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

Tata for Tito: Who is new Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino?

A fact-file of the Argentinian head coach known as 'Tata' that has taken over at the Nou Camp

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

Horacio Cartes: Millionaire. Criminal. Business titan.
Homophobe. The next president of Paraguay?

He has been called many things during his extraordinary life, and he could soon add a new title

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Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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