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West Ham player fined for assaulting police officer

West Ham United defender James Tomkins has been fined £3,500 for assaulting a police officer outside a nightclub.

West Ham United defender James Tomkins. Credit: PA Wire

Tomkins, 25, admitted assaulting a police constable, being drunk and disorderly in a public place and obstructing a constable outside the Sugar Hut nightclub on December 21.

He was fined £3,500 for the assault and was ordered to pay £3,785 court costs, £200 compensation to the police officer and a £120 victim surcharge.

Tomkins was told that the incident was "a blot on your character", with West Ham now likely to take their own action to punish him.

Watford wishes Oscar Garcia the best for the future

Everyone feels it is important that there is continuity in the coaching structure. Ruben Martinez and Javier Pereira will therefore continue as Billy McKinlay’s assistants.

We appreciate Oscar’s candour in placing the best interest of Watford FC ahead of his own personal thoughts and we wish him well for his future in football.

In Billy McKinlay, we have someone with the qualities and significant experience to build further on the foundations already laid for a successful season ahead.

– Scott Duxbury, CEO


Oscar Garcia 'aware he may not be able to return'

I was closely involved with the appointment of Billy McKinlay, because I was aware that I may not be able to return.

I always wanted an experienced British coach within our set-up, because it’s important to have that mix of cultures and experience with this squad.

I would like to thank Watford’s fans for their kindness during my time here at the club. I will be hoping to see you all as a Premier League club next season.

– Oscar Garcia
Oscar Garcia Credit: PA

Billy McKinlay replaces Oscar Garcia as Watford Head Coach

Could Chelsea end up playing a season at Wembley?

Chelsea could end up playing a season at Wembley Stadium if they go ahead and redevelop Stamford Bridge.

Wembley Stadium Credit: PA

Chelsea are keen to expand their current capacity from 41,623 to 60,000 in an attempt to compete with rivals Arsenal and Manchester United who attract weekly attendances of 60,000 and 75,000 at the Emirates Stadium and Old Trafford.

Stamford Bridge Credit: PA

Chelsea have already sounded out the Rugby Football Union over a temporary move to Twickenham Stadium. But that could be met with opposition from people living nearby.

There are few other alternatives which means the club may have to consider Wembley. Currently the number of events at the stadium is limited by the council to 37 a year because of issues with noise, parking and policing. Chelsea would need to change that, which could require a public consultation.

£4000 Pinarello bike stolen from GB triathlete

GB Triathlete Jessica Earp's £4000 stolen Pinarello Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police are appealing for help to find a stolen Pinarello bicycle belonging to a GB triathlete.

The modified Pinarello, which belongs to Jessica Earp and is valued at around £4000, was stolen on 12 September from Malet Street in Camden.

Earp locked the bike to a rack, removed the front wheel, taking it with her.

CCTV footage shows the suspect riding up to the Pinarello bike, before stealing a wheel from another parked cycle. He then attaches this wheel to the Pinarello, cuts the lock and rides off, leaving his bike behind.

CCTV of the suspect riding the stolen bike Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police are looking for a white man in his early 20's, of slim build and wearing a light grey jumper, dark grey shorts, a black and silver cycle helmet and a black rucksack.

Anyone with information is urged to contact PC Cara Newton on 020 8733 6846 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Leyton Orient manager submits resignation letter

Russell Slade has submitted a resignation letter to Leyton Orient. Credit: PA

The manager of Leyton Orient Russell Slade has submitted a resignation letter to the club's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

It comes after Cardiff City contacted Orient about Slade taking over as their manager though that was rejected. The club said they had asked their lawyers to look into the matter.

Runner dies at Reigate half marathon

A man died after taking part in the Reigate half marathon in Surrey yesterday.

The man, said to be in his 20s and from Battersea, collapsed at the event and stopped breathing. Paramedics were called to the scene and he was taken to nearby East Surrey Hospital but could not be saved.

Reigate and Banstead Council confirmed the news on Twitter today along with marathon organisers Run Reigate:

The half-marathon was the first to be held in the town. Police said the man's death was unexplained but not suspicious.

Fulham's former boss defends his use of cheese to treat injuries

The former manager of Fulham FC, Felix Magath, has defended his spell in charge of the club and insisted he still has something to offer to English football.

Felix Magath has defended his time in charge of Fulham - including an unusual method of treating injuries Credit: Reuters

The 61-year-old German was replaced by Kit Symons on Thursday with the Cottagers rooted to the foot of the Sky Bet Championship with just one point from their first seven games.

Magath took over at Craven Cottage in February but could not prevent their relegation from the Premier League.

I don't have a guilty conscience.

I don't want to sound arrogant, but I am convinced that English football has something to learn from German qualities. Sadly they're not that prepared to listen. I think I still have something to offer English football.

– Felix Magath, speaking to German news agency DPA

Magath's methods have come under fierce criticism from former players, notably ex-captain Brede Hangeland who was once told by the veteran boss to treat a leg injury by rubbing cheese onto the sore area.

But the former Bayern Munich coach insisted: "I merely suggested it could be worth trying the old wives' tale of applying quark to the injured area. I would never tell a doctor what to do."

Symons' first game in charge of Fulham ended in a 1-0 home defeat by Blackburn. They face League One Doncaster in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

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