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Goalkeeper Fabianski 'hero' of penalty shoot-out

Stand-in goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was the hero of the Wigan v Arsenal match tonight as his two saves in a penalty shoot-out helped the Gunners beat holders Wigan at Wembley to reach their first FA Cup final since 2005.

Arsenal's goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is mobbed by his team-mates after winning the penalty-spot Credit: PA

Following a bright start by Arsenal, it was Wigan who went ahead through a penalty from Jordi Gomez just after the hour.

However, Arsenal made it 1-1 with seven minutes left through Per Mertesacker, whose foul had given away the spot-kick.

After Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had hit the crossbar in extra-time, it was down to penalties.

Fabianski - standing in again for regular number one Wojciech Szczesny - produced fine saves from Gary Caldwell and Jack Collison, before Santi Cazorla rolled in the winning penalty to secure a 4-2 shoot-out success.


Disabled access: clubs 'hampered' by age of stadiums

Football clubs have responded to calls for better disabled access by stressing the difficulty of improving "historic" stadiums.

Minister of State for Disabled People Mike Penning said that in many clubs the level of support and space for disabled people was breaking the law.

But Chelsea Football Club said "like many other clubs with older grounds we are hampered with the age and layout of Stamford Bridge", adding that they were consulting architects on possible improvements.

Chelsea's Stamford bridge
Chelsea's Stamford bridge holds only 47% of the number of wheelchair space required. Credit: PA

Fulham, another club to fall short of the levels required, said they accommodate "as many wheelchair users as possible within the confines of an historic stadium", and that a proposed redevelopment would help improve the situation.

Lack of disabled access at stadiums 'illegal'

The level of access for disabled people in may football stadiums is illegal, the Minister of State for Disabled People has said.

Mike Penning has called for a "complete overhaul of grounds and of how disabled fans are supported".

Last month it was revealed that only three premier league stadiums provide the number of wheelchair spaces required.

'Woeful' access for disabled people at football stadiums

There is a "woeful" lack of appropriate support and space for disabled spectators at many football stadiums across the country, the Minister of State for Disabled People has said.

Minister of State for Disabled People Mike Penning
Fulham's Craven Cottage stadium has only 24% of the number of wheelchair spaces required, the lowest out of any Premier League club. Credit: ITN

Mike Penning has written to every professional club in the country to remind them of their legal obligations.

Football clubs are required by law to provide adequate room and adjustments for disabled fans.

Preston say they were contacted by spot-fixing inquiry

Preston North End have confirmed that the club was contacted today by the National Crime Agency in relation to an investigation into spot-fixing allegations.

Preston North End Football Club can confirm that today, 3rd April 2014, the Club has been contacted by the National Crime Agency in relation to a wide ranging investigation into ‘spot fixing’ in football.

There are no suggestions that any offences that might have occurred involved match fixing.

None of our employees have been charged with any offence at this time and until or unless this position changes we will be taking no further action nor making any further comment.

All of our contracted employees are available for selection by the manager.

– Preston North End statement


Six re-arrested in spot-fixing investigation

Six individuals arrested in December 2013 have been rearrested today "based upon new evidence", the National Crime Agency said.

Of those six, Millwall striker DJ Campbell and Tranmere defender Ian Goodison were named by their respective clubs.

Ex-Portsmouth defender Sam Sodje and ex-Oldham winger Cristian Montano were filmed in the initial Sun on Sunday investigation.

DJ Campbell is currently playing for Millwall on loan from Blackburn. Credit: PA
Sam Sodje seen warming up while at Portsmouth in 2013. He is currently without a club. Credit: Empics

FA 'aware of developments' in spot-fixing investigation

The Football Association (FA) said:

The FA has been made aware of developments in relation to an ongoing NCA (National Crime Agency) investigation, including a number of further arrests.

We are liaising with the authorities in relation to these allegations.

The FA will make no further comment at this time.

Police interviewing 13 individuals over spot-fixing

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said:

In December 2013 the NCA arrested six men in connection with an investigation into individuals suspected of Conspiracy to commit acts of Bribery and Money Laundering relating to conduct during football matches.

They were interviewed and bailed to return on 8th April pending further inquiries.

Officers from the NCA have been actively pursuing a number of lines of inquiry in this ongoing investigation.

The NCA have today re-arrested the six original suspects based upon new evidence, along with a further seven footballers aged between 18 and 30 suspected of potential involvement in these offences.

The seven men arrested in addition to the original six are from Football League clubs based in the North West of England.

All 13 individuals are being interviewed at police stations across the country.

The investigation began following receipt of material from the Sun on Sunday.

It remains ongoing and we cannot provide further detail at this stage.

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