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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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