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The Sport Matrix: Friday 7 March 2014
Wilshere in race to be fit for Brazil
Jack Wilshere’s place at the World Cup finals is in serious doubt after he sustained a hairline fracture to his left foot, ruling him out for six weeks. England manager Roy Hodgson has said he will not take players to Brazil if they are less than 100 per cent fit. MORE
Cleverley criticism saddens Martinez
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has condemned a petition urging England not to take Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley to the World Cup. Martinez, who had him on loan at Wigan, said: “My disappointment is that he is being judged so aggressively.” MORE
QPR facing £40m fine or transfer ban
QPR have reported losses that are almost certain to result in either an unprecedented £40 million-plus fine or a transfer embargo extending beyond a year, after breaching Financial Fair Play rules. The permitted loss under FFP is £8m; Rangers lost £65.4m last season. MORE
Root’s cruel break a blow for England
England’s Joe Root is a serious doubt for the World Twenty20 after breaking his right thumb on the current tour of West Indies. The batsman’s injury was confirmed yesterday before the squad left Antigua for Barbados and he flew home last night for treatment. MORE
Robshaw happy Poite’s in charge
England captain Chris Robshaw is happy referee Romain Poite will officiate at Sunday’s game with Wales, after Steve Walsh was criticised for his handling of last year’s match. “The French referees are very good – they just get on with things,” he said. MORE
Davies to embrace ‘special’ encounter
Wales’ Jonathan Davies is ready to embrace the atmosphere in their away match with England. Davies said: “I’m sure it will be a hostile atmosphere at Twickenham and a few songs we will not be familiar with. It’s going to be special.” MORE
Muir and Cutts lead GB’s charge
Runner Laura Muir and pole vaulter Luke Cutts lead Britain’s charge of medal hopefuls in the World Indoor Championships, which begin in Poland today. Big names, including Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill, are missing the competition. MORE
Dennis delivers McLaren warning
McLaren’s returning chief executive Ron Dennis has threatened to dismiss any team member who fails to adapt to his methods for making the car competitive. He said: “If they [the team] match my passion and commitment, we will win.” MORE
Widnes prove too strong for Salford
Widnes Vikings maintained their perfect start to the new season by beating Salford Red Devils 32-18. Danny Tickle kicked six goals and team-mate Kevin Brown scored twice late on to help Vikings to victory.
The FA deserves support for making a stand in the case of the “quenelle” gesture by Nicolas Anelka (left), who seemed wilfully ignorant in his identification with Dieudonné M’bala M’bala. MORE
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