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Will the sun ever set on rift between Graeme Souness and Liverpool? | Daniel Taylor

A club great as a player is a pariah because of his dealings with the Sun when manager, yet he seems deeply remorseful. Does he care enough to try to heal the wound?Perhaps you may have seen that clip recently of Graeme Souness getting so worked up in …

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Aberdeen v Rangers: a rivalry inflamed by a terrible tackle

Thirty years ago Aberdeen beat Rangers 2-1 at Pittodrie. But that game is not remembered for any of the football played By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogLife was pretty good for Rangers fans at the start of the 1988-89 season. Seven wins out of …

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Premier League 2017-18 review: pundit of the season

A ‘golden generation’ new boy, an old curmudgeon and a flat-capped up-and-comer head our picks of the campaignPlayer of the season | Manager of the season | Match of the season | Signing of the season | Young player of the season | Flop of the season |…

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Memory Lane: footballers on holiday – in pictures

June is a time when footballers traditionally have a bit of a break before pre-season training. With some of today’s players using the interlude as an oppportunity to have a lie down in the street, we thought we would have a rummage through the archives to see what the footballers of yesteryear got up to on their downtime

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Chelsea’s José Mourinho hits back at Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness

• Mourinho claims Carragher ‘has forgotten everything he did on the pitch’
• ‘Envy is the biggest tribute that the shadows do to the man’
• Dominic Fifield: Chelsea are not panicking but must rediscover spark
• Football Weekly Extra: the pod on Chelsea’s elimination

José Mourinho has hit back at Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness for their criticisms of the behaviour of Chelsea’s players while exiting the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, accusing both former Liverpool stalwarts of having short memories of their own conduct as players.

The sight of nine of the London club’s outfield players crowding round the Dutch referee, Bjorn Kuipers, following Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s challenge on Oscar just after the half-hour mark against PSG had been branded “disgraceful” by Carragher in his capacity as a pundit for Sky. Souness, sitting at his side in the studio at Stamford Bridge, was equally scathing and described the conduct as “pathetic” while praising PSG as “a proper team” for standing up to their hosts.

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Chelsea’s José Mourinho hits back at Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness

• Mourinho claims Carragher ‘has forgotten everything he did on the pitch’
• ‘Envy is the biggest tribute that the shadows do to the man’
• Dominic Fifield: Chelsea are not panicking but must rediscover spark
• Football Weekly Extra: the pod on Chelsea’s elimination

José Mourinho has hit back at Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness for their criticisms of the behaviour of Chelsea’s players while exiting the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, accusing both former Liverpool stalwarts of having short memories of their own conduct as players.

The sight of nine of the London club’s outfield players crowding round the Dutch referee, Bjorn Kuipers, following Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s challenge on Oscar just after the half-hour mark against PSG had been branded “disgraceful” by Carragher in his capacity as a pundit for Sky. Souness, sitting at his side in the studio at Stamford Bridge, was equally scathing and described the conduct as “pathetic” while praising PSG as “a proper team” for standing up to their hosts.

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Alan Pardew hits back at suggestions he should be sacked over head-butt

• Newcastle United manager reacts to criticism over clash
• Steve Bruce says Hull City accept apology over incident
Pictures of Saturday’s shocking events on the touchline

Alan Pardew has responded angrily to suggestions that his head-butt at Hull City should have resulted in him losing his job.

The Newcastle United manager faces severe punishment from the Football Association – likely to be a touchline or stadium ban – after clashing with David Meyler, the Hull midfielder, on Saturday but will keep his job.

Pardew is under contract until 2020 and Newcastle acted swiftly to address the matter, fining Pardew £100,000 and giving him an official warning. A club statement read: “We have held discussions with Alan, who has offered his sincere apologies to the club, and it is clear he deeply regrets his actions. The club is now drawing a line under this matter and will be making no further comment.”

Graeme Souness, who managed Newcastle from 2004 to 2006, said it was “a sackable offence” and that Pardew had “gone too far”. Pardew responded by highlighting the former Liverpool midfielder’s own moment of controversy as a manager when he enraged Fenerbahce fans in 1996 during a spell in charge of Galatasaray by planting a club flag in the centre circle after victory in a fierce derby match.

On the calls from Souness for him to be axed, Pardew said: “It’s a bit strong coming from him. He’s the man who took a flag and planted it in the middle of a derby situation, so coming from him it’s a bit harsh. But people have their own opinions, I can’t do anything about that.”

The FA is set to launch an investigation into the incident, which flared up in the 72nd minute at the KC Stadium and resulted in Pardew being sent to the stands. It was a new low for the 52-year-old, who has a history of touchline trouble.

He escaped action after a foul-mouthed rant at the Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, in January but was given a two-match touchline ban and fined in 2012 for pushing assistant referee Peter Kirkup. During his time as West Ham manager he had an altercation with Arsène Wenger in 2006 but it was the Arsenal manager who was fined over the incident, while Pardew was cleared of misconduct by the FA.

Pardew admitted he would have to change his style in the dugout and resist the temptation to get close to the action by staying in his seat. “I’ve thought about it before. I think when I had the push with the linesman I thought that perhaps I should sit down. But sometimes, you know, you just want to be involved and I’ve always been involved by being on the sideline. But I don’t think it can harm my managementship to sit there and maybe I’m at an age now where I need to.”

Pardew’s latest brush with authority took the gloss off what should have been remembered as a handsome 4-1 win for Newcastle. A double from Moussa Sissoko, Loïc Rémy’s 13th goal of the season and Vurnon Anita’s first goal in the Premier League blew away Hull in ruthless fashion. Curtis Davies headed in to give the home side hope at 2-1 but they had already shot themselves in the foot.

Tim Krul made a brilliant double save to deny Alex Bruce and seconds later Newcastle were ahead, Mathieu Debuchy racing down the right and his cut-back being lashed home by Sissoko. Rémy made it 2-0 after a woeful back pass from Maynor Figueroa sent the Frenchman through to round Allan McGregor and score. Hull halved the deficit when Davies headed home just after the break but another defensive horror show, again involving Figueroa, allowed Yoan Gouffran a free shot at McGregor. He could only parry the drive and Sissoko was on hand to tap in the third.

The flashpoint came soon afterwards, when Meyler nudged Pardew as he looked to grab the ball for a throw-in and the Newcastle manager reacted by pushing his forehead into the side of the Hull player’s face. Pardew watched from an executive box as his side continued their rampage and Anita rattled in a fourth after McGregor pushed Paul Dummett’s shot into his path.

It was Hull’s heaviest home defeat of the season but Steve Bruce said: “The whole thing is going to be about Alan Pardew rather than the result. In that respect it’s decent for us. I won’t let it be a distraction. As far as we’re concerned it’s over for us. We accept his apology.

“I’m sure there will be huge ramifications and rightly so. I’m not going to shy away from that. I’ve never seen anything like it. Is it a head-butt? He has put his head there, there’s no question about that, but we’ll let the FA and powers that be deal with it. We’re obviously outraged that the incident has happened and it’s a good job Meyler didn’t react in the way most people would have done. Then Alan would have been in big trouble.”

Man of the match Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United)

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Wayne Rooney’s Cardiff kick is a reminder of striker’s volatile past | Jamie Jackson

Memories of Montenegro, Gelsenkirchen and South Africa came flooding back as soon as Rooney hit out at Jordon Mutch

Wayne Rooney’s kick at Jordon Mutch was an unwanted reminder of the demons that can swamp the striker’s mind and which may yet affect Manchester United’s title defence and England’s prospects at the World Cup in Brazil.

The Liverpudlian is the prime asset for club and country, but his volatility continues to concern. Rooney should make no apology for operating on the edge, but it still appears to be a case of when, rather than if, that vital competitive streak will mutate into self-damaging anger and disciplinary trouble that could seriously impact on United and England.

Rooney now stands a booking away from an automatic ban after the yellow card he received at Cardiff took him to four, having also received one on England duty in last month’s 2-0 win over Poland, when the national team’s passage to Brazil was sealed.

Seven minutes into United’s 2-2 draw at Cardiff on Sunday, Mutch received a thwack to his leg from Rooney and suddenly we were taken back two years to Montenegro and the red card that ruled the Englishman out of the opening two games at Euro 2012. Watch the clip again and the swing of the right boot Rooney aims at Miodrag Dzudovic in Podgorica is close to a carbon copy of the lunge Mutch took on Sunday.

While Rooney was shown only a yellow card by the referee, Neil Swarbrick, Graeme Souness, a Sky Sports pundit, was convinced of the forward’s folly. “I don’t know what Wayne is thinking of,” he said. “He’s got an exploding head, we know that. That’s just borne out of frustration.

“He should be off, there’s no argument. Why the ref has given him a yellow card is beyond me. He’s got a great view of it, he’s keeping up with the incident all the time. If he’s booked him, he’s seen something. If he sees that, it’s a sending off.”

Following the Dzudovic incident, Rooney was contrite, apologising to the defender and moving publicly to admit his mistake. Yet after Malky Mackay claimed in the post-game briefing that Swarbrick’s booking was correct (on Monday morning, the Cardiff manager admitted he wanted to avoid an FA charge and maintain focus on his side’s display) Rooney took to Twitter to lay into Souness and Martin Tyler, the match commentator, for their comments.

The striker highlighted an incident between Gary Medel and Marouane Fellaini during the match in which the former appeared to punch the Belgian, with Rooney questioning why Souness had not criticised that. He wrote: “Just watched game back. I agree mine was bad tackle and ref dealt with it. And Martin Tyler didn’t shut up about it all game.”

Another tweet, referring to Medel, read: “Then someone slaps someone in face and he doesn’t speak a word about it. I like Martin but that’s poor from him.”

“Souness [sic] the rules are u kick out u should be off. Souness medel gives left hook he’s done his job. Haha brilliant.”

David Moyes currently has a mini-injury crisis to negotiate. Phil Jones, Michael Carrick, Nemanja Vidic and Shinji Kagawa are all at varying stages of recovery. But it was the absence of Robin van Persie from the squad that travelled to south Wales which placed greater focus on Rooney. If he had been sent off then United might have dropped all three points as Rooney went on to score the opener and create the second for Patrice Evra from a corner.

Van Persie is the club’s sole other world-class performer, so Moyes must hope his groin problem will heal in time allow him to be in contention for Wednesday’s Champions League group game at Bayer Leverkusen.

The Dutchman has eight goals in 13 appearances for United, Rooney has eight in 16. But even if Van Persie does recover, Rooney’s status as United’s totem, the emblem of attacking verve and fight that runs through the DNA of his club, means Moyes – and Roy Hodgson – can ill afford for him to self-combust.

Rooney, of course, has been sent off at a World Cup. In 2006 he stamped on Portugal’s Ricardo Carvalho during the quarter-final in Gelsenkirchen that England went on to lose by penalties. At the last World Cup in South Africa, the 28-year-old again had to apologise – this time to England supporters – after an insipid 0-0 draw with Algeria in a group game. “Nice to see your own fans booing you. That’s what loyal support is,” he snarled towards a TV camera as he walked off.

The mea culpa came the next day: “Last night, on reflection, I said things in the heat of the moment that came out of frustration of both our performance and the result. For my part I apologise for any offence caused by my actions at the end of the game.” The hope is that the suspensions, the apologies and the harm to Rooney’s career are not about to repeat.

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