A round up sporting headlinesa including news from Manchester United, Chelsea, Everton, Manchester City and Six Nations rugby.
To win in Dublin tomorrow would rank as England’s biggest achievement so far under Stuart Lancaster. Also: Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, has called on FIFA to introduce compulsory blood testing to prevent football falling prey to the kind of institutionalised doping that has plagued cycling in recent years.
Arsene Wenger has demanded football introduces blood testing to ensure drug cheats do not corrupt the game. Also: Peter Odemwingie and West Brom team-mate Steven Reid had a fierce bust-up after the Nigeria forward’s aborted move to QPR.
Rafa Benitez faces the axe at Chelsea if he loses at home to lowly Wigan today. Also: Marouane Fellaini has told Chelsea to make a bid for him.
Sir Alex Ferguson has slammed the Premier League for undermining Manchester United’s European bid. Also: Rafa Benitez last night revealed that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has kept him in the dark for nearly three weeks.
Here’s a question ahead of another gripping Six Nations weekend: what do English rugby, Manchester United, Nottingham Forest and English basketball have in common? Also: Sir Alex Ferguson believes the demands of live television have made the English domestic fixture list so daunting for teams involved in Europe that their chances of success are being jeopardised.
Andy Farrell is seen as an FEM: future England manager. His son Owen is a likely FEL: future England legend. Also: Chris Robshaw has thrust himself back into contention for the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia by “reinventing himself”, according to head coach Warren Gatland.
Sir Alex Ferguson has accused the Premier League of hindering Manchester United’s chances of becoming kings of Europe. Also: Peter Odemwingie had a spat with West Brom team-mate Steven Reid just days after he failed to force through a move to QPR.
England have spent the best part of 150 years playing rugby against the Celtic nations, so they must realise by now that emotional swirl around these fixtures puts them in a different category to all other games on the Test calendar. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has declared that he would “love” to boycott a Premier League game in protest at the fixture scheduling he claims is denying his team a chance to prosper in Europe.
Arsene Wenger has warned that football could have a major drugs problem. Also: Rafa Benitez admits he is in the dark about his future at Stamford Bridge.