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Martinez blasts refereeing standards

Posted Thursday, February 25, 2010 by PA

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez claims the Barclays Premier League is being made to look a laughing stock by poor refereeing decisions. Martinez is still annoyed that Tottenham's opening goal in their 3-0 win at the DW Stadium last weekend was allowed to stand. Goalscorer Jermain Defoe was in a clear offside position when he received the ball and Martinez felt his strike changed the game. T...Full Story »

Mancini denies heat is on

Posted Thursday, February 25, 2010 by PA

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini denied he was under increasing pressure after his expensively-assembled side crashed out of the FA Cup at Stoke. City paid the price for Emmanuel Adebayor's sending off as they were overpowered 3-1 by the Potters in extra time at the Britannia Stadium. The result effectively ended City's hopes of winning silverware this season and left them to concentrate...Full Story »

Ambrose fears Warnock exit

Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2010 by PA

Crystal Palace midfielder Darren Ambrose admits losing manager Neil Warnock would be a massive blow for the club. The Eagles travelled to Aston Villa for Wednesday night's FA Cup replay with speculation growing that Warnock will take over at London rivals QPR next week, but Ambrose is hopeful the 61-year-old will be persuaded to stay at Selhurst Park. "He's massively important to us. He's th...Full Story »

Mikel aiming to upset mentor Mourinho

Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2010 by PA

John Obi Mikel lines up against his former mentor on Wednesday night aiming for a double over Jose Mourinho. Chelsea met Inter Milan at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena in July and won the game 2-0 and now the sides meet in Champions League action at the San Siro with Mourinho up against his former club for the first time in a competitive fixture. Mikel, brought to Chelsea by Mourinho, said: "Mour...Full Story »

The Split: Cheryl And Ashley Cole To Seperate

Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2010 by Kickette.com

It’s just been announced that Cheryl Cole is officially separating from her hubby, Ashley. Hardly surprising, really. While we don’t know if a divorce is imminent, our readers saw this one coming after we all caught a first glimpse of her “Mrs. C” tattoo. We can’t help but feel slightly saddened for the gal; she’s really been put through the media ringer. ...Full Story »

Capello eager to avoid circus

Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2010 by PA

Fabio Capello is confident his World Cup training camp at Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus will ensure no repeat of the circus that accompanied England in Baden-Baden four years ago. The England manager visited the complex near Rustenburg on his way to the pre-World Cup meeting with 18 other national coaches at Sun City - and the site's isolated location means WAGs and members of players' entourage...Full Story »

Pienaar in drink driving charge

Posted Tuesday, February 23, 2010 by PA

Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar has been charged with drink driving, Merseyside Police confirmed on Tuesday morning. The 27-year-old was arrested early on Sunday morning, only hours after Everton's impressive 3-1 victory over Manchester United. A police spokesman said: "He was arrested at the junction of London Road and Lime Street and later charged with drink driving and failure to comply...Full Story »

Wenger bemoans Walcott scrutiny

Posted Monday, February 22, 2010 by PA

Arsene Wenger claims winger Theo Walcott is being put under "terrible pressure" to be fully fit in time for the World Cup finals in South Africa this summer. A series of injuries to his back, knee, hamstring and ribs have hampered Walcott's progress this season and limited him to just five Premier League starts. But Wenger told the Gunners official website: "The World Cup is not today. It ...Full Story »

Lennon's fitness concern

Posted Monday, February 22, 2010 by PA

Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon is waiting for scan results after feeling discomfort in his injured groin while training at the weekend. The 22-year-old had been recovering well from the problem he picked up in December but this setback could mean more time on the sidelines depending on the assessment of the complaint, which is due on Tuesday. It means he is a huge concern ahead of England's f...Full Story »

Bruce fined for comments

Posted Monday, February 22, 2010 by PA

Steve Bruce has been fined £2,500 following his critical comments about the dismissal of defender Michael Turner in Sunderland's defeat at Manchester City in December. Bruce, who has also been asked to explain his comments after the game, during which he described referee Andre Marriner's decision to send off the defender for an aerial challenge with Gareth Barry as "obscene", "a joke" a...Full Story »

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