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Crystal Palace sack Neil Warnock

Neil Warnock has become the first Premier League managerial casualty of the season after being sacked as Crystal Palace boss.

Neil Warnock has been sacked as Crystal Palace boss after just four months in charge. Credit: PA Wire

The 66-year-old, who was appointed Palace boss for the second time in August following Tony Pulis's departure, was dismissed in the wake of the 3-1 defeat to Southampton on Boxing Day.

The loss left Palace in the relegation zone on 15 points, one point from safety.

"Crystal Palace Football Club can today confirm that Neil Warnock has been relieved of his duties and is no longer first-team manager," a club statement said.

"The club would like to put on record its thanks to Neil for all his hard work and energy over the past four months."

Disabled sports fans asked to rate facilities

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Disabled sports fans will be asked to take part in the largest ever government survey about their experiences as spectators.

It comes after claims as many as half the Premier League football clubs are operating "discriminatory" season ticket policies.

The research by charity Level Playing Field found "disproportionately small" numbers of season tickets go to wheelchair users, while many did not offer the wheelchair space they should.

Some also excluded disabled people from using online ticketing services.

MPs have described the situation at football grounds as "unacceptable" and are calling on Britain's 12 million people with disabilities to take part in the survey.

They are looking for opinions on everything from wheelchair access and disabled parking to accessible toilets, hearing loops and treatment by other supporters at live sporting fixtures.

Organisers want to hear from fans of all sports - in particular rugby, cricket, football, hockey, basketball, cycling and motor-racing.

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Cycling gold medallists Trott and Kenny engaged

Laura Trott and Jason Kenny won two gold medals apiece at London 2012. Credit: PA

Laura Trott has announced her engagement to fellow double Olympic cycling champion Jason Kenny.

The couple went public about their relationship during the London 2012 Games, where they won two gold medals apiece.

Essex-born Trott, 22, tweeted the news this morning:

Trott triumphed in the team pursuit and the six-discipline omnium at London 2012, while Kenny was victorious in the team and individual sprints.

They were also both made OBEs in the 2013 New Year Honours.

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Football sends support and best wishes to Clarke Carlisle

Organisations across the football community have sent former Professional Footballers' Association chairman their support and best wishes following reports he was injured in a collision with a lorry.

Anti-racism organisation Kick It Out, for which Carlisle is an ambassador, posted:

And the Football League added:

North Yorkshire police have appealed for witnesses to the collision on the A64 near the village of Bishopthorpe, at 7.30am on Monday.

Ex-footballer and TV pundit Clarke Carlisle 'seriously injured'

File photo dated 15-09-2012 of Clarke Carlisle. Credit: PA Wire/PA

Former Premier League player and Professional Footballers' Association chairman Clarke Carlisle has been seriously injured in a collision with a lorry, it has been reported.

North Yorkshire Police said a 35-year-old man was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary after a serious incident involving a lorry and a pedestrian on the A64, near York, on Monday morning.

The force would not confirm the injured man's identity, but social media was full of messages from well-wishers, including the FA, hoping Carlisle, 35, makes a quick recovery.

The Football Association tweeted:

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Rugby star Liam Williams 'sorry' for blacked-up fancy dress photo

Wales and Scarlets back Liam Williams. Credit: PA

Wales and Scarlets rugby star Liam Williams has said sorry for tweeting a picture of himself dressed as Swansea City footballer Wilfried Bony.

The image is said to have shown the winger and full-back "blacked up" in fancy dress.

But it was criticised by organisations like Show Racism the Red Card.

The photo has since been removed and the Scarlets have released a statement saying they are "fully committed to eradicating discrimination".

Swansea City star Wilfried Bony. Credit: PA Images
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