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Mark Clattenburg Removed From Weekend Games as FA Examines Chelsea Racism Claim: The Nightly EPL

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Referee Mark Clattenburg has been removed from this weekend's fixtures as the Football Association is set to examine Chelsea's racism claim. Clattenburg's diabolical refereeing decisions was one thing. But now his alleged words have created a storm of controversy.

Here are the Premier League news headlines tonight:

  • Mark Clattenburg is stood down as FA examines Chelsea racism claim — The Guardian
  • Chelsea stand by Clattenburg claims as FA starts investigation — The Independent
  • Steven Gerrard describes Everton as big, physical long-ball merchants — The Guardian
  • Met Police have been asked to investigate whether Mark Clattenburg made racist remarks — Sky Sports
  • Manchester City's Micah Richards out for eight weeks with knee injury — The Guardian
  • IMC acquires Premier League rights in Caribbean — Premier League
  • Wayne Rooney the only Englishman in the running for Fifa Ballon D'Or — The Independent
  • Demba Ba could be a doubt for Liverpool trip — The Independent
  • Capital One Cup: full match previews — The Telegraph
  • BT acquires rights to leagues in Italy, France, Brazil and USA — SportsPro
  • Swansea City set to make changes for "special" clash at Liverpool FC — Wales Online

The Nightly EPL is tomorrow's news today.

John Terry Decides Not To Appeal Four-Match Ban Over Racism Charge

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By Chris Wright

John Terry has just announced, via a statement made through his management, that he is not going to appeal against the four-match ban and £220,000 fine handed to him by the FA for 'you know what'-ing 'you know who' back on 'you know when'.

Said Terry:

"After careful consideration, I have decided not to appeal against the FA judgment.

Chelsea liderea la Liga Premier 2012/2013

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El Chelsea de Roberto Di Matteo sigue lidereando la Premier League, con 19 puntos producto de 6 victorias y 1 empate parece que han recuperado la magia a pesar de las recientes renovaciones del club. Seguido en segundo lugar el Manchester United, su acérrimo rival le sigue con 15 puntos y en tercero el Manchester City tambien con 15 puntos, campeón vigente de la Premier League.

English Premier League

Ferdinands Criticise FA And PFA Over Terry Race Row

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Rio and Anton Ferdinand have criticised the Football Association and the Professional Footballers' Association over the John Terry race row.

A statement issued by Anton and Rio today said:

It has been a year since the incident at Loftus Road. During that time, some of the deep divisions that exist in football have been exposed.

John Terry Accepts FA Ban And Finally Apologizes For Racial Comments

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Almost a year on from racially abusing Anton Ferdinand John Terry has publically apologized for his actions and has accepted the FA's four match ban and £220,000. Terry will now miss the games against Spurs, Man United (league and cup) and Swansea.

In a statement, Terry said:

"After careful consideration, I have decided not to appeal against the FA judgment.

Clueless; Serbia FA Deny Any Racial Incidents In England U21 Game

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Following on the lines of my earlier post about Spain‘s football federation chief denying that racism is a problem in Spanish football the Serbian FA have responded to the English complaints about racism in their U21 match in Krusevac last night.

Taking a page from the Spanish FA's manual, the Serbia FA today denied that England players were subjected to any monkey chants or racist taunts in Tuesday European Championship play-off match, claiming instead that the match was played in a 'sports atmosphere full of respecting fair-play spirit'

Instead Serbia blamed England's Danny Rose for all the problems, saying the England player behaved in an 'inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar manner' towards supporters after being sent off after the final whistle.

England National Review: All Systems Go for the FA as Rooney Earns the Plaudits in Dominant Victory

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Wayne Rooney captain of England (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

It's been a busy week for the England team, both on the field and off it. Not only did they have a World Cup Qualifier to contend with, but issues involving Twitter as well as the opening of the Football Association's new center of excellence have contributed to a week full of talking points regarding the Three Lions.

FA Charges Ashley Cole Over Tweet

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Ashley Cole has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association in relation to a Twitter comment he posted about the governing body.

Responding to the FA's judgement in the John Terry racism case, he tweeted on Friday: "Hahahahaa, well done #fa I lied did I, #BUNCHOFT***S".

A brief statement on the FA's website read:

"Ashley Cole has been charged by The FA in relation to a Twitter comment which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.

Do you know more than the referee? Take the referee theory test

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From Maradona's 'Hand of God' to the two-footed tackle, match officials can make or break a team's season with their decision making and interpretation of events. Every weekend, football fans across the world leave football grounds disgruntled at the perceived injustice their team has received at the hands of the ref.

Stuart Pearce discussing penalties plus his Ryan Giggs influence

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On July 2, With just 25 days until the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the British Olympic Association # (BOA) has announced the 18 players selected to represent Team GB in the men's football competition this summer. The announcement was made on July 2 at Wembley Stadium in London, which will host the [.

New Direction for Supporters Direct?

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It is clear that there is a conflict of interests running throughout English football. A conflict that lies between the different ways in which fans and owners see 'their' clubs. It is inherent in the running of a football club as a commercial organisation as opposed to a club's community and social function.

Should More English Players go Abroad?

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Tweet The English Premiership is truly global league. Their are, in fact,  62 different nationalities represented within a mere 50,000 sq Miles. But in the other 5,730,000 sq Miles, only 35 English players, not including Scotland, are playing abroad. The questions is; But why? Why are so many English footballers put off by the prospect [.

Should Barton still be allowed to play?

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QPR captain Joey Barton's future has been yet again thrown into doubt following a brawl outside a Liverpool nightclub on 4 June.

The fight, which involved Barton and two other men has led to QPR launching an investigation into the incident and saw Barton arrested for his involvement in the scuffle.

England

FA Reveal New England Code Of Conduct: Restricted Xbox Hours, No Drugs, No Betting, No Twitter Criticism

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By Chris Wright

After a rocky few days/weeks/months/years in which several of the England contingent have, shall we say, digressed, the FA have seen fit to issue a 16-page code of conduct to all England internationals to advise them on their behaviour while representing their country on international duty.

FA Condemns Scenes Of Racism and Violence After England u-21 Match In Serbia [VIDEO]

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Ugly scenes occurred at the end of England's victory against Serbia in an under-21 match today.

As England scored a goal with the last whistle of the game, England footballers were on the receiving end of missiles thrown by the crowd. Plus, England midfielder Danny Rose inferred that he was a victim of racial abuse.

John Terry

John Terry Set To Accept FA’s Four Match Suspension

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Reports suggest that John Terry is set to accept the FA's four-match ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, despite being adamant he has been wronged by the findings of an independent disciplinary commission.

Terry strongly believes the FA case should have been dropped after he was found not guilty in a criminal trial in the summer.

The FA Finds JohnTerry’s Defence “Implausible”

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John Terry's defence against claims he racially abused Anton Ferdinand was "improbable, implausible, contrived", according to the Football Association panel which found him guilty.

The FA's 63-page report explaining why Terry was banned for four games and fined £220,000 was published on Friday.

#BUNCHOFTWATS-gate: Chelsea star Ashley Cole’s unique form of international retirement

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Ashley Cole looks set for a fine and suspension of his own after using an expletive in his Twitter review of the FA's report into the John Terry racism case. The Chelsea left-back's evidence was called into question in the 63-page report published today, prompting Cole to tweet: "Hahahahaa, well done #fa I lied did [.

#BUNCHOFTWATS – Ashley Cole Lashes Out At FA Over Claims He Tarted Up Terry Evidence

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By Chris Wright

So, it would appear that Ashley Cole hasn't taken the FA's findings over his evidence in the John Terry case particularly gracefully...

Cole was referring to the FA's verdict that he 'modified' some of the evidence he gave in Terry's defence to fit the case presented by Chelsea (adding the word 'black' into a statement if we're reading correctly) the FA independent report suggesting that there werediscrepancies in the evidence originally provided by Cole, compared to the statements he later provided in court.

FA Report Concludes John Terry is ‘Not a Racist’: The Daily EPL

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The FA released details from their investigative report this morning, which revealed that Chelsea captain John Terry is not a racist, but his racism defense was not credible. John Terry's defence against allegations that he racially abused...

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FA Report Concludes John Terry is ‘Not a Racist’: The Daily EPL

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The FA released details from their investigative report this morning, which revealed that Chelsea captain John Terry is not a racist, but his racism defense was not credible.

John Terry's defence against allegations that he racially abused Anton Ferdinand was as "improbable, implausible and contrived" according to the the independent disciplinary commission that banned the Chelsea captain for four matches.

John Terry MUST appeal the FA Ban

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The man is washed up as a footballer of any significance and an appeal submitted before our Saturday lunchtime war would mean he gets to play.

He needs to play, as there is not a hope in hell he will cope with the pace and movement of our midfield and strike-force.

Theo and Geo would have a field day up against the half-wit.

John Terry Given Four Match Ban By FA

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The FA have found Chelsea captain John Terry guilty of using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards Queens Park Rangers' Anton Ferdinand and have suspended the defender for four matches and given him a fine of £220,000.

A statement on the FA web site reads:

The decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission is as follows:

  • Mr Terry be suspended from all domestic club football until such time as Chelsea's First Team have completed four competitive matches
  • Fined the sum of £220,000

The Independent Regulatory Commission will provide written reasons for its decision in due course.

John Terry Retires From International Duty On Eve Of FA Hearing – Does He Retire An England Legend?

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By Chris Wright

"Ta ra yer shitters!"

A bit of hot breaking news from 13 hours ago for you: John Terry has made the call to retire from international duty with England at the age of 31, admitting that the FA's decision to bring about adisciplinaryhearing into his fracas with Anton Ferdinand (which is currently getting underway at Wembley this morning), after having already been found innocent in a court of law, has made his position in the national team fold 'untenable'.

Rio Fined £45k By FA

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Rio Ferdinand has been fined £45k by the FA following his "choc ice" remark on Twitter. Rio had been charged with acting "in a way which was improper and/or bought the game into disrepute by making comments which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race."

A fan tweeted Rio and called Ashley Cole a "choc ice", implying that he had betrayed his own race when supporting John Terry in his racial abuse case against Anton Ferdinand.

FA Charge Rio Ferdinand

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The FA have today announced that Rio Ferdinand has been charged for comments he made on Twitter in reference to Ashley Cole, who gave evidence in defence of John Terry in his trial following allegations of racism towards Rio's brother, Anton.

"The allegation is that the player acted in a way which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute by making comments which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.

Too Little Too Late From The FA On Racism?

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Following penalty misses from Ashley Young and Ashley Cole in England's defeat to Italy at Euro 2012, Twitter was littered with England fans racially abusing them.

All the tweets have been deleted and some users have blocked their accounts but the police are investigating complaints made.

The FA have today released a statement condemning the behaviour of these fans.

Ashley Cole

Mid-Day Ticker: FA charges Cole over tweet, Alves sidelined, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Ashley Cole's now infamous tweet grabbed its share of headlines last week, and this week will be no different it appears.

Cole has been charged with misconduct by the English FA for his tweet that came in response to the John Terry racism case. The 31-year-old fullback, who has since apologized for the tweet, has until October 11 to responde to the charge

Cole is is due to join the England national team camp on Monday to prepare for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.

FA Charge Ashley Cole Over #BUNCHOFTWATS Brain Fart – Turn Blind Eye On Van Persie, ‘Stampy’ Huth And Tiote’s Amateur Dramatics

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By Chris Wright

Shortly after announcing that they've seen fit to charge Ashley Cole with misconduct and bringing the game into disrepute over his errant thumbs and the resultant #BUNCHOFTWATTERY which prevailed thereafter, the FA have confirmed that no further action will be taken against the trio of Robin van Persie, Robert Huth or Cheick Tiote for straight-arming Yohan Cabaye, stamping on Luis Suarez's ribcage and putting on a flamboyant display of dissenting amateur dramatics respectively.

West Brom

Football News – Ashworth takes up FA role

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The Football Association have denoted the appointment of West Brom's Dan Ashworth as their unexampled director of elite development.

Shit Lookalikes: The FA’s New ‘Elite Development’ Director Dan Ashworth & Jeremy Kyle

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By Chris Wright

Ashworth is the FA's new Elite Development fellow (which was Gareth Southgate's old job, if we remember rightly), cherry-picked from West Brom.

Kyle is a man who seems to have dedicated his entire life to rounding up the UK's inbred population with the sole purpose of baiting them from behind a protective envelope on daytime television.

The Rest

Joe Hart Holds On Tight To Original 1863 Hand-Written FA Rule Book – Worth Hefty £1,000,000 (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

To mark the FA's 150th birthday they're doing all sorts of bits and bobs, including having England 'keeper Joe Hart pose with the most expensive book he's ever likely to get his paws on the original copy of the FA 'Minute Book', i.e, the original hand-written draft for the laws of association football which was first penned in 1863 and is worth more than £1,000,000.

Rio Statement: Kick Out Need Become More Relevant and FA’s Actions Disappointing

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It has been a year since the incident at Loftus Road. During that time, some of the deep divisions that exist in football have been exposed. In the coming months there will be ongoing discussions, we are sure, on finding a way forward. We intend to participate in these discussions, along with numerous other current and ex-professionals of all races, from the grass roots upwards, across the football community as a whole.

Don’t Believe The Hype About St George’s Park

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TweetAs the FA announce the opening of the new national football centre St Georges Park, their PR team has gone into full swing in trying to convince us all that the £105 million project is money well spent, but I'm not convinced. Then FA Technical Director Howard Wilkinson began this project by modelling it [.

Leaky Championship Referee Stood Down After Arrest Over Suspected FA Computer Hacking

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By Chris Wright

It has emerged that the referee who was due to preside over last night's Championship fixture between Barnsley and Peterborough was relieved of his duties by the FA after being arrested on Sunday over allegations he hacked into the email account of one of his FA colleagues.

The Outcasts FC: The Suspended 1909 United Team

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The first meeting of the Association Football Players Union in 1907 was chaired by United player Billy Meredith. At the time, the FA put a £4 wage cap on the players' salaries and lacked compensation for injured players. This union campaigned against the FA to make things fairer for footballers.

Two years later, the FA withdrew its recognition of the union because it didn't like its authority questioned.

Prince William asserts his credentials as an FA suit and an Englishman with penalty shootout defeat

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Prince William proved he's the perfect FA president by losing a penalty shootout to a 13-year-old lad in the Solomon Islands. The young goalkeeper challenged Britain's second-in-line to the throne to beat him from the spot... and William responded as only an Englishman on foreign soil can: with a series of misses.

Hillsborough Report Prompts FA to Issue ‘Full and Unreserved Apology’: The Daily EPL

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Arsenal’s Ivan Gazidis Gets Promoted

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Arsenal Now Have More Influence Ivan Gazidis, the Arsenal Chief Executive has joined the FA's Professional Game Board (PGB) and the FA Council. His appointment to these posts are effective as of this 2012/13 season. This situation sounds familiar doesn't it? David Dein ring a bell? Either way, this can be seen as a plus [.

Corinthians in Philly

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Visits to Philadelphia by English touring teams were important events in the wider popularization of soccer in the city. An exhibition game against the touring B. J. T. Bosanquet cricket team in 1901, the first international friendly to be played in Philadelphia, garnered approving coverage in the Philadelphia Inquirer and resulted in a boom of the game locally.