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Premier league rejects Hull City Council's £20m KC stadium expansion bid

Hull City Council has said that its request for funding to expand KC Stadium has been rejected by the Premier League.

Council bid for stadium expansion rejected Credit: Press Association

It has emerged that the Council went behind the backs of City's owners, the Allam family, who also control the stadium's management company.

There has reportedly been a complete breakdown in the relationship between the two parties since the council rejected the Allams' plan for a new sports village in 2011.

In a statement Hull City Council said:

Hull City Council agrees with the Allams that the capacity of the KC Stadium needs to be increased and, in a show of support, wrote to the Premier League to explore if funding might be available to achieve this.

Regrettably, this isn’t the case

– Hull City Council

Invitation to take a walk with rugby legend

Rugby legend Jamie Peacock Credit: PA

Leeds Rhinos legend Jamie Peacock is encouraging fans to either run or walk this year's 10k Run with the Rhinos. The former England captain, who retires this year from playing Rugby League, will be walking with his family on July 12th and hopes others will join them.

Peacock will team up at today's launch with Mike Tomlinson who is CEO of Run For All Ltd and a trustee of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, the charity set up by his late wife who started the initiative to raise money for good causes.

The Run with the Rhinos is inclusive for people of all abilities, whether they are competitive runners or social walkers and they will be able to join the likes of Ronnie the Rhino, former Leeds Rhinos players Keith Senior and Barrie McDermott and Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis, who will once again represent the official charity of Leeds Rhinos.

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Police thank Middlesbrough and Leeds fans

Cleveland Police have thanked home and away fans following today’s Middlesbrough vs Leeds fixture.

Officers on the ground say they enjoyed a vibrant and positive atmosphere, which was in keeping with the 'family friendly approach' taken by police and Middlesbrough Football Club.

There were two arrests during the game and one after the final whistle, including a 39-year-old who man was arrested in connection with an offence involving a flare being lighted. All three remain in custody.

Superintendent Mark Thornton said: “The majority of fans have been fantastic today and have worked with us to ensure that the match goes ahead safely and that the focus was on football, not disorder.

“We police football based on the intelligence we receive, and our response today was proportionate. I’m extremely proud of all involved, especially officers on the ground who have been engaging with fans from early this morning.

“I would like to thank Middlesbrough Football Club for their ongoing support, and Leeds United Football Club and fans for their co-operation.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger spent the day with officers to see the scale and scope of the policing operation around today’s match.

He said: “From the briefing at 8am this morning and throughout the day I have been really impressed with the level of skill, dedication and meticulous planning that our officers put into operations of this nature.

“A huge amount of work goes on behind the scenes, just to keep the streets of Cleveland safe. It’s testament to our officers, with support from Middlesbrough Football Club, who have made sure that today’s game passed without serious incident.”

Ross 'The Boss' makes bid for European bantamweight title in home city

Sheffield boxer, Ross Burkinshaw, steps into the ring in his home city tonight (Saturday February 21, 2015).

Ross 'The Boss' makes a bid for European bantamweight title Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The twenty-eight-year-old former soldier was expecting to defend the Commonwealth title he won last September. But last week he was told he would be fighting for the European bantamweight title instead.

Bruce hails Phelan impact

Hull manager Steve Bruce has hailed the impact of his new assistant Mike Phelan.

Since the former Manchester United number two arrived at the KC Stadium, the Tigers have not lost, holding champions Manchester City to a draw and beating Aston Villa 2-0.

Bruce is hoping that trend can continue this afternoon against West Brom.

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Tigers midfielder suffers injury setback

Mohamed Diame's Hull comeback has been delayed at least a week after the midfielder suffered a training ground knock.

Mohamed Diame Credit: Press Association

The Senegal midfielder was an instant hit at the KC Stadium, scoring four times in his first five appearances for the Tigers earlier this season.<

But he has not featured since December 3 due to a knee injury and a planned first-team return against QPR on Saturday has now been shelved.<

He hurt the same knee at the start of the week and has been rested since to prevent further aggravation.

"He's had a slight setback, he had a knock to his knee on Monday and we've taken him off it all week," said manager Steve Bruce.

"He's had to have precautionary scans and X-rays to see how the injury was and thankfully everything's okay, but as you can imagine he didn't want a knock there.

"We don't think it's going to be too long, in fact we hope he can be joining in with training in the middle of next week.

"But it's set him back a week or 10 days so he won't be available on Saturday."

Castleford Tigers stadium plans approved

Councillors in Wakefield have today given the go-ahead for Castleford Tigers' new 10,000 seater stadium.

The £135 million scheme also includes plans for a supermarket, shops, a petrol station and a country park. It will be built on waste land just off junction 32 of the M62 at Glass Houghton, and could create an estimated 2,000 jobs.

However it will mean the end of Rugby League at Castleford's old Wheldon Road ground, which opened in 1926.

Read: Castleford coach hopes for new stadium

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