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Sportsday Live - Wednesday 28 September

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1833: That's it for Sportsday Live today but don't forget you can still get involved with all the latest live football news from tonight's games with our live football coverage. Sportsday Live will be back at 0800 BST on Thursday.

1832: FOOTBALL - Roman Shirokov's second goal of the match gives Zenit St Petersburg a 63rd minute lead over Porto with the score now at 2-1.

1829: FOOTBALL - The joint administrators of League Two side Plymouth have announced a deal in principle with the Akkeron Group for the sale of the club.

1826: GYMNASTICS - United States gymnast Chellsie Memmel, the 2005 world all-around champion, expects to miss the next three months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right biceps tendon.

1820: GET INVOLVED - Benjamin Emerson on Twitter: "#bbcsportsday If I were MCFC owners, I'd put Tevez in the reserves until the end of his contract & fine him everytime he steps out of line!"

1818: FOOTBALL BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Pougatch on Twitter: "On @bbc5live from7 with commentary on Valencia v Chelsea with @Iandennisbbc & @fletch5live with Mark Lawrenson plus updates at Arsenal & Tevez."

1815: BASEBALL - The Florida Marlins have named former Chicago White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen as their new manager. The Marlins have not made the playoffs since winning the World Series in 2003.

1805: FOOTBALL - Half-time between Russian side Zenit St Petersburg and Porto with the score at 1-1. Goals from James Rodriguez in the 10th minute and Roman Shirokov after 20 minutes.

1756: GET INVOLVED - TheRealWainaina on Twitter: "It's clear Man City have a disciplinary problem. Balotelli, Dzeko & Tevez? Isn't Mancini strong enough to keep them in line? #bbcsportsday"

1748: FORMULA 1 - The doctor treating injured Renault driver Robert Kubica as he recovers from the injuries he suffered in a rallying crash in February says the Pole "will certainly be an F1 driver in 2012". Read this and more in Wednesday's Formula 1 gossip column.

1731: FOOTBALL - Former Nottingham Forest manager Dave Bassett has had his say on the Carlos Tevez saga. He said: "It's not a surprise - it has been coming. In this day and age players are aware of their power and if they want to sulk they are well capable of it. It would be fantastic if the club owners told Tevez he had to see out the rest of his contract in the reserves but it will be interesting to see if they have the bottle to do it."

1722: FOOTBALL - Roman Shirokov equalises for Russian side Zenit in their Champions League tie with Porto.

1719: FOOTBALL - Danny Gabbidon and Rob Earnshaw are doubts for Gary Speed ahead of Wales' final Euro 2012 qualifying double-header with Switzerland and Bulgaria.

1715: FOOTBALL - James Rodriguez has given Porto the lead in the early Champions League game against Zenit.

1703: FOOTBALL - Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has called for calm despite the 2-0 defeat of Manchester City. He said: "The Champions League doesn't really get going until the knock-out stages and the title will be won in May, not in September."

1658: RUGBY LEAGUE - New Wakefield head coach Richard Agar has appointed former Parramatta and Hull KR scrum-half James Webster as his assistant.

1648: GET INVOLVED - Michael Walker on Twitter: "#bbcsportsday. No-one mentions City's unprofessionalism keeping #Tevez at the club for a year, away from family, under a ridiculous pricetag."

1640: FOOTBALL - Manchester United defender Phil Jones has been named in the England Under-21 squad to face Iceland and Norway. Kyle Walker, Danny Welbeck and Jordan Henderson are among the other high-profile names included.

1634: FOOTBALL - Watford boss Sean Dyche says he dropped goalkeeper Scott Loach from a league game for the first time in almost three years on Tuesday night in order to give the England Under-21 international a break. Dyche told BBC Three Counties Radio: "People forget he's played a lot of football in a very short time as a young keeper."

1632: ATHLETICS - BBC Athletics commentator Steve Cram believes Great Britain will have "eight to 10 good medal chances at the London 2012 Olympics" in his round-up of the year's action.

1630: FOOTBALL - Michael Laudrup has stepped down as coach of Mallorca, the Spanish side have confirmed. Laudrup said: "For the good of the team and the club this is the best solution."

1626: FOOTBALL - Birmingham will be without defenders Curtis Davies and Stephen Carr as Chris Hughton's side look to kick-start their Europa League campaign at Maribor on Thursday night.

1622: GET INVOLVED - Have your say on Sportsday Live and the Tevez story on Twitter (via hashtag #bbcsportsday). We will use the best messages here.

1614: RUGBY UNION WORLD CUP - Everyone knows the All Blacks perform the haka before every match, but is it losing its impact? BBC 5 live commentator Alastair Eykyn examines the origins of the haka in his latest blog.

1611: FOOTBALL - Former Tottenham and Wigan full-back Pascal Chimbonda has joined Championship side Doncaster, the Sun report.

1604: FOOTBALL - Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden - who is battling back from a serious knee injury - on Twitter: "About to go under for a routine op that needed to be done now as opposed to waiting until summer! Bit of a setback but better for longrun! #coyw"

1559 BASKETBALL: Kobe Bryant says it's "very possible" he'll play in Italy during the NBA lockout, adding that the country is like "home" to him. Virtus Bologna has made numerous contract offers to the Los Angeles Lakers star and Bryant discussed the situation with the Gazzetta dello Sport during a sponsor's appearance in Milan. Bryant said, "It's very possible. It would be a dream for me. There's an opportunity that we've been discussing over the last few days. It's very possible and that's good news for me."

1554 GET INVOLVED: Jamie Hogan on Tevez on Twitter: "how can anyone make excuses for Tevez, Where is his professional pride? Feel sorry for Mancini tough job made even tougher."

1547 FOOTBALL: Bolton's USA international Stuart Holden is expected to miss the next six weeks of the season. The midfielder will undergo a routine follow-up procedure on the knee injury sustained in last season's game against Manchester United.

1537 FOOTBALL: Nottingham Forest manager Steve McClaren says there needs to be "drastic changes" at the club. The Reds were beaten 5-1 by Championship rivals Burnley on Tuesday, going 3-0 down after 30 minutes. McClaren told BBC Radio Nottingham: "Something drastic has to be done because we can't carry on like this.

1526 GOLF: 2011 Open champion, Darren Clarke says he is struggling to map out future goals in his golf career. Clarke who claimed an emotional victory at Royal St. George's in July said. "I've done what I always wanted to do, got to the top of the mountain - what else can compare? Clarke said that being appointed Ryder Cup captain is the biggest challenge left in his career.

1517 BOXING: Welsh fighter Sean McGoldrick has lost his first round bout at the World Championships in Baku. The 19-year-old, fighting in the 56kg division, lost to Turkey's Furkan Ulas Memis 12 points to 10. The championships are doubling up as Olympic qualifiers for London 2012.

1509 RUGBY WORLD CUP: Wales remain hopeful that key players James Hook and Dan Lydiate will be available for a probable World Cup quarter-final clash against Ireland on 8 October in Wellington. Neither full-back Hook nor flanker Lydiate has played since going off injured during Wales' Pool D victory over Samoa 10 days ago.

1459 TENNIS: World number one Caroline Wozniacki slipped to a three-set defeat to unseeded Estonian Kaia Kanepi as she was knocked out of the Pan Pacific Open in the third round.

1452 GET INVOLVED: Jukebox_Jack on Tevez on Twitter: "Tevez is just giving back some poor treatment. This is what you get when you pay that sort of money MCFC - tantrums and egos!"

1444 FOOTBALL: London Mayor Boris Johnson has urged Tottenham to press ahead with plans for a new stadium, saying the project would help revitalize an area torn by last month's riots. Tottenham was recently given local planning permission to build a new stadium on an industrial site just north of its current ground at White Hart Lane. However, Tottenham also hasn't given up hope of moving into the Olympic Stadium in east London after next year's games. Spurs have mounted a legal challenge against West Ham's winning bid.

1435 ATHLETICS: Jo Pavey will continue her long term build up to next year's London Olympic Games when competing at the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run on 9 October. Pavey, who achieved the Olympic marathon qualifying mark at the London Marathon in April, continued her excellent form by winning the Bupa London 10,000, which includes a stretch of the Olympic course.

1425 FOOTBALL: Hibernian striker Garry O'Connor is to stand trial next year accused of possessing cocaine. O'Connor, whose former clubs include Lokomotiv Moscow, Barnsley and Birmingham, denies possessing the class A drug at Hope Street Lane, Edinburgh, on May 14 this year.

1420 FOOTBALL: Former Everton and Scotland international Andy Gray said on talkSPORT about Tevez: "I don't care what excuses he comes out with now. I'm not interested in that after what he did. He won't be in the squad again. "You can't do what he did - it was so disrespectful, so unprofessional. I've never known anything like that. How are they going to get #45m for him now? Why do you think Fergie got rid of him?

1402 GET INVOLVED: Ian Wallis, on Tevez, on Twitter: "I think we can say Ferguson got it right about Tevez #bbcsportsday. A great example to all young footballers!!!!"

1356 CRICKET: Kent CC have lost three senior figures in a turbulent day for the Canterbury club. Director of cricket Paul Farbrace has resigned after two years in the job, while leading batsmen Martin van Jaarsveld and Joe Denly have opted to leave the county. South African veteran Van Jaarsveld requested to leave his contract a year early and has signed for Leicestershire, while former England Twenty20 opener Denly has agreed a deal with Middlesex.

1348: FOOTBALL: BBC Radio Shropshire reports Shrewsbury Town defender Reuben Hazell could miss the rest of the season with a serious knee injury. The 33 year-old is due to see a specialist, but early reports suggest he'll be out for some considerable time. He limped off during the 2-0 win against Torquay.

1339 FOOTBALL: Tottenham welcome back Aaron Lennon for the visit of Shamrock Rovers in the Europa League on Thursday night. The winger has been sidelined by a groin problem since the home match against Manchester City on 28 August."Aaron is fine and will play tomorrow," manager Harry Redknapp said. "It will be great to have him back and if he gets through tomorrow, he could be available for the weekend."

1328 GET INVOLVED: Phil Houghton on Tevez on Twitter: "I wonder how they're feeling in the shanty towns where Tevez grew up about him refusing to play football for 35k a day?"

1325 RUGBY WORLD CUP: Scotland forwards Kelly Brown and Jim Hamilton remain doubtful for Saturday's Pool B decider against England.

1314 FOOTBALL: Liverpool midfielder Lucas tells BBC Radio Merseyside that fellow Reds midfielder Jordan Henderson has the work-rate and attitude to succeed at Anfield.

1310 CRICKET: South Africa one-day captain AB de Villiers is an injury doubt for next month's limited over series against Australia, which starts on 11 October, after fracturing his left hand during fielding practice on Wednesday.

1305 CRICKET: England announce their 2012 summer schedule, with West Indies arriving in May for three Tests, three one-day internationals and a Twenty20 game, before Australia play five one-dayers in June and July. South Africa then play three Tests, five ODIs and three T20 internationals between mid-July and mid-September. You can find full details of the schedule on the ECB website.

1300 FOOTBALL: Cleveland Police say that Sunderland defender Titus Bramble has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and possession of a Class A drug.

1255 FOOTBALL: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is confident that his new recruits will help propel the team to Champions League victory against Olympiakos on Wednesday night.

1249 FOOTBALL: The chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association Gordon Taylor tells BBC Sport that he believes there will be serious repercussions after Carlos Tevez's apparent refusal to play for Manchester City on Tuesday night and that the club should hold a full inquiry into the incident.

1240 TENNIS: Unseeded Estonian Kaia Kanepi beat world number one and defending champion Caroline Wozniacki in the Pan Pacific Open event in Japan. The Dane, playing her first tournament since her semi-final exit at the US Open two weeks ago, lost 7-5 1-6 6-4 in the third round.

1237 CRICKET: Producer of Test Match Special on Five Live, Adam Mountford on Twitter: - "Twenty20 finals day to be held in Cardiff for first time in 2012."

1235: TENNIS: Britain's Jamie Murray and his doubles partner Andre Sa of Brazil have won their first round doubles match at the Thailand Open in Bangkok. They beat Danai Udomchoke and Kittipong Wachiramanowong 6-3 7-5. Murray and Sa won the Metz title last week in their first tournament as a partnership.

1228 CRICKET: Cricket Ireland announced today that they will play Australia in a RSA Challenge one-day international next year. The game will take place at the Civil Service ground at Stormont in Belfast on Saturday June 23rd.

1219 GET INVOLVED: bluesmikeyfish, on Tevez, on Twitter: "not sure how Tevez can misunderstand "warm up Carlos, you're on in 5."

1211: RUGBY WORLD CUP: England international Manu Tuilagi plays down suggestions he is set to turn his back on the Leicester Tigers to play in the Super 15 competition.

1202 CRICKET: Essex have announced that they have scrapped the 2012 Southend Cricket Festival and next year's games will be played at the Chelmsford County Ground instead.

1156 GET INVOLVED: Have your say on Sportsday Live and the Tevez story on Twitter (via hashtag #bbcsportsday). We will use the best messages here.

1150 FOOTBALL: Former Blackburn, Sunderland and England defender Michael Gray on Carlos Tevez: "Carlos has to know he is part of a squad. Last season he was the talisman but things change and Aguero and Dzeko have come in and he has to wait his turn. If you are on the bench you have to be ready to come on and do a turn for the team. It is unprofessional if you are called on for any game and you have a contract with the club."

1143 PARALYMPIC SPORT: London 2012 say that 116,000 people applied for 1.14m tickets in the first round of sales for 2012 Paralympic tickets. They add that 126 out of the 300 ticketed sessions are oversubscribed in at least one price category across 16 of the 20 sports, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.

1134 GET INVOLVED: Phil Livingstone, on Tevez, on Twitter: "If Man City are able to cancel Tevez's contract for gross misconduct, could they then sue him for the loss of a transfer fee?"

1128 TENNIS: British doubles pair Jamie Delgado and Jonathan Marray have been beaten in their first round match at the Thailand Open in Bangkok. They lost 6-4 7-6 to top seeds Oliver Marach and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi. Andy Murray is the top seed in the singles draw and will start his campaign against Germany's Michael Berrer on Thursday.

1121 FOOTBALL: Wolves striker Kevin Doyle has signed a new four-year deal at the club. The Republic of Ireland international has scored 18 goals in 74 appearances and had two years left on his existing deal.

1116 FOOTBALL: Rio Ferdinand on Twitter after Manchester United's draw against Basel in the Champions League on Tuesday night. "3-3 after being 2 nil up isn't what we wanted, we'll do better saturday. Pleased for Welbeck getting a brace. We have to go to Basel + win."

1109 FOOTBALL: Former Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez on the Carlos Tevez saga. "A statement from the manager explaining what they have decided to do is what Manchester City fans will be looking for," he said. "There are massive egos involved in football when you get to that level of competence and ability and ego comes with it. It is part of what got you there, but sometimes you have to realise it is not tennis or golf, but a team sport and you have to realise that you have to give 100% for the team."

1104 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Mike Sewell on Twitter at Tottenham Hotspur's training session: "Harry Redknapp on the Carlos Tevez affair. It's 'beyond belief.' Roberto Mancini 'should not have been put in that position. Unbelievable!'"

1059 FOOTBALL: Nottingham Forest manager Steve McClaren has told BBC Radio Nottingham that there needs to be drastic changes at the club after their 5-1 defeat to Burnley on Tuesday night. "Something drastic has to be done because we can't carry on like this," he said. "Everything will be questioned now and everything will be looked at. There is no excuses from anybody, that was a rubbish performance."

1054 HORSE RACING: A field of 14 remain in contention for Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp after five horses were taken out at the latest acceptance stage. Big names including last year's winner Workforce and ante-post favourite Sarafina are still in contention, along with So You Think and St Nicholas Abbey. Thursday sees the supplementary stage at which Danedream, Nathaniel and Meandre are possible additions to the line-up.

1047 GET INVOLVED: Have your say on Sportsday Live and the Tevez story on Twitter (via hashtag #bbcsportsday). We will use the best messages here.

1043 FOOTBALL: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp confirms that midfielder Tom Huddlestone requires an operation on his ankle. His last appearance was against Manchester City last month.

1040 FOOTBALL: BBC Sports Editor David Bond on Twitter: "Am told Tevez showdown at Man City unlikely today. Players not due in for training."

1039 CRICKET: Kent have announced that Director of Cricket Paul Farbrace and players Martin van Jaarsveld and Joe Denly will be leaving the club.

1033 TENNIS: Former world number one Ana Ivanovic, who beat Britain's Laura Robson on Tuesday, loses to Russian Maria Kirilenko in the third round of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo but Maria Sharapova, Vera Zvonareva, Victoria Azarenka and Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova all advance

1027 FOOTBALL: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has said he would be speaking with chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak in the next few days to decide what to do with striker Carlos Tevez.

1020 RUGBY LEAGUE: Leeds Rhinos sign up young hookers Paul McShane and Liam Hood on new four-year deals.

1013 RUGBY WORLD CUP: Shane Williams could be in contention to return from a thigh strain in Wales's Pool D clash against Fiji on Sunday. But, as expected, full-back James Hook and flanker Dan Lydiate will not return before a potential quarter-final meeting with Ireland in Wellington on 8 October.

1008: CRICKET: England's Kevin Pietersen on Twitter: "This week's weather preparing us for our trip to India next wk? 28 degrees. Need to add a few degrees & get the humidity button switched on!!"

1004: FOOTBALL: Stoke City manager Tony Pulis on Carlos Tevez situation: "Absolutely nothing to do with me, let them get on with it. Not interested."

0956: FOOTBALL: Former Brentford striker Nicky Forster has been named the new manager of Blue Square Bet South club Dover Athletic. Forster retired from playing at the end of last season to concentrate on his managerial career and will replace Martin Hayes, who was sacked on Monday.

0948: FOOTBALL: - Sir Alex Ferguson admits that Manchester United were "lax" throughout the 3-3 Champions League draw with Swiss side Basle last night. The Old Trafford boss hints at a lack of tactical discipline from his side, after they let a two-goal lead slip against the Swiss visitors, only rescuing a point thanks to a 90th minute Ashley Young goal.

0940: BASKETBALL: - Plymouth Raiders have signed Mersey Tigers guard James Jones after releasing Belgian guard Sebastien Maio from his contract. Jones was part of the Tigers side that won the BBL Trophy, Play-offs and Championship last season.

0934: RUGBY WORLD CUP: - Georgia beat Romania 25-9 in World Cup Pool B. Merab Kvirikashvili kicked 17 points with the boot as flanker Mamuka Gorgodze scored the only try of the match early in the second half. It was just the second time that Georgia had won a World Cup match after they defeated Namibia four years ago in France, and it sent Romania home with four straight defeats.

0927: FOOTBALL: - Former United striker Dwight Yorke also believes Mancini has some work on his hands resolving an awkward situation with a player who is lavishly paid at City and would be affordable to only a small number of top clubs. "I don't condone what he's done, in terms of refusing to go on the pitch. No-one likes to see that," said Yorke. "We don't know the ins and outs but they need to sort that out. You don't need that around the place. "The manager has got some work to do and he alone can make those decisions."

0923: FOOTBALL: - Mark Hughes was City manager when Tevez moved to Eastlands and believes the player's personal situation is at the root of the issue. "The problem with Carlos is he missed his family," said Hughes on Sky Sports. Sky Sports. "That's why he said if it was possible he wanted to leave the club, he had this situation with his family. "There is obviously no relationship whatsoever, or you would imagine given the events of this evening, with the manager. That needs to be mended and if it can't then something else has to happen."

0919: FOOTBALL: - Tevez's actions also drew a scathing response from British television pundits, with former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness reacting furiously. "He (Tevez) is one bad apple," the Scot said on Sky Sports. "He can undo all the good work that has been done (at City). He's a disgrace to football. He epitomises what most people think is wrong with modern football. "It is totally unacceptable. He's a football player and he is paid to play. "He is refusing to help his team-mates. It's all about him, him, him."

0913: FOOTBALL: - Former Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Stefan Effenberg believes Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is right to throw Carlos Tevez out of his squad for refusing to come on as a substitute in last night's Champions League."That player would never play in the same club as me again - that goes without saying," he told Germany's Sky television. "There is a clear order from the coach and he disregards it. "That is poor behaviour and the club has got to come down hard on it."

0905: RUGBY UNION: - Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi plays down reports linking him with a move to Super 15. "I am loving playing rugby for England," says the 20-year-old. "This is my first World Cup and hopefully it won't be my last. When you do something you like, you want to do it all your life. I feel pretty lucky to be playing for Leicester and England. I am really happy."

0859: CRICKET: - Australia named their one-day international and Twenty20 international squads for South Africa - with uncapped 18-year-old paceman Patrick Cummins, included in both squads. Cummins, who has played only three first-class and two one-day games for New South Wales - and is yet to take a wicket in the latter format at state level - will become Australia's youngest ODI debutant if he plays in South Africa. Batsman Mitchell Marsh, joins his elder brother Shaun in the T20 squad, where Victoria keeper Matthew Wade receives his first call-up following Brad Haddin's recent retirement from Twenty20 internationals. Paceman Mitchell Johnson has been dropped from the T20 squad, while batsman and ODI regular David Hussey has been omitted from the 50-over party.

0854: FOOTBALL: - Daily Telegraph Football Correspondent Henry Winter on Twitter: "However galling for #mcfc (& damaging for FFP) club need to bite bullet/pay up Tevez contract. Get rid now. Anything else undermines Mancini."

0848: FOOTBALL: - Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman on Twitter: "congratulations norwich city...first home win of this EPL season...many more to come!"

0843: ATHLETICS: - The double Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie has told BBC Sport he "must be" at the London Games in 2012. The 38-year-old Ethiopian, who failed to finish the Berlin marathon last Sunday, said he is running 125 miles a week in training to be in shape for the Olympic marathon. He said: "I don't want to miss the London Olympics. To win here, it is something very special. I want to be in history."

0839: CYCLING: - Britain's Adam Blythe is to join BMC Racing for the coming season, joining Tour de France winner Cadel Evans, 2010 world champion Thor Hushovd and prolific winner Philippe Gilbert, the Swiss-American team have announced. Blythe said: "The BMC Racing team wants to make me a better bike rider, which is what I really need at the moment. "I would like to go for some stages in races like the Eneco Tour next year, but my main goal is to get onto the classics team. I think it will very hard, though."

0833: BASEBALL: - After 161 of 162 regular season game, the line-up for Major League Baseball's play-offs still has not been finalised. The Boston Red Sox have been in terrible form of late - blowing a 10-game lead for the American League wildcard race - and are tied with the Tampa Bay Rays. Over in the National League, the wildcard will be either the Atlanta Braves or the St Louis Cardinals. In the event of teams finishing with an identical record, they take part in a single sudden-death match to decide who progresses, and who goes home.

0824: TENNIS: - Top seeds Great Britain had little trouble overcoming Thailand in the junior Davis Cup in Mexico. Luke Bambridge and Evan Hoyt gave the Brition an unassailabe 2-0 lead with straight sets victories over Chayanon Kaewsuto and Prucha Itsaro respectively in the singles. Bambridge and Edmund then combined to take the doubles point. Captained by former US Open finalist Greg Rusedski also face Germany, and No. 8 seeds Canada in their round-robin group.

0812: FOOTBALL: - Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association commented: "There have been mixed messages for some time. They [Mancini and Tevez] are human beings and emotions run high, but clearly things aren't right. They've got to get round the table and sort it out, it's unsatisfactory at the moment. It's happened before with players. The two have contrasting temperaments. Sometimes positions get entrenched, and that seems to be the situation here."

0808: FOOTBALL: - Carlos Tevez issues statement denying that he refused to play for Man City on Tuesday. Tevez angered manager Roberto Mancini by appearing to refuse to leave the bench during the second half of City's 2-0 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. "There was some confusion on the bench and I believe my position may have been misunderstood. "I would like to apologise to all Manchester City fans, with whom I have always had a strong relationship, for any misunderstanding that occurred in Munich".

0800 FOOTBALL: Three tales from Wednesday's Gossip Column:

Spurs midfielder Luka Modric is reportedly ready to give up his dream of joining Chelsea or Manchester United, and sign a lucrative new £100,000-a-week contract with Tottenham. (Metro) Arsenal face going head-to-head with Real Madrid next summer over teenage Lille forward Eden Hazard. (Daily Mirror) Liverpool may rival Tottenham for the signature of Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao who is in rich goalscoring form for Internacional. (

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