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Sir Alex Ferguson said he is enjoying watching Manchester United from the stands this season and suggested he would continue to do so despite critics urging him to stay away for the sake of the team.

Rafa Benitez congratulates his Chelsea players last night

Rafa Benitez: Five goals – but we can still improve in attack

There were further anti-Benitez songs among the away support

Capital One Cup: Leeds v Chelsea match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s Capital One Cup fixture at Elland Road

A view of Elland Road

Police call for calm at Capital One Cup tie between Leeds and Chelsea

The quarter-final at Elland Road is expected to be played in a heated atmosphere

Leeds will take confidence from Chelsea troubles says Tore Andre Flo

Leeds take on Chelsea in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday

The sporting week ahead (16/12/12)

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Neil Warnock took over this year

Leeds manager Neil Warnock accepts charge for 'on-field behaviour'

Leeds manager Neil Warnock has accepted an FA charge for improper conduct for his “on-field behaviour” following his side's 1-0 defeat at Millwall earlier this month.

Neil Warnock took over this year

Energised Leeds take a step in the right direction

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Leeds announce takeover deal with Bahrain-based investment bank GFH Capital

Leeds owner Ken Bates has announced Bahrain-based investment bank GFH Capital will complete a 100% takeover of the club on December 21.

Round-up: Ian Holloway backs Wilfried Zaha to shine

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has tipped Wilfried Zaha to make the most of his shock call-up to the England squad.

New broom: Blackpool’s new manager Michael Appleton calls for a clear-out

Round-up: Supporters protest against Sordell following his claim of discrimination

Millwall fans displayed a banner with the words “Sordell is a c***” during yesterday's 2-1 victory over Derby in the Championship after a 13-year-old was excluded by the club for verbally abusing Marvin Sordell.

Mark Clattenburg is keen on a swift return to refereeing

Mark Clattenburg assistants set to give full backing to referee over 'inappropriate language' allegations

The two assistant referees and fourth official on duty in Sunday's controversial Chelsea-Manchester United clash look set to give their full support to referee Mark Clattenburg in the Football Association's forthcoming investigation, Press Association Sport understands.

Leeds United star Michael Tonge

Michael Tonge enjoying return to Leeds United action

Forgotten man Michael Tonge is enjoying being back in first-team picture at Leeds, and is thankful a problematic shoulder injury has not ruled him out of tonight's Capital One Cup tie with Southampton.

Jones urges the majority of fans to stand up to thugs

The Sheffield Wednesday manager, Dave Jones, has called on fans to "police their own" in the wake of goalkeeper Chris Kirkland being attacked by a Leeds fan during Friday night's Yorkshire derby at Hillsborough.

Sheffield Wednesday striker Jay Bothroyd scored the opener

Dave Jones: Ban Leeds fans after attack on Chris Kirkland

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El-Hadji Diouf and Steven Gerrard clash in 2010

El-Hadji Diouf: 'Nobody can stand Steven Gerrard at Liverpool'

El-Hadji Diouf has launched a stinging attack on Steven Gerrard, a player he failed to see eye-to-eye with when the pair played together at Liverpool.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game