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Footballer guilty of homophobic gesture

Former Blackburn Rovers footballer Colin Kazim-Richards has been found guilty of making a homophobic gesture during match.

Kazim-Richards claimed he was bantering with the crowd when he made the gesture towards them while playing in Brighton against one of his previous clubs, a court has heard.

The 27-year-old father of two young children was on loan to Blackburn when he was seen making the gestures during Blackburn's Championship match against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on February 12 last year.

Brighton to host England game

It took more than a decade to build but since its opening in 2011, Brighton and Hove Albion's Amex stadium has gone from strength to strength.

It's already set to host games in next year's Rugby World Cup and, it was announced today, it will also stage England Women's football team's next World Cup qualifier.

Andy Dickenson met England Captain Casey Stoney, England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain, and U19 prospect Paula Howells.

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Brighton head to the next round of the FA Cup

But the visitors went for the jugular as Neal saved well from March before Orlandi had a goalbound shot charged down.

Jake Caskey's fierce drive then forced an even better stop from Neal with Vale working hard just to stay in the tie.

Kemy Agustien was next to go close for Brighton when his 64th minute shot crashed against the overworked Vale goalkeeper's right-hand post. Adams brought on strikers Ben Williamson and Jordan Hugill to chase the game, but the visitors countered with a deserved third goal 12 minutes from time.

Ince's first time ball sent Jon Obika sprinting clear of the Vale defence and the on-loan striker from Tottenham rounded Neal and rolled a left foot shot into an empty net from 12 yards.

FA Cup victory for Seagulls

Promotion-chasing Brighton, with Tuesday's trip to Burnley in mind, made seven changes to the team beaten at Derby last weekend.

And the surface water caused by a pre-match thunderstorm will also have been to Vale's liking with the sodden pitch another leveller.

Much of the early play was bogged down in midfield and a couple of long range efforts by Brighton's Jon Obika and Rohan Ince proved harmless.

Andrea Orlandi went closer when his shot on the turn veered just wide of Chris Neal's right-hand post with the visitors gradually turning the screw.

Neal then had to get down smartly to keep out Solomon March's powerful shot before Brighton broke the deadlock in the 27th minute.

Orlandi delivered an outswinging corner from the left and Ince cushioned a classy left-foot finish high inside Neal's left-hand post from 12 yards

Amex defeat for Brighton

The visitors were on terms within 60 seconds of the restart, midfielder Lansbury rising to level with a superb header from 8 yards following a corner from Majewski.

Keeper Darlow prevented** **Brighton from regaining the lead only 3 minutes later by pushing a goal-bound shot from Barnes onto the post.

Two goals in the space of two minutes put Forest firmly in charge with a strike from Henderson and a spot kick by Lansbury boosting the visitors.

Forest were reduced to 10 men on 67 minutes when Chalobah, booked earlier for a foul, received a second yellow for a push on LuaLua.

LuaLua had a curling free kick saved by Darlow as the Seagulls struggled to launch a late fightback.

Seagulls brought down by Forest

LuaLua forced keeper Karl Darlow to make a scrambling save in only the third minute after being fed by Stephen Ward, and two minutes later he fired an angled shot over the bar from inside the area.

Darlow later dived to hold a bouncing 30 yard drive from Ashley Barnes before Forest came close to breaking the deadlock.

An accurate cross from Andy Reid found striker Henderson and his goal-bound header was pushed round the post by Polish goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak diving to this left.

Kuszczak was alert again mid-way through the first half when he beat away a firm drive from fellow countryman Radoslaw Majewski.

Lansbury and Reid both put shots wide for Forest before Wales international Crofts put Brighton ahead in the 31st minute from close in.

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Brighton lose to Forest at the Amex

Lansbury levelled the scores just after half-time, with Forest going in at the interval trailing to Andrew Crofts' header just after the half hour mark.

Two goals in three minutes put Forest in the driving seat, with Lansbury slotting home from the spot almost immediately after Darius Henderson had given them the lead before Nathaniel Chalobah was sent off in the 67th minute as Forest finished the match with 10 men.

Brighton went into the game having scored only four goals in their previous five matches and, in a lively start, former Newcastle winger Kazenga LuaLua provided an immediate threat for the Seagulls.

Seagulls fall flat at Ipswich

McGoldrick scored twice inside four first-half minutes - his fourth and fifth of the season - to give Ipswich a 2-0 win and lift them into the Sky Bet Championship's top 10.

Brighton had no answer after McGoldrick's quick-fire brace and seeing a golden chance wasted by midfielder Andrew Crofts with the scores goalless.

Garcia, who was left fuming after referee Stephen Martin waved away second-half appeals for a penalty when Will Buckley's shot hit Tommy Smith's arm, believed McGoldrick was the big difference at Portman Road.

We knew McGoldrick could be a threat and today he showed that he is a player who can play at a higher level. He was the difference between the two sides.

– Oscar Garcia, Brighton & Hove Albion

Seagulls flying high as Bolton left wondering at the Amex

Brighton's Will Buckley (left) celebrates scoring with Andrew Crofts as the Seagulls win at the Amex Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Brighton's Ashley Barnes (left) celebrates his goal with Andrew Crofts Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Brighton's Will Buckley (left) is challenged by Bolton's Lee Chung-Yong Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Brighton are amazing at the Amex

Wanderers had taken a first-half lead after Seagulls winger David Lopez put through his own net, but four second-half minutes saw Brighton score three times to leave Dougie Freedman's men still without a win this season.

Jay Spearing put through his own goal in the 53rd minute, before Inigo Calderon and Will Buckley both found the net to stretch the Amex club's unbeaten run to six matches.

David Ngog failed to keep his cool when one-on-one with keeper Tomasz Kuszczak, who made a save down low to deny the French striker after a mix-up in the Brighton defence.

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