The Sports Matrix: Monday 29 October 2012


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Clattenburg facing storm after 'innapropriate language' claim

Chelsea last night lodged a complaint to the Premier League over alleged "innapr-opriate language" used by referee Mark Clattenberg towards John Obi Mikel in yesterday's 3-2 loss to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

Clattenburg was already at the centre of two controversial decisions involving Fernando Torres' dismissal and Javier Hernandez's apparent offside winner.

United took an early two-goal lead through a David Luiz own goal and Robin van Persie strike, but Chelsea found themselves level just as easily through Juan Mata and Ramires either side of half-time. Branislav Ivanovic was then sent off for a foul on Ashley Young as the winger sprinted to goal, before Torres was shown a second yellow for allegedly diving.

Hernandez's controversial winner, his third goal in six days, gave United their third league win in a row, taking them second. MORE

Wade and Varndell a bonus for Wasps

London Wasps claimed a try bonus-point as they beat London Welsh in the clubs' first meeting since 1979. Wingers Christian Wade and Tom Varndell each scored two tries, and head coach Dai Young said: "The wings made the difference." MORE

Yates quits Sky for family reasons

Three months after guiding Bradley Wiggins to the Tour de France, Sky's lead sports director, Sean Yates, has quit. The former rider claims his decision has nothing to do with Sky's doping investigations. MORE

Patriots overcome Rams at Wembley

Last year's Superbowl losers, the New England Patriots, came from behind to beat St Louis Rams 45-7 in the sixth showcase NFL fixture to be held at Wembley. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes in front a 80,000 capacity crowd. MORE

Lumb the driving force for Sydney

Englishman Michael Lumb hit an unbeaten 82 as the Sydney Sixers made light work of the South African side Highveld Lions to win by 10-wickets in the Champions League Twenty20 final at The Wanderers in Johannesburg yesterday.

Late drama hands victory to Quins

Tom Casson's last-minute try gave Harlequins a narrow 31-28 win against London Irish at the Madejski Stadium. The result brings Harlequins' run of two defeats in a row to an end and leaves Irish languishing with just two wins. MORE

Gritty Vettel wins fourth in a row

German Sebastian Vettel took the Indian Grand Prix yesterday to extend his championship lead over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso to 13 points. The Red Bull driver is in prime position to take the title, with 75 points available in the final three races. MORE

Ex Barca director moves to City

Manchester City have appointed former technical director Txiki Begiristain as director of football, reducing Roberto Mancini's title to first-team coach. MORE

Spirited Everton earn derby draw

Everton fought back from going two goals down early on to earn a draw with rivals Liverpool at Goodison Park. A Leighton Baines own goal and a Luis Suarez strike put Liverpool two ahead, before Leon Osman and Steven Naismith brought it back to 2-2 before half-time. MORE

Cissé leaves it late to bag three points

Papiss Cissé's deflected injury- time goal gave Newcastle a 2-1 win at home to West Bromwich Albion yesterday. Demba Ba's volley for Newcastle was cancelled out by Romelu Lukaku's header, but Cissé's first league goal of the season put Newcastle up to 10th. MORE

Spurs pile more misery on Saints

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins insisted he is "confident" he will get time from the board to turn his team's form around despite seeing them lose 2-1 to Tottenham at St Mary's; Gareth Bale and Clint Dempsey put Spurs ahead, before Jay Rodriguez halved the deficit. MORE