Sportsday - Tuesday 11 December as it happened

Gareth Barry charged by FA, football's anti-discrimination plan, Kauto Star leaves Paul Nicholls' yard, and more.

11 December 2012 Last updated at 18:35

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  1. 1830: 

    That is it for another day of Sportsday Live. Thank you for your company and do not forget you can keep up to date with all of Tuesday night's football action on the BBC football website. See you back here for another day of breaking sports stories on Wednesday from 0800 GMT.

  2. 1827: 

    Swansea City's top scorer Michu says he is happy at the Liberty Stadium after being linked with Atletico Madrid. Michu, a £2m signing from Rayo Vallecano in the summer, is the Premier League's top scorer with 12 goals.

    Swans manager Michael Laudrup has suggested the Spaniard's value is now up to £30m. "It is always nice that you get talked about with teams like Atletico Madrid, but now I am very happy in Swansea," Michu told a Spanish radio station.

  3. 1823: 

    England internationals Kevin Sinfield and Sam Tomkins make the six-man shortlist for the 2012 World Player of the Year award. Sinfield, 32, led Leeds to the World Club Challenge and Super League Grand Final, while his side lost in the Challenge Cup final.

    Wigan full-back Tomkins, 23, was named Super League Man of Steel for 2012. The others vying for the Golden Boot award are Australia's Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Ben Barba and Nate Myles.

  4. 1817: 

    Bradford City midfielder Gary Jones is keen Arsenal name their strongest side in the Capital One Cup tie, full text coverage on the BBC Sport website from 1830 GMT.

    The Gunners have fielded weakened teams in their two ties in the competition so far this season, but 35-year-old Jones tells BBC Radio Leeds: "It'll be nice if he does play his best side because at the end of the day they'll see this as a great chance to get through to the semi-final."

  5. 1813: 

    Everton's Marouane Fellaini says the club is targeting a Champions League place after a strong start to the season. The Toffees are fourth in the Premier League table after one defeat in 13 games.

    "Everybody wants to play Champions League next season so we work hard for this and hopefully we can finish in the top four," midfielder Fellaini tells

  6. 1804: 

    The future of Salford City Reds is thrown into doubt after the local council announces it is pulling out of a rescue plan. Councillors have refused a £750,000 loan after voicing concern about the financial viability of the deal and the level of risk involved.

    The City Reds were served with a winding up petition in October and has had its bank account frozen.


    Would a return of standing at football matches improve fans' experience? Keep your views coming using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

    Michael Curley on Twitter: "Have you seen the atmosphere in Parkhead's all-seater on a frosty Wednesday night? Standing sections not required."

    Sir Ryan Osborne on Twitter: "The idea of avoiding another Hillsborough disaster was introducing seating, so why bring back safe standing?"

    Terry Bowman on Twitter: "Modern stadia can be set up for standing as in Germany. The plan is not to go back to the unsafe stadia of 80s."

  8. 1743: 

    Coventry City are prepared to consider finding a new home in a bid to resolve their rent row over the Ricoh Arena. Arena Coventry Limited (ACL) claim that the Sky Blues owe £1.1m in rent arrears and have given them until Boxing Day to pay up - or face a winding-up order.

    The League One club, who claim the rent is too high, are still keen to negotiate - but also have contingency plans. "The club has commenced the sensible process of making contact with other clubs," a club statement says.

  9. 1736:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCRICKET

    The Perth Scorchers take on Shane Warne's Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash 20/20 commentary starting Wednesday from 0900 GMT on 5 live Sports Extra. It is the first of a number of Big Bash commentaries on Sports Extra over the coming weeks.

  10. 1724: 

    Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova says that one of Lionel Messi's key strengths is that his approach to the game is the same now as it was when he was a teenager.

    Messi set a record for the most goals scored in a calendar year of 86 on Sunday, surpassing the previous best of 85 set by German Gerd Mueller in 1972.

    "Messi's great virtue is that he is still playing now as a professional the same way he did as a youth player," says Vilanova, who coached Messi when he was in Barca's academy. "His career, what he has achieved, nobody could have predicted it."

  11. 1717: 

    Katusha, the team that world number one Joaquim Rodriguez of Spain rides for, hit out at the International Cycling Union (UCI) for dropping them from the sport's top flight. "Team management, riders and staff are extremely surprised by the lack of justification for such a decision," Katusha said in a statement on Tuesday.

    The decision by the UCI means the Russian team will need invitations to take part in the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia, the Tour of Spain and several top one-day and one-week races in 2013.

  12. 1707: 

    Celtic boss Neil Lennon reveals he was encouraged by Monday's meeting with the Scottish Football Association's compliance officer Vincent Lunny.

    A delegation of Scottish Premier League managers, including Steve Lomas, Kenny Shiels and Jim Jefferies, met with Lunny at Hampden following a recent plea by Lennon for better communication between bosses, referees and the SFA and clearer guidelines on acceptable behaviour.

    "It was very productive," says Lennon. "It wasn't a question of any heated arguments, it was just points being put across from both sides and John Fleming (SFA's head of referee development) came in for the last hour or so."

  13. 1700: 

    West Brom boss Steve Clarke, the Manager of the Month for November, laments the penalty awarded against his team in the 2-0 defeat against Arsenal last week: "The decisions didn't go for us at Arsenal, the penalty decision certainly changed the course of the game.

    "By and large I think the referees do a great job in this country, I don't stand here to criticise referees, I don't think you can take out the human element, it's part and parcel of the game."


    QPR chairman Tony Fernandes on Twitter: "Holiday today in Malaysia. Went early xmas shopping. But all I want is 3's been nothing short of a disaster. It's not where we are. But boy we put so much effort into this. Good honest effort. Keep your spirits up. Laughing smiling and being positive helps. Won't leave any stone unturned to try fix this. tough as it is."

  15. 1652: 

    Scotland's players union confirms that it has lodged a legal claim on behalf of former and present Rangers players over the transfer of their contracts from the oldco to the newco version of Rangers over the summer.

    However PFA Scotland admitted that it is possible that no case will actually be brought.

    "That will simply be a matter for each player and in fact many of the players have already stated that they will waive any such entitlement," it said.


    Your views have continued to come in on whether a return of standing at football matches would improve fans' experience. #bbcsportsday is the place for your views.

    Rafeef El Jumaili on Twitter: "It was banned for a reason. Standing invites disorder and with the amount of hooliganism happening it's not the best time."

    Rory Boyle on Twitter: "Would definitely create a better atmosphere. But all the development of stadium capacity in recent times would go to waste."

    Ashley Wilkinson on Twitter: "Something that isn't often mentioned in the media re. safe standing are financial benefits to fans. More room=cheaper tickets."

  17. 1633: 

    Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has told his side that their season will be wasted if they concentrate on the Capital One Cup to the detriment of their Championship campaign.

    Boro, third in the second tier, play Premier League Swansea in the last eight tomorrow night.

    "Whilst it's nice to have a run in a cup competition, get the plaudits and potentially get to a semi-final, televised games and heighten the profile of your club, the bottom line come May is, if you don't finish in the top two or the top six, giving yourselves a chance, it's a wasted season," he said.

  18. 1623: 
    BBC coverage

    There is live coverage of both tonight's Capital One Cup quarter-finals on BBC Radio. Bradford take on Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live with build-up beginning from 19:00 GMT including an interview with Osvaldo Ardiles on the difficulty of assimilating into the English game. Norwich v Aston Villa is on 5 live sports extra with updates from Ian Brown and the former Hull manager Phil Brown at Reading and Sunderland's Premier League clash across both stations.

  19. 1614: 

    Kauto Star's former trainer Paul Nicholls says that he took the decision that the two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner should leave his Ditcheat yard after owner Clive Smith failed to consult his team on the 12-year-old's future.

    "Kauto is Clive's horse and he can do as he wishes...but what upset me and my team here is when Clive announced that he had spoken to experts about the horse's future - but failed to consult and listen properly to the team that had looked after him here for the past nine years," Nicholls wrote in his Betfair column.

    "That really upset us."


    Stoke striker Michael Owen on Twitter: "Just played 70 minutes in a behind closed doors game against Preston. Came through unscathed!"


    Your opinions on the Football Supporters' Federation's plans for a small-scale trial of standing at football matches are welcome on #bbcsportsday.

    James Hunter on Twitter: "Any fan of a lower league club will tell you that standing makes for a MUCH better atmosphere, even with smaller crowds."

    A Ronny Mousse on Twitter: "Standing should NOT be brought back. Seating was put in for very, very valid reasons. Standing does not affect atmospheres."

    Lisa Franklin on Twitter: "Standing areas would improve atmosphere in stadia, keep people warmer in winter and allow more people to attend big PL matches."

  22. 1552: 

    Eleven-time Olympic medallist Ryan Lochte has predicted that 18-time champion Michael Phelps will return to swimming to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

    Phelps retired this summer after a final campaign in London which saw him end his career with 22 Olympic medals.

    "I think he will come back, when you do something for so long every day...he's still young. We'll see, he'll miss the sport," said Phelps.

  23. 1549: 

    Jack Isaac and Serge Milhas are sacked as Biarritz Olympique coaches just four days after their shock 22-14 Heineken Cup defeat to Connacht.

    Laurent Rodriguez and Mathieu Rourre have been placed in temporary charge by Biarritz president Serge Blanco.

  24. 1540: 

    Kauto Star's trainer Paul Nicholls has confirmed two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup has left his stables in Somerset.

    The five-time King George VI Chase winner is being transferred to event rider Laura Collett.

    Owner Clive Smith had indicated the 12-year-old racehorse, who was retired from racing in October, could switch to dressage.

    Nicholls himself tweeted: "Just to confirm we have delivered KS to his new home. Am sure he will have the best of everything. Good luck my friend, horse of a lifetime."

  25. 1533: 

    Arsenal midfielder Santi Carzorla has said that giving the club's fans "the sensation of winning again" is his main priority with the Gunners.

    "Arsenal are a great club with an illustrious history, but because of certain circumstances, they've gone a few years without winning anything," he told

    "The objective now is to obtain a piece of silverware so that the fans can enjoy the sensation of winning again."

  26. 1528: 

    Premier League Manager of the Month for November Steve Clarke says West Brom have the strength in depth to overcome three successive defeats: "I'm pleased with the form of all my players, everybody that's started for me has done a great job.

    "We've got a more than strong enough squad, a lot of players haven't had the time on the pitch they want and probably deserve but I can only pick 11 but the good news for me is that I've got another 10 in the background who are desperate to play all the time."


    We want to hear your views on two stories this afternoon. Firstly, would you welcome the introduction of safe standing areas to English football grounds? And secondly, ahead of Sunderland v Reading tonight, which, if any, teams do you think are doomed to the drop?

    Scott Dixon on Twitter: "All for safe standing in football! let the middle class tea drinkers sit and moan! we'll stand and bring back the atmosphere!"

    Greg Matthews on Twitter: "With Arsenal at home and City away up next, I'm going to say that if Reading fail to win tonight then they are down with QPR."

    Alex Shaw on Twitter: "As a Sunderland fan I can't see any way for us to stay up if Martin O'Neill is still in charge when January rolls around."

    #bbcsportsday is the place for all your opinions.

  28. 1518: 

    The United States will unveil their next Ryder Cup captain on Thursday with David Toms among the possible successors to Davis Love.

    Ted Bishop, president of the Professional Golfers' Association of America, will announce the successor to Davis Love during the NBC network's morning Today Show.

    The 2014 match takes place at Gleneagles in Scotland and Europe's captain - almost certainly either Darren Clarke or Paul McGinley - is expected to be named next month.

  29. 1513: 

    Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna is being linked to a £9.5m move to Paris St Germain by L'Equipe.

    The 29-year-old is yet to agree a new deal at the Emirates with his current agreement expiring at the end of the season.

    Manchester United's Patrice Evra and Manchester City's Gael Clichy are also interesting PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti.

  30. 1500: 

    Thirteen English league clubs have backed plans to reintroduce standing sections to their grounds on a trial basis. Would you welcome the return of the terraces?

    Richard Barrow on Twitter: "Standing areas not only improve atmospheres within stadia, but also tend to increase capacity and have lower prices."

    Joe Rawson on Twitter: "Grounds at the moment are safer than ever, why jeopardise this by going back to standing!"

    Dan Carthew on Twitter: "All seater stadiums are fantasic and are safe. I don't buy-in to the idea that terraced areas improve the atmosphere at games."

    Join the debate on #bbcsportsday.

  31. 1452: 

    The International Cycling Union (UCI) is in discussions over a "professional road cycling calendar" consisting of a World Cycling Series of 10 four-day races around the world.

    Eight teams sat down with sports promoter Gifted and Czech businessman Zdenek Bakala, also the owner of Mark Cavendish's new team Omega Pharma-Quick Step, discussed the proposals in Brussels on Monday.

    "The UCI will retain full control over the calendar, including sporting and technical elements," read a UCI statement.

  32. 1444: 

    BBC Sport's Richard Conway, in Japan for the Club World Cup: "Tite, Corinthians's head coach, talked in his press conference of how some fans had quit jobs and cashed in savings in order to make the long trek across.

    "And that's because the prospect of becoming world club champions is a huge deal in South America, in a way that perhaps it isn't yet in Europe.

    "South American clubs, and their fans, fiercely want the chance to take on the elite of European football and show the world that they are their equals.

    "Should Corinthians beat Al Ahly of Egypt, and if Chelsea conquer Monterrey of Mexico, then they'll meet in the final of the tournament in Yokohama this Sunday.

    "Brazil v England, South America v Europe - bill it however you want but just don't tell these fans out here in Japan that it's a meaningless tournament."

  33. 1439: 

    Real Madrid midfielder Kaka looks set for Turkey after Galatasaray president Unal Aysal endorsed his club's attempts to sign the 30-year-old. Kaka had been linked to Manchester City in the past few weeks.


    What do you make of the proposal to bring back standing for football spectators? Would it improve the atmosphere, or would it be a reverse on the improvements made to stadiums since the Taylor Report?

    Brett Walton on Twitter: "Yes yes yes! A million per cent yes. Standing at football grounds makes for a much better match day experience."

    Jamie Snailham on Twitter: "If it works in Germany, especially Dortmund who has a terraced area with a capacity of 26k, why won't it work here?"

    Rob_Britton on Twitter: "England has best stadia available in the world right now, a minority shouldn't change the way we watch football."

    Get in touch via #bbcsportsday.

  35. 1422: 

    Thirteen English clubs support the idea of re-introducing standing at football grounds, according to a fans' group.

    On Tuesday, the Football Supporters' Federation (FSF) is hoping to win the backing of MPs for its plans for a small-scale trial at Premier League clubs.

    FSF's Peter Daykin said: "We need to find out if it can work and the only way to do that is to trial it."

  36. 1414: 

    Wigan will be without captain Gary Caldwell for at least a fortnight as the Scotland international recovers from a hamstring injury.

    "He missed the game against Reading (on November 24) as he was carrying a bit of a hamstring problem and that was accentuated in the Newcastle game," said manager Roberto Martinez.

    "It will be between two or three weeks but he has recovered well and in the last couple of days he has been progressing."

  37. 1411: 

    Referee Craig Thomson defends Scotland's match officials following recent criticism and run-ins with a series of managers including Kilmarnock's Kenny Shiels, St Johnstone's Steve Lomas and Dundee's Barry Smith.


    Ahead of Sunderland's game against Reading tonight, we are asking which are the teams you feel are in real danger of relegation this season? Let us know via #bbcsportsday

    Paul McGuiness on Twitter: "Sunderland will be relegated if they sack O'Neill - his record's no fluke - he's the man for the job and will turn it around."

    Ross Varnam Collier on Twitter: "In MoN we trust. There are worse teams in the league than Sunderland. We just need a bit of luck."

    Augustine Albert on Twitter: "Newcastle will find it very difficult this season, considering the fact that key players will be missing in January for the AFCON."

  39. 1358: 

    BBC Sport's Richard Conway, in Japan for the Club World Cup, reports: "There are an estimated 20,000 Corinthians fans in Japan to support their team, backed in part by a strong ex-pat community in and around the city of Nagoya.

    "At the team hotel I met some fans [including one dressed as Santa Claus in Corinthians colours] who had travelled 26 hours non-stop from Sao Paolo to be in Japan."

    Egyptians Al Ahly host Corinthians of Brazil tomorrow, while Chelsea take on Mexico's Monterrey on Thursday.

  40. 1350: 

    Warwickshire assistant coach Dougie Brown confirms he will be applying to replace England-bound Ashley Giles as the Bears' director of cricket.

    Former England one-day player Brown was a member of Warwickshire's successful side of the 1990s. He also assisted Giles, who is to become England's limited-overs coach, in leading the county to the LV County Championship Division One title last season.

    Brown says: "I will be putting my hat in the ring for the director of cricket role."

  41. 1343: 

    West Brom boss Steve Clarke is named Manager of the Month for November after the Baggies won four and lost just one of their fixtures during the month.

    Everton's Marouane Fellaini is named Player of the Month for November after scoring four goals and providing two assists.

    "I'm the one that picks the award up but it's the work of my staff and the players, they were exceptional," says Clarke. "We had a great run, four victories in a row in the Premier League is difficult to do and this trophy is a little reward for them."

  42. 1336: 

    Macclesfield's FA Cup second-round tie at Barrow tonight is postponed because of a frozen pitch.

    It is the second time the game has been postponed due to a frozen pitch, having originally been scheduled to be played on 1 December.

    The game has been rescheduled for Tuesday 18 December at 1945.

  43. 1332: 

    The European Tour adds the Madeira Islands Open to next year's golf schedule, with the event being played in the same week as the World Match Play Championship in Bulgaria.

    The 21st edition of the Portuguese tournament is to be staged from 16-19 May at Santo da Serra.

    Defending champion Ricardo Santos of Portugal will look to make it a title double next year.

  44. 1328: 

    West Ham will consult fans about their proposed move to the Olympic Stadium at an emergency meeting of the Supporter Advisory Board (SAB) tonight.

    Last week the east London club were named as the number one choice to move into the £429m Olympic venue. The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) unanimously made the decision in favour of West Ham, although there are a number of issues which need to be sorted before a final deal can be struck.

    "The time for supporters to have their voices heard is now and a more intensive consultation process will commence on Tuesday evening," read a statement on West Ham's website. "The club will consult with SAB members to agree how the club takes that consultation process forward."

  45. 1321: 

    Sunderland host Reading tonight in a crucial clash near the bottom of the Premier League, while Arsenal head to Bradford and Norwich host Aston Villa in the League Cup quarter-finals.

    There are also three FA Cup second-round fixtures and there are a number of ways you can keep up-to-date with all the action.

    We will have live text commentary on the website, while a midweek Final Score will be online, on mobile and Red Button from 1930-2200. Full match commentary on Bradford v Arsenal will be on BBC Radio 5 live, while over on Sports Extra you can listen to Norwich v Aston Villa.

  46. 1315: 

    Six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy resumes training this week after being hospitalised for 24 hours last weekend with a severe stomach virus.

    The 36-year-old is currently training with a selection of British cyclists in Perth, Western Australia, as he considers whether to continue on until the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

    The Scot arrived early last week and began to feel progressively worse with gastrointestinal problems before he was taken to hospital in Subiaco, Perth, on Saturday.

  47. 1309: 

    Further to his praise of the handling of the complaint of alleged racial abuse towards Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong in Saturday's 4-3 win at Swansea, Kick It Out chairman Lord Herman Ouseley hopes it will encourage any future complaints to be lodged officially, rather than written on social media websites first.

    He says: "One of Kick It Out's roles is to raise awareness about what rights people have at their disposal and how they can be imposed. There is no point tweeting after the event and then not logging the complaint officially - we have to encourage the type of process we saw on Saturday.

    "Kick It Out is at the forefront of raising awareness on issues like this in line with the football authorities - we've helped move the game on and are conscious of what still needs to be done."


    Adam Evans on Twitter: "Reading to win tonight and Martin O'Neill to be out of a job before 2013."

    Lee Armstrong on Twitter: "Sunderland are definitely going down for me, the strikers and midfielders are letting the team down."

    Nigel Smith on Twitter: "Forget Newcastle's injuries and suspensions, some baffling tactical decisions by the management have not exactly helped the cause."

    Ahead of Sunderland's game against Reading tonight, we are asking which are the teams you feel are in real danger of relegation this season? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  49. 1250: 

    Kick It Out chairman Lord Herman Ouseley praises the way the complaint of alleged racial abuse towards Norwich City's Sebastien Bassong on Saturday was handled.

    Bassong indicated to referee Howard Webb that he had been the victim of a racist gesture as he celebrated Norwich's fourth goal in the 4-3 win at Swansea. Webb referred the complaint to the fourth official and a male fan was then arrested.

    "We're delighted in the way the incident was handled," says Ouseley. "It is a textbook way in which a player should complain and how this should be responded to. The process is there to provide protection and we encourage other players to see how all of those involved in Saturday's incident can work together when these things take place."

  50. 1240: 

    Chesterfield extend the loan spell of Brighton forward Brennan Dickenson until 5 January.

    The 19-year-old has scored once in five appearances since joining the League Two side at the start of November.

    His extension means he is eligible to play in the next six fixtures, ending after the trip to Wycombe.

  51. 1236: 

    Britons Geraint Thomas, Luke Rowe and Ian Stannard are part of Team Sky's seven-strong squad for the season-opening Tour Down Under next month.

    Two-time Olympic team pursuit champion Thomas, his fellow Welshman Rowe, who won the opening stage of the Tour of Britain, and British champion Stannard will compete in the race held 22-27 January in Adelaide.

    Also in the team will be Edvald Boasson Hagen, Chris Sutton, Mathew Hayman and Bernhard Eisel, with the group also riding in the People's Choice Classic criterium on 20 January.

  52. 1230: 

    Former Football Association chief executive Mark Palios says introducing cultural lessons for foreign players as part of a series of measures to tackle the recent increase in racially related offences in the English game would be a positive move.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Palios says: "I think this is something that should be welcomed. It is a sensible thing from a club's perspective if they are having that much investment in a player and I think it is a positive move.

    "It is important not to bite off too much at this point and instead it is best to take small steps."

  53. 1221: 

    Former British number one Elena Baltacha is confident she can compete at the top level for at least another two years after returning to full fitness following successful surgery on her right ankle.

    The 29-year-old, who is back after five months out, was considering quitting the sport after her Olympic exit to Ana Ivanovic in the summer, admitting she "hit the wall". However, the Fed Cup captain is now targeting a return at Indian Wells next March.

    "I wanted to come back because I had banked so much experience and felt I needed to finish differently," Baltacha told the Ipswich Star. "I have got the hunger back and that is a big help."

  54. 1215: 

    Serbia's Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray to the International Tennis Federation's (ITF) annual men's World Champion award, with American Serena Williams taking the women's prize for a third time.

    Djokovic, who ended a second successive year on top of the ATP rankings, successfully defended his Australian Open title, reached the final at the French Open and US Open and claimed five other titles including the season-ending Tour Finals.

    Britain's Murray was a strong contender after beating Djokovic at the US Open to win his first major title after four losses in finals and claiming Olympic gold at Wimbledon, just weeks after reaching the grand slam final there in which he lost to an inspired Roger Federer.

  55. 1209: 

    Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland is expected to miss the Six Nations with an Achilles injury.

    Priestland was carried off in the Scarlets's Heineken Cup defeat by Exeter on 8 December and was scheduled to undergo surgery on Tuesday.

    A Scarlets spokesperson confirmed that the 25-year-old could be out for up to six months.

  56. 1200: 

    Bradford City left-back James Meredith says the Capital One Cup quarter-final against Arsenal is a "bonus game" for the club.

    The Bantams host the Premier League side tonight in a match you can hear on 5 live Sport from 1900 GMT, and the former York City player told BBC Radio Leeds: "We're feeling good and it's a big occasion for the club but the lads see it more as a bonus game.

    "You can see the guys look a bit sharper in training and they're keen to impress on a big stage but our main focus is on the league."


    Jake Waring on Twitter: "Newcastle could desperately do with some points over Christmas ahead of the African Cup of Nations but they should be safe."

    Elliot Harris on Twitter: "I think it could be a six pointer match, they both need the wins and points to avoid a relegation dogfight later."

    Ian Beaumont on Twitter: "Sunderland in real trouble and Reading have been there all season. Tonight's game looking like a low-scoring draw to me."

    Have your say, #bbcsportsday

  58. 1137: 

    Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry is charged with using 'abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official' following Sunday's derby clash with Manchester United, the Football Association confirm.

    Barry has until 1600 GMT on Thursday to respond to the charge.

  59. 1130: 

    Former Chelsea great Gianfranco Zola believes Championship side Watford has been the best place for him to develop as a coach. The Italian took charge of the south east club in July.

    In an interview with French weekly France Football, Zola says: "I have been dreaming of becoming a good manager. One who can lead a team like Chelsea. I work really hard for it. I do not know if I will. I think I have the abilities but I do not think I am good enough yet.

    "Watford is the best place I could have found to develop as a coach."

  60. 1121: 

    Barnsley midfielder Stephen Dawson admits the side have been "hurting" over their poor run of form.

    The Tykes, who host fellow Championship strugglers and Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, have not won since 20 October and Dawson told BBC Radio Sheffield: "It hasn't been good enough and we've been really hurting.

    "We let a lot of people down with our performance at Watford last week but we know we're a good side."


    Premier League strugglers Sunderland and Reading face each other at the Stadium of Light this evening, with both sides desperate to pick up the three points that would go some way to easing their relegation fears.

    Meanwhile, Newcastle's poor form continued with defeat to Fulham last night, are they in danger of becoming involved in a battle to avoid relegation? Are the teams from 14th and below the contenders for the drop or could another team get sucked in?

    We want to know your thoughts on who could go down this season, so let us know on Twitter, #bbcsportsday.

  62. 1106: 

    Amir Khan says his bout with Carlos Molina is a "make or break fight".

    The light-welterweight lost his last two fights and will struggle to maintain his status as one of boxing's big draws if he loses in California on Saturday.

    Khan says: "I know it is a make or break fight for me, that's why I'm taking it so seriously. Hopefully everything will come together on Saturday and we are going to win this fight and finish the year off strong. That will put us in a good position come next year."

  63. 1102: 

    Spinner Graeme Swann says England need to seal a series victory against India so that the team's hard work is not wasted.

    England lead 2-1 going into the fourth and final Test on Thursday, aiming for a first series win in India for 27 years.

    "I'm sure I'll look back with a great deal of pride on how we won the last two games," says Swann.

  64. 1059:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    A reminder that tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Pougatch from 19:00 GMT comes from Valley Parade where Bradford take on Arsenal in the Capital One quarter-final.

    Alan Green is your commentator with summaries from Mark Lawrenson, while sports extra has live commentary of the other quarter-final being played tonight as Norwich host Aston Villa, Conor McNamara joined by former Canaries boss Nigel Worthington, and there will be updates from the one Premier League match tonight between Sunderland and Reading.

  65. 1054: 

    Former world number one Rafael Nadal, who has not played since losing to Lukas Rosol in round two at Wimbledon in June because of a knee injury, has taken to Twitter to reveal he will return to action in the Mubadala World Championship in Abu Dhabi from 27-29 December.

    "Can't wait to get back on court in Abu Dhabi at the end of the month. I won the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in 2010 and 2011 - would love to get my hands on the trophy again this year!" he says.

  66. 1049: 

    Some more thoughts from England spinner Graeme Swann, who has been talking to BBC Sport today ahead of Thursday's final Test with India. Asked whether a tough year that included defeats against Pakistan in the UAE and South Africa at home, plus the Kevin Pietersen saga, had made the players stronger he says: "I don't think it's got anything to do with the year - it's very easy to look back at the UAE and say we're a better team here because of how we played there, but it's two very different sets of wickets, two different bowling attacks, things like that.

    "It would be very easy for me to say of course we're stronger now because of that but I don't think that's the case. We're playing very good cricket at the minute, we came out here as a group and we're in a very good place at the minute, we're a very united dressing room and I think that's shown out on the field."

  67. 1042: 

    Bennet Mandzukic on Twitter: "How many foreigners have been accused of racist chants and gestures at football stadiums? more like fans need cultural lessons."

    Tony Gilmour on Twitter: "Remember Gazza playing the flute during an Old Firm match? Don't want a repeat of that!"

  68. 1027: 

    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini insists Mario Balotelli has a future at the club and says: "Balotelli has enormous quality, he is not for sale.

    "He has the quality to change a game at any time. I hope this moment will come soon."

  69. 1024: 

    William Martin on Twitter: "Cultural lessons for foreign players? I think it really wouldn't hurt to have cultural lessons for the local players too..."

    Fergal on Twitter: "Clubs must educate footballers on reality. £150k/week doesn't mean you're above the law/moral/ethical compass of the country."

  70. 1022: 

    And finally in our round-up of stories from overseas, after losing his record of most goals in a calendar year to Lionel Messi, former Bayern Munich striker Gerd Mueller tells German paper Die Welt that the Barcelona forward has only one fault - that he doesn't play for Bayern.

  71. 1018: 

    BBC Monitoring also alerts us to a report in the Times of India as former World Cup winner Mohinder Amarnath adds to the calls for current captain MS Dhoni to be replaced following defeats in the last two Tests against England.

    The 63-year old said Dhoni's performances didn't even merit selection but that the Indian cricket board lacked the "guts" to remove him.

  72. 1014: 

    Items from across the world now, courtesy of BBC Monitoring, and Spanish sports paper Marca has some numbers which suggest that Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao has a better conversion rate in the league for shots on target than both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

    Falcao, who scored five times from five shots against Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday, records 59%, Messi has 53% and Ronaldo 26%.

  73. 1010: 

    Bradford City's appeal against their expulsion from the FA Cup will be heard on Wednesday. The Bantams, who face Arsenal tonight in the League Cup quarter-finals, a match you can hear in 5 live Sport from 19:00 GMT, were thrown out of the FA Cup for fielding an ineligible player against Brentford in round two.

  74. 1002: 

    It's day 11 of the BBC Sport advent calendar and today we look back to the summer and the Olympic rowing, recalling the moment when Hammadou Djibo Issaka of Niger, who had only taken up the sport three months beforehand, finished a minute and 39 seconds behind the winner in the single sculls.

    Watch it again on the BBC Sport website now.

  75. 0955: 

    BBC Racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter: "Huntingdon: early (8am, Wed) inspection ahead of big Peterborough Chase fixture (Thurs)."

  76. 0947: 

    Another item to look out for on the BBC website this morning (for UK users only) is a news report from 2000 when David Beckham was sent off when playing for Manchester United against Mexican side Necaxa in the Club World Cup.

    Chelsea's first match in this year's competition is on Thursday.

  77. 0932: 

    Matthew Freeman on Twitter: "Local players have no excuse but foreign players might have different understandings of what is acceptable."

    Jason Garwood on Twitter: "Make Man City play behind closed doors for 3-5 games, I'm sure they'd make sure nothing like it happens again."

  78. 0928: 

    BBC Sport's horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter: "Fontwell, Sedgefield (Tues) both go ahead after inspection(s); Hexham, Leicester (Wed) to inspect."

  79. 0928: 

    As we look forward to Sunday's Sports Personality of the Year review on the BBC, UK users can watch a short interview with the first winner of the award, Sir Chris Chataway, on the website now.

  80. 0924: 

    In addition to the two Carling Cup matches there is also a crucial Premier League game as Sunderland face Reading at the Stadium of Light, with both clubs in the bottom three. BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis will keep you up-to-date with all tonight's big games in the live text commentary later.

  81. 0917: 

    More from England spinner Graeme Swann, who has been talking to the BBC this morning about how the pitch might play at Nagpur in Thursday's final Test with India: "There was a lot of talk of a raging turner last week as well and a lot of people seem to have failed to have noticed that it wasn't.

    "I think it's something that's been bandied around the press and got a lot of people excited and given them things to write about but the players don't focus on that, they just turn up and play on whatever wicket's given to them on the Thursday morning."

  82. 0915: 

    Racing goes ahead at Fontwell Park this afternoon following a second inspection at the figure-of-eight West Sussex track.

  83. 0902: 

    Wolfy on Twitter: "Why are the cultural lessons only for foreign players? We know local players can also be guilty of racism (aka Terry)"

  84. 0857: 

    Tonight's Scottish Cup fourth round replay between Morton and Turriff United is postponed because the pitch is frozen at Cappielow Park, and they will try again on Monday.

  85. 0851: 

    As the countdown continues to Sunday's eagerly awaited Sports Personality of the Year review on the BBC, we highlight each of the 12 candidates daily on the BBC website. Today's profiled star is Sir Chris Hoy and you can read about the great Scotsman on the site now.

  86. 0843: 

    Mike Cowan on Twitter: "Only foreign players need cultural lessons to stamp out racism? If that isn't racist and xenophobic in itself what is?"

    Keep your thoughts coming in via the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday

  87. 0841:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Both of the Capital One Cup quarter-finals being played tonight are available for you live on BBC Radio. The featured game on 5 live Sport from 19:00 GMT comes from Valley Parade as Bradford host Arsenal, with Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert's return to face former club Norwich at Carrow Road on sports extra from 19:30 GMT.

    You can access 5 live sports extra via the website, on digital TV and on DAB digital radio.

  88. 0832: 

    John on Twitter: "We need a return to goal celebrations like Mick Channon's arm and turning to team mates - not goading opposition fans."

  89. 0829: 

    England spinner Graeme Swann has been talking to BBC Sport this morning ahead of Thursday's final Test with India, and says of the team's successive victories which have put them 2-1 up in the four-match series: "I think it's very difficult to quantify just how good they were, I mean they've been magnificent wins away from home, they've certainly not been my two favourite wins because you tend to save those for the ones against the Baggy Green team but you know they've been good wins.

    "To lose the toss and go on to win the games so convincingly has been very encouraging and when my career finishes I'm sure I'll look back with a great deal of pride on how we won those games but I won't be looking back with as much pride if we don't finish the job off this week."

  90. 0826: 

    Uefa president Michel Platini maintains his stance against goal-line technology and tells a news conference in Kuala Lumpar: "I prefer to give 50 million (euros) to grassroots than goal-line technology for perhaps one or two goals a year."

  91. 0821: 

    Terry Wesley on Twitter: "Cultural lessons! Why aren't the clubs doing this anyway as part of player integration, or is that too much to morally ask?"

    Craig Rothnie on Twitter: "Don't know why the clause is relevant though; anti discrimination is a fundamental right and backed up by EU law."

  92. 0816: 

    Taekwondo teenager Jade Jones has won the BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year 2012. The 19-year-old from Flint in north Wales won the public vote, with rugby union back-row Dan Lydiate in second place and cyclist Geraint Thomas third.

  93. 0815: 

    Stuart Broad was sent for a scan on his heel following England net practice in Nagpur this morning. Broad, who suffered bruising on his heel earlier in the tour was unlikely to play in Thursday's final Test having been left out of the last match in Mumbai but is due to captain England in the two T20 internationals which follow the Test series, on 20 and 22 December.

  94. 0814: 

    Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu is expected to be out for six months after anterior cruciate reconstruction surgery and medial meniscus repair yesterday following his injury sustained in the victory at Sunderland on Saturday.

  95. 0813: 

    Racing will take place at Sedgefield this afternoon after an inspection this morning.

  96. 0810: 

    Now for some stories from today's BBC Sport gossip column, and Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini wants to sign £12m-rated Corinthians star Paulinho, 24, who has eight Brazil caps, in January. Mario Balotelli, 22, could be sent on loan to AC Milan to make way for the midfielder. (Daily Mirror)

    Real Madrid are confident they can beat Chelsea and Manchester City to Atletico Madrid's Columbia striker Radamel Falcao, 26, whose five goals in the 6-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna at the weekend took his tally to 19 for the season. (Metro)

    Arsenal are set to move for Manchester United winger Nani. The Portuguese, 26, has not played since the start of November and there has been no progress on an extension to his contract, which expires in 2014. (Daily Mail)

  97. 0808: 

    There will be a further inspection at 09:00 GMT to determine if racing can go ahead at Fontwell Park in the heart of the Sussex countryside this afternoon.

  98. 0806: 

    The BBC's sports editor David Bond has reported plans are being made by football's governing bodies for foreign players to have cultural lessons and for anti-discrimination clauses to appear in contracts in a bid to combat recent increases in racially-related offences.

    The Daily Telegraph's Paul Hayward has called for points deductions and behind-closed-doors matches to prevent what he terms "hatred killing the game."

    This morning, we're asking for your thoughts on the current situation with behaviour in English football. Is it getting worse? And, if so, are the proposals for cultural lessons the best way to address the problem? Please send in your views using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  99. 0805: 

    Also on the BBC website this morning, an application to quash the original Hillsborough inquest verdicts has been made by Attorney General Dominic Grieve, and Manny Pacquiao is ignoring pleas from his mother and wife to stop boxing following his defeat by Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez.

  100. 0804: 

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday. Across the BBC Sport website this morning we have sports editor David Bond's account of how football's governing bodies are considering the introduction of cultural lessons for foreign players as part of a series of measures to tackle the recent increase in racially related offences in the English game.

    There is a review of Fulham's win over Newcastle last night, including interviews from Martin Jol and Alan Pardew, and a story regarding Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor who thinks netting may be needed around pitches to protect players following the Manchester derby when Rio Ferdinand was hit by a coin thrown by a fan.

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