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“I’ll just make sure the referee can count to 10”

A week of sport and sports journalism in quotes, compiled by IAN COLE

Ed Hawkins, the winner of the Sports Betting Writer award, receives his trophy from Victor Chandler's David Grouse

“I’d like to thank Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir – without whom I couldn’t have won” Ed Hawkins, the SJA Victor Chandler Sports Betting Writer of the Year, thanks the Pakistan cricketers who provided him with so much rich material in 2010.

“Abundant evidence that Mr Gray’s voicemails were intercepted and a strong inference that some misuse will have been made of the confidential information they obtained” Mr Justice Vos in three-day High Court hearing over whether former Sky Sports presenter Andy Gray had his phone hacked by the News of the World.

“It still hasn’t sunk in, but scoring a hundred off 50 balls in front of 1 billion people against a team like England – it doesn’t get any better than that” Kevin O’Brien, Ireland’s cricket hero in their victory over England, scoring the World Cup’s fastest century from 50 balls.

“It’s very easy those guys in the commentary box criticising us for making mistakes on the field. What they forget is that not so long ago many of them were out there making the same mistakes” Graeme Swann is tetchy about criticism after the Ireland defeat.

“There is no doubt that negligence of the issue from your side may affect the presence of some countries in the Games, especially Iran, which abides by commitment to the values and principles” Iran’s Olympic committee suggesting that the 2012 logo for the London Games actually spells “Zion”.

“The logo of London means the London 2012 Olympics – nothing less, nothing more” Jacques Rogge, the IOC president, responds to Iran’s boycott threat.

Not very happy: Sir Alex

“You want a fair ref. I don’t know how he got this game. When I saw who was refereeing, I did fear the worst. It’s been three years in a row now down here. You hope you get a really strong referee in games like this. And we didn’t. The penalty was so soft. Deary, deary me” Sir Alex Ferguson is in trouble with the FA after this criticism of referee Martin Atkinson following Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.

“When he said sorry he was really disappointed. What do we have to do now? Kill him? We have to support him. It would be very different if he had not said sorry” Carlo Ancelotti, the Chelsea manager, excuses Ashley Cole, who took a gun to training and shot a young man on work experience.

“Last year, when Chelsea won the double…it cuts you up. You don’t want it to happen again. You don’t want to feel like you did last summer. You go away on holiday, you’re lying on a beach trying to enjoy yourself with the kids. Then you have a quiet moment and it comes back to you. You’re pissed off. You’re on holiday and you’re pissed off” Ryan Giggs equals Bobby Charlron’s 606 appearances for Manchester United, but demonstrates the hunger for trophies that drives him on.

“I don’t really like Arsenal. I was raised that way, so it’ll be extra special for me if we can win” Jimmy Smith, the Orient player who was brought up a West Ham fan in east London, before the FA Cup replay at the Emirates. They lost 5-0.

“The greatest danger of cramming too many important fixtures into a month-long period isn’t, I suspect, that we’ll debase sport and lose our joy for it altogether, but that a large percentage of the population will stop going out and, ultimately, showering, while running up such exorbitant takeaway bills that we bankrupt ourselves” Emma John, writing in The Guardian, on the amount of sport on television.

“I didn’t want to be clapped off at the end after we had been beaten 3-0. The ovation we received at the end from the Everton fans will live with me a long time” Brian McDermott, the Reading manager, after an FA Cup victory at Goodison Park.

“I went to shake hands with Ricardo Fuller at the final whistle, but he wasn’t having it. When we went down the tunnel it developed into a bit of a scuffle. I hit out with my arm and broke a picture in a glass case on the wall. Unfortunately, it was an old Stoke team photo and they thought it showed lack of respect on my part. It was probably better to hit the wall than an opponent” Jonas Olsson, the West Brom player, explains his little spat in the Swedish press.

“A snood is not part of the equipment and can be dangerous, even like hanging somebody” Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president, addresses the important issues in the game.

“I’m proud of the fact Wayne Rooney is from Liverpool. He is playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world and is successful. I don’t look at him as a Manchester United player, I look at him as a local lad. Him and Stevie are the best two players England have got and I’m proud of that” Jamie Carragher with a view which may not find much support on Merseyside.

Title time: David Haye

“I am on minus one goals for the season. I’ve got two own goals and that one in the plus column” Phil Jagielka after scoring Everton’s winner at Newcastle.

“There have been times in the last couple of years when I’ve walked off a track, head down, thinking ‘What am I doing this for?’ It’s great to get a payback for all the hard work” Helen Clitheroe wins the European indoor 3,000 metres title at 37.

“I’ll just make sure the referee can count to 10, then I’m the unified heavyweight champion of the world. Wladimir Klitschko is getting violently knocked out” David Haye is building the hype for his world title fight.

“When Walter Smith signed El-Hadji Diouf on the final day of the January transfer window, he made a wistful little wish. ‘I want him to be remembered for his football,’ he said. He sounded as if he harboured more than a few doubts, and we now know that those doubts were well-founded.

“The Rangers manager is a patently decent man, and he will have shuddered at the crassly inflammatory part that his new forward played in the disgraceful events at Celtic Park the other evening” Patrick Collins in the Mail on Sunday.


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