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Cattermole still eyeing Pompey

New Zealand businessman Victor Cattermole claims his Endeavor Plan consortium are still interested in buying Portsmouth.

The south coast club went into administration last week after they were unable to agree a deal with any of four interested parties, with the Premier League due to imminently ratify the resulting nine-point deduction.

But Cattermole said: "We are still interested in buying Portsmouth.

"We still have to carry out due diligence and see what is owed, what is expected to be paid for it and what the value's going to be once the whole issue of relegation and the nine-point issue is sorted out."

Terry hits back at Bellamy

John Terry has branded Craig Bellamy a hypocrite following the Welshman's critical comments regarding his alleged affair with Wayne Bridge's former girlfriend.

Terry has remained tight-lipped over reports of an extra-marital affair with Vanessa Perroncel, a scandal which cost him the England captaincy and a long-time friendship, but he has responded to the views of Bellamy.

Bellamy said of Terry: "Everybody in football knows what the guy is like. But that is off the field."

Terry's retort was glib and to the point.

"People in glass houses should not throw stones," he said.

Juve want Capello back - report

Juventus are looking to revive the club's fortunes and have set their sights on luring Fabio Capello, the England manager, back to their fold next season, Tuttosport reported.

Juve are way off the title race in the Serie A and following the 2-0 upset to Palermo on Sunday they slipped to fifth place in the standings.

Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli and Rafael Benitez, of Liverpool, were mentioned as possible replacements for stand-in Alberto Zaccheroni but Tuttosport said Juve want to engage someone 'bigger' and none fits better than Capello who left the Bianconeri in the aftermath of the 2006 scandal.

Capello won two league titles with Juve, both of which were later revoked.

Stoke City rush to Shawcross defence

Stoke City rushed to the defence of Ryan Shawcross, who got his first England squad call-up on Saturday just hours after snapping the right leg of Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey in a red-carded tackle.

Shawcross, 22, was in tears after the incident which saw Ramsey stretchered off in the Potters' 3-1 home defeat to Arsenal. But Stoke insisted the challenge was not malicious.

"The timing of this has been most unfortunate," insisted Stoke boss Tony Pulis.

"While we are all deeply saddened at what has happened to Aaron, we believe that Ryan is worthy of this chance to represent his country against Egypt.

"It was an awkward challenge rather than a malicious one."

Van Gaal backs Bayern for title

Louis van Gaal is ready to put his money on Bayern Munich winning the title after his side moved top of the table for the first time this season with a 1-0 win over Hamburg.

It is the first time Bayern have topped the table in 652 days, but Van Gaal is backing them to stay there.

"Were I to have to bet now, then I would put my money on Bayern winning the league," he said.

"We have taken the first chance we have been offered to go to the top and that is important."

A crowd of 69,000 were treated to a show both before, during and after the game as the club celebrated its 110th anniversary at the Allianz Arena.

Zidane against Materazzi apology

Zinedine Zidane says he would "rather die" than apologise to Marco Materazzi for his infamous headbutt of the Italian defender in the 2006 World Cup final.

"I will ask forgiveness from football, from supporters, from the team..," he told Spain's El Pais.

"After the match, I entered the dressing room and I told them 'I'm sorry. It won't change anything, but I'm asking for your forgiveness'. But as for him (Materazzi) I cannot. Never, never... it would be dishonourable... I would rather die.

"A lot of things happen on the pitch. That sort of thing happens to me quite a lot. But in this case I couldn't contain myself."

Ferguson wary of Gunners' threat

Alex Ferguson believes Man. City's defeat of Chelsea has put Arsenal "back in the frame" in the title tussle.

As ever, Ferguson's thoughts in the wake of Sunday's League Cup final win immediately turned to the next source of silverware, and the Scot acknowledged that Arsenal are now very favourably placed to claim their first title since 2004.

"I've always said that from the turn of the year you have to focus and make sure you don't make mistakes," Ferguson said.

"We've showed time and time again that this club has determination, that we won't give in and I think you will see that in the rest of the season. But, Arsenal are back in the frame now, they have the easiest programme on paper and it will be an interesting run-in."

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