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Man pushed from Paris Metro rejects Chelsea offer

A commuter who was pushed from a Paris Metro by football fans in an allegedly racially-motivated incident has turned down Chelsea's invitation to attend an upcoming match.

Souleymane S was offered the opportunity to attend Chelsea's clash with Paris Saint-Germain, but won't take up the offer. He is, however, willing to meet club officials.

Souleymane S has rejected the offer. Credit: PA

"It is too early to go to a football match for my client," Jim Michel-Gabriel, who is representing Souleymane S, told Press Association Sport.

"My client was very shocked about what happened on the subway."

Michel-Gabriel confirmed the written invitation had been received.

Souleymane S may consider attending a future match at Stamford Bridge.

"Maybe," the lawyer added. "We will meet Chelsea, but not during a match. It's too early."

Rodgers: Gerrard won't walk back into Liverpool team

Liverpool have been in form while Gerrard has been on the sidelines. Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned Steven Gerrard there is no easy route back into his first-team plans.

The Reds captain has missed the last six matches with a hamstring injury and, although he has returned to training this week, he will be assessed before a decision can be made on whether he is fit to face Blackburn in Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final.

In his absence they have won five times, with their only defeat coming to Besiktas in the Europa League, but although Jordan Henderson has stepped up to successfully lead the side Rodgers insists the 24-year-old is no carbon-copy replacement.

There is no-one in the squad who has a God-given right to walk straight into the team.

It probably would be (an issue) for other people but certainly not for me and it wouldn't be for Steven.

He is very much a team player and if he was on the bench because the team was in good form and playing well I think everyone respects that.

I have shown my time here players who are performing well, irrespective of price or status, they play - simple as that.

For me the most important thing in the first case is having Steven available.

– Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

Mackay sure new Wigan chairman, 23, is right man for job

Wigan boss Malky Mackay has given his backing to new club chairman David Sharpe.

Sharpe, 23, has replaced his grandfather Dave Whelan at the helm of the the Lancashire club, with many expressing concern at his inexperience.

Malky Mackay worked closely with previous chairman Dave Whelan. Credit: PA

"It's easy to have a throwaway line about a 23-year-old taking over a football club but he's been round about the football club since he was a young man," said Mackay.

"He's here every day, is at every game and knows the inside of the football club. I look at the experience and the amount of time somebody has been at a football club.

"He's got good people round about him and I know the things that drive him, the things he's passionate about and they are good values for wanting a football club to go forward in terms of academy and recruitment."

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Yakubu looking to take Reading to Wembley

Ayegbeni Yakubu is back in England. Credit: PA

Ayegbeni Yakubu is hoping to fire Reading to Wembley after the Nigerian striker return to English football to fulfill his dream.

The striker was absent when former club Everton lost to Chelsea in the 2009 FA Cup final due to injury, something Yakubu wants to make amends for.

I never thought my Wembley dream was over. I had the chance to come back here so I took it.

England is one of the best places to play football, so I'm happy to be here, enjoying the moment and hopefully I can do more to help the team.

I was going crazy when I couldn't play in that game for Everton against Chelsea.

But that was years ago, now we've got another 90 minutes to play, and hopefully we can be there again.

If we could get through to Wembley it would be special, every player wants to play at Wembley.

– Ayegbeni Yakubu
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