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Port Vale captain angry that injuries could scupper summer move

Port Vale captain Doug Loft is undecided whether or not he will take legal action against Daniel Jones over the facial injuries that have brought a premature end to his season.

Loft was last week involved in a training ground altercation with then-team mate Jones, who has since had his contract with the club terminated, as Vale prepared for their League One fixture against Notts County.

On Tuesday morning, one tabloid newspaper printed a photograph of Loft's face under the headline 'disfigured' and went on to say that he had suffered broken bones in his nose, jaw and cheek.

Speaking about the incident, Loft told Sky Sports News:

I have never had a problem with Jonesy and he has never had one with me, as far as I know.

We went into a tackle and as I was getting up off the floor he hit me. I fell backwards and sat on the floor, the gaffer sent him in and I went to hospital for X-rays. He texted me on the day and said sorry, that was it.

At the minute I am angry. I have been playing really well and I was getting a lot of interest and I knew that people were watching me. I am annoyed and upset that I will miss the rest of the season.

– Port Vale captain Doug Loft


Blatter writes Hillsborough tribute letter to FA


The English flag at FIFA is at half mast in memory of the Hillsborough disaster #Hillsborough25thAnniversary


FIFA asked for all its member associations to fly flags at half-mast to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

25 years on from this dark day in the history of the game, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the 96 who so tragically lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster, in remembrance of which the flags of FIFA's member associations will be flown at half-mast.

While it is above all important to honour and remember the innocent victims of 15 April 1989, we can also reflect on the determination of the British political and football authorities to ensure that something so terrible never happens again by introducing the highest standards and stadium safety.

The football community worldwide, whilst never forgetting the tragic circumstances that led to this change, is grateful to England for taking the lead in this area.

Sheffield Wednesday chairman lays wreath outside Hillsborough

Sheffield Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric lays a wreath outside Hillsborough. Credit: PA
Members of the public gather outside Hillsborough. Credit: PA
A member of the public watches on during a screening of the memorial service at Goodison Park. Credit: PA


Pulis praise for Martinez

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has exploited the loan system with a string of "clever" short-term signings, according to Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis.

They've not broken any rules

If it's within the rules, as long as they're not breaking any rules they're entitled to do what they want.

" think Roberto has been clever.

Do I think certain rules are right? There are certain rules I think are absolutely crazy, but they are the rules and you abide by them.

Everybody knows them, they are set out.

I think the important thing is that if Roberto had broken the rules then you could talk about it, but the rules are there for everybody to use.

And if he's used them, and he's used it to his benefit and Everton's benefit then fair play to him.

– Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis
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