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  1. Swansea chairman says 'something needs to change'
  2. Arsenal news conference
  3. Man Utd v Wolfsburg; Man City v B M'gladbach (19:45 GMT)
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By Steve Canavan and Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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Thank you and goodnight

That is all from Sportsday for today. Be sure to keep across our football page from 18:30 GMT onwards, though, for live text commentary of tonight's Champions League games, including Manchester United's crunch Group B game at Wolfsburg.

You can also follow the action on BBC Radio 5 live.

Sportsday will return at 08:00 GMT on Wednesday.

Ancelotti backs Neville


Gary Neville

Gary Neville embarks on his managerial career on Wednesday night as his Valencia side take on Lyon in the Champions League. And he has received a boost ahead of the game, courtesy of support from three-time European Cup winning manager Carlo Ancelotti.

“It’s a very interesting project for Gary Neville, but I respect his decision to take a big challenge in a new country,” said Ancelotti. “He is learning from Roy Hodgson with England and will have learned so much from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, so it is good to see a young, English coach like Gary test himself like this. I wish him great success." 

Oxford's 'winning culture' can overcome Swansea


Oxford United
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Oxford United chief executive Mark Ashton says hosting Premier League side Swansea is a fantastic FA Cup third-round draw for the League Two leaders and he believes the U's winning mentality can help them cause an upset.

Michael Appleton's side are unbeaten in their last nine matches.

"It is great news for the club and great news for the supporters. I think it is always good to get higher league opposition," Ashton told BBC Radio Oxford after Monday's draw.

"I'm sure Michael will want to pit his wits against Premier League opposition and he will be going out to win the game."

'United must take their chances'


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Former Manchester United assistant manager Rene Meulensteen has just been on BBC Radio 5 live Drive, talking about his ex-team and their Champions League chances against Wolfsburg on Wednesday. Here is what he had to say:

“I still think overall over the last few weeks, when I’ve seen Manchester United play, there’s still plenty of quality there without a doubt. I just miss some sort of freedom at times in the attacking third.

“They have to take their chances tonight. I don’t think it’s going to be a very open game from the start but United will get the chances and if they do they need to take them.”

Arsenal press conference


One final bit from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on his side's crucial Champions League group game at Olympiakos:   

"If we get through we will be dangerous for sure. You only have to look at the numbers in the group stage so far. We played with 10 men against Zagreb, we scored an own goal in our first home game, we have had 70% possession in every game.

"There are three super favourites. Anyone who goes through will have to chase them."

Arsenal press conference


More from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on his side's crucial Champions League group game at Olympiakos:  

"We have won everywhere in Europe so we know we can do it. The best way to do that is with a top quality performance.

"We are playing against a side who will be motivated but one who is not yet qualified. They can lose what they have and that can create a fear factor."

Arsenal press conference


More from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on his side's crucial Champions League group game at Olympiakos:

"What is at stake is that we can qualify for the last 16 in Europe. We just want to give everything we have to qualify tomorrow. When you want to jump over a hurdle, you do not think what will happen if you miss the hurdle. If you fall down, then you respond."

Arsenal press conference


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is addressing the media ahead of his side's crunch Champions League group game at Olympiakos.

The Gunners must win by two clear goals or beat Olympiacos on the head to head after the Greeks won 3-2 in London  

"It is important that we focus on the performance and the goals will come. When the goal will come, I do not know. But when we play well we have a chance to score," said Wenger. 

"We might need to be patient. We must go into the game with the desire to win, knowing that we have to get both parts of the game - attacking and defending - well."



British distance runner Mo Farah has published a message on his Twitter feed as he embarks on another training session in a wet and windy Portland. As he himself says, #onemomile.

Mo Farah

Debuchy wants to play


Mathieu Debuchy and Arsene Wenger

It would appear that Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy is not a happy man, chiefly because he's not getting enough first-team football. And with Euro 2016 looming, the France international wants to chat to boss Arsene Wenger about it.

"We talked about my situation in pre-season, I haven't talked to him recently, but we'll talk before the transfer window," Debuchy told French radio station RMC. 

"I really need to play. [France manager] Didier Deschamps didn't call me for the last two games, so it's obvious, I've got to play more than I do, that's why I want to talk to Wenger soon. 

"You can't be fit and mentally focused. And if I have to leave permanently or on loan to play, I will." 

Arsenal eye striker

Football gossip

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Arsenal have made an enquiry about the availability of Celta Vigo forward Nolito, according to today's The Mirror.

The 29-year-old Spanish international - who is also a target for Barcelona - has scored eight La Liga goals this season.

Ospina set to leave Arsenal?


David Ospina

David Ospina could be about to depart Arsenal and join Besiktas, according to the Turkish sports newspaper Fanatik. The goalkeeper is behind Petr Cech in the Gunners pecking order and could be about to leave, initially on loan, with a view to a permanent deal.

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What do you think about the abuse of referees in football?

Open Flanker: I referee rugby, but could never referee football. Why would you sign up for something where referee abuse is institutionalised?  

Will123bay: For me the answer is simple. The FA must give clear direction (of which they have failed to do so far). If ANY player abuses the referee in any way it is a straight red card offence. No ifs, buts or maybes.

Suprbull: Football referees are overrated. Some of them have never played football, and then wonder why they get abuse when they make appalling decisions.  

'United have to accept playing a certain way'


Louis van Gaal
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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal continues to court criticism for the style of his side's play, but he also has his supporters. Former Red Devils keeper Peter Schmeichel is currently in the latter camp.

"When we picked someone like Louis Van Gaal, who has a very big ego and personality, we also picked his way of playing football," said Schmeichel. "It is clear that for a certain period of time, while he is rebuilding the team, we have to accept playing in a certain way which perhaps isn't the Manchester United way.

"The objective of Van Gaal's first season in charge was to get back into the Champions League and he achieved that. This season, the goal was to do better and the team are doing better. Although the fans keep asking the team to attack, attack, attack, they understand that they need to give Van Gaal time." 

York Barbican to stage 2016 UK Championship


The UK Championship will return to the York Barbican for a sixth successive season in 2016. Snooker's second biggest tournament has been on a rolling one-year contract at the Barbican since it was first staged there in 2011.

A spokesman for the sport's governing body World Snooker told BBC Sport: "The event was a big success, with increased ticket sales and a great atmosphere."

The tournament, which was won by Neil Robertson on Sunday, was previously held in York from 2001-2006 and returned in 2011 after being held in Telford for four years.

Barnsley extend Hammill contract


League One's bottom club Barnsley have extended the contract of winger Adam Hammill until June of next year. 

The 27-year-old, who had a two-year spell at the club from 2009 before joining Wolves, had been on a short-term contract since November.

Front row seat for Hamilton

Formula 1/Basketball

Tripping referees court side with Raptor at the Raptors Vs Lakers game in Toronto!!! #Toronto #Raptors #6ix

Tripping referees court side with Raptor at the Raptors Vs Lakers game in Toronto!!! #Toronto #Raptors #6ix

We're guessing it's not Nico Rosberg under that costume...

Eley retires

Speed skating

Three-time British Olympic short track speed-skater Jon Eley has ruled out a bid for a fourth Games and has retired from the sport.

Eley, who was the Team GB flag-bearer for last year's Sochi Games, made his Olympic debut at Turin 2006 and twice won World relay bronze medals as part of the GB team.

He cites being a new dad to daughter Grace and "not wanting to just make up the numbers" at the next Games in Pyeongchang 2018 - as being behind the decision.    

Lukaku targeting next milestone


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Everton forward Romelu Lukaku is already targeting his next milestone after scoring his 50th goal in 100 appearances for the Toffees against Crystal Palace on Monday.

"That is the standard I've set myself since I was 16," said the Belgium international. "I always had one out of two so you always put your standard there, but if you can do better you have to do better. 

"I don't feel the pressure now because I am in a flying high moment."

O'Sullivan lines up Wigan appearance


Ronnie O'Sullivan
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Five-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan will play his first competitive match since April when he takes part in the German Masters qualifying event in Wigan later this month.

The 39-year-old faces world number 123 Hamza Akbar at the Robin Park Sports Centre between 17 and 20 December and needs to win two matches to reach the final stages of the event in Berlin in February.

Man City keen to finish top

Man City v Borussia Monchengladbach (19:45 GMT)

Despite losing home and away to Juventus, Manchester City have safely secured passage from Group D and will be hoping for a helping hand in a bid to finish top. After being knocked out by Barcelona in each of the last two seasons, Manuel Pellegrini will be keen to win the group and avoid another big hitter.

To finish top, City need to beat Borussia Monchengladbach at the Etihad and hope that Sevilla beat last year's finalists Juventus in Spain. Any other combination of results will see the Italian side take top spot.

Read more here

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Tense night for Man Utd

Wolfsburg v Man Utd (19:45 GMT)

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Manchester United have left themselves with a lot of work to do to qualify from a wide-open Group B.

United face Wolfsburg needing a win to secure qualification, with a draw not enough if PSV Eindhoven beat CSKA Moscow in the night's other game. The only way a point will be enough for Louis van Gaal's side to progress is if PSV do not win at home to CSKA.

Wolfsburg will top the group if they beat United, but will also qualify with a draw regardless of results elsewhere. A United win could see the German side eliminated though.

Read more here

Get Involved


We've been talking about referees being abused...

Gary Hopkins: 99% decisions correct + 1% decisions wrong = 100% abuse Still love it though.

Jonathan Hales: The most disruptive youth teams are led by the most disruptive managers. It all starts at the top.

Dr Jamie Cleland: One of main concerns in the research findings was the lack of communication from some county FAs once an incident was reported.

Cool Neville relishing heat of the Mestalla

Valencia v Lyon (19:45 GMT)

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Gary Neville says he will not be nervous when he takes charge of Valencia for the first time on Wednesday. Lyon are the visitors to the Mestalla on Wednesday in the Champions League, a game Valecnia have to win to stand any chance of advancing.

"I don't know if it's dangerous but I don't feel anxious at all," Neville, who was appointed last week, said.

"Maybe that's good, maybe that's bad. Obviously, I've been a coach with England and I don't feel anxious before England games either. Maybe I did as a player a little bit, but as a coach I've never felt that way working under Roy [Hodgson] with England and I don't feel that way today."

Test of knowledge


A Question of Sport Teaser

You may remember that we asked you earlier on to tell us the five footballers who have won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. 

The answers? Bobby Moore, Paul Gascoigne, Michael Owen, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs.

SPFL left clubs in the dark - Budge


Richard Wilson

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Ann Budge has criticised the SPFL for not informing clubs about the changes to the Scottish League Cup format.

The Hearts owner says she only learned about the details of the changes when she read about them in the media on Tuesday, albeit clubs were made sent copies of the plans on Monday afternoon.

"I would liked to have known a little bit more about them before they were publicly announced," she said.

Crunch time in the Champions League


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Nine teams are through and there are another 13 in the running for the seven remaining spaces in the Champions League knockout stages.

Premier League sides Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea all have work to do to join Manchester City in the next stage.

But what exactly do they have to do. It's all here on the BBC Sport website.


BBC World Service

Andrew Flintoff

Retired England cricketerAndrew Flintoffdelights in taking the Tube and doing his washing as he gives up on replacing the buzz of playing the game.  

Listen to a clip here

Players in Greece set to strike


Players in Greece are to go on strike indefinitely from next week, the Greek Professional Soccer Players' Association (PSAP) say.

The Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) and top two leagues -- The Super League and The Football League -- have failed to keep to an agreement made two years ago to create a special relief fund to compensate players who have been released by financially-troubled teams, PSAP said in a statement. 

The strike action will begin with the Greek Cup third round matches from 15-17 December and continue with the next rounds of Super League and second division which are scheduled to take place from 19-21 December.

'Mourinho living on past glories'


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Jose Mourinho has only kept his job as Chelsea manager because of past glories he has achieved at Stamford Bridge, according to former Blues assistant Ray Wilkins.

Chelsea have lost four of the last six Premier League games and need a point from their meeting with Porto at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday to secure a place in the last 16.

Mourinho has won three Premier League titles in two spells at Chelsea.

"Any other manager would have gone, there are no two ways about it," Wilkins told beIN Sports."Mourinho is only still there, purely and simply, for what he’s done in the past."

Whitehawk manager bans Everton talk


Whitehawk celebrate
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Whitehawk manager Steve King says he will ban all talk of a potential FA Cup tie at Everton.

The Brighton-based National League South club will play at Goodison Park in the third round if they beat League Two Dagenham & Redbridge in a replay.

"I will ban the name Everton around the dressing room and around the club," he told BBC Sussex. 

'Biggest game in Eastleigh history'


Eastleigh striker James Constable says the National League club will relish the enormity of their FA Cup home tie against Championship side Bolton Wanders.

Constable scored as the Spitfires, who play in England's fifth-tier competition, got past fellow non-league side Stourbridge 2-0 to reach the third round for the first time.

"It will be the biggest game in the club's history," Constable told BBC South Today.

Liverpool to sign Grujic?


Are Liverpool close to strengthening their midfield? The Reds have held talks with Red Star Belgrade's midfielder Marko Grujic, 19, over a £5m move, according to Tuesday's Liverpool Echo.

"The Reds are keen to sign Grujic during the January transfer window but the young midfielder wants to see out the rest of the season with Red Star before moving on," adds the report.

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Casual look

Bayer Leverkusen v Barcelona (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)


A boy band on their way to the next gig? A group of lads heading for a holiday? Actually it's European champions Barcelona arriving in Germany ahead of Wednesday's Champions League game with Bayer Leverkusen.

Neville makes his mark

Valencia v Lyon (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

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New Valencia boss Gary Nevilleis already making his mark on the team, installing high-angle cameras to record training sessions from above,according to the Daily Mail.

The report claims Neville was seen directing a high-angle camera before the session ahead of Wednesday's Champions League game with Lyon, which then recorded his players' movements on the training field.

Valencia must beat Lyon to have any hope of qualifying from Group H, and also hope Gent slip up against Zenit St Petersburg in Belgium.

Schweinsteiger likely to contest FA charge


Bastian Schweinsteiger

The word on the street is that Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will contest his Football Association violent conduct charge for an alleged elbow on West Ham defender Winston Reid.

Schweinsteiger, 31, caught the Hammers defender with his left arm as they contested a free-kick in the 40th minute of Saturday's 0-0 draw.

The Germany international will face a three-match ban if found guilty.

'Something needs to change at Swansea'


Garry Monk
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Things are looking dire for the Swansea City career of Garry Monk. Speculation has been building since the weekend defeat to Leicester that he would be sacked. And now club chairman Huw Jenkins has dropped a big hint with these ominous words:

"We all feel at the club that something needs to change to get things back on a positive note as quickly as possible and get us back to the levels of performances we have got to have to win games at the Premier League level."

Jenkins is in London on Tuesday and so Monk's sacking is unlikely to happen until later in the week.

Neville urges Valencia to stay focused

Valencia v Lyon (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Gary Neville
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New Valencia head coachGary Nevillesays his players must not be distracted by what is going on elsewhere when they face Lyon in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Neville must win his first match in charge and hope Gent don't win at home to Group H winners Zenit St Petersburg to progress.

"Not everything is in our hands, but we have to focus on what we do control," said Neville, who wasappointed last week. "If we don't have the result in the other game we want, that's life. The most important thing for us is focusing on our players, our direct opponent." 

Liverpool line up January target

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Italian website Ita Sport Press is reporting that Liverpool are considering an £18m move for former Manchester United forward Giuseppe Rossi.

Rossi, 28, now plays for Italian side Fiorentina, with Liverpool set to make an offer for the frontman when the January transfer window opens.

Get Involved


Following the publication of a survey indicating that one in five referees in England has suffered physical abuse and nearly two-thirds experience verbal abuse on a regular basis, we asked for your stories on the topic.    

Baemie Vardy: If refs want less abuse perhaps they should consider making less awful decisions.

Crofty: I just tell them at the start of the game that I'll take no nonsense and will go straight to cards. Job done.

Mike Linwood: I got chased round the pitch after sending someone off for calling me a **** I've not ref'd since.