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SPORTS AGENDA: Brighton duo Shane Duffy and Robert Sanchez row at half-time in Burnley defeat

The on-field spat between Brighton pair Shane Duffy and Robert Sanchez after a first-half mix-up on Saturday continued in the tunnel at half-time.

The Irish defender shoved the Spanish goalkeeper in the chest in front of shocked fans.

With tempers still flaring and their team 2-0 down to Burnley, the pair exchanged words in the tunnel and, following some push and shove, had to be separated, with damage done to a wall.

Ahead of the second half, the team-mates made up and embraced, but Brighton still went on to lose 3-0.

Brighton's Shane Duffy and Robert Sanchez continued their spat inside the tunnel at half-time

Brighton’s Shane Duffy and Robert Sanchez continued their spat inside the tunnel at half-time


Ed Woodward has wasted no time in making the most of escaping his Manchester United nightmare. 

Since stepping down as executive vice-chairman at the start of this month, Woodward has embarked on a wine-tasting trip to Cape Town with his pal and neighbour Gary Lineker, gone on a flying visit to his own vineyard in northern Portugal and enjoyed a family skiing holiday in France. 

Ed Woodward has been on a wine-tasting trip and enjoyed a holiday since leaving Man United

Ed Woodward has been on a wine-tasting trip and enjoyed a holiday since leaving Man United


The MCC are adamant that their controversial decision to can the annual Eton v Harrow match at Lord’s after more than 200 years was taken to give others the opportunity to play at the home of cricket. 

Yet some have wondered if rowdy behaviour at recent matches played a part.

Last year’s match, when spectators were ejected, saw scenes so unedifying that one official was moved to apologise to MCC chief executive Guy Lavender.

Mortified insiders from both schools have blamed the ungentlemanly conduct on ‘young old boys’, who recently left the school.

The MCC is facing a backlash following the move, which will also see the Oxford-Cambridge clash axed from this summer’s fixture list.

Eton v Harrow is the longest-running clash at the venue and some believe the MCC are bludgeoning tradition to be seen to be doing the right thing.

Ahead of last year’s Varsity match, a demonstration by a group called Stump Out Sexism, calling on the MCC to cancel the fixture until they agreed to play a women’s version, was held outside the Grace Gates.


It is not only Ed Woodward making the most of his Old Trafford exit. 

Michael Carrick, who ended a long association with United after a brief spell as interim manager following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking, is busy with a rebuilding project on his £1.4million country pile.

The 40-year-old bought the 17th century farmhouse, complete with two barns, a stable and a paddock, two years ago. 

Now he wants to add a tennis court to the six-acre grounds while converting the barns into a five-bedroom house, turning the garage block into a garden room and adding a new riding area.

Michael Carrick is busy with a rebuilding project on his £1.4million country farmhouse

Michael Carrick is busy with a rebuilding project on his £1.4million country farmhouse


Gareth Southgate has a reputation for making the right calls and would appear to have done so again. 

The England manager was due to combine a trip to a sports leadership conference with the Super Bowl in Los Angeles. 

However, when the summit was cancelled he decided to bin the visit, amid concerns it would have been a poor look. 


TalkSPORT are set to secure the rights for Tyson Fury’s forthcoming Battle of Britain fight with Dillian Whyte.

The broadcaster picked up a nice double on Saturday with exclusive rights for Spurs’ shock 3-2 Premier League win at Manchester City followed by the explosive grudge match between Kell Brook and Amir Khan down the road from the Etihad Stadium, won by Brook with a sixth round stoppage.

Should they land the heavyweight bout, it will represent another blow for the BBC which may well be looking on with envy at the figures and subscribers their rival is picking up, with Radio 5 Live unable to match talkSPORT’s round-the-clock coverage.


There is anger at the British Olympic Association about the timing of the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s release of CJ Ujah’s doping results last Friday. 

Having had months to announce the sprinter’s results, some believe that CAS waited for the winter version of the Games before dropping the bomb.

To make matters worse, the announcement came just minutes after Britain’s women’s curling team had won their semi-final, robbing them of deserved coverage for their achievements, although they made up for that by taking gold on Sunday.

There is anger at the BOA over the timing of the release of CJ Ujah's bombshell doping results

There is anger at the BOA over the timing of the release of CJ Ujah’s bombshell doping results


Perhaps the biggest success for Team GB, just as it was in Tokyo, is that they will arrive home without having had a single case of Covid in their 160-strong delegation.

Team GB are understood to be the only national Olympic body to have not recorded a Covid case in either Tokyo or Beijing.

With no close contact cases in Beijing either, the team’s medics played their part in ensuring the Games went smoothly off the field. The team will have done more than 3,500 Covid tests over the 17-day event.


Interesting to see Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Chernyshenko hit back at Thomas Bach after the IOC president criticised the team for failing to comfort teenage ice skater Kamila Valieva following her poor display last week.

Bach said it was ‘chilling’ to see the ‘cold’ way the 15-year-old — weighed down by a doping scandal — was treated by her unimpressed coach after a mistake-ridden performance.

Chernyshenko said Bach had ‘his own fictional narrative on the feelings of our athletes.’ This is the same Chernyshenko who was chief executive of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, which saw institutionalised doping and cheating by the Russians on a scale never seen before.

Observers also noted the presence of Chernyshenko at the side of Vladimir Putin at the President’s pre-Games meeting with President Xi of China. Were the pair reassuring the hosts they would respect the Olympic Truce and not invade Ukraine until after yesterday’s closing ceremony?

Thomas Bach said it was 'chilling' to see the 'cold' way ROC's Kamila Valieva had been treated

Thomas Bach said it was ‘chilling’ to see the ‘cold’ way ROC’s Kamila Valieva had been treated