Sportsday Live - Wednesday 23 May as it happened

Joey Barton receives 12-match ban, manager news from Liverpool, Aston Villa and Chelsea, plus more.

23 May 2012 Last updated at 20:06

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  1. 2000: 

    That's it for another day of Sportsday Live. Thanks for reading and participating. Back tomorrow.

  2. 1958: 

    A final few comments as you react on Twitter to Joey Barton's 12 game ban:

    Joe Seward on Twitter: "Joey Barton brings an element of danger to a sport becoming more and more airy-fairy. He's good for entertainment value."

    James Collins on Twitter: "Punishment is not severe enough for Barton, in my view. 75 grand won't bother him and a 12 match ban isn't long enough."

    Stuart Urquhart on Twitter: "Joey Barton should now be sacked by QPR. He's had more than enough chances now. He was the same when at the Toon..."

  3. 1955: 

    Where does Barton sit in the all-time bans list?

    9 months - Manchester United's Eric Cantona for his 'kung-fu' style kick.

    9 months - Aston Villa keeper Mark Bosnich who tested positive for cocaine.

    8 months - Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United for missing a drugs test.

    11 games - West Ham's Paulo di Canio for pushing over referee Paul Alcock.

    10 games - Nottingham Forest's David Prutton for shoving referee Alan Wiley.

    9 games - Paul Davis of Arsenal for punching Southampton's Glenn Cockeril.

    8 games - Liverpool's Luis Suarez for racially abusing Patrice Evra.

    5 weeks - Man United's Roy Keane for comments made in his autobiography.

  4. 1953: 

    Shaun Cronin on Twitter: "Joey Barton's 12 game ban must be the longest given for an on field incident since Eric Cantona, what do you think?"

    In a minute Sportsday Live will show you the top eight longest bans for players...

  5. 1947:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveBARTON BAN

    Former Birmingham, Leicester and Wales midfielder Robbie Savage speaking on 5 live Sport on BBC Radio 5 live: "Knowing Mark Hughes as I do and how he handles disciplinary problems, I'd be surprised if Joey plays for QPR again.

    "Possibly they are making an example of Joey. The fine is irrelevant. To Joey Barton that is probably one week's wages.

    "Looking at the 25-man squad, with him missing for 12 games, will Hughes leave him out of the squad? The question needs to be: will he play for QPR again and if he doesn't play for QPR again where will he go?"

  6. 1942:  
    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 liveBARTON BAN

    Danny Mills continues on BBC Radio 5 live: "Without a shadow of a doubt this has something to do with previous and because it is Joey Barton. Yes he deserved to get sent off and the incident with Aguero he deserved a ban for that, but an extra four games on top of that?

    "Joey will take his punishment. He has had his problems and bounced back. One to one he's a decent guy, but he's lost his head.

    "It's a couple of years since he was at Newcastle and he had problems with Alan Shearer as manager. When you have demons it is difficult to change things overnight. It is almost like an alcoholic. You're only one drink from falling off the wagon.

  7. 1938:  
    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 liveBARTON BAN

    Former Man City, Leeds and England right-back Danny Mills speaking on 5 live Sport on BBC Radio 5 live: "If I'm honest I think it's a bit over the top and harsh.

    "You have to put it in perspective when you look at other cases. Ben Thatcher got nine games when he wiped out Pedro Mendes and that was verging on GBH. Luis Suarez was guilty of racist abuse - one of the vilest things in modern football - he got games."

    "Maybe a couple of extra games would have been about right, but because it's Barton and his history the FA have been particularly harsh."

  8. 1934: 

    Here are a few more of your reactions to the news that the FA have given Joey Barton a 12 match ban:

    Jamie Hardesty on Twitter: "Barton is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. There is more to football than talent. Attitude is as important."

    Nick Alderman on Twitter: "Should have been a longer ban. Much longer."

    Joe Siman on Twitter: "Joey Barton. The archetypal leopard that never changed his spots."

    Vincent O'Rourke on Twitter: "What Barton did was disgraceful but the FA should apply this with all players, sanctioning diving and backchat to the ref..."

    What do you reckon? Get in touch, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  9. 1925: 

    BBC Sport's Scott Read reports at close of play as Lancashire finish the day at 276 for 4 against Middlesex:

    "A brilliant unbeaten century from Ashwell Prince capped off a really good day for the defending champions.

    "He later admitted he'd missed out on a century the last 10 times he'd score a half century. Now he'll have his eyes set on surpassing his highest score for the red rose which currently stands at 135.

    "His partnership with Steven Croft, who played superbly for his 78 has given Lancashire the platform to build a big first innings score."

  10. 1922: 

    BBC Sport reporter Joe Wilson speaking on 5 live Sport on BBC Radio 5 live: "It has been a long and exhausting session here, longer than most expected. It is fascinating to ponder what they were debating.

    "There was only one real charge that Barton disputed. It is very interesting from the statement, saying it is not just what Barton did but the context of the profile of this match.

    "I understand Barton has the right to appeal but he hasn't made clear if this is going to happen."

  11. 1920: 

    The National Football League PlayersAssociation file a lawsuit accusing the NFL and its owners of collusion to establish a secret salary cap during the 2010 season.

    According to the complaint, NFL teams operated with a $123m cap in 2010 even though the season was played without a spending limit under the terms of an agreement that expired after the season ended.

  12. 1918: 

    Czech Republic will be without captain Tomas Rosicky for this weekend's Euro 2012 warm-up match against Israel due to a calf problem, according to Czech media.

    The Arsenal midfielder will resume training next week.

  13. 1914: 

    Surrey v Warwickshire is the only game still playing in the County Championship. Kent batsman and one-time West Indies Test player Brendan Nash scored 50 not out in just 77 balls before stumps in their match at home to Leicestershire.

  14. 1909: 

    Opinion is divided on Twitter as QPR captain Joey Barton receives a 12 game ban from the Football Association:

    Matt Emery on Twitter: "Joey Barton is still a passionate professional footballer. I'd stand by him with the ban."

    Dave McCormack on Twitter: "Whilst I don't condone Barton, it is harsh. What about Carlos Tevez? There was provocation but nothing is said."

    Jack Alderson on Twitter: "He doesn't even deserve to play any more. Disgrace to football, as far as I'm concerned."

    Mark Throw on Twitter: "Not long enough. Barton is a disgrace. Should have been a 12 month ban..."

    Join in with your views, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  15. 1900: 

    BBC Sport news correspondent Dan Roan tweets: "I doubt a £75,000 fine will bother Barton. But having to sit and watch 12 matches perhaps will."

  16. 1859:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport chief football writerBARTON BAN

    "Very strong action from FA regarding Joey Barton and he can have no complaints, especially after that red card. If QPR were planning to ship Barton out after his behaviour on the final day of the season a 12-match ban rather complicates matters."

  17. 1855: 

    So what do you make of the Football Association's decision to ban Joey Barton for 12 matches from the start of next season? QPR's midfielder and captain will miss a third of the 2012/13 campaign, as things stand.

    Are you on the side of the FA with their disciplinary action, or is this sanction unduly harsh? Get in touch with your thoughts and opinions via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  18. 1851:  
    Gordon Farquhar, Radio 5 live Sports News CorrespondentBARTON BAN

    "This is not a huge surprise, given the seriousness of the offence and his previous record with his previous indiscipline on the pitch. The FA took a very dim view. He's been twice dealt with by the FA before for violent conduct."

  19. 1848: 

    The FA continue:

    "Barton accepted the charge of violent conduct against Sergio Aguero but denied the second breach of violent conduct against Vincent Kompany. The independent Regulatory Commission, however, found this second charge proved.

    "Barton is already serving a four-match suspension for his dismissal in the match, which consists of three matches for violent conduct plus one match as this was the player's second dismissal of the season. The two further breaches for violent conduct ordered he be suspended for eight matches to run consecutively to the four matches, taking the total suspension to 12 matches."

  20. 1846: 

    The Football Association publish a statement on their website after handing QPR captain Joey Barton a 12 game ban.

    "An independent Regulatory Commission has today dealt with two charges of violent conduct against Joey Barton, arising from the game against Manchester City, resulting in an eight-match suspension and £75,000 fine for the Queens Park Rangers midfielder.

    "This eight-match suspension is to run consecutively to the four-game suspension Barton was already given for his dismissal in the fixture, making a total of 12 matches."

  21. 1843:  
    Gordon Farquhar, Radio 5 live Sports News CorrespondentBARTON BAN

    "Joey Barton has received a 12 match ban, and quite clearly his future at QPR is now in some doubt. They are going to lose their player for a quarter of next season."

  22. 1838: 

    QPR midfielder Joey Barton has been banned for 12 matches by the Football Association following his red card at Manchester City.

  23. 1837: 

    Laura Robson makes it through to the second round of French Open qualifying, beating Spanish opponent Estrella Cabeza 6-2 7-6 (7-4).

    Robson, 18, is looking to make the main draw at a fourth successive Grand Slam, having been given a wild card at Wimbledon and come through qualifying at both the US Open and the Australian Open.

  24. 1833: 

    It's close of play in the County Championship match at Northampton as the hosts take Gloucestershire. Highlight of the day's play? James Middlebrook's impressive 121, his first century for a year.

  25. 1828: 

    You're all discussing the best European contingent to play together at as single club at the same time:

    Gareth Evans on Twitter: "Milan in the 90s - Van Basten, Gullit and Rijkaard would be a decent comparison!"

    Adrian Worsdall on Twitter: "Rangers' Dutch stars: Numan, Konterman, Ricksen, Van Bronckhorst, F De Boer, Mols and R De Boer - not a bad bunch."

    Patrick Meade on Twitter: "How about Chelsea's Italian contingent in the late 90s? Zola, Di Matteo, Cudicini and Vialli brought true flair and passion to the Premier League."

    Have your say and send us your suggestion, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  26. 1821: 

    Former England international Michael Owen, who will leave Manchester United in the summer, tweets: "Having a 5-a-side tonight with my mates. If any scouts fancy popping down to assess my form they are welcome!"

  27. 1817: 

    Republic of Ireland defensive trio Richard Dunne, John O'Shea and Sean St Ledgerwill miss Saturday's friendly against Bosnia-Hercegovina.

    St Ledger has joined Dunne, who has a lower abdominal micro-tear and O'Shea, who has an ankle problem, on the sidelines with a groin strain.

  28. 1812: 

    James Walker is targeting a podium finish on his first appearance at the world-famous Le Mans 24 Hour race.

    Walker has confirmed he will be behind the wheel of the JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 at next month's endurance event.

    "Being selected to race in the event is such a special moment for me," he enthused.

  29. 1807: 
    LONDON 2012

    Christine Ohuruogu, who won 400m gold at the Beijing Olympics four years ago, returns from a training camp in the United States and says she is focused on the "ultimate job" of succeeding at the London Games.

    "I am satisfied I did all I could while out in LA, so I am cool with that, but from now on I will be staying quite local," she said.

  30. 1803: 

    Northern Ireland teenager Sycerika McMahonfinishes fifth in the 100m breaststroke final at the European Championships in Debrecen.

    McMahon recorded a time of 1:08.72, just outside the Irish record time of 1:08.37 which she set on Tuesday to seal her place at the London Olympics.

  31. 1759: 

    After 165 tries in a 14-year career - including a record 58 in 87 Tests for Wales - Shane Williams is poised to bring the curtain down on a glittering career.

    Speaking to former England international Matt Dawson on BBC Radio 5 live, Williams admits: "Retirement is going to be strange. The thing I am going to miss are the guys themselves. Some of them have been my best friends since I started in 1998.

    "But at the moment I am quite excited about leaving it all behind and taking the next step."

  32. 1755: 

    Hampshire's Zimbabwean all-rounder Sean Ervine is left stranded on 109 not out as Glamorgan dismiss their hosts for 316 all out. Hampshire's last wicket stand added 85 to the final total.

  33. 1751: 

    Twitter's all a-babble, as you debate the greatest European contingent of players at a single club, following Newcastle signing their fifth French footballer:

    James Jenkins on Twitter: "How about Henry, Pires, Wiltord and Viera at Arsenal? No brainer..."

    John Campbell on Twitter: "Reina, Arbeloa, Alonso, Riera and Torres at Liverpool in 2008/09 are better than the current French group at Newcastle."

    Peter Donoghue on Twitter: "What about Boro's Brazillians ? Branco, Emerson and the legendry Juninho!"

    What are your thoughts? Get involved, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  34. 1746: 

    Lancashire's middle order batsman and South Africa international Ashwell Prince scores a century in Liverpool as his side pass 250 for 4 in a County Championship match against Nottinghamshire.

  35. 1743: 

    Amir Khan welcomes the announcement of his new bout, against unbeaten WBC champion Danny Garcia on 14 July.

    "Garcia is a come-forward fighter; he has a good knockout percentage," Khan explained.

    "My little bit of experience ahead of him should work in my advantage.

    "He's never lost before. It's going to be a good fight."

  36. 1740: 

    QPR captain Joey Barton leaves Wembley, having met with FA officials following his sending off against Manchester City on the final day of the Premier League season.

    The midfielder drove himself away and made no comment.

  37. 1732: 
    LONDON 2012

    Team GB BMX racer Shanaze Reade says the upcoming World Championships in Birmingham this weekend are "harder to win than the Olympics."

    She added: "A World Championships can sometimes mean more than an Olympic Games. You have the most people competing there. At the Olympics you only have 16 women and 32 men and at the World Championships it can be 60-plus women and 100-plus men that can enter."

  38. 1726: 

    Newcastle's siging of French midfielder Romain Amalfitano makes him the fifth French player on Tyneside, alongside Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan.

    Does that make Newcastle's French contingent the best group of European stars to play for one club in history?

    Can you think of a better clutch of foreign footballers to grace the pitch at the same time for the same top flight club?

    Get involved, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  39. 1719: 

    Richmond-based London Welsh have release a statement following the revelation that they will not be eligible for promotion to the Premiership.

    "We would like to express its grave disappointment on learning of this decision coming as it does just a few hours ahead of the first leg of the club's Championship Final against the Cornish Pirates," they say.

  40. 1714: 

    Scottish international flanker Alasdair Strokosch signs a two year contract with French outfit Perpignan.

    29-year-old Strokosch has played 25 times for his country.

  41. 1711: 
    LONDON 2012

    Team GB triple jumper Phillips Idowu says his preparation ahead of the Olympic Games is progressing as planned.

    "I've got a good winter of quality training under my belt and now I'm aiming for the gold medal," he declares.

  42. 1707: 

    Newcastle confirm the signing of 22-year-old Reims midfielder Romain Amalfitano.

    BBC Sport reporter Saj Chowdhury had a piece to the same effect on this very website earlier today.

  43. 1702: 

    Tom Todd on Twitter: "Fair play to Kranjcar, theres nothing more annoying than players signing a £200,000pw deal and saying "it's not for the money""

  44. 1657: 

    Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas, one of the favourites for the vacant Liverpool job, is looking for a club with a "strong technical plan" which has longevity, according to his agent. "What we are looking for is a strong technical plan, that is solid and durable," his agent Carlos Goncalves told "Villas-Boas would like to return to coaching in these conditions, but if these conditions are not available, we would have no problems not working. I won't confirm or deny contacts with specific clubs. What we are interested in is a technical project, its outlook and a situation that has longevity. Liverpool? Again, we look for a club which is very strong and competitive. We will see if there are conditions that will attract us with any club."

  45. 1650: 

    British number three Heather Watson advances to the second round of qualifying for the French Open with victory over Canada's Sharon Fichman. Watson's 6-1 6-2 win sets up a meeting with Tunisia's Ons Jabeur in the second round on Thursday.

  46. 1647: 

    Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar admits he could be tempted by a big-money move to Russia or Ukraine. The 27-year-old Croatian, who joined Spurs in 2009, started just nine games last season. "In Russia and Ukraine playing football you can earn huge money," Kranjcar told Croatian website Index. "Whether we admit it or not, money is important. Football in the east has progressed. The teams are always high up in the Champions League or are in the Europa League final. It's not like it was 10 years ago."

  47. 1640: 

    In a press conference, Molde boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirms he withdrew from the running to be next Aston Villa boss for family reasons. Asked what Villa's reaction had been when he told them, he said: "I had a very open, honest and very nice dialogue with [Villa owner] Mr Lerner and he really understood my decision. He was really understanding."

  48. 1634: 

    Chris Graham on Twitter: "Chester FC sign Dave Hankin from Kiddeminster Harriers. Not the biggest news on #BBCSportsday but matters to us. Welcome!"

  49. 1630: 

    Overall leader Joaquim Rodriguez wins 17th stage of Giro d'Italia.

  50. 1629: 

    Rob Bennett on Twitter: "If we're being honest, Mr Ayre, the news we're waiting for out of Liverpool isn't exactly about the stadium..."

  51. 1622: 

    Sao Paulo president Juvenal Juvenico says his club have turned down a 40m Euro offer from Chelsea for Brazil midfielder Lucas Moura. Moura, 19, is attracting the attention of Europe's biggest clubs after establishing himself as one of Brazil's most promising young players. The attacking midfielder has already won 11 caps for his country. "We did not accept the offer but of course Chelsea is the closest to signing Lucas," Juvenico told Italian website "Inter made an offer of 20.2m Euros, but this was not considered sufficient by us. Real Madrid is one of these other interested clubs Lucas is a big player who will triumph in Europe, but Sao Paulo will only sell him for an enormous offer."

  52. 1617: 

    Charlie Ray on Twitter: "Who does Eden Hazard think he is? It's like being at school and waiting to see who the popular girl has picked to go out with"

  53. 1616: 

    Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre says the club are moving closer to a decision on whether to redevelop Anfield or move to a new stadium. "There is progress and we are still in dialogue on both fronts," said Ayre. "I think it's fair to say, if we continue making progress in that area, it might move faster than we originally anticipated."

  54. 1612: 

    Vincent O'Rourke on Twitter: "Finn is a world class player and maybe mixing up the bowling attack through the series would hinder Chanderpaul, just a thought"

  55. 1605: 

    Andy Bishop on Twitter: "The list of released players is the first thing Carew headed all season. Glad it was only a 1-year contract"

  56. 1603: 

    Steven Finn is good enough to "get in most teams in the world" according to his England team-mate Stuart Broad. Fast bowler Finn, 23, took 50 wickets in his first 12 international appearances but is being kept out of the Test side by a pace attack of Broad, James Anderson and Tim Bresnan. "He's got an amazing career ahead of him, we're just very fortunate we have got three bowlers in the top five in the world at the moment," said Broad. "He's come into the one-day side and done particularly well with that new ball and he's raring to go and he just needs to keep taking wickets. Opportunities always arise in the quick bowling stakes because it's quite tough on the body and people need rests and get injured."

  57. 1555: 

    John Carew heads a list of six players who will leave West Ham in the summer. Also leaving West Ham are Julien Faubert, Abdoulaye Faye, Papa Bouba Diop, Frank Nouble and Olly Lee.

  58. 1544: 

    Alex on Twitter: "More great thinking by the RFU to announce that only a few hours before Welsh's final first leg. How selfish"

    Lewis Beasty on Twitter: "I dont think it matters what your stadium situation is! If you win promotion you deserve to be in the premiership"

    Euro Jeff on Twitter: "As much as we'd have 'lost' our team to Oxford, the RFU are out of order pulling the carpet from under London Welsh this late on"

  59. 1540: 

    Newcastle release a statement in response to the RFU's announcement that London Welsh have failed to meet the minimum standards criteria for entry into the Premiership, thus meaning the Falcons will retain their place in the top division.

    "The club would like to take this opportunity to thank fans across the region for their continued support as the Falcons embark on an exciting new era under the stewardship of incoming director of rugby Dean Richards," read the statement. "Commercial director Duncan Edward said: 'To be given the lifeline of playing in the Aviva Premiership next season and keeping top-class rugby in the region is unbelievable.'"

  60. 1533: 

    Demetris Ioannides "Really wish the pundits would stop saying the "lack of expectation" will work in our favour... creating too much expectation!"

  61. 1531: 

    Latest scores from the County Championship:

    Division One:

    Lancashire are 147-3 against Middlesex while Surrey are 216-8 against Warwickshire. In the game that began on Tuesday, Somerset are 205-5 in reply to Durham's 384.

    Division Two:

    Essex are 140-6 against Middlesex, Hampshire are 203-6 against Glamorgan, Leicestershire are 137-9 at Kent and Northamptonshire have scored 188-1 against Gloucestershire.

  62. 1513: 

    Former England captain Alan Shearer believes the lack of expectation surrounding England's Euro 2012 campaign might work in their favour. "We didn't have a manager, which in turn meant we hadn't got a captain," said Shearer. "Thankfully they [the FA] have made the decision, Roy is there and he can look at everything he has to do. On the other hand, no-one is expecting us to go and win it, which is totally different. Every tournament we normally go into, the talk is always about the players we have to win the tournament, and that we are going to win it. That might help us."

  63. 1510: 

    Chris Smith on Twitter: "It would be great to have Heskey back at Leicester and I think Owen could be attracted to Fulham or Everton"

    Rob Stott on Twitter: "Thiago Silva is technically the best center half in the world. In other words, a typical Brazilian footballer out of position"

  64. 1500: 

    QPR midfielder Joey Barton is set for a personal hearing later after the Football Association charged him with two acts of violent conduct following his sending off at Manchester City. He will receive an automatic four-match ban as it was his second dismissal of the season, and could receive three-match suspensions for each of the violent conduct charges. On top of that, the FA's regulatory panel will have discretionary powers to further increase the length of the suspension if charges are found to be proven.

  65. 1457: 

    Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell is confident he will be given the full extent of the final year of his contract to prove he can win promotion. "I know there's a year to go. But it wouldn't have taken a lot of money for the owner to get rid of me last year," he told BBC Radio Suffolk. "I'm just hoping I can be here for a long time and can bring success here."

  66. 1454: 

    Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott insists he is not panicking over his side's position in the bottom half of the Stobart Super League table. The defending champions go into the second half of the regular season in eighth place following their 31-18 home defeat by St Helens on Monday night. In the post-match press conference, McDermott admitted he was panicking over the situation but clarified: "Of course I'm not panicking. It was a rebuke to a statement thrown at me that we've got it covered because of what we did last year. We're massively aware of the need to improve."

  67. 1451: 

    Wayne Hitchings on Twitter: "People seem to be missing the small fact that London Welsh haven't even won the championship playoff yet. Go Pirates!"

  68. 1435: 

    Republic of Ireland keeper Shay Given will travel to London tomorrow to consult a specialist over his knee injury. The 36-year-old, who has missed training for the last two days after sustaining the problem, will return to Ireland's Portmarnock base the same day with the camp insisting the visit to a doctor he has used before is purely precautionary.

  69. 1434: 

    Spanish players reaction to news that striker David Villa will miss Euro 2012 because of injury:

    Malaga's Santiago Cazorla: "David Villa's absence is a hard blow, especially when you think of his contribution during the World Cup. If he hadn't been in the Euro or the World Cup, we probably wouldn't have been champions."

    Atletico Madrid's Alvaro Dominguez: "It's a difficult loss but we can't feel sorry for ourselves. We have to make sure we can make up for it and get on with it as well as possible."

    Sevilla's Jesus Navas: "He's an excellent player who brings a lot to the team... [but[ there are very good players at this camp and in this team and hopefully we can compensate for this loss."

  70. 1427: 

    Philip Nugent on Twitter: "So Drogba is in Swindon with the torch? Potential cover up for contract talks? I think he could do a job for them in league 1"

    Craig Elliott on Twitter: "WiFi would be an excellent idea in all prem league grounds too, save fighting thousands of other mobiles on 3g etc"

    Kieran Byng on Twitter: "If London Welsh can't get promoted because of criteria why not promote the 2nd or 3rd? Seems crazy not to relegate Newcastle."

  71. 1423: 

    Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli dismisses ongoing rumours he will leave Etihad Stadium this summer. Recent reports in Italy claim Balotelli could be included in a swap deal that would see AC Milan defender Thiago Silva move to City. "I play at Manchester City," Balotelli said today in Gazzetta dello Sport. "I am happy at City and I will remain there."

  72. 1421: 

    The Football Association's director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking accepts new England manager Roy Hodgson would probably have liked more time to prepare for Euro 2012. "Chelsea did really well and we congratulate them on their Champions League success, but it does mean some of their lads will be coming in after the first warm-up game and I know there are three or four injuries as well at present," said Brooking. "Maybe the game against Norway in Oslo is more about giving all the squad members a chance to play and even some of the standby players who at present will be wanting to show their worth to Roy for the future."

  73. 1416: 

    Myles Cavendish on Twitter: "Joke that London Welsh have had to wait till now to find out if they're even eligible for promotion. RFU get a grip"

  74. 1413: 

    Didier Drogba has just finished his run during the Olympic torch relay in Swindon. There were large crowds in attendance to see the former Chelsea striker's run. You can watch more of the torch's journey on the BBC news website.

  75. 1405: 

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wants WiFi access in all stadiums to give fans a better all-round experience at games.

    "The initiative is to get WiFi in all our stadiums, for mobile devices," Goodell said. "We want to make sure that our fans, when they come into our stadiums, don't have to shut down."

  76. 1358: 

    Somerset are making steady progress in pursuit of Durham's first-innings total on the second day of their LV County Championship match at Taunton.

    Somerset were 66-1 after taking little time to wrap up the Durham innings for 384. Alex Barrow and Nick Compton were unbeaten, both reaching 25 in a 60-run stand.

  77. 1347: 

    Newcastle are saved from relegation from the Aviva Premiership after the Rugby Football Union rules that London Welsh cannot be promoted from the second-tier Championship.

    The RFU say London Welsh failed to meet the Premiership entry criteria, meaning Newcastle will continue to play in the Premiership next season, despite finishing bottom of the table.

  78. 1344: 

    Crystal Palace defender Paul McShane has been called into the Republic of Ireland squad for Saturday's friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Football Association of Ireland confirms.

  79. 1336: 

    Didier Drogba is due to carry the Olympic torch through Swindon any minute now. You can watch it here.

  80. 1331: 

    Phil Dowson is named England rugby union captain for Sunday's match against the Barbarians.

    The Northampton number eight fills in for Chris Robshaw, who is playing for Harlequins in Saturday's Premiership final.

  81. 1326: 

    New Belgium coach Marc Wilmots is to hand striker Eden Hazard the number 10 shirt for the friendly matches against Montenegro and England.

    "He's been particularly strong for the last two seasons with Lille in Ligue 1," said Wilmots. "He's always wanted to wear the number 10 shirt and he will get it."

  82. 1320: 

    Shanghai Shenhua say they are still in negotiations with Didier Drogba, who will leave Chelsea this summer.

    The Chinese club's owner Zhu Jun is quoted as saying in the Oriental Sports Daily: "As of now, Shenhua's negotiations with Drogba are continuing just as planned."


    Away from thoughts on the latest players to be released by Premier League clubs, some of you have been giving us your opinion on whom Liverpool should appoint as their next manager. Here are a couple:

    Liam Holland on Twitter: "If Liverpool want to move forward we need Pep Guardiola or someone big not Roberto di Matteo. Also challenge for players like Neymar, Hazard and Muniain."

    Kev Hegarty on Twitter: "Louis van Gaal would be a good signing for Liverpool but why Director of Football and not in the running for manager? Being used as bargaining chip?"

    Send us your views on Twitter #bbcsportsday

  84. 1307: 

    Bayern Munich chairman Karl Heinz-Rummenigge says the club have received lots of apologies from fans after some supporters jeered Arjen Robbenin a friendly match, days after he missed a penalty in their Champions League final defeat to Chelsea.

    "This morning we have received a lot of reactions from Bayern fans who apologise on behalf of those who whistled," he said in a statement. "Bayern wish Arjen Robben a good and successful Euro championship and look forward to having him back in the Bayern group in July."

  85. 1301: 

    From 19:00 BST, BBC Radio 5 live will be looking ahead to the Euro 2012 warm-up matches.

    Then from 21:00, Wigan's Sam Tomkins, Leeds's Jamie Peacock, St Helens' Jon Wilkin and Huddersfield's Eorl Crabtree will be in the studio to talk about the forthcoming rugby league Magic Weekend event.

  86. 1251: 

    Luol Deng is looking forward to realising a childhood dream by representing Great Britain at London 2012 this summer.

    "I'm looking forward to playing in the Olympics. I'm so excited to take part in this competition; I've been dreaming about it since I was a young kid," he told

    The NBA star believes the Olympics will provide the ideal platform to showcase the huge improvement in British basketball in recent years.

    "My team-mates and I will do our best. We'll show that our basketball team has a great future," he added.

  87. 1233: 

    Dunfermline manager Jim Jefferies tells 12 experienced players they will not be offered new contracts following the club's relegation from the Scottish Premier League.

    "I just had to be honest with them and tell them what way the club had to go," says Jefferies. "The club is aware that when you go down and have to rely on younger players coming in, inconsistencies creep in and they can have highs and lows."


    A few more comments have popped up on Twitter regarding players who have been released by Premier League clubs recently, and what the future holds for them:

    Dan Avey-Hebditch on Twitter: "Emile Heskey plus Michael Owen to Southampton added to Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana equals lots of goals and Premier League success!"

    Daniel Hykin on Twitter: "Michael Owen to Everton. Supported the club as a boy and will be free so is affordable. Can't see Emile Heskey following though."

    Dale Farrow on Twitter: "Emile Heskey surely heading back to LCFC, always said he would."

    Have your say on Twitter #bbcsportsday.

  89. 1219: 

    England's Kevin Pietersen says it will be "great for the game" if West Indies batsman Chris Gayle returns for the second Test at Trent Bridge, which starts on Friday.

    Gayle has not played international cricket for over a year because of a dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board, but has recently made himself available for selection again.

    Pietersen said: "It will be brilliant for the game if he comes back to play this Test match. He is an entertainer. People want to watch entertainers. They don't want to watch people blocking the ball."

  90. 1210: 

    McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh believes Lewis Hamilton is one of the favourites to win the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend.

    The first five races of the Formula One season have seen five different winners and Whitmarsh feels that run can continue with a Hamilton victory on Sunday.

    "I think he is [a favourite], and he thinks that," he says. "He is in that frame of mind, and he deserves it. No doubt about it."

  91. 1205: 

    Stoke striker Mamady Sidibe says he has been offered a new 12-month contract, despite not having played a first-team match for two years.

    "I have just talked to the club and they have offered me another year to get me fit again," the former Mali international told The Sentinel.

  92. 1159: 

    Roberto Di Matteo should become the permanent boss of Chelsea, according to League Managers' Association chief executive Richard Bevan.

  93. 1154:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Lots of speculation in the Austrian media today that Man Utd are showing serious interest in Bayern Munich's young defender David Alaba."

  94. 1147: 

    Norwich manager Paul Lambert labels speculation he could leave as "nonsense" and denies reports of a dispute with Grant Holt.

  95. 1141: 

    Luke Donald is awarded Honorary Life Membership of The European Tour in recognition of his outstanding achievements during a record-breaking 2011 season.

    The Englishman, who begins his defence of the BMW PGA Championship on Thursday, became the first player to head the money lists on both the European Tour and US PGA Tour in the same season and also reached world number one for the first time 12 months ago.

  96. 1138: 

    Michael Ingham sets his sights on a return to the Northern Ireland national team after helping York City to promotion to the Football League on Sunday.

    The 31-year-old has three caps to his name but has not been called up since playing against Wales five years ago.

    "I've always said the only thing I want out of Northern Ireland and internationals is to be given the chance to come along and prove what I am about.," he told the York Evening Press.


    Remember England's 5-1 victory over Germany back in 2001? Emile Heskey and Michael Owen spearheaded the attack that day and both are currently available on free transfers. Could they resume their partnership at club level? A few of you think so...

    Kai Andersen on Twitter: "Would love to see a Emile Heskey and Michael Owen combination up front maybe for one of the promoted teams, worth a gamble on free transfers?"

    Bertie Ivory-Peters on Twitter: "Emile Heskey and Michael Owen released.. Surely a prominent partnership can be resumed somewhere? Time for a Reading gamble?"

    Get involved on Twitter #bbcsportsday

  98. 1115: 

    Chelsea midfielder and England Under-21 international Josh McEachran is carrying the Olympic torch through Chippenham at the moment. Didier Drogba will carry the torch later today.

  99. 1107: 

    The future of Blackburn manager Steve Kean may not be decided until next month after co-owner Venkatesh Rao admits everything is "in confusion".

    "I would say in the next month we will have a proper situation to talk about," he tells Sky Sports News.

  100. 1059: 

    Britain's Heather Watson is one step closer to the French Open after defeating Canda's Sharon Fichman 6-1 6-2 in her first qualifying match.

    The 20-year-old, looking to qualify for the main draw at Roland Garros for the second successive year, will meet Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia or Turkey's Ons Jabeur in her next match.

  101. 1055: 

    Joe Pane Tweets: "Heskey, Cuellar and Guzan released by Aston Villa. That's £125,000 per week saved."

    Have your say at #bbcsportsday

  102. 1051: 

    Steve Cram says he is not expecting a lot from Dwain Chambers when he races against Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt at a Golden Spike meeting in the Czech Republic on Friday.

  103. 1044: 

    Castleford sign Welsh international Rhys Williams on an initial one-month loan deal from Warrington.

  104. 1042: 

    So where next for Emile Heskey? Two years ago he was appearing in England's World Cup campaign in South Africa. Can Heskey, 34, still do a job in the Premier League? Have your say via #bbcsportsday

  105. 1037: 

    Emile Heskey is released by Aston Villa. Carlos Cuellar and Brad Guzan are also looking for new clubs.

  106. 1031: 

    Dan Ogunshakin Tweets: "Donny, LVG has won titles in Holland, Spain and Germany, plus the Champions League with Ajax. I'm sure he'll cope."

    Fred McGrath Tweets: "If a manager from another league would struggle then explain how no English manager has won the EPL."

    Simon Jones Tweets: "Did someone say Van Gaal wouldn't work in Prem because he only has experience in Holland? Yup he did nothing at Barca or Bayern..."

    Have your say via #bbcsportsday

  107. 1022: 

    Eden Hazard's agent claims agreement has been reached with all parties interested in the Belgium international and believes the player will make a final decision on his future after the upcoming international friendlies. Manchester United and Manchester City are keen to sign the 21-year-old Lille forward while Chelsea are also believed to be keen.

  108. 1019: 

    The second Test between England and West Indies might be a couple of days away but there is plenty of action in the County Championship today.

    As well as Durham resuming on 353 for 8 on day two against Somerset in Division One, Lancashire face Middlesex and Surrey take on Warwickshire.

    Division Two fixtures include Essex v Derbyshire, Hampshire v Glamorgan, Kent v Leicestershire and Northamptonshire v Gloucestrshire.

  109. 1012: 

    QPR announce they will prepare for the 2012-13 Premier League season with a pre-season tour to Asia. Mark Hughes' side will play two friendlies in Thailand and Malaysia.

  110. 1009: 

    Reading defender Ian Harte signs a new one-year contract with the newly promoted Premier League club.

  111. 1001: 

    Everton's Jake Bidwell replaces Liverpool's Andre Wisdom in the England Under-19 squad for Friday's European Championship elite qualifying round tie with Slovenia at Deepdale.

  112. 0955: 

    Chris McGarry on Twitter: "Seems managers aren't queuing for the opportunity to manage ‪#LFC‬, I can't think of anyone who can take them to the next level."

    Shakil Imam Rashid on Twitter: "Van Gaal as DOF and Martinez as manager I think could potentially work very well."

    Donny on Twitter: "Louis van Gaal will struggle in the EPL. The Dutch League is worlds apart."

    Have your say via #bbcsportsday

  113. 0944: 

    Former Plymouth goalkeeper Luke McCormick is to join Swindon Town on a trial basis when he is released from prison.

    The 28-year-old was jailed in October 2008 for killing two children in a crash and was sentenced to seven years and four months.

  114. 0940: 

    Rugby League chief executive Nigel Wood comes out fighting in a week that has seen a successful move to Monday night Super League and will culminate on Saturday and Sunday with the Magic Weekend taking place in Manchester for the first time.

    Read George Riley's BBC Sport blog.

  115. 0935: 

    Britain's former World Champion triple jumper Phillips Idowu will take on the man who took his World title last year, Christian Taylor, at the Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace on 14 July.

  116. 0929: 

    Former England manager Fabio Capello is not a contender for the vacant manager's role at Liverpool, according to the Liverpool Echo.

  117. 0924: 

    Jaap Stam believes the presence of Roy Keane in the Rest of the World squad at Soccer Aid at Manchester United on Sunday is a major plus for the defending champions.

    Stam, a three-times Premier League winner, Champions League winner and FA Cup winner with United, is looking forward to returning to Old Trafford and helping the Rest of the World defend the trophy.

  118. 0919: 

    With Euro 2012 just around the corner, Tottenham legend Allan Mullery recalls the moment with BBC Sport he was sent off while playing for England at Euro 1968.

  119. 0912: 

    Australia's men's hockey coach Ric Charlesworth slams London 2012 schedulers for lumbering his team with three early starts in their round-robin matches at the Olympic Games. The 'Kookaburras' face Spain, Argentina and Pakistan in matches starting at 08:30 BST while second seeds and defending champions Germany play all their games later in the day.

  120. 0904: 

    Kobus Nell on Twitter: "What exactly does a Director of Football do? Irritate the manager? Anybody know?"

    Segun Agbaje on Twitter: "If LFC employ an experienced manager plus Van Gaal as DoF, I foresee an ego clash. Van Gaal should just be made manager."

    Alex Clark on Twitter: "Van Gaal would be a great appointment! 3 Dutch titles, 2 La Liga titles, 1 Bundesliga titles, Champions league etc."

    Have your say via #bbcsportsday

  121. 0851: 

    The agent of Thiago Silva insists the Brazil centre-back wants to stay at AC Milan despite ongoing reports linking him with a move to Manchester City this summer.

  122. 0846:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport

    Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Everton have had no contact at all as yet from Man Utd about Leighton Baines - not to say they won't but that is the current position."

  123. 0841: 

    If you missed the news from last night, Spain forward David Villa will miss Euro 2012 through injury.

  124. 0838: 

    World number 10 Justin Rose gives BBC Sport a tour of the Wentworth course for the PGA Championship which begins on Thursday.

  125. 0835: 

    Dale Wright tweets: "Why not just have Louis van Gaal as manager of ‪#LFC‬ instead of a DoF? Class manager! DoF isn't a role that works in the UK!"

    Viv Powers tweets: "Van Gaal sounds like a good fit as Director of Football & may be the right man to work with Roberto Martinez - The Dream Team?"

    Have your say on who Liverpool should be looking at to move the club forward via #bbcsportsday

  126. 0827: 

    Newcastle will sign French midfielder Romain Amalfitano on a free transfer from Reims after the 22-year-old's contract expires in June.

  127. 0822: 

    Aston Villa striker Darren Bent says he has been told by new England manager Roy Hodgson that he will be part of his plans for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. Which players do you think should be involved in two years time? #bbcsportsday

  128. 0815: 

    Newcastle Falcons announce a trio of new signings for the 2012-13 season. Sale Sharks centre Andrew Higgins and Worcester Warriors pair Oliver Tomaszczyk and Alex Crockett have each penned two-year deals at Kingston Park.

  129. 0812: 

    Ex-England captain Alec Stewart thinks West Indies will struggle in Friday's second Test at Trent Bridge.

    In his latest BBC Sport column, he writes: "The West Indies will find the going in Nottingham even tougher than they did at Lord's because the ground is renowned as a swing bowler's paradise and in James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan, England have three of the best in the business."

  130. 0809: 

    Amir Khan will fight WBC light-welterweight champion Danny Garcia in Las Vegas on 4 July.

    It is not clear what titles, if any, will be at stake between Garcia and Khan as Khan's promoters, Golden Boy, try to have the result of Khan's defeat by Lamont Peterson from December overturned to a no decision - and the WBA and IBF belts returned to Khan.

  131. 0800: 

    Good morning everybody and welcome to Sportsday Live. Here, to kick things off, are three stories from this morning's gossip column.

    Arsenal have switched their attention to Toulouse captain Etienne Capoue, 23, as a cheaper alternative to Rennes' 21-year-old Yann M'Vila as the club step up their efforts to sign a holding midfielder for next season. (Times)

    Manchester United have opened talks with Everton over a £12m move for full-back Leighton Baines. (Daily Mirror)

    Louis van Gaal has emerged as a leading contender to be Liverpool's sporting director. The Dutchman has made his interest in the role known, having been out of work since being dismissed as coach of Bayern Munich in April last year. (Times)

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