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Sportsday Live - Wednesday 21 December

Sportsday Live featuring reaction to news about John Terry being prosecuted for the alleged racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand, plus more.

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1848 FOOTBALL: It's a busy night in the Premier League with seven matches down for decision, including leaders Manchester City who are at home to Stoke as they bid to be top of the table for Christmas. You can follow the latest with Phil Dawkes on the BBC Sport website. Sportsday Live will resume on Thursday at 0800 GMT.

1840 FOOTBALL: John Terry will not stand aside as England captain and intends, if selected, to captain the team at their next friendly against the Netherlands in February, reports BBC Sport's Richard Conway. The BBC has also learned that after Terry's first hearing at West London Magistrates on 1 February, the case is likely to be adjourned for 8-10 weeks. Fabio Capello and the FA will therefore be forced to make a decision over Terry's inclusion in the squad for the game against the Dutch with the Chelsea player understood to be unwilling to stand down while the legal process is on-going.

1835 FOOTBALL: Liverpool players have released a statement in support of Luis Suarez who was banned for eight games and fined after being found guilty by the FA of racially abusing Patrice Evra. "Luis Suarez is our teammate and our friend and as a group of players we are shocked and angered that he has been found guilty by the FA," said the statement. "We totally support Luis and we want the world to know that. We know he is not racist."

1831 SKIING: Croatia's Ivica Kostelic claimed his 20th career World Cup victory when he won the slalom at Flachau, Austria. Kostelic led after the first run and finished in an aggregate time of 1 minute, 48.94 seconds to beat second-place Andre Myhrer of Sweden by 0.07 seconds. Cristian Deville of Italy was another 0.02 behind in third.

1800 OLYMPICS: As the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics gets ever closer, you can watch a timelapse sequence showing the construction of the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

1744 FOOTBALL: Benfica say former star Eusebio has been admitted to a Lisbon hospital after displaying early symptoms of pneumonia. The 69-year-old, who was born in Mozambique when it was still a Portuguese colony, became known as the Black Panther for his performances in the 1960s for Benfica and the Portuguese national team. He scored 41 goals in 64 games for Portugal and has since been a "soccer ambassador" for Benfica and Portugal.

1740 FOOTBALL: Former home secretary and Blackburn MP Jack Straw has called on Blackburn Rovers to sack manager Steve Kean. Straw told BBC Radio 5 live: "All of us have been extremely patient with the owners and with Steve Kean. But having been at the game on Saturday and after listened to the one last night I think that there is no option as far as the owners are concerned but to ask Steve Kean to leave."

1733 RUGBY UNION:Premiership clubs will have all their England stars available for the festive programme after national coach Stuart Lancaster waived his right to demand they be rested.

1730 RUGBY UNION: Northampton and England full-back Ben Foden has told BBC Look East that he had to take a morning off training to propose to pop star girlfriend Una Healy of the Saturdays.

1720 FOOTBALL: Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that stewards at Thursday night's game against Chelsea at White Hart Lane will wear head-mounted cameras to monitor for foul, homophobic or racist abuse.

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1713 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Dan Roan on Twitter: "Sources close to Terry tell me he fully intends to play v Spurs tomorrow. Should be quite an atmosphere at White Hart Lane."

1708 HORSE RACING: The British Horseracing Authority has confirmed that jockey Kirsty Milczarek has appealed against the two-year disqualification handed to her last week following a BHA disciplinary hearing into alleged corruption.

1703 FOOTBALL: Aston Villa utility player Chris Herd vowed to keep on improving after signing a new four-year contract with the club. The Australia Under-20 international had 18 months remaining of his current deal but has earned his new contract after impressing manager Alex McLeish.

1651 FOOTBALL: Bolton manager Owen Coyle believes his captain Kevin Davies has been "trying too hard" to drag the Trotters out of the relegation mire and says it is the reason why he was dropped from the team for Tuesday's Premier League game against Blackburn. "Kevin has been trying too hard," said Coyle. "He is Bolton through and through and I know what this club means to him. He has taken extra responsibility as captain and is trying to do everything himself. It detracts from his terrific strengths."

1633 FOOTBALL: Five Chile players have reportedly been fined and suspended for 10 matches by a disciplinary tribunal for arriving late and drunk to the team hotel before World Cup qualifying matches. Jorge Valdivia of Palmeiras, Jean Beausejour of Birmingham City, Gonzalo Jara of West Bromwich Albion, Carlos Carmona of Atalanta and Arturo Vidal of Juventus, were in "a state of alcoholic intemperance" when they returned from a night out before matches against Uruguay and Paraguay in November.

1624 FOOTBALL: The League Managers Association has issued a statement with regards to Steve Kean and Blackburn Rovers. They talk about the treatment of the Rovers boss saying: "It is very sad to witness the continued demonstrations by Rovers fans towards their manager. It is to Steve's significant credit that he has shouldered this continued onslaught with dignity and professionalism and has continued to work with his players to try and improve results on the pitch".

1615 FOOTBALL: Wolves have revealed that midfielder Jamie O'Hara is facing "at least a month" on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on a double hernia. He missed Saturday's 2-1 Premier League defeat at home to Stoke City.

1608 FOOTBALL: Aberdeen have confirmed they will not contest the two-match ban offered to Peter Pawlett for simulation in winning a controversial penalty during their 1-0 win over Hibernian.

1559 HOCKEY: To Karachi now and Pakistan have marked the first international hockey match played in the country for seven years with a 3-0 win over China.

1550 FOOTBALL: Former Chelsea midfielder Pat Nevin tells BBC Sport: "I expect John Terry and Chelsea to get on with business as usual. Throughout his career John Terry has played in some extraordinary situations already, under all kinds of pressure, and come through it. As a footballer you seek sanctuary on the pitch. It's the one place where you can get away from it all, you don't have time to worry about it. He will be fine."

1545 FOOTBALL: There will be action on the football field tonight too, and Phil Dawkes will provide an in-depth live text on the BBC website from around 1845 GMT, describing all the action from seven Premier League matches, including Manchester City at home to Stoke and Manchester United's trip to Fulham.

1540 FOOTBALL: Meanwhile, Reuters are reporting that CSKA Sofia defender Kostadin Stoyanov faces a ban of up to two years after he failed a drugs test.

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1535 GET INVOLVED: Colonel Kurtz on Twitter: "I expect to see loads more complaints to the police about players actions on the pitch now #bbcsportsday"

1529 FOOTBALL: AP are reporting that five Chile players, including Jean Beausejour of Birmingham City and West Brom's Gonzalo Jara, have been fined and suspended for 10 matches by a disciplinary tribunal for arriving late and drunk to the team hotel before World Cup qualifying matches.

1526 FOOTBALL: Motherwell have rejected the two-match ban offered to Steve Jennings by the Scottish Football Association following his altercation with Jim Goodwin in Saturday's 1-1 draw with St Mirren. The matter will now be referred to the Judicial Panel and a fast track tribunal will be convened tomorrow.

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1515 GET INVOLVED: James Slade on Twitter: "Assume FA can't do anything until after the court case. IF found guilty do we expect similar punishment to that of Suarez? #bbcsportsday"

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1508 FOOTBALL: John Terry has recovered from an Achilles tendon problem and is expected to return to the Chelsea team against Spurs tomorrow night. Remember you can listen to what should be a typically eventful London derby on BBC Radio 5 live from 2000 GMT on Thursday.

1500 RUGBY UNION: Moving away from football for a moment, and the Rugby Football Union have announced that John Wells and Mike Ford, England's forwards and defence coaches respectively for the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cups, will be leaving the Union.

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1453 FOOTBALL: The Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter on Twitter: "FA in a moral maze. Do they allow Terry to remain England captain while case ongoing? Having taken such a strong stance on Suarez..."

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1450 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Dan Walker on Twitter: "CPS can impose maximum fine of £2500 if Terry is found guilty so it'll be down to the FA to take 'real' action. Significant days."

1440 FOOTBALL: A statement from Chelsea FC following the news that skipper John Terry is to be prosecuted. "John has made it clear he denies the charge. Chelsea FC has always been fully supportive of John and will continue to be so. The club finds all forms of discrimination abhorrent and we are proud of the work we undertake campaigning on this important issue. Chelsea will not be commenting further on the subject while the legal process runs its course."

1432 FOOTBALL: John Terry statement following the news he is to be prosecuted: "I am disappointed with the decision to charge me and hope to be given the chance to clear my name as quickly as possible," he says. "I have never aimed a racist remark at anyone and count people from all races and creeds among my friends. I will fight tooth and nail to prove my innocence. I have campaigned against racism and believe there is no place for it in society."

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1428 GET INVOLVED: John Glenn on Twitter: "If John Terry is convicted, it could have a hugely beneficial effect on behaviour on sports fields. #bbcsportsday"

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1422 FOOTBALL: BBC Sports Editor David Bond, speaking about the breaking John Terry news on BBC Radio 5 live "Ever since they've been briefing that a decision was coming you got the sense they wouldn't be building it up if they were going to drop it. There must be some new evidence. What we've seen in the public domain is inconclusive. It's extremely difficult for England and the FA. My understanding is that they won't suspend him and will let the case take its course. There is a precedent of course. Steven Gerrard was charged with affray in 2008 and he continued to play for England. It's hugely disruptive. England's next game is in February against Holland and he could be in court earlier in the month. The FA will hope it's cleared up by then."

1418 FOOTBALL: Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for London, said: "I have today advised the Metropolitan Police Service that John Terry should be prosecuted for a racially aggravated public order offence following comments allegedly made during a Premier League football match between Queen's Park Rangers and Chelsea on 23 October 2011. The decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and after careful consideration of all the evidence I am satisfied there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute this case. Mr Terry will appear before West London Magistrates' Court on 1 February 2012."

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1416 FOOTBALL: The Crown Prosecution Service authorises John Terry's prosecution.

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1408 GET INVOLVED: Tom Irwin on Twitter: "Should Terry get more than Suarez on the basis that the FA can't use the language barrier as a complication? #bbcsportsday"

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1405 GET INVOLVED: - Good afternoon from Sportsday Live, coming to you from Media City in Salford. Don't forget you can share your thoughts on the eight-match ban and £40,000 fine imposed on Liverpool striker Luis Suarez last night by the FA. We are expecting news regarding John Terry this afternoon too. Plus if there are any other sporting issues you might wish to debate, please do so and get involved in Sportsday Live via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

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1402 GET INVOLVED: Christopher Lanceley on Twitter: "I'm a LFC fan and if I actually believed he'd made comments worthy of an 8 match ban I'd not want him playing for the club at all. #bbcsportsday"

1355 FOOTBALL: Brighton manager Gus Poyet tells Uruguay newspaper Ultimas Noticias that Luis Suarez's eight-match ban is "incredible" and says he backs his fellow Uruguayan "to the death".

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1352 GET INVOLVED: Tom Lynas on Twitter: "Disagree with David Davies: not the FA's job to 'educate' footballers. Model professionals should already know how to behave #bbcsportsday"

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1346 FOOTBALL: Safe-standing areas are unlikely to be introduced at Scottish Premier League side Inverness in the near future, according to the Highland club. Executive chairman Kenny Cameron said: "I voted in favour of the principle of safe-standing pilot schemes so that any SPL club who wishes can bring one forward and was very conscious that this is something that fans all over Scotland have been calling for."

1341 FOOTBALL: Andre Villas-Boas admits Chelsea's interest in Bolton and England defender Gary Cahill but insists they are yet to make a bid for the centre-back. "We are aware of Gary's contractual situation," Villas-Boas said. "He's an interesting player for the club."

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1336 FOOTBALL: Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas on John Terry: "I'll be fully supportive of John Terry and whatever the outcome of the situation he has my support and he has the club's support. We know exactly his human values and personality and for me they are never in doubt."

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1331 GET INVOLVED: Sulaiman Hafez on Twitter: "38 league games (1 season) as BRFC manager - Steve Kean has a record of 7W-11D-20L, total 32 points, we are doomed if he stays #BBCSportsday"

1327 FOOTBALL: Tranmere manager Les Parry has told his players to win their next two games as they look to end a six-game losing streak.

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1321 FOOTBALL: Chelsea's match at home to Fulham on 26 December will go ahead as planned at 1300 GMT despite the planned tube strikes.

1315 FOOTBALL: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has criticised the fans who subjected Blackburn manager Steve Kean to "horrific" abuse during Blackburn's 2-1 defeat against Bolton on Tuesday night. "I have never seen it like that. That is horrific to stand and take that," Redknapp said. "I heard people saying that the players weren't trying or weren't making the effort for him. That's absolute nonsense, a load of rubbish."

1307 FOOTBALL: Blackburn favourite Kevin Gallacher believes the abuse directed at manager Steve Kean is made worse due to the club's owners' absence from Ewood Park. Gallacher said: "If a decision is going to be taken, who will take it and who will say what has been done. Are the owners actually going to come over from India or just carry on regardless and try to get the wage bill down?"

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1300 GET INVOLVED: Rob on Twitter: "If the FA don't punish John Terry the same way as Luis Suarez then are they being racist? #bbcsportsday"

1250 FOOTBALL: News now of a former Chelsea player, Arjen Robben, now with Bayern Munich, who has apologised to fans for falling to the ground too easily in a recent away win at Stuttgart, in which Claudio Molinari was sent off. "It was stupid," Robben says. "It was probably a penalty, but I should have fallen earlier. I shouldn't do things like that, and I apologise."

1245 FOOTBALL: Chelsea have denied Andre Villas-Boas had former player Tommy Langley removed from the club's in-house television channel. Langley branded the manager "petty", "vindictive" and "unprofessional" over allegations he had prevented Nicolas Anelka and Alex from parking their vehicles in the first-team car park after they had been banished from the squad for handing in transfer requests. The Blues insisted the decision to dispense with long-serving pundit Langley while an internal review was undertaken was made by senior editorial staff and was not forced by Villas-Boas.

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1241 GET INVOLVED: Matthew Ho on Twitter, presumably an Arsenal fan, and certainly not a fan of Wayne Bridge, linked this morning with a loan move to the Gunners: "Wayne Bridge on loan? No thanks. I wouldn't mind [Nedum] Onouha though. #bbcsportsday"

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1235 FOOTBALL: More about tomorrow night's big London derby between Spurs and Chelsea at White Hart Lane, which you can hear live from 2000 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live and, in addition to Gareth Bale, the home side have doubts over skipper Ledley King, who is rated 50-50, and striker Jermain Defoe, who has a twinge in his hamstring. Winger Aaron Lennon is definitely out because of hamstring trouble.

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1233 GET INVOLVED: Matt Peck on Twitter: "Re: Evra not being fined or banned for responding to Suarez: there is a huge difference in swearing and bringing race into it #bbcsportsday"

1230 TENNIS: Jimmy Connors is to return to the ATP Champions Tour after a 13-year absence to play in March's BNP Paribas Zurich Open. Now 59, the former world number one and winner of eight Grand Slam titles, will join a round-robin group that includes Henri Leconte at the event, which is now in its third year.

1228 FOOTBALL: Northern Ireland will play a friendly against Finland at Windsor Park on 15 August, the Irish Football Association have announced.

1226 RUGBY UNION: Newcastle Falcons have announced the signing of Scottish-born academy tight-head prop Scott Wilson for the 2012-13 season and beyond. Wilson has already represented the Falcons A team and will start full-time training once he has completed his A Levels in the summer.

1224 CYCLING: Norwegian rider Edvald Boasson Hagen signs a new three-year contract with Team Sky.

1222 CRICKET: Former Kent captain Mike Denness will be the county's president for 2012.

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1220 GET INVOLVED: Ankur Jain on Twitter: "Bottom line of Suarez verdict - Liverpool need someone to step up. Big Andy or Wee-man Bellamy? #bbcsportsday"

1215 FOOTBALL: Norwich's home league match with Manchester United has been put back a day to Sunday 26 February with a 1330 GMT kick-off because of United's involvement in the Europa League.

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1205 GET INVOLVED: Jon Green on Twitter: "FA probably trying to look firm on racism with 8 match ban, but will half it on appeal to appease all in the end #bbcsportsday"

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1202 GET INVOLVED: James Sharp on Twitter: "Good win for us last night. Blackburn are in the position we were in when [Gary] Megson was in charge: love the club hate the manager #bbcsportsday"

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1200 GET INVOLVED: - Good afternoon from Sportsday Live, from Media City in Salford. Don't forget you can share your thoughts on the eight-match ban and £40,000 fine imposed on Liverpool striker Luis Suarez last night by the FA, plus any other sporting issues you might wish to debate. Get involved in Sportsday Live via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

1159 FOOTBALL: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says winger Gareth Bale is "very doubtful" for tomorrow night's London derby against Chelsea due to an ankle injury.

1156 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Great Britain forward Julie Page has been named British Basketball's player of the year and Olympic Athlete of the Year for basketball.

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1152 RUGBY UNION: Gloucester and Scotland scrum-half Rory Lawson on Twitter: "Sad to hear Chris Paterson retires from Int'l rugby. Ultimate pro, cap centurion, 4 world cups & the most humble of guys. Enjoy it Mossy."

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1148 CRICKET: England captain Andrew Strauss tells BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast that playing until the Ashes series in 2013-14 is a "realistic goal".

1142 HORSERACING: Britain's leading female flat jockey Hayley Turner is thrilled to be back in action after nearly four months out with a broken ankle.

1138 FOOTBALL: The start of legal action aimed at halting a Boxing Day strike by Tube drivers in a row over pay, which could hit fixtures at Arsenal and Chelsea, has been delayed at the High Court.

1130 FOOTBALL: Tonight's Premier League matches: Aston Villa v Arsenal (1945), Man City v Stoke (1945), Newcastle v West Brom (1945), Everton v Swansea (2000), Fulham v Man Utd (2000), QPR v Sunderland (2000), Wigan v Liverpool (2000). We'll have full live text commentary on the BBC Sport website from 6.45pm.

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1118 GET INVOLVED: Scott Barnes on Twitter: "#Suarez case has been handled poorly by #lfc if its a case of a misunderstanding then offer an apology and take the punishment #bbcsportsday"

1109 ATHLETICS: World 5,000 metres champion Mo Farah and world 10km open water champion Keri-Anne Payne are among 37 athletes who have been named British Olympic Association's Olympic athlete of the year in their individual sport.

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1105 CYCLING: Edvald Boasson Hagen has signed a new three-year contract with Team Sky. The 24-year-old Norwegian claimed Team Sky's first Tour de France successes last July, winning two stages at cycling's premier event.

1102 MOTORSPORT: Poole Pirates will face Swedish side Piraterna and Danish team Holstebro in the European Championship league.

1058 PENTATHLON: Jamie Cooke has won the British Olympic Association Modern Pentathlon Olympic athlete of the year award at the end of a season that saw him achieve the London 2012 qualification standard and win the World Junior Championships.

1054 FOOTBALL: Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-yueng has been named Korean Footballer of the Year. The 22-year-old beat last year's winner, Lee Dong-Gook, to the award after picking up the most votes from his nation's sports writers and technical officials.

1053 BOXING: The International Boxing Federation confirms they will investigate Amir Khan's defeat by Lamont Peterson after receiving a request for a formal appeal from Golden Boy Promotions.

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1051 FOOTBALL: The former Sheffield Wednesday and Hartlepool manager Chris Turner has been appointed as Chief Executive at League One's bottom side Chesterfield, reports BBC Sheffield.

1047 FOOTBALL: Midfielder Gary Gardner has been recalled from his loan spell at Coventry by parent club Aston Villa.

1042 FOOTBALL: Bolton manager Owen Coyle fears defender Marcos Alonso could be set for another spell on the sidelines after injuring his foot in Tuesday night's 2-1 win over Blackburn. "We have sent him for an X-ray because we are concerned he has fractured the same foot again. Hopefully not, but we will see," Coyle said.

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1035 GET INVOLVED: MWR on Twitter: "Now thats the FA have shown their hand regarding Suarez, wil they come down as hard on racist/homophobic/abusive chanting?? #bbcsportsday"

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1027 GET INVOLVED: Wesley Williams on Twitter: "The Suarez racism charges needed a diplomatic solution not a sledgehammer. The FA may have ruined a player's career and more #bbcsportsday"

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1021 CRICKET:Pakistan complete a 2-0 series victory over Bangladesh in Dhaka after the Tigers had a dramatic collapse and were 234 all out. Pakistan were chasing 103 in their second innings after tea and finished on 107-3, winning by seven wickets.

1015 FOOTBALL: Former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland striker John Aldridge tells Sky Sports news Luis Suarez has been "made to pay". And the FA have "showed their teeth, but Kenny [Dalglish] and the club will put their arms around Luis and guide him through this."

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1000 GET INVOLVED: Michael Eales on Twitter: "If Terry doesn't get an equal ban there will a huge uproar and cries of bias which will overlook the main reason for the ban #bbcsportsday"

0959 FOOTBALL: Hearts midfielder Eggert Jonsson will join Wolves on 1 January, the club's official Twitter feed reveals. The 23-year-old has agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract.

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0957 RUGBY UNION: England lock Courtney Lawes signs a new contract with Northampton that will keep him at the club until 2015.

0952 FOOTBALL: David Beckham's management team say reports that he has agreed to join Paris St Germain are "premature."

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0950 GET INVOLVED: Elmo ProducerBassist on Twitter: "Suarez has admitted calling Evra a 'negrito.' This makes him guilty. Why the debate around lack of evidence etc? #bbcsportsday"

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0947 FOOTBALL: Graham Hunter, Spanish football expert, on 5 live's Suarez debate, which is live now: "I'd love to be telling you positive things about the Spanish point of view on this but there's very few. They don't understand."

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0942 GET INVOLVED: Amit Majithia on Twitter: "Release the evidence used in the trial and maybe us LFC fans will understand the decision, but for now it is injustice! #bbcsportsday"

0935 RUGBY UNION: A brief change of direction and news that Scotland's record cap holder and points scorer Chris Paterson has announced his international retirement.

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0930 GET INVOLVED: Alex Kiratzi on Twitter: "Unbelievable from the FA. No hard evidence about Suarez. For Terry there are witnesses. The question is, will the FA be biased? #bbcsportsday"

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0927 FOOTBALL: Gareth Roberts, Editor of Liverpool fanzine Well Red, on 5 live's Suarez debate, which is live now: "It certainly seems there are grey areas in this case. The way the FA have ruled it seems they are saying it is an open and shut case. Liverpool have come out very strongly, unprecedented really, the strength of their statement. That says to me they have serious doubt about the quality of the evidence. It's come as a shock, the hardline decision the FA have taken. The evidence doesn't appear to be absolute. The FA seem to be taking a stand against Fifa, waving their hands about, saying we're taking a stand against racism."

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0924 FOOTBALL: Tony Barrett, Merseyside football writer for The Times, tells 5 live's Suarez debate, which is live now: "What we have is a speculative debate about a word. People are getting very emotive and taking one side or another. The case is so complicated and absolute clarity is required.""

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0920 GET INVOLVED: Ken on Twitter: "Sadly, it seems a lot of people have turned this into a mufc vs lfc thing when the most important thing is dealing with racism #bbcsportsday"

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0916 CRICKET: It is tea on the final day in the second Test between Bangladesh and Pakistan in Dhaka. Pakistan, chasing only 103 to complete a 2-0 series victory after the Tigers had a dramatic collapse and were 234 all out, are 37-1.

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0915 FOOTBALL: Tim Vickery, BBC South America football expert, on 5 live's Suarez debate, which is live now: "There's a clear case for punishment in the Luis Suarez case. But I don't think there would be [as much fuss in Uruguay]. I wonder if the Football Association are playing to the English gallery here."

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0910 GET INVOLVED: Ashley Ramdenee on Twitter: "The FA once again putting their weight about to make a statement. Nothing for Evra who admitted saying something back? #bbcsportsday"

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0905 FOOTBALL: More now from Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor who has been speaking to BBC 5 live about Suarez: "It's equally important that when players come to this country from other countries in the world that they appreciate that whilst we are very culturally diverse, very cosmopolitan, that's it's also a job for the PFA and the FA and the clubs themselves to educate them in not just the rules of the game but what's acceptable as the law of the land, and what isn't acceptable both on and off the pitch."

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0902 FOOTBALL: A quick word to tell you that BBC Radio 5 live will be devoting the next hour to discuss the Suarez situation with Clarke Carlisle, chairman of the PFA, and Graham Hunter, Spanish football journalist.

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0900 GET INVOLVED: Darren Smith on Twitter: "The FA need to disclose findings today. Emotive subject and too much hearsay in the public arena #bbcsportsday"

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0900 GET INVOLVED: James Lee on Twitter: "Thank goodness the FA has taken a strong line on this. Too many national FAs have taken too soft approach. At last well done #bbcsportsday"

0855 FOOTBALL: West Brom's Jonas Olsson says there is no rush to sign a new contract. The defender has 18 months of his present deal remaining and slammed reports from his native Sweden indicating he would not sign a new deal until after the Euro 2012 finals because he was targeting joining a bigger club. "I don't really like it when people take an article from another language and try to translate it, especially taking bits and pieces out of context," he says. "I can definitely see myself extending contracts but, like always when you're negotiating contracts, there are bits and pieces that need to come together and it's an ongoing process."

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0850 FOOTBALL: Former Blackburn captain Jason Wilcox speaking on BBC 5 live about the unrest at Ewood Park: "The club's been in turmoil since the new owners took over. I do feel for Steve Kean. The owners had a vision and promoted a young manager, but they must either sack him or back him in the January transfer window with £25-30m. There is no transparency within the club, that's why the fans are frustrated.

0847 SWIMMING: A depressing tale from Australia, where three-time Olympian and Commonwealth Games champion swimmer Phil Rogers has had many of his medals stolen from his home during a daylight break-in. The 40-year-old Rogers, a former breaststroker, said Wednesday that thieves made off with an Olympic medley relay bronze medal from Atlanta in 1996, two Commonwealth Games gold medals, two world championship gold medals, two Pan Pacific golds and Rogers' Order of Australia medal. He said the medals had no monetary value but "they're of tremendous value to me because it's 20 years of hard work."

0845 CRICKET: With Ricky Ponting being retained, Australia have dropped Phillip Hughes and Usman Khawaja for the Boxing Day Test against India, the first of a four-match Test series.

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0840 GET INVOLVED: Brian Sim on Twitter: "If John Terry is also found guilty of racism will the FA come down as hard on one of their own? #bbcsportsday"

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0835 GET INVOLVED: Doorey Saloojee on Twitter: "Well done to the FA, setting an example for world football, have no idea why people are having sympathy with a guilty man #bbcsportsday"

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0830: Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor has also been speaking to BBC 5 live about Suarez and Patrice Evra: "I tried to get the two of them together as I didn't want it to escalate like it has, but I wasn't able to. They must have very compelling evidence. This whole thing is about treating people equally."

0820 CRICKET: Staying with our national summer game and Bangladesh look set to lose the second Test with Pakistan in Dhaka. The Tigers resumed 114-5 and survived a truncated opening session due to fog without losing a wicket. However, they lost their final five wickets for 22 inside 13 overs leaving Pakistan requiring only 103 to seal a 2-0 series victory.

0818 CRICKET: You will be have to be quick but Australia coach Mickey Arthur will be on BBC Radio 4 at 0825 GMT discussing the squad for the India Test series, with former skipper Ricky Ponting retaining his place.

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0815: David Davies - former Executive Director of the Football Association has also been speaking to BBC 5 live about Suarez: "This has been one of the most difficult disciplinary cases of modern times for the reasons around language and cultural issues. The FA has been at the forefront of fighting racism over more than a decade, and using football to do so - perhaps way ahead of Uefa, let alone Fifa. Yes, they've got to be consistent, but they've also got to be fair and right."

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0810: Lord Herman Ouseley, chair of Kick it Out, football's equality and inclusion campaign, gives his thoughts on the Suarez issue: "It remains to be seen whether the Football Association will main its tough stance and its consistency that is needed to see this through. All players playing in our jurisdiction know what standards are expected. No-one is saying he's a racist, he's probably a very nice guy. He's alleged to have made abusive comments and that's the basis on which it was considered."

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0800: Liverpool midfielder Lucas with a message of support for team-mate Suarez on Twitter: "@luis16suarez fell very sad for you my friend but we are here to support you."

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0800: Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live, coming to you from Media City in Salford. We have Test cricket news for you shortly but we start with the top three stories from Wednesday's gossip column. Benfica's Argentina international midfielder Nicolas Gaitan is in talks with Manchester United over a £25m move, according to his agent. (Metro), QPR are lining up a shock move for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent in the January transfer window. (Daily Mirror) and Arsenal could turn to out-of-favour Manchester City full-back Wayne Bridge. (the Guardian)



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see also
John Terry to face racism charge
21 Dec 11 |  London
Suarez handed eight-match FA ban
21 Dec 11 |  Liverpool
Kean's role 'becoming untenable'
21 Dec 11 |  Blackburn
Mancini hopes Bridge will leave
21 Dec 11 |  Man City
Blackburn 1-2 Bolton
21 Dec 11 |  Premier League
Wolves 2-2 Norwich
20 Dec 11 |  Premier League


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