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Former Glasgow Rangers owner Craig Whyte granted bail

Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte, leaves Glasgow Sheriff Court after he was released on bail following his appearance at the court accused of fraud. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte has been granted bail after appearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court accused of fraud.

He made no plea or declaration and was released on bail.

Whyte appeared in private at Glasgow Sheriff Court after arriving in the UK having been detained in Mexico.

An arrest warrant was issued a fortnight ago for the 43-year-old in connection with an investigation into the sale of Rangers Football Club in 2011.

Mourinho: Team of the year awards not good for football

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has blasted Fifa's Team of the Year awards saying that they are not good for football.

Two of Chelsea's players, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, have been shortlisted for this year's Fifa award.

But Mourinho, when asked of the duo's nomination in today's press conference said: "When I see these trophies, I think they are not good for football. I don't care about it."

"Sometimes it seems we are looking for stars, people who are more important than other people and that is not the culture in this club."


UEFA open disciplinary proceedings against Spurs

Three men invaded the pitch during the match. Credit: PA

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Tottenham following the pitch invasions during last night's Europa League match against Partizan Belgrade at White Hart Lane, the governing body has announced.

The White Hart Lane clash, which Spurs won 1-0, was temporarily suspended late in the first half following three separate pitch invasions.

The match was halted in the 41st minute after a third individual managed to slip on to the White Hart Lane pitch in what appeared to be an orchestrated PR stunt.

UEFA said in a statement its control, ethics and disciplinary body would hear the charge on December 11.

Toure: Rodgers reminds me of Wenger

Toure says Rodgers remains the right man for Liverpool. Credit: PA

Kolo Toure says that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers reminds him of his former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Liverpool are in the middle of a tough spell at the moment and haven't won in five games.

But Reds defender Toure believes Rodgers is the man to guide the Anfield club out of their tricky spell and has compared his style to Wenger.

“I see Wenger in him because he’s so intelligent. He knows how to speak to players and how to get the best out of them," Toure told reporters after Liverpool's Champions League draw against Ludogorets.

"Just look at what he’s done during a short time here. When he arrived Liverpool were doing badly. He came in and brought the club a long way up.

“He’s a fair guy who is working hard and gives 100% every day. Like Arsène, he’s always there at training trying to improve things. His style of play is also similar. He always wants us to pass the ball and keep playing which is very important.”

Cardiff investigating Cala Tweet

Cardiff manager Russell Slade has said the club are looking at whether Spanish defender Juan Cala broke club discipline rules on social media.

Cala revealed on Twitter this week that he could leave the SkyBet Championship club after being sent to train with the club's academy, although Slade said ahead of Saturday's trip to Watford that the centre-back "is doing his rehab work there".

"I just want the situation to be sorted out and to play here on (sic) in another club ASAP!! Thank you for support," Cala wrote on Twitter.

The 24-year-old centre-back, who was signed by former Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from Sevilla in January, has made only one Championship appearance this season having slipped down the pecking order below Bruno Ecuele Manga, Ben Turner, Sean Morrison and Danny Gabbidon.

"That is an internal viewpoint, whether he used it (social media) in an appropriate manner and whether he stepped over the mark. I have spoken to him," Slade said at his press conference ahead of the Watford game.

"We spoke to his agent two to three weeks ago about his situation and it was agreed we would look to move Juan on in the January transfer window.

"That's for Juan and his people to work on, probably in Spain, and that is what they are looking at.


Spurs pitch invaders threaten to repeat prank

A second pitch invader is grabbed by security during the UEFA Europa League match last night. Credit: PA

The internet pranksters that halted the Tottenham v Partizan Belgrade Europa League match last night seem to have threatened to repeat the stunt at other football grounds in London.

Three men invaded the pitch at seperate times wearing t-shirts bearing the name of headphone manufacturer BassBuds, who produce licensed Spurs merchandise.

The company has released a statement condemning the invasions, but Tottenham have removed all mentions of the brand from club channels and related stock from their shops while they investigate.

The stunt appears to have been pre-arranged with all three men appearing in a video posted on a Twitter account with the handle @TrollstationYT, where they talk about invading the pitch on Thursday night.

The account then posted "The question is Emirates stadium or Stamford Bridge?", suggesting there could be more pranks planned at Arsenal's and Chelsea's stadiums.

Another message from the Twitter account on Friday morning added: “FREE @GomesAHTV @NathanAHTV @BMWjarvo” in reference to the trio that invaded the Spurs game.

Roy Keane steps down from Aston Villa role

Keane has left Aston Villa with immediate effect. Credit: PA

Roy Keane has quit his role as Aston Villa's assistant manager with immediate effect, the club have announced.

The 43-year-old had been splitting his time between Villa and his job as Martin O'Neill's number two with the Republic of Ireland.

But Keane has stepped down from the Barclays Premier League club ahead of their trip to Burnley on Saturday.

Keane said in a statement: "Ultimately, my roles with Villa and Ireland and combining my commitment to these have become too much.

"It isn't fair to either Villa or Ireland, so I've made this decision.

"I'd like to thank Paul for giving me a great opportunity to come to a brilliant football club, I've really enjoyed my experiences at Villa and I wish the management team, the players, the supporters and the club nothing but the best going forward."

Pele says he is 'doing fine' amid heath fears

Brazilian football legend Pele has said he "is doing fine" as he attempted to play down concerns over his health.

The 74-year-old also denied reports that he had been placed in intensive care.

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