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‘Grid girl’ hits out at Formula One over controversial scrapping – talkSPORT EXCLUSIVE

A Formula 1 ‘Grid Girl’ has criticised the decision to scrap the position, telling talkSPORT the sport’s bosses have undermined gender eqcontent_imguality by doing so.Charlotte Gash, who has been working in motorsport since 2015, said: “F1 should have thought about having a grid girl and a grid boy, to see if that was a viable option. There are plenty of girls now who are out of jobs in every country.”Announcing the change of stance earlier, Sean Bratches, F1’s Managing Director of Commercial Operations While grid girls will no longer be used at the start of Formula 1 races in 2018, they will also be absent from the other motorsport series that take place during Grands Prix weekends.Ms Gash said: “There are about 50 girls involved in each race. So you can see how many girls are now out of work.” A post shared by (@lottie_131) on Sep 21, 2017 at 12:25pm PDTShe added that in her time working in the sport she has never felt objectified.“Decades ago the grid girls would wear skimpy or Kyle Walker insists they’re not throwing in the towel, despite being 14 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool.Defeat at home to Manchester United have City on the brink of blowing their title defence.But Walker says, “It’s a massive gap, wutfits and bikinis, and the drivers would probably look at the grid girls as trophies. That attitude has completely gone. The opinion about grid girls is more outdated than the grid girls themselves.”The 23-year-old was on the podium following Lewis Hamilton’s victory at the British Grand Prix in 2017.“The experience I received at Silverstone was out of this world. It was something you could only dream of doing. Being on the podium with Hamilton, watching him go across the crowds and celebrate his win. It is something that I am never going to experience again.” A post shared by (@lottie_131) on Nov 24, 2016 at 12:28pm PSTLast week the Professional Darts Corporation announced that walk-on girls will no longer be used.A petition to keep them, supported by former world champion Raymond van Barneveld, has since received more than 37,000 signatures.F1’s decision to abandon the concept from 2018 has been welcomed by the UK’s Women’s Sport Trust, who tweeted: “Thank you @F1 for deciding to stop using grid girls. Another sport making a clear choice about what they want to stand for.”In a previous statement, the organisation called on other sports such as cycling, boxing and UFC to follow suit, insisting “women in the sporting environment should be judged by their sports appeal and not sex appeal”.However, boxing promoter Eddie HearnAllegri says they will need to be careful in the market this summer.Allegri is seeking greater support in the transfer window before committing to next season.After defeat to Roma, he said: “I’ve had a clear idea in my head on what we needed to do told talkSPORT his sport will not follow suit: “It is a different world we live in these days but…for us right now the ring card girls will be staying.”Meanwhile, chairman of the PDC Barry Hearn also told the station that he has “no personal problems whatsoever”with walk-on girls in darts, explaining thatdemands from TV bosses have made him powerless to prevent the ban –

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Exclusive – Knight warns Bolton of Chelsea backlash at the Bridge

has warned of a Chelsea backlash ahead of his side’s trip to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. face the Premier League champions who have slumped to fifth spot in the table after a run of six games without a winand the defender is wary of ’s team having nothing to lose.He told talkSPORT: “There’s mixed emotions at the minute. We’re doing well but there could be a backlash. They could roll their socks up and come at us.“We’ve got to concentrate on our own gacontent_imgme. We’re really looking forward to it, it’mpard’s season targets are within reach.Kante is enjoying lm Allardyce says Jack Grealish should stay with Aston Villa.He insists Grealish should resist any attempts by Tottenham to tempt him away from Aston Villa.”It’s important to keep Grealish on board, that’s essential for their season and hopes of maintife under Lampard, “a good manager”, and he believes the team can still strive to lift silverware this season with their new head coach at the helm.”He’s still new but he pushes all the team s a big game.”Knight also claimed that it is important for Bolton, who sit sixth in the league table and just two points behind Chelsea, to keep doing the same things they have done all season as that has already yielded success.“We just want to try and keep things going,” he added. “We don’t want to change too much, obviously the second-half [of the season] is a bit harder because the league starts forming.“But we just want to try and emulate what we did in the first-half of the season, if we can do that in the second-half I feel that we’ll have a good season.“The gaffer’s regime – everyone likes it. He’s one of those managers where if you’re doing well, he’ll give you a chance. It’s basically your shirt to lose. Maybe it’s a bit of old-school management that way in having a squad system.”

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Van Aanholt keen on Chelsea return

Patrick van Aanholt wants to return to Chelsea next season – beir day this season.Wolves finish the campaign today against title hopefuls Liverpool.Wolves will play a part in the drama, travelling to Anfield intent on upsetting Liverpool hopes of becoming champions, while Manchester City know victory at Brightout admits he has no say over whether he continues his development elsewhere.The Dutchman, 22, came thrcontent_imgough the ranks at Stamford Bridg Gunnar Solskjaer should focus on three summer additions.Ince says United will need three new signings to compete at the top of the Premier League.He told Goal: “They need another midfield player for sure. We don’t know what happens with Pogba if he but has managed just two league appearances – both in the 2009/10 season – since signing professional terms in 2009.He has been farmed out to five different clubs in the last four years and is currently on loan at Vitesse Arnhem, where he has featured regularly.Both Ashley Cole and Ryan Bertrand are blocking his path for a first-team place in west London, but he is keen to return to England.”I’m trying to grow up in this club, but both clubs will decide my future together,” he is quoted as saying on TMW.”Frankly, I do not want to stay here for another season.”

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Transfer rumours and paper review with Neil Ashton – Friday, May 4

Manchester City want ‘s , 22, in a £40m cash plus player(s) deal. are facing competition from Tottenham Hotspur for Junior Hoilett as well as Jan Vertonghen and Eden Hazard. and are in competition to sign ‘s £2m-rated 21-year-old mcontent_imgidfielder Jacob Butterfield.Arsenal’s hopes of holding on to Player of the Year have been boosted by the fact Manchester City have valued him at just £20million.Fabio Capello has warned that he will find it difficult to forge team spirit and create a winning mentality in the England squad before the European Championship finals in Poland and Ukraine this summer. Jose Mourinho has told he will be staying wimanaged to break more records with last night’s 9-1 Euros qualifying defeat of Armenia.It marked the final game of their qualifying campaign – leaving them a 100 per cent record.The Azzurri have now recorded more wins in a single calendar year than ath Real Madrid and not coming back to rule over Silan coach Antonio Conte says their 0-0 draw with Roma was a wake-up call.Inter went into the game favourites and Conte admits they had enough chances to win.”If you look at the game overall, Mirante was man of the match and Roma never really had a stamford Bridge again.Stuart Pearce could be the first casualty of the Roy Hodgson regime, with the former England left back expected to lose his role with the senior squad and so miss out on next month’s European Championship. Tottenham playmaker has hailed as a “special manager” and hopes he remains at White Hart Lane for the foreseeable future.Former midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo interrupted his celebrations after Real Madrid’s win over Athletic Bilbao that clinched the league title, by making a disrespectful gesture towards Javi Martinez, Bilbao’s Spain international who had been sent off during the game.

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Robson leaves Peterborough to take Barnet job

Barnet have appointed former Charlton, West Ham and winger Mark Robson as their new manager.The 43-year-old has left his role as first-team coach at Peterborough to succeed Martin Allen, after his short-term contract expired.Robson has previously worked as a youth team coach and assistant manager at Charlton and had been linked with the vacant job.”Barnet FC is delighted to announce that Mark Robson has been appointed as The Bees’ new Head Coach,” read a statement on the the League Two club’s website.”In a comprehensive transformation of the club’s footballing strategy, Mark will be overseeing the running of First Team matters. However, another major par be himself when he joins Manchester United.James is leaving Swansea City for United after the Euro qualifiers.And Giggs said of James after Wales’ 2-1 defeat to Croatia yesterday: “My advice is don’t change. A club like that is interested in you ft of his role will be to aid the development of Academy football at The Hive Training Centre.”The appoinrabbed a 1-1 draw at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Stefano Sensi’s well-worked goal cancelling out the early Lucas Moura strike, going on to win a penalty shoot-out.“I am happy because playing away to Spurs, where intensity and physical strentment comes after weeks of extensive interviews with select candidates who were eager to take the helm of the club following the departures of Lawrie Sanchez and Martin Allen respectively – the latter who was brought in for the last three games of the 2011-2012 Season to content_imgmaintain The Bees’ League 2 status.”Robson is widely regarded as one of the best qualified coaches in the professional game, holding a UEFA Pro License and previously coaching under managers such as Alan Curbishley, Les Reed and .”

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Blackpool 1-3 Chelsea:Terry and Lampard lead the way

Chelsea consolidated themselves in 4th place and pushed Blackpool closer to the relegation zone with a 3-1 win at Bloomfield Road.’s side have now lost just once in ten games as they look to grab the last available Champions League spot, while Blackpool are out of the relegation zone by only two points after their seventh defeat in nine games.The Blues took the lead after 20 minutes when rose unmarked to head home ’s corner from point blank range.Then moments later Jose Bosingwa almost added a secoKenneth Omeruo is delighted to have completed a move to Leganes.The defender did not make a single appearance for Chelsea since joining the club in 2012.”I’m so happy to be joining a team that helped me grow so much last season,” Om bore me!Pantic is fed-up with all the transfer hype around the wantaway Frenchman.”His situation bores me,” Pantic said of Griezmann at a Santander Talks event.”I’ve given up on him. He made it clear that he was leaving, even though he didn’t see hieruo wrote on social media. “I can’t wait to start and help this team achieve greatness.”nd but was denied by an athletic save by Blackpool goalkeeper .The closest ’s side came was a low strike from 20-yards thacontent_imgt forced to push the ball onto the post.After 60 minutes Frank Lampard doubled the lead when Kalou was fouled in the box by .And minutes later Kalou slipped Lampard through for a third goal and his second of the night, the midfielder firing confidently past Kingson.Blackpool grabbed a late consolation when Jose Bosingwa is caught in possession, playing in on-loan to keep up the record of scoring in every home game.That result leaves Chelsea in fourth place, three points ahead of and nine off top spot with a game in hand.

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Fulham still hoping to land Roma shot-stopper

Fulham have not given up hope of snaring Holland gnal are open to selling Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi this summer, according to reports.The German duo were criticised by fans last season for their inconsistent performances.Ozil remains the club’s highest earning player and his decline in productoalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg before the close of the transfer window.The former Ajax man is out of favour at Roma and wants to link up once more with ster United striker Dimitar Berbatov says Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone shouldn’t bother withcontent_img the criticism of Jurgen Klopp.The Liverpool manager took aim at Simeone’s tactics after Atletico dumped the title holders out of the Champions League Martin Jol, his former manager at the Amsterdam club.Jol is still hunting for a long-term replacement for Mark Schwarzer and believes Stekelenburg fits the bill.Fulham and Roma are believed to have held talks on Wednesday night over a move – but it is uncertain whether or not a deal will be completed by 11pm on Thursday evening.

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Cole admits he must keep scoring to maintain West Ham place

Carlton Cole admits he needs to keep scoring to keep his place in the West Ham side following their deadline day transfer activity.Cole watched as Sam Allardyce signed strike duo Nicky Maynard and Ricardo Vaz Te at the end of last month.But the 28-year-old responded in the best possible way to the is interesting Sassuolo, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Southampton, whom have all made contact with Serie BSpezia.HLN says Club Brugge have also made an approach and tabled a bid for the Nigerian.The Belgians see Okereke as a replacement for new Astnew competition for places with the crucial opener in West Ham’s 2-1 win over bitter rivals on Saturday.The goal was just his second in 10 matches and Cole says he has to keep on going to prove his worth.”At the end of the day strikers are judged on goals and if they content_imgdon’t get them then others get a chance,” he said.”The manager has kept faith with me and he sees more to my game than just goals.”He sees me as that man up there who others can play off. The main thing is the manager does have that faith in my and hoy boss Pep Guardiola concedes the title race is over after last night’s defeat at Wolves.City blew a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 and leave themselves 14 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool.Asked if the title race is over, Guardiola told BBC Radio 5 Livepefully I can repay him with some more goals.”

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Former Liverpool star edges closer to Fiorentina move

Ryan Babel, the former forward, is edging closer to a move to Fiorentina.Babel, who joined Hoffenheim from Liverpool on the last day of the January 2011 transfer window, has disappointed at the Bundesliga club, having scored just four goals in a season and a half in Germany.Hoffenheim subsequently made him available for transfer, and reports in Italy claim that Fiorentina have now agreed a deal with Hoffenheima admits it will be very hard for his team to qualify for the Champions League next season.The GuEvertoncontent_img and Oldham Athletic midfielder Jose Baxter has taken to LinkedIn to find himself a new club.After a season with Oldham, the forward joined Plymouth Argyle on a short-team deal in the summer but is now searching for a fresh challenge after hisnners were knocked out of the Europa League by Olympiacos on Thursday.And qualifying through the Premier League will be tough considering they are ninth to take the Dutchman to Serie A.And the Serie A side, who completed the signing of fellow Anfield flop Alberto Aquilani last week, will now seek to agree personal terms with the 25-year-old.

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Kakuta wants to quit Chelsea and return to France

wants to end his Chelsea nightmare and return to France.The 21-year-old has macontent_imgde just one Premier League start for the Blues since his controversial move from Lens in 2007 and has spent much of his time out on loan.He has now decided he wants to return to his homeland where he thinks he will have a better chance of playing regular first-team football.He told L’Equipe: “It’s better for me to leave the club and find one where I could play matches. This is an important moment of my career. I need to play.”Chelsea were banned from signing players for two transfer windows in 2009 after FIFA found them guilty of inducing Kakuta to breach his contract. The Court of Arbitration for Sport later cleared the London cler United fans have shown their support for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by setting a season ticket sales record.The Daily Mail says the club’s supporters continue to provide their backinWillian has enjoyed his first months under Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.Willian praised the work Lampard has put in so far, believing the club need time to adapt to his methods.”It has been good to work with him,” Willian said. “He is a great man. The quality of training has been good.”Of course we have to give some time to adapt, it is a new profile, a new philosophy, but I think we will adapt.”g, with the United declaring that they sold all 52,000 for 2019ub of any wrongdoing, however.Marseille are thought to be among a number of French clubs interested in Kakuta, and the forward admits he would be interested in moving to the Ligue 1 side despite the fact they finished tenth last term.”Marseille is a club that I like,” he added. “In France, Marseille, Lyon and Lille are the three clubs I like the most.”Nothing is certain yet. First Marseille must first sell and then negotiate a reasonable salary.”

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Reports: Juventus to enter the race for Walcott

Juventus are ready to steal a march on a string of Premier League clubs in the race to sign – and could open talks with the striker’s an has signed a new contract extension with City, committing him to the Club until 2023. “I am very happy to have signed the new contract,” Gundogan told mancity.com.“I have hugely enjoyed the last three years here at City and everyone at the Club representatives this week.Walcott, whose contract at the Emirates expires in six months’ time, turned in a masterclass on Saturday, bagging a hat-trick in Arsenal’s remarkable content_img7-3 win over .The 23-year-old isMarco Giampaolo.Milan threw away the lead to lose 2-1 to Torino on Thursday night.“It’s a defeat that burns. It’s a dark day and I struggled to sleep last night,” Donnarumma told Sky Sport Italia.“Yesterday I saw the team give everything, I’m sor yet to agree a new deal in north London – he is believed to be seeking a significant pay rise and assurances that he will be used as a striker – and is free to negotiate with foreign clubs from Tuesday.Manchester City, Chelsea and are all monitoring the England international’s situation closely, but boss does not want to lose another one of his best players to a domestic rival.And according to Tuttosport, Serie A champions Juventus are willing to offer Walcott another option.The Italian giants failed in their quest to find a top-quality striker during the summer window and could make the former star an offer if he opts against extending his stay at Arsenal.

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Palermo officials claim Pastore to Chelsea is very likely

Palermo vice-president Guglielmo Miccichè has claimed that Javier Pastore will ‘very probably’ join Chelsea.The club’s president Maurizio Zamparini had earlier this week stated that the Sicilian club had received an offer of around €45million for the skilful Argentinian midfielder, although they are holding out for a deal worth €50m.But both Miccichè and Zamparini conceded they will have to sell their star player and claimed that other parties, including Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are in the running for the playmaker but Chelsea are the team he is most likely to join.Miccichè said: “[Pastore to] Chelsea? Very probably, but I think there are many other clubs interested in the lad.“There are no doubts we have to sell him for various reasons. He wants a big club and there are negotiations at an advanced stage with some very important teams.“His agent is working well and if sonchester United and Arsenal are among the suitors for the World Cup winner.And Bayern will sanction his exit to help fund a summer move for Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havecontent_imgrtz. United were reported to have made a loan bid to acquire Tolisso in January andmeone pays the right price, we are happy to release him. If we don’t reach an agreement, then we’re not exactly upset at keeping hold of Pastore either.”While Palermo president Zamparini added: “The interested clubs are Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and also something in Spain, but that depends on who Real Madrid manage to sell. We’ll exchange opinions and then go to France and England for negotiations.“The club that comes to us with a serious offer g mentality after they ground out a 1-0 win over Wolves.The Reds are favourites to win the Premier League title after creating a significant gap to the likes of Leicester City and Manchester City.Despite playing so many games in December, Liverpool hwill take him.”

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rest of the Premier League.Walker was reacting to

ester United legend Peter Schmeichel says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has only temporarily relieved pressure on himself after Wednesday’s win over Spur confessed the champions have been “worked out” by the rest of the Premier League.Walker was reacting to Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Newcastle United, leaving them 11 points behind leaders Liverpool.He scontent_imgaid: “The opposition are probably working us out as.United moved up to sixth on the table after claiming their fifth win of the season.But Schmeichel still

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Gallas vows Tottenham will ‘fight’ to secure top four spot

has urged his team-mates to forget about the crushing FA Cup semi-final defeat against Chelsea and ‘fight’ to secure a top four spot.Spurs have suffered a dismal run of form, winning just one of their last eight Premier League games, and were on the end of a 5-1 thrashing by their London rivals on Sunday.Gallas is now praying they can put the disappointment of missing fielder converted a penalty in the 2-0 victory over Greece last night, which secured Italy’s place at Euro 2020.Agent Joao Santos told Radio Sportiva, “He is doing well for the Nazionale and can take part in the Euros. He always converts his penaltout on an FA Cup final place behind them,content_img as attention turns back to the fight for Champions League qualification, and hopes they can get straight back on the winning trail when they face QPR on Saturday.”It will not be easy but we have to fight until the end of the season,” he said. “We have to give everything to qualify for the Champions League.”At the moment in the dressing room the atmospdersfield Town owner Dean Hoyle has reached a commercial agreement to sell the relegated Premier League club to local businessman Phil Hodgkinson, reports, /.The deal brings to an end Hoyle’s decade-long reign as Huddersfield chairman and owner, durihere is not great – that’s normal after a 5-1 defeat. But we are professional and we have to come back onto the training ground and work hard again to be ready for the next game. We have to do it.”I know it will be not easy because that semi-final was very important for us, but we have to work hard now.”

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Swindon plotting loan swoop for Crystal Palace midfielder

Swindon manager Paul Hart will run the rule over midfielder Alassane N’Diaye this week before deciding whether to sign him on loan.Having taken fellow Eagle Calvin Andrew on loan last week, the new Swindon manager has invited the 21-year-old Frenchman to take part in training.And it is understood that, should N’Diaye impress, Hart will move to sanction a loan deal for the 6ft 5in midfielder before Swindon’s trip to high-flying HuddeCity.Four first-half goals carried thcontent_imge Reds to three points at Anfield as Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Divock Origi struck after Grant Hanley first put through his own net.Teemu Pukki netted for the Canaries, who tested Klopp’s side on the openrsfield on Saturday.The Frenchman, who joined Palace as a trainee in 2008, has fallen out of favour at S has thanked Tottenham and their fans after being released yesterday.The Dutch goalkeeper will be allowed to come off contract at the end of the month.I’m so proud to have been part of this club and seen it grow. There is so much more to come, the elhurst Park and has not made a single league appearance in 2011.