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John Obi Mikel

FA rages at 'ill-informed' lawyer Herbert

The Football Association has reacted furiously to the Society of Black Lawyers chairman Peter Herbert's claims that football's governing body is institutionally racist, by calling them "ill-informed and unhelpful".

Mikel kidnap gang wanted £2.4bn

Two Nigerian soldiers who kidnapped Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel's father one point demanded a $4bn (£2.4bn) ransom they considered "chicken change" for the team.

Villas-Boas faces familiar problems

Portsmouth 0 Chelsea 1: Chelsea's first outing under Portuguese coach gives little insight into the new regime's thinking but while Terry impresses, Torres does not

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Grant claims 'influenced' referees helped United

Avram Grant has fired the first shots in the battle of wills before next Wednesday's Champions League final by suggesting that Manchester United were helped by referees in their Premier League triumph this season. In a rare moment of controversy, the Chelsea manager said that some English referees had been subject to "influence" and that he was glad the final in Moscow would be refereed by a foreigner.

Chelsea have more to say on Evra fracas

The title race is not yet over and the Champions League final is 13 days away, but today the battle over what happened between Manchester United's players and Chelsea's groundstaff on 26 April at Stamford Bridge commences. Chelsea will file their report which, sources at the club say, includes more incidents involving United players than those which have already been reported.