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William Gallas will not face further action regarding the incident which saw him lash out at Manchester United's Nani during the sides' FA Cup meeting last weekend. "The referee was not satisfied [television footage] showed evidence of violent conduct," a Football Association spokesman said.

Aston Villa

Wayne Routledge has expressed his desire to earn a long-term contract with the club. "Martin O'Neill has given me a chance and I've got to show him I can repay that," the midfielder said after joining from Tottenham Hotspur last month. "Then hopefully he'll want to keep me longer."

Birmingham City

Martin Taylor believes defensive solidarity will prove important for the Blues' season. "From what I've seen this season, we've been very strong defensively," Taylor said. "We've got youth and experience here, there's enough energy, everyone is sticking together and no one is panicking."

Blackburn Rovers

The defender Johnny Flynn said he is enjoying life at Ewood Park following his January move from Ballymena. "I'm really enjoying the experience, it's so professional over here," he said. "I was really impressed with everything I saw on trial so it was brilliant to finally be a Rovers player."

Bolton Wanderers

Gary Megson believes his team head to Spain as underdogs as they visit Atletico Madrid in the Uefa Cup this week. The Trotters beat Madrid 1-0 in last week's home leg. "We know from my time here we have a good team," the manager said. "A solid team and capable of scoring the odd goal away from home. But they are still favourites."


The defender Paulo Ferreira has signed a new contract with the Stamford Bridge side. "I am delighted to commit my long-term future," the 29-year-old Portuguese international said. "The fans have made me very welcome since I have been at Chelsea and I enjoy my football here a lot." Ferreira joined Chelsea in 2004 for £13.2m.

Derby County

Mile Sterjovski cannot wait to begin playing regular football again after a month of wrangles over work permits and international clearances led to him playing just 16 minutes for the Rams so far. "It's been a pretty tough few weeks," the Australian said. "Things can only improve from now on."


Former Toffees player Brian Harris died on Sunday, at the age of 72. The popular player played 360 games for the club in a variety of positions after moving to Goodison Park in 1954. He was part of the 1962-63 title-winning side and helped the Toffees to the 1966 FA Cup before joining Cardiff.


Eddie Johnson highlights the difference between the Premier League and Major League Soccer. "Every day is a big challenge; nothing is guaranteed," he said following his move from Kansas City Wizards. "You have to prove yourself on a daily basis and that is one of the major differences."


The club are revelling in being underdogs in the Champions League, says Steve Finnan. "Juve, Milan in Istanbul, Chelsea and Barcelona were all expected to beat us," he said ahead of the visit of Internazionale tonight. "None of them were able to do it, and none deserved to either."

Manchester City

The manager Sven Goran Eriksson believes his players will have benefited from a free weekend after failing to reach the FA Cup fifth round. "I would have liked to have been in the Cup," the 60-year-old Swede said. "But it will do the players a lot of good to have a break."

Manchester United

The Lyons striker Karim Benzema claims he will resist any move from the Old Trafford club. "A move wouldn't be right at this time," he said ahead of tonight's meeting with United. "I wouldn't leave Lyons until we've won the Champions League and have no intention of trying to go too quickly."


Robert Huth should recover from the foot injury which prevented him from playing against Sheffield United last week in time to face Liverpool on Saturday, says manager Gareth Southgate. "He took a whack against Fulham and it was still a little sore," he said. "We're hopeful he'll be OK."

Newcastle United

Manager Kevin Keegan has yet to determine his strongest 11, but reserved praise for Tamas Kadar's recent performances. "There's no one nailing much down in terms of the first team," he said. "But Tamar has taken everything in his stride. He is saying all the right things on the field."


David James says his recent impressive form is down to his improved mental strength. "I use a sports psychologist and it's improved my game," he said after his penalty save at Preston helped Pompey reach the FA Cup sixth round. "I cover every eventuality, so I don't get surprised."


Brynjar Gunnarsson believes the Royals have the quality to avoid relegation from the Premier League. "We have to stick together and work double as hard as we have been doing," the midfielder said. "We have the ability and first and foremost the belief to get through this."


Roy Keane remains confident the Black Cats can improve on their poor away record ahead of the trip to Portsmouth this weekend. "We hope our first away win is close," he said. "Our performances of late, particularly in the last month, have been better. We need to turn that into results."

Tottenham Hotspur

The defender Anthony Gardner has spoken of his wish to make a loan move to Everton permanent. "I am not sure what is going to happen," the 27-year-old, who moved to Goodison Park on loan last month, said. "If it was to turn out to be a permanent move, it would be good for me."

West Ham United

Head physiotherapist George Cooper believes Bobby Zamora is close to a first team return. "He is as strong as an ox now," Cooper said following the forward's hat-trick for the reserve team last week. "His legs are really good and he is in good nick. His running fitness is as good as anybody's at the club, if not better."

Wigan Athletic

Manager Steve Bruce believes striker Antoine Sibierski can play a big part in helping the Latics remain in the Premier League. "Sibierski is a very good player with bags of experience," Bruce said. "He has been making a big impact and brings a lot to the team. I think he could be the catalyst for us in our bid to stay in the league."