Sportsday - Monday 29 October

Reaction to the Ballon d'Or shortlist, plus the Football Association investigates Chelsea's Mark Clattenburg complaint.

29 October 2012 Last updated at 18:59

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  1. 1859: 

    And that's where we leave it for this evening, many thanks for your company, please join us again at 0800 GMT on Tuesday.

  2. 1858: 

    Simon Aindow on Twitter: "With footy mirroring society's lack of respect how about the only man ever allowed to talk to the ref being the skipper?"

  3. 1855: 

    Former top referee George Courtney says Mark Clattenburg is not a racist, after claims made by Chelsea against the official. Chelsea have accused Clattenburg of using "inappropriate language" towards two of their players in yesterday's defeat by Manchester United but Courtney tells BBC Sport: "I would be staggered if he was a racist. In my experience, definitely not."

  4. 1850:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Looking ahead to tomorrow night on 5 live and we have reporters at Reading-Arsenal, Sunderland-Midddlesbrough, Swindon-Aston Villa and Wigan-Bradford, any of which could be the commentary match, depending on how the matches are progressing, while Leeds-Southampton will be on 5 live sports extra.

  5. 1824: 

    Matthew Hawkins on Twitter: "Players always speak to refs with complete contempt. Shocking example to kids who need to learn how to respect authority."

  6. 1815:  
    BBC Radio 5 live5 LIVE SPORT

    At 19:00 GMT it will be time for tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Chapman and the incidents involving referee Mark Clattenburg are sure to be discussed in the Monday Night Club, with regulars John Motson, Steve Claridge and Ian McGarry.

    There are updates from the League One game between Sheffield United and Portsmouth, Mark Clemmit is on hand for the Football League Show, and there is an interview with former Spurs captain Ledley King.

  7. 1808: 

    Andrew Thompson on Twitter: "How is Balotelli on the short list for the Ballon d'Or? Too inconsistent and grabs the wrong headlines."

  8. 1804: 

    Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins is awarded third place in the 2009 event after Lance Armstrong's results are wiped from the record books, the International Cycling Union confirms.

  9. 1758: 

    Aberdeen are still without Ryan Jack (foot), Andrew Considine (ankle) and Rory Fallon (stomach muscle) for tomorrow's Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-final with St Mirren.

  10. 1750: 

    World Player of the Year Lionel Messi says he wants to stay with Barcelona for the rest of his playing days. "My dream is to finish my career at the club," the 25-year-old Argentine forward, who has four years left on his contract and a buy-out clause worth 250 million euros.

    "The most important thing is that I continue developing here and I would like to do that until the end."

  11. 1745: 

    Louise Walker on Twitter: "Disappointed with the continued anti-Suarez attitude comments today. It is being to look like a witch hunt."

  12. 1741: 

    The head of the Professional Footballers' Association, Gordon Taylor, urges the Football Association to act quickly in the Mark Clattenburg case. "This is extremely serious for the referee involved so that's why it's important that it is dealt with in the most thorough manner and as quickly, efficiently, and transparently as possible," he says.

  13. 1739: 

    PAOK Salonika have failed in their appeal against Uefa sanctions, including a suspended ban from European competition, stemming from August's Europa League tie against Rapid Vienna. The Greek side was ordered to play their next three Uefa competition home matches behind closed doors and fined 150,000 euros after being charged over the conduct of supporters and insufficient organisation at the play-off first leg on 23 August.

    Rapid were also charged over the improper conduct of supporters after a number of their fans threw flares at PAOK supporters. The Austrian side was fined 75,000 euros and ordered to play their next European home game behind closed doors, while both clubs were threatened with two-year competition bans if they are found guilty of similar offences in the next three years.

  14. 1733: 

    New Bolton boss Dougie Freedman says it was potential that persuaded him to leave Crystal Palace and move to the Reebok Stadium. "I've got a long-game strategy where I feel this club will give me the tools that will get us to the Premier League," he insists.

  15. 1731: 

    Steven de Jongh leaves his role as a sporting director at Team Sky after admitting to taking performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career, the third member of the team to depart since a zero-tolerance approach to doping was put in place in the wake of the Lance Armstrong saga.

  16. 1727: 

    Four-time world champion John Higgins is a surprise first-round casualty at the International Championship in Chengdu, China, squandering a 2-0 lead to lose 6-3 to 22-year-old world number 66 Cao Yupeng.

    Matthew Stevens beats 15-year-old Zhao Xintong in the final frame, World number one Mark Selby saw off Ali Carter 6-3 and Dominic Dale claims five of the last six frames to beat Graeme Dott 6-3.

  17. 1721: 

    Here's the provisional Arsenal squad for tomorrow's Capital One Cup match with Reading at the Madejski Stadium. Plenty of changes expected for the Gunners, with Gervinho, Wojciech Szczesny, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out of contention because of injury.

    Arsenal (from): Mannone, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Santos, Ramsey, Arteta, Cazorla, Podolski, Gervinho, Giroud, Martinez, Coquelin, Djourou, Koscielny, Arshavin, Chamakh, Frimpong, Gnabry, Sagna, Angha, Santos, Miquel, Yennaris, Eisfeld, Bellerin.

  18. 1719: 

    Good evening and welcome along to Sportsday. We'll be with you for a couple more hours, with team news for tonight's League One match between Sheffield United and Portsmouth to come. Keep sending your thoughts in on any topical sporting subject via Twitter please with the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  19. 1658: 

    Ronnie Moore wants to keep League One's top scorer Jake Cassidy until the end of the campaign.

    Cassidy, who has netted 10 goals this season, is on loan from Championship club Wolves until the end of January.

    Moore says: "We'll have to speak to the club and we hope that we can keep him until the end of the season."

  20. 1654: 

    There are still many of you confused by the selections for the Ballon d'Or short-list.

    Craig Martin on Twitter: "Where's the Borussia Dortmund players? Surely Lewandowski or Kagawa deserve a place more than Rooney or Neuer?"

    Eric Edgar on Twitter: "How is Kompany, Mata, Cech not on the list. Cech's saves won Chelsea the CL. Kompany won City the prem league."

    Get involved in the debate using hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  21. 1647: 

    Mark Cavendish voices his frustration that Roberto Ferrari has signed for the Lampre-ISD team.

    Ferrari brought down Cavendish in a finishing straight crash in the Giro d'Italia's third stage this year.

    Cavendish says on Twitter: "When I thought I could put this years festival of sprint crashes behind me, I see Roberto Ferrari has signed for a WorldTour team next year."

  22. 1642: 

    Portadown complete the signing of striker Gary Twigg from Shamrock Rovers on a three-and-a-half year contract.

    Twigg said he was moving from the Dublin club for family reasons and wanted to be closer to his home in Ballymena.

  23. 1638: 

    Neil Lennon warns St Johnstone his Celtic players are on a revenge mission when the two sides meet in the quarter-final of the Scottish Communities League Cup tomorrow night.

    The Hoops boss is still unhappy about their defeat at the hands of Saints in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at McDiarmid Park last month.

    He says: "There will be a bit of revenge in the air. I'm sure the players will be very motivated."

  24. 1633: 

    More on your views about the Ballon d'Or short-list:

    Henry Whelan on Twitter: "How is David Moyes not on the COTY shortlist? Ok he didn't win anything, but neither did Jogi Löw or Cesare Prandelli."

    Ross Gilman on Twitter: "Not sure how Ferguson or Rooney made the shortlist. Ferguson wins nothing and Rooney was only good for half of last season?"

    Christopher Jones on Twitter: "This list simply baffles me. You've got Buffon and Neuer on there but no Cech? He saves last season won Chelsea the CL!!"

    Get involved in the debate using hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  25. 1628: 

    Mark Clattenburg is not given a game to referee next weekend by the Professional Game Match Officials (PGMO) following Chelsea's accusation of his use of "inappropriate language" towards two of their players on Sunday.

    A PGMO statement reads: "Mark Clattenburg is one of the elite referees in world football and, in these circumstances, the intense level of scrutiny would detract from the match and be unfair to the clubs and the supporters of both sides."

  26. 1622: 

    Scotland's 800m runner Lynsey Sharp is targeting a gold medal at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games but admits poor training facilities could see her leave Scotland.

    She says: "Unfortunately, I have to fight a bit of a battle to use the track at Meadowbank and we only have one in Edinburgh."

  27. 1615: 

    Fifa's short-list for Ballon d'Or has certainly got you hot under the collar.

    Matt Patrick on Twitter: "Same names on the Ballon d'Or shortlist every year,regardless of performances or lack of trophies."

    Ngetich Rodney on Twitter: "Juan #Mata snub in Ballon d'Or shortlist and Balotelli inclusion culminate how people underrate Chelsea."

    Mark Whittaker on Twitter: "Defenders get overlooked unless they are Spanish it seems. Apparently Balotelli was better than Kompany, what a joke!"

    Get involved in the debate using hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  28. 1610: 

    England rule Wigan loose forward Sean O'Loughlin out of Saturday's clash against France as he fails to recover a hamstring strain suffered during the 80-12 victory over Wales.

    "Unfortunately, Sean will have to sit out the game," says England coach Steve McNamara.

  29. 1607: 

    Novak Djokovic is guaranteed to finish the year as world number one.

    The Serb lost top spot to Roger Federer when the Swiss won Wimbledon.

    But Djokovic will regain it on Monday after his rival opted not to defend his title at the Paris Masters this week.

  30. 1600: 

    The Metropolitan Police announce an investigation is being launched into an incident at Stamford Bridge which saw a steward injured during yesterday's match between Chelsea and Manchester United.

  31. 1558: 

    Plenty of you uninspired by the 23-man short-list for the Ballon d'Or.

    Ndivhuho Tshishonga on Twitter: "Kagawa was player of the season in Bundesliga, why is he not in the list."

    Errol Ibrahim on Twitter: "No idea how Drogba and Ballotelli are on the #ballon d'or shortlist. Both distinctly average last season."

    Will Fenwick on Twitter: "Fergie for COTY? He won nothing and didn't meet any of the expectations of the fans. FIFA just chose a big name as per."

    Get involved in the debate using hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  32. 1552: 

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton admits changing tactics to accommodate Canaries playmaker Wes Hoolahan.

    He tells BBC Radio Norfolk: "There's no doubt he's best used in a central position because he's somebody you need to get on the ball."

  33. 1547: 

    Sylvain Distin concedes he's disappointed Everton were held to a draw by derby rivals Liverpool.

    He tells evertontv: "We look back with a bit of frustration but I guess we'll be happy after coming back from 2-0 down.

    "It's a draw and we're disappointed, but that shows the ambition and determination of the lads."

  34. 1542: 

    Javier Hernandez thinks Manchester United's 3-2 win over Chelsea could have a decisive bearing on the destination of the Premier League.

    Hernandez struck 15 minutes from time to help United claim their first top-flight win at Stamford Bridge in over 10 years.

    He says: "This game could have changed the title. It was vital to get the three points at a very tough place. We are in there in the fight to win it."

  35. 1538: 

    Brogy Bhoy on Twitter: "Whoever made this shortlist should be ashamed no Gary Hooper, shocking."

    Patrick Ost on Twitter: "Wayne 'the perennial disappointment' Rooney on the Ballond'Or shortlist 4 this past yr? Stewart Downing on ther as well is he?"

    Josh Buckley on Twitter: "Balotelli has talent, but has shown more antics than class this year. The same as Suarez, yet he isn't up for nomination."

    Get involved in the debate using hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  36. 1531: 

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert refuses to be downbeat about his team's poor start to the season.

    The Midlands club have won once in nine league games, enduring their worst start to a campaign for 43 years.

    He says: "Within the group, we believe in what we are doing. We are not too disappointed with our play.

    "We'd like more points but I'm not too disheartened with the way we are playing."

  37. 1524: 

    Ed Clancy continues his transformation from endurance rider to sprinter as one of seven Olympic champions named in the Great Britain team for next month's Track World Cup in Glasgow.

    Clancy, twice an Olympic champion in the four-kilometre team pursuit, will combine with Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes in the three-man, three-lap team sprint event.

    Olympic team pursuit champions Laura Trott, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell and Steven Burke are also in the team.

  38. 1520: 

    Your thoughts on who should win the Balloon d'Or are flying in. Here are a sample.

    Jamie Matthews on Twitter: "How has Mario Balotelli got on the short list?! He's been distinctly average all year Juan Mata has been much better for ages!"

    Chris Binding on Twitter: "Balotelli? Please. Makes a mockery of the profession and the award him even being on that list."

    Marcus Bird on Twitter: "Is Falcao on the shortlist?? If so, then he should win it, otherwise it has to be Ronaldo!"

    Get involved in the debate using hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  39. 1514: 

    And the 10 men in the frame for the Fifa World Coach of the Year award are:

    Vicente del Bosque (Spain), Roberto Di Matteo (Chelsea), Alex Ferguson (Manchester United ), Pep Guardiola (Barcelona), Jupp Heynckes (Bayern München), Jürgen Klopp (Borussia Dortmund), Joachim Löw (Germany), Roberto Mancini (Manchester City), José Mourinho (Real Madrid), Cesare Prandelli (Italy).

  40. 1510: 

    The short-list for Ballon d'Or is out and the 23 names are:

    Sergio Agüero, Xabi Alonso, Mario Balotelli, Karim Benzema, Gianluigi Buffon, Sergio Busquets, Iker Casillas, Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, Radamel Falcao, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Andrés Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Manuel Neuer, Neymar, Mesut Özil, Gerard Piqué, Andrea Pirlo, Sergio Ramos, Wayne Rooney, Yaya Touré, Robin van Persie, Xavi.

  41. 1505: 

    Wales reach an agreement with Perpignan for lock Luke Charteris to feature in their final autumn international against Australia on December 1.

    The game falls outside the International Rugby Board's designated Test window and Perpignan were not obliged to release him.

    "We are delighted to have come to an agreement with Perpignan which will allow Luke to be available to be considered for selection for the Wallabies game," said interim head coach Rob Howley.

  42. 1501: 

    The FA begin an investigation into the allegations Mark Clattenburg used "inappropriate language", including racial words, to Chelsea players in Sunday's defeat by Manchester United.

  43. 1459: 

    England duo Courtney Lawes and Dylan Hartley are having scans on knee injuries today and the Northampton Saints pair will know whether they can play in the autumn Test series tomorrow.

  44. 1457: 

    Worcester Warriors prop Matt Mullan is joining up with the England squad as cover for Joe Marler, who has a tight hamstring.

  45. 1452: 

    So with the Ballon d'Or nominations revealed today, BBC Sportsday want to know who you reckon was the best player in the world last season.

    Tell us your views using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  46. 1448: 

    Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini are both nominated for Fifa's World Coach of the Year along with Chelsea's Roberto Di Matteo.

    Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola and Real Madrid's José Mourinho are also on the ten-man shortlist.

  47. 1444: 

    Other Premier League stars in the 23-man shortlist for the Ballon D'Or are Manchester City trio Sergio Agüero, Yaya Touré and Mario Balotelli, former Chelsea man Didier Drogba and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie.

  48. 1441: 

    Wayne Rooney is the only British player short-listed for the Ballon d'Or - FIFA's world player of the year award.

    Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will undoubtedly be favourites for the prize when it is announced on January 7 though.

  49. 1435: 

    England batsman Eoin Morgan signs a new long-term contract with Middlesex.

    Morgan, 26, who made his first-class debut for the county in 2006, is also centrally contracted to the ECB until 2013

  50. 1431: 

    Modest Barcelona forward Lionel Messi deflects praise on to his team-mates when presented with the Golden Boot award.

    Messi scored 50 Primera Division last season - four more than Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

    He says "This is a group prize. I always say that when an individual wins something like this.

    "That's a fact, and this one more than any. It is a prize for scoring goals, but I'd never have done it without my team-mates."

  51. 1425: 

    Henning Berg is a candidate for the vacant manager's post at Blackburn Rovers, says the Lancashire Telegraph.

  52. 1422: 

    England announce Stuart Broad is taking over as vice-captain for the tour of India now that Alastair Cook has been promoted to skipper.

    Cook says: "We have been working hard together as One Day captain and Twenty20 captain under the leadership of Andrew Strauss and Andrew Flower when we had three captains.

    "We will now need to step up that relationship and work harder as senior players in this team."


    The performance of match officials in the Premier League is again in question. Let us know what you think on Twitter at #bbcsportsday.

    Matt on Twitter: "Chelsea beat Reading because of an offside Torres goal. Now it was their turn. There are too many refereeing mistakes though!"

    Robert Jones on Twitter: "Refs receive the brunt of the blame though often they are the only ones on the pitch trying to be honest."

    Janan Farjo on Twitter: "TV replays had to be slowed down and zoomed in on to show the contact. Can't blame Clattenburg for getting it wrong."

  54. 1409: 

    The third umpire will check for a no-ball after dismissals as part of a series of amendments to the rules of cricket which will come into force from Tuesday.

    The International Cricket Council said in a statement: "If the delivery was not a fair delivery, the third umpire shall advise the on-field umpire by two-way radio who should recall the dismissed batsman, indicate that the batsman is not out and signal no-ball."

  55. 1401: 

    England batsman Kevin Pietersen will play against India A on Tuesday as he makes his return to the side after being dropped in August.

    "He is down to play and will be batting at four," said coach Andy Flower.

    "I am looking forward to him being involved. We had a long chat this morning and we had a number of chats on the phone. I think we will work well together."

  56. 1354: 

    England captain Alastair Cook has been speaking about Kevin Pietersen's return to the team.

    "We have seen Kev. He's desperate to get going and we are desperate to have him back in the team," he said.

    "As I have always said, it's great to have world-class players in our team and if we want to play the standard of cricket we know we are capable of, we will have to have our best players to do that."

  57. 1348: 

    Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany rejects reports that the club's players are unhappy with manager Roberto Mancini.

    He tells the City website: "The stories are based on things I can't relate to and I'm in this team."


    What do you think about the performance of the Premier League's match officials? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

    Ben Cullen on Twitter: "The officiating is far superior in the EPL to many of the other top leagues. We should feel privileged. Mistakes happen."

    Fayaz Adam on Twitter: "I think referees should wear a head cam, so we can see the view the ref had. Maybe then we'd have more sympathy for them!"

    Neil Harris on Twitter: "People are not getting it, we don't want EVERY decision reviewed, only red cards and pens. Replay takes 10 seconds."

  59. 1325: 

    Pakistan cricket authorities insist that preparations are well on course for a Twenty20 league with international stars in March next year.

  60. 1314: 

    John Higgins suffers a shock 6-3 defeat against home favourite Cao Yupeng in the first round of the International Championship in Chengdu, China.

  61. 1307: 

    Christian Horner responds to Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso's claim that he is confident of winning the drivers' title ahead of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

    "At the end of the day talk is cheap. We can all prophesy, but it's down to what you do on the track," said Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.

    "Our focus now is already on this weekend's race in Abu Dhabi, to extract the most out of the car, drivers, strategy and reliability that we can. From now on, it's going to be a question of having three perfect weekends."

  62. 1259: 

    A winding-up petition against Salford City Reds has been adjourned until 7 January, 2013.


    The performance of match officials in the Premier League is again in question. Let us know what you think on Twitter at #bbcsportsday.

    Rosie Curtis on Twitter: "I've watched the Torres sending off back a few times and im still not sure if he dived. A challenge system wouldnt help!"

    Jake Cockburn on Twitter: "Football is a free flowing game so you can't just stop it to see a replay, as in tennis, cricket, and in the NFL."

    Grant Whittaker on Twitter: "What goes around comes around. Decisions balance themselves out over the course of the season."

  64. 1248: 

    Prospect, the referees' union, says it is "offering full support to Mark Clattenburg in relation to the allegations made against him".

  65. 1235: 

    Peter Eriksson will move from his role as the UK Paralympic head coach to replace Charles van Commenee as UK Athletics head coach.

    "I will continue with the methods and approach that has proved so successful in the Paralympic arena, and that has been about strong performance management of our best medal prospects to maximise the likelihood of medal-winning performances," said Eriksson.

  66. 1216: 

    BBC Sport's Alison Mitchell in India: "Kevin Pietersen will play for England in the first match of their tour of India - a three-day game against an India 'A' side in Mumbai, starting tomorrow. He'll bat at number four."


    Officials are dominating the chat again after the weekend's Premier League matches so let us know what you think at #bbcsportsday.

    Colin Bundred on Twitter: "Officiating, as seen throughout the weekend, makes a mockery of the Premier League's claim to be the worlds best."

    Peter Ungphakorn on Twitter: "I wonder how many refereeing errors are later in a game. Would it help to replace the referees and linesmen at half time?"

    Yousuf Ali on Twitter: "I don't expect refs to get it right all the time but I expect them to get the major decisions right most of the time."

  68. 1157: 

    Former Wigan winger Shaun Ainscough says he is quitting Bradford after the club offered him a reduced wage.

    The 22-year-old said: "I had to make one of the hardest decisions of my life and try my luck in Australia.

    "I loved every minute at the Bulls and would have loved to have stopped but ... to be offered less than last year is just ridiculous."

  69. 1153: 

    QPR owner Tony Fernandes shrugs off speculation that manager Mark Hughes has one game to save his job. The Loftus Road outfit are bottom of the Premier League and face Reading at home next.

    "Mark has my backing and the shareholders," said Fernandes on Twitter. "We need a little luck and no injuries. What's written in the press is all rubbish.

    "I honestly believe we have one of the best managers in the Premier League. And we are in for the long term. Whatever happens. We love QPR."

  70. 1143: 

    Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove is to step down as chief executive at The Ageas Bowl. Bransgrove will continue in his role as chairman but David Mann will become the club's new chief executive.

  71. 1139: 

    Reading boss Brian McDermott denies reports of a bust-up with midfielder Danny Guthrie after dropping the midfielder for the 3-3 draw with Fulham.

    "There's no bust-up," said McDermott. "He wasn't selected to play for the game.

    "So, I don't know where the reports are coming from. Danny was training yesterday."


    Chelsea, Liverpool and QPR will have gripes over the officiating at their games over the weekend and you can let us know what you think about the performances of referees and their assistants on Twitter at #bbcsportsday.

    Adrian Kellers on Twitter: "Commentators/TV viewers have replays instantly, how hard is it to do the same as Rugby and NFL and have a challenge system?"

    Clint Matthews on Twitter: "Clattenburg had a stinker simple as. Human error doesn't make football great, it ruins it and results in unjust outcomes."

    Mark Hampson on Twitter: "Add a 3 challenge system & a replay ref (a la tennis & rugby) & surely the 5-6 added minutes for more consistency is worth it?"

  73. 1131: 

    Scunthorpe appoint Brian Laws as manager having parted company with Alan Knill. Laws returns to the club from Tuesday, 30 October and he will be assisted by Russ Wilcox.

  74. 1118: 

    Sergio Garcia will make his comeback after eye surgery in the European Tour's season-ending Dubai World Championship next month.

    The 32-year-old Spaniard has not played since Europe's Ryder Cup victory over the United States in Chicago four weeks ago.

    "I had the surgery but everything went very well," said Garcia. "I will have three tournaments towards the end of the year. I hope I can play good, finish on a high note and get ready for next year."

  75. 1112: 

    The 2015 Solheim Cup, the women's equivalent of the Ryder Cup, will be held at the St Leon-Rot Golf Club near Heidelberg, an hour's drive from Frankfurt. "It will be a fantastic experience for our golf in Germany," said Sandra Gal, a member of the victorious 2011 European team.

  76. 1109: 

    Speaking about his appointment as UK Athletics head coach, Peter Eriksson said: "It is a great privilege to be asked to take on this role. I will continue with the methods and approach that has proved so successful in the Paralympic arena, and that has been about strong performance management of our best medal prospects to maximise the likelihood of medal-winning performances."

  77. 1102: 

    UK Athletics has announced that Peter Eriksson has been appointed as the successor to Charles van Commenee as their head coach. Eriksson was formerly head coach of the UK Athletics Paralympic programme.

  78. 1101: 

    Oxford United boss Chris Wilder has revealed how Adam Chapman played through the pain barrier on Saturday after burning his nipple on Friday. Midfielder Chapman, 22, was forced to go to hospital on Friday night after pouring boiling milk over his chest.

    But despite the unusual injury, Chapman managed to take his place in Saturday's side as Oxford beat Wycombe 3-1. "It's ridiculous," Wilder told BBC Radio Oxford. "It is a new one for me, hopefully he'll be okay in the future."


    We asked if criticism of referees is unjust following on from events at Stamford Bridge and Goodison Park yesterday, here are some of your views:

    Tom Stansfield on Twitter: "Clattenburg didnt have the best day at the office but on the issue of diving he was consistent & strong. What the public want"

    James Drawmer on Twitter: "If you want to get every decision right, games will take twice as long. Human error to a degree makes the game what it is"

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  80. 1055: 

    Even after 15 Grand Slam titles and at the age of 31, Serena Williams says the best is still to come, after ending a remarkable comeback season with the WTA Championships title she first won over a decade ago.

    "I definitely think I can improve some more," she said after beating an in-form Maria Sharapova 6-4 6-3.

  81. 1051: 

    Pakistan cricket chiefs have made no decision yet on disgraced former captain Salim Malik's bid to become the national side's batting coach, PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwar said. The 49-year-old Malik last week applied for the post, saying he was under no bar after a Pakistani court lifted his life ban for match fixing in October 2008, though the sport's governing body has not publicly endorsed the ruling.

  82. 1047: 

    More from Graham Poll on referee Mark Clattenburg's decision to give Fernando Torres a second yellow card for allegedly diving in Chelsea's 3-2 defeat at home to Manchester United. as replays suggest defender Jonny Evans did make contact with the striker.

    He told BBC Radio 5 live: "Clear contact was made but that's with the benefit of hindsight. It was at full speed so hard to detect. Torres going over didn't look that natural. He [Clattenburg] had a great view of it.

    "Fifa instruct referees if any contact between players, you cannot caution for simulation. Mark is a top referee, He refereed the Olympic final in the summer. Categorically, whether we think law is right or wrong, Torres should not have been cautioned."

  83. 1040: 

    Chelsea have made a formal complaint against referee Mark Clattenburg after accusing him of using "inappropriate language" to two of their players in the defeat by Manchester United. Part of the allegation is that Clattenburg used racial language, BBC Sport has learned.

    Former Premier League referee Graham Poll has told BBC Radio 5 live: "The referee's microphone is on an open mic so everything he says is heard by two assistants and fourth official. So if Mark said something, the assistants would have heard it.

    "If a comment of a racial nature was made, I think it should be reported and I think assistant referees will report it because there's not place for it."

  84. 1036: 

    Former Blackburn defender Henning Berg is in the running to become the club's new manager, according to the Lancashire Telegraph. The ex-Manchester United man is set to have an interview as Rovers look to appoint a permanent boss, four weeks after Steve Kean resigned.

  85. 1028: 

    Tickets for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012 show will go on sale on Tuesday at 09:00 GMT. Staged at London's 15,000 capacity ExCeL, the event on Sunday, 16 December will be the biggest in the programme's 59-year history.

    Fans can buy up to six tickets - each at £50 plus booking fee - from Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.

  86. 1021: 

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes if the reasoning behind the decision to deny Luis Suarez an added-time winner in yesterday's Merseyside derby was replicated throughout the season the Premier League would be "in trouble".

    "I've seen it (Suarez's disallowed goal) again and we can feel sorry ourselves because it was a clear goal," said the England captain.

    "There is no offside and it's difficult for me to explain it. The only person who can explain it is the linesman. i asked him after the game if it was offside and he said 'I think so'. That's not good enough. If every decision in this league is based on 'we think so' then we're in trouble."

  87. 1018: 

    Wigan are set to be without winger Ryo Miyaichi for tomorrow's Capital One Cup fourth-round clash with League Two side Bradford. The Japan international missed Saturday's victory over West Ham with a groin problem and is still struggling while fellow winger Albert Crusat (knee) anddefender Antolin Alcaraz (groin) are also sidelined.

  88. 1012: 

    Lionel Messi broke through the 300 goal mark in Barcelona's 5-0 win over Rayo Vallecano on Saturday night. The forward grabbed another goal to make it 301 goals in 419 games. Not to be outdone, Cristiano Ronaldo also scored twice as Real Madrid beat Real Mallorca 5-0 in Palma.

  89. 1002: 

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso continued to insist he is confident he can win the title despite losing further ground to rival Sebastian Vettel. The Red Bull driver won the Indian Grand Prix on Sunday, with Alonso second, to extend his lead to 13 points with his fourth win in succession.

    Alonso said: "It's not easy to fight with Red Bull but we will never give up. They were fantastic this weekend. But we want to be happy and enjoy in Brazil and I'm sure we will do it."

  90. 0957: 

    Burnley are set to name Sean Dyche as their new manager tomorrow, according to reports. The Clarets have been without a manager since Eddie Howe returned to Bournemouth due to family reasons earlier this month.

  91. 0950: 

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty gives his opinion on yesterday's events at Stamford Bridge where Manchester United beat Chelsea 3-2 in a dramatic affair, "Mark Clattenburg claim takes the game into uncharted territory," writes McNulty. You can read his blog on the BBC Sport website.


    We asked if criticism of referees is unjust following on from events at Stamford Bridge and Goodison Park yesterday, here are some of your views:

    Fahad Khan on Twitter: "Goal line technology itself has not been implemented yet. Using technology to review suspected diving is at least 5 years away"

    Adam Brierley-Lewis on Twitter: "Referee's have a split second to make a decision, not 50+ cameras and slow mo replays making it impossible"

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  93. 0938: 

    BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage has begun a weekly column looking at football tactics from the weekend's action, first up he looks at how QPR set up to stop Arsenal on Saturday before going down to a 1-0 defeat.

    "The way [Mark] Hughes operates when his teams are defending is to use triggers, where you wait for the ball to get into a certain area and then react," says Savage.

    "It was working too, until Mbia's red card. After that, Rangers were not just down to 10 men, they were without a big tall centre-half in the middle of their defence, which was exactly the area they had been dominating."

  94. 0928: 

    Vincent Kompany has launched an astonishing attack on the media after newspaper reports suggested over the weekend that there was a mutiny growing at Manchester City.

    It's funny," he said on the club's official website. "I don't like to get involved in this, but sometimes I do question the integrity of a journalist who would write this. Based on what information does the guy come out with this?

    "I never have a problem with performances being tagged down or up. People have the right to have opinions about that, but the stories are based on things that I can't even relate to, and I am in this team. I can only say I would put in doubt the integrity of any journalist who comes out with this."

  95. 0924: 

    Lotus have announced that Kimi Raikkonen has signed a contract extension to race for the team in the 2013. The 2007 world champion returned to the sport with the Enstone-based outfit this season and is currently third in the drivers' standings.

  96. 0916: 

    Rory McIlroy outscored Tiger Woods for only the third time in 11 head-to-head clashes in China today, winning their "Duel at Jinsha Lake" with a five-under-par 67 to the American's 68. The world's top two golfers met for a one-off match after competing in Shangha and Kuala Lumpur over the weekend.


    We asked if criticism of referees is unjust following on from events at Stamford Bridge and Goodison Park yesterday, here are some of your views:

    Chris Lawton on Twitter: "Refs shouldn't make decisions re: diving. If players suspected of diving cite them and review after the game using technology"

    James Hunter on Twitter: "Managers should be trained as referees, maybe then they'd appreciate what an impossible job officials have in the modern game"

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  98. 0905: 

    Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has warned fans they will have to wait until next year before the marque grabs its elusive first win.

    Boullier has resigned himself to the fact with three races remaining he will not be seeing either Kimi Raikkonen or Romain Grosjean on the top step of the podium this season.

    Asked whether a win was possible this year, Boullier said: "No, next year. Realistically, I would be kidding people if I said we would win a race this year."

  99. 0857: 

    More from former referee Jeff Winter on BBC Radio 5 live talking about Chelsea's complaint over Mark Clattenburg: "It is slightly ironic that players dish it out then complain if something is said back. Not talking about racial comments here, if it is like for like then nobody has a right to complain.

    "I'm not saying they should do it but there seems to be different rules for one set and another for others but this insistence that racial languages has been used is very, very serious."

  100. 0852: 

    Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole has signed a new contract with the club. The midfielder will remain on Wearside until 2016, having joined the club from Wigan in 2009.

  101. 0849: 

    Chelsea have made a formal complaint against referee Mark Clattenburg after accusing him of using "inappropriate language" to two of their players in the defeat by Manchester United. Part of the allegation is that Clattenburg used racial language, BBC Sport has learned.

    Former Premier League referee Jeff Winter responded to the claims on BBC Radio 5 live, he said: "I am amazed with this accusation. If an official has made racial insults or language towards a player then he is for the high jump. It won't be a six or eight-game ban, it will probably be the end of his career if indeed that is the case."


    We asked if criticism of referees is unjust following on from events at Stamford Bridge and Goodison Park yesterday, here are some of your views:

    Sam Unsworth on Twitter: "Too many complex rules by the FA make it impossible for referees to do their job plus managers should stop goading them"

    Are Wangsholm on Twitter: "EPL should start an exchange program for refs from different leagues, to improve both the EPL refs and the league."

    Luke Scott on Twitter: "There should be a challenge/review system similar to that of the NFL"

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  103. 0833: 

    Everton manager David Moyes says Liverpool striker Luis Suarez should have been sent off during Sunday's Merseyside derby.

    The Uruguayan was shown a yellow card for a challenge on Everton defender Sylvain Distin in the second half of the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park.

    "He was a very lucky man to stay on the pitch for his tackle," Moyes said.

  104. 0821: 

    Chelsea have made a formal complaint against referee Mark Clattenburg after accusing him of using "inappropriate language" to two of their players in the defeat by Manchester United.

    Part of the allegation is that Clattenburg used racial language, BBC Sport has learned. It is also understood midfielder John Mikel Obi is involved in the complaint.

    "We have lodged a complaint to the Premier League match delegate," said a Chelsea spokesman.

  105. 0817: 

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has denied that he has signed any agreement to join Ferrari in the future.

    BBC Sport reported two weeks ago that Ferrari already have a deal in place with the German, with an option for the 25-year-old to join them in 2014.

    Vettel said: "There is nothing to tell, nothing I have signed. It is amusing. I don't know where it came from."


    So Manchester United beat Chelsea in a hotly-contested encounter at Stamford Bridge. Referee Mark Clattenburg has come in for criticism for sending off two Blues players, while Luis Suarez had a late goal disallowed against Everton in the Merseyside derby for offside when replays suggested the Liverpool striker was not. Do officials need more help? Is the criticism fair or harsh? Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  107. 0809: 

    Mark Cavendish has claimed the Lance Armstrong doping scandal has unfairly tainted cyclists who are riding clean.

    Cavendish told The Times: "If this negativity had come to cycling 10 years ago I would accept it, but the negativity is coming to cycling now because of what happened years ago and that's not right. It's not fair to paint everyone with the same brush."

  108. 0807: 

    Florent Malouda's hopes of ending his Chelsea stay have suffered a setback after Santos distanced themselves from a move for the 32-year-old French winger.

    Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool all had scouts watching Genoa full-back Mario Sampirisi, 19, against AC Milan on Saturday. (Daily Mail)

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has urged Roy Hodgson not to pick fit-again Jack Wilshere, 20, for England's friendly against Sweden next month. (Daily Mirror)

  109. 0800: 

    Hello and welcome to Sportsday Live as another week begins. Yesterday's Premier League action brought up plenty of talking points so we will have the latest reaction and we will also be looking for your views on the decisions by referees and the match action itself. Plus, there will be all the breaking sports news throughout the day.

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