Sportsday - Thursday 25 October

Build-up to the Europa League action, news from Arsenal's AGM and Jason Roberts on the racism debate.

25 October 2012 Last updated at 17:59

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  1. 1800: 

    That's it from Sportsday for another day. We will be back on Friday from 0800 BST but in the meantime you can follow all the action from this evening's Europa League matches with the live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  2. 1753: 

    Barnsley complete the signing of forward John Rooney, subject to approval by the Football League. The Championship club have received international clearance to sign the 21-year-old younger brother of England striker Wayne until the end of the season. The deal had been held up by concerns that his contract with US side Orlando City was still valid after 31 August.

  3. 1747: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the introduction of the 'Rooney rule' to try to boost the number of black coaches and managers would be a "kind of racism" - insisting everyone must get jobs on merit alone. The initiative is part of a six-point action plan put forward by the PFA on Wednesday. "I have always been against discrimination. Is it positive or negative? What they call it in France is 'positive discrimination'," said Wenger.

    "I feel that no matter what job you do in life, you should just do it because you deserve to do it and you have the quality to do it."

  4. 1738: 

    Brighton first-team coach Charlie Oatway says they must not be downhearted at their current form. The Seagulls have slipped from first to 10th in the Championship table after a run of five games without a win. He told BBC Sussex: "We started off so well but we weren't going to win the league within a month. "It's a case of sticking with your beliefs. We're playing the best football this club has ever seen - certainly in the years I've been here."

  5. 1730: 

    Michael Dawson misses Tottenham's Europa League clash with NK Maribor due to a migraine. The 28-year-old had been expected to start for Spurs, who make three changes to the side that started Saturday's 4-2 defeat to Chelsea. Hugo Lloris replaced Brad Friedel in goal for the Group J fixture, while Kyle Naughton and Andros Townsend come in for William Gallas and Clint Dempsey. You can follow all the action in the Europa League with the live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.


    Sam Lloyd on Twitter: "Shows Arsenal's sorry state when CL qualification is given higher priority than an actual trophy. Ridiculous."

    Etunim Iwelu on Twitter: "The board members are interested in making money while the fans/players need trophies .Wenger should make both happen."

    Babatunde Amzat on Twitter: "It speaks volume about Arsenal's ambition that the choice is between the FA Cup and UCL. Other teams go for both... And succeed. #SORRY!"

  7. 1712: 

    Paul Jewell says he would like to see his former assistant Hutchins was put in caretaker charge after Jewell's departure on Wednesday and will lead Town out against Sheffield Wednesday this weekend. "I hope we win Saturday and I'd like Chris to get the job," Jewell told BBC Radio Suffolk.

  8. 1700: 

    In addition to the bans handed out to two players the Serbian FA confirms that Srdjan Maksimovic (goalkeeping coach) and Andreja Milutinovic (conditioning coach) have been handed two- year bans. Slobodan Pajovic, the president of the Serbian disciplinary commission, has also urged the FA to take action against its own players because they feel "some players and staff of the England youth team" broke regulations.

  9. 1653: 

    Speaking on his withdrawal from the Paris Masters and the ATP World Tour Finals Rafael Nadal said: "It's disappointing for me to miss the last two tournaments of the season in Paris and London but it doesn't come as a surprise. "I will hopefully resume my tennis practice soon since I am making good progress with my recovery from injury. I am not ready to compete in time for these events so I will continue my recovery in Mallorca and work hard to be back as soon as possible."

  10. 1643: 

    Team Sky confirms that Bobby Julich has left the team after two seasons as race coach. After the team reaffirmed its position on anti-doping last week, Julich disclosed having taken a banned substance in his past as a professional rider in the late 1990's.

  11. 1636: 

    Hearts have asked supporters to help safeguard the club's future by investing in a share offer which will open at the end of a week that has seen them hit by a transfer embargo. On Wednesday the SPL banned Hearts from registering any new players until 23 December for the delayed payment of October salaries.

  12. 1628: 

    World number four Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Paris Masters and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London because of his left knee problem. The Spaniard has not played since his second-round defeat by Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon in June. He missed the Olympics and the US Open after revealing he had a partial tear in his patella tendon but he was expected to appear in London.

  13. 1623: 

    The Serbian Football Association has confirmed Nikola Ninkovic and Ognjen Mudrinski have been suspended from playing in all national teams for a year, following incidents at the Under-21 international against England in Krusevac on 16 October.

  14. 1613: 

    Wakefield have given academy centre Danny Cowling a contract for 2103. The 20-year-old made his Super League debut in the Wildcats' surprise win over St Helens in August before finishing the season on loan at Doncaster, where he played in their Championship One play-off final success over Barrow.

  15. 1603: 

    Inverness manager Terry Butcher claims there has been no contact between himself and Ipswich Town, dismissing it as speculation: "It's one of my old clubs, the club I started playing football with, so it's nice to be mentioned in terms of that but that's all it is, just paper talk."

  16. 1601: 

    Casey Stoner is taking nothing for granted when he rides on home soil for the final time.

    Stoner will retire from the sport at the end of this season, and faces his penultimate race on the Phillip Island track.

    "We've really struggled with the bike set up in the past two races and I'm pretty disappointed with this," says Stoner. "We always seem to find our rhythm in Phillip Island but I don't expect it to come easily this year."

  17. 1558: 

    Former Scotland international James McFadden is poised to sign a short-term contract with Sunderland.

    "With a little bit of luck, he is going to sign this afternoon, certainly by the latest, tomorrow," says Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill.

    The 29-year-old, who has been training with the Black Cats for some time after a six-month spell at Everton following his release by Birmingham, is expected to put pen to paper on a three-month deal within the next 24 hours.

  18. 1554: 

    Red Bull's Mark Webber will not pull over and hand victory to team-mate Sebastian Vettel to help the German's title bid.

    "If I'm in the lead this weekend, I'm not pulling over for anyone," claims Webber.

  19. 1552: 

    Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez says he will not abandon the club's passing style as their season struggles to get going.

    "We're very clear in how we want to win games, not just now but a year, two years down the line and create a philosophy that is going to make us a very strong football club," says the Spaniard.

    Wigan are currently 16th with one league victory this season.

  20. 1545:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveCYCLING

    From 7.45 on 5 live Sport we look at the fall out from cycling's doping scandal, featuring an interview with Team Sky general manager and performance director of British Cycling Dave Brailsford, plus the man in charge of UK anti doping in sport, Andy Parkinson.


    Alex Batt on Twitter: "I can see what Wenger is saying about qualifying for Champions League. But it's not a hard ask to get top 4 and win a cup!"

    Alex Storey on Twitter: "It's disappointing that Wenger has disrespected the FA Cup and other domestic competitions in this way."

    Michael Hamilton on Twitter: "For Wenger to say that qual for the CL is more important than the FA cup tells me that me that cash trumps trophies."

    What is your opinion on the Champions League versus domestic trophy debate? #bbcsportsday

  22. 1536: 
    LONDON 2012

    A 29-year-old man is arrested by police investigating theft of two Olympic medals in London.

  23. 1528: 

    Hope Powell, coach of the England and Great Britain Olympic women's teams, is on the shortlist for Fifa's coach of the year award for women's football.

    Powell is one of 10 nominees; others up for the award include Englishman John Herdman - the coach of the Canada team that beat Great Britain in the Olympic quarter-finals - and favourite Pia Sundhage, who coached United States to gold.

  24. 1523: 

    Glasgow Warriors centre Peter Horne is looking forward to making an impression after being called into Andy Robinson's training squad ahead their Test with New Zealand.

    Horne, 23, says: "Hopefully I'll have a good training camp and leave the rest to the coaches. If they see fit I'll jump at the chance."


    Rob on Twitter: "For a club the size of Arsenal, qualification for the CL and winning a trophy shouldn't be mutually exclusive."

    Bobby Jones on Twitter: "I would much rather have a cup/league win than a champions league night..."

    Steve Tudor on Twitter: "Wish Arsene was wrong, but CL money is needed to compete. Give a place to the FA cup to make it worthwhile again."

    What is more important? Do you blame clubs for looking at finances over anything else? Tweet your views #bbcsportsday

  26. 1512: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes it is spirit, not tactics, that provide success in the Champions League.

    "If you have spirit you have quality to play Champions League. If not, you can't," says Mancini. "This is the problem. It is not important, the tactics. When you play this game you should have good spirit."

    City are currently bottom of their Champions League group after last night's 3-1 defeat away at Ajax.

  27. 1506:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    This evening on 5 live sport from 9, Mark Chapman presents an in-depth look at the issues surrounding racism in should it be tackled? Is enough being done by the FA? Is a separate union really the way forward for black players?

  28. 1502: 

    Manchester United non-executive director Michael Edelson thinks Kick It Out should sever its funding ties with the Football Association in order to mount a more credible fight against discrimination within football.

    "They employ six people and a non-executive chairman and have done a great job," says Edelson. "I would say the next stage for Kick It Out is to get its independence from the Football Association and get people on it who are able to lobby organisations."


    Tom Doughty on Twitter: "Would giving the winners of the Europa League entry into next season's Champions League give the competition more glamour?"

    James French on Twitter: "It sums up the mess at Arsenal when qualification for a competition they fail to make an impact on is labelled a 'trophy'."

    Sam Andrews on Twitter: "I have to agree with Wenger, although winning a trophy is important, qualifying for Champ League is key."

    What would the fans prefer? A Champions League night or cup win? #bbcsportsday

  30. 1453: 

    Dundee United announce profit of almost £1.5million in their latest financial year after cashing in on David Goodwillie and Scott Allan.

    The club made a profit of more than £2.1million in transfer fees thanks to Goodwillie's move to Blackburn and Allan's switch to West Brom.

  31. 1450: 

    The BBC Trust has begun a public consultation to find out what you think about BBC online and red button services. To take part or find out more visit

  32. 1445: 

    World champion Sebastian Vettel says knowing how to clinch the title gives him confidence as he looks to hold off the challenge of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso

    "[It] helps to have that kind of experience," says Vettel ahead of this weekend's Indian Grand Prix. Vettel has won three consecutive races and is six points ahead of second-placed Alonso.


    Raeesa Kazi on Twitter: "CL place vs. the FA Cup - CL nights have a buzz about them that the FA Cup no longer has."

    Crip Cooke on Twitter: "Champions League qualification is only a priority if you have a realistic chance of winning it and need the financial gain."

    Myztik Allen on Twitter: "Wenger is absolutely wrong. An excuse for a coach that has not won any thing in recent years."

    What do you think? Is Wenger right? Does Champions League qualification mean more than a cup? #bbcsportsday

  34. 1433: 

    America's three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond calls for International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid to resign.

    In an open letter on Facebook, LeMond was critical of McQuaid and predecessor and honorary president Hein Verbruggen.

    "I have never seen such an abuse of power in cycling's history - resign Pat if you love cycling. Resign even if you hate the sport," said LeMond, 51.

  35. 1431: 

    Ross County manager Derek Adams has little sympathy for Hearts after the Edinburgh club were hit with a transfer embargo for delayed payment of wages.

    "They've got a good squad of players, experienced internationals, and we would all like to have as many good international players as they do," says Adams.


    Do you agree with Arsene Wenger? Is Champions League qualification as important - if not more vital - than winning a cup competition? Would you rather your team finish fourth in the Premier League or win the FA Cup? Please tweet your views using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  37. 1417: 

    Arsene Wenger believes Champions League qualification has as much merit attached to it as winning a domestic cup competition.

    "For me, there are five 'trophies'," says Wenger, speaking at the club's AGM today. "The first is to win the Premier League, the second is to win the Champions League, the third is to qualify for the Champions League, the fourth is to win the FA Cup and the fifth is to win the League Cup."

    Wenger has not won a trophy with Arsenal since 2005, when they beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final.

  38. 1412: 

    England kick off their Autumn International Series campaign against Wales on Saturday. BBC Sport will be speaking to England coach Steve McNamara on Friday, so if you have a question for him, let us have it. #bbcsportsday

  39. 1411: 

    Felix Magath leaves Wolfsburg with the German side bottom of the Bundesliga.

    The club says that Magath "offered to be relieved of his duties because he did not want the club to be adversely affected".

    Magath led Wolfsburg to the league championship in 2009 - their only title success.


    CJ Murphy on Twitter: "Steve Coppell in charge of Crystal Palace? George Burley in charge of Ipswich? I feel like I've time-traveled to 1995..."

    Phil Shepherd on Twitter: "Crystal Palace want Steve Coppell back as manager - for a fifth time #bbcsportsday YES! YES! YES!

  41. 1348: 

    Nathan Cleverly's WBO light-heavyweight title fight against Ryan Coyne is unlikey to go ahead because of a contractual dispute.

    American challenger Coyne fears intervention from his former agent, Don King, will force the fight on 10 November to be cancelled.

    "I've got no clue who I'll be fighting," Cleverly told BBC Wales Sport. "But at this stage in my training camp, they can chuck anyone at me and I'll be ready to take them on."


    Omar Gemei on Twitter: "Guarantee that if Man City go out of Champs League at group stage and do not win EPL then Mancini will get sacked"

  43. 1336: 

    Leicestershire have signed Ireland wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien.

    The 30-year-old was recently told he was free to leave Northants after five years with the county.

  44. 1332: 

    Reading striker Jason Roberts will not wear a Kick it Out anti-racism T-shirt again until he believes more action is done to address the issue in football.

    "People are talking about it now so it has had its desired effect," Roberts told BBC Radio Berkshire.

    "I hope we are a step further to moving things forward after the weekend."


    Angus McPhail on Twitter regarding the England squad for this autumn's Tests: "Lancaster has made a big error by omitting the French based players, particularly Steffon Armitage, stand out player in Top 14"

  46. 1324: 

    Nottingham Forest have confirmed that former Sheffield United academy director John Pemberton has re-joined the coaching staff at the City Ground.

    The 47-year-old, who was part of Forest's set-up for more than 12 years before leaving in 2009, has returned as performance development coach.

  47. 1322: 

    Scotland goalkeeper Gemma Fay tells BBC Radio 5 live that even narrowly missing out on Euro 2013 with the last kick in a play-off against Spain will leave a legacy for the sport.

    She said: "The words people describing us [as] and what people are saying we've done, it's something special.

    "It helps but it's going to take time to heal from this one. We know the future of the game is bright in Scotland. To be able to show our country what it means and what we're willing to do to achieve our [dreams] and come so close is phenomenal and it bodes well for the future.

  48. 1318: 

    George Burley has said he will apply to become Ipswich Town manager, 10 years after he was sacked by the club.

    "I think I'm the most successful manager there in the last 30 years. The passion's still there. Naturally I'd be interested," he told BBC Radio Suffolk.

  49. 1316: 

    F1 returns this weekend with the Indian Grand Prix, and BBC Sport has published its guide on all you need to know about the Buddh International Circuit.

  50. 1311: 

    Gloucester flanker Andy Hazell has been suspended for 14 weeks following his sending off against Mont-de-Marsan in the Amlin Challenge Cup.

    Hazell pleaded guilty to striking Sebastien Ormaechea with both the fist and the knee in the match on 11 October.


    Rafeef El Jumaili on Twitter: "Mancini prepared badly but players also responsible. Didn't get a sense of them wanting to do whatever it takes to win."

    Gary Wood on Twitter: "CFC: next 2 games critical AFC: next game critical MUFC: win group MCFC: need miracle Celtic: forget Barca, 4pts last 2 games"

  52. 1258: 

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty reflects on Manchester City's woes in the Champions League.

    "Their supply of miracles probably ran out on the day they scored twice in stoppage time to win the Premier League. Roberto Mancini should not expect another to save them in the Champions League."

  53. 1251: 

    Graeme McDowell wants some help in the decision over which country to represent when golf returns to the Olympics in 2016.

    "We're kind of in a unique scenario in Northern Ireland in that we have one foot in each team. I think it's going to be a lot easier if someone makes the decision for us.

    "The Olympic committee should step in and say that `You guys are either playing for Ireland or you're playing for Great Britain'."

  54. 1244: 

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein at the Arsenal AGM: "Wenger says happy to meet fans at end of season. No standing ovation as speech finishes this year, but healthy applause"


    Lee Johnson on Twitter: "I stopped going to premier league 6 years ago, started going to @bromleyfc and have loved it ever since."

    Terry Tibbs on Twitter: "The MP in question should stick to his day job! Agree with prices being too high, but his solution will not help small clubs"

  56. 1239: 

    Uncapped Saracens prop Mako Vunipola has been named in the England squad for the autumn internationals. If you want to know more about Vunipola and the make-up of the rest of the squad, read our full assessment of Stuart Lancaster's latest selection.


    Adeel Teladia on Twitter: "Chelsea-home form great away, form poor, United-jammy but get results, Arsenal-too weak at the back, City-too reliant on Hart"

    What do you think ogf how the English clubs and Celtic have fared so far in the Champions League? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  58. 1230: 

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein at the Arsenal AGM: "Plenty of hands raised against Gazidis being re-elected to the Board, but slightly more in favour. Whole board re-elected"

    And from Arsene Wenger, an apology for the defeat to Schalke in the Champions League: "I'm sorry for last night. I tell players it's our job to perform not speak, so I'm not comfortable speaking today"

  59. 1228: 

    Former England international John Connelly has died at the age of 74.

    Connelly won 20 caps for his country, including one at the 1966 World Cup finals. The winger played 265 times for Burnley in a career that also included spells with Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers and Bury.

  60. 1223: 

    Angelo Mathews has been named as Sri Lanka's new Twenty20 captain for one year.

    Previous captain Mahela Jayawardene stepped down after Sri Lanka's defeat by the West Indies in the World T20 final earlier this month.

  61. 1220: 

    Gareth Barry remains optimistic that Manchester City can still qualify for the next stage of the Champions League, despite accruing just one point from their first three matches.

    "The way the results have gone has made it tough but we have to try to win all three games and that would give us an outside chance.

    "We would have 10 points, and that is all we can do - it's a massive, massive task, but it is still there and we have to try to do it."

    What do you make of the way the British clubs have started this season's Champions League? Get in touch at #bbcsportsday.

  62. 1214: 

    MP Tim Farron has suggested that football fans should switch their support to non-League clubs because of the high cost of tickets in the Premier League.

    The Liberal Democrat President has tabled a motion in the House of Commons following BBC Sport's 2012 Price Of Football survey.

  63. 1207: 

    Former Pakistan captain Salim Malik, who had a life ban from cricket overturned, has applied for the job of national team batting coach.

    In 2008, a court in Lahore lifted a life ban on Malik which was imposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board for match-fixing. Malik played in 103 tests for Pakistan, scoring 5,768 runs.

  64. 1159: 

    Rio Ferdinand's former Manchester United team mate Quinton Fortune says he understands Ferdinand's anger at football's authorities, given his lengthy ban for missing a drugs test in December 2003.

    "In the last few months players have been banned for eight games or four games after racial incidents," Fortune told BBC Sport.

    "I don't condone missing drug tests but when you look at it from the outside something is not right. I think the racial abuse is stronger."


    Michael Boniface on Twitter: "Dougie Freedman's exit to Bolton is sadly symbolic of the modern trend in football - money over loyalty."

  66. 1153: 

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein at Arsenal's AGM with more from the club's chief executive Ivan Gazidis, on Financial Fair Play:

    "The landscape is moving in our direction [with FFP]. In the next two years Arsenal will have the financial resources to sit and compete among the leading clubs in world. I want to be clear: our financial success is relevant because it supports our football ambition."

  67. 1148: 

    Team GB hockey player Hannah Macleod has had her Olympic bronze medal stolen, along with that of rower Alex Partridge, on a night out in London with fellow Olympians after a Buckingham Palace reception.

    "I'm absolutely gutted that my Olympic bronze medal has been stolen. Winning it in August was an incredible highlight for me and for this to have happened is simply shattering," says Macleod.

  68. 1139: 

    Coventry full-back Jordan Clarke has hit out after being subjected to abuse on Twitter which included a racist remark.

    "I can take criticism when it's about football," he has told the club's official website.

    "But there is just no place in football or society for racism, it's as simple as that."

  69. 1137: 

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein at Arsenal's AGM: "Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood declares open the 2012 Arsenal AGM.

    "The first section will focus on accounts and finance, the second on other applicable business.

    "Chief executive Ivan Gazidis is the opening speaker and admits 'all of our emotions are raw' after defeats by Norwich and Schalke."


    Michael Lang on Twitter: "Was under the impression that Audley Harrison's "last shot at glory" was 5 or 6 "last shot at glory's" ago?"

    The Donkistador on Twitter: "Oh dear Audley enoughs enough, I say if this clown wants to carry on let Freddie Flintoff retire him after his debut! #letitgo"

  71. 1125: 

    More on the appointment of Dougie Freedman, and Bolton chairman Phil Gartside believes the new manager can inspire the club to a return to the Premier League.

    "Dougie is young and ambitious. When we met his enthusiasm and knowledge of the game was evident," Gartside said. "He has a real drive and passion, and knows what we want to achieve and how we want to go about it."

  72. 1121: 

    Oldham Athletic have issued a statement saying that South Yorkshire police have ended an investigation into allegations that Lee Croft racially abused a ball boy in the recent game against Sheffield United, saying they found no evidence to support the allegations and they do not intend to take any further action.

  73. 1117: 

    After his move to Bolton was confirmed, new manager Dougie Freedman said: "I am delighted to join Bolton.

    "The club is geared up to getting back into the Premier League. There is an impressive setup and structure in place, and a first team squad of undoubted quality. I am excited about the challenge ahead of us."

  74. 1114: 

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein at Arsenal's AGM: "Spoken to some fans at AGM who are v angry with club & plan to ask Board different questions to those they pre-submitted

  75. 1111: 

    Lewis Hamilton has begun repairs on his relationship with McLaren chairman Ron Dennis as he aims for a smooth and successful exit starting with a strong showing in this weekend's Indian Grand Prix.

    He said: "I haven't sat down and spoken to anyone just because we're still in the motion of the year. It's not the end yet.

    "It's important now to try and keep the motivation up high, so when I went back I did the normal things that I do, but I spoke to Ron and me and Ron, we're planning to meet up I think it's in Abu Dhabi. We'll go for dinner, have a good chat."


    Will Dawson on Twitter: "Can somebody please put an arm round Audrey Harrison's shoulder and tell to end this madness?"

    Stephen McGraw on Twitter: "I wish Audley Harrison would get his licence revoked as he is earning easy cash for doing nothing its a joke!"

  77. 1105: 

    Bolton have confirmed the appointment of Dougie Freedman as manager.

  78. 1102: 

    Tony Husband on Twitter: "Jason Roberts said he would shake John Terry's hand."

  79. 1100: 

    AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri remains confident his team will find their way out of trouble despite yet another setback in their Champions League match against Malagaleaving them in second place on four points.

    "It's not part of my character to walk out," the coach told Italian media after Wednesday's 1-0 defeat in Spain. "The situation in our Champions League group is positive and we have more need of points in the league."


    Connor McQuade on Twitter: "For me, the European leagues hierarchy is: Spain better than Italy better than Germany better than England, in terms of skill level in football anyway."

    Danny Culley on Twitter: "Eight English teams in the last eight Champions league finals and three winners - joint most with Spain (all Barca)."

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  81. 1052: 

    BBC Sport's Tony Husband on Twitter: "Jason Roberts says PFA plan is a "step in the right direction". He says discussions continuing over range of issues.

    "Jason Roberts says he believes in the PFA and has not been in any discussions over a breakaway union. Jason Roberts says he won't wear the Kick it Out T-shirt until he believes more action has been done to address issues."

  82. 1050: 

    Former Manchester United midfielder Quinton Fortune says he is not surprised Rio Ferdinand reacted the way he did to John Terry's four-match ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand given he was suspended for eight months when he missed a drugs test.

    He said: "Rio was banned for eight months for missing a drugs test. Luis Suarez got eight games for a racist incident, John Terry four.

    "I don't condone missing drugs tests. They are the rules. The punishment is there but when you look at it from the outside, you think something is not right."

  83. 1048: 

    England assistant coach Graham Rowntree has confirmed that the captain for the forthcoming autumn Test series at Twickenham will not be named until next Tuesday.

    Harlequins flanker Chris Robshaw captained the side during the last 6 Nations and on the June tour of South Africa.

  84. 1044: 

    Audley Harrison has announced his intention to carry on boxing. The 40-year-old, who won Olympic gold in Sydney in 2000, lasted just 82 seconds against British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price in Liverpool on October 13.

    But he has opted to fight on, saying on Twitter: "It's official... I've decided to carry on. One more shot at glory. It could be over; next fight will tell me. See you in a ring real soon."


    Simon Douglas on Twitter: "Three out of four PL clubs lose in the CL. So what? The relative strengths of leagues, like clubs within leagues, is shown over more than two days."

    Niklas Lanwehr on Twitter: "CL and PL football developed in two completely different ways in the last decade and its almost impossible to dominate both."

    Stuart King on Twitter: "If City's league form dips, I wouldn't bet against Redknapp's name popping up in a few of the broadsheets."

    What do you think? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  86. 1038: 

    Niger coach Gernot Rohr believes his team can cause a surprise during the group stage of next year's Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

    After Wednesday's draw in Durban, Niger learned they will face Ghana, Mali and DR Congo in a tough Group B.

    "We must learn and we must make progress," he said. "And why can't we win our first ever points in the tournament? We think we have a lot to deliver".

  87. 1032: 

    South Korean Inbee Park claimed an early two-shot lead at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship after a seven-under-par 65 in the first round.

  88. 1026: 

    Lewis Tierney, the son of 2003 rugby union World Cup winner Jason Robinson, is one of six youngsters offered senior contracts by Wigan Warriors.

    The 18-year-old full-back has signed a two-year deal with the Super League club, for whom Robinson was a star of their dominant side during the 1990s.


    Jonny Nelson on Twitter: "Solid squad but missing some exciting young players in form. Where are Burns, May, Wade, Kvesic?"

    Robert Haggerty on Twitter: "Freddie Burns should be in that England squad. He's been sensational at times this season."

    What do you make of Stuart Lancaster's England squad? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  90. 1019: 

    Ipswich Town striker Michael Chopra has named Alan Shearer as his ideal candidate to replace Paul Jewell.

    The pair are former team-mates at Newcastle, where Shearer was manager towards the end of the 2008-09 season.

    "I would love to see Alan Shearer as manager," Chopra tweeted. "Such a good person and played under some great managers including Sir Bobby Robson."

  91. 1016: 

    The Football Association launched its five-year plan for the women's game amid plenty of fanfare at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.

    But can women's football hit the big time in England? Let us know what you think.

  92. 1015: 

    St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas has stressed that his name being linked to the vacant managerial post at Burnley is no more than speculation.

    Lomas said: "I think it is just speculation. "There will be loads of people in for that. It is flattering and it proves that the lads must be doing something right. I don't want to talk about speculation, it is purely that."

  93. 1012: 

    Sergio Perez is a doubt for tomorrow's practice sessions ahead of the Indian Grand Prix due to illness.

    Sauber driver Perez, who will be switching to McLaren next season as replacement for Lewis Hamilton who is joining Mercedes, is struggling with a heavy cold.


    Alan Sawyer on Twitter: "The only English sides that has a chance of winning the champions league are, United and Chelsea."

    Mark Hughes on Twitter: "Only in England could a manager be ridiculed after winning both the Premiership and FA cup in his first two years. Utter madness."

    Daniel Evans on Twitter: "People shouldn't underestimate that Barca were facing a 10-man defence and Real were edged by the German champions."

  95. 1004: 

    Speaking about the England squad for the autumn internationals, coach Stuart Lancaster said: "It's great to be able to give Mako (Vunipola) a chance in the squad.

    "He has come through our age grade sides and made a real impact at Saracens. Likewise Tom Youngs, who was with us on tour in South Africa, and we know what James Haskell and Ugo Monye are capable of if they get their opportunity."

  96. 1002: 

    Walsall defender Dean Holden tells BBC Radio Manchester how football is helping him cope with the death of his baby daughter.

    Holden's 17-month-old daughter Cici, the youngest of the couple's three children, died during a family holiday in Lanzarote after contracting meningococcal sepsis - a rare bacterial blood infection.

    "I've suffered emotions that I never thought I could have in my body," Holden, 33, said.

  97. 1000: 

    Uncapped Saracens prop Mako Vunipola has been named in England's squad for the autumn internationals. The 21-year-old is added to the squad alongside Ugo Monye, Tom Youngs and James Haskell.

    Tom Wood and Courtney Lawes return after missing the South African tour in the summer through injury. Coach Stuart Lancaster has opted not to select any French-based players in his 32-man squad for the four Tests, which begin against Fiji on 10 November.


    Louis Saragossi on Twitter: "I hope Mancini doesn't get the boot from City. Under any other manager that squad could dominate Europe."

    What do you think? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  99. 0955: 

    Ralph Ord has been appointed chief operating officer of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, organisers have announced.

    Ord has joined Glasgow 2014 from London 2012, where he was responsible for the delivery and readiness of broadcast facilities, infrastructure and operations for the Olympic host broadcaster.

  100. 0950: 

    Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard believes Belgian winger Kevin Mirallas will have a big impact on Sunday's Merseyside derby against Liverpool.

    "It'll be a big one for him," Howard told the Liverpool Echo. "Sometimes your best opportunity in a derby is when you're a foreigner and you don't really know the pressure and the rivalry. He's going to have to fill a void for us and we're confident he can do it well."

  101. 0947: 

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein at the Emirates: "Hundreds of Arsenal shareholders will gather at Emirates Stadium today for what promises to be a intriguing Annual General Meeting.

    "The morning after their Champions League humbling by Schalke and five days on from a shock defeat at Norwich, Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis and manager Arsene Wenger will attempt to placate a largely disgruntled support base.

    "It all starts at 11:30 BST in the Royal Oak suit, and we will bring you live updates during both the AGM and 14:00 BST Wenger's media conference ahead of Saturday's Premier League match against QPR."

  102. 0943: 

    Swansea and Wales captain Ashley Williams has said he would not be in favour of a separate union for black players.

    "I don't think it should be a breakaway group," he said. "Personally I can't see how that can resolve it. That's a separation issue and I wouldn't really support that."

  103. 0938: 

    Australian Test spin bowling prospect Jon Holland will miss the entire season after undergoing shoulder surgery.


    Lewis Sharpe on Twitter: "People saying the PL is getting weaker. Barca scraped past Celtic and Madrid lost to Dortmund. Same could be said of La Liga!"

    Jamo on Twitter: "The Champions League is missing Liverpool."

    Sophie on Twitter: "Re: Barca & Madrid being the dominant forces in Champions League. Barca just beat Celtic & Real were beaten by Dortmund!"

  105. 0931: 

    Tiger Woods birdied three of the last four holes to haul himself back into contention for the CIMB Classic in Malaysia.

    Fellow American Troy Matteson leads by one after an opening eight-under-par 63 - he birdied his final four holes - while Woods is in a tie for seventh, three strokes back. Scotland's Martin Laird hit back from an opening bogey to return a three-under par round of 68.

  106. 0927: 

    The first round of the BMW Masters in Shanghai is now complete, with Jamie Donaldson, who shot a 10-under-par round of 62, leading Peter Hanson and Francesco Molinari by four shots. Rory McIlroy is five shots back after shooting 67 and Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter are two under par.


    Rachael on Twitter: "I'm not buying the argument City have no experience in Europe. Mancini has managed, and most of the players have played, in CL."

    William D on Twitter: "No one has mentioned the fact that Dortmund beat one of the supposed favourites last night. They look to be real challengers."

    Dom Mcleod on Twitter: "For a neutral the Ajax result was brilliant. They've spent something around £7.7m overall on their team as opposed to City's millions!"

    Let us know your opinion at #bbcsportsday.

  108. 0920: 

    You can read BBC motorcycling commentator Steve Parrish on Casey Stoner racing in Australia for the last time before he retires on our MotoGP page.

  109. 0918: 

    Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell says the International Olympic Committee should step in to resolve the growing debate over whether he and world number one Rory McIlroy should represent Britain or Ireland at the 2016 Olympics.

    "Obviously Rory's come under a lot of scrutiny in the last couple of months for kind of saying he might play for Great Britain," McDowell said. "The Olympic Committee should step in and say that 'you guys are either playing for Ireland or you're playing for Great Britain'."

  110. 0915: 

    Hockey player Hannah Macleod tells BBC Radio 5 live of her shock after her and rower Alex Partridge's London 2012 medals were stolen: "It looks like a very well done job.

    "The CCTV footage shows a couple who were acting suspiciously, and had done a couple of laps of the bar, and had been scoping things out prior to approaching our group. There's a photo going around of a gentleman who may be able to help us - he was seen leaving the bar with Alex's jacket."


    Ben Shutt on Twitter: "If Arsenal had played Vermaelen at LB last night, and Koscielny in the centre, problem solved. Santos is a terrible player."

    David Odebade on Twitter: "Man City out. Celtic need a bit of luck and the rest will make it out of their groups."

    Tawanda Murimirwa on Twitter: "I was expecting to wake up to a "Roberto Mancini fired" headline."

    What do you think? Send us your view at #bbcsportsday.

  112. 0907: 

    Jamie Donaldson has set the early pace with a course record 10-under-par round of 62 to lead the BMW Masters by four shots. Rory McIlroy is currently six shots back and Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter are two under par.

  113. 0902: 

    Scotland coach Anna Signeul criticised referee Bibiana Steinhaus after Scotland's late loss to Spain in their Euro 2013 play-off.

    Spain scored in the last few seconds of extra-time, just after missing a penalty, to win 4-3 on aggregate.

    "It's sad when referees decide these kind of games," an emotional Signeul told BBC Scotland. "I really don't understand how this happened. How can any team be so unlucky?"


    Tom Joad on Twitter: "All four PL teams have lacked conviction so far, but that's not to say that one of them can't go all the way."

    Si Hawkes on Twitter: "I think there's something going on at Arsenal behind the scenes. Perhaps the manager has decided not to sign a new contract...I expect Mancini to be told to win the Premier League this season, but even if he does, I don't see him there next season."

    What do you think? Let us know your view at #bbcsportsday.

  115. 0858: 

    'The Bolton News' are reporting Dougie Freedman will arrive at Bolton tomorrow but will take charge of his new squad properly on Monday.

  116. 0854:  
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match SpecialCRICKET

    "England have a better chance of winning in India, which they have not done for 27 years, with Kevin Pietersen in the side than with him not in the team.

    "With a new captain as well, it does focus the mind, it is a new start and I suspect there will still be some fingers crossed."

  117. 0850: 

    Zesh Rehman, the first British Asian to play in the Premier League, believes Asians will have greater representation in the professional game in the years ahead.

    He told BBC Radio 5 live: "Growing up there was negativity and stereotyping which creates barriers and obstacles before a ball is kicked. Clubs and scouts need to look at footballers on level playing field.

    "There is the commitment and passion, everything is there. The mentality is there and more people are playing in mixed leagues. Asian-only leagues were a hindrance."


    Crip Cooke on Twitter: "Mancini will be quick to want to stamp his authority with Micah Richards. Unfortunately, Richards is the size of the hulk."

    Laurence Nutt on Twitter: "re Alex Capp, the (City) team has experience. Most players have played and some have even won (the Champions League)."

    Chris Gnapp on Twitter: "So another frustrating night as an Arsenal fan, today's AGM will be a tough one for Wenger and the board."

    Let us know what you think at #bbcsportsday.

  119. 0846: 

    Zesh Rehman, the first British Asian to play in the Premier League, tells BBC Radio 5 live he is against the formation of a breakaway players' union: "I don't think a separate union send out the right signal.

    "We need to stay together as a union and a breakaway will have a detrimental effect on the work that has been done and the foundations in place. It's solidarity and sticking together rather than creating 'them and us'."

  120. 0844: 

    Deputy chief executive of the PFA Bobby Barnes believes the 'Rooney rule' would simply bring in more open recruitment procedures.

    He told BBC Radio 5 live: "The Rooney rule, it's important that it doesn't exist to interview and then appoint someone. It means more transparent recruitment procedures where people on a long road get an opportunity to get in front of an employer to showcase their talents.

    "We need to show people there is something at the end of that road and the message from black managers is what is the point if they can't get an interview?"

  121. 0838: 

    American sports commentator Sean Wheelock tells BBC Radio 5 live the 'Rooney rule', which the PFA want implemented in football, has been an "overwhelming success" in the NFL.

    He said: "From 1920 to 2002, the year before the Rooney rule was implemented, there was a total of seven minority head coaches and there are now six.

    "Clearly the Rooney rule is working. These are quality candidates that have come up through the ranks that otherwise may not have got to that final step and it has been an overwhelming success in the NFL."

  122. 0835: 

    Max Chilton will have his first taste of driving a Formula One car at a grand prix weekend next Friday in Abu Dhabi.

    Five weeks ago Chilton was confirmed as Marussia's reserve driver for the remainder of this season, and now the 21-year-old from Reigate is to take over from Charles Pic in first practice at the Yas Marina Circuit.

  123. 0832: 

    Malaysian club T-Team are working to bring Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler in as player-manager, according to reports.

    T-Team, based in the eastern state of Terengganu, say they are in talks with the 37-year-old former England forward to ply his trade in the Malaysian professional league next year, according to The Star newspaper.

    "We are negotiating with him as we want to assess his fitness level," Ahmad Said, chief minister of Terengganu, said.


    Robert Allen on Twitter: "Sport is cyclical. We've had our spell at the top and now it's someone else's turn. There's been a lot of investment in the German/French leagues. The best players will end up going there rather than England."

    At the half-way stage of the Champions League group phase, what do you think of the prospects of Britain's five representatives? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  125. 0828: 

    Ireland international Niall O'Brien will join Leicestershire for the start of next season. The 30-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman moves on after five years at Northamptonshire.

  126. 0824: 

    Huddersfield have announced the signing of Wales captain Craig Kopczak, who quit Bradford in controversial circumstances just before the end of the 2012 season.

    The 25-year-old prop forward, who terminated his contract with the Bulls following the takeover by Bradford restaurant owner Omar Khan, has signed a three-year deal with the Giants.

  127. 0821: 

    Nathan Cleverly admits he "had to" move his WBO World light-heavyweight title fight to the United States in a bid to attract a unification showdown.

    The undefeated 25-year-old cancelled a fight with Ukrainian Vyacheslav Uzelkov in Cardiff to take on unbeaten American Ryan Coyne in Los Angeles in November.

    "It is a little bit of frustration that I'm not fighting in Cardiff," he said. "But this is a great opportunity to go to America to potentially take my career to my next level as I am hoping to make my name in America and get more international exposure."


    Alex Capp on Twitter: "City - lack of experience in Europe, Chelsea - going through transition. Arsenal have no excuse."

    Glenn Tosek on Twitter: "I was at the Emirates last night. Arsenal are really missing pace -the likes of (Theo) Walcott and the Ox (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain), plus intelligence of (Tomas) Rosicky."

    Mark Allison on Twitter: "Joe Hart desperately needs a holiday. Just a month away from the sport and the pressure of competition."

    Do you agree? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  129. 0815: 

    Amir Khan on Twitter: "I'm no longer with Ruben Tabares or Alex Ariza. Strength is done by Virgil (Hunter) and his assistant who works with Andre Ward. Who knows? In future I may work with Ruben."

  130. 0812: 

    Welshman Jamie Donaldson, who won for the first time in his career at the Irish Open earlier this year, leads the BMW Masters in Shanghai by four shots after a 10-under-par opening round of 62.

  131. 0808: 

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator Alan Green discusses Manchester City's chances of reaching the Champions League knock-out phase: "They're five points behind Real Madrid and six points behind Dortmund and they've still got to play those two.

    "They've got to play away in Germany in the last group fixture and it will take more than one miracle for Manchester City to qualify for the knock-out stages."


    English sides have provided finalists in seven of the last eight Champions League finals but three of the four Premier League teams suffered defeats in Europe this week.

    Barcelona and Real Madrid are considered the dominant force in European football but is this week further evidence of a weakening of English teams? How many Premier League sides will progress? How do you rate the relative strength of English teams?

    Let us know your view at #bbcsportsday.

  133. 0804: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes his team need "a miracle" to progress from Group D after their 3-1 loss in Amsterdam.

    "It's my fault because I prepared badly for this game," he said. "There's one team with seven points, one team with six and one with three. It will be a miracle."

  134. 0802: 

    Another busy night in the Champions League saw two more defeats to English sides, with Manchester City and Arsenal losing 2-0 at home to Schalke.

  135. 0801: 

    As always we get things going with three offerings from out football gossip column:

    Willian is determined to move to the Premier League, though Shakhtar Donetsk's 25-year-old has a transfer release clause of £25m. However, the player may take a pay cut to ensure a move to Chelsea or Tottenham. (Daily Telegraph)

    Tottenham may miss out on top target Joao Moutinho after the 26-year-old Porto midfield playmaker indicated a preference for a January move to Paris Saint-Germain. (Daily Mail).

    PSV Eindhoven want to keep hold of promising defender Riechedly Bazoer, who has just turned 16 and is interesting Manchester City, Arsenal and Newcastle. (Daily Mirror)

  136. 0800: 

    Good morning and welcome to Thursday's Sportsday Live.

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