Sport Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, pictured here at an earlier match, refused to comment on the decision

The centre-back has one cap for the national side

Transfer news: Borussia Dortmund keen to extend contract of Manchester United 'target' Ilkay Gundogan

The Germany international is the latest BVB player linked with an exit

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber performs as part of his 'Believe' world tour

Justin Bieber investigated by Brazilian police over graffiti in Rio de Janeiro

Police said they were looking into whether the pop star had broken Brazilian laws against the destruction of property

Almost 80 per cent of FBU members voted in favour of industrial action

Contingency plans in place for firefighters’ strike over pensions

National contingency arrangements no longer exist since Green Goddesses were sold or donated to other countries

Northern Ireland’s Martin Paterson is congratulated by team-mate Niall McGinn after scoring the winner against Russia

International round-up: Northern Ireland put a huge dent in Fabio Capello and Russia's travel plans for Brazil World Cup

Martin Paterson's first-half header gave Northern Ireland one of the best results in their history and seriously weakened Fabio Capello's chances of taking Russia to next year's World Cup finals in Brazil.

Atletico Mineiro's players celebrate after winning the Libertadores Cup
Lionel Messi in action against Bayern Munich's Thiago Alcantara

Lionel Messi denies playing role in appointment of Gerardo Martino as Barcelona coach

The new manager himself hinted he thought the world's best player had an influence

Gerardo 'Tata' Martino

Andres Iniesta backs appointment of Gerardo Martino at Barcelona

The former Paraguay coach replaces Tito Vilanova

Gerardo Martino

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Gerardo Martino

Barcelona manager latest: Lionel Messi backs Gerardo Martino to replace Tito Vilanova

Andre Villas-Boas and Michael Laudrup have been linked with the vacancy

Brazilian hot prospect Bernard looks likely to move to Europe with Liverpool and Tottenham interested

Transfer news: Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham target Bernard puts clubs on alert ahead of what may be his final game for Atletico Mineiro

Brazilian winger is likely to move to Europe though Spurs and Reds face competition from three Champions League clubs

Joel Robles of Wigan Athletic celebrates victory

Antolin Alcaraz and Joel Robles arrive at Everton as Roberto Martinez raids former club Wigan

Arouna Koné has also moved to Goodison Park

Antolin Alcaraz

Antolin Alcaraz joins Everton: Roberto Martinez signs his second player from Wigan

Striker Arouna Kone joined the Toffees yesterday

Paperback review: Forgotten Fatherland - The Search for Elisabeth Nietzsche, By Ben Macintyre

The great German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche has often, unfairly, been associated with right-wing notions of nationalism and racial purity.

Antolin Alcaraz in action against Manchester United

Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz 'touch and go' for FA Cup final

The Paraguay defender suffered a hamstring strain at the weekend

The Paraguayan presidential candidate and businessman, Horacio Cartes, currently leads in the polls

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Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
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As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
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Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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