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Outspoken QPR midfielder speaks about Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ahead of Sunday's clash with Chelsea

Eden Hazard saw red for kicking a ball boy

'Hazard hasn't kicked him hard enough': Joey Barton joins ball boy debate as Eden Hazard escapes police action

Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin suggests the ball boy had what was coming to him, labelling his behaviour "disgraceful"

Football review 2012: The villains of the year

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Harry Redknapp

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Manager has misgivings about end of year parties following number of high profile incidents

Harry Redknapp points the way ahead behind the back of Mark Hughes

Harry Redknapp takes on toughest task in rescuing Queen's Park Rangers

New manager asked for transfer funds in January if he starts to turn QPR around

You Write the Caption - 07/09/12

Win a bottle of wine

Joey Barton's minutes of madness against Manchester City on last season's final day landed him a 12-game ban

Marseille reveal talks are ongoing with QPR midfielder Joey Barton

Marseille coach Elie Baup has confirmed the club are in talks with QPR midfielder Joey Barton, but that a move has yet to be agreed.

Advantage Home, Radio 4, Monday / White Stiletto Dreams, Radio 4, Wednesday

There's nothing like a bit of 'home cooking'

Premier League keen to implement goal-line technology 'as soon as possible'

The Premier League have vowed to bring in goal-line technology "as soon is practically possible" following the International FA Board's landmark decision to permit its use in football today.

Simon Kelner: If Roy thinks it's all over, he can always read a book

I don't know whether we are supposed to find it more remarkable that Roy Hodgson is a devotee of the novels of Martin Amis, or that Amis is a keen follower of football, but even in our flattened-out, pick-and-mix culture, it did seem a little peculiar to hear the man regarded as Britain's greatest novelist discussing Hodgson's predilection for the long-ball game.

Midfield state of play: Who’s out?
Injured: Barry, Wilshere, Rodwell,
Huddlestone, Lampard (right)
Retired: Carrick, Scholes
And that leaves...
Henderson, Jones, Gerrard, Milner,
Oxlade-Chamberlain and Parker,
who is carrying an injury

Sam Wallace: Is Chamberlain the answer to midfield jinx?

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has already impressed the senior squad players in the short time the England camp has been together

Simon Kelner: Virgin Atlantic's idea is verging on the unbearable

It was an exchange which made me realise why I am not rich and powerful. I was telling a friend of mine – a young, wealthy and successful individual – that I thought there was something luxurious about a trans-Atlantic plane journey. You could sit, watch a movie or two, have someone serve you drinks and food, maybe take a little nap and – most satisfying of all – no one could get hold of you.

Simon Kelner: Virgin Atlantic's idea is verging on the unbearable

It was an exchange which made me realise why I am not rich and powerful. I was telling a friend of mine – a young, wealthy and successful individual – that I thought there was something luxurious about a trans-Atlantic plane journey. You could sit, watch a movie or two, have someone serve you drinks and food, maybe take a little nap and – most satisfying of all – no one could get hold of you.

Ups and downs: Ruby Walsh rides Kauto Star in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham

The Last Word: Kauto was a star but humanising him masks the inhumane side of racing

Horses are animals and National Hunt, though thrilling, exploits them mercilessly. So spare us the hypocrisy – Cheltenham has dark foundations

Players are going 'overboard' with play-acting, says Wenger

Arsène Wenger has called for simulation to be toned down in advance of Arsenal's home match against Newcastle United tonight – especially the play-acting that seems to be aiming at Oscars rather than leaving a referee in no doubt a player has been fouled.

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