Rio Ferdinand has pulled out of England’s games with San Marino and Montenegro due to a detailed pre-planned training and medical programme he must follow to manage his long-standing back problem. The Manchester United defender met with England manager Roy Hodgson to discuss the situation and both have conceded it will not be possible for Ferdinand to join the England setup this time.


Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has insisted that the challenge made on Newcastle player Massadio Haidara by Callum McManaman was a complete accident. He wished the Magpies defender a swift recovery but said the challenge was nothing more than an unfortunate collision.

West Ham may find themselves in hot water over several ugly incidents during Sunday’s derby game with Chelsea. Police are investigating the incident that saw Frank Lampard the target of abuse in the form of coins being thrown as he celebrated scoring the opening goal. They have also made two arrests already regarding alleged racially aggravated public order offences and another for criminal damage.


Manchester City assistant boss David Platt has dismissed speculation about Roberto Mancini’s future following the weekend defeat to Everton.


Aston Villa’s players have united to try and convince Andreas Weimann to sign a new deal at the club. The midfielder has proved to be a shining light in an otherwise dull season at the midlands club.


Wojciech Szczesny has insisted he is too happy to leave Arsenal despite seeing Lukasz Fabianski perform admirably in his position in the last two games. “I have a debt to pay here for the club, I owe them. I just do not want to go anywhere else. As long as they want me here there is no ‘somwhere else’, and I have a contract until June 2015,” he said.


UEFA have finally decided that a disciplinary case will be opened against Inter Milan following reports of fans racially abusing Tottenham players during their Europa League tie last Thursday.


The FA has announced it will be handing out over 900 defibrillators to English clubs after securing a charitable partnership with the British Heart Foundation. The deal, which comes one year after Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane, sees the two parties donating £400,000 each with the clubs shelling out the same amount.


QPR chairman has insisted that he’s made a “lifelong commitment” to the London club despite claiming earlier this year that he would leave if he could not make things work at the relegation battling outfit.