Sport Arsene Wenger gestures on the sidelines during Arsenal's win over Newcastle

The former FA chairman had said that managers were setting a 'terrible example' for their players in the way they behave on the sidelines

Jonny Evans says the 'magnitude' of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement from Manchester United was underestimated

Sir Alex Ferguson retirement has had a bigger impact than estimated, says Manchester United defender Jonny Evans

Jonny Evans says the ‘magnitude’ of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement from Manchester United was underestimated, as the club, beaten 2-1 by Tottenham on Wednesday, struggle to stay in touch with the title race.

Howard Webb is the referee for Sweden's tie
Mark Halsey

Mark Halsey accused of 'betraying' fellow referees after criticising top-flight referees of lacking fitness

Graham Poll has said other officials have been 'appalled' by Halsey's actions

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Manchester United v Chelsea: Rio Ferdinand escapes FA action for 'shove' on Fernando Torres

Manchester United defender will face no further action for incident in FA Cup tie against Chelsea

Match Report: Liverpool ensure Swansea pay for dreaming of Wembley final

Liverpool 5 Swansea City 0

Pablo Zabaleta is congratulated on his late goal for Manchester City against Stoke

Glenn Whelan escapes action over Javi Garcma challenge

Stoke defender appeared to make two footed challenge on Manchester City opponent

Pablo Zabaleta is congratulated on his late goal for Manchester City against Stoke
Brendan Rodgers: The Liverpool manager said he would not swap Suarez for Van Persie

Brendan Rodgers risks falling foul of FA by praising referee ahead of Manchester United game

Liverpool manager in breach of rules after he is drawn into debate on Webb by Ferguson

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David Moyes apologises to referee Howard Webb over confrontation

Everton manager spoke to referee as he left the pitch

Former FIFA referee George Courtney thinks Chelsea did the wrong thing

George Courtney: Chelsea did the wrong thing reporting the referee

I can say with hand on heart that as far as referees are concerned it is inconceivable for me that a top referee could make a racist remark to a player. It's such a sensitive issue, and quite rightly so, that I would be staggered if Mark Clattenburg had even thought such nonsense.

Bolton's Nigel Reo-Coker (left) and Tottenham's Jermain Defoe show their support

Thoughts with Fabrice but focus is then on football

Football moved on at White Hart Lane last night, with relief and gratitude. This was not quite an ordinary FA Cup quarter-final, and there was a very dignified nod to the events of 10 days ago before the game and at half-time.

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas says attackers now 'stand a leg out'

Villas-Boas: Penalty rules have changed

The rules regarding penalties have changed, according to Andre Villas-Boas.

Mario Balotelli celebrates his goal

Redknapp: 'Balotelli has stamping form'

Man City 3 Spurs 2: Manager left fuming after City striker treads on Parker's head / Arsenal 1 Man Utd 2: Wenger annoyed after Gunners fans boo his substitution decision

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Tweets, quips and clangers: Football quotes of the year

Football's a funny old game, never more so than in 2011 when those involved opened their mouths – or took to their mobiles

Pardew hit with FA conduct charge

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association. Pardew reportedly made comments – believed to have been aimed at referee Howard Webb and how he might handle then Newcastle player Joey Barton – prior to his side's 1-0 victory against Sunderland on 20 August.

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