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West Ham boss defends Nigel Pearson over ostrich rant

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has defended Leicester boss Nigel Pearson after he was branded a bully for a bizarre press conference in which he labelled a journalist "an ostrich".

Sam Allardyce Credit: John Walton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Pearson received widespread disapproval for his outburst at a reporter following the Foxes' 3-1 defeat to Chelsea at the King Power Stadium last night.

But Allardyce has leapt to the defence of his fellow manager.

When you are down there dealing with the pressures that come upon in terms of staying in the Premier League, I think it is a huge pressure for everybody to continue to work under that situation and come through it. What surprises me is this condescending attitude about what should happen to Nigel that I have been hearing about this morning. People have been talking about bullying and stuff like that - what a load of rubbish. It's an outburst. Simple as that, plain and simple."

– Sam Allardyce

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Leicester City lose out to Chelsea, but gave them a scare

Leicester City lost out at home to Chelsea, as they bid for a fifth straight win - but they did give the champions-elect a bit of a scare.

Marc Albrighton gives Leicester the lead Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Foxes took the lead late on in the first half through former Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton.

But Chelsea responded immediately in the second half, with Didier Drogba's strike.

Leicester couldn't hold onto the draw though, as a tap in from John Terry and a long-range effort from Ramires guided Chelsea to a 3-1 win, as they get closer to winning the title.

Chelsea players celebrate their hard-fought win Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Leicester remain a point outside the bottom three - although Sunderland do have a game in hand and sit just below them - and stay a point below Aston Villa.

Leicester take lead on stroke of half time against Chelsea

Leicester City took the lead late on in the first half of their big Premier League match against league-leaders Chelsea.

Leicester's Richie De Laet challenges Gary Cahill Credit: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC/Press Association Images

Former Aston Villa man Marc Albrighton scored in injury time, to further boost the Foxes' survival hopes.

Leicester were hit with two injury worries in the first half though, Andy King and Robert Huth both had to be replaced.

Can Leicester hold on for a fifth win in a row?

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Ex-striker Facey jailed for two years for match-fixing

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Former Premier League striker Delroy Facey has been jailed for two and a half years for match-fixing.

Facey, 35, who played for Bolton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion and Hull City, was found guilty of conspiring to bribe lower league players.

Birmingham Crown Court heard Facey urged a footballer at a struggling non-league club to make some "easy money" by fixing the result of a match.

He also told a contact that some Football Conference teams would "do" a game in return for payment.

Facey denied any wrong-doing claiming he thought two corrupt businessmen offering him up to £15,000 for his part in the part were "class clowns" whom he decided to "humour".

Judge Mary Stacey said Facey's offences struck "at the very heart of football".

"You have been a role model, but you have abused that position," she added.

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Former footballer found guilty of conspiracy to commit bribery

Delroy Facey playing for Bolton. Credit: PA

Former Premier League striker Delroy Facey has been convicted of conspiring to bribe players in a match-fixing plot.

Facey, 35, who played for Bolton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion and Hull City, had denied being part of the conspiracy.

He claimed the businessmen who were apparently offering him up to £15,000 for his part in the plot were "class clowns" who he decided to "humour" and did not take seriously.

But the jury Birmingham Crown Court convicted him today of conspiracy to bribe players.

Former non-league player Moses Swaibu was convicted of the same charge.

They will be sentenced later today.

FA defends Villa's 'low' FA cup final ticket allocation

The FA has defended its allocation of FA Cup final tickets after complaints from Aston Villa fans over the decision to give them just over a quarter of the seats.

There are claims thousands of Aston Villa fans will be unable to gain an FA cup final ticket due to limits on the allocation. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA

Villa were given 25,000 tickets for the game against Arsenal at Wembley's 90,000 seater stadium.

With Gunner's fans being allocated a similar amount.

The FA says it's important to reward volunteers and members of the football family. 17,000 tickets are being offered to members of Club Wembley, which is effectively a season ticket for games at the National Stadium.

The FA also states they have never offered more than 25,000 tickets to a team competing in the FA Cup final since the event was moved to the new stadium in 2007.

You can hear some of the views of supporters here: Villa fans line-up to get their hands on FA Cup final tickets

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Taylor to captain England in Ireland friendly

James Taylor has impressed in the short form of the game. Credit: PA

James Taylor will captain England in the one-day international against Ireland in Dublin on Friday May 8, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

To be given the opportunity to lead your country is a huge honour. There are still some very experienced and talented cricketers in that team who I’d have been delighted to have as my captain, so it is a privilege and one I’m going to relish.

It’s going to be brilliant leading an England team in a one-day international. We know it will be a tough game against Ireland and this match provides a great chance for us all to show we can play a huge role in limited overs cricket in years to come.

– James Taylor
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