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Marlon King admits dangerous driving charge

King faces up to two years in jail
King faces up to two years in jail Credit: Press Association

Former Premier League footballer Marlon King today pleaded guilty at Nottingham Crown Court to dangerous driving after a three-car crash left a motorist with a fractured elbow.

King, of Torksey, Lincolnshire, was due to go on trial at Nottingham Crown Court today after pleading not guilty to a charge of dangerous driving at an earlier hearing.

The footballer, who appeared in the dock wearing a blue suit and open-necked white shirt, changed his plea to one of guilty to the charge this morning.

The striker, who has played for Nottingham Forest, Coventry City and Birmingham City, faces a maximum sentence of two years' imprisonment.

Forest's Billy Davies given five-match ban and £9k fine

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies has been banned from the touchline for the next five games and been fined £9,000 for being abusive to a referee.

Davies, who accepted a charge of misconduct from the Football Association, was accused of abusive language towards referee Anthony Taylor in the tunnel at half-time during last week's two-all draw to Leicester.

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies accepted the FA's charge of misconduct
Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies accepted the FA's charge of misconduct Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

He had been angry that Leicester defender Wes Morgan was not sent off for a foul against Forest's Jamie Mackie in the penalty area, denying them a goalscoring opportunity.

Davies denied making contact with Mr Taylor, which was accepted.

Nottingham Forest manager gets five-match ban

The Football Association have released the following statement in relation to the charges brought against Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies following the recent game against Leicester City:

"Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies will serve a five-match touchline ban with immediate effect, subject to any appeal.

This is in respect of two breaches of FA Rule E3 that took place during his side’s game against Leicester City on 19 February 2014.

Davies admitted the first breach that he used abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards the Match Referee in or around the tunnel area at half-time of this fixture.

However, he denied the second breach of improper conduct, which alleged that he deliberately made contact with the Match Referee. This charge was found proven. As well as the suspension, Davies was also fined £9,000."


Rivals unite in zero tolerance stance on racist chants

Representatives from Nottingham Forest and Leicester City have warned fans against racist chanting in tomorrow night's game.

The club will not tolerate this kind of antisocial behaviour at The City Ground and will take the strongest possible action against anyone who is involved in such behaviour.

We are active in our efforts to remove this type of abuse from our matches and we will not condone any form of chant that may be perceived as racist or offensive, aimed towards our own or the visiting supporters.

– Ben White, Nottingham Forest media and communications manager

There is no place for any form of discrimination in football or in wider society and Leicester City wholly supports the efforts of Nottinghamshire Police to encourage an atmosphere that is inclusive for all.

Players and supporters have the right to participate in a matchday that is free from prejudice and we would urge supporters to report any activity which compromises this to the police.

– Leicester City spokesman

Fans of both clubs are being encouraged to use a ‘text reporting facility’ in order to report any behaviour that they feel is offensive.

Details of the Nottingham Forest text reporting facility can be found on each match ticket or in the matchday programme.

Police warn against racist chanting at East Midlands derby

Racict chanting will not be tolerated during Wednesday's clash at the City Ground Credit: PA

Police have warned fans that racist chanting 'will not be accepted' during the game between Nottingham Forest and Leicester City tomorrow night.

Both clubs have been working with police to ensure that there are no incidents and measures are in place that will allow fans in attendance to report anybody falling foul of the rules.

A win for Leicester would see them open up a ten point gap between themselves and second place Burnley.

Forest travel to Preston in fourth-round FA Cup decider

Nottingham Forest travel to Preston North End tonight for their fourth-round replay decider in the FA Cup.

Nottingham Forest's Andy Reid in last month's encounter against Preston Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Billy Davies' side go into the match 13 games unbeaten. It was a disappointing result for Forest in their first encounter against Preston at the City Ground last month, more so after having beaten Premier League side West Ham 5-0 in the previous round.

Jamie Paterson scored a hat-trick against West Ham in the third-round of the competition Credit: John Walton/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A win for Forest tonight will seal a place in the fifth-round of the competition and a match against League One strugglers Sheffield United.

You can follow the match live on the ITV Sport website.

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