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Paper News and Gossip: Mourinho Slams Toure Decision, Zaha Denies Moyes Swipe

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterFebruary 11, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Mourinho Slams Toure Decision, Zaha Denies Moyes Swipe

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has continued his mind games with Manchester City after criticising the Football Association's decision not to punish Yaya Toure after an alleged incident at Norwich on Saturday.

    The Ivory Coast midfielder appeared to have aimed a kick at Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel during the game, but the FA video review panel cleared Toure, much to Mourinho's chagrin.

    The malaise enveloping David Moyes and Manchester United has been growing since the home draw with Fulham on Sunday but winger Wilfried Zaha has denied fanning the flames on it after his comment on a social media site.

    But who else is making the headlines on Tuesday? Read on to find out more.

Jose Mourinho Says FA Encouraging Anarchy with Yaya Toure Judgement

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes the FA is encouraging off-the-ball anarchy after failing to punish Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure for an alleged incident during the game at Norwich at the weekend, claim Jeremy Wilson and Ben Rumsby of the Daily Telegraph.

    The Ivory Coast star appeared to have been caught on camera aiming a kick at Canaries forward Ricky van Wolfswinkel, but the incident was dismissed by the FA video review panel after it was missed by referee Jon Moss during the game.

    Toure is now free to play against Chelsea in the FA Cup at the weekend, but Mourinho, who was speaking before the official FA judgement was announced on Monday, is quoted as saying:

    If he’s not suspended, the message is clear: the players can do what they want if the referee doesn’t see.

    The message is normally that, if the FA defends football, he’d have to be suspended.

    Of course I would be disappointed if he is not punished.

    If he is not, it has to be the same for everyone: if the referee doesn’t see, a player can do whatever he wants.

    It doesn’t matter about cameras or others seeing, I can do whatever I want. If they make the rule that action can be taken if a referee has missed something, they have to apply that rule.

    Mourinho also took a swipe at Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini for getting his sums wrong as he considered Chelsea's financial dealings in the transfer market, claims Jack Pitt-Brooke of The Independent.

    Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with a move for Branislav Ivanovic, reports Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.

Wilfried Zaha Denies Criticism of David Moyes, While Ferdinand Misses Dubai Trip

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    Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha was forced to deny taking a swipe at David Moyes after posting a picture of himself and Ole Gunner Solskjaer on a social media site, reports Mark Ogden of the Daily Telegraph.

    The on-loan Cardiff player included a caption which read: "Nothing like someone who believes in you," but Zaha insists the Instagram picture was not designed as a criticism of Moyes, and he tweeted in response:

    My last Instagram picture was not intended as a dig or indirect dig at my manager, I have nothing but respect. 

    My picture actually meant Ole Solskjaer has a lot of faith in me to do something for Cardiff's current position.

    Meanwhile, United defender Rio Ferdinand has been omitted from the squad for a warm-weather training camp in Dubai, reports Neil Custis of The Sun (subscription required), casting further doubt on his future at the club.

    United midfielder Tom Cleverley has vowed to prove his critics wrong after being singled out for his performances this season, reports Oliver Holt of the Daily Mirror.

Fulham Consider Liverpool Postponement over Tube Strike but Arsenal Game Is on

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    Fulham are considering a postponement of their Premier League game against Liverpool on Wednesday due to a London Tube strike, reports Colin Harvey of the Daily Star.

    The Craven Cottage club is worried about the possibility of travel concerns for safety staff heading to the ground for the game and will make a decision later on Tuesday.

    A Fulham statement read:

    The club can confirm that it is currently proceeding on the basis that the game will go ahead.

    However, the club has concerns over the potential impact that the strike may have on the ability of its safety staff to attend the ground in sufficient time and numbers to ensure that it is able to open the ground and effectively operate it, from the time that the gates are open to the public until the departure of all supporters.

    After consulting with the local authority and the Metropolitan Police, it has been decided that if the proposed action is still undetermined at 3pm Tuesday, and the club cannot guarantee enough staff are available to attend the ground in sufficient time and numbers, then as a consequence the club would not be able to comply with the terms of its safety certificate and the fixture would be postponed and rescheduled for a future date.

    However, Arsenal's game against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on the same night will go ahead as planned, reports Ralph Ellis of the Daily Mail.

Tottenham Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris Would Consider Joining Arsenal, Says Giroud

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    Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris would be willing to join Arsenal, claims Gunners striker Olivier Giroud, reports Neil McLeman of the Daily Mirror.

    France international Lloris has recently been linked with Barcelona if Spurs do not reach the Champions League, per Steve Stammers and Dave Kidd of the Daily Mirror, and Giroud is quoted as saying the White Hart Lane No. 1 would also cross north London:

    We go out together and talk about everything.

    We talk about life and sometimes the French team a bit and our wish to have a great experience together at the World Cup.

    Have I asked him to join Arsenal? Yes, I have with Lolo (Laurent Koscielny).

    He would have liked to, he would quite like to. You will have to ask him the question.

    Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger is considering a summer move for Everton full-back Seamus Coleman, reports Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.

    Swedish starlet Filip Tasic has been invited back to Arsenal after impressing on trial at the club, reports Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror.

Paul Pogba Set to Sign New Contract with Juventus

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    Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is set to disappoint his old club by signing a new deal with Juventus, reports Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror.

    According to the article, Pogba has been linked with a return move to Old Trafford after being allowed to leave by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2012.

    But the 20-year-old is now set to renew his commitment to the Serie A champions by penning a new deal in Turin, claims Malyon.

Brendan Rodgers Urges Liverpool to Give Jordan Henderson New Deal

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    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has called on the club's hierarchy to hand Jordan Henderson a new deal, reports David Anderson of the Daily Mirror.

    The former Sunderland midfielder has been a leading light in the Reds' successful season so far, and his manager wants his future secured at Anfield:

    He will certainly be one, the way he is working, who we would want to secure his services.

    I’m sure it is in the interests of the club to tie him down.

    Henderson's current deal with Liverpool expires in 2016.

Bits and Pieces: Craig Bellamy, Ravel Morrison, Man City, Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Cardiff City striker Craig Bellamy is facing a potential suspension after being charged by the FA over an alleged elbow on Swansea's Jonathan de Guzman, reports Colin Harvey of the Daily Star.

    The Bluebirds were beaten by their South Wales rivals, but they could now face further disappointment with the loss of Bellamy in their fight against relegation.

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is set to let Ravel Morrison join a Championship club on loan after hinting that the player is not prepared for a relegation dogfight, claims Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror.

    Manchester City have opened talks over the signing of Kevin Ackermann, reports Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.

    But the eye-opening feature of the move is that the player is still only 12.

    David Kent of the Daily Mail has reported that magician Dynamo was the star turn at Cristiano Ronaldo's recent birthday party.

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