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Nixon’s tweets stir up hornet’s nest

Paul Nixon

NEW DELHI – Former England cricketer Paul Nixon has stirred a controversy with his tweets suggesting that the India – Pakistan match, played at Ferozeshah Kotla on Sunday, was fixed.

Nixon tweeted, “Pakistan throwing this game away eh ! #thereisasurprise 24 from 24 … Strangely my money is on India $$ from here …Watch this space.”

When one of his followers asked if Nixon was suggesting that the match was fixed, his reply was, “Are you suggesting that Pakistani cricketers would throw a match? R u watching the game?”

He went on to add that Pakistan throwing away the game was predictable after they had won the series. The hosts had already lost the series after being comprehensively beaten in the first two ODIs played in Chennai and Kolkata. Sunday’s thrilling win for India was only a consolation victory as Pakistan won the series 2-1.†


Tevez has advice for Balotelli

MANCHESTER – Carlos Tevez has told Manchester City team-mate Mario Balotelli not to make the same mistakes he did.

Balotelli, 22, was pictured last week in an apparent physical confrontation with manager Roberto Mancini. Tevez is no stranger to controversy himself, having been out of the City side for a long spell last season after refusing to warm up during a Champions League match against Bayern Munich.

Tevez said: “I’m always keen to help him and keep him going through these kind of moments, so he doesn’t make the same mistakes that I did in the past.”

The 28-year-old Argentina striker, who eventually returned to the City side to win a Premier League winner’s medal last term, added: “I try to help Mario. I talk to him personally, on and off the pitch.

“I’ve been in that moment like him.”

Tevez did not feel the training-ground incident with Mancini, which was sparked by a tackle from Balotelli on Scott Sinclair, was a big deal.

“There are these kind of things that have happened at all the clubs I’ve been, but here at City the spotlight is always on us, as it is always on Roberto and Mario,” he said.

“So here it always comes out – but this kind of thing happens everywhere.”†


Racist fans put Lazio in hot water

LAZIO – Lazio have been charged over the alleged racist behaviour of their supporters during the Europa League game against Tottenham.

Tottenham have also been charged over separate crowd disturbances following the match on November 22.

Lazio supporters mocked Spurs’ links with the Jewish community by chanting “Juden Tottenham” at the away fans during the 0-0 draw at the Stadio Olimpico on November 22.

A UEFA statement said: “UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against SS Lazio.

“Charges relate to the alleged racist behaviour of Lazio supporters during the Italian club’s 0-0 UEFA Europa League Group J draw against Tottenham Hotspur FC in Rome on 22 November 2012.

“Proceedings will also be instigated against SS Lazio for throwing of missiles and/or fireworks by their supporters, incidents of a non-sporting nature, late team arrival at the stadium, and late handling of the team sheet.” UEFA will hear both cases at a disciplinary meeting on January 24.

This is not the first time the Italian club have been accused of racism this season. In the reverse fixture at White Hart Lane back in October Lazio’s fans were found guilty of monkey chanting towards three Tottenham players.†

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