Mark Dobson

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Name: Mark Dobson
Date registered: March 12, 2015
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/football/manchestercity

Latest posts

  1. David Haye, seemingly rattled, reacts to taunts from Tony Bellew supporters — February 27, 2017
  2. Football League agrees to use goalline technology in Championship — February 16, 2017
  3. Tom Arscott sacked by Sale over alleged leak of information to Bristol — January 19, 2017
  4. Steven Gerrard tells Daniel Sturridge to fight for his Liverpool future — January 18, 2017
  5. Steven Gerrard reveals the reason behind his MK Dons snub — November 23, 2016

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Feb 27

David Haye, seemingly rattled, reacts to taunts from Tony Bellew supporters

• Fighters have to be separated during feisty press conference in Liverpool
• ‘The big fat scouser will come through you like a steam train,’ Bellew says

The David Haye freak show continued at a press conference in Liverpool where he branded Tony Bellew’s supporters “fucking retards”.

Haye appeared somewhat rattled by taunts from the public, before the heavyweight fight at the 02 Arena on Saturday, and then gave an undignified response to onlookers, before telling people to bet “all their money” on the man from Merseyside. “I’m really happy you’ve all come out,” he said. “Bet all the money you have. Each and every one of you should bet on Bellew to win the fight.

Related: David Haye knows how to sell but must be reminded you do not play boxing | Kevin Mitchell

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/feb/27/david-haye-reacts-to-taunts-tony-bellew-liverpool-boxing

Feb 16

Football League agrees to use goalline technology in Championship

• Clubs agree in principle to use Hawk-Eye system
• Shaun Harvey hopes move helps support ‘incredible job’ done by officials

The Football League has agreed in principle to use goalline technology in the Championship next season. The proposal was made at a meeting of Championship clubs on Thursday and will be voted on at the league’s annual general meeting in June.

Related: PFA defends its support of former footballers suffering from dementia

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/16/football-league-goalline-technology-championship

Jan 19

Tom Arscott sacked by Sale over alleged leak of information to Bristol

• Club confirm in statement that Arscott’s contract has been terminated
• RFU investigation into alleged leak to brother Luke still ongoing

Sale Sharks have sacked Tom Arscott after he allegedly leaked information to his brother before a Premiership match. Jon Dorsett, the club’s chief executive, said in a brief statement that the decision followed a disciplinary hearing.

Arscott had been suspended since 4 January over the alleged leak to Bristol before the clubs’ Premiership match three days earlier. Bristol defeated Sale 24-23 at the AJ Bell Stadium but Arscott was suspended after some of his team-mates expressed concerns to the coaching staff.

Related: Warburton and Dusautoir show the feisty flanker’s art will never go out of style | The Breakdown

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/19/tom-arscott-sale-sharks-sacked-alleged-leak-bristol-brother-luke

Jan 18

Steven Gerrard tells Daniel Sturridge to fight for his Liverpool future

• Former captain urges striker to stay put and ignore transfer offers
• Sturridge endured difficult night against Plymouth Argyle in FA Cup

Steven Gerrard has told Daniel Sturridge to roll up his sleeves and fight for his Anfield future.

The former Liverpool captain watched on at Home Park as the striker endured a disappointing night in the 1-0 win against Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup third‑round replay before being substituted by the manager, Jürgen Klopp.

Related: Lucas heads lax Liverpool through in FA Cup replay against plucky Plymouth

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/18/steven-gerrard-daniel-sturridge-stay-at-liverpool-transfer-fa-cup

Nov 23

Steven Gerrard reveals the reason behind his MK Dons snub

• Former Liverpool captain says the time was not right
• Midfielder could soon take up academy role at Anfield club

Steven Gerrard has admitted the chance to begin his managerial career with MK Dons came ‘a bit soon’ to take up the challenge.

The former Liverpool captain, who left the Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy last week, held talks with the Dons chairman Pete Winkelman but revealed the time was not right to succeed Karl Robinson as the League One club’s manager.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/nov/23/liverpool-steven-gerrard-mk-dons-managerial-role-academy

Nov 14

Everton manager Ronald Koeman backs Liverpool for Premier League title

• Jürgen Klopp’s team sit top of the table
• Koeman words come after Romelu Lukaku advice to leave club

The Everton manager Ronald Koeman has backed Liverpool’s title credentials and says they deserve to be top of the Premier League.

Jürgen Klopp’s side currently top the table – for the first time since May 2014 – and their attacking style has led to talk of contending for a first championship since 1990.

Related: Daniel Sturridge says: ‘I’m a team player for Liverpool and England’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/nov/14/liverpool-everton-premier-league-title-contenders-ronald-koeman

Nov 06

Steven Gerrard could be set to announce his retirement after Galaxy KO

• Liverpool legend may now hang up boots following side’s defeat
• Robbie Keane could also have played final game for Galaxy

Steven Gerrard could be set to call time on his playing career after his Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy were knocked out of the MLS play-offs.

After Galaxy won the first leg of the Western Conference semi-final 1-0 against the Colorado Rapids Gerrard watched from the bench at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park as Shkelzen Gashi scored the only goal of the game in the return leg to take the match into extra-time and then penalties.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/nov/06/steven-gerrard-retirement-la-galaxy-mls-playoffs-robbie-keane-colorado-rapids

Oct 12

Tyson Fury gives up WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles to focus on recovery

• Champion lets go of belts to concentrate on recovery
• Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua set to fight for vacant crowns

Tyson Fury has voluntarily vacated his WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles with immediate effect to focus on his medical treatment and recovery.

Fury recently withdrew from a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko for the second time after being declared “medically unfit” and courted more controversy after it was reported he had tested positive for cocaine. The British Boxing Board of Control was set to discuss removing Fury’s licence on Wednesday, which would have led to him being stripped of the belts, but the boxer has beaten them to the punch by vacating them.

Related: Tyson Fury is facing his toughest opponent and needs our compassion

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/oct/12/tyson-fury-vacated-wbo-wba-world-heavyweight-titles-treatment

Oct 11

Eddie Jones’s England crisis deepens with Mike Williams injury

• Flanker Williams out for up to three months with broken arm
• Leicester player was option to replace James Haskell for England

England’s injury crisis has deepened after Mike Williams became the fourth flanker to be ruled out of the entire autumn series.

Williams, who was in Eddie Jones’s thoughts for the openside slot, is out for up to three months after breaking his arm – for the third time in 12 months – during a tackle drill before Leicester’s Premiership game with Worcester on Saturday. The uncapped 24-year-old’s absence is the latest setback to hit England’s preparations for their internationals against South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia.

Related: Anthony Watson joins England injury list after suffering broken jaw

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/oct/11/england-eddie-jones-injury-crisis-deepens-mike-williams

Jul 27

Tony Carr departs West Ham after 43 years of outstanding service

• Carr nurtured players like Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand
• Academy director earned club more than £60m in transfer fees

The man responsible for bringing through Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand has left West Ham United after 43 years of service. Tony Carr, who as academy director was responsible for nurturing Jermain Defoe, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, Glen Johnson Lampard and Ferdinand, has helped to earn the club more than £60m in transfer fees during his time at Upton Park.

Related: West Ham academy is the gift which keeps on giving to club and country | Jamie Jackson

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/jul/27/tony-carr-departs-west-ham-after-43-years-of-service

Jul 26

Arsène Wenger confirms Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker is out for months

• Arsenal short of defensive options after German’s injury
• Knee problem means centre-half will miss start of season

Arsène Wenger has revealed Per Mertesacker will be out of action for “a few months” with a knee injury.

The centre-half suffered the problem during the friendly against Lens on Friday and was left out of Arsenal’s tour of the United States. There were reports the injury would rule out the 31-year-old for up to five months but Wenger could only confirm his defender, who was likely to be Arsenal’s new captain for the season, will miss a sizeable period of their Premier League campaign that starts against Liverpool at the Emirates on 14 August.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/jul/26/per-mertesacker-arsenal-arsene-wenger-injured-mls

Jul 26

Roger Federer will miss the Rio Olympics and rest of tennis season

• The 34-year-old says he needs more time to recover from knee surgery
• Federer: ‘I need more extensive rehabilitation’

Roger Federer has confirmed he will miss the Rio Olympics and the rest of the 2016 tennis season in order to recover from knee surgery.

The 34-year-old posted on his Facebook page and said he took the “very difficult” decision after consulting with his medical team. The 17-times Grand Slam champion underwent surgery on his knee in February before missing the French Open with a back problem.

Related: Roger Federer’s tumble at Wimbledon reminds us we are all human | Jacob Steinberg

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/jul/26/tennis-rio-olympic-games-roger-federer-out-knee-injury

May 26

FA Cup goes to sudden death format for quarter-finals

• World’s oldest cup competition to lose last-eight replays
• Move is designed to ease fixture congestion

FA Cup replays will be dropped for the quarter-finals next season after plans for the competition were approved on Thursday.

Under the new rules eight clubs will battle it out over one weekend with each tie to be played to a finish on the day with extra-time and penalties to decide a winner.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/may/26/football-fa-cup-quarter-final-replays-dropped