The Sports Matrix: Friday 2 November 2012


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Wenger criticises Chelsea over Clattenburg case

Arsène Wenger warned Chelsea they should have tried to resolve the Mark Clattenburg affair in private before taking their allegations of racism to the Football Association.

The Arsenal manager suggested that Chelsea had reached a stage where there was now an FA and Metropolitan Police investigation into Clattenburg with "little proof". The FA's governance department are preparing to decide if there is sufficient evidence to produce a charge against Clattenburg. The police are making their own inquiries in partnership with the FA.

Chelsea have asked the police to consider photographs taken during Wednesday's 5-4 League Cup win over Manchester United in which a home fan in the Matthew Harding Stand seems to be making monkey gestures at Danny Welbeck, above.

Wenger said: "I prefer, when I didn't behave well, to have an explanation with the referee at the end of the game, or on another day, rather than going public with little proof. I'm not a great believer in making these stories public." MORE

Patel hits ton in England draw

Samit Patel's bid to win a Test spot was boosted after he struck 104 as England's opening tour match culminated in a draw with India A. England were bowled out for 426, a lead of 57. The hosts ended on 124 for 4 in the three day match. MORE

Chilton primed for life in F1 fast lane

Max Chilton steps into a Marussia F1 car as official reserve driver in Abu Dhabi today, as the 21-year-old from Reigate bids to join fellow Britons Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Paul Di Resta on the grid. MORE

Murray suffers shock Paris defeat

Andy Murray suffered a surprise 5-7, 7-6, 6-2 defeat to Poland's Jerzy Janowicz in the Paris Masters third round. The world No 3 served for the match at 5-4 in the second set but let Janowicz back in the game. The world No 69 said it was "the most unbelievable day in my life". MORE

Crystal Palace line up Holloway

Crystal Palace are confident of naming Ian Holloway as their new manager after making an official approach to Blackpool. Chairman Steve Parish, who needs to replace Dougie Freedman, said: "I'd like to think he will give us the right impetus now to push on." MORE

Berg told to earn Rovers promotion

Blackburn Rovers' global adviser Shebby Singh says "promotion is the minimum and the maximum" required by new manager Henning Berg, who has signed a three-year contract and was unveiled at Ewood Park yesterday. MORE

AVB: Charge won't affect Caulker

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas says Steven Caulker "is in the right frame of mind" to start against Wigan tomorrow, despite the apparent charge from Serbian police following last month's brawl in the U-21 clash hanging over him. MORE

RVP rejected City offer of £300,000

Arsène Wenger said Robin van Persie rejected an offer from Manchester City of around £300,000 a week to join Manchester United from Arsenal this summer. Arsenal's manager urged the club's fans to give him a warm reception when United host Arsenal tomorrow. MORE

Cole at crossroads

Joe Cole showed so much promise in his teenage years, but now he is unwanted by club and country. Sam Wallace highlights the dilemma facing the Liverpool midfielder. MORE

Rodgers admits to Reds' weak squad

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was frustrated with his fringe players in this week's League Cup loss to Swansea. Rodgers described his squad as "small and thin" and said: "I gave the players the opportunity to come in and shine – that is all you can do as a coach." MORE

Monaco attempted to lure Mancini

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini held talks with Monaco for four months earlier this year, as the club tried to entice him with a salary of £6.4m. The Russian FA was also interested in the Italian before choosing Fabio Capello. MORE