Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock and his scathing FA Cup post-match comments about the assistant referee, Trevor Massey, will be reviewed by the Football Association today.
The Eagles' manager, who saw his side concede a late equaliser in their fifth-round FA Cup tie against Aston Villa, claimed the goal was a 'disgrace' after Stiliyan Petrov had headed in Stewart Downing's corner. The build-up to the corner was at the centre of the controversy as Warnock believed the ball had come off the head of Villa striker Nathan Delfouneso, rather than Palace forward Alan Lee, as Massey ruled.
"He [referee, Keith Friend] was let down by somebody who had a very poor game," said Warnock. "I don't feel any sympathy if he is suspended and personally I hope it is a long time." The FA will announce today whether any action will be taken against the manager.
Desert Foxes to warm up against Republic
England's World Cup opponents in Cape Town on 18 June have confirmed their pre-tournament preparations. Algeria, whose squad features two Portsmouth players, left-back Nadir Belhadj and the midfielder Hassan Yebda, will attend a training camp in Italy before visiting Dublin to play Giovanni Trapattoni's Republic of Ireland side on 29 May. The Desert Foxes also face Serbia in a friendly on 3 March as they look to experience European opposition before tackling Slovenia on 13 June in Polokwane, and then Fabio Capello's men five days later.
Injury forces Arshavin out of Porto game
Andrei Arshavin has confirmed that he will miss tomorrow's Champions League game at Porto with a hamstring strain. Arshavin picked up the injury during Arsenal's crucial 1-0 Premier League victory over Liverpool last week. "If all goes well I get back on the pitch as early as the next Premier League match against Sunderland [on Saturday]," the 28-year-old Russian forward said yesterday. "However, the next game against Porto I will miss."
Cole's focus remains on Hammers' survival
Carlton Cole insists he is happy playing on at Upton Park after rumours surfaced linking him with a move away from West Ham during the January transfer window. A couple of clubs were reported to have enquired after the forward, however the England international is intent on ensuring the Hammers' Premier League survival, "I wasn't in the least bit interested in entertaining offers," said Cole. "My only focus was and still is to do the best I can for West Ham."