Fupped West Ham fans will organize a protest tonight against the owners of the club in Anfield – although they are less in number then hoped.
The Hammers assignment has dropped to 1,800 of the usual 3,000. It is the first game this season for which the club has asked for their full allocation.
That has prevented supporters from suspecting an additional intention by the future powers.
Sports diary can also reveal that, following a complaint, co-owner David Sullivan wrote to independent fans & group Hammers United and told them if they could offer a deposit for the additional 1200 tickets (the small issue of £ 36,000 that would be returned if the tickets were sold), then West Ham – in the top 20 of & # 39; the world's richest clubs – would ask for it. How generous.
Fans in the far corner will release black balloons and organizers have asked those who bring them to ensure that they are biodegradable.
Insiders of the club insist that the reduced allocation is purely to demand, deny that it has everything to do with the protest and say that return has been made available. The West Ham players will wear T-shirts in the warm-up, a tribute to Bobby Moore, 27 years from the day he died.
DERBY SHOWS RACISM THE RED CARD
Derby & Pride Park was central to another racism discussion last week – but this time around the right reasons.
Last Saturday, former midfielder Craig Ramage of Rams caused indignation when he made negative comments about the & # 39; young black boys & # 39; on Radio Derby after the 1-1 draw with Huddersfield. The 49-year-old was fired by the BBC after his outburst, which campaign group Kick It Out as & # 39; completely unacceptable & # 39; Was considered. Ramage has since apologized.
Days later, an event combined with Show Racism The red card was staged at the club's stadium. Given that workshops were held on & # 39; critical thinking & # 39; and & # 39; unconscious bias & # 39 ;, it might be worth attending Ramage.
LONDON 2012 AGAIN IN SPOTLIGHT
While the BBC was preparing to give Alberto Salazar, former Sir coach Mo Farah, more Panorama treatment on Monday evening, there is new evidence of widespread athletic doping around the London 2012 time. Leading anti-doping experts have analyzed thousands of samples from the 2011 and 2013 World Championships.
Sources have told the sports agenda that up to 18 percent of athletes at those events were guilty of blood doping, the trick of choice for cheats in longer races on the track.
The findings, soon to be fully published, are consistent with what the IOC has discovered by re-testing London 2012 samples.
LANCASHIRE OPEN GATES TO TYSON FURY AND ANTHONY JOSHUA
Thrifty Lancashire – no strangers to open Old Trafford for profitable non-cricket events – already thrown in the ring a possible Battle of Britain between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.
Within hours of the demolition of the Manchester-born Gypsy King of Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas, Red Rose CEO Daniel Gidney tweeted the promoter of Joshua Eddie Hearn for a potential fall bout.
The county may have competition on the way, however, with United fan Fury who has spoken about his desire to fight in the other Old Trafford.
CLUBS SHOULD CLEAN ACTIONS ABOUT JAMES McCLEAN
The FA's action against the sectarian abuse of James McClean, now in Stoke, has left championships that are running fast.
Barnsley was fined £ 20,000 last week, while supporters from Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town also focused on the winger.
Derby is one of the clubs that has encouraged fans not to indulge in the same abuse, but with the focus on Irishman McClean, who refused to wear a poppy on his shirt. Sources have revealed that there is fear that the winger will be selected for abuse when fans find their clubs struggling against Stoke.
MANCHESTER UNITED STAFF LINKS IN THE DARK
These are dark times for Manchester United, notwithstanding Sunday's win, but perhaps some light is coming towards the training field. That's because officials have submitted a planning request for six new windows in the complex, which should clarify things for long-term staff.
United says the additions & # 39; provide natural light and views for users of the space & # 39; "located in one of the pitchside buildings in the Carrington complex.
Whether the staff wants to look out is another matter.
DANNY MILLS & # 39; SON CLAIMS NATIONAL TITLE
The apple does not fall far from the tree in the Danny Mills household.
The former Leeds, Manchester City and England completely back, 42, was known for its Endurance and ability to go up and down the field, and now the 20-year-old son George is showing similar skills.
Danny & # 39; s boy claimed Sunday his first senior national title at the British indoor championships in Glasgow and won the 1500m in 3min 50.70sec.
George Mills is a member of the Brighton Phoenix club founded by Steve Ovett, someone who in his time was known for a decent 1500m.
& # 39; They are all American, but I don't care & # 39 ;: Tyson Fury has no objection to a full team of American judges being appointed for a heavy rematch with Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas
- Fury has no objection to a fully American jury for his fight with Wilder
- He welcomes the appointment of Nevada-born referee Kenny Bayless
- The gypsy king's agreement suggests he is going for a second round knockout
The Bronze Bomber welcomed the appointment of Nevada-born top referee Kenny Bayless and three American judges for one of the biggest boxing fights over half a century.
The Gypsy King's agreement with all US officials seems to confirm that he really intends to go for a knockout in the second round.
Fury has always believed that he did enough to win their first fight that got a draw, a decision that was booed by parts of the crowd at the Staples Center.
& # 39; Bayless is a good referee, always said. "And Americans love the blasts that go into battle."
The WBC heavyweight champion also refuted Fury's claim that he would switch from his usual elusive style and attack.
Wilder added: & # 39; Under pressure, everyone returns to what he knows. And that big knockdown in the final round has been in his mind for 14 months.
& # 39; He could not remember going down or getting up. It was just a miracle. Hallelujah. Thank you Jesus.
"But now he has to hug the bear again. And you don't change things if you think it's not broken. & # 39;
Fury, who was born in Manchester, added: "I am not worried about the jury members. I don't care about US officials. They are very experienced and of top quality. I didn't even ask who they were going to appoint. I do not risk putting it in the hands of the jury again. "
& # 39; I'm going to rest well tonight and early tonight … & # 39; & # 39; Are you? Full of s ***! & # 39 ;: Nick Kyrgios enjoys another hilarious press conference after he and Desirae Krawczyk crash out of mixed doubles in Wimbledon
The Australian and Desirae Krawczyk lost 6-7, 7-6, 7-5 to Jennifer Brady and Marcus Daniell in round one of the mixed doubles, 24 hours after Kyrgios had left the men's singles tournament by the hands of Rafael Nadal .
Kyrgios was seen drinking in London on the eve of Thursday's loss to Nadal and again after the game. After Friday's loss with Krawczyk, Kyrgios suggested that he was planning a much quieter evening, but his partner did not buy it.
Wanted during the press conference Friday on the condition of his body after a bus y week in Wimbledon, Kyrgios replied: & yes, well. I had matchplay for three and a half hours in three days, only from singles, so my body feels good. I'm going to rest well tonight. & # 39;
Smiling, Krawczyk agreed: & # 39; Is that you? Full of s ***. Full of s ***. Sorry for my language. "
Despite their defeat, Krawczyk seemed to enjoy playing with Kyrgios on Court 18, where a loud and noisy audience was present.
& # 39; He is definitely a big one "Everyone wants to come and see him," Krawczyk added.
Kyrgios replied: & # 39; Drunk guys, like, that touch you all the time. & # 39;
Krawczyk laughed: & # 39; Yes, they were just like seagulls. Like Des, Des, Des, Des. No, it was absolutely fun. I didn't have to do much about the portions. It was great. It was really fun. Thank you for playing. & # 39;
It was not the first cashier version K yrgios had served for the media this week. On Thursday, Kyrgios announced that he had intentionally struck a forehand directly to Nadal and said: & # 39; I wanted to hit him straight in the chest. & # 39;
He flared: I don't care. Why should I apologize? I mean, the guy has how many slams, how much money in the bank account? I think he can take a ball to the chest. I am not going to apologize at all. & # 39;
Kyrgios no longer has games at the All England Club this summer, but at least he stays in London at the weekend.
He said in Friday's press conference: "I will probably hang around the next few days." I have a few friends who play.
& # 39; I'm not sure what I'm going to do from here. I have to organize what my plan will be. Like I said, just be the right things, be professional, recover in the coming days and get some good rest. & # 39;
Kyrgios is often accused of flippancy when it comes to tennis, but insisted that he & # 39; really wanted to win & # 39; with Krawczyk.
He said: & # 39; I actually lose these losses harder than in singles. I just love doubles a lot. I wanted to play. It hurts not to win. & # 39;
Imagine a club playing in one of Europe & # 39; s most iconic stadiums, in one of the largest and most vibrant cities on the continent. A club with numerous talented young players, a recent injection of cash and a world-famous world cup winner in the dugout.
Sounds good, right?
Error. Last month, Hertha Berlin considered himself one of the most exciting projects in European football. Now, as Die Zeit put into the newspaper, they are & # 39; the largest f *** – up in a city full of f *** – ups & # 39 ;.
On Tuesday morning, coach Jurgen Klinsmann collapsed Hertha in chaos when he resigned after ten weeks
Writing on Facebook while the club was still working on a press release, the former striker Tottenham and Bayern Munich said he felt unable to lead Hertha to Bundesliga safety without the full confidence of the people around him.
So Klinsmann, who last month focused on Champions League football, packed his bags and left with the club in two places above the drop zone.
The 55-year-old, whose father was a member of Hertha and whose son was once their reserve goalkeeper, initially said he would r return to his advisory role in club management.
Some hope. On Thursday morning, Hertha announced that they had broken all ties with him.
& # 39; His quick decision was unacceptable … he has lost much credibility in the eyes of the club & # 39 ;, said investor Lars Windhorst.
And to think that Bayern is nicknamed FC Hollywood. A week before the start of the Berlin film festival, the drama in the capital even gave the Munich diva & # 39; s a run for their money.
It shouldn't have been that way. This was the year in which Hertha would begin a new, exciting chapter in their otherwise modest history, and began their mission to challenge Bayern at the top of German football.
It was a project led by Klinsmann and funded by Windhorst, who took over the majority shareholder last summer and flooded the club with fresh money.
224 million euros (£ 190 million) may not sound that much – after all, it is just a little more than a single Neymar – but for a club accustomed to between five and 15 million a year in transfers to give, it was a game changer.
Despite their sizeable fan base, Hertha always seemed to operate under their potential. They have not won a title since the 1930s and rarely fill the Olympic Stadium with 75,000 capacity.
However, Windhorst stated that he would transform them into a & # 39; large city club, such as the one in London or Madrid & # 39; . It was a statement that often haunted him this season.
Far from becoming a major city club, Hertha has even struggled to maintain its long established status as the largest club in the city. Under new coach Ante Covic, they lost seven of their first 12 games this season, including a humiliating defeat by recently promoted neighbors Union Berlin.
Union, although much smaller, has successfully named itself the most exciting and charismatic club in recent years. When they were in the derby full-time, their supporters crowed that they now & # 39; Berlin & # 39; s No. 1 & # 39; goods. It was the surest sign that Windhorst & # 39; s project had hit the rocks.
Enter Klinsmann. The former boss of Germany and the US was already an adviser to the Windhorst company and with his fame and family ties with Hertha he seemed the perfect messiah for a mid-table club that desperately needs some glamor and optimism.
The California resident swept with sunny optimism through the dusty corridors of the Olympic Stadium and Windhorst's dream of turning Hertha into heavyweights, seemed again possible.
That this was only Klinsmann's second club football job, and that his first – at Bayern – ended in a disaster, didn't seem to matter. From the start he gave style instead of content, to the point where he had to check at a press conference whether his team was still in the cup or not.
But despite the odd PR hiccup, general attack of optimism seemed to have effect. On the one hand, Klinsmann had problems with his coaching license and was criticized for distributing fan favorites such as former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou in a callous manner. On the other hand, Windhorst & # 39; s cash and Klinsmann & # 39; s sparkle now attracted a new caliber player.
In January, the club issued all its wishes by spending more than £ 50 million on Milan's Krzysztof Piatek, Matheus Cunha in Leipzig and Lyon's Lucas Tousart.
But Piatek would only play three games under Klinsmann, while Cunha arrived on Wednesday with the club already in the melt.
So what the hell did he own, in the words of a Hertha blogger, & # 39; stab the club in the back & # 39 ;?
As Klinsmann himself says, the problems arose when he, after being effectively hired without a contract, asked for clarity about his future and was told that Hertha would wait to see how it went on after poor results in 2020.
But according to Kicker magazine, the club was actually a veto for Klinsmann & # 39; s proposal to install himself in the long term as technical director, a role that is currently n It does not exist at Hertha.
In a sheepish Facebook Live on Wednesday night, Klinsmann has also suggested a fundamental gap with sports director Michael Preetz, who has been the club's big face for the past ten years through thick and thin.
& # 39; In my opinion, only one person can make decisions, and that should be the coach, & he said.
Klinsmann would not be the first person to have problems with Preetz, but the fact remains that coaches in Germany are expected to work with sports directors. He knew what he was doing.
No wonder, therefore, that the former superstar has been hit in the press in recent days.
Kicker described him as & # 39; unfaithful and selfish & # 39 ;, while the Tagesspiegel his departure an & # 39; egotrip & # 39; called. The hotel in which Klinsmann was staying in Berlin, they remarked harshly, was called the Titanic.
But for all justified criticism of the captain of this shipwreck, a certain blame must also be placed on the ship itself. This, as the cynics have quickly noticed all along, is not the first time that Hertha talked a lot and ended up on the back.
The inequality between the club and their environment has always been a problem. Although the potential to be a big city club is undoubtedly there, their attempts to kick-start that growth are often haphazard and overly eager.
A series of PR stunts and a quirky marketing campaign in recent years have taken the existing base more than it has attracted new fans, and an ongoing saga about their plans for a new stadium has brought local politicians to the point of despair.
Hertha would of course counteract that the town hall itself was not entirely useful. And perhaps there is something in the notion that Berlin itself is simply unable to make what Klinsmann a & # 39; mega club & # 39; calls to support.
After all, this is a city with a brand new airport that has stood empty and has not been used for eight years since the first opening date.
But while local broadcaster RBB moaned this week, the capital's football club is now in second place after that airport as & # 39; the nation's biggest smiling stock & # 39 ;.
Bristol City 3-2 Derby: £ 4 million new boy Nahki Wells and loaned Filip Benkovic bag first goals for club as Robins boost play-off push despite late fightback
Manchester United presented a huge boost for Chelsea collision while Scott McTominay accompanies teammates in full training during hot weather camp
- Manchester United is currently in a hot weather training camp in Malaga
- Scott McTominay was shown training with the team, providing a boost
- United are currently seventh in the Premier League without a win in three
Scott McTominay traveled with his team to Malaga partners for warm weather training camp in Manchester United which gives them a boost when he returns to fitness.
Originally it was reported that he was excluded from the trip together with Paul Pogba who was recently injured.
However, he was depicted as a participant in their training session on Sunday as they prepare for a collision against Chelsea on February 17.
The session also included a performance by Nathan Bishop, the new goalkeeper who made the switch from Southend during the transfer window of January.
The 20-year-old signed a deal of two and a half years and will usually join the development team.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes that the training camp can help with recent performances, as they are currently seventh in the Premier League.
They have two ve and one of their last three games because they started losing ground in the race to European places.
The arrival of Bruno Fernandes has given morale a boost, but they were only able to grind a scoreless draw against Wolves in his first game in a United-shirt.
To make matters worse, the exit from Romelu Lukaku was difficult to feel, as the Belgian now scores many goals for Inter Milan in the Serie A.
Solskjaer put his players, old and new, to the test on Sunday in the Spanish sun.
Fred has been one of the striking artists for United this season, but it was reported that the group lacks the right mentality and claimed that vanity is a problem.
However, he smiled during training while participating in exercises alongside Anthony Martial and the rest of his teammates.
After the winter break, United has a busy road ahead. After a trip to Chelsea for a competition match, they then go to Club Brugge three days later for the first leg of their Europa League round of 32.
Three days later they are back in the Premier League that Watford organizes, before the Europa League match return later in the week.
This week's warm weather training will go a long way to improving fitness before their packed schedule.
& # 39; He is only 18 but he is like a great man & # 39 ;: Saint-Etienne duo Mathieu Debuchy and Yohan Cabaye full of praise for borrowed Arsenal youngster William Saliba
The Gunners completed a £ 27 million move for the 18-year-old French defender last summer, but then lent him back to Saint-Etienne for the current campaign.
Debuchy, who made 30 appearances for the Gunners, and Cabaye, who played for Palace and Newcastle in the Premier League are both teammates from Saliba and were full of praise for his ability.
sung Debuchy told & The Official Ligue 1 Podcast & # 39 ;: & # 39; He is a great player. I am so happy that he will play for a big club like Arsenal next season.
& # 39; He improves every game and I think he is a great player. He is strong with good technology. He is quick.
& # 39; I think he has a lot of quality to play at Arsenal. & # 39;
Cabaye added: & # 39; He's like a big man – he's just 18 but he's like a big man. The way he plays, he and Wesley Fofana are both fantastic.
& # 39; The future looks bright and I hope they continue the same way.
& # 39; He is strong and hopefully he will adjust himself very quickly. In a club like Arsenal with French players, I think he can do very well. & # 39;
REVEALED: Sporting Lisbon releases the FULL details of £ 68m deal to bring Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United … including 10% sale on clause
- Manchester United finally has a agreement reached to sign Bruno Fernandes
- United has signed a huge £ 68 million deal to buy it from Sporting Lisbon
- International Portugal flies to the UK from Lisbon on Wednesday evening
- Sporting has taken the unusual step of releasing the full details of his transfer
Sporting Lisbon has taken the unusual step to complete details of Manchester United a whopping £ 68 million deal to sign their captain Bruno Fernandes.
The Portuguese midfielder is expected to put a pen on paper on a five-year contract with Old Trafford after his lengthy move was all sealed but sealed on Wednesday evening.
The signing with a lot of money is a huge boost for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is still struggling in the Premier League with a second consecutive season in the Champions League that currently seems likely.
And before the transfer was officially completed, Sporting revealed the full details of Fernandes & # 39; £ 68 million movement – with United paying £ 46.6 million in advance.
The Lisbon side could also have a maximum of around £ 21m in add-ons, depending on the displays of both the player and United during his stay in Manchester.
Sporting will redeem £ 4.2m in externally related bonuses and the same figure as United will ultimately secure a place in next year's Champions League.
United will also hand over another £ 12.6 million if the 25-year-old wins an individual player's prizes. And finally, the agent receives £ 4.6 million in fees.
Sporting has also shown that they would have inserted a 10% clause if United released him in the future.
Fernandes was at Sporting headquarters on Wednesday contract to end trading with the Portuguese club.
He recorded a goodbye message for sports fans before he went to Tires Airport to fly in a private jet to Manchester for his medical treatment.
He was filmed by the Portuguese television channels that arrive at the airport and on the platform before they board the aircraft.
A statement released by United on Wednesday afternoon reads: & Manchester United is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Sporting Clube de Portugal for the transfer of Bruno Fernandes.
& # 39; The deal is subject to a medical agreement and agreement to personal terms and conditions. & # 39;
Arsenal approaches Southampton completely back Cedric Soares with the Euro 2016 winner set as the Gunners' second defensive signing of the January transfer window
- Arsenal enters a deal to sign Cedric Southampton Soares
- The Gunners are still in conversation with the Saints, but are approaching an agreement
- Soares would probably be on loan with his contract expiring in summer
- It would be their second defensive signing in January after Pablo Mari arrived
Arsenal are coming closer. a deal to turn Cedric Soares into their second defensive signing of the window.
They are supposed to be on their way to a successful conclusion in which Soares will join the Spanish central half Pablo Mari, 26, who Arsenal signed on loan from Flamengo on Wednesday as a new arrival to the Emirates.
Arsenal has paid an initial £ 4 million to secure Mari until the end of the season, with an option to make it permanent.
They also discussed a loan agreement for Soares, in which Arsenal put together a package of about £ [5m] to pay a loan to cover the 28th anniversary of the season
Soares & Southampton deal expires this summer, the south coast club would allow part of their £ 4.7 million spending when they signed it from Sporting Lisbon in 2015.
Arsenal would also have the opportunity to take a closer look at Soares and be in pole position to move for him when he becomes a free agent.
Newcastle & # 39; leads the race to fully sign Tottenham back and Danny Rose & # 39; with Steve Bruce enthusiastic about the English star after he dropped out with Jose Mourinho
Rose has been with Spurs for 13 years but has several run-ins with the club about contract disputes and famously gave an outspoken interview in which he criticized their transfer policy.
Now Steve Bruce is ready to take advantage of the uncertainty and Rose dives for rival Premier League parties, according to Sky Sports.