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Sportsday Live - Friday 18 November

Sportsday Live featuring plans for the return of plastic pitches, further reaction to Fifa president Sepp Blatter's views on racism plus more.

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1955 TRAMPOLINING: BBC Sport's Ollie Williams on Twitter: "China are miles ahead of anyone in trampoline on this showing but GB beating Canada (for some reason a world trampoline power) is excellent."

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1952 TRAMPOLINING: BBC Sport's Ollie Williams on Twitter: "Britain's women win team silver at Trampoline World Champs. Not Olympic event but good indicator of GB strength (individual event's Olympic)"

1947 FOOTBALL: Celtic boss Neil Lennon admits he will think twice about looking outside of Europe for players in the future following his dealings with South Korea. The Hoops have questioned the decision to include Ki Sung-yueng in a World Cup qualifying double-header against the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon despite the fact he was suffering with a virus that required a stay in hospital.

1936 TENNIS: Roger Federer says he is not feeling the pressure as he seeks to defend his ATP World Tour Finals crown and lift a record sixth season-ending title. "It would be amazing to win for the sixth time," he said. "There's always pressure as defending champion but I'm used to it. I've done it so many times."

1922 CRICKET: Pakistan (257-8) have beaten Sri Lanka (236) by 21 runs in the third one day international in Dubai.

1906 FOOTBALL: A UEFA statement on the fine handed out to Bulgarian Football Union reads: "The BFS was facing charges of discriminatory behaviour relating to chanting by home supporters during the Group G game in Sofia on 2 September as well as charges relating to the setting-off and throwing of fireworks. An appeal may be lodged against the verdict of the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body within three days of the dispatch of the reasoned decision."

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1853 GET INVOLVED: Callum Mulvihill on Twitter: "#bbcsportsday De Rosario has been a bit special in the MLS this year, probably past the point of making an impact in Europe though!"

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1845 FOOTBALL: The Bulgarian Football Union have been fined 40,000 euros (£34,000) by Uefa for incidents during the Euro 2012 qualifier against England on 2 September, European football's governing body have announced.

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1839 GET INVOLVED: Alistair Anderson on Twitter: "#bbcsportsday how is it not bigger news that kean is the worst PL manager ever and yet is unsackable despite 3 wins in his last 25 lge games"

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1830 CRICKET: West Indies women's international cricketer Tremayne Smartt has failed a drugs test and and has been suspended from all cricket and cricket-related activities for a period of five months, the International Cricket Council has announced.

1820 TRAMPOLINING: There will be live coverage of the World Trampolining team finals live from Birmingham at 1900. Coverage on BBC red button (not freeview) and online.

1810 FOOTBALL: Dwayne De Rosario was voted Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player for the 2011 season despite playing for three diffferent clubs during the campaign. The 33-year-old Canadian midfielder began the season with Toronto FC, was transfered to the New York Red Bulls after three games and then traded in June to DC United, which failed to qualify for the playoffs.

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1758 GET INVOLVED: David on Twitter: "£194 million losses vs 6-1 demolition of your rivals away from home. Only one winner for me #mcfc #bbcsportsday"

1747 CRICKET: Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka has just become the ninth player to score 10,000 one-day international runs.

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1739 GET INVOLVED: Tim Edwards on Twitter: "#bbcsportsday Andy Morrell continues to do a stunning job at Conf leaders Wrexham since Dean Saunders left for Donny. We're on our way back!"

1732 FOOTBALL: Walsall boss Dean Smith tells BBC WM that he knows his team really need to take three points at home to Bury.

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1729 FOOTBALL: Burnley have signed Wolves striker Sam Vokes on loan until January. The 22-year-old is in line to make his Clarets debut against former loan club Leeds when the two sides meet at Turf Moor on Saturday, which you can watch live on BBC One from 1245 GMT.

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1724 JUDO: Brighton judoka Ben Quilter has become visually impaired European champion.

1719 FOOTBALL: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says Brighton manager Gus Poyet has "chosen the wrong time" to defend compatriot Luis Suarez.

1714 CRICKET: Leicestershire announce that Martin van Jaarsveld has retired from county cricket and will not be joining them for the 2012 season. The former Kent player had signed for the Friends Life t20 champions a few weeks ago but has since admitted he does not want to take up the contract.

1710 RUGBY UNION: Leicester Tigers full-back Geordan Murphy tells BBC Radio Leicester that Saturday's Heineken Cup opponents Ulster have some quality young Irish players in their side.

1707 FOOTBALL: MK Dons boss Karl Robinson tells BBC Three Counties Radio his fight against "underhand" agents is because of his love for the football industry.

1705 COMING UP: Watch Football Focus this Saturday at 1200 GMT on BBC One ahead of the live Championship game between Burnley and Leeds, which kicks off at 1245 GMT.

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1701 GET INVOLVED: Got an opinion on football? Cricket? Rugby Union? Rugby League? Athletics? Golf? Don't keep it to yourself, get involved on Sportsday Live on Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

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1657 FOOTBALL: Newcastle confirm that midfielder Sylvain Marveaux will undergo surgery to address hip and groin problems in America next week.

1654 FOOTBALL: Ally McCoist plans to extend Sone Aluko's trial period with Rangers after revealing he has been impressed by the former Aberdeen winger so far. "Sone has trained with us this week and he showed up very well, as we expected him to. We are going to have a chat with Sone and his agents and possibly keep him here for another four or five days training," McCoist said.

1649 FOOTBALL: Bournemouth manager Lee Bradbury tells BBC Radio Solent to be wary of the threat of Wycombe's on-loan striker Nicholas Bignall.

1645 FOOTBALL: Burnley chief executive Paul Fletcher is set to quit Turf Moor at the end of the season after four years in the role.

1642 FOOTBALL: Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas insists he is not concerned about Guus Hiddink being back on the managerial market, saying: "I have no problem with it." He also shrugged off the prospect of the Dutchman being parachuted in as manager should his own position come under threat.

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1639 GET INVOLVED: John Ballard on Twitter: "Steve Kean has to resign. He has taken Blackburn backwards, fans don't want him & there's no sign his situation will improve. #bbcsportsday"

1637 FOOTBALL: Andre 'Dede' Ayew, Samuel Eto'o, Gervinho, Seydou Keita and Yaya Toure are nominated for the 2011 BBC African Footballer of the Year award.

1634 FOOTBALL: New Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson tells BBC Radio Leicester his players have responded well to his appointment this week.

1631 GOLF: South African Jbe Kruger took advantage of a collapse by compatriot George Coetzee to race clear in the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek. Coetzee, the only member of the world's top 100 taking part, led by four but then dropped five shots in the last three holes of his second round. The 25-year-old is four ahead of England's Seve Benson, Scot George Murray and Chilean Felipe Aguilar.

1629 TENNIS: Argentina surprise no-one by naming Juan Martin del Potro, David Nalbandian, Juan Monaco, Juan Ignacio Chela and doubles specialist Eduardo Schwank as their provisional team for the Davis Cup final against Spain.

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1626 COMING UP: The full interview between BBC Sport editor David Bond and Fifa president Sepp Blatter will be on BBC Radio 5 live after 1830 GMT.

1621 FOOTBALL: Bristol City manager Derek McInnes tells BBC Points West that the players deserve all the credit for their turnaround in form.

1618 ICE HOCKEY: Nottingham Panthers captain Danny Meyers tells BBC Radio Nottingham his side's success at the BBC East Midlands Sports Awards was for the whole of the Elite League.

1615 FOOTBALL: Brian Marwood, Manchester City's chief football operations officer, says the club's books are "open" for scrutiny, and their record £194.9m loss is all part of the club's "strategic vision" for the future.

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1610 FOOTBALL: Barnsley are set to sign Newcastle striker Nile Ranger on loan ahead of their Championship match against Doncaster. A statement on the Tykes' official website says that a proposed deal will keep Ranger at Oakwell until 14 January.

1607 FOOTBALL: Goalkeeper Jose Reina believes Liverpool have not missed striker Fernando Torres since his £50m move to Chelsea as replacement Luis Suarez is even better. "Fernando is top class; Luis is as good or even better than Fernando. The club did a good job in signing Luis and hopefully he will be many years with us."

1603 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Dan Walker is in Lille for this week's Friday Focus to meet Liverpool's on-loan midfielder Joe Cole, who reveals a developing taste for frogs' legs. Also featuring in this week's show are Tottenham's Ledley King, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez and astrologer Russell Grant who predicts the weekend's Premier League results.

1559 BASEBALL: Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum has been named as the new Chicago Cubs' manager.

1557 F1: Renault team principal Eric Boullier has accepted Vitaly Petrov's apology for his post-race outburst in Abu Dhabi and now considers the matter closed.

1553 MOTOGP: BBC MotoGP presenter Matt Roberts is not surprised to see Suzuki pull out of the competition from next year. He says: "It has been on the cards for some time now. Hopefully their goal of returning to the grid in 2014 is a realistic one and the impending changes to the sport in the meantime facilitate that. There should be a place for all the major motorcycle factories in MotoGP - it is where they belong."

1550 FOOTBALL: Cambridge United boss Jez George tells BBC Radio Cambridgeshire his side should be applauded for making Saturday's visit of Luton a "big" top of the table clash.

1548 FOOTBALL: Bristol Rovers are investigating claims that midfielder Jordan Goddard urinated in front of visiting Corby Town fans during their FA Cup clash.

1542 FOOTBALL: Luton boss Gary Brabin tells BBC Three Counties Radio that his side can "turn around" the picture at the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier.

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1539 GET INVOLVED: Nathan Spencer on Twitter: "Looking forward to Match of The Day tomorrow night, should be some great bad attempts at growing a moustache on show! #bbcsportsday"

1537 FOOTBALL: Northampton caretaker manager David Lee tells BBC Look East he offered to join Gary Johnson as he left the club last week, but the departing manager told him to stay.

1535 FOOTBALL: Southend boss Paul Sturrock tells BBC Essex his side need to be cautious of getting carried away with their success against Dagenham on Saturday.

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1533 CRICKET: The players have gone off for bad light at the end of day two of the second Test between Australia and South Africa at the Wanderers. South Africa are 0-0 after just four balls of their second innings and trail Australia by 30 runs.

1530 GYMNASTICS: British Gymnastics Olympic performance director Tim Jones admits tough decisions have to be made after the men's trampolining team failed to secure an Olympic place at the World Championships in Birmingham. "We're going to have to go back and think about how we select for that event," Jones said.

1526 MOTOGP: Moto2 world champion Stefan Bradl will move up to MotoGP next season with the LCR Honda team after signing a two-year contract.

1522 FOOTBALL: Fulham manager Martin Jol warns his former club Tottenham that forward Mousa Dembele is not for sale. "Maybe someone told you about Tottenham, I don't know. There is always interest from other clubs but he is still under contract here until the end of the season - not January, the end of the season," Jol said.

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1519 ATHLETICS: Haile Gebrselassie will run in the Tokyo Marathon in February in a belated attempt to make the Ethiopian team for next year's London Olympics.

1517 FOOTBALL: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini wants Adam Johnson to concentrate on becoming an even better player after handing the winger a new contract. "Adam is a good player for me. I think he can improve a lot, though. After signing a new contract we have time to talk regarding this," Mancini said.

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1513 CRICKET: Australia are all out for 296, a lead of 30 runs on day two of the second Test against South Africa. Phillip Hughes and Shane Watson both made 88. (Full scorecard)

1505 FOOTBALL: Rangers boss Ally McCoist on the Sepp Blatter race row: "He was totally wrong. "In the last 20 or 25 years, in terms of racism, I think football has been fantastic, as has society. "We are definitely in a far better place than we were. "We can't put on the brake, we need to keep going, we need to eradicate it totally if we can."

1458 FOOTBALL: Scotland will play world champions New Zealand, South Africa and Tonga at Murrayfield next autumn. The All Blacks will provide the opposition in the opening EMC Test on the weekend of 10-11 November.

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1450 GET INVOLVED: Max Astaire on Twitter: "Manchester City. Roughly £200m in loses in the past year. Talk about buying yourselves the championship! #bbcsportsday."

1443 FOOTBALL: Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini returns for tomorrow's visit of Wolves after serving a one-match suspension in Everton's previous match at Newcastle. Defender Phil Jagielka will play in spite of a broken toe.

1436 FOOTBALL: The Scottish Football Association have confirmed Craig Levein's national team will face Slovenia in an away friendly in February.

1429 FOOTBALL: Norwich City expect to have both midfielder Bradley Johnson (concussion) and defender Russell Martin (ankle) available against Arsenal tomorrow.

1422 FOOTBALL: Andre Villas-Boas was today expecting everyone but Michael Essien to be fit for Chelsea's Premier League game against Liverpool on Sunday. Daniel Sturridge was set to shake off a knock picked up yesterday that caused him to miss training this morning, while fellow striker Didier Drogba has recovered from the arm surgery.

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1416 GET INVOLVED: Matthew Fairgrieve on Twitter: "So disappointing about Cleverley. England's two most promising young midfielders (and Wilshere) injured til the New Year. #bbcsportsday."

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1412 GET INVOLVED: Got any views or opinions? Then don't keep them to yourself. Get involved on Sportsday Live on Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

1405 FOOTBALL: Manchester City's Brian Marwood tells BBC on record loss: "We've got a huge amount of work ahead of us now to make sure we're sustainable. We still have an awful lot of work to do but I think it's exactly where we said we would be in terms of the initial investment."

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1403 BREAKING FOOTBALL: Manchester City announce record losses for 2010/11 that total £194.5m

1359 FOOTBALL: Martin O'Neill has offered to help the Irish FA's search for a new Northern Ireland manager. O'Neill ruled himself out as a candidate last month but said he would help the IFA's efforts to land a successor to Nigel Worthington "if I could be of any assistance".

1357 CRICKET: Australia are 233-6 on day two of the second Test against South Africa. Dale Steyn has just bowled Mike Hussey for 20. (Full scorecard)

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1351: Anthony Noble on Twitter: "FL are not talking about the 'return' of plastic pitches.They're talking about introducing new synthetic pitches! V different! #bbcsportsday"

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1342 FOOTBALL: Six Caribbean football officials have been banned for periods of between seven days and two years for violating ethics rules, Fifa announce.

1333 FOOTBALL: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on Gus Poyet's comments regarding Luis Suarez, who has been accused of racially abusing Patrice Evra: "I'm more surprised by Gus Poyet's remarks, that's inappropriate at a time when people throughout the world are condemning racism. I can understand why he wants to support someone from his country but I think he should think more about it. His criticism of Evra is a bit silly"

1325 FOOTBALL: Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Manchester United are likely to activate a clause in Dimitar Berbatov's contract that will keep the striker at Old Trafford for another year.

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1320: Ed Leech on Twitter: "#bbcsportsday Cleverley out til Xmas! That's United's title chances gone. The one player holding that midfield together."

1314 CRICKET: Australia are 220-4 at tea on day two of the second Test against South Africa. Phillip Hughes and Shane Watson both made 88. Ricky Ponting was out for a third-ball duck. (Full scorecard)

1310 FOOTBALL: Blackburn defender Chris Samba should be fit for Rover's visit to Wigan on Saturday. Scott Dann and Michel Salgado are set to return to the Blackburn defence after spells on the sidelines.

1300 FOOTBALL: Ferguson on Luis Suarez race row: "We've been asked by the FA not to say anything about the Evra situation and we've abided by that. I think Liverpool have been drip feeding a lot of stuff out in the last couple of weeks but at the end of the day the FA will deal with it."

1255 FOOTBALL: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on Sepp Blatter's apology: "Sepp Blatter's apologised, that's fine, I think that's appropriate."

1249 RUGBY UNION: Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards believes Jim Mallinder and Ian McGeechan could be the ideal double act to replace Martin Johnson as England manager. He said: "We should go for the best of the guys currently coaching here, say Mallinder, alongside someone of unparalleled experience, say McGeechan.

1240 FOOTBALL: Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has told BBC Midlands Today he's delighted Harry Redknapp will be back from his heart operation for Monday's game at White Hart Lane and believes Redknapp is "the most capable candidate" to be the next England manager despite his health scare.

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1222 FOOTBALL: Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley will be out until Christmas with an ankle ligament injury.

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1220 FOOTBALL: Adam Johnson and Pablo Zabaleta have signed new long-term contracts with Manchester City until 2016 and 2015 respectively, the club have confirmed.

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1219 : BBC Sport's James Pearce on Twitter: "Breaking: - Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir will have appeals heard against their sentences on Wednesday 23rd November."

1215 RUGBY UNION: Ulster centre Paddy Wallace is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery on a damaged tendon in his thumb. Wallace suffered the injury during Ulster's Heineken Cup victory over Clermont Auvergne last Saturday.

1211 HORSE RACING: The owner of Kauto Star says the horse could make his final appearance on Saturday in the Betfair Chase at Haydock. Clive Smith has told the BBC they'll see how Kauto Star performs before deciding if one of the most successful national hunt horses of all-time should continue.

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1206 CYCLING: 20 time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish on Twitter: "So we moan about drivers! I've just been knocked off my bike by...... A DEER!!! Tried to get his details but he ran off. Probably uninsured."

1157 RUGBY UNION: Alun Wyn Jones is out of Wales match against Australia on 3 December. The Ospreys and Wales lock has dislocated a toe in training this week. He will have an operation this weekend. His place in the Ospreys team to face Treviso tomorrow is taken by Ryan Jones.

1154 FOOTBALL: Norwich manager Paul Lambert on Sepp Blatter and racism in football, courtesy of BBC Radio Norfolk: "There's no place in the world for racism, let alone football. It's not just football, it can happen anywhere and it's wrong. If Sepp Blatter has backtracked as quickly as he has he must have known he'd made a rickett. You can't say [racist] things like that and expect to walk away with a handshake. That's a bit stupid that. It's a stupid comment."

1151 FOOTBALL: Shrewsbury have signed England Under-20 defender James Hurst on a six-week loan from West Bromwich Albion.

1145 FOOTBALL: Manager Arsene Wenger maintains he has given no thought to trying to bring former striker Thierry Henry back on a short-term loan deal in January. Henry, 34, is currently training at London Colney to keep up his fitness levels following New York Red Bulls' exit from the Major League Soccer Cup.

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1142 GET INVOLVED: Josh Hodari on Twitter: "Blatter didn't "expect" the public to react in the way they did, shows he still doesn't see what was wrong with his comments #bbcsportsday"

1136 CRICKET: Australia have lost their first wicket against South Africa on day two of the second Test. Phillip Hughes is out for 88. Shane Watson is 79 not out and joined by Usman Khawaja. (Full scorecard)

1131 FOOTBALL: Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has leapt to the defence of South Korea striker Ji Dong-won after he incurred the wrath of his international manager. Korea coach Cho Kwang-rae criticised the frontman's conditioning and his performance in the World Cup qualifier against the United Arab Emirates on Friday. "If you ask a player to go 11,000 miles, I don't think he is going to be in the best of conditions, we realise that," said Bruce.

1124 FOOTBALL: The transfer ban imposed by Fifa on Swiss club Sion has been ruled as valid by a cantonal court in Switzerland. The sport's world governing body imposed an embargo on Sion for two transfer windows for breaching rules in the signing of Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El Hadary in 2008. They were also ejected from the Europa League, with Celtic taking their place.

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1120 GET INVOLVED: Nathan Roome on Twitter: "Why would Poyet say that? He wasn't there at the match. I understand not proven until guilty but that's a step to far. #bbcsportsday"

1114 FOOTBALL: Apologies, but there has been a slight delay and the BBC's Sepp Blatter interview will be shown at 1120 GMT on the BBC news channel. You can also listen to it on 5 live. The whole interview will be available soon after on this website.

1108 FOOTBALL: Portsmouth have released a statement regarding their involvement with Snoras Bank, who recently went into temporary adminstration. "The bank is part of the wider shareholdings of Vladimir Antonov (Portsmouth owner), but is in a different group of companies that operates entirely separately from our parent company, CSI, and the club," read the Pompey statement. "As such, the circumstances of Snoras Bank have no direct impact on our day-to-day operations, which carry on as normal."

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1057 GET INVOLVED: Michael Mackay on Twitter: "JT played v Sweden because regardless of what they're accused of, everyone is innocent until proven guilty #bbcsportsday"

1052 FOOTBALL: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger today insisted football should adopt a "zero tolerance" approach to all kinds of abuse. "I am against any discrimination. I am for zero tolerance, on the pitch and off the pitch, in the stands, where there is still a lot of work to do in England on that front."

1048 FOOTBALL: Brighton manager Gus Poyet has maintained his defence of fellow Uruguayan Luis Suarez saying he would go to court to prove the Liverpool striker is not a racist. "I know Luis very well and I will go to court if someone wants to prove he's not racist," he told TalkSPORT. "I can assure you and everyone Luis is not a racist. We use different words and it is a different kind of situation. We live in Uruguay with plenty of people who have different colour skin. We all live together and play football together."

1043 CRICKET: Australia reach lunch on day two of the second Test with South Africa on 169-0. Shane Watson is 76 not out with fellow opener Phillip Hughes unbeaten on 85. (Full scorecard)

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1040 GET INVOLVED: Liz Scott on Twitter: "Sepp Blatter may have apologised but he has to go - he's 75yrs old - his ideas, opinions & lack of innovation are prehistoric #bbcsportsday"

1035 FOOTBALL: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, when asked if there's any way back now for striker Carlos Tevez, who has again missed training with the club: "No. I don't think so". He also says there's been no direct contact between player and City.

1033 FOOTBALL: More from Sexwale: "We should differentiate between racial remarks and remarks when players are fighting for the ball. I think what Mr Blatter was saying, he mixed up those emotions and was trying to say 'look, let's get on with the game'. It was an unfortunate mistake. But he has inadvertently raised the bar in the fight against racism on the pitch."

1030 FOOTBALL: More from South African government minister Tokyo Sexwale - who was shown in a picture with Sepp Blatter by Fifa on Wednesday: "If you say a player is not worth his salt, or you are rubbish, you are not fit to be here, you are not worth the money... at the end of the day handshakes as well as the exchanging of jerseys is about these things, even though we don't encourage them. If you use a racial slur it won't go away, you cannot exchange a jersey, you can't mitigate it with a handshake, that's why we call for action to be taken against players."

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1028 GET INVOLVED: Freddie Leech on Twitter: "#bbcsportsday Rightly been so much outcry vs Blatter in the UK. But surely letting JT play vs Sweden doesn't say too much about our stance?"

1024 FOOTBALL: The BBC's Sepp Blatter interview will be shown at 1105 GMT on the BBC news channel. The whole interview will be available soon after on this website.

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1019 GET INVOLVED: Oisin Gregorian on Twitter: "For a man so respected in the peripherals of world football people calling #Blatterout are living in cloud cuckoo-land #bbcsportsday"

1014 FORMULA 1: Catch up on the latest rumours and gossip from the world of F1 in our gossip column.

1009 FOOTBALL: Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is in contention to return to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday having missed the last two matches with a calf injury.

1006 FOOTBALL: The aforementioned Tokyo Sexwale told reporters in a press conference broadcast by Sky Sports News: "We should distinguish racial remarks from things that are said when players are fighting for a ball."

1000 FOOTBALL: South African government minister Tokyo Sexwale - who was shown in a picture with Sepp Blatter by Fifa on Wednesday - has defended Blatter in a press conference and reiterated that Fifa is determined to eradicate racism from the game.

0954 FOOTBALL: David Davies, former acting chief executive of the Football Association does not expect Sepp Blatter to stand down. He tells the BBC: "It's churlish not to welcome someone saying sorry for the offence they have caused. He basically thinks that resigning would be weakness though and there are not calls from around the world for that to happen."

0952 CRICKET: Australian openers Phil Hughes and Shane Watson have both passed 50 as Australia move onto 116-0 in the second Test.

0950 MOTOGP: Suzuki team boss Paul Denning on Twitter: "It's now - very sadly - official. Suzuki is out of MotoGP for 2012/13. I'm sorry for all the guys on the team, our partners, friends and fans."

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0945 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Richard Conway on Twitter: "Tokyo Sexwale says in statement that Sepp Blatter will make apology for his comments on racism today."

0938 FOOTBALL: Sepp Blatter adds: "I cannot resign. Why should I? When you are faced with a problem you have to face the problem. To leave would be totally unfair and not compatible with my fighting spirit, my character, my energy."

0936 FOOTBALL: In an exclusive interview, 75-year-old Sepp Blatter says: "it hurts and I am still hurting." He admitted it was a "serious incident" and that he had used "unfortunate words" which he "deeply regretted."

Breaking news
0935 BREAKING FOOTBALL: Sepp Blatter has told the BBC he is sorry for causing offence following his controversial statements on racism in football but has refused to resign as president of Fifa.

0929 CRICKET: Australia have made a flying start to their first innings of the second Test in South Africa. Shane Watson has raced to 47 not out as the tourists reach 89-0 in the 19th over.

0919 FOOTBALL: Arsenal have suffered a blow with the news that defender Kieran Gibbs will be sidelined for at least a month. Gibbs sustained a stomach injury in training a month ago and he has now undergone a hernia operation following futher tests.

0910 GOLF: The United States lead the International team 7-5 after day two of the Presidents Cup in Melbourne despite a second straight defeat for Tiger Woods. Woods and Dustin Johnson lost by one hole to Aussie duo Aaron Baddeley and Jason Day but three of the other American pairings won, as the fourballs were split 3-3.

0900 FOOTBALL: Robbie Neilson is set to make his Dundee United debut in tomorrow's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash against his former club Hearts. Neilson signed until the end of the season this week and could be joined in defence by Sean Dillon, who is fit again following a calf problem.

0850 FOOTBALL: Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart could recover from his hamstring injury in time for Monday's Premier League clash with Aston Villa. Van der Vaart is rated 75% fit after suffering the injury while on international duty for Holland against Switzerland.

Breaking news
0840 BREAKING MOTOGP: Suzuki confirm they will not compete in the MotoGP championship next year due to financial reasons. The factory aim to return in 2014.

0830 TENNIS: Andy Murray's approach remains "too negative" to win a Grand Slam title, according to Boris Becker.

0821 ATHLETICS: Jamaican sprinter Steve Mullings has been found guilty of a doping offence that could land him a lifetime ban from athletics. The 28-year-old was found guilty by a three-member Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary panel for using the banned diuretic furosemide.

0818 GET INVOLVED: What do you make of the prospect of a return to artificial pitches? Where do you think David Beckham will play next? Let us know your views and get involved on Sportsday Live on Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

0815 FOOTBALL: Artificial pitches could make a shock comeback if some Football League clubs get their way. Some lower league clubs want to reintroduce them in a bid to cut costs and increase revenue.

0808 FOOTBALL: David Beckham has also said he has yet to decide where he will play when his LA Galaxy contract expires. He said: "My decision [about whether to move clubs] will come after that, once I get a bit of a rest and see where I am."

0805 FOOTBALL: David Beckham has had his say on the Sepp Blatter controversy overnight. He said: "I think the comments were appalling."

0800 FOOTBALL: Three tales from Friday's gossip column to start us off today:


Chelsea striker Didier Drogba looks set to be offered a £10m-a-year contract to join Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala in January.
Full story: Daily Mail


Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti has hinted the club will make a move for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez in January.
Full story: Daily Mirror


And Paris Saint-Germain defender Sylvain Armand says he "does not really want" former England captain David Beckham to join the Ligue 1 side.
Full story: Daily Mail



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see also
Clubs want artificial turf return
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Beckham anger at Blatter remarks
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Apologetic Blatter will not quit
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RFU let Johnson down - Woodward
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Premier League rejects cut idea
18 Nov 11 |  Premier League
Bolt relishing shot at four golds
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Friday's gossip column
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