Let Spurs fans say Yid – Cameron

first_img In an act of defiance, some fans started using the word ”Yid” themselves, and chants of ”Yids”, ”Yid Army” and ”Yiddos” are regularly sung in the home stands at White Hart Lane. Mr Cameron told The Jewish Chronicle: “There’s a difference between Spurs fans self-describing themselves as Yids and someone calling someone a Yid as an insult. “You have to be motivated by hate. Hate speech should be prosecuted – but only when it’s motivated by hate.” The north London club responded to the FA warning by announcing they would send a questionnaire to all season ticket holders asking if the practice should stop. Fans reacted defiantly to the FA’s statement on Saturday as they chanted ”Yid Army” and ”We’ll sing what we want” throughout the 2-0 win over Norwich. The same happened last season after Peter Herbert, the head of the Society of Black Lawyers, threatened to report anyone using the phrase to police. Press Association The Prime Minister entered the row after the Football Association issued a statement warning supporters that use of such words could result in either a banning order or even criminal charges. For years Tottenham, who have a strong Jewish following, have been on the receiving end of anti-Semitic abuse from opposition fans. center_img Tottenham Hotspur fans who use the word “Yid” in chants should not face prosecution, David Cameron said.last_img read more

Pardew aims to make statement

first_img The Magpies face in-from Liverpool at St James’ Park on Saturday and then head to arch-rivals Sunderland eight days later in a pair of fixtures which could provide a telling indication of their current state of health. Six months ago, the same two clubs provided Pardew’s men with the rudest of awakenings when the Black Cats made the short trip to Tyneside and against all the odds, left with a famous 3-0 victory a fortnight before the Reds doubled the dose in more than one sense in a 6-0 rout. Alan Pardew has challenged his Newcastle team to make a statement about the destiny of their season as they attempt to right two horrific wrongs. “It’s that mixture that is probably why they are having such success. It gives a back four a problem. “But taking all of that aside, they are also great players and that makes it doubly difficult.” Fabricio Coloccini’s absence through injury may make the process of containing the Reds’ SAS strikeforce that much more difficult, although Pardew is hoping that his defenders will be up to the task. In addition, he is planning to cause the visitors a few problems of their own with Loic Remy in top form and Papiss Cisse having returned to goalscoring form in Senegal’s 3-1 World Cup qualifier defeat by Cheick Tiote’s Ivory Coast in midweek. Pardew said: “There will be two different formations on the pitch and that will be important. “Liverpool will want to dictate with their formation and the most important thing for us is that we dictate. “Our offensive players, if they can get Liverpool on the back foot, then we can have some success. “Loic has been called into the French squad and he has had a little taster there, so it’s been a great start to the season for him, and that’s been on his performances – and strong performances – for us. “Not only his goals, but his all-round performance has been solid, so he has been a big player for us so far.” Saturday’s game will be played against the back-drop of a march organised by Time 4 Change, an umbrella group of fans, to protest against owner Mike Ashley’s continued tenure. However, Pardew, who was not adding to his own comments about Ashley’s ownership in a television interview last weekend, insisted he and the players could not allow themselves to be distracted by that. He said: “We just want to concentrate on the game, that’s what we want to do. That’s all I can focus on and that’s what, internally, we will do.” However, Pardew is hoping his players can gain a measure of revenge for both debacles and prove that they are far better than they appeared to be on either of those days. He said: “You hope so. I’d like to think it puts fire in your belly because that’s what it should do. “I have certainly got fire in my belly to get positive results and make sure they are distant memories.” If Newcastle are to achieve the first leg of their aim, they will have to find a way to shackle Liverpool front two Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. Suarez was suspended for last season’s encounter, in which Sturridge scored twice, but the pair have formed a formidable partnership at the start of the new campaign, prompting manager Brendan Rodgers to suggest there are not many better double-acts around. It is a view with which Pardew agrees wholeheartedly. He said: “They carry a threat in front of you and in behind, which is the best threat you can have. “If you defend deep against them, they pick it up short and particularly Suarez starts running at you and causes you all sorts of problems, yet if you play a high line, then Sturridge’s pace is a problem in behind. Press Associationlast_img read more

Moyes confident of climbing table

first_img Press Association “Tom Cleverley had double vision, Jonny Evans’ back stiffened up and Rafa went over on his ankle on the touchline,” Moyes said of the triple change. “It forced me into three changes at half-time, which disrupted the momentum of the team a little bit and the fluency of the team. I was pleased with the lads that came on.” Moyes is hopeful the trio will be available for Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Real Socieded, although concedes Rafael is the biggest doubt. The injuries were the only negatives in a fine afternoon for United, whose strikers Van Persie and Rooney impressed once again. “I thought there was great combination play between them,” Moyes said. “I think they both made the goal for each other. “There was good link-up play, so I am just starting to see really good signs from the two of them. “It was great that they both got on the scoresheet because that is what forwards do and I have always said we need these boys to get a hatful of goals if you’re going to be successful. “They are both incredibly talented and both understand each other and the talents one another have got, so they are both excellent players.” Moyes also praised Fulham for the way they came out in the second half, coming close on several occasions to adding to Kacaniklic’s strike. The Scot’s kind words, though, were nothing compared to the anger aimed at Jol by Fulham fans. “Jol out” was chanted on several occasions against United, making his position at the helm look increasingly precarious. Asked how he felt on the touchline after Moyes’ side scored their three goals, the Dutchman said: “Lonely, very lonely. “We had aspirations, we were ambitious before the game. We really wanted to do well. “I’ve got a great team with a great team spirit. Dimitar Berbatov was skippering us again, so he wanted to win as a captain. “The players wanted to win for him and maybe a little bit for me and for the club. To concede goals like that looked horrendous.” As if a third-straight loss was not bad enough, Fulham may well now lose Sascha Riether to a ban after a late stamp on Adnan Januzaj was not punished by referee Lee Probert – an incident missed by Moyes and Jol. “That would be disappointing,” Jol said about a potential ban. “If it is true, then we have to talk to him. “I have got some good back-up players as well, so that is not a disaster. The result is a disaster.” The victory at Craven Cottage was their fourth in succession in all competitions and the first time United have secured back-to-back league wins under the former Everton manager. “We knew we would have to pick up points as we went along and I was always confident that would happen,” Moyes said. “It was a good victory, an important victory for us. It gets you three points and hopefully we will try and continue doing that and keep the momentum building. “Our job is to climb the league table. We want to get the nearer the top and I have got no doubt that by the end of the season we will. “Where we are right now I don’t think is really that important, except that you don’t want to let the teams get too far away from you and we’ve got to try and make sure they don’t. “We’re going to have keep building on today’s performance and the performances of the last week or so.” United’s win came courtesy of three goals in 13 first-half minutes, with dodgy defending and clinical finishing allowing Antonio Valencia, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney to net. Fulham pulled one back when Alex Kacaniklic’s shot deflected in off Rooney, with the hosts impressing in a second half in which United started with the enforced substitutions of Tom Cleverley, Jonny Evans and Rafael. Life after Sir Alex Ferguson was always going to be difficult, but few could have predicted United being eight points off the pace after nine matches. They remain eighth in the Premier League after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat of Fulham, although Moyes’ side are slowly quietening the naysayers. Momentum is building at Manchester United and manager David Moyes is confident the reigning champions will soon be challenging for the title.last_img read more

Ireland win in emphatic style

first_imgIreland recorded the fourth-highest total in T20 international history as they defeated Afghanistan in the World T20 Qualifying final for the second year running. After winning the toss and batting first – as they have done in every match in the tournament – Ireland ran up a formidable 225 for seven off their 20 overs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. That proved to be too much for Afghanistan to chase down and, despite making a flying start to their reply, they were bowled out for 157 to suffer a 68-run defeat. Both teams, who were meeting in the final for the third successive time with one win apiece previously, had already secured their place in the first round of next year’s ICC World Twenty20 finals in Bangladesh but there was no sign of Ireland easing off as they ran amok with the bat. Opener Paul Stirling was man of the match in last year’s final after scoring a 38-ball 79 and he was in similarly destructive mood on Saturday, top-scoring with 76 off 43 balls, including four sixes and eight fours. He shared in a 68-run stand for the first wicket with captain William Porterfield (27 off 14) to set the tone for the innings. Trent Johnston also took a liking to the Afghan attack after being promoted up to number four, smashing 62 off 32 balls with four sixes and five fours to help power Ireland to 225. That left Afghanistan needing to produce something special to reclaim the title, although they looked capable of doing just that as they matched their opponents’ blistering start. They clubbed 14 runs off the first three balls of the innings, bowled by Max Sorensen, and were 36 without loss after three overs. Ireland spinner George Dockrell stemmed the onslaught with wickets in both of his opening two overs, including that of the dangerous-looking Mohammad Shahzad for 38 off only 18 balls, but at the end of their six powerplay overs Afghanistan were still in a fantastic position on 76 for two. They could not keep that run-rate up once the field spread though, and they lost two more wickets in the seventh over, bowled by Alex Cusack, before being bowled out in the penultimate over. Man of the match Johnston took three for 34 to cap a memorable all-round display from the retiring 39-year-old, while Cusack, Dockrell and Tim Murtagh each finished with two wickets apiece for the victors. After Ireland;s win the International Cricket Council confirmed they would be placed in Group B in the first round of the World Twenty20. The Irish have been grouped with Zimbabwe, Holland and the United Arab Emirates with only the group winner progressing to the Super 10 stage. Afghanistan are in Group A alongside tournament hosts Bangladesh, Nepal and Hong Kong. Press Associationlast_img read more

Connacht stun Toulouse

first_img Connacht were outscored two tries to one but Kieran Marmion’s second-half effort combined with 11 points from the boot of fly-half Dan Parks – who successfully kicked two penalties, a conversion and a drop goal – saw them claim a huge scalp. Four-time champions Toulouse notched tries in either half through Jean-Pascal Barraque and Thierry Dusautoir but they could not find a way to break down the Connacht defence again in the closing stages as they slumped to a rare home defeat in Europe. And the French giants could even have lost by more points in the end had the TMO not spotted a knock-on after Robbie Henshaw had streaked away for what seemed like a brilliant second-half try for the visitors. Connacht had turned desperate defence into thrilling attack after Toulouse had turned the ball over in the visitors’ 22. Gavin Duffy and Marmion had combined to send the full-back racing clear, but Romanian referee Marius Mitrea asked the TMO to check the origin of the move. Unfortunately for Connacht the TMO discovered a slight knock-on some 70 metres back in the play by a Connacht player and they missed out on seven points. That could have been critical because seven minutes later Toulouse kicked to the left corner and rumbled skipper Duautoir over for a try which Lionel Beauxis converted of the touchline. That cut the gap to two points and set-up a thrilling final 15 minutes in which Connacht never stopped taking the game to their illustrious opponents as well as producing superb defence. Parks missed with a drop-goal and a 50-metre penalty in those closing minute to add to the drama, but there was no denying the Irishmen. Following on from Leinster’s win at Northampton, Ulster’s triumph over Benetton Treviso and Munster’s bonus point victory against Perpignan, Pat Lam’s Connacht side had the whole of Ireland urging them on to make it a clean sweep. Toulouse had not been beaten at Stade Ernest Wallon for five years in the tournament, yet they only led for five minutes in the match. Parks put his side ahead with a 13th-minute penalty and then added a drop-goal three minutes later to make it 6-0. Connacht produced one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Heineken Cup as they rounded off a perfect weekend in Europe for the Irish provinces with a 16-14 win in Toulouse. It did not help the home cause that fly-half Barraque missed with two penalty kicks, but he did make up for his first mistake with a brilliant individual try on the stroke of half- time. He dummied past Craig Clarke, weaved past Henshaw and touched down at the posts for a try which he converted to make it 7-6 to the home side at the break. That lead did not last for long though, as Parks hammered over a penalty five minutes into the second half and then scrum-half Marmion rounded off a brilliant right touchline move involving Henshaw and Fionn Carr by burrowing over for a try which was finally confirmed by the TMO. Parks converted superbly off the touchline and that gave Connacht a 16-7 lead with just over half-an-hour to play. They then defended superbly to take the four points and put themselves right back into the reckoning for a quarter-final place. Despite their defeat Toulouse still stay on top of the pool with 10 points, but Saracens are level on points with Connacht now one point behind with a return game against the French side in Galway to come next weekend. Press Associationlast_img read more

Keane: Fergie has massive ego

first_img The Irishman, who was Ferguson’s midfield driving force in a glorious spell for the club between 1993 and 2005, says the Scot has a “massive ego” and rated his former boss at Nottingham Forest, Brian Clough, as the best manager he had worked with. United have endured a difficult start to life under Ferguson’s successor David Moyes, having lost three Barclays Premier League games at Old Trafford already this season to sit ninth in the table. Roy Keane believes Sir Alex Ferguson is still trying to exert “control and power” at Manchester United despite retiring as manager in the summer. Keane said of Ferguson, now a director at United: “Everything is about control and power. He’s still striving for it now even though he’s not manager. There’s massive ego involved in that.” Keane, who left United in 2005 after a fall-out with Ferguson, was speaking in an ITV4 documentary called ‘Keane and Vieira: The Best of Enemies’ which airs on Tuesday night concerning his rivalry with former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira. He said that his relationship with the former United boss is now “non existent”. The Irishman even took issue with Ferguson praising him in his recently released autobiography for “covering every blade of grass” in the 1999 Champions League semi-final second leg against Juventus. Keane added: “Stuff like that almost insults me. I get offended when people give quotes like that about me. It’s like praising the postman for delivering letters.” Keane admitted he had cried in his car when his United career came to an abrupt end over a candid interview he gave to the club’s in-house television station criticising his team-mates. He said: “Of course I was upset: I did shed a few tears in my car for about two minutes. “But I also told myself I had to get on with my life. “I walked out with nothing, I had no club lined up and I was injured. “I told David Gill I had been injured playing for Man United. “I could have played for Manchester United easily for another couple of years.” Keane laughed off the furore surrounding the infamous MUTV interview and said he felt the row between Ferguson and then club director John Magnier over the stud rights to racehorse Rock of Gibraltar had to have had a “negative effect” on the club. Keane said: “I managed the dressing room: that was my job. “If people didn’t think (the Rock of Gibraltar row) had a negative effect on the club then they are in cuckoo land.” Keane said Ferguson’s strongest trait was his “ruthlessness”, while labelling “loyalty” his biggest weakness. And now Ferguson has retired, Keane revealed he and his son have season tickets at Old Trafford. Ferguson said in his autobiography that his authority at Old Trafford would have been undermined had he not forced Keane out in 2005. The Scot said Keane had “slaughtered” several of his team-mates in the MUTV interview. Ferguson said Keane invited the United players to watch the interview, but that the decision backfired when several senior players, including Dutch duo Edwin van der Sar and Ruud van Nistelrooy, rounded on the captain. Ferguson said at a press conference promoting the release of his book in October: “‘We had to react to the situation so quickly because his actions were so quick. For one reason or another he decides to go and criticise his team-mates. ”Most of you won’t have seen the video but you couldn’t release it. You just couldn’t. ”It ended up with two of our young players being booed before a Champions League match in Paris because of it. ”We decided we had to do something. The meeting in the room was horrendous. I just couldn’t lose my control in this situation. ”If I had let it pass and allowed it to happen the players would have viewed me differently. Much more differently to how I would have liked to have been judged. ”Throughout my career I have been strong enough to deal with important issues like that. Roy overstepped his mark. There was no other thing we could do.” Responding to the comments about him in Ferguson’s book, Keane told ITV in October: ”I do remember having conversations with the manager when I was at the club about loyalty and, in my opinion, I don’t think he knows the meaning of the word.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Allardyce not surprised by support

first_imgSam Allardyce is not surprised that West Ham’s co-chairmen have offered him their backing but believes they are the exception to the rule when it comes to club owners standing by their respective managers. Hammers’ midfielder Matt Taylor has also praised Sullivan and Gold for giving Allardyce time to turn things around. “For me it shows the people in charge of this football club are prepared to put their neck out and back the manager and quite rightly so,” said the 32-year-old. “It shows also that there is quite a good air of stability about the football club in terms of coming right from the top. “There wasn’t any need to do it (publicly back Allardyce), they obviously wanted to do it and I think it was the right thing to do. Hopefully players on the pitch can help the manager along and start picking up some results.” But Allardyce knows it is true to form for the duo, who were renowned for giving their managers a chance during their spell at Birmingham. “Their track record proves they haven’t been too rushed into anything,” Allardyce said. “They’ve never been too rushed into what decisions they make. Over the last 18-20 years, the managers they’ve had, they’ve given them a good chance and stuck by them when things are not going so well.” But, with six top-flight bosses already sacked so far this campaign, Allardyce is also aware he is in a different position to many of his peers. “On today’s stats you just have to look at them, look at this season alone,” he added. “The reactions are getting quicker and quicker and quicker due to the impatience throughout the game for success. Success isn’t built overnight. “Success has to be built over a sustained period of time. There are difficulties within that time that you experience and you have to try and get through, and history tells you continually changing managers doesn’t mean success. “I’m realistic to know I have to get results, particularly quickly from my point of view, as a manager.” The 59-year-old will lead the Hammers into a Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at Manchester City on Wednesday night with a big night for the club overshadowed by their poor league form. Sitting 19th in the Barclays Premier League and on the back of a 5-0 FA Cup defeat at Nottingham Forest, many would have been taken aback by West Ham’s co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold’s public support for Allardyce on Monday. Press Associationlast_img read more

Wenger hits back at Mourinho

first_imgArsenal boss Arsene Wenger hit back at Jose Mourinho for the Portuguese’s “silly, disrespectful remark” as the war of words between the two managers escalated over the weekend. The Frenchman claimed his comments were not aimed at Mourinho and following his side’s FA Cup fifth-round win over Liverpool on Sunday he slammed his rival for his controversial riposte. “I do not want to go into that silly, disrespectful remark,” Wenger told BT Sport. “I never spoke about him in my press conference and I will not start. “The only thing I know is it’s more embarrassing for Chelsea than for me.” Wenger and Mourinho endured a fractious relationship during the Portuguese’s first spell and a fragile truce was eroded on Friday. “I’m embarrassed for him, honestly,” Wenger continued. “I’m not interested in the subject at all. That is really genuine. “I love football – and I’m sorry to disappoint you – what’s interesting for me is what happens on the pitch.” Mourinho had further to say on the subject following Chelsea’s FA Cup loss to Manchester City on Saturday as well, with the 51-year-old pointing the finger of blame at “Monsieur polite” Wenger for their current spat. The former Real Madrid boss was quoted as saying by several national newspapers: “The only thing I feel is that I was very quiet in my place and somebody spoke not in a nice way about us. “After that, I don’t accept that one is always ‘Monsieur polite’ and the other one is always the bad guy. I don’t accept, I’m sorry.” Mourinho on Friday described Wenger as “a specialist in failure” – referring to Arsenal’s eight-year trophy drought – after the Gunners boss implied the Premier League title was Chelsea’s to lose. Wenger insisted his comments stating any team which says they are not in the title race – as Chelsea manager Mourinho has done countless times this season – does so out of fear of falling short of their ambition. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

United sack Moyes

first_img Press Association Sport understands Moyes was sacked by vice-chairman Ed Woodward during a meeting at the club’s Carrington training ground this morning shortly after 8am. The club had previously backed their manager despite a series of dreadful results, but Sunday’s defeat at Goodison Park proved one too many. With a £150million spending spree planned for the summer the club’s owners, the Glazer family, wanted to make sure they had the right man at the helm to bring success back to Old Trafford. A statement from the club, released at 8:30am, read: “Manchester United has announced that David Moyes has left the club. “The club would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role.” David Moyes’ short-lived reign at Manchester United is over. Press Associationcenter_img The club confirmed on Tuesday morning that Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor had “left the club” after less than a season in charge. Moyes endured a miserable time in charge, with Sunday’s 2-0 loss at his former club Everton the latest setback. last_img read more

English through to 800m semis

first_imgIreland’s Mark English eased through to the semi-finals of the 800m at the European Championships on Tuesday night. English was the quickest qualifier, recording a time of one minute 47.38 seconds, and said afterwards: “I felt very comfortable on the home straight. “I felt very relaxed before the race. During the race I stayed out of trouble.” Press Associationlast_img read more