders were gathered from East Los Angeles street gangs. The gang grew up in the 1970s and by the 1990s controlled most of Southern California’s street trade in illegal drugs. Gang members in Whittier, San Gabriel, El Monte, La Puente, Pomona, Baldwin Park, Pico Rivera, Montebello and El Sereno began paying “taxes” on their drug sales and taking part in the loosely organized group. The ties were further revealed in 1995 when the federal government brought a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, or RICO, Act case against 22 suspected members of the group. Many had long-standing ties to area gangs like El Monte Flores and Bassett Grande. About that time, reporter Robert Morales and I wrote a series of articles about how La Eme called a halt to drive-by shootings in all area barrios. The idea was to keep the cops out of neighborhoods because their presence was slicing into drug profits. The results were pretty dramatic, and Uribe was one of those who paid the price for violating the edict. He pulled two drive-bys on a rival in violation of the order. A couple of days after arriving in the county lockup he was assassinated. Sangra gang member Jimmy Palma’s demise came from violating another edict: Never kill children. He was convicted of doing just that. Palma and Richard Anthony Valdez of West Covina had been ordered to kill Anthony Moreno of El Monte. They did. They also killed Moreno’s sister, her 5-year-old daughter, her 6-month-old son and a family friend. As for Frank “Frankie B” Buelna, the verdict is out. Tony Rafael, who writes at inthehat.blogspot.com and recently published a book titled “The Mexican Mafia” detailing the history of the gang, summed it up like this on his blog: “What’s behind his killing? Too soon to say,” he wrote. “It may be politics eating up the old-school shot callers or maybe it was a personal,” he wrote. “There’s more to this, but we may not know for a long time. Or maybe never.” frank.girardot@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717 Frank Girardot is city editor of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Visit his blog at www.insidesocal.com/sgvcrime.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThere’s a whole history of the gang and tales of colorful characters like Joe “Pegleg” Morgan and Rudy “Cheyenne” Cadena. But make no mistake, these guys are not “The Sopranos.” The shot callers don’t live in fancy suburban homes and drive expensive SUVs. They aren’t the type that make appointments with leggy shrinks to discuss their mother fixations. In truth, La Eme is a violent gang run from inside the state prison system. And it has long-standing ties to the San Gabriel Valley. As far back as the 1970s, murders in the area were attributed to the gang. In one case in 1970, a woman identified as a police informant was killed in Monterey Park. A note that read “Eme” was taped to her body. A few years later, another Monterey Park woman headed to Sacramento to testify about La Eme before the state Legislature. She was met at the airport, shot in the head and dumped in an irrigation ditch at the side of the road. last_img read more

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KILLYBEGS FISHERMEN’S ROW – KFO HITS OUT

first_imgTHE KILLYBEGS Fishermen’s organisation has hit back at former industry leader Joey Murrin over comments he made recently with regard to EU quota negotiations with Iceland.Mr Murrin, who ran for Fine Gael in the European elections in 1984 and is a former Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) chairman, claimed the country was losing millions of euro because of EU and Irish government dithering.The KFO however said it rejected “personal comments by Joey Murrin on the mackerel negotiations as unfounded scaremongering” and giving the “incorrect impression that he is the only one who is actively campaigning to stop the reckless and irresponsible behaviour of Faros and Iceland in setting unjustified enormous autonomous mackerel quotas.” The KFO said it had been very active in attending and participating in all mackerel negotiations over the last two years and has had several meetings with Minister Coveney and his predecessor on an agreed national position.The KFO says it has full confidence in the Department’s negotiator that attends the meetings and sees no basis whatsoever of the claim that Irish pelagic fishermen could lose €30 million in 2012.The body claimed it had been instrumental in conjunction with EU pelagic industry colleagues in getting the EU Commission to bring forward its sanctions proposal on the 12th December 2011.In a statement issued today the Chief Executive of the KFO Sean O’Donoghue said he was “surprised at Joey’s comments as he has neither been party to any of the negotiations nor been in touch with the organisation to get updates on the negotiations, and seems to be unaware that the sanctions proposal by the Commission was published before Christmas and discussed at the December Fisheries Council.” He went on: “I am at a loss to understand how he arrived at an estimated loss of €30 million in 2012 for Irish mackerel fishermen.“Furthermore I have full confidence in the Department’s negotiator that attends the Coastal States meetings. He not only fully understands the importance the mackerel fishery for Ireland but has a very clear negotiating mandate from the Minister and has remained in constant with the KFO during meetings.”He added: “These are personal comments by Joey and do not reflect the views of the KFO. The Commission sanctions proposals published by the Commission before Christmas has been called for by KFO and EU pelagic industry colleagues for almost two years and were a key priority at our meeting with Commissioner Damanaki last July.”The statement went on: “The factual situation as regards the mackerel Coastal States negotiations is that a further round of negotiations is scheduled for next week in Reykjavik Iceland from the 14th February to 17th February.“Should there be no agreement there both the EU and Norway have already agreed that they set the final TAC based on the ICES scientific advice for 2012 which is almost identical to 2011 advice. It is anticipated that Ireland’s final quota will be only slightly down on the 2011 quota but most certainly not a 20% reduction. “The sanctions document that has been published by the Commission before Christmas has already been discussed by the European Parliament Fisheries Committee. Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP has put forward some very good amendments that significantly strengthen the document which were well received by the Committee.“A satisfactory outcome to mackerel situation is of paramount importance to the KFO and no stone will be left unturned to ensure that happens. The KFO is fully aware of the importance of mackerel fishery to Killybegs particularly to employment at sea and ashore.”KILLYBEGS FISHERMEN’S ROW – KFO HITS OUT was last modified: February 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalfishing organisationicelandKillybegsmackerel quotaslast_img read more

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Martin O’Neill responds when asked whether he’ll become Aston Villa manager

first_imgMartin O’Neill has responded to questions concerning his future as Republic of Ireland manager, following Remi Garde’s departure from Aston Villa.The 63-year-old is currently contracted with the Irish FA until the end of Euro 2016, when he will assess his future with no new deal lined up to remain in charge.He has been linked with a return to Villa Park, where he worked as manager between 2006 and 2010, but O’Neill has quickly laughed off speculation that he could be set to leave his current job to take charge of the Premier League strugglers.When asked about the vacancy, O’Neill replied: “I have a job to do here. I am delighted with the job. How dare you ask me?”Early frontrunners for the role include former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, as well as David Moyes, who is out-of-work since having been sacked by Real Sociedad in November.Roy Keane, who currently works as O’Neill’s assistant, has also been touted for a return to the Midlands club, having fulfilled a similar role under Paul Lambert.The current Irish boss spoke on these rumours, responding when asked if Keane could be a candidate.“Well, if he leaves tomorrow, I will be very disappointed,” O’Neill added.Earlier today, former Villa striker Andy Gray told talkSPORT that the club need to hire a boss like Graham Taylor to lead them on a revival up the leagues. Martin O’Neill is currently in charge of the Republic of Ireland 1last_img read more

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