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Good news for Spurs fans - forget about the 2012 Olympic Stadium, Daniel Levy confirms plans for a new 60,000 stadium with shops & museum. So that leaves West Ham & Leyton Orient in the running.

 

I don't know why West Ham haven't made a serious interest in taking over the Olympic Stadium once the 2012 games are over.

 

I mean it's right on their doorstep, they wont have to spend millions to construct a new stadium, and it will be a state of the art venue, with far better facilities and access than that heap Upton Park.

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I don't know why West Ham haven't made a serious interest in taking over the Olympic Stadium once the 2012 games are over.

 

I mean it's right on their doorstep, they wont have to spend millions to construct a new stadium, and it will be a state of the art venue, with far better facilities and access than that heap Upton Park.

 

Agreed, and there're a big debate over whether the Olympic Stadium should have a 'legacy' of some sorts. If I was a part of the 2012 committee, I'd tell them to take a look at Stade de France - the seats can easily be reconfigured to accommodate athletics, football & rugby! Everyone wins!

 

It's a perfect opportunity for West Ham to move into and make some money by selling Upton Park off for one of these fancy 'regeneration projects'. Given their financial situation they should make a move or the likes of Leyton Orient or QPR (thanks Mr. Perfect) or even the Wasps rugby team'll end up nabbing the stadium.

 

Newcastle fans - mark November 22 as 'D-Day' according to Joe Kinnear, everyone'll find out 'for sure' whether Mike Ashley'll sell up or remain in power and have the likes of Derek Llambias run the club on his behalf according to BBC Sport.

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Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has opted not to lodge an official complaint over alleged remarks made by Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton during Monday night's match at St James' Park.

 

Reports on Wednesday morning alleged that Barton made a racist comment during a confrontation involving the pair following a first-half foul.

 

However, it is understood that Agbonlahor has told Villa manager Martin O'Neill that he does not want to take the issue to Football Association disciplinary chiefs, meaning the matter is now effectively closed.

 

The FA earlier insisted the onus was on Villa to make a complaint if they felt the incident warranted one.

 

"We are aware of the rumours circulating but it is difficult to comment any further on something that has no further substance to it," they said in a statement.

 

"We take seriously any allegations of racist abuse and will obviously act accordingly if we receive any official complaint from Aston Villa."

 

It is the second time in two days that Barton has avoided potential disciplinary action over the incident during Newcastle's 2-0 victory.

 

Yesterday, the FA revealed the controversial midfielder would not suffer further action for flicking Agbonlahor's face during the same exchange.

 

Barton's team-mate, striker Michael Owen, has admitted that the controversy over Barton's continued employment by Newcastle and the turmoil over the positions of both owner Mike Ashley and manager Joe Kinnear have been major distractions this season and have contributed to the club's poor campaign thus far.

 

Owen, who made his return from injury in second-half stoppage time on Monday night, said: "It would be nice to just have one season where the off-the-field distractions that seem to follow the club didn't happen. But we still have the FA Cup to go for and there are an awful lot of important points to be played for over the rest of the season.

 

"You start off the season full of optimism but unfortunately a lot of our optimism was dashed quite early on this season."

Credit: Eurosport

 

Allegedly Barton flicked Agbonlahor's lips, pushed his tongue against his own so they looked bigger and then called Agbonlahor "big lips"

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In other injury news related with Man U

 

Owen Hargreaves has flown to the United States in a bid to find a solution to his mystery long-term knee injury and salvage his Manchester United career.

 

The England midfielder recently visited specialists in Sweden and London who failed to find an answer to the persistent tendonitis problem that has restricted Hargreaves to just three appearances this season.

 

And he has now been sent to world renowned surgeon Dr Richard Steadman amid growing fears that the player could require major surgery, or even that his career could come to a premature end.

 

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: "We have been trying to manage the situation and the way we have been trying to manage it has not given us an answer.

 

"Over the past ten days he has been to see a specialist in Sweden and sent him to a specialist in London and he is now in Colorado at the moment seeing Mr Steadman who is a very well regarded and respected doctor in these particular types of injuries.

 

"What we are trying to do now is get to the root of it because the lad has been frustrated and patient and we have never really got to the bottom of his problem.

 

"But we really need to speed that up now and that is why we have sent him to the best people available to try and get an opinion on where we go from here.

 

"He is now in Colorado and we are waiting for information to come back. He has been carrying it for too long for us to hope that injections are just going to do the trick."

 

Hargreaves, 27, has so far made just 17 league starts for United since joining from Bayern Munich before the start of last season and Ferguson admitted the situation is causing concern.

 

He added: "Owen has come back for different games and then been out again and it is frustrating for the lad and we are trying to help him."

 

Ferguson has been handed better news after Paul Scholes stepped up his recovery from a knee problem, enabling him to target a December return.

 

The manager said: "Paul Scholes has started training. It's only straight running and nothing serious but it's good to see him overcome the injury itself and move onto the next part of his rehabilitation.

 

"I think he will be available to go to the World Club Championship in Japan. That's what we have pencilled in."

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Darren Purse has yet again had a red card overturned by the WFA.

 

I really find it ming boggling that they can have any say on the English game.

 

They were all for the FA giving Cardiff a UEFA cup spot if they had won the FA cup but like to stick their oar in when it benefits one of their own.

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The Metropolitan Police and the FA are investigating a coin-throwing incident involving Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and Burnley supporters.

 

Drogba appeared to fling a coin into the crowd after scoring in Chelsea's shock Carling Cup defeat at Stamford Bridge, claiming it had been thrown at him by Burnley fans.

 

A police spokesperson said: "We are investigating the incident as a whole. It's obviously very early stages at the moment."

 

Chelsea crashed out on penalties to the Championship side and, despite scoring his first goal of the season, Drogba's night was further soured after clashing with visiting supporters.

 

The 30-year-old's celebrations were cut short after scoring the opening goal in the 27th minute by several missiles thrown on to the pitch.

 

But Drogba, who gave the away fans a middle-finger salute, threw an object back and may now face an FA investigation and a possible misconduct charge.

 

Drogba, who was shown the yellow card for his actions, said: "This is something I want to make clear. I tried to celebrate the goal and I received some things at me.

 

"The big mistake I did was to throw it back so if someone was hurt, I just want to apologise for it.

 

"This is not something I should show in a football match and I want to apologise.

 

"It was an incident in the heat of the moment and I regret it. It was just a mistake and nothing more."

 

Drogba had put Chelsea ahead in their Carling Cup fourth-round tie with a superb curling effort into the bottom corner.

 

But a shock equaliser 20 minutes from time through Burnley's veteran striker Ade Akinbiyi stunned the Premier League side.

 

With the tie still level at 1-1 at the end of extra time, Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen, nicknamed 'The Beast' by his team-mates because of his size, saved from Wayne Bridge and John Mikel Obi to send Chelsea crashing out of the competition.

 

Chelsea will now await the referee's report before commenting further but Burnley manager Owen Coyle and Chelsea coach Luiz Felipe Scolari both denied seeing the incident.

 

Scolari said: "I have not spoken with Didier about any problem. The referee gave him a yellow card but I did not see what happened."

 

In 2002, Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was sent off in an FA Cup tie against Arsenal at Highbury after throwing a coin back into the crowd. He received a mandatory three-match ban

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I don't have a huge problem with Drogba throwing a coin back in to the crowd, although I do recognise the fact that it was an incredibly stupid, dangerous and irresponsible thing to do.

 

Despite me saying it was stupid etc...I'm not entirely sure I could resist throwing the coin back myself.

 

If I'm celebrating a goal and a coin from the "other" fans is thrown at me, hits me, and I don't see who did it, then I don't throw the coin back.

 

If I see who threw it, then I would probably throw the coin back at him, and give him the finger.

 

I reckon Droggers saw exactly who did it, threw the coin back at the tw@t, and gave him the finger :lol.

 

Still a stupid thing to do though.

 

Cheers!

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Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has been handed a three-match ban after admitting an FA charge of violent conduct.

 

The Ivorian was charged after throwing a coin back into the crowd during the Blues' Carling Cup tie against Burnley at Stamford Bridge on November 12.

 

Drogba was booked at the time of the incident, although referee Keith Stroud confirmed the yellow card was brandished for approaching the away fans and not for missile-throwing.

 

That left the door open for Drogba to be retrospectively punished and he will now miss the league games against Newcastle, Arsenal and Bolton.

 

Chelsea went on to lose to Burnley on penalties and immediately after the game, Drogba issued an apology for his actions.

 

"This is something I want to make clear. I tried to celebrate the goal and I received some things at me," Drogba said at the time.

 

"The big mistake I did was to throw it back so if someone was hurt, I just want to apologise for it.

 

"This is not something I should show in a football match and I want to apologise.

 

"It was an incident in the heat of the moment and I regret it. It was just a mistake and nothing more."

 

A three-match ban is considered standard punishment for such incidents; Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was also suspended for three games after a similar indiscretion in 2002.

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Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has opted not to lodge an official complaint over alleged remarks made by Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton during Monday night's match at St James' Park.

 

Reports on Wednesday morning alleged that Barton made a racist comment during a confrontation involving the pair following a first-half foul.

 

However, it is understood that Agbonlahor has told Villa manager Martin O'Neill that he does not want to take the issue to Football Association disciplinary chiefs, meaning the matter is now effectively closed.

 

Sorry I've only just seen this story. If Agbonlahor was victim of a racist comment, he should've taken the matter further and lodged an official complaint against Barton.

 

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has been handed a three-match ban after admitting an FA charge of violent conduct.

 

The Ivorian was charged after throwing a coin back into the crowd during the Blues' Carling Cup tie against Burnley at Stamford Bridge on November 12.

 

Drogba was booked at the time of the incident, although referee Keith Stroud confirmed the yellow card was brandished for approaching the away fans and not for missile-throwing.

 

That left the door open for Drogba to be retrospectively punished and he will now miss the league games against Newcastle, Arsenal and Bolton.

 

Chelsea went on to lose to Burnley on penalties and immediately after the game, Drogba issued an apology for his actions.

 

"This is something I want to make clear. I tried to celebrate the goal and I received some things at me," Drogba said at the time.

 

"The big mistake I did was to throw it back so if someone was hurt, I just want to apologise for it.

 

"This is not something I should show in a football match and I want to apologise.

 

"It was an incident in the heat of the moment and I regret it. It was just a mistake and nothing more."

 

I'm glad Drogba has made an immediate apology for his moment of madness. He was no doubt provoked, but was incredibly stupid to throw the coin back, and deserves a 3 match ban for it.

 

I hope the Burnley fan who threw the coin in the 1st place is identified and banned from entering a football ground ever again.

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I'm not defending Joey Barton at all, because his track record doesn't merit defence (plus he's clearly a tw@t of the highest order)...but when a newspaper can only offer "reports" and "it is understood" as their sources on any story, then I'm not inclined to believe them.

 

If it is true, and Gabby the Ag has simply brushed it off his shoulder then I respect his privacy. True, he probably should report racism but if you cannot prove it undenaibly and immediately, then it will get dragged out in the gutter press, and no one wants that.

 

Cheers!

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If GA was subjected to a racist comment, and has brushed it off, I'm very disappointed to say the least that he hasn't taken it further. This Kick Racism Out of Football campaign is useless if fans, players and officials alike don't take a stand to stamp it out.

 

Barton owes GA a huge apology if he has though, because he's probably saved his career by not reporting it.

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If GA was subjected to a racist comment, and has brushed it off, I'm very disappointed to say the least that he hasn't taken it further. This Kick Racism Out of Football campaign is useless if fans, players and officials alike don't take a stand to stamp it out.

 

Barton owes GA a huge apology if he has though, because he's probably saved his career by not reporting it.

 

Agree, that would be the end of Barton if it turned out he was in fact making racist comments to GA. The pubic have tolarated anough of Barton's shit, this IMO, would be the last straw,he'd be finished.

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I'm not defending Joey Barton at all, because his track record doesn't merit defence (plus he's clearly a tw@t of the highest order)...but when a newspaper can only offer "reports" and "it is understood" as their sources on any story, then I'm not inclined to believe them.
Well the incident with Barton pushing his lips out which seemed to be done to make a point about the way GA looked was caught on film and pictures of it were printed so that does lend credibility somewhat to the report that he made a comment to go along with it in regard to the 'big lips' comment that was allegedly made
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I hope the Burnley fan who threw the coin in the 1st place is identified and banned from entering a football ground ever again.

 

It was'nt me!

 

http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/10_01/hoodie2CTS0810_468x707.jpg

 

 

 

i'm surprised he could afford to throw his weeks wages away in the first place

 

:sleep

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No managerial experince, but was a coach with te Portuagal national squad.

 

Coaching will no doubt be his main job, i guess he'll have very little say in the players that QPR purchase.

 

 

Could be a inspired choice, but could be a disaster.

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