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The former Prime Minister poses for a photo opportunity with Kevin Keegan and Emlyn Hughes

 

TRIBUTE OR NO TRIBUTE?

The vexed question of whether football should pay tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher moved on a gear with two Premier League chairman saying it should.

Wigan’s Dave Whelan and Sir John Madejski of Reading want football to mark the death with a minute’s silence – despite the Premier League and Football League not asking clubs to do so.

Despite her much-publicised dislike of the game, Whelan told the BBC: “We owe Mrs Thatcher a minute’s silence.

“It is not my decision, it is for the FA to decide, but I would be in favour of wearing an armband out of respect to Mrs Thatcher. We have to say thank you very much for the services the former PM has given us.”

A quick look at the weekend fixtures sees Liverpool at Reading – rightly or wrongly many Liverpool fans still see her as complicit in the Hillsborough cover-up – the Newcastle v Sunderland derby, and Championship games at Leeds and Barnsley.

Let’s see how any tribute is received at those grounds.

 

REMY TO MAGPIES

He turned the club down for QPR in January for what appeared to be purely financial reasons, but the Metro is reporting Newcastle United are still keen to sign Loic Remy.

The France international has been the one real positive as the club sink to near certain relegation and Rangers should get at least the £8million they paid for the 26-year-old.

Aston Villa and Tottenham are also interested but reports indicate Pardew will not let his January disappointment of seeing a player he thought was on his way to Tyneside before rejecting a move, cloud his judgement.

Remy will lead a summer exodus at Loftus Road and is likely to raise the biggest fee.

 

BARTON STAYING AT MARSEILLE

QPR’s Joey Barton is in fact not QPR’s according to the 30-year-old.

His season-long loan deal at Marseille was set up with a permanent move already agreed, and the controversial midfielder expects to be in the south of France next season.

He tweeted: “It’s not up to QPR if I stay. [There is an] agreement already in place for me to stay here.

“I’m loving life in France. Loving Marseille. They love me. I can’t see QPR wanting me on the wage bill in the Championship.”

 

ON THE CONTINENT

Borussia Dortmund scored twice in injury time to snatch a dramatic Champions League victory over Malaga and secure a place in the semi-finals. In the other game last night Real Madrid were beaten 3-2 in Galatasaray but went through on aggregate.

AC Milan’s Mario Balotelli has been suspended for three games for insulting a match official during the clash against Fiorentina.

Brazilian club Corinthians have surprisingly moved ahead of AC Milan in the race to sign Brazil’s national team defender Dedé, according to reports from Italy.

 

OTHER NEWS

Stephen Foster’s 97th minute equaliser gave Barnsley a crucial point in their fight against relegation and denied Championship leaders Cardiff – the game ending 1-1. Elsewhere Sheffield Wednesday put some breathing space between them and the bottom three with a 2-1 win at Millwall.

Chelsea and England centre-back Gary Cahill has undergone surgery on a knee problem.

Greater Manchester police will examine CCTV and television footage of Vincent Kompany being interviewed following City’s win over United on Monday, after allegations he was subjected to racial abuse.

 

 

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