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  1. Mourinho banned for expletive-laden rant
  2. Van Gaal tells Man Utd fans to boo him, not players
  3. Blatter treated over stress issues
  4. Build-up to Salford v Notts County in FA Cup
  5. GET INVOLVED #bbcsportsday

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By Matt Parratt and Saj Chowdhury

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That is it from us this week. Stay on the website for all the FA Cup first-round action and a whole lot more.

Sportsday will be back on Monday.


FA Cup live & football preview show

Tune into BBC Two at 19:30 GMT for live coverage of Salford City FC v Notts County in the first round of the FA Cup.

BBC Radio 5 live kicks off with the Weekend Football Preview show from 19:00 GMT.

The journey continues

Liverpool v Crystal Palace (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

Ian Kennedy

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

It's been a tough week of travelling for Liverpool - first to London to play Chelsea, then to Russia to face Rubin Kazan - so we may learn a lot more about Jurgen Klopp’s ability to inspire his players to even greater efforts on Sunday. Crystal Palace are going well and have been a constant thorn in Liverpool’s side in recent seasons. 

Klopp will hope Philippe Coutinho is fully fit, and there may other changes too. That said, Jordan Ibe has again shown what great potential he has and might be a difficult player to leave out after another great showing against Rubin.

Burgess 'could have been England great'

Rugby union/rugby league

Sam Burgess

England rugby league coach Steve McNamara has told BBC Radio 5 live that Sam Burgess "could've been one of the greats" at international level in union had he been given more time.  

He said he was unsure whether the cross-code star was "ever given a chance" to succeed, having switched to join Bath last year. "It’s up for debate that one," said McNamara.

Burgess has now moved back to Australian side South Sydney Rabbitohs, and the England coach admitted he could select him for the next year's Four Nations if he is fit.

Forster on road to recovery


Been working hard in the gym strengthening my legs 💪🏻 #squats #saintsfc #comeback

Been working hard in the gym strengthening my legs 💪🏻 #squats #saintsfc #comeback

The England keeper, 27, could return for Southampton before the new year - four months ahead of schedule.

He is recovering from patellar tendon knee surgery suffered in the Premier League victory over Burnley in March.

bbc-coverageWatch FA Cup first round action

Fri 6 Nov, 19:30 GMT, BBC Two (not Wales)

The 2015-16 FA Cup proper begins this weekend, with the opening match of the first round broadcast live on the BBC.

Notts County, winners in 1894, kick off the action on Friday on BBC Two against Salford City FC, who are part-owned by five former Manchester United players (squint and you can spot them below).

Following six rounds of qualifying, 32 non-league clubs remain and they are two victories away from a potential meeting with a Premier League club. Full BBC coverage detailshere.

Salford City

Smith & Tiler to do battle


Nick Hope

BBC Sport, Olympic Sport reporter

British record-breaking weightlifters - Commonwealth gold medallist Zoe Smith and European Youth champion Rebekah Tiler - will go head-to-head for the first time in their careers at the World Championships in Houston, USA, later this month.

Smith, 21, usually competes at -58kg, with 16-year-old Tiler at -69kg, but both will trial the -63kg division ahead of a bid for the Rio Olympics next year - where only one is likely to have the chance of being selected.

Warnock: 'I'm disappointed for Chris'


Neil Warnock

Neil Warnock is disappointed for Chris Ramsey after his sacking at QPR. 

Warnock recently returned to Rangers in an advisory role but is now back in charge while the Hoops hunt for a new boss.

Rangers are languishing in 13th in the Championship ahead of Warnock's first game back at the helm, at home to Preston on Saturday.

The 66-year-old told the club website: "I am going to do my best. This is a club that is special to my heart. When I got a chance to come back and help I was really pleased.

"I'm disappointed for Chris. I spoke with him the other night and he wished me all the best. 

Get Involved - Your best FA Cup 2014 memory


@BBCSportsday 2014 final. My boy as mascot with Brucey, Hull City 2-0 up. May have lost but great day #bbcsportsday

@BBCSportsday 2014 final. My boy as mascot with Brucey, Hull City 2-0 up. May have lost but great day #bbcsportsday

The FA Cup first round kicks off on Friday night with live BBC TV coverage of Salford City - part-owned by a clutch of ex-Manchester United players - against Notts County.

It's that stage of the competition where the word "magic" gets liberally used - and with good reason. So, we're asking you to tell us what your best memory of last year's competition is. 

Tweet us at #bbcsportsday or post on the BBC Match of the Day Facebook page.

FA reveals details of Mourinho expletive-laden rant


The Football Association has published details of the moment Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho approached referee Jon Moss at half-time during the match against West Ham United on 24 October.

Mourinho was consequently given a one-match stadium suspension with immediate effect and fined £40,000 for his actions.

Below is an extract from referee Moss's match report:

When myself and my colleagues left the field of play at half-time, as we entered the tunnel area to get to our dressing room, Mr Mourinho the Chelsea manager was waiting for us clearly agitated and began aggressively asking about first-half decisions. Rather than publicly speak to him I asked him to step into the entrance of my dressing room escorted by Simon Sutton, the West Ham United security manager. Mr Mourinho asked me about a tackle, an offside and a goal line clearance. I gave him brief answers to his questions. After this I asked him to leave the dressing room area. He refused. I asked him again. After he refused again I asked Mr Sutton to escort him from the room. At this point Mr Mourinho became very aggressive and animated. He shouted that you [expletive] referees are weak…Wenger is right about you…you are [expletive] weak. I advised Mr Mourinho not to take his position in the technical area for the second half.

Ireland to tour South Africa

Rugby Union

Ireland will play the Springboks three times in June 2016 during their first tour of South Africa in 12 years.

They will play the Boks in Cape Town (11 June), Johannesburg (18 June)  and Port Elizabeth (25 June).

Ireland have not toured South Africa since 2004 and never won a Test match there. 

Watch Salford's first FA Cup tie

Salford City v Notts County, 19:30 GMT, BBC Two (not Wales)

Salford City

Every team has some kind of FA Cup heritage, it seems. 

Salford City walk out against Notts County on Friday night as the competition proper begins, but what about their first appearance in the cup? Well that came in 1990 against Warrington Town.

Watch a great video of that fixture - grey suits, car phones, Austin Montegos, the whole nine yards - right here.

Live FA Cup: Salford City FC v Notts County


Dramatic skies over Moor Lane... Perfect #FACup setting! Join us @BBCTwo 19:30 for @SalfordCityFC v @Official_NCFC
Dramatic skies over Moor Lane... Perfect #FACup setting! Join us @BBCTwo 19:30 for @SalfordCityFC v @Official_NCFC
Dramatic skies over Moor Lane... Perfect #FACup setting! Join us @BBCTwo 19:30 for @SalfordCityFC v @Official_NCFC
Dramatic skies over Moor Lane... Perfect #FACup setting! Join us @BBCTwo 19:30 for @SalfordCityFC v @Official_NCFC

Dramatic skies over Moor Lane... Perfect #FACup setting! Join us @BBCTwo 19:30 for @SalfordCityFC v @Official_NCFC

Wasps fail with Gopperth appeal

Rugby Union

Wasps have lost their appeal against the length of the three-week ban imposed on stand-off Jimmy Gopperth.

Gopperth, 32, was banned after pleading guilty to a late hit on Leicester captain Mathew Tait in Sunday's 24-16 Premiership defeat at Leicester.

But the appeal against the ban, which runs until 24 November, was dismissed by a second three-man RFU disciplinary panel.

IAAF cancels Monaco gala


World athletics governing body IAAF has cancelled this month's World Athletics Gala in Monaco.

The BBC understands that IAAF president, Sebastian Coe, did not want the event to go ahead while his predecessor, Lamine Diack, remains under investigation by French prosecutors.

The authorities suspect the 82-year-old of receiving money in 2011 in return for deferring sanctions against Russian athletes who failed drug tests. Diack himself is yet to comment on the allegations.

The BBC understands that Lord Coe asked the IAAF's own charitable foundation to cancel this year's gala - which included conversations with the Foundation's honorary president, Prince Albert of Monaco. The Foundation runs the Gala, meaning it was their decision to make - not the IAAF's.

The voting for male and female Athlete of the year will still take place, with the winners announced online. Their achievements will then be celebrated either at the World Indoor Championships in Portland in March, or at the Rio Olympic Games.

Blatter has stress-related health checks


Sepp Blatter
Getty Images

Suspended Fifa president Sepp Blatter is undergoing stress-related health checks but is not in hospital, a spokesman said on Friday.

"He is under medical evaluation, the doctors took him out for a few days, the doctors expect to him be back around Thursday or Friday of next week," Blatter spokesman Klaus Stoehlker said of the 79-year-old.

"He is under tremendous pressure from so many sides and perhaps this is a little bit difficult for a man who is not the youngest."

The Swiss led soccer's governing body for 18 years and was provisionally suspended for 90 days in October amid the worst corruption scandal in Fifa's history. 


FA Cup first round commentary from BBC local radio

The FA Cup first round gets under way tonight as Salford City host Notts County and you can listen to live commentary from our local radio stations of this fixture and many of the rest of the games over the weekend here.

BBC local radio

Gomez back for Germany


Mario Gomez

Besiktas striker Mario Gomez has been recalled by Germany for the friendlies against France and the Netherlands. 

Schalke teenager Leroy Sane and Paris St-Germain goalkeeper Kevin Trapp have been called up for the first time. 

Gomez last played for Germany in September 2014 in a friendly loss to Argentina. 

Coach Joachim Low did not pick Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil or Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos. 

Ruddy criticism unfair - Neil


John Ruddy
Getty Images

Norwich City manager Alex Neil says criticism of Canaries goalkeeper John Ruddy is unfair.

Ruddy has not kept a clean sheet this term and his error led to a late penalty in Saturday's loss at Manchester City.

"John made an error at the weekend but it's not as if he's been flinging balls into the net or dropping balls on a regular basis," Neil told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"I think that's really unfair - but any sort of error then gets magnified because we're not winning games."

Sundown at Salford City

Salford City v Notts County, BBC Two, 19:30 GMT

No sooner had a certain Sportsday writer mentioned how the late Salford sun had cast an Instagram filter across the offices here than this tweet popped up from BBC Sport's Jamie Gavin at Salford City's ground. They're playing Notts County tonight in the FA Cup first round.

Watch it live on BBC Two from 19:30 GMT.

Blue Christmas


Manchester City
Manchester City

No, Manchester City don't have a new winter kit out. All that wool might get a bit sticky during a match.

As someone whose annual Christmas party is themed on naff sweaters, I can say with a degree of authority that there are some strong efforts here. 

Joe Hart doesn't look best pleased with Jesus Navas though. Get your jumper on, will you?

Get Involved - Your best FA Cup 2014 memory


Michael Plumridge: My FA Cup memory was Kidderminster Harriers making it to 4th Round, only losing 1-0 to Sunderland. Got £125,000 prize money.

Max Handley: Going up to Old Trafford to watch Cambridge United play

The FA Cup first round kicks off on Friday night with live BBC TV coverage of Salford City - part-owned by a clutch of ex-Manchester United players - and Notts County.

It's that stage of the competition where the word "magic" gets liberally used - and with good reason. So, we're asking you to tell us what your best memory of last year's competition is. 

Tweet us at #bbcsportsday or post on the BBC Match of the Day Facebook page.

Capoue top level player - Flores

Leicester City v Watford FC (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Etienne Capoue

Who has been Watford’s best player so far this season?Etienne Capouewould be right up there. 

The Frenchman has been the Hornets' driving force in midfield and his manager Quique Flores believes he should be recalled to the national squad, saying: "Capoue is amazing. He's in the top level. 

"I hope he can play for the national level. He can do it. He's free, he's a very complete player. He's a good example for the rest of the squad."

On this day


What an 'on this day' this one is. The year is 1986. The man is Alex Ferguson. The significance? His appointment as manager of Manchester United. The rest, of course, is history.

Sir Alex Ferguson
Getty Images

Shaw on road to recovery


Luke Shaw working hard during the early stages of his rehab. 💪🏻🚴🏻🏊🏻
Luke Shaw working hard during the early stages of his rehab. 💪🏻🚴🏻🏊🏻

Luke Shaw working hard during the early stages of his rehab. 💪🏻🚴🏻🏊🏻

Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw is on the road back to fitness having suffered a double leg fracture against PSV Eindhoven in September.

Mid-season friendly?


With neither team having a match next weekend because of the international break, Wycombe Wanderers and Leeds United have arranged a friendly at Adams Park on Friday 13th November. 

Wycombe describe it as a 'prestigious fixture'. Leeds head coach Steve Evans says he wants to incorporate some 'team bonding' into the trip. 

There's a paintballing place about 10 minutes away from Adams Park, Steve... 

Wycombe Wanderers will play @LUFC in a special match at Adams Park on Friday 13th November (k.o. 7.30pm). #lufc

Wycombe Wanderers will play @LUFC in a special match at Adams Park on Friday 13th November (k.o. 7.30pm). #lufc

Origi dropped by Belgium


Divock Origi
Getty Images

Liverpool forward Divock Origi has been pushed down to Belgium's Under-21 side.

It is the first time  since last year's World Cup the 20-year-old has been dropped from the senior side.

Premier League duo Christian Benteke and Moussa Dembele, plus Barcelona's Thomas Vermaelen all return after injury for the matches in Brussels against the Italy and Spain.

Belgium are number one in the Fifa rankings.

Depay to play Wales?

Wales v Netherlands (13 Nov, 19:45 GMT)

Earlier this week Netherlands boss Danny Blind said Manchester United's Memphis Depay must learn how to "function as part of a team" after leaving him out of the provisional squad for the friendly against Wales.

This tweet from the national squad's official feed, picturing the final squad, suggests otherwise...

Netherlands squad to face Wales

BreakingMurray beats Gasquet in Paris

Paris Masters

Andy Murray is through to the semi-finals of the Paris Masters after beating Richard Gasquet 7-6 (9-7) 3-6 6-3.

He will play the winner of David Ferrer v John Isner, which is next up.

Andy Murray

McFadzean signs new MK Dons deal


MK Dons defender Kyle McFadzean has signed a new contract to keep him with the Championship club until June 2018.

The 28-year-old has made 66 appearances for the Dons since joining from Crawley in the summer of 2014.


Ana Ivanovic

Birthday time here at Sportsday. Many happy returns to Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic, who turns 28.

Other notable mentions go to ex-Hull and Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore, 26, former Chelsea striker Andre Schurrle, 25, and ex-Blackburn Rovers midfielder Garry Flitcroft, 43.

PL trio in Uefa team of the week


Manchester City's Raheem Sterling, Chelsea's Willian and Manchester United's Chris Smalling are named in the Uefa Champions League team of the week.

Introducing the #UCL team of the week for matchday four...

Introducing the #UCL team of the week for matchday four...

Knick knack Paddy's back...


The prodigal son returns 17 years after his Shakers debut.

Keeper Paddy Kenny has returned to the club on a short term deal… #buryfc #welcomebackpaddy

Daggers sign Vassell from Posh


League Two strugglers Dagenham & Redbridge have signed Peterborough United forward Kyle Vassell on loan until 2 January.

The 22-year-old is yet to score in seven appearances for the Posh this season.

Oldham sign Rasulo


Oldham Athletic have signed teenage Milton Keynes Dons midfielder Giorgio Rasulo on a youth loan deal until 2 January.

Subject to receiving clearance from the Football Association, he could make his Oldham debut in Saturday's FA Cup first-round tie away at Mansfield Town. 

Button signs up for Race of Champions

Formula 1

Jenson Button

McLaren's Jenson Button has become the latest Formula 1 driver to sign up to Race of Champions in London later this month.

The 35-year-old 2009 world champion joins four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo at the event which will be staged at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 20-21 November. 

Button will compete in the main event and partner endurance sportscar racer Alex Buncombe to represent Great Britain in the Nations Cup.

"I can't wait to be back at the Race of Champions again - and especially to be racing at home at London's former Olympic Stadium," said Button.

Mourinho won't be fazed - Hughes

Stoke City v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

Juliette Ferrington

BBC Sport

Mark Hughes and Jose Mourinho
Getty Images

Mark Hughes took a lot of questions about Chelsea after Jose Mourinho decided not to appeal his stadium ban ahead of the visit to Stoke on Saturday night. 

Asked if his rival on Saturday could deal with the high expectations and the pressure, Hughes said: "He's dealt with pressure everywhere he's been. He's been at top clubs with the focus dominated on him and the clubs he has been part of. It's not something that he is going to be fazed by. 

"Maybe it's a different type of pressure he is experiencing now because there hasn't been too many occasions his league form and position in the league have been questioned." 

And the answers were...

A Question of Sport Teaser

Earlier we asked you to name the six teams to have played in an FA Cup semi-final since 2000 who are in the first round this weekend.

And the answers were: Barnsley, Millwall, Portsmouth, Sheffield United, Wigan Athletic, Wycombe Wanderers.

Glory only to those who got it right, no prizes, alas.