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Thursday 3 May 2018
RO M A 4 - 2 L I V E R P O O L
( LI V E R P O O L W I N 7- 6 O N AG G )
Roman heroes
‹ Liverpool survive late scare to reach final in Kiev
‹ Klopp: We must now go on and beat Real Madrid
Furious backlash Angry fans hit
out at Sale’s bid to sign Irish pair
Brailsford shock ‘I have considered
resigning as head of Team Sky’
Rugby Union, pages 11-13
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Liverpool’s final chance after
Milner 16 og, Dzeko 52, Nainggolan 87, 90 pen
Mane 9, Wijnaldum 26
Liverpool win 7-6 on agg.
Att: 61,889
Jason Burt
at the Stadio
The clock ticked slowly, the time
almost suspended. In the Eternal
City, it was an incredible, nerveshredded, almost eternal occasion,
but Liverpool have what they will
believe is their hour of destiny: they
are in the Champions League final
where they will face Real Madrid.
These two grand clubs are imbued with such rich European history that it is a final to savour, and
not least because both glory in attack, rather than defence.
Jurgen Klopp’s full-throttle football will be taking on the self-proclaimed, revved-up kings of this
competition, hoping to deny them a
third successive Champions League
Long after the end here, with the
large wedge of 5,000 Liverpool
fans held back for their own safety,
the players broke through the ranks
of officials to celebrate with them.
Captain Jordan Henderson asked
for a banner dedicated to Sean Cox,
the Anfield supporter who remains
in a coma after being so viciously
attacked, to be handed over so they
could unfurl it. After that, Mohamed
Salah emerged on his own with the
fans singing their song about their
Egyptian king.
Salah did not score in this match,
but it felt like everyone else did.
Such is the high-wire nature of
Liverpool’s football that Roma, unbelievably, eventually fell just one
goal short of forcing extra time –
something no one envisaged, surely
– and turning around the emphatic
score from the first leg.
At the final whistle, the Liverpool
players slumped to the turf, spent,
emotionally and physically, as
Klopp sprinted on in celebration.
Match data
Possession %
Shots on target
Shots off target
Fouls committed
Total passes
Pass success %
Tackles won %
“It sounds crazy because it is crazy,”
the manager said of the scoreline,
the feelings, the scene, and coming
through from a Champions League
play-off to the final.
Ultimately, it was a pyrrhic victory for the Romans but even with
just a couple of minutes to go it was
unbearably tense. It could have
been even worse had Roma been
awarded another penalty that they
should have got (maybe they could
have had two more?) soon after
scoring their second goal, when
Trent Alexander-Arnold handled.
After the celebrations Klopp will
have to dwell on his team’s sloppy
defending and not least how Roma
– through Stephan El Shaarawy –
mercilessly attacked 19-year-old
doubt Cristiano Ronaldo and Co
will have taken note, although Virgil Van Dijk and Andrew Robertson
were both excellent.
It meant this semi-final accrued 13
goals – the most ever in a match at
this stage of the competition – while,
gloriously, Liverpool have scored 46
goals in this wonderful campaign,
more than any team ever.
And, at the end of it all, Liverpool
reached their first Champions
League final in 11 years, and their
eighth in all, and are the first Premier League side to contest the
final since Chelsea in 2012.
They deserve to be in Kiev on
May 26 for what will be a re-run of
the 1981 final. Liverpool won that in
Paris and, as then, will not fear Real.
Do not expect another 1-0 though.
This semi-final brought Liverpool back to the stadium where
they won the European Cup for the
fourth time in eight years, in 1984,
and against the club they beat that
day, on Bruce Grobbelaar’s spaghetti
legs penalties, in Roma.
Liverpool also won their first
European Cup here, in 1977, and
while respectful of the past Klopp
had urged his players not to dwell
on it. Yet his declaration that “no
one remembers losers” would have
proved spectacularly wrong if they
had blown it.
They were never going to dwell
on the statistic that Roma went into
this match having not conceded a
goal at home in the Champions
League all season and not, in fact,
since February 2016. That proud record went in nine minutes as Liverpool scored a trademark goal of
counter-attacking purpose, precision and coolness.
It also stemmed from an error by
Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan,
who inexplicably played a pass
infield straight to Roberto Firmino
who snaffled it up, strode forward
and picked out Sadio Mane as he
peeled away to his left and was
Job done:
Liverpool players
celebrate after
surviving a
nervous finish to
seal their place
in the final; and
(right) Jurgen
Klopp savours
the moment
with Roberto
Firmino (left) and
Danny Ings
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13-goal thriller
afforded the space to steer his shot
beyond home goalkeeper Allison.
So, was this tie already over?
Soon there was another Liverpool
player on the scoresheet. Just as it
seemed hope had already gone for
Roma they profited from an own
goal. It seemed innocuous enough
when El Shaarawy headed back a
deep cross, with Dejan Lovren
hoisting his clearance – only for the
ball to smash into James Milner’s
head and rebound into the net.
It was cruel luck for Liverpool
and re-fired Italian belief, driving
up the decibels and the desperation. That belief stemmed from the
quarter-final comeback when they
were 4-1 down to Barcelona and
won 3-0 through what coach Eusebio Di Francesco called a “miracle”.
Did Liverpool need some divine
intervention? Well, they got it.
They scored another goal and the
inadvertent involvement was that
of Edin Dzeko who tried to head a
corner clear under pressure from
Van Dijk but sent it back towards
his own goal where Georginio
Wijnaldum stole forward to nod
home and restore Liverpool’s lead
and extend their advantage. It was
Wijnaldum’s first away from home
for Liverpool. Good timing.
Roma had to push on and did so
with El Shaarawy cutting inside and
shooting, with his deflected effort
smacking off a post.
Then there was controversy.
Firstly, Dzeko was brought down by
Loris Karius, who could have been
red-carded, but instead of a penalty
Dzeko was flagged offside. It was an
extremely tight call.
Minutes later El Shaarawy’s
close-range shot was blocked by
Alexander-Arnold with an outstretched arm. But still no penalty
was given.
Before that, Roma had drawn
level when danger man El Shaarawy
cut inside and forced Karius to push
out a curling shot, with the rebound
dropping to Dzeko, who drove it
smartly back across the goalkeeper.
The clock ticked. Slowly.
Karius was beaten again when
the ball was squared to Nainggolan,
outside the area and he drove a
superb shot in off the post.
Liverpool nerves were stretched
to breaking and, in injury time, substitute Ragnar Klavan was punished
for handball as he cut out a crosscum-shot. Nainggolan powered
home the penalty.
Surely Roma could not do it?
Finally, though, time did run out. It
was the last kick.
Man marking By Sam Dean
Appeared hesitant as
Mane raced through for
Liverpool’s opener, but
did make amends soon
after with a fine save
from close range.
Loris Karius
Could do nothing about
Milner’s own goal but
will blame himself for
palming El Shaarawy’s
shot into the path of
Dzeko, who scored.
Alessandro Florenzi Overpowered whenever
he was confronted by
Mane or Robertson.
Limited in possession
and posed minimal
threat in attack.
Looked nervy and lost
the elusive El Shaarawy
more than once.
Blocked a certain goal
with a hand.
Federico Fazio
Disappeared from sight
for Liverpool’s second,
when he was caught
beneath the ball. Needed
the help of Manolas to
shackle Salah.
Dejan Lovren A little frantic, and
could have done better
with the clearance that
struck Milner’s face.
Booked for a challenge
on El Shaarawy.
Kostas Manolas Lucky to get away with a
ludicrous push on Mane
early on, but did more
than anyone to thwart
the Liverpool strike
Virgil van Dijk
If Liverpool had two
Van Dijks, they would
probably never
concede again. A
defensive leader who
shackled everyone.
Aleksandar Kolarov
Could not get forward
too often, but still
played a series of fine
passes from deep.
Allowed Roma to control
the left flank.
Andrew Robertson Slid through the gears
with a couple of
breathless runs down
the left wing. Utterly
dominant in his contest
with Schick.
Lorenzo Pellegrini
Had minimal impact with
the ball, while a
comically bad free-kick
encapsulated Roma’s
early struggles. Hooked
early in the second half.
Georginio Wijnaldum
In for the injured Alex
and scored his first
away goal for Liverpool.
Composed and
Daniele De Rossi
A classy operator in
possession, playing
passes from deep. Far
less comfortable without
it, though. Overrun by
Liverpool’s attacking trio.
Jordan Henderson
Busy and bustling, but
never found his passing
range in a disjointed
game that did not
settle into any rhythm.
A professional display.
Radja Nainggolan
His horrific misplaced
pass opened the door for
Mane’s early goal.
Long-range strike and
late penalty changed
James Milner
Painfully unlucky with
the own goal but
otherwise as energetic
and mature as he has
been throughout this
European run.
Patrik Schick
His finest work came
deep in his own half as
he struggled to make an
impact against the leftsided defensive duo of
Van Dijk and Robertson.
Mohamed Salah
Overshadowed for
once. At times he
appeared to be trying
too hard against his
former side, but he was
still a constant threat.
Edin Dzeko
Predator and permanent
threat going forward.
Took his goal well, but it
was his botched header
that allowed Wijnaldum
to score.
Roberto Firmino
So omnipresent in the
first half that it was
hard to believe there
was only one Firmino
on the pitch. Created
Mane’s goal.
Stephan El Shaarawy
Roma’s most menacing
player. Created their first,
then struck a post with a
deflected effort. Lucky to
avoid a booking for a
horrendous dive.
Sadio Mane
A Formula One car
against Italian
hatchbacks. Too fast to
catch, too powerful to
stop. His clinical finish
put his team in control.
Substitutes Under (Pellegrini 53), Gonalons (De Rossi 69),
Antonucci (El Shaarawy 75).
Not used Skorupski (g), Juan Jesus, Peres, Gerson.
Substitutes Klavan (Mane 83), Solanke (Firmino 87),
Clyne (Alexander-Arnold 90).
Not used Mignolet (g), Moreno, Ings, Woodburn.
Referee Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Thursday 3 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Job done Liverpool do enough in first
half to progress after another thriller
Roma change shape but Liverpool have a plan
First-half average positions
Direction of play
Roma switched
from a back three to
a back four, and
their average
positions in the first
half show how they
tried to flood the
midfield. Liverpool
mirrored their
setup, though, with
their front three
dropping deep to
help outnumber the
hosts in a key area of
the pitch.
Direction of play
Hosts' sloppiness helps Liverpool
0-1 Mane 9min
Misplaced passes by Roma’s midfielders in the first half
Congestion in midfield
meant Roma struggled
to keep the ball, as
shown by the misplaced
passes in the first half by
midfield trio Radja
Nainggolan, Daniele De
Rossi and Lorenzo
Pellegrini. The worst of
those was by Nainggolan
(in bold) which led to
Sadio Mane's opener.
Direction of play
Milner unfortunate but Alexander-Arnold enjoys a slice of luck
Liverpool scored a
bizarre own-goal when
Dejan Lovren's clearance
hit James Milner in the
face and looped into the
net (left), but they were
more lucky when Trent
blocked Stephan El
Shaarawy's shot with his
hand (below). It could
have been a penalty and
red card but wasn't seen.
Anfield boys fight fire
with fire to show they
are turning into men
When Liverpool play, entertainment is guaranteed
This was the highest-scoring semi-final in European Cup history and
after Real Madrid's entertaining 4-3 aggregate victory over Bayern
Munich this was easily the highest-scoring pair of semi-finals in
recent history. It made for fabulous entertainment.
Goals in the two Champions League semi-final ties
Liverpool’s free scorers earn final
place the hard way as tension rises
1-1 Milner (og) 16min
o understand it, you
just had to look at
Trent AlexanderArnold, 19 and
Liverpool born,
celebrating in front of
the away supporters with his shirt
off. Jurgen Klopp’s right-back was
surrounded by kindred spirits but
also in a world of his own.
Mark Lawrenson recalled that
the Roma manager knew his side
were beaten in the 1984 final here
when Liverpool’s players walked
round the pitch beforehand
singing a Chris Rea song. No team
that confident were going home
without the European Cup.
Klopp’s side are still a leap away
from being European champions
but Alexander-Arnold, who comes
from West Derby and joined the
club aged six, is one of several in
this squad who are turning from
boys to men.
Thus, Liverpool are already
winners in the developmental
stakes: Champions League finalists
in Klopp’s second full season in
charge, with individual
improvement all across the field.
Back in ’84, Liverpool had class,
history, aura, built up over two
decades. This time, they came to
Rome as revelations. They also
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‘There is still
a job to do
and we will
be ready’
By Chris Bascombe in Rome
1-2 Wijnaldum 26min
2-2 Dzeko 52min
came with an abundance of goals.
If this year’s Champions League
semi-finals have resembled
basketball at times, you can hardly
ask Liverpool to apologise for
being the first team to reach 46
goals in a single Champions League
Their prolific scoring is only
partly explained by the defensive
frailties in front of them. The
biggest cause is their irresistible
movement and finishing.
Sadio Mane can be the least
celebrated of the trident and still
open the scoring stylishly. Georgi
Wijnaldum can start the game
badly and still head Liverpool’s
second en route to a 7-6 aggregate
victory. This was not a semi. It was
an arms race.
Liverpool, of all clubs, know the
value of not giving up, from the
final in Istanbul 13 years ago.
Eusebio Di Francesco’s team also
know it well.
They fought to the end, almost
chasing another lost cause down,
until the final whistle released
Liverpool from their “suffering”, as
Klopp called it.
A minority of Roma’s fans had
displayed the dark power of
dysfunctional tribalism, turning
the Stadio Olimpico into a security
compound, a week after the
appalling injuries suffered by a
Liverpool supporter, Sean Cox,
outside Anfield. But the majority
3-2 Nainggolan 87min
4-2 Nainggolan (pen) 90min
brought a more benign kind of
pressure to bear on Liverpool, the
new hot ticket in European
football, from a position in the
Premier League table 21 points
behind Manchester City.
There was a strange kind of
madness about this tie, with
Liverpool losing their No 2 coach,
Zeljko Buvac, who left the party
just as it was getting really good,
Steven Gerrard being courted by
Rangers and away fans having to
observe elaborate travel plans to
ensure their safety. Outside the
ground, the notorious bridges over
the Tiber stood like crossing points
from a nightmare, even with the
swarms of carabinieri.
Seldom has a 5-2
starting point felt so
tantalising, and
Liverpool could
never relax
This kind of tension sits badly
with the beauty of Rome, but
maybe the two are indivisible.
Turmoil is expressed in every
Roman street, some of it merely
emotional, other parts of it political
and much darker. Football feeds
this need for melodrama, but Roma
were trying to feed it from an
impossible position, against
opponents who were also expected
to fall long before this stage.
The script was that Virgil van
Dijk’s defensive unit would pick up
where Mohamed Salah, Mane and
Roberto Firmino left off at Anfield.
Liverpool would probably pinch an
away goal to ease the pressure, but
the main aim was stopping Roma
doing what they did to Barcelona
in the last round.
Roma’s fans came here thinking
a second miracle was possible.
Liverpool’s fought against their
own belief that a 3-0 Roma win
was impossible, given the
effervescence of their own front
trio, which reflects the modern cult
of forwards working in gangs of
Seldom has a 5-2 starting point
felt so tantalising, and Liverpool
could never relax on their
seemingly commanding position.
The threat was always there. Salah,
meanwhile, now knows the
pointlessness of not celebrating
goals against former clubs.
At Anfield, Salah was apologetic
about his two first-half goals,
raising his palms and avoiding the
group hug. His reward was to be
jeered by Roma fans on his old
hunting ground – a more rational
approach, if a little ungracious.
Roma have been derided as
semi-final impostors. But you
could hardly question their spirit
as they chased the game from 7-4
down. They pressed and hustled,
hounding Liverpool’s two young
full-backs, Andy Robertson and
Alexander-Arnold, and giving Van
Dijk the biggest test of his
Liverpool career, four months in.
Not unreasonably, Roma went
direct, whipping diagonal balls
forward and trying to create
mayhem in Loris Karius’s penalty
With eight minutes left, Klopp
sent Ragnar Klavan on as a fifth
defender in place of Mane, but
even then the tension was
maintained – and intensified when
Radja Nainggollan struck from
long range with five minutes left,
and then scored from the penalty
spot to make it 7-6 overall.
Desperation, of different kinds,
gripped both teams.
Football ceases to be academic at
this point. It becomes a ferocious
battle of wills. You either stand or
break. Purists will say that no tie
with so many goals can be hailed as
a classic. But it is too early in
Liverpool’s return as European
heavyweights to be throwing
academic caveats at them.
They were forged by fire in this
tumultuous semi-final, which
propels them into a final against
another team, Real Madrid, who
made it to Kiev the hard way.
Liverpool earned another stroll
round the pitch and a song.
Jurgen Klopp led Liverpool to the
Champions League final with a
forceful message to his heroic
players: “Now go and win it.”
Liverpool head to Kiev seeking a
sixth European Cup triumph. Real
Madrid are chasing their 13th, having only ever been beaten in a final
by Liverpool, Alan Kennedy securing a 1-0 win in Paris in 1981.
Progress is a reward for Liverpool’s attacking mastery, the five
goals at Anfield and two in the
Stadio Olimpico fending off Roma’s
attempts at the most unlikely of
fightbacks. But Klopp, beaten in his
past five major finals as a coach, including two as Liverpool manager,
now wants the ultimate victory.
“We were in the League Cup final
and we were in the Europa League
final, we didn’t win it. People don’t
tell me in the street since then,
‘Thank you for bringing us to the
“I see no trophies after these
games. They don’t hang silver
medals at Melwood. That’s a pity,
that’s the game. There’s still a job to
do, but that’s how it is. Going to a
final is really nice, but winning is
even nicer.
“We will be ready then, but you
cannot be more experienced in this
competition than Real Madrid. I
think 80 per cent of the team of
Real Madrid played all these finals.
They are four times in the last five
years and still together. They are
experienced, we are not, but we
will be really on fire. We have to
play two more Champions League
semi-finals in the Premier League,
that’s the first job to do, but we have
two weeks to prepare the final and
we will use that time.”
Klopp said his team have defied
expectations to progress. “You cannot plan a Champions League final
if you are not Real Madrid or Barcelona or Bayern Munich,” he said.
“They are always in the last four.
We had to play a qualifier, [against]
Hoffenheim, but I knew the football in the competition would suit
us. But the boys still had to do the
job. It was so difficult.”
The Liverpool manager accepted
there will have to be much improvement in the final to defeat the
champions. “It was not our best
game, but is there anything to criticise? No. These boys go constantly
over their limit,” he said.
With Liverpool fans kept behind
for several hours after the final
whistle, Klopp returned pitchside
30 minutes after the game to further celebrate the achievement.
“It was a fantastic moment. Seeing all these happy faces is the best
thing football can do,” said Klopp.
“These people followed us all
over Europe, come to Anfield to
create atmosphere, and we all know
how big the desire is to come back
on the winning track. They had
such a big part in the season so far,
so if they want to see me they can
see me. That’s no problem. It was
really nice.”
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Next stop, Kiev, as
Klopp’s exhilarating
journey gathers pace
Chris Bascombe
at the Stadio Olimpico,
Sealing final place shows
how far Liverpool have
come since bleak days
of boardroom turmoil
his is just the
start.” It is a
familiar claim in
the aftermath of a
result. Liverpool
players and managers have often
expressed it, particularly after
landmark European performances.
Then, you consider the prospect
of Real Madrid. In a Champions
League final. Every player who
ever struck a football would script
a fantasy career to climax at that
point, never mind make it the first
chapter. This Liverpool team are
no longer starting their journey,
they are in the midst of one that is
most exhilarating, their passports
stamped at the most picturesque
There is a tendency, a
psychological need perhaps, to not
only assess success for its
immediate emotional impact, but
also long-term consequence. What
does it mean? What is the limit for
these courageous sides? The trail
of memories marked on manager
Jurgen Klopp’s map should be
valued for what they are, ensuring
that the reflections of what it all
means for the future defer to the
here and the now.
If Liverpool’s more recent forays
in Europe have taught anything, it
is that it is wise to savour these
moments, for they are precious.
Embrace and cherish them. It
might not get any better than
readying to take on the 12-time
European Cup winners in Kiev
– regardless of how flawed was the
second half in Rome that got them
there. That is not stated to sound
cantankerous, nor defeatist about
what is to come against Zinedine
Roma chief
vents fury at
referee over
Zidane’s habitual winners. It is
more to ensure this monumental
achievement of reaching the final
is not diminished.
In the build-up to Rome, Klopp
was asked whether such triumphs
had any meaning unless there was
a shiny cup at the end. As is often
the case, his answer was
thoughtful but inevitably
conflicting. Of course they have
meaning. Of course they will not
mean so much if Liverpool do not
“have something in the cupboard”.
But whatever happens from
now, the two-legged victories over
Porto, Manchester City and Roma
cannot be contaminated, only
enhanced by ultimate success.
Prior to Liverpool’s past two
Champions League appearances,
there was an obsession with
Champions League final
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broader meaning prompted by the
demand to build on the
foundations. Both, it must be
remembered, were played amid
turbulent backgrounds.
The Liverpool team heading to
Istanbul in 2005 did so in the
knowledge it could be their
captain’s final game for his club.
“How can I leave after this?” So
declared Steven Gerrard in the
immediate aftermath of victory
over AC Milan. Two months later,
he nearly did join Chelsea, the
delay in a contract offer meaning
the feel-good momentum of
victory was short-lived.
Despite the resolution and
subsequent Premier League
improvement under Rafa Benitez,
the expectation and ambition of
Liverpool using their fifth
European Cup to elevate to another
level on and off the pitch was never
realised. The search for overseas
By Chris Bascombe
Roma owner James Pallotta
launched a stinging attack on the
officials after Liverpool’s triumph
last night, claiming they cost his
side a place in the Champions
League final.
The Boston-based owner suggested his side were denied several
penalties against Liverpool by the
Slovenian referee, Damir Skomina,
with the Italian side particularly
upset that an apparent handball by
investment was ongoing, as was a
solution to stadium expansion.
The miracle of Istanbul came to
be perceived as a missed
opportunity. In many aspects, it
was, but tell that to those who
witnessed it, or the players whose
legendary status was secure.
Istanbul was not the start of that
era, but its highlight.
Benitez almost replicated it, of
course. Two years later, Liverpool
arrived for another final in Athens
seemingly more equipped to
cement their traditional place
among the grandees of Europe.
Americans Tom Hicks and
George Gillett had just assumed
control, making lavish promises
about team investment and a new
stadium. The facade was blown
apart within 24 hours of the 2-1
defeat by AC Milan when Benitez
complained about the lack of pace
in moving for transfer targets.
So began three years of
boardroom turmoil, at the end of
which every senior figure at
Anfield would be gone, from the
owners down. You could argue, in
terms of the overall psyche of the
club and sense of distrust bred
between club and supporter, that
only now does it feel the debris is
being thoroughly cleared.
Mercifully, Liverpool look and
feel like a different club today.
Veterans of the European
campaigns can be comfortable
pronouncing Anfield in healthier
shape now than in 2005 and 2007.
It will not make it any easier to
repeat what Bob Paisley’s side
achieved against Real Madrid in
1981, but it gives them a great
Klopp spoke of Liverpool’s
history forever poised to “kick you
in the ass”. Inside the Stadio
Olimpico, only the Roma players
seeking vengeance were left with
bruised backsides, despite their
heroic efforts.
Real Madrid wait, seeking
payback for events in Paris, 1981.
Alan Kennedy’s phone will not stop
ringing for another month.
As Klopp said, at Liverpool, the
weight of the past hangs around
every corner.
Trent Alexander-Arnold from a
Stephan El Shaarawy shot was
missed by the officials.
Pallotta also argued that Edin
Dzeko was incorrectly flagged for
offside before he was brought down
by Loris Karius early in the second
And despite Roma being awarded
two contentious penalties for handball over the two legs, Pallotta felt
they should have had more.
“It is very clear VAR [Video Assistant Referee] is needed in the
Champions League because you
How the heavyweight contenders compare
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Head to head
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Champions League
Group stage, Madrid
Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool
Oct 22 2014
Champions League
Group stage, Anfield
Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid
Mar 10 2009
Champions League
Last 16 second leg, Anfield
Liverpool 4-0 Real Madrid
Agg 5-0
Feb 25 2009
Champions League
Last 16 first leg, Madrid
Real Madrid 0-1 Liverpool
May 27 1981
European Cup
Final, Paris
Liverpool 1-0 Real Madrid
wins 3
Real Madrid
wins 2
Graeme Souness,
Kenny Dalglish and
Alan Hansen
celebrate beating
Real Madrid in
Most European Cups
Real Madrid
AC Milan
Bayern Munich
just can’t let stuff like this happen,”
he said.
“You can all look at it yourself.
Potentially in the 49th minute he
[Dzeko] wasn’t offside and he gets
taken down by the goalkeeper, the
63rd minute was a handball that
was obvious to everyone probably
in the world except people on the
pitch, the 67th minute [Patrik]
Schick gets taken down in the box.
“I know it is difficult to ref but it
is really embarrassing that we lose
on aggregate like that.
“By the way, it should have been
Unhappy: James Pallotta watches the
second leg in Rome last night
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Club’s reliance on a loan
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a red card which would have been
10 men in the 63rd minute.”
Liverpool were inevitably unconcerned about the complaints,
feeling that they had grievances of
their own over both games, especially with the two penalties that
were given against them for handball.
The joyous Liverpool players
were busy celebrating their
achievement, however, regardless
of how agonising the final moments
had been.
“I don’t know what to say after
that,” said the Liverpool midfielder,
James Milner. “We know how to
make it interesting, don’t we?
“We know we need to do better
to see out games. Nobody said that
getting to the Champions League
final is easy and we have beaten
some great teams on the way.
“It was about getting the job
done and now we’re through to
the final. We have to enjoy this –
but not for too long because we
have another important game this
weekend [against Chelsea at
Stamford Bridge on Sunday].”
he 13th European
Cup for Real Madrid
in Kiev on May 26
would put them six
titles ahead of their
nearest rival, Milan,
who are not even in the competition
next season, and so far in front of
the rest of the pack that you would
have to wonder if we would ever
see them caught in this lifetime.
A 13th title would also be the
seventh won in the Champions
League era, proving that, while
Real were the dominant power
in the Fifties, the first European
super-club to mobilise in pursuit of
football’s new prize, they have won
even more in the modern age. Only
three clubs have won three consecutive European Cups, and Real
Madrid are one – but none have
ever done it twice – and we are
reaching the kind of levels where
one club stand alone.
Win in Kiev and the doubts
about Zinedine Zidane’s suitability
as a coach will fade into the night
air, Barcelona’s domestic league
and cup double will look like so
many pots and pans and all will be
right with the world at the planet’s
most successful club.
It does beg the question, why,
in this era of unprecedented success, Real need a loan facility to
pay wages? Perhaps it is as simple
as saying that the unprecedented
success has required the bank loan
because the growth in their wage
and bonus bill has been extraordinary. The 2015-2016 season, the
first of this run of three Champions
League finals, cost them €306 million (£206 million) in salaries, with
€40 million of that paid in bonuses.
Last season, in which they won the
domestic and European double,
it was €406 million, including
€68 million in bonuses.
By way of comparison, Manchester United and Manchester City’s
wage bills for last season were
around €303 million, and the only
true comparable with Real are Barcelona, who paid around €404 million for the same season.
The financial picture looks even
more unmanageable for Barcelona,
who have predicted a €114 million increase on their salary and
bonus expenditure last season,
taking them over €500 million.
This season, Real had budgeted for
a five per cent reduction in wages
to €395 million, although all the
signs in Spain are that wages have
increased yet again.
The club made much last June of
their €178 million positive cash
balance, although it was evident
where that was to be spent. Real
pay their players twice a year, in
July and January, and June’s cash
balance went on salaries. The
best-informed coverage in Spain
suggested that, by December, that
balance had recovered to only
Happy return: James Rodriguez scores
for Bayern against parent-club Real
€133 million, which would not have
been enough to meet January’s
Hence the loan which is referred
to in page 13 of the club’s financial
statements, as “undrawn facilities”
which, “coupled with” the cash
balance gives Real what it
describes as “the financial strength
to comfortably meet its scheduled
payment obligations”. You might
wonder why a club with an annual
revenue that is second only to that
of Manchester United requires a
loan to cover their wage bill, but
that is a problem that Real have not
yet solved.
The club has been able to post
profits for the past two seasons
only by virtue of selling players,
most recently Alvaro Morata to
Chelsea, Danilo to Manchester City
and, to a much lesser extent, the
academy striker Mariano, who
went to Lyon for around €8 million.
Either way, it does not seem a
model that is sustainable for a club
who made their name buying the
world’s best players, no matter the
price. There has been no new
contract for Cristiano Ronaldo, and
whether you think a man who
could already afford to have
gold-plated Ballon d’Or replica tap
heads in every bathroom, deserves
one, it was what he was promised
after the final in Cardiff last May.
Then there was the strange saga
of the non-transfer of goalkeeper
Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic
Bilbao in January that mysteriously
fell through at the last moment. He
then had a €30 million release
clause and Athletic, with their
Basque-only policy, are famously
resistant to attempts to cut deals.
James Rodriguez was shipped
out on a three-year loan deal to
Bayern Munich that only really
favours the German club – to the
extent that he was even permitted
to play against his parent club in
the Champions League semi-final
and scored for them.
Ideally, Real would like the move
to be made permanent, but Bayern
seem quite happy with the deal
they negotiated.
There is no great clarity on what
terms Real took their most recent
loan, despite the club being owned
by their members – any of whom
can be president just like
Florentino Perez, as long as they
can provide a personal wealth
guarantee of €75 million. Perez, 71,
has complete control and you
wonder how he views the future as
wage bills continue to grow and
the clamour for new players is
never-ending. Perez controls the
process by which elections take
place, and thus how the club is run
– and although he owns no more
than the single socio share of his
comrades, no one is under any
illusions about his influence.
One suggestion to ease Real’s
situation has been a change of the
rules to allow a partial sell-off so that
they are owned by a plc over which
the membership retain control but
in which other, trusted corporate
partners are given the option of
buying equity. The same was done
at Bayern, where Adidas, Allianz and
Audi co-own the shares now under
control of the membership.
That would be as unpopular at
Real Madrid as it is at Barcelona,
especially amid this great era of
success for both teams who have
won six of the past nine Champions
League titles between them. The
supporters must believe anything
is possible, although the accounts
will tell you otherwise: success
comes at a price.
Wembley cash may not be grass-roots salvation
mid all the calculations
about how the sale of
Wembley will save grassroots football, there has been little
thought given to where exactly the
money will go and what the nature
of those grass roots themselves will
be. We have to presume that the
Football Association will spend
much of Shahid Khan’s money on
continuing its frenzy of 3G pitch
building despite the concerns over
links between cancer and the
rubber-crumb infill.
But how much do they cost? 3G
pitches do not last for ever – some
might reach 10 years and heavy use
can take them out of service in six.
They need brushing and cleaning
regularly and, when time is up, a
new surface costs £150,000, with
£25,000 to dispose of the old one.
Four years ago, the Pitch Care
website estimated that £1 million
would buy and maintain five 3G
pitches for 10 years. What happens
when the money runs out?
Thursday 3 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Sport Football
Wenger hoping for
a happy ending to
Arsenal love affair
Coach wants legacy of
Champions League spot
Simeone says stadium
to ‘explode with passion’
By Jeremy Wilson
in Madrid
The one remaining ambition, said
Arsene Wenger, was “to finish this
love story well”.
Arsenal and Arsene will formally
separate in either 10 days or two
weeks, and Wenger is acutely
aware that the importance of tonight’s Europa League semi-final
second leg stretches well beyond
whether he bows out in a major European final or at the John Smith’s
Stadium in Huddersfield.
Arsenal have been a Champions
League club for the overwhelming
majority of Wenger’s 22-year tenure as manager and, having always
set himself the target of leaving his
successor equipped for even
greater success, the regret at
departing outside European’s elite
would be deep.
“A man must give his maximum
commitment and energy as long as
he is somewhere,” said Wenger.
“Until the last day, I will focus on
Arsenal. I want to finish this love
story well. The next game is always
the most important in life.
“This influences the future of my
club. It’s a very, very big game for
us. Whether we qualify for the
Champions League or not, the
future of Arsenal is not exactly the
same. I did it for 20 years and I want
to achieve it for Arsenal.”
Wenger knows that the impact
would be felt at numerous levels.
There is the simple financial boost
that Champions League football delivers of around £30 million each
year, but also the more intangible
impact on Arsenal’s standing in
world football. A year-long absence
can happen to all the giants but a
second season would begin to look
like a trend and could conceivably
have a direct impact not just on the
calibre of player Arsenal might
attract but also the identity of the
next manager. Would the likes of
Max Allegri or Luis Enrique, who
have respectively managed in
Champions League finals for Juventus and Barcelona, really be drawn
to a season in the Europa League?
Wenger’s chances of attracting
an offer from a Champions League
club himself would surely also be
greatly enhanced by overseeing
one last big win against one of the
titans of European football, especially after all the recent defeats
against Barcelona and Bayern
Upon his arrival in Madrid last
night, Wenger was reminded that
this match would see him join only
Sir Alex Ferguson on the list of
managers to have overseen 250
games in European competition.
One of the greatest highlights
came on Arsenal’s last visit to
Madrid, way back in 2006, when
they overcame a truly “galactico”
Real team containing David Beckham, Ronaldo, Raul, Roberto Carlos and Zinedine Zidane to reach
the semi-finals.
“We came here with a very young
team – I will try to repeat it,” said
Wenger. “I don’t feel too much my
age, and I’m still as excited. In football, you think you have seen it
before but every game can surprise
you. It’s always a new adventure.”
The challenges this time still
somehow feel greater. Arsenal
themselves have clearly regressed
and, after so dominating against
Atletico last week, it was hard to
escape the suspicion that Antoine
Griezmann’s late away equaliser
had turned the tie.
Atletico know that a clean sheet
will see them progress and they
have not conceded at their new
Wanda Metropolitano since January. One potential advantage for
Arsenal is the absence from the
dugout of Diego Simeone after
Atletico’s inspirational but volatile
manager was sent to the stands
last week for abusing the match
Simeone led Atletico to the
Europa League title in 2012 and has
also twice since taken the club to
the Champions League final. “Every
manager has his own personality
and he is doing extremely well,”
said Wenger.
Simeone described Arsenal as a
“great team” and said that Mesut
Ozil was the “brains” in how he
played between the defensive and
midfield lines but he was adamant
that his assistant, German Burgos,
would be able to convey his wishes.
“We don’t even need to look at each
other to know what we want,” he
said. “Maybe they will have more
anxiety as they need to score – we
need the stadium to explode with
passion and positive energy.
“We will try to be very blunt,
direct and live every second to the
maximum intensity – that is what
we are about.”
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Costa ready to resume hostilities with old foe
By Jeremy Wilson
Diego Costa is ready to return to
Atletico Madrid’s line-up tonight
and resume his volatile relationship
with Arsenal.
As a Chelsea striker, he scored
three times in six games against
Arsene Wenger’s men and was
central to a fractious match in 2015
when opposition players Gabriel
and Santi Cazorla were dismissed.
Time to reflect:
Arsene Wenger
takes to the
Atletico pitch
(above), Jack
Wilshere and
Alex Lacazette on
the flight (right),
and Shkodran
Mustafi in
training (left)
Costa was himself banned for three
matches for raising his hands at
Laurent Koscielny during another
game in 2015.
“Costa has shown he can make a
difference and was very successful
in England,” said Wenger. “Our job
to keep him quiet and the way to do
that is to play more in their half.
“We need to score – our way to
behave is clear and that is an advantage sometimes.” Costa was only a
substitute last week after coming
back from a hamstring injury but is
fit to start, while Arsenal have been
boosted by the availability of both
Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex
Mkhitaryan scored on his comeback on Sunday against Manchester
United following a knee-ligament
injury but then came off after taking
a blow to the same knee. Colombia
international David Ospina will
continue as Arsenal’s goalkeeper
ahead of Petr Cech.
Atletico Madrid v Arsenal
Three things to fear
8.05pm. Probable teams. BT Spt 2
Diego Costa’s
Costa has
scored three
goals in six
games against Arsenal and
represents a more
aggressive and direct
threat than Kevin
Gameiro. Arsenal’s
defence do not enjoy
facing big, physical
players and Costa (right,
with Antoine Griezmann)
will hunt down the ball..
Atletico Madrid
13 Oblak
5 Partey
24 Gimenez
2 Godin
19 Lucas
6 Koke
8 Saul
14 Gabi
23 Vitolo
7 Griezmann
18 Costa
13 Ospina
24 Bellerin
20 Mustafi
6 Koscielny
18 Monreal
8 Ramsey
29 Xhaka
10 Wilshere
11 Ozil
9 Lacazette
7 Mkhitaryan
Referee Ginaluca Rocchi (Italy)
The Daily Telegraph Thursday 3 May 2018
Leeds owner may bid for
Premier League TV rights
Radrizzani snatches La
Liga coverage from Sky
Eleven Sports network
eyeing more packages
By Sam Dean
Andrea Radrizzani, the owner of
Leeds United, could make a move
for the Premier League’s unsold
television packages after snatching
the rights to show Spain’s La Liga
from Sky Sports.
Eleven Sports, the network
founded by Radrizzani in 2015, yesterday announced that it had won
the rights to show La Liga after Sky,
which has broadcast Spanish football for more than two decades, had
a bid rejected this year.
And the company is considering
other options, which may include a
potential swoop for the two unsold
packages of Premier League games.
The asking price for the packages, which contain entire rounds
of matches in England’s top flight,
has not been met since the auction
began for the Premier League’s
domestic rights earlier this year.
Eleven, which holds La Liga
rights in Belgium and Poland, could
sell matches back to broadcasters
such as Sky or BT. It is not active in
the UK but it may broadcast La Liga
Sky high: Andrea Radrizzani‘s options
may include a Premier League bid
coverage, which it has secured
exclusively for the next three seasons, on a television channel of its
own or via digital services.
Eleven would not say how much
it had paid for the rights to La Liga,
but the move comes after Sky had a
bid of less than £18 million rejected
by the Spanish league. The weakening of Sky’s offer was an indication
that the broadcasting giant no
longer believed the rights to be
worth the £18 million it had paid
per season since 2015, a deal it had
agreed following pressure from BT.
The loss of La Liga still represents
a blow to Sky, especially after it was
beaten to the Champions League
rights by BT in 2013. The company
has been forced to make savings
across its business in recent years,
and in February it struck a deal for
domestic Premier League rights
which meant it would pay 16 per
cent less per match than on the
existing agreement.
Sky had previously been forced
by the arrival of BT to pay 83 per
cent more for Premier League football, which led to cuts across the
company and contributed to the
loss of sports rights such as tennis.
Eleven’s announcement comes
ahead of the meeting between
Barcelona and Real Madrid in El
Clasico on Sunday. The company
said the last two fixtures between
the sides were watched by a combined audience of one million people in the UK, citing this as proof of
the country’s strong “appetite for
Spanish football”.
Eleven’s executive chairman is
Marc Watson, who had helped
launch BT Sport as chief executive
of BT TV and had played a major
role in BT’s assault on Premier
League rights in 2012.
Watson had previously worked
for the consultancy Reel Enterprises, which advised the Premier
League on its rights auctions.
He said it was an “incredibly
exciting time for our young and
dynamic company”, adding: “The
way people, especially young people,
watch live sport is changing and we
always try to reflect that in the ways
we make our product available.”
Fellaini: United contract delay helps me
By Simon Peach
Marouane Fellaini believes that
Manchester United made a mistake
not offering him a contract extension sooner, leaving the midfielder
in a “strong position”.
A divisive figure since swapping
Everton for Old Trafford in 2013,
the 30-year-old has become a key
member of Jose Mourinho’s squad.
But despite the United manager
expressing his public desire for
Fellaini to stay, his future may lie
elsewhere given that his deal is up
this summer and contract discussions have been at an impasse
throughout the campaign.
Mourinho indicated there had
been a breakthrough in negotiations after Sunday’s 2-1 defeat of
Arsenal, when Fellaini dropped
hints about another term at Old
Trafford by making comments
looking ahead to next season.
However, a deal has yet to be tied
up and the Belgium international
believes United are ruing their
decision not to agree terms sooner.
Strong position:
Marouane Fellaini
is out of contract
in the summer
“The entire staff is doing everything [they can for me] to stay,” he
told Sport Voetbal magazine.
“The club did not renew my contract last year. Now I am in a strong
position, especially since Mourinho
has stated that he wants to keep me.
Last year I went to the coach and I
said that I wanted a new contract. I
then had a second meeting, but I
will not ask it 10 times.
“Afterwards I became important
for the team … and a good player
costs at least €50 million [£44 million]. The club know that they went
wrong there.”
Fellaini insists he is “open to
everything” and “would not have a
problem with life in China” as talk
of a move east persists.
Juventus, Paris St-Germain,
Fenerbahce and Besiktas have also
been linked with an offer to move
in the close season.
“I am now 30 years old, at the
end of my contract and negotiating
with Manchester United,” Fellaini
added. “There are several clubs that
show interest. I’m waiting for
what’s going to happen.”
In brief
Arsenal struggle
against the low
Arsenal have to
score and that
p ays perfectly to Atletico’s
strongest suit. Diego
Simeone’s team will dig in,
put up
u walls of defence and
force their rivals to attack
aroun them, closing down
the m
man on the ball,
up the passing
rhythm with fouls and
launching counter-attacks.
Antoine Griezmann
is really good
As Atletico absorb
pressure, Arsenal’s
soft underbelly will
become exposed. Atletico are at
their most dangerous on the
counter-attack, when they can
utilise the pace, skill, lethal
finishing and accurate decisionmaking of their star player,
Griezmann. He is the kind of
striking talent that Arsene
Wenger’s best teams could rely
on to change a game.
West Brom eye Bees’ Smith
West Brom are set to make official
approaches for Brentford manager
Dean Smith and Leicester’s No 2
Michael Appleton as they ramp up
their search for a new head coach.
Albion want an appointment in the
next fortnight. Caretaker manager
Darren Moore will be part of the
new coaching team and could still
be considered for the top job.
Wolves split £8 m bonus
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ squad
will land an £8 million bonus after
clinching promotion to the
Premier League. Regular starters
will pocket £500,000 each.
investigation into alleged
inappropriate behaviour towards
the Under-18 team.
Burnley in for £6 m Bryan
Fifa president Gianni Infantino has
proposed staging what would
effectively be a mini-World Cup
with eight teams every two years
on top of the traditional
competition. The “Final 8”
tournament would be the climax of
a global Nations League
Burnley are ready to offer
£6 million for Bristol City’s utility
player Joe Bryan.
Palace’s Issott cleared
Crystal Palace academy director
Gary Issott is free to return to work
after being cleared by an
Fifa wants mini-World Cup
Thursday 3 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Team Sky chief says he
considered quitting role
Salbutamol dominates
questions to team leader
By Tom Cary
in Jerusalem
Sir Dave Brailsford, the Team Sky
principal, admitted for the first time
last night that he had considered resigning, as the squad made a hugely
uncomfortable start to the Giro
d’Italia here, with Chris Froome
having to fend off questions over
his salbutamol case.
The race does not start until tomorrow but, if this was a sign of
things to come, it promises to be a
difficult three weeks for Sky.
Principal: Sir Dave
Brailsford insisted
Team Sky is about
the riders and it is
not about him
Sitting on a dais in the incongruous surrounds of the Waldorf Astoria – the race HQ for this Grande
Partenza – Froome repeated what
he has said many times since his
adverse analytical finding for the
asthma drug was made public; that
he could understand all the questions, that he felt he had done nothing wrong, that he was confident he
would be fully exonerated and
would be riding in the Tour de
France this summer.
But that did not make the atmosphere any less awkward. Of the
dozen or so questions put to Sky, 80
per cent concerned Froome’s salbutamol case or other recent contro-
versies, and 100 per cent were put
to either Froome or Brailsford.
Sky’s seven other riders for this
race, and sporting director Nicolas
Portal, could only watch on helplessly.
It was Brailsford’s admission that
he had considered his future as Sky
principal that was of most note.
The former performance director of British Cycling has kept a low
profile this season. This was the
first time he had spoken since the
publication of the Digital, Culture
Media and Sport select committee’s
stinging report into doping in sport
in March, which concluded that
Sky had effectively “played the system” by giving Therapeutic Use
Exemptions to Sir Bradley Wiggins
before three of the biggest races of
his career, including his victorious
2012 Tour de France.
MPs labelled those treatments
“unethical”, while slamming Sky’s
medical record-keeping.
After a brief dispute with a journalist over exactly how accessible
he had been this year – Brailsford
insisted he had been at all the
races and would have been willing to speak with anyone – he was
asked whether he had considered
“I think anybody in this game
considers their position every day,”
he replied. “I would say that I’m
constantly asking if I’m the right
man to lead these guys. Because it’s
not about me, let’s be honest. My
role is to help these guys not just to
perform but to perform optimally,
and there’s a difference.
“I think that regardless of the
select committee or anything else,
there’s a constant sense of selfquestioning about whether I’m
appropriately placed or do I have
the right skills to be able to do
that. It’s something you ask yourself all the time.
“Some things come and go,
things change, the situation and
context around you changes. But
Brailsford and
Froome given
a rough ride
In demand: Chris Froome answers a barrage of questions in Jerusalem ahead of the Giro d’Italia, which starts tomorrow
I’m here because I think I am still in
the position where I can help these
guys be the best they can be.”
Brailsford is going to need to
keep Froome focused on the task in
hand if he is to stand any chance in
this Giro.
The pre-race favourite went into
yesterday’s press conference just
hours after his major rival Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) stoked the flames
of his controversy by repeating that
it was “not good for cycling” and
Cavendish targets two Yorkshire wins
By Tom Cary
Mark Cavendish believes he can
win two out of four stages at this
year’s Tour de Yorkshire, which
begins in Beverley today.
The Manxman, 32, has suffered
dreadful luck this year, having been
caught up in crashes at the Tour of
Dubai, Tirreno-Adriatico and the
Milan-Sanremo, where he was sent
over his handlebars and had to miss
the Commonwealth Games with rib
and ankle injuries.
Cavendish also crashed at the
end of stage one of the 2014 Tour de
France in Harrogate, dislocating a
shoulder. But this year’s Tour de
Yorkshire does not visit the spa
town. Instead, it takes in Barnsley,
Doncaster, Halifax, Ilkley, Richmond and Scarborough before
finishing in Leeds on Sunday.
It is today’s finish in Doncaster
and Saturday’s finish in Scarborough which are of most interest to
sprinters such as Cavendish.
“There are sprint opportunities
on the first day and the third day I
Sprint finish: Mark
Cavendish says
the first and third
days of the Tour de
Yorkshire suit him
will be looking to make the most
of,” Cavendish told BBC Radio 4. He
will also be trying to help his
Dimension Data team-mate, Serge
Pauwels, defend his title. “We will
look forward to try to defend it as a
team with him,” said Cavendish.
“Yorkshire is a hard place to ride
a bike. Hopefully, Team Dimension
Data can go and be successful over
the four days.”
He added: “I am lucky in my
career. I have had good luck and I
have had bad luck, but I am able to
ride my bike again. I am not in top,
top condition but I am in good
enough condition that I know I can
go to some tough terrain around
Yorkshire and be competitive.”
that if he were in Froome’s shoes he
would not be racing.
“If I was in the same situation, I
would not be here, because my
team is part of the MPCC [Movement for Credible Cycling],” the
Dutchman said.
“Maybe he’s going to win the
Giro and then a few weeks later he
loses the title. It’s not good for anyone, but I can’t change it.”
Mind you, focus is not usually
Froome’s weak suit. The Briton, 32,
has faced hostile crowds, particularly in France, and come through
with flying colours.
If Froome does do it, he would
become the first since Bernard Hinault in 1982-83, and only the third
man in history after Hinault and
Eddy Merckx, to win a “Tiger Slam”
of grand tours; to be reigning champion of the tours of France, Spain
and Italy at the same time.
Tomorrow’s opening stage is a
9.7 kilometre individual time trial.
Australia name Langer coach
Justin Langer will begin his stint as
Australia’s new head coach in England after being named as successor to Darren Lehmann last night.
The former opener will coach
Australia in all three formats of the
game over the next four years starting with this summer’s ODI series.
Langer, 47, will be charged with
restoring the team’s reputation
after the ball-tampering scandal
which led to bans for Steve Smith
and David Warner and to Lehmann’s
“There will be some significant
challenges ahead for our group,”
Langer said in a statement. “I’m
thoroughly looking forward to
working with all players, as we
strive for a successful men’s team
across all formats,” he said.
Langer played 105 Tests over
nearly 20 years, scoring 7,500 runs,
including 23 centuries. He has been
the head coach of Western Australia state and the Perth Scorchers
T20 team since November 2012.
“Justin was the clear standout,
particularly based on his recent
coaching and player development
achievements,” Cricket Australia
chief executive James Sutherland
said. “Justin’s work ethic, leadership and values are among his
strongest attributes and he is
widely respected.”
The Daily Telegraph Thursday 3 May 2018
Sport Rugby Union
Sale backtrack over Irish signings
Daniel Schofield
Social-media outrage
prompts club to rethink
Jackson and Olding
were cleared in rape trial
Hostile: The social media section on
Sale’s website, which features posts
mentioning the club, included a link to
a petition against signing ‘misogynists
Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’; and
(below) how we broke the story
The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 2 May 2018
Sport Rugby Union
Sale to sign Jackson despite rape case
Ulsterman to join Sharks
on cut-price deal
Olding also in talks as
club prepare for storm
Sale Sharks have agreed a cut-price
deal to sign controversial Irish flyhalf Paddy Jackson, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.
The Aviva Premiership club are
also close to agreeing another deal
with centre Stuart Olding. Jackson,
26, and Olding, 25, had their contracts terminated by Ulster last
month despite being acquitted of
rape after a nine-week trial. Jackson, who won 25 caps for Ireland,
later apologised for what he described as “degrading and offensive”
regarding the woman in the case.
However, the verdict attracted
huge protests in Ireland while Ulster’s leading sponsor, the Bank of
Ireland, declared itself “highly concerned” by the pair’s conduct before the province cut their ties with
both players.
Sale would not publicly comment last night and will delay the
announcement until after the end
of the rugby season Jackson was
Centre of controversy: Fly-half Paddy Jackson kicks a conversion for Ulster during a Pro12 match in May 2017
view.” Rather unfortunately from
Sale’s perspective, the petition
appeared on the home page of the
official club website under the
social media feed.
It is possible that Sale underestimated the scale of feeling surrounding Jackson, the 26-year-old
fly-half who has won 25 caps for his
country and Olding, the 25-year-old
who has made four Test appearances. Jackson had agreed terms
for less than £200,000, well below
his market value, before the
Steve Diamond, the director of
rugby, is a specialist in rehabilitat-
ing other players considered untouchable and was recently linked
with a bold move for Israel Folau,
the Australia full-back who himself
is at the centre of a homophobia
However, the firestorm surrounding Jackson and Olding may
be too hot to handle. During the
nine-week trial, the court heard
that messages were exchanged on a
WhatsApp group containing Jackson and Olding that referenced
“pumping a bird”, “spit-roasting”
and “sluts”.
Their acquittal caused huge
protests in Ireland, with the hashtag
#Ibelieveher trending across the
country, and around 250 people
protested outside Ulster Rugby club
before they were released.
There were, however, counter
protests by Ulster supporters upset
that the club had bowed to pressure, despite both men being declared innocent by a court of law.
A key factor in Ulster’s decision
was the disquiet voiced by some of
its leading sponsors.
It is understood that some of
Sale’s leading sponsors immediately
sought talks with the club in light
of the revelations, with one
company describing itself as
By Daniel Schofield
Sale Sharks last night attempted to
backtrack after facing a furious
response in their attempt to sign
Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding,
who were at the centre of a highly
controversial rape case.
The Daily Telegraph yesterday revealed that Sale had agreed terms
with Jackson and were close to
following suit with centre Olding.
Both players were found innocent
of raping the same woman at Jackson’s home in June 2016. However
their conduct, particularly a string
of highly misogynistic WhatsApp
messages, led to Ulster terminating
their contract and the prospect of
Sale signing the pair has ignited
further protests.
Barbara Keeley, the MP for Worsley and Eccles South, where Sale
are based, said that bringing in
Jackson and Olding would send
“entirely the wrong signal to fans
and to the local community” while
the End Violence Against Women
Coalition reiterated its demand that
they should never play rugby again.
“The behaviour of Paddy Jackson
and Stuart Olding is not in line with
the values that Sale Sharks should
be projecting to our community,”
Keeley wrote in a statement released to The Daily Telegraph.
“When the Irish Rugby Union decided to revoke the players’ contracts, they acknowledged that they
have a responsibility to uphold the
values of the game: respect, inclusivity and integrity. Sale Sharks
need to remember that their athletes are role models and the club
should promote these values.”
A petition was also launched on, which stated: “Winning trophies is not worth sacrificing the club’s values and ethics for.
A rugby club should be inclusive
and welcoming, not implicitly endorsing a vile misogynistic world
Controversial: Although Paddy Jackson was found not guilty of rape, his recruitment will almost certainly be criticised
accepted terms on less than
£200,000 with Sale. Olding is
likely to agree terms on a similar
bargain deal.
If any director of rugby is capable
of dealing with the firestorm that
signing Jackson will create it is
opinion is all that matters. He previously stuck his neck on the line to
defend Denny Solomona who was
found guilty of directing homophobic abuse towards Jamie Shillcock,
the Worcester Warriors fly-half, in
a Premiership match on March 24
Danny Cipriani in 2012 when the
player’s reputation was at all-time
low following a controversial spell
with the Melbourne Rebels while
this season he has signed Australian
bad boy James O’Connor, who was
arrested last year on suspicion of
the fallout that will follow Jackson’s
arrival may prove to be his biggest
challenge yet.
Meanwhile, Bath have warned
Eddie Jones not to consider selecting flanker Sam Underhill for the
summer tour to South Africa after
returning to the club “broken”
from the last England training
Underhill is only inching his way
back to full fitness after tearing tendons in his toe at an England training camp in March after a debut
season in which he has made just
four Premiership starts. England
have already lost at least six leading
players, including back-row options Nathan Hughes and Courtney
Lawes, while head coach Jones has
previously hinted that he intends to
rest some of his Lions contingent.
Yet with the squad to face South
Africa in a three-Test series due to
be announced a week tomorrow,
Bath first-team coach Toby Booth
says rushing Underhill back into action would be an unnecessary risk.
“Sam hasn’t even started training
yet,” Booth said. “He’s still got a lot
of work to do. He returned to us
broken and he’s not set one foot on
the training pitch. He’s still at the
rehab stage so I’d imagine he’s got a
long way to go yet.
“Everyone knows what international rugby is like and going to
South Africa is not going to be for
the faint-hearted. You need to be at
your best for those sorts of tours so
“concerned”. While most major
rugby club sponsors do not possess
a “morality” clause in their contracts, it could irrevocably damage
Sale’s ability to attract future
Despite a senior club source describing Jackson as “a done deal” on
Monday night, Sale released a
statement at 6pm yesterday that
contradicted its earlier stance.
“Sale Sharks can confirm there is
no substance to the rumours currently circulating in relation to the
signing of the two international
rugby players Paddy Jackson and
Stuart Olding,” the statement read.
“Our search continues for top-class
players to bolster the squad for next
In April 2017, Sale released another statement declaring that
speculation that they were trying to
sign James O’Connor and Faf de
Klerk was “incorrect”.
Diamond said: “I have not spoken to either player and don’t know
where the speculation has come
from.” Within two months, the club
had signed both players.
Sale did not respond to repeated
requests for clarification on their
latest statement last night.
Vunipola’s injury curse strikes again as South Africa tour looms
No 8 hurt three days after
return from long break
Saracens still hope he
may make play-offs
By Mick Cleary
Billy Vunipola’s injury nightmare
continued yesterday when the
Saracens No 8 pulled up with a
through a routine training session
only three days after his long-
awaited return from a broken arm.
With the England squad for the
tour to South Africa to be named a
week today this latest setback could
not have come at a worse time for
the 25-year-old, who won the last of
his 34 caps in March 2017, against
Ireland in Dublin.
Vunipola has managed only two
Tests in the past 17 months, missing
the Lions tour to New Zealand as
well. It is no coincidence that
England’s fortunes have nosedived
in the absence of the Saracen, who
lends so much go-forward power to
their game.
Head coach Eddie Jones will be
monitoring bulletins on Vunipola’s
progress closely as Vunipola has
had a wretched 18 months, with
knee and shoulder injuries. Last
Sunday’s 20-minute cameo from
the bench against London Irish
took his total game time for the season to just 249 minutes.
At this stage, Saracens regard the
hamstring issue as the type of problem that can crop up when a player
is coming back from injury and has
put extra strain on his body as he
pushes for fitness.
Vunipola immediately went for
treatment and is expected to miss
the last game of the regular season
at home to Gloucester on Saturday.
Saracens are already through to the
play-offs and will have a two-week
break before their home semi-final
against either Wasps or Newcastle
Falcons on May 19.
Saracens director of rugby Mark
McCall is awaiting updates on
Vunipola’s condition but refused to
be too downbeat about his fitness
for the play-offs.
“It is unlikely we would risk him
this weekend,” said McCall. “He
had some awareness [tightness] in
his hamstring last week but has
trained well with us and looked
good against London Irish. Nothing
happened [in training]. Billy just
felt some tightness. It is not pulled
or anything.
“When you have been out for a
very long time you try to get some
volume into the legs. Billy was
being sensible. It is mature of him
not to try to plough on.
“We would not play him if we
thought that he would pull a hamstring in a game. If we have to scan
the hamstring, we will. That is
likely to happen. The semi-final is
2½ weeks away so there is time.”
Jones is already missing players
for the three-Test South Africa tour.
Out are hooker Dylan Hartley, locks
Courtney Lawes and George Kruis,
back-row forward Nathan Hughes,
as well as backs Anthony Watson
and Jonathan Joseph.
Thursday 3 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Sport Rugby Union
Paul Tupai has retired
after a professional
career that lasted 28
years. Daniel Schofield
meets the 43-year-old
‘I loved every
minute of it. I loved
the contact, the
changing sheds,
the people. It
scares the hell out
of me how much I
am going to miss it’
How rugby’s last
survivor from the
amateur era is
going out in style
small chapter
in rugby
history closed
last Saturday at
Road as Paul
Tupai, in all
probability the
last survivor
from the sport’s transition to
professionalism, played his final
competitive match for Bedford
Blues in their 28-12 victory against
His career as a loose forward
spanned 28 years, including more
than 1,000 games, scores of yellow
cards, but just two serious injuries,
ation last year and
a shoulder operation
a broken thumb which, he
ts, came from a
sheepishly admits,
h. The 43-year-old
misplaced punch.
lles. His ears could
is not quite Achilles.
win rosettes in a county show’s
ompetition. A long,
best vegetable competition.
deep scar runs underneath his
chin. His knees creak getting up.
But those are all badges of honour
ll fought.
from a battle well
“I have loved every minute of it,”
ve the contact, I
Tupai said. “I love
ng sheds, I love
love the changing
ares the hell
the people. It scares
out of me how much I am
going to miss it.””
He still remembers
the day
became a reality
in 1995, back
when he was
playing for Bay
of Plenty in his
native New
Zealand. “It went
from getting nothing,
d a couple
like a T-shirt and
ng a couple of
of beers to getting
s,” Tupai said.
thousand dollars,”
“We were made up.”
n days did not last.
Those halcyon
eason, players
The following season,
eir contemporaries
realised what their
ealousy and
were earning. Jealousy
ted fermenting.
resentment started
ar because they
“You wanted a car
lse a car and then
gave someone else
ays I want a car,
another player says
too,” Tupai said.
Rugby is still wrestling with
ame issues 23 years
many of these same
Final agony: Paul
Tupai reacts after
play-off defeat to
Newcastle in
2013 which saw
the Falcons
promoted to the
later, as the links to the amateur
game grow ever weaker.
Tupai, in his two years at
Northampton Saints and a further
decade with Bedford, saw it as his
job to educate the younger
generations on the old-school
values he learnt. “Look after the
changing sheds. Look after the
bus. Know what the club means to
the supporters. Give the
supporters time.
“You are there because the
supporters paid money to come
through the gate, don’t just jump
into your car the moment the game
is over. Show respect to someone
who has been there and done that.
Respect the back seat.
expect just to sit there.”
Even when Tupai
Tup retires, this
legacy will live o
on, primarily
through his son Connor – a
half-back who h
has just signed a
professional academy
at Northampton – but also
through Englan
England captain Dylan
Hartley, who
whom he considers
family. On the day that The
Daily Telegraph
Tupai was looking after
Hartle two-year-old
daughter, Thea,
the favour
for the years of
d with Connor.
Speaking at his
dinner last
Friday, Hartley
spoke of the
invaluable debt
he owed Tupai
for taking him
under his wing.
Despite both
hailing from
Tupai’s father used
to d
drive Hartley’s
father to work, they
met for the first
time only at
ttraining. “As an
aacademy player,
he was always in
and amongst it
and so was I,”
Tupai said. “I
was like him at his age. He was
testing himself against the big
dogs. After that, we invited him
over for a lasagne and then he was
looking after Connor. Dyls and
Connor are like brothers now. He’s
a good boy, massively
misunderstood. He is one of the
nicest guys you will meet.
“He is polite, respectful and
people still throw s--- at him.”
The academy structure that
Connor is entering is a world away
from the environment that his
father entered in a farming
community just outside Rotorua
on pitches that were caked in cow
and sheep excrement. Soon
enough, he made his first senior
appearance as a 16-year-old in 1990
alongside a collection of farmers
and policemen. Despite the
presence of law enforcement,
anything could, and did, go in
those days.
“I remember when I first started
playing senior rugby at 16-17, boys
Picking up the
baton: Paul Tupai
jokes with his son
Connor who has
recently been
recruited to the
Saints academy
The Daily Telegraph Thursday 3 May 2018
Twickenham joins
war on plastic waste
New scheme aims to tackle the
‘throwaway culture’ on match days
he Rugby Football
Union is to wage a
war on plastic at
Twickenham in
response to concern
about environmental
damage. In an attempt to reduce
the “throwaway culture” at major
sporting events, plastic bottles,
straws, cutlery, stirrers and
packaging items are all expected to
be phased out this year and
replaced by biodegradable items
once stock is exhausted.
Pints of beer and cider are
already sold or recycled through an
“eco-cup” system which has cut
around 150,000 plastic glasses
from the waste stream since its
introduction in 2014. That amounts
to a reduction of more than one
tonne of plastic waste per Test.
Food waste is to be placed
directly in bins for composting,
instead of being put in plastic
refuse bags. Waste plastics will be
sent for recycling.
Twickenham generated more
than 88 million tonnes of plastic
waste in the 2012-13 season. While
that figure was down to 56 million
tonnes in 2016-17, the RFU hopes
the new policy will enable it to
become a leader in dealing with
waste and plastics.
An RFU spokesman said: “The
‘eco-cup’, which we introduced in
2014, is very popular, and we are
constantly looking for ways to
reduce the ‘throwaway culture’ on
match days, and across our wider
The drive to improve rugby
union’s impact on the environment
is also being rolled out across
grass-roots clubs. The RFU last
week won the Sports Industry
Award for “sustainability initiative
of the year” for its rugby energy
club project.
Under the scheme, clubs are
encouraged to reduce running
costs by introducing energy-saving
technology, with the RFU having
already handed out grants of
almost £150,000.
“Sustainability as a theme is
often overlooked in sport, but
the feedback we’ve received has
shown its value to both our
clubs and our sport,” added the
Six Nations and Lions split draws closer
would just dive on the ball and you
would get six or seven guys
standing on you,” Tupai said.
“Someone would get rucked and
spat out the back and that would
turn into a fight. In the showers,
you would see some of the old boys
and they looked like they had been
whopped. Their back and their legs
were covered in scars.”
Having won the Ranfurly Shield
for the only time in Bay of Plenty’s
history under Joe Schmidt and
Vern Cotter, Tupai was about to
retire from competitive rugby
when a call came from Michael
Jones, the All Blacks legend, asking
if he would join Samoa on their
2005 tour.
It was while playing in a
particularly bad-tempered match
against England that Tupai caught
the eye of Budge Poutney, then
Northampton director of rugby,
who was in the market for an
“I thought this is the best thing. I
am paid good money to smash
people, this is Christmas,” Tupai
said. “I only ever knew how to play
rugby one way. I got a few yellow
cards, but they didn’t care.”
Tupai quickly earned cult status
at Franklin’s Gardens but he found
the demand of full-time training
suffocating, having always
previously held a job alongside
rugby. So, despite Northampton
offering him a new deal in 2008, he
opted to sign for Bedford Blues
while picking up a gig driving a
front-end loader at a quarry.
Connor, too, will be instructed to
learn a trade or start a degree
alongside his rugby commitments.
“What a lot of these academy
kids miss out on is the life skills,”
Tupai said.
“The dangerous thing is when
they do get to 26 and start getting
these knees and shoulders, that’s
when they are thrown into the
outside world and they don’t have
anyone telling them how great
they are and wiping their arses.
They don’t know what it is like to
do an eight-hour shift. It can be
Tupai does not preach that
everything was better in his day.
The violence, as enjoyable as it
was, needed to be curbed to make
the game more attractive. Player
welfare standards are also much
higher. The rewards are also
considerably greater, but when
asked if he would like to be starting
over in Connor’s shoes, his answer
is instant. “Nah mate. He might
earn more money in his, but I
know I had more fun.”
On Sunday, Hartley will coach a
Northampton XV against Bedford
in Tupai’s testimonial match at
Goldington Road. The match
promises to be great fun, the night
out even wilder. And, with that, the
baton will be passed from rugby’s
Last Tommy to Connor, Hartley
and others to keep the amateur
flame burning.
he separation of the running
of the Six Nations and the
British and Irish Lions now
appears to be inevitable following
the departure last month of John
Feehan, who acted as chief
executive for both.
The RFU is pushing for an
independent chairman to be
appointed to the board of the Six
Nations following the governance
review carried out by Ian Ritchie,
the new chairman of Premiership
Rugby. While a final decision has
not yet been taken on a proposal to
move the Lions organisation from
Dublin to London, the RFU is keen
for the bodies to be run separately.
The Six Nations and the Lions
have been run from the same office
in Ballsbridge in Dublin since
2000. “I think, ultimately, they
need to be a bit more standalone,
actually,” said Steve Brown, the
RFU’s chief executive. “I think that
will change. The reason for that is
logic rather than any insight again.
One of them happens every four
years and one of them is a
recurring event that is significantly
greater, three times the size just in
one year.
“There is a scale to it, so you
want your focus on this one major
product and different attention to
the Lions at appropriate points.
The Lions is important to us as
well. It has great heritage, fantastic
following and fantastic reach. We
want to make sure that is strong
and robust and governed in an
equally good way.”
Poulton-Palmer to be welcomed ‘home’
oil from the grave of Ronnie
Poulton-Palmer, captain of
England’s 1914 Grand Slam
side, who was killed in action
during the First World War in
Flanders, is to be sprinkled on the
pitch at Twickenham ahead of the
Army versus Navy match on
Poulton-Palmer was widely
regarded as the best player of his
generation before volunteering as
an Army officer at the start of the
First World War. He played his
final game at the front in Flanders
before being shot by a sniper. As he
lay dying, he said: “I shall never
play at Twickenham again.”
As a mark of respect, soil from
the Twickenham pitch was
recently taken to his grave in
Belgium and on Saturday, a box of
soil from his grave will buried
beside the pitch. “We are proud to
welcome Ronnie home,” said an
RFU spokeswoman.
Thursday 3 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Sport Racing
Heffernan on
Gustav Klimt
in Guineas
Seamus Heffernan looks set to take
the place of Ryan Moore on antepost favourite Gustav Klimt in Saturday’s Qipco 2,000 Guineas at
Newmarket. Moore will be at
Churchill Downs to ride Mendelssohn in the Kentucky Derby.
Aiden O’Brien was pleased to get
a prep run into Gustav Klimt at
Leopardstown last month as the
colt had been off the track since
winning the Superlative Stakes in
dramatic fashion at Newmarket last
July. “We were anxious to get a run
into him. We think and hope he’s in
good form,” he said yesterday.
Richard Spencer is delighted to
have booked Adam Kirby for Rajasinghe in the Guineas, saying: “Adam
is one of the best and we’re thrilled
he has taken the ride. He sat on him
today for the first time and said the
horse gave him a great feel. His last
bit of work was extraordinary.”
Jockey plans for Sunday’s 1,000
Guineas are less fixed with William
Buick undecided as to which of the
Godolphin pair Soliloquy or Wild
Illusion he will ride. “They are two
high-class fillies and nothing we
know splits them. That [Soliloquy
having a run] could be a deciding
factor,” said Buick. Soliloquy was
certainly the best-backed of the
pair yesterday and is a 6-1 chance.
Torcedor impressed when winning the Longines Sagaro Stakes at
Ascot yesterday and the progressive stayer has the Ascot Gold Cup
as his prime target. Colm
O’Donoghue was very positive on
the six-year-old, making all and
kicking on a long way from home.
He said: “He is from the same family
as Yeats and has got that sort of
body [big and strong] to him.”
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11 /70 Griffin Street (21) A Whillans 5 8 7
C Hardie 10
12 0-0 Roman Times [P] (94) A Berry 5 8 7
S.P. f’cast: 7-2 Twentysvnthlancers, 5-1 See Vermont, Our Place In
Loule, 6-1 Cheeni, 13-2 Dawoodi, 8-1 Vallarta, 10-1 Others.
6.10 Racing UK Handicap (6) 3YO 1m 4f 104yds £3,105
1 -79 Poetic Steps (29) M Johnston 9 9
J Hart 3
J Fanning 4
2 6-6 Birdette (23) M Johnston 9 7
P Hanagan 5
3 531 Amadeus [V] (21) (D) R Fahey 9 2
J P Sullivan 2
4 555 Pretty Moi (44) J O’Keeffe 8 9
D Fentiman 1
5 87- Lever Du Soleil (218) T Easterby 8 7
S.P. f’cast: Evens Amadeus, 5-1 Birdette, Lever Du Soleil, 6-1
Pretty Moi, 13-2 Poetic Steps.
4.00 - Insurgence
4.30 - Playfull Spirit
5.00 - Presence Process (nb)
Going: Standard TV: Sky 415. Draw: Low best in races up to a mile
3.00 188Bet Handicap (6) 2m £3,105
Guards Chapel [V] (33) (CD)(C)(D) G L Moore 10 9 10 H Crouch 4
Southern States [E] (177) Mrs L Richards 5 9 8 T J Murphy 5
Epsom Day (454) (C) Mrs L Mongan 5 9 8 G Downing 8
Gold Chain (47) (C) Clare Ellam 8 9 8
S Donohoe 2
Takeitfromalady [B] (J18) (CD) D Steele 9 9 7
K Fox 1
Nanny Makfi [T] (J25) B Barr 5 9 4
T Whelan 3
Petrify [T] (J213) B J Llewellyn 8 9 4
D Probert 10
Shan Dun Na Ngall [B,T,WS] (110) (CD)(D)
Miss Amy Murphy 7 9 3 L De Souza 11
9 /04 What A Party [P] (24) (C) Miss G Kelleway 6 9 1 L Morris 14
E J Walsh (3) 12
10775 Kay Sera (12) A Newcombe 10 9 1
11765 Threediamondrings [P,T] (30) (C) M Usher 5 9 0
Nicola Currie (5) 9
12435 Simply Clever [P] (14) D Brown 5 8 13 J Watson (5) 13
13 -09 Archipentura (36) Clare Ellam 6 8 13
D Muscutt 7
14354 Hi There Silver (29) M Madgwick 4 8 12
S.P. f’cast: 5-1 What A Party, 11-2 Kay Sera, 6-1 Others.
3.30 188Bet Claiming Stakes (6) 6f £3,105
4.30 188Bet Live Casino Fillies’ Handicap (5) 3YO 6f £3,752
1 149 Captain Lars [B] (34) (CD)(C)(D) Archie Watson 9 9 11
O Murphy 5
T Whelan 6
2 -80 Mamillius (15) G Baker 5 9 10
3 536 Dutiful Son (27) (CD)(C)(D) Emma Owen 8 9 7 A Kirby 1
L Morris 8
4 794 Locommotion (8) (C) Mat Salaman 6 9 7
5 716 Mishaal (22) (CD)(D) (BF) M Herrington 8 9 6 K Shoemark 3
Kaboobee B Barr 3 9 1
Joshua Bryan (5) 4
L Keniry 7
7 68- Twickenham (189) J S Moore 3 8 11
M Dwyer 2
8 0 Jackie Sparrow [E] (14) C Allen 3 8 6
S.P. f’cast: 6-4 Captain Lars, 4-1 Mamillius, 9-2 Dutiful Son, 5-1
Mishaal, 8-1 Jackie Sparrow, 16-1 Locommotion, 33-1 Kaboobee,
1 624 Playfull Spirit (14) J Gosden 9 9
R Havlin 5
G Downing 3
2 38- Shania Says (211) (D) I Williams 9 7
3 738 Flora Tristan [H] (20) M Botti 9 7
G Malune (5) 8
4 531 Belated Breath (50) (D) H Morrison 9 6
O Murphy 1
H Burns (7) 4
5 4-4 Diamond Pursuit (122) J Hughes 9 6
6 664 Precious Silk (26) (D) J Santos 9 4
R Da Silva 2
7 12- Hic Bibi (168) (D) (BF) D Brown 9 1
J Watson (5) 6
8 7-6 Queen Of Dreams (29) W Knight 8 2
L Morris 7
S.P. f’cast: 7-4 Playfull Spirit, 3-1 Belated Breath, 6-1 Hic Bibi, 15-2
Shania Says, 8-1 Flora Tristan, 14-1 Precious Silk, Diamond Pursuit,
16-1 Queen Of Dreams.
4.00 Handicap (4) 3YO 7f £5,531
1 1-1 Insurgence (29) (CD) J Fanshawe 9 7
D Muscutt 8
L Steward 6
2 2-2 Central City [P] (20) H Palmer 9 6
A Kirby 9
3 52- Crack On Crack On (162) C Cox 9 5
S Levey 4
4 21- Sergio Leone (206) R Hannon 9 2
O Murphy 1
5 22- Epic Fantasy (132) (BF) C Hills 9 2
D O’Neill 2
6 45- Zaajer (209) Owen Burrows 9 0
7 45- Red Force One [P,WS] (251) T Dascombe 8 13 P Pilley (3) 5
8 34- Harbour Vision (153) (D) D Brown 8 13
9 320 Cristal Pallas Cat (29) (D) R Ingram 8 10 Rhiain Ingram (5) 7
S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Sergio Leone, 10-3 Crack On Crack On, 7-2
Insurgence, 9-2 Epic Fantasy, 13-2 Central City, 10-1 Zaajer, 25-1
Red Force One, 50-1 Cristal Pallas Cat.
3.10 Novice Median Auction Stakes (6) 3YO 7f £3,493
2.10 - Tarrzan
2.40 - Pretty Baby
3.10 - Robsdelight
3.40 - Completion
4.10 - Shovel It On
4.40 - Firby
5.10 - Plansina
Going: Good-good to firm in places TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536
Draw: Middle to high numbers have a decided advantage on the
straight course
2.10 Racing UK Selling Stakes (6) 2YO 5f £3,408
1 8 Hurricane Five [B] (5) D O’Meara 8 12 C McGovern (5) 7
2 3 Tarrzan (27) M Channon 8 12
S De Sousa 1
Bottleared M W Easterby 8 7
Nathan Evans 2
R Hornby 5
4 7 Go Annie Go (19) P Evans 8 7
5 0 Lexikon (7) O Pears 8 7
S Gray 6
Screen Queen G Peckham 8 7
E Greatrex 4
7 6 Willow Brook [H] (9) G Scott 8 7 Josephine Gordon 3
S.P. f’cast: 15-8 Tarrzan, 7-2 Willow Brook, 4-1 Go Annie Go, 13-2
Screen Queen, 8-1 Bottleared, 12-1 Hurricane Five, 16-1 Lexikon.
2.40 Fillies’ Novice Stakes (5) 6f £4,528
Foxtrix (10) M Dods 4 9 7
C Rodriguez (3) 4
Thunderbell [B] (150) S Dixon 4 9 7
D Allan 8
Xin Chao (10) B Ellison 5 9 7
Ben Robinson (5) 9
Gold Stone (259) K Ryan 3 9 4
T Eaves 2
Pretty Baby (203) (D) W Haggas 3 9 4 Daniel Tudhope 5
Queen Penn (252) (D) R Fahey 3 9 4
T Hamilton 7
Angel’s Glory (202) (BF) R Varian 3 8 11
A Atzeni 6
Left Alone [P] (190) (BF) H Palmer 3 8 11
Josephine Gordon 3
9 86- The Hoppings (196) J J Davies 3 8 11
S James 1
S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Pretty Baby, 10-3 Angel’s Glory, 7-2 Left Alone,
11-2 Queen Penn, 6-1 Gold Stone, 20-1 Foxtrix, 25-1 The Hoppings,
33-1 Xin Chao, Thunderbell.
1 9- Alabanza (161) K Dalgleish 9 2
R Scott (3) 10
2 4- Diplomacy (177) D O’Meara 9 2
Daniel Tudhope 6
Ekanse R Varian 9 2
A Atzeni 8
4 27- Mr Gent [B] (132) (BF) E Dunlop 9 2 Josephine Gordon 4
S De Sousa 3
5 282 Robsdelight (5) Miss G Kelleway 9 2
The Mekon N Wilson 9 2
T Hamilton 5
Wicklow Warrior P Niven 9 2
T Eaves 9
8 55- Destinata [H] (174) J Fanshawe 8 11
G Wood (3) 2
9 79- Maggie Jonks (190) A Balding 8 11
R Hornby 7
Orsay C Teague 8 11
Nathan Evans 1
S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Ekanse, 7-2 Robsdelight, 5-1 Others.
3.40 Racing UK Handicap (4) 3YO 1m £8,345
1 487 Ghost Serge (44) Archie Watson 9 7
E Greatrex 4
F Norton 6
2 121 Poet’s Prince (28) (D) M Johnston 9 7
3 312 Completion (75) (BF) W Haggas 9 7 Daniel Tudhope 7
4 4-3 Maksab (14) M Channon 9 6
S De Sousa 5
5 2-1 Sha La La La Lee [H] (26) T Dascombe 9 5 R Kingscote 2
6 216 Pak Choi (22) A Balding 9 2
R Hornby 1
P Makin 9
7 3-6 Creel (39) D Brown 8 12
8 33- Star Of Zaam [P] (205) K Burke 8 12
C Lee (3) 3
9 3-0 Bertog (14) J Mackie 8 11
T Eaves 8
S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Poet’s Prince, 3-1 Completion, 9-2 Others.
4.10 Racing UK In HD Claiming Stakes (6) 7f £3,408
Acrux [H] (108) D O’Meara 5 9 12
Daniel Tudhope 5
Al Khan [P] (48) (D10) K Ryan 9 9 6 Ben Robinson (5) 6
Lord Rob [P] (36) D Thompson 7 9 6 Connor Murtagh (5) 2
Space War [T] (3) (D) M W Easterby 11 9 5 H Shaw (5) 4
Gaelic Wizard [V] (21) (C)(D) Mrs K Tutty 10 9 4
Gemma Tutty (5) 3
6 9-8 Shovel It On (3) (D) (BF) P Evans 3 8 10
S De Sousa 1
S.P. f’cast: 5-4 Shovel It On, 3-1 Al Khan, 9-2 Acrux, 8-1 Lord Rob.
4.40 Racing UK Handicap (5) 3YO 1m 2f £4,722
Canadian George (160) K Dalgleish 9 9
S De Sousa 9
Global Style (21) (BF) E Dunlop 9 9 Josephine Gordon 7
Moltoir (29) B Ellison 9 9
Ben Robinson (5) 4
Trump Alexander [P] (14) (BF) Archie Watson 9 8
E Greatrex 2
G Wood (3) 5
5 -62 Nibras Galaxy (14) I Mohammed 9 7
6 15- Champarisi (205) G Tuer 9 7
P Makin 1
7 3-0 Tommy Shelby (19) R Fahey 9 5
T Hamilton 12
8 4-3 Firby (12) J Bethell 9 3
K Stott 3
9 65- Contrebasse (181) T Easterby 9 2
D Allan 10
10 9-2 Cristal Spirit (9) (BF) W Haggas 9 1 Daniel Tudhope 11
11345 Bill Cody (91) Julie Camacho 9 0
C Rodriguez (3) 8
G Lee 6
12 -5D He’s Our Star [P] (10) Ali Stronge 9 0
13 -55 Toohottotouch (83) M Dods 8 9
Paula Muir (7) 13
S.P. f’cast: 4-1 Cristal Spirit, 6-1 Firby, 7-1 He’s Our Star, 15-2
Canadian George, 8-1 Trump Alexander, Moltoir, 10-1 Global Style, Bill
Cody, 14-1 Others.
5.10 Handicap (6) 3YO 1m £3,493
1 -50
2 353 814
4 565 -72
6 -47
7 0-6
8 8-5
9 9010 5011 -76
Dubai Classic (19) K Burke 9 8
C Lee (3) 3
If We Can Can (310) M Johnston 9 7
F Norton 8
Plansina (4) (D) Roger Fell 9 7
T Hamilton 5
Mafdet (169) B Smart 9 7
G Lee 11
Don’t Cry About It [P,T] (8) Ali Stronge 9 5 S De Sousa 4
Benaras (12) T Easterby 9 5
D Allan 10
Conflagration (15) E Dunlop 9 4
Daniel Tudhope 7
Whinmoor (29) N Tinkler 9 3
T Eaves 9
Glacier (258) N Wilson 9 1
K Stott 6
Thundercloud (125) S Dixon 8 12
R Kingscote 1
Kylie Style (101) Steph Hollinshead 8 7
E Greatrex 2
Voice Of Dubai [P] (37) H Palmer 8 7
Josephine Gordon 12
S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Don’t Cry About It, 9-2 Plansina, 5-1 If We Can Can,
13-2 Dubai Classic, 10-1 Conflagration, Mafdet, 12-1 Others.
Chelmsford City
5.50 toteplacepot Novice Stakes (Plus 10) (4) 2YO 5f £7,116
5.40 - See Vermont
6.10 - Amadeus
6.40 - Soldier’s Minute
7.10 - Northwest Frontier
7.40 - Seen The Lyte
8.10 - Prazeres
8.40 - Cosmic Tigress
Going: Good-good to firm in places TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536
Draw: In races up to a mile low numbers are usually at an advantage.
7.40 Racing UK Day Pass Just 10 Handicap (6) 3YO 5f £3,105
1 5-1 Seen The Lyte (8) (D) N Tinkler 9 13(6ex) L Edmunds (3) 3
2 152 Carpet Time (8) (D) T D Barron 9 7
Ben Curtis 5
3 -28 Super Florence (36) I Jardine 9 6
Nathan Evans 4
4 7-8 Gullane One (14) T Easterby 9 5
J Hart 2
5 0-6 Orient Princess [V] (17) P Midgley 8 2
C Hardie 6
6 55- Honey Gg (185) D Carroll 8 2
J P Sullivan 1
S.P. f’cast: 11-8 Seen The Lyte, 5-2 Carpet Time, 6-1 Super
Florence, 8-1 Honey Gg, 10-1 Gullane One, 12-1 Orient Princess.
8.10 Racing UK Handicap (6) 7f £3,105
5.00 188Bet Handicap (5) 1m 2f £3,752
X Rated (51) (D) M Johnston 4 9 7
A Kirby 4
Bayston Hill (104) (CD)(D) M Usher 4 9 3 J Watson (5) 5
Music Major (19) (CD)(C) M Attwater 5 9 3
L Morris 2
Scoones (22) (CD) J Fanshawe 4 9 2
D Muscutt 8
Presence Process (19) (CD)(C) P Phelan 4 9 2
P Bradley (5) 1
6 2-4 Mac O’polo [P] (113) (BF) T Dascombe 4 9 1
Hayley Turner 3
7 367 Bridge Of Sighs [B] (17) (CD)(D) L Carter 6 9 0 S Levey 7
8 -09 Dragon Dream (29) R Ingram 4 8 7 Rhiain Ingram (5) 6
S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Presence Process, 3-1 Scoones, 5-1 X Rated, 6-1
Mac O’polo, 8-1 Bayston Hill, 10-1 Music Major, 12-1 Bridge Of Sighs,
20-1 Dragon Dream.
6.40 Novice Stakes (5) 7f £3,234
Colonel Forster (J18) C Grant 6 10 0
P Mulrennan 2
2 14- Soldier’s Minute (230) (CD) K Dalgleish 3 9 9 C Beasley 3
J Fanning 1
3 37- Dazzle Gold (190) (BF) R Cowell 3 9 2
4 80- Claire Underwood (193) R Fahey 3 8 11 P Hanagan 5
5 9-7 Lady Grigio (121) I Jardine 3 8 11
S.P. f’cast: 2-7 Soldier’s Minute, 6-1 Dazzle Gold, 10-1 Claire
Underwood, 16-1 Colonel Forster.
Prazeres [P] (27) (D) J L Eyre 4 9 7
J Fanning 6
Lucky Violet [H] (14) (CD) Miss L Perratt 6 9 7 J P Sullivan 11
Semana Santa [B] (12) T D Barron 5 9 6 Ben Curtis 7
Riponian [T] (183) (CD) S Corbett 8 9 6 P Mulrennan 4
Someone Exciting (8) (D) D Thompson 5 9 5 J Gormley (5) 10
Isntshesomething [V] (27) (CD)(D) R C Guest 6 9 4 C Beasley 9
Scotch Myst (32) (D) R Fahey 4 9 3
P Hanagan 1
Harbour Patrol [P] (3) (D) Rebecca Bastiman 6 9 3(6ex)
L Edmunds (3) 3
9 6-0 Vintage Dream (12) (BF) N Wilson 4 9 2Phil Dennis (3) 2
10 29- Rebel State [P] (171) J O’Keeffe 5 8 13
J Garritty 12
11 17- Lotara (148) (D) (BF) J Goldie 6 8 10
B McHugh 8
12 60- Jacob Black (216) K Dalgleish 7 8 10
J Hart 5
S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Scotch Myst, 11-2 Prazeres, Harbour Patrol, 8-1
Semana Santa, Jacob Black, 10-1 Lotara, 12-1 Others.
7.10 MacRoberts LLP Handicap (5) 1m 4f 104yds £4,399
8.40 Racing UK In HD Handicap (6) 1m 6f £3,105
1 4-4 Artful Rogue (112) (D) K Dalgleish 7 9 7 P Mulrennan 5
2 7-6 Northwest Frontier (12) R Fahey 4 9 6 P Hanagan 6
3 -01 Riviere Argentee [V] (8) (D) K Burke 4 9 4(6ex)
Ben Curtis 1
4 340 Theglasgowwarrior (14) (D) J Goldie 4 9 2 B McHugh 4
5 334 Mystikana [P,T] (43) (D) K Dalgleish 5 9 1 J Fanning 8
6 -93 Clemento (8) J J Quinn 4 8 13
J Hart 3
J P Sullivan 2
7 04- Akamanto (195) R M Smith 4 8 10
C Beasley 7
8 30- Hayward Field (161) (D) N Wilson 5 8 9
S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Riviere Argentee, 4-1 Northwest Frontier, 6-1 Artful
Rogue, 7-1 Clemento, 15-2 Akamanto, 8-1 Mystikana, 12-1 Others.
2.00 - Earthly
2.30 - Angelina D’Or
3.00 - Kay Sera
3.30 - Captain Lars
5.40 Handicap (6) 5f £3,105
1 -80 Overhaugh Street (10) E De Giles 5 9 7 Ben Curtis 8
J Fanning 1
2 550 London Glory [B] (14) D Thompson 5 9 2
3 6-8 Cosmic Tigress [H] (23) (C)(D) J J Quinn 7 8 13 J Hart 6
4 41- Elite Icon (232) (D) I Jardine 4 8 12
J Gormley (5) 4
5 00- Titus Bolt [V] (J48) (C) J Goldie 9 8 11 Phil Dennis (3) 7
6 326 Picture Painter [V] (42) K Dalgleish 5 8 8 J P Sullivan 9
C Hardie 5
7 890 Wise Coco (21) A Whillans 5 8 7
8 -57 Rajapur [P] (J16) (D) D Thompson 5 8 6
P Hanagan 3
9 -06 Kazoey (14) (D) C Fairhurst 5 8 3
D Fentiman 2
S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Elite Icon, 4-1 Picture Painter, 6-1 London Glory,
7-1 Cosmic Tigress, 8-1 Titus Bolt, 10-1 Rajapur, 12-1 Others.
Dragon Kuza [H] H Palmer 9 2
D Brock 1
Jaayiz R Hannon 9 2
T Marquand 2
One One Seven Miss Amy Murphy 9 2
L De Souza 3
E J Walsh (3) 7
4 2 Pocket Dynamo [H] (9) R Cowell 9 2
Shellbrook C Appleby 9 2
W Buick 4
6 5 So Hi Speed (14) R Cowell 9 2
M Harley 5
P J McDonald 6
7 364 Hard Forest (2) M Johnston 8 11
S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Shellbrook, 7-2 Pocket Dynamo, 4-1 Jaayiz, 6-1
Hard Forest, Dragon Kuza, 14-1 So Hi Speed, 20-1 One One Seven.
6.20 toteexacta Handicap (6) 3YO 1m 2f £3,429
Houlton [P,T] (9) M Botti 9 5
M Monaghan (3) 3
Sigrid Nansen [V] (35) G Scott 9 5
P Cosgrave 6
Seaborough (183) A King 9 4
M Harley 4
The Jungle Vip [P] (30) (BF) Miss Amy Murphy 9 4
Jordan Uys (7) 5
S W Kelly 7
5 6-9 Secratario [P] (19) R Hughes 9 4
6 0-8 Storm Jazz (43) R Brisland 9 3
N Garbutt (3) 1
P J McDonald 2
7 -43 Poetic Affair (45) M Johnston 9 2
W Buick 8
8 0-2 Reveleon (12) Sir M Stoute 9 2
S.P. f’cast: 5-4 Reveleon, 7-2 Poetic Affair, 8-1 Houlton,
Seaborough, 10-1 Secratario, 14-1 Sigrid Nansen, 16-1 Others.
6.50 totequadpot Novice Stakes (4) 1m 2f £8,086
1 3- Roc Astrale [WS] (390) Mrs A Perrett 4 10 0 P Dobbs 8
R Havlin 5
2 51- Main Street (203) (C) J Gosden 3 9 5
3 -16 Roundabout Kitten [B] (89) (D) D Lanigan 3 9 5 S Donohoe 1
S W Kelly 9
4 0-0 Allied (10) Sir M Stoute 3 8 13
Guardsman J Gosden 3 8 13
N Mackay 2
Phantom Warrior P Hide 3 8 13
H Crouch 3
James Doyle 7
7 5 Prabeni (14) W Haggas 3 8 13
W Buick 6
8 0- Refrain (152) Sir M Stoute 3 8 13
P Cosgrave 4
9 8- Temur Khan (166) H Palmer 3 8 13
S.P. f’cast: 5-4 Main Street, 9-2 Prabeni, 6-1 Roc Astrale, 10-1
Refrain, Guardsman, Temur Khan, 14-1 Others.
7.20 totetrifecta Handicap (3) 1m £12,938
1 150 Constantino [B] (16) (D) R Fahey 5 9 7
D Nolan 5
2 48- War Glory (198) (CD) R Hannon 5 9 6
P Dobbs 4
3 029 Mythical Madness [P] (34) (D) D O’Meara 7 9 4 H Bentley 2
4 38- Seniority (155) (BF) W Haggas 4 9 2
James Doyle 1
5 4-5 Chiefofchiefs [P] (16) (D) (BF) C Fellowes 5 9 1 S Donohoe 7
6 011 Able Jack [T] (52) (CD) S C Williams 5 9 1
S Levey 3
7 152 Pearl Spectre [V] (7) (C)(D) P McEntee 7 8 11 Nicola Currie (5) 6
S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Seniority, 4-1 Able Jack, 9-2 Constantino, 5-1
Chiefofchiefs, 11-2 War Glory, 8-1 Pearl Spectre, 12-1 Others.
7.50 - Mayyasah
8.20 - Billyoakes
8.50 - Yabass
Going: Standard TV: Sky 415
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
7.50 toteswinger Fillies’ Handicap (3) 6f £12,938
1 25- Tirania (201) W Haggas 4 9 10
James Doyle 5
2 4-6 Rebel Assault (44) (D) M Johnston 3 9 7 P J McDonald 2
3 -15 Rosina [P] (109) (C) (BF) Mrs A Duffield 5 9 5 R Havlin 6
4 62- Mayyasah (243) (D) (BF) R Hannon 3 9 2
L Dettori 4
5 842 Sandra’s Secret (30) (D) J L Eyre 5 9 0 Jane Elliott (5) 1
6 2-1 Puds (20) (D) C Hills 3 8 8
O Murphy 7
7 1-2 Gold Filigree (30) (D) (BF) R Hughes 3 8 3 Nicola Currie (5) 3
S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Tirania, 7-2 Mayyasah, 9-2 Puds, 5-1 Gold Filigree,
8-1 Sandra’s Secret, 10-1 Rosina, Rebel Assault.
8.20 totescoop6 Rollover Handicap (6) 6f £3,429
Roys Dream (181) (CD)(D) Paul Collins 4 10 0 Rossa Ryan (5) 4
Billyoakes [P] (22) (CD)(D) C Wallis 6 9 13 W Carson 7
Highly Focussed (40) (D) Mrs A Duffield 4 9 10 James Doyle 1
Arcanista [B] (12) (D) C Dwyer 5 9 7 Jessica Cooley (7) 2
Villa Tora (173) M Johnston 3 9 5
P J McDonald 5
Two Seas (8) G Peckham 3 9 2
Blessed To Empress (30) (C) Miss Amy Murphy 3 9 1
L De Souza 8
8 131 Quick Recovery (75) (D) J Boyle 3 9 1
P Cosgrave 3
9 -65 Gettin’ Lucky [P] (86) R Brisland 5 8 9 G Malune (5) 6
S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Highly Focussed, 11-4 Quick Recovery, 9-2
Billyoakes, 13-2 Villa Tora, 7-1 Roys Dream, 14-1 Blessed To Empress,
20-1 Arcanista, 25-1 Gettin’ Lucky.
8.50 Billy Ocean At Ladies Day Handicap (4) 3YO 1m 6f £7,310
1 -21 Yabass (14) Archie Watson 9 11
O Murphy 1
2 1-2 Antonian (29) J Gosden 9 7
L Dettori 5
S Donohoe 4
3 3-4 Jeremiah (12) C Fellowes 9 4
4 31- Austrian School (206) M Johnston 9 3 P J McDonald 2
5 4-2 We Know [T] (28) S Crisford 8 13
James Doyle 6
6 541 Blame Me Forever (21) (C) M Botti 8 13 M Monaghan (3) 3
S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Antonian, 3-1 Yabass, 4-1 Austrian School, 6-1 We
Know, Blame Me Forever, 7-1 Jeremiah.
Whistler’s Nap
Al Khan (4.10 Redcar) is today's nap for Whistler (Marcus Armytage),
of The Sunday Telegraph.
2.20 - Go On Gal
2.50 - Serenity Now
3.20 - Victory Wave
3.50 - Monks Stand
4.20 - Best Tamayuz
4.50 - Roy’s Legacy
5.20 - Katie Gale
Going: Standard TV: Sky 415. Draw: 5f None, 6f Low best
2.20 Handicap (6) 1m 3f £3,105
1 3/8 Belrog (3) J R Jenkins 7 9 9
Gina Mangan (7) 3
2 992 Slowfoot [H,V] (50) (D) Suzi Best 10 9 7
D Costello 5
3 -24 Lean On Pete (58) (CD) O Pears 9 9 6
A Mullen 2
4 361 Go On Gal (58) (C) Miss J Feilden 5 8 12 Shelley Birkett (3) 9
5 244 Luath (37) (C) Suzzanne France 5 8 11
N Mackay 6
6 /9- Slipper Satin [T,V] (264) S G West 8 8 8 David Egan (3) 7
7 640 Surewhynot [P,T] (10) G Cromwell (Ire) 4 8 8 K O’Neill 8
8 3-0 Master Of Song [P] (98) (C) S Bowring 11 8 7 W Cox (5) 1
9 786 General Tufto [B] (29) (CD)(C1) C Smith 13 8 7 J Haynes 4
S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Go On Gal, 4-1 Lean On Pete, 9-2 Surewhynot,
11-2 Luath, 8-1 Slowfoot, 16-1 Belrog, Slipper Satin, 20-1 Others.
2.50 Claiming Stakes (6) 1m 3f £3,105
1 423 Serenity Now (32) (C) B Ellison 10 9 8
C Shepherd 4
2 367 Bertie Moon [P] (57) (C) M Appleby 8 9 4 A Rawlinson 2
3 000 Bushel [P] (57) (CD) A Newcombe 8 9 2
K O’Neill 1
4 507 Port Lairge (3) M Chapman 8 9 0
N Garbutt (3) 5
David Egan (3) 3
5 006 Topamichi [V] (30) M Appleby 8 9 0
S.P. f’cast: 11-10 Serenity Now, 2-1 Topamichi, 7-2 Bertie Moon,
14-1 Bushel, 50-1 Port Lairge.
3.20 Novice Stakes (5) 1m £3,752
1 17- Hakeem (324) (D) (BF) W Haggas 4 9 9
J Crowley 5
2 1 Victory Wave [H] (21) (CD) S bin Suroor 4 9 4
David Egan (3) 1
3 4-6 Elite Treaty [T] (108) Miss G Kelleway 4 9 2
Aaron Jones (3) 3
Nevada (J159) S Gollings 5 9 2
A Mullen 2
5 35 Sketching (36) J Osborne 4 8 11
D Costello 4
S.P. f’cast: 8-11 Victory Wave, 5-2 Hakeem, 6-1 Sketching, 14-1
Elite Treaty, 25-1 Nevada.
3.50 Lindsay Finance Handicap (4) 7f £5,563
5.50 - Pocket Dynamo
6.20 - Reveleon
6.50 - Main Street
7.20 - Able Jack (nap)
Monks Stand [P] (29) (C) J Mackie 4 9 9
J Crowley 4
Florencio [P] (2) (CD) Roger Fell 5 9 7 David Egan (3) 6
Mujassam [B] (32) (C)(D) D O’Meara 6 9 7
D Nolan 2
Sans Souci Bay [B] (8) (D) S Dixon 4 9 0
K O’Neill 3
Kommander Kirkup [P] (21) (C) M Herrington 7 9 0
A Mullen 1
6 635 Angel Palanas [P] (29) (C) K Burke 4 8 12
Russell Harris (7) 5
S.P. f’cast: 5-4 Monks Stand, 7-2 Mujassam, 6-1 Florencio, 8-1
Angel Palanas, Kommander Kirkup, 10-1 Sans Souci Bay.
4.20 Handicap (6) 7f £3,105
1 04- Round The Island (161) R M Whitaker 5 9 7 D Nolan 6
2 262 Mimic’s Memory (14) (CD) Mrs A Duffield 4 9 4
D Costello 8
3 402 Best Tamayuz [B] (3) (CD)(C) S Dixon 7 9 4 K O’Neill 1
4 -32 Cryptonite (9) (D) M Appleby 4 9 3
J Crowley 5
5 114 Limerick Lord [P] (9) (CD)(C) (BF) Miss J Feilden 6 9 3
Shelley Birkett (3) 2
6 0-2 Baron Run (32) K Burke 8 9 0
J Haynes 3
7 708 Rebel Sky (37) J R Jenkins 5 8 10
A Mullen 7
8 630 Iconic Figure [P] (3) P Kirby 5 8 6
W Cox (5) 4
S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Best Tamayuz, 7-2 Limerick Lord, 4-1 Cryptonite,
5-1 Baron Run, 6-1 Mimic’s Memory, 12-1 Others.
4.50 Mansfield Sand Handicap (6) 5f £3,105
1 147 Fareeq [B,T] (12) (CD) C Wallis 4 9 7
W Carson 2
2 /2- Indian Tinker (382) (D) R Cowell 9 9 7
Jonathan Fisher (7) 5
3 129 Roy’s Legacy (4) (CD)(D0) S A Harris 9 9 3 C Bennett (3) 1
4 49- Tan (154) (D) M Appleby 4 9 0
A Rawlinson 3
5 5-0 Pearl Noir [B] (7) (C)(D) S Dixon 8 8 9
K O’Neill 6
6 407 Tina Teaspoon [H] (9) D Shaw 4 8 7
P Mathers 4
S.P. f’cast: 7-4 Fareeq, 10-3 Roy’s Legacy, 7-2 Indian Tinker, 11-2
Pearl Noir, 8-1 Tan, 20-1 Tina Teaspoon.
5.20 Apprentice Handicap (5) 1m 6f £3,752
1 543 Samtu [T] (J12) (CD)(C) (BF) Mrs M Fife 7 10 2
Faye McManoman (3) 3
9-1 Scrafton (23) (CD)(D) A Carroll 7 9 12 Poppy Bridgwater 5
24- Fair Loch (J61) B Ellison 10 9 9
K Schofield 1
013 Katie Gale (32) (CD)(C) R Brisland 8 9 9
T Ladd 6
-07 Siempre Amigos (26) G Cromwell (Ire) 5 8 12
C Heavey (5) 7
6 066 Clayton Hall [P,T] (28) J Wainwright 5 8 7 Toby Eley (5) 2
7 506 Monzino (3) (C) M Chapman 10 8 7 Jonathan Fisher 4
S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Scrafton, 10-3 Samtu, 7-2 Katie Gale, 4-1
Siempre Amigos, 5-1 Fair Loch, 20-1 Clayton Hall, 66-1 Monzino.
The Daily Telegraph Thursday 3 May 2018
Masters bigger than Open, says McIlroy
By James Corrigan
It might be an interesting conversation the next time Rory McIlroy
bumps into the R&A hierarchy. The
Ulsterman yesterday declared the
Masters “the biggest tournament in
the world”, relegating the Open to
the lower levels of the podium.
“The Masters has now become
the biggest golf tournament in the
world and I’m comfortable saying
that,” he said. “I don’t care about the
US Open or The Open, it is the biggest golf tournament in the world,
the most amount of eyeballs, the
most amount of hype, everything is
at Augusta. For me it’s the most spe-
cial tournament that we play and
it’s the one everyone desperately
wants to win.”
Of course, it is also the only major McIlroy has yet to lift. Last
month he had the career grand
slam firmly in his sights, but slipped
to a tie for fifth. He remained bullish afterwards, maintaining it had
been “a positive week”, but as he
prepared to make his return for today’s first round at the Wells Fargo
Championship, he admitted that he
struggled in the weeks following,
with his wife Erica finally persuading him to leave their Florida house.
“It was just the quiet moments
when you’re staring off into the distance and it got to the point where I
needed to see a bit of daylight,”
McIlroy said. “I didn’t give a good
account of myself on that final day.
Under the pressure of chasing Patrick [Reed, the eventual champion]
– it never clicked. On the first tee,
the Augusta members were saying,
‘We’d love to have dinner with you
tonight’. And I said, ‘Don’t be ordering me anything just yet …’ ”
McIlroy is the favourite to win at
Quail Hollow, the Charlotte course
where he enjoyed his first success
in the United States and where he
has posted six top-10s in eight appearances. However, he flopped
when the US PGA was hosted there
last August, with a tie for 22nd.
Justin Thomas won that week
and, should he finish inside the top
12, he will replace the absent Dustin
Johnson as world No 1. Tiger Woods
makes his first start since Augusta.
Higgins scents fifth title after edging
out Trump to set up tie with Wilson
John Higgins moved a step closer to
claiming a fifth World Championship title after edging out Judd
Trump at the Crucible.
The 42-year-old Scot triumphed
13-12 to book a semi-final clash with
Kyren Wilson, who had earlier demolished Mark Allen 13-6.
The other last-four tie will see
Barry Hawkins challenge Mark Williams. Hawkins surprised thirdseed Ding Junhui 13-5, while
Williams saw off Ali Carter 13-8.
Higgins was 5-3 down heading
into yesterday’s action and after a
topsy-turvy tussle Trump made it
11-9. However, a 134 helped Higgins
take control and he would clinch
the deciding frame.
Higgins, who last won the top
prize in 2011, said: “What probably
made my win, it was I enjoyed it. It
must be heartbreaking for him
[Trump] but for me to come out
winning is a brilliant feeling.
“I don’t know what it is but we
seem to play classics all the time. He
was the better player in the match
and I was hanging on to his coat
tails. He must hate the sight of me.”
Wilson, who had lost in the quarter-finals in each of the past two
years, said of his conquest of Allen:
“It was always a goal of mine to
reach the one-table set-up and I just
can’t wait to get out there and experience it.
“You have to sometimes seize on
your opponent when you sense a
little bit of weakness.”
Sport in brief
Champions League Semi-final
2nd leg
Roma (1) 4
Liverpool (2) 2
Milner 16 og
Mane 9
Dzeko 52
Wijnaldum 26
Nainggolan 87 90 pen
Liverpool win 7-6 on agg.
Vanarama National League
Play-offs 1st rd
Aldershot (0) 1
Ebbsfleet Utd (0) 1
Kabamba 106
Winfield 119
AET: Score after 90 mins 0-0.
Ebbsfleet Utd win 5-4 on penalties.
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship
Play-offs Semi-final 1st leg
Alloa (1) 2
Stewart 23
Flannigan 58
Raith (0) 0
Arbroath (0) 1
Linn 64
Dumbarton (0) 2
C Gallagher 55
Barr 90
ATP T’MENT (Munich, Germany).-2nd rd: A
Zverev (Germany) bt Y Hanfmann (Germany) 6-7
(12-14) 6-4 6-2; J Struff (Germany) bt Y Maden
(Germany) 6-3 3-6 6-3; H Chung (South Korea) bt
M Bachinger (Germany) 6-1 6-1; M Klizan
(Slovakia) bt M Basic (Bosnia-Herz) 4-6 6-3 7-5.
WTA T’MENT (Prague, Czech Republic).-2nd rd: K
Pliskova (Czech Rep) bt Q Wang (China) 6-2 7-6
(7-3); M Buzarnescu (Romania) bt A Lottner
(Germany) 6-0 7-6 (9-7); S Stosur (Australia) bt D
Allertova (Czech Rep) 6-4 6-4; C Giorgi (Italy) bt T
Korpatsch (Germany) 6-4 6-2; S Zhang (China) bt
E Gabriela Ruse (Romania) 6-4 6-4; J Paolini
(Italy) bt A K Schmiedlova (Slovakia) 6-4 6-1; K
Siniakova (Czech Rep) bt E Alexandrova (Russia)
6-4 3-6 6-3; P Kvitova (Czech Rep) bt N
Vikhlyantseva (Russia) 6-3 6-1.
Racing Results
Ascot Going: Good to soft-soft in places
Ladbrokes Scottish League One
Play-offs Semi-final 1st leg
Stirling A (0) 0
Peterhead (1) 1
Robertson 29
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE.-North playoffs, 1st round: Kidderminster 0 Bradford P A
2-Stockport County 0 Chorley 1. South play-offs
1st round: Hampton & Richmond 3 Truro City 1
(AET)-Hemel Hempstead 0 Braintree Town 0 (AET;
Braintree Town win 3-2 on pens).
Keith 3.
Selkirk 1 Civil Service Strollers 1-Whitehill Welfare
1 BSC Glasgow 2-Vale Of Leithen 4 Cumbernauld
Colts 4.
EVO-STIK SOUTH.-Prem play-off semi-finals:
King’s Lynn 3 Weymouth 0-Slough 3 Kettering 1.
PREMIER LGE 2.-Div 1: Tottenham Hotspur U23
0 Man City U23 5.
Millwall Lionesses 1.
NBA.-Play-Off, Semi-finals, Western Conf:
Golden State 121 New Orleans 116-(Golden State
lead best-of-7 series 2-0). Eastern Conf: Toronto
112 Cleveland 113 (OT) (Cleveland lead series 1-0).
IPL.-Delhi: Delhi Daredevils 196-6 (17.1 overs;
R Pant 69, S Iyer 50); Rajasthan Royals 146-5
(12 overs, J Buttler 67), Delhi Daredevils win by
4 runs (D/L Method).
Ice Hockey
NHL.-Play-Off Semi-finals, Western Conf:
Winnipeg 7 Nashville 4 (Winnipeg lead best-of-7
series 2-1). Eastern Conf: Pittsburgh 3
Washington 4 (Washington lead series 2-1).
Rugby Union
PREMIERSHIP: Llanelli 43 Swansea 26.
Theatre, Sheffield).-Quarter-finals: B Hawkins
(England) bt D Junhui (China) 13-5; K Wilson
(England) bt M Allen (Northern Ireland) 13-6; M
Williams (Wales) bt A Carter (England) 13-8; J
Higgins (Scotland) bt J Trump (England) 13-12.
ATP T’MENT (Estoril, Portugal).-2nd rd: K
Edmund (GB) bt A De Minaur (Australia) 6-2 7-5; J
Sousa (Portugal) bt P Sousa (Portugal) 4-6 7-6
(7-1) 7-5; S Bolelli (Italy) bt F Del Bonis
(Argentina) 3-6 7-5 6-2; F Tiafoe (US) bt G Muller
(Luxembourg) 6-4 7-5.
ATP T’MENT (Istanbul, Turkey).-2nd rd: L Djere
(Serbia) bt A Seppi (Italy) 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-3; P
Lorenzi (Italy) bt M Trungelliti (Argentina) 6-2 7-6
(7-5); R Dutra Silva (Brazil) bt V Troicki (Serbia)
6-2 6-3; T Daniel (Japan) bt A Bedene (Slovenia)
6-2 6-2.
2.00 (5f): Getchagetchagetcha (A Kirby 10-1) 1;
Vikivaki (20-1) 2; Spell (14-1) 3. The Irish Rover
1-7F. 4 ran. ns, nk. (C Cox).
2.35 (7f213yds): Dathanna (W Buick 1-4F) 1;
Agrotera (7-1) 2; Red Starlight (7-1) 3. 4 ran. 1l,
1l. (C Appleby).
3.10 (1m7f209yds): Torcedor (C O’Donoghue 9-4F)
1; Time To Study (11-4) 2; Desert Skyline (7-1) 3.
6 ran. 5l, 3l. (Mrs J Harrington (IRE) ).
3.45 (6f): Invincible Army (R L Moore 11-8F) 1;
Eqtidaar (12-1) 2; Enjazaat (20-1) 3. 8 ran. 11/2l,
13/4l. (J Tate).
4.20 (1m): Century Dream (W Buick 5-2) 1; Crazy
Horse (25-1) 2; Accidental Agent (2-1F) 3. 7 ran.
nk, 21/4l. (S Crisford). NR: Hors De Combat.
4.55 (1m h’cap): Mountain Angel (David Egan 4-1F)
1; Secret Return (14-1) 2; In The Red (16-1) 3; Mr
Minerals (5-1) 4. 19 ran. 4l, 2l, 31/2l. (R Varian).
NR: Pastime.
Placepot: £870.20. Quadpot: £28.40.
Bath Going: Good-good to soft in places
5.45 (5f10yds mdn): Big Boots (C Shepherd 9-1) 1;
High Horse (5-4F) 2; Greenback Boogie (14-1) 3.
11 ran. 2l, 3/4l. (M Channon). NR: Jaayiz.
6.20 (5f160yds h’cap): Peace Dreamer (Jonathan
Fisher 17-2) 1; Powerful Dream (12-1) 2;
Bellevarde (4-1) 3. Poet’s Princess 11-4F. 8 ran.
11/2l, ns. (R Cowell).
6.50 (5f160yds h’cap): Cent Flying (M Dwyer 4-1)
1; Give Em A Clump (9-2) 2; Duba Plains (6-1) 3.
Grandma Tilly 7-2F. 9 ran. 41/2l, 1/2l. (W Muir).
7.20 (5f160yds h’cap): De Vegas Kid (R Winston
10-3F) 1; Black Truffle (9-1) 2; Dalness Express
(5-1) 3. 8 ran. 11/2l, 1l. (A Carroll). NR: Majorette.
Majorette, Rule 4 applies to All Bets, deduct 15p in
the pound.
7.50 (5f160yds h’cap): The Daley Express (D
Probert 7-2) 1; Belledesert (5-2F) 2; Our Lord (6-1)
3. 7 ran. 21/4l, 13/4l. (R Harris). NR: War Whisper.
8.20 (5f10yds h’cap): Who Told Jo Jo (Finley Marsh
9-2) 1; Toolatetodelegate (4-1F) 2; Frank Cool
(5-1) 3. 10 ran. 1l, 1/2l. (J Tuite).
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £1,897.90 carried over.
Placepot: £35.10. Quadpot: £6.00.
Brighton Going: Good to soft
4.25 (5f60yds h’cap): Crystal Deauville (S W Kelly
9-1) 1; Forever In Love (10-3) 2; Three Little Birds
(9-2) 3. Palmer 13-8F. 6 ran. 3/4l, 4l. (Miss G Kelleway).
5.00 (5f60yds nov): Tin Hat (E Greatrex 1-4F) 1;
Swiss Chime (9-2) 2; Coach Trip (14-1) 3. 4 ran.
21/4l, 21/2l. (Eve J-Houghton). NR: Kapono.
5.35 (6f210yds h’cap): Rivas Rob Roy (J Haynes 7-1)
1; Chess Move (7-1) 2; Shrewd Approach (4-1) 3.
Sociologist 10-3F. 7 ran. 1/2l, 2l. (J Gallagher).
6.10 (6f210yds h’cap): Live Dangerously (K O’Neill
5-1) 1; Robert The Painter (6-1) 2; Ettie Hart (114F) 3. 9 ran. 1/2l, 21/4l. (J Bridger). NRs: Aye Aye
Skipper, Three C’s.
6.40 (1m3f198yds h’cap): Carraigin Aonair (L Morris
11-8F) 1; Tilsworth Lukey (10-1) 2; Penny Poet (111) 3. 11 ran. shd, 11/4l. (Olly Murphy). NR: Royal Hall.
7.10 (1m1f207yds nov): Fayrouz Rose (S W Kelly
2-1) 1; Morning Skye (5-4F) 2; Tesorina (12-1) 3. 6
ran. 41/2l, 6l. (R Hughes).
7.40 (7f211yds h’cap): Shifting Star (K O’Neill 8-1)
1; Buzz Lightyere (7-4F) 2; Muthraab Aldaar (6-1)
3. 5 ran. hd, 4l. (J Bridger). NR: Duke Of North.
8.10 (5f215yds h’cap): Mercers (J Watson 5-1) 1;
Krazy Paving (3-1F) 2; Pharoh Jake (6-1) 3. 8 ran.
31/4l, 11/2l. (P Butler).
Placepot: £200.20. Quadpot: £33.90.
Pontefract Going: Soft
2.10 (5f3yds nov): Celebrity Dancer (K Stott 5-1) 1;
Azor Ahai (5-2) 2; Zimazamazoom (14-1) 3. Port of
Leith 9-4F. 8 ran. 2l, 1l. (K Ryan). NR: Skeetah.
2.45 (1m2f5yds mdn): Kings Full (S Gray 10-3) 1;
Making Miracles (3-1) 2; Allieyf (4-5F) 3. 5 ran.
/2l, 23/4l. (K Ryan).
3.20 (1m2f5yds h’cap): Savannah Moon (A Mullen
6-1) 1; Rayaa (2-1F) 2; Stosur (7-1) 3. 7 ran. 11/2l,
8l. (K Ryan). NR: Daisy Bere.
3.55 (1m6yds h’cap): Mutarakez (J P Sullivan 4-1F) 1;
Lamloom (8-1) 2; Michele Strogoff (15-2) 3. 14 ran.
/2l, 6l. (Mrs R Carr). NRs: Intense Style, Redgrave.
4.30 (6f h’cap): Tawny Port (P Mulrennan 7-1) 1;
Van Gerwen (7-1) 2; Cosmic Chatter (14-1) 3. Mr
Orange 7-2F. 10 ran. 21/2l, 1/2l. (J Given). NRs: Dandy
Highwayman, Kaeso.
5.05 (6f h’cap): The Right Choice (P Hanagan 7-2JF)
1; Shortbackandsides (10-1) 2; Magic Mark (5-1)
3. Northern Angel 7-2JF. 7 ran. hd, 11/2l. (R Fahey).
5.40 (5f3yds h’cap): Foxtrot Knight (S Woods 9-4F)
1; Suitcase ‘n’ Taxi (5-2) 2; Zapper Cass (13-2) 3.
7 ran. 41/2l, ns. (Mrs R Carr). NR: Coiste Bodhar.
Placepot: £571.00. Quadpot: £100.70.
Wolverhampton Going: Standard
1.50 (6f20yds h’cap): Tasaaboq (D Brock 6-1) 1;
Caledonian Gold (33-1) 2; Cruise Tothelimit (11-1)
3. Spitfire Limited 5-2F. 9 ran. 11/4l, 1/2l. (P
McEntee). NRs: Kheleyf’s Girl, Napping.
2.25 (1m4f51yds nov): Queen Of Connaught (James
Doyle 9-4) 1; Phantasmic (5-1) 2; Sea Youmzain
(6-4F) 3. 6 ran. 1/2l, 5l. (M Bell). NR: Kehal.
3.00 (1m4f51yds h’cap): Raashdy (James Doyle 7-4)
1; Costa Percy (6-5F) 2; Retrieve (13-2) 3. 6 ran.
/4l, 7l. (P Hiatt).
3.35 (7f36yds h’cap): Summerseat Mist (James
Doyle 11-4F) 1; Geetanjali (4-1) 2; Madame Jo Jo
(22-1) 3. 9 ran. hd, 11/4l. (H Palmer).
4.10 (1m1f104yds h’cap): Leader’s Legacy (O
Murphy 8-13F) 1; Valcartier (3-1) 2; Twin Star (141) 3. 6 ran. 13/4l, 23/4l. (S bin Suroor).
4.45 (1m142yds nov): Desert Diamond (O Murphy
5-1) 1; Dolcissimo (2-1F) 2; Club Tropicana (10-1)
3. 9 ran. 11/2l, shd. (Sir M Stoute).
5.20 (1m142yds nov): Derrymore (James Doyle 7-2)
1; Homeopathic (3-1) 2; Mythical Queen (6-1) 3.
Asoof 6-4F. 9 ran. 1/2l, 0l. (J Gosden).
5.55 (1m142yds h’cap): Caribbean Spring (Jane Elliott
11-4) 1; Jeremy’s Jet (9-4F) 2; Cabal (25-1) 3. 8 ran.
1l, 31/2l. (G Margarson). NRs: Misu Pete, Noneedtotellme,
Pivotal Dream, Shamonix, Stringybark Creek.
Placepot: £41.70. Quadpot: £2.80.
Football Kick-off 7.45 unless stated
Atletico Madrid (1) v Arsenal (1) (8.05)
Red Bull Salzburg (0) v Marseille (2) (8.05)
Boreham Wood v AFC Fylde (7)
FA WOMEN’S SUPER LGE: Bristol City Women v
Man City Women (7).
BOSTIK.-Prem, play-off semi-finals: Dulwich v
Leiston, Hendon v Folkestone Invicta (7.30).
of 4).-Division Two: Edgbaston: Warwickshire v
Derbyshire (11).
IPL.-Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai
Super Kings (3.30).
Rugby League
BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE: St Helens v Catalans
Dragons (7.45).
Sport on TV
CRICKET: IPL, Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai
Super Kings - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports
Cricket 3pm. CYCLING: Tour de Yorkshire.Women's Stage 1 - ITV4 8.30am; Men's Stage 1 1345, Eurosport 2 4pm. DARTS: Premier League
- Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Action 7pm.
FOOTBALL: UEFA Europa League.-Semi-final 2nd
leg, Atletico Madrid v Arsenal - BT Sport 2 7.30,
Red Bull Salzburg v Marseille - BT Sport 3 7.30;
National League.-Play-offs 1st rd, Boreham Wood
v AFC Fylde - BT Sport 1 6.30. GOLF: USPGA
Wells Fargo Championship - Sky Sports Main
Event & Sky Sports Golf Noon; Sky Sports Golf
7pm. RUGBY LEAGUE: Betfred Super League, St
Helens v Catalans Dragons - Sky Sports Mix 7.30.
SNOOKER: World Championship - BBC Two 1pm
& 7pm, Eurosport 1 1pm & 6.45. TENNIS: WTA
T'ment, Prague - BT Sport 2 10am.
Asbel Kiprop, the former
Olympic and three-time
world 1500m champion, has
insisted he is a “clean
athlete” despite reports
emerging that he had failed
a drugs test. “I would not
want to ruin all that I have
worked for,” he said.
Olympic Games
Athletes who are cheated
out of medals by rivals who
are then found to have used
drugs will get medals within
12 months of the end of any
legal procedure and can
choose their ceremony, the
International Olympic
Committee said yesterday.
missing the clay court
season – the same schedule
as last year. Kyle Edmund
beat Alex de Minaur 6-2 7-5
to reach the quarter-finals of
the Millennium Estoril Open
in Portugal.
England and Castleford
scrum-half Luke Gale is out
for three months with a
fractured kneecap.
Roger Federer will return to
action at the Mercedes Cup
in Stuttgart in June after
Rugby League
Thursday 3 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Final whistle
Wada is making
itself a laughing
stock by pursuing
Peru’s captain
and its rules need
ripping up, says
James Corrigan
How can a
pot of tea
lead to a
World Cup
ausanne is a
long way
from Lima,
but today the
Swiss city
will feature in every
Peruvian news bulletin as
a nation waits to discover
the fate of its footballing
If the World AntiDoping Agency is
successful in its appeal to
the Court of Arbitration
for Sport, then Paolo
Guerrero will have his
doping ban extended
from six months to two
years, and the captain
and record scorer will
miss his country’s first
appearance in the World
Cup finals in 36 years.
Reports from Lima
suggest authorities fear
riots if Wada prevails.
Certainly, an angry sense
of injustice would sweep
the Land of the Incas and,
if one would merely
scratch the surface of
Guerrero’s case, the
grievance would be all
the more understandable.
The 34-year-old tested
positive for benzoylecgonine, the main metabolite
of cocaine, after Peru’s
draw in Argentina last
October. Initially, Fifa hit
the former Bayern
Munich striker with a
one-year sanction,
meaning he would be
absent from the Russia
But, on appeal, this
was cut in half after
Guerrero’s lawyers
convinced the
disciplinarians the
quantities involved were
so small they ruled out
cocaine consumption and
could probably be put
down to drinking tea
prepared in a kettle that
had previously contained
coca leaves. Well, it only
seemed fair.
To Wada it did not. It
fully recognises there
was no intention to
enhance performance,
but is sticking to its
strict-liability mantra,
which is absurd. So, here
we are with this South
American cause celebre.
Of course, CAS cannot
allow emotion to rule the
day. It should not matter
if Guerrero was the
third-choice left-back
and in danger of being
forced out of the summer
CAS appeal: Wada is trying
to extend Paolo Guerrero’s
current six-month drug ban
Perhaps Wada
could then
direct all its
power to
catching the
real culprits
tour to Guatemala. But, at
the very least, the
spotlight cast by the
extraordinary depth of
feeling will direct a beam
on to Wada, that
pompously righteous
agency which, on its
trusty white steed,
gallops ever further from
its original remit.
Remember, it was set
up to unearth cheats? On
its formation in 1999,
nobody mentioned a
crusade against
recreational drugs and
everyone but the
pedantic acknowledges
that cocaine is not a
and the same applies to
cannabis, ecstasy and
heroin. So, what are they
are doing on the list?
The answer can be
traced back to Wada’s
desperation to get the
United States on side.
The Americans were in
the midst of their war on
drugs and demanded
anti-doping be tied into
it. Wada agreed and, in
the meantime, despite
bodies such as UK
Anti-Doping calling for
the rules to be relaxed, it
has stood firm. All very
gallant and noble, but
sport has been left with a
moral mess in which Dan
Evans receives a one-year
ban for snorting a line
that would have done his
tennis career no good
whatsoever, and Maria
Sharapova receives only
three months longer for
taking a “heart” drug
known to increase
Last week, Zak
Hardaker was banned for
14 months, but the
doping panel concluded
it was “fortuitous” the
rugby league player had
turned to cocaine instead
of continuing his
drinking binge, as
otherwise he might have
died. “There was no
benefit and if he’d had
another bottle of spirits
instead, he would not be
here before us,” the Ukad
report read. How
ridiculous does that make
the ban sound?
Yes, Hardaker, Evans
and all the rest of the
party crowd were wrong
and yes, the rules are
clear. But the rules are
also stupid and should be
ripped up. Perhaps Wada
could then concentrate
catching the real culprits.
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