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Prince talks down claims of Gale racism

Lancashire batsman Ashwell Prince has revealed he did not consider there to be a racist element to the verbal abuse delivered to him by Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale.

Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Gale was banned for two matches after being reported by umpires for his part in an unseemly bust-up at the end of the third day's play in the Roses match earlier this month. That punishment was then extended by the England and Wales Cricket Board to prevent Gale playing an active part in lifting the LV= County Championship trophy following Yorkshire's victory at Trent Bridge last week.

Subsequent reports indicated that Gale had referred to South African Prince as a "f***ing Kolpak" and that the racial connotations of the term were key to the charge.

The phrase Kolpak refers to a Maros Kolpak, a handball player who set in motion a legal precedent that now allows some foreign-born cricketers to play in England under the laws of the European Union.

Yorkshire are backing their man staunchly and will surely have taken note of a revealing interview given by Prince to South African station Ballz Radio.

In it he admitted time-wasting, explained he was unhappy with the aggressive nature of the abuse Gale responded with but appeared unmoved by suggestions of racism.

"I took offence to the way he spoke to me, that's the bottom line," Prince told the broadcaster.

"The way the guy approached me and spoke to me, that's what I took offence to. I didn't stand there and think, 'That may be a racial slur'.

"What happened was the guy walked towards me and had a go at me and I defended myself. If the ECB feels there's racial connotations to it, that's up to them to do whatever they want to do.

"It's gone all out of control at the moment.

"People are calling me a cry baby, but at the end of the day I want to clear it up, I didn't report this guy to the ECB, the umpires did."

Gale is expected to be at Headingley throughout his side's final championship game of the season against Somerset next week, with a disciplinary hearing initially slated for Tuesday pushed back to allow for all the relevant parties to be involved.

Terriers hope for derby revenge against Leeds

There is a big West Yorkshire derby at Elland Road tomorrow when Leeds United take on Huddersfield Town.

The Terriers will be out for revenge after losing 5-1 to their bitter rivals last season. But Leeds are in decent form under caretaker head coach Neil Redfearn, having picked up 7 points in their last 3 games.

Calendar's Chris Dawkes spoke to Huddersfield manager Chris Powell and former Leeds United captain Lee Peltier who returned to the Terriers in a semmer transfer.


Fourth arrest in Doncaster murder probe

A 40-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder as the investigation into a death in Doncaster continues.

Murder victim Adam Szurgocinski Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Adam Szurgocinski, 26 from Doncaster was found at an address in Jubilee Road at 9.20am on Sunday, 14 September, suffering from a serious neck injury. He was taken to hospital where he later died.

Three men who were initially arrested remain on police bail pending further enquiries.

200 warning notices issued to speeding drivers

Police in Sprotbrough have issued more than 200 warning notices to motorists advising them about the need to slow down in a built up area.

Over the last four months they have been conducting motoring checks on Spring Lane as part of an initiative to reduce speeding.

Two motorists were issued with fixed penalty notices which included a £100 fine and three penalty points on their driving license. One motorist was also detained for possession of drugs.

Residents had raised concerns with the local Safer Neighbourhood Team that the 30mph speed limit was being ignored by road users.

Responding to these concerns officers used hand held devices to check the speed of vehicles which travelled along Spring Lane in order to tackle the issue.


Police appeal over missing Sheffield teen

South Yorkshire Police are appealing for help to locate missing 15-year-old Daniel Rodgers from Sheffield.

Missing teenager Daniel Rodgers Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Daniel, known as Danny to his friends, was last seen at around 10.45am yesterday at his home address in St Matthias Road, Deepcar.

He is described as being around 5ft 5ins tall, with blue eyes and fair hair that is cut short.

He was last seen wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a burgundy raincoat with a hood.

Daniel is known to frequent the Oughtibridge area.

Officers are growing increasingly concerned for Daniel’s welfare and they are asking anyone who has seen him to get in touch.

Bereaved families' emotional river safety films

The families of three young people who drowned in York's rivers this year have made individual films highlighting river safety.

The personal and highly-emotional videos have been made by Jackie Roberts, mother of Megan Roberts, Steve Pearson, father of Tyler Pearson and Rachel Peatfield, girlfriend of Ben Clarkson as part of a new safety campaign to try to prevent further tragedies.

Police appeal over Doncaster death

Detectives investigating the death of 44-year-old Giovanni Leggieri in Doncaster have issued a photograph and re-appeal for information to trace his last movements.

Giovanni Leggieri Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Police were called at around 5.20am on Sunday 14 September to a property in Balby Road, Doncaster, where the body of Mr Leggieri was discovered.

A post-mortem examination concluded that he died from a single stab wound.

Officers state that Mr Leggieri, who was known as John or Johnny, had shorter hair than in the attached photo and it had also started to go grey.

Mr Leggieri also had a moustache and is believed to have been living in Doncaster for around four to five months. Prior to this, he lived in West Yorkshire.

The circumstances surrounding Mr Leggieri’s death remain unclear but police are not currently seeking anyone in connection with the incident.

Investigating officers would like to hear from anyone who knows Mr Leggieri and who may have seen him in the weeks before his death.

Yorks footballer faces match-fix trial

A former Premier League footballer from Huddersfield has appeared in court after being charged over an alleged match-fixing conspiracy.

Delroy Facey Credit: Press Association

Delroy Facey was charged with conspiracy to commit bribery earlier this month following a National Crime Agency inquiry. Facey was at Birmingham Crown Court for the brief hearing, wearing a blue shirt, and appeared composed as he sat in the dock, listening to proceedings.

He is set to re-appear at the crown court for a plea hearing on October 27.

Appearing alongside Facey was Moses Swaibu, 25, formerly of non league Brighton-based Whitehawk FC who is accused of one count of the same charge.

Swaibu is facing re-trial after a jury failed to reach a verdict in June.

Both men are set to be tried over the allegations in April, next year.

Facey, 34, of Huddersfield, played 10 times for Bolton in the top tier of English football from 2002 to 2004, and was originally arrested in November 2013.

During his career Facey also played for West Brom, Hull, Notts County, Lincoln and Tranmere.

Both men appeared on unconditional bail.

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