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Karanka feels sad for Mourinho but pleased for Real

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka says he feels sad for Jose Mourinho that Chelsea didn't qualify for the UEFA Champions League final, but he is pleased that Real Madrid did.

The 40-year-old worked as Mourinho's assistant manager at Real Madrid between 2010 to 2013. Karanka also spent five years as a player with the Spanish giants between 1997 and 2002.

Chelsea were knocked out at the semi-final stage after losing 3-1 to Atletico Madrid last night. While Real Madrid had already guaranteed their place in the final with a 5-0 aggregate victory over Bayern Munich. Karanka says he believes his former club will go on to be crowned champions of Europe.


Boro fan charged after incident during minute's silence

A Middlesbrough fan will appear in court next month after being charged with being drunk inside a sports ground following Boro's match at Burnley on Saturday.

Football crowds around the country observed a minute's silence Credit: Dave Howarth/PA

Police said a man was arrested after an incident occurred during the minute's silence in memory of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

Stephen Bentley, 38, of Maddren Way, Middlesbrough is due to appear before magistrates in Burnley on Friday, 2nd May.

Ovation for Parkinson at Middlesbrough game

Gary Parkinson got a standing ovation at Turf Moor Credit: ITV

Former Middlesbrough and Burnley defender Gary Parkinson received an emotional welcome from supporters at Turf Moor.

The 46-year-old, who has locked-in syndrome, was guest of honour at yesterday's Championship game between the two clubs. He was given a standing ovation as he appeared pitch-side. Middlesborough won 1 - 0 courtesy of Jacob Butterfield's second-half strike.

Parkinson suffered a stroke in 2010 which left him unable to move or speak.


Karanka says bobble for QPR goal was "unbelievable"

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka says QPR's second goal at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday was "unbelievable".

With the score poised at 1-1 in added time, a defensive back pass appeared to bobble over the foot of goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos and into the path of Bobby Zamora. The R's striker then had the simple task of rolling the ball into the empty net.

Another late strike from Ravel Morrison then sealed a 3-1 win for QPR.

Carayol thanks fans for support after knee injury

Middlesbrough winger Mustapha Carayol has thanked fans for their support after being ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.

Scans revealed the 25-year-old tore his anterior cruciate ligament during Saturday's goalless draw with Bournemouth. Boro have confirmed he is due to undergo surgery in two weeks.

The Gambian said on twitter:

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