“If there was more consistency, it would give clubs, managers and players less room to complain.”The FA was unhappy with Gallagher. Adrian Bevington, an FA spokesman, said: “It is disappointing that Dermot Gallagher did not correctly interpret the situation involving David Beckham and Robbie Keane in Saturday’s game between Manchester United and Leeds United. Dermot Gallagher will be required to discuss this incident with the Select Group Referees’ manager [Philip Don].”He [Gallagher] will not be offered appointments for a period to be determined by the Select Group members, on behalf of the Professional Game Match Officials’ Board.”The flare-up came 24 hours after the referees’ committee sanctioned Mark Halsey’s decision to dismiss Ince following his altercation with Quinn.The FA underlined its support of Halsey’s understanding of ‘violent conduct’ – an offence the governing body believes Keane was guilty of in the incident with Beckham.”In the incident involving Paul Ince in the Middlesbrough versus Sunderland match, we believe Mark Halsey was correct in his interpretation of the law regarding violent conduct,” the spokesman added.”This incident was viewed and discussed by the Select Group Referees’ at their training meeting last Friday. The referees and their management were in full support of Mark Halsey’s decision.”Gallagher’s temporary demotion comes after Paul Durkin and Neale Barry were both forced to officiate in the Football League last weekend.Durkin, who failed to send off Chelsea’s Graeme Le Saux for a two-footed lunge on Leeds’ Danny Mills, took charge of Luton’s 3-0 Third Division victory over Swansea.Barry officiated in Stockport County’s 4-0 thrashing by Millwall, after receiving low marks from referees’ assessors.. Nwankwo Kanu leads the attack in the Champions’ League against Schalke 04 tonight with the Arsenal manager, Ars? Wenger, admitting he has withdrawn his offer to let the former Ajax and Internazionale striker quit Highbury.
Nwankwo Kanu leads the attack in the Champions’ League against Schalke 04 tonight with the Arsenal manager, Ars? Wenger, admitting he has withdrawn his offer to let the former Ajax and Internazionale striker quit Highbury.
The Nigerian, a European Cup-winner with Ajax five years ago when he was 19, before the heart surgery he needed to not only continue his career but also save his life, was considered surplus to requirements by Arsenal this summer when they signed the Everton striker Francis Jeffers for £8m. But now Wenger says the ankle problem which stunted the development of the 20-year-old Jeffers at Goodison Park is still a worrying factor and has made him think again about the future of Kanu, a £3.5m buy.”At the beginning of the season I gave Kanu the opportunity to move on if he could find the right club, because when Jeffers was signed we had five top strikers,” Wenger said. “I was ready to let him go because I thought that with his class he would not want to settle for just a few games with us this season. But he said he wanted to stay and fight for his place, and I think he is quite close to that now.”Jeffers, who missed seven months of last season at Everton, came off at half-time in only his second Arsenal start last month against Derby County. He has not played since.Kanu – still no higher than fourth-choice striker behind Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Sylvain Wiltord – made his first start of the campaign against Sunderland on Saturday and scored his second goal of the season in a 1-1 draw.With Arsenal already qualified for the second stage of the Champions’ League thanks to a trio of home wins and Schalke’s only win in the competition – a 4-0 away success which effectively knocked out Real Mallorca even before the Spanish side’s defeat at Highbury last week – Wenger has allowed Henry, Bergkamp, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and even Patrick Vieira to rest in London, along with the injured Tony Adams, David Seaman and Jeffers.He said: “It is an opportunity to give a break to players who need it. But I still want to field quite a strong side, because there is a Uefa Cup place at stake for whoever finishes third in the group between Schalke and Mallorca – and we need to provide fair competition. We have also lost our last four away matches in the Champions’ League, all 1-0, and we want to show we can get results in Europe outside Highbury.”Personally, I still feel we are as strong away as at home, and our Premiership results have shown that.
But too often we have played away in Europe as if with the handbrake on – this time we can go into the match without any fear about the consequences of the result.”Wenger, though, is clearly using the match to provide some bonding with his players. Ray Parlour, who has admitted he would consider leaving the club he joined as a teenager if it appeared he was spending too much time on the substitutes’ bench, is likely to be named captain for the first time, in the absence of Adams and Vieira.The Brazilian midfielder Edu is set to start for the first time since breaking a bone in his foot during pre-season training, the latest blow to hit the £6m recruit since he was turned back from Heathrow Airport customs with a forged passport at the start of last season.With Ashley Cole available again after injury and Oleg Luzhny ready to deputise on the right for Lauren, Wenger will choose between Sol Campbell and Gilles Grimandi to partner Matthew Upson at centre-half.Arsenal (from): Wright; Luzhny, Campbell, Grimandi, Upson, Cole, Ljungberg, Parlour, Edu, Pires, Inamoto, Kanu, Wiltord, Aliadi?, Pennant, Keown, Stepanovs, Taylor (gk).GROUP C PWDLFAPts Panathinaikos (Q)54018212 Arsenal (Q)5302869 Real Mallorca5203396 Schalke 045104683 Q: qualified for second phaseRemaining fixtures: Today: Schalke 04 v Arsenal; Real Mallorca v Panathinaikos.. Derby’s Fabrizio Ravanelli has refused to apologise to Chelsea’s Marcel Desailly after the pair clashed during and after the 1-1 draw at Pride Park on Sunday. Derby’s Fabrizio Ravanelli has refused to apologise to Chelsea’s Marcel Desailly after the pair clashed during and after the 1-1 draw at Pride Park on Sunday.
Desailly claimed the Italian striker insulted him during the Premiership game “150,000 times, always with the same words.” But Ravanelli, who scored his side’s controversial opener despite appearing to be in an offside position, has refused to shoulder any blame”I have to apologise to Desailly? I don’t think so,” said Ravanelli. “I think if you see the television images it is clear what happened These things happen on the pitch and in football. I do not want to discuss this any further.”Desailly said: “I had a small altercation with Ravanelli, during and after the match – and his attitude during the encounter was frankly inexplicable.