Sport Racing Santander speak to the referee after refusing to contest their Copa del Rey quarter-final due to unpaid wages

They lined up on the pitch against Real Sociedad, but then refused to contest the ball

Alan Pardew will not face charges following his insult towards Manuel Pellegrini

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew escapes FA charge over Manuel Pellegrini insult during defeat by Manchester City

Alan Pardew will be reminded by the Football Association of his responsibilities towards the game, but the Newcastle United manager will not face charges for calling Manuel Pellegrini a "fucking old cunt" during Manchester City's win at St James' Park on Sunday.

Alan Pardew is left furious and bemused as Cheik Tiote's goal is ruled out for offside during Newcastle's 2-0 defeat to Manchester City

Newcastle United 0 Manchester City 2: Alan Pardew foul-mouthed tirade is 'nothing important' says Manuel Pellegrini

Pardew apologised for his remarks after his expletive rant was picked up by television microphones and admits Pellegrini has accepted his apology

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring their fifth goal in the 5-3 victory over Stoke City

Stoke City 3 Liverpool 5: Brendan Rodgers hails returning Daniel Sturridge after goalscoring comeback from injury

England striker netted the final goal on his return from nearly seven weeks out

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew (2-L) gestures towards Referee Mike Jones (2-R) as they leave the pitch at half time

Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2: Cheick Tiote goal was 'absolutely offside' says Manuel Pellegrini

The goal would have brought the home side level

Cheik Ismael Tiote of Newcastle remonstrates with Referee Mike Jones after his goal is disallowed for offside

Newcastle v Manchester City: Why was Cheick Tiote goal disallowed by referee Mike Jones?

The Newcastle midfielder appeared to have equalised in the game at St James' Park

Jermain Defoe celebrates after scoring for Tottenham against Crystal Palace

Tottenham 'will miss' Jermain Defoe, admits Mousa Dembele after striker completes deal to Toronto

The England striker scored against Crystal Palace, but will soon be playing in the MLS

Adam Lallana was upset by the ridicule he received after the complaint about Mark Clattenburg

Kelvin Davis defends Adam Lallana over Mark Clattenburg referee complaint

Adam Lallana was irritated by the criticism aimed at him following Southampton’s complaint against referee Mark Clattenburg, according to goalkeeper Kelvin Davis.

David Moyes shows his frustration on another difficult night for the United manager

Manchester United manager David Moyes charged over comments in aftermath of Capital One Cup defeat to Sunderland

The United manager was furious with a penalty decision that went against his side

Brendan Rodgers will meet mentor Jose Mourinho for the first time on Sunday

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers accepts FA charge over referee comments

The Reds boss made reference to where Lee Mason came from

Mark Clattenburg, right, and Adam Lallana, left, the men at the centre of a farcical controversy

Mark Clattenburg will be considered for all Southampton games, despite Adam Lallana row, insist Premier League

The FA confirmed that Clattenburg had no case to answer despite Saints making an official complaint and publicly announcing they no longer wish for Clattenburg to officiate any of their matches

England and Wales during last year's Six Nations. New scrummaging laws that were introduced only a few months ago will be implemented before the first round of matches

Six Nations: Scrum rule to change yet again in time for tournament

New 'put-in' rule may be fairer but it comes at a bad time

Mark Clattenburg, right, and Adam Lallana, left, the men at the centre of a farcical controversy
Mark Clattenburg, right, and Adam Lallana, left, the men at the centre of a farcical controversy

Mark Clattenburg: Controversial moments in the referee's career

The official has been cleared over the incident involving Adam Lallana

Mark Clattenburg had 'no case to answer' over Lallana incident

Mark Clattenburg cleared by FA of misconduct - but Southampton expected to stick to their guns over comments made to Adam Lallana

The FA will not be taking any action against the referee and consider the case closed

Ramires and Oscar celebrate after the latter scores Chelsea's second goal in the 2-0 win over Derby County

Chelsea players 'do not dive' according to Jose Mourinho, despite Ramires joining Oscar in being cautioned for simulation

Chelsea manager insists that other clubs have a bigger problem with diving despite two bookings in a week

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