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Quotes of the week: ‘The dressing room could be toxic’

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John Terry and Jason Roberts do battle in 2009

"I have seen the (Anton) Ferdinand case has been put back. On this basis I do not believe that the England captain should go to the Euros. Innocent until proven guilty is not always the case in football as Rio (Ferdinand in his drugs case a few years ago) found out in his case. Also more importantly, believe me, the dressing room at the Euros could be toxic." Reading striker and BBC radio pundit Jason Roberts leads calls for John Terry to be relieved of his duties as England captain after his trial on racial abuse charges was put back until July.

"There is no doubt in my mind that in the next 10 years we have an openly gay footballer. My only fear is that certain managers and individuals within the game will discriminate against people. These archaic figures think if they had a gay footballer, they would have all kinds of shenanigans going on in the dressing room. That's not the case. As I say it's more fool them and their lack of social awareness and intelligence." Quotes of the week often slags off Joey Barton, but he is to be commended for taking the lead the on issue of gay footballers.

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Sad scenes in Egypt

"The rush caused a stampede, people were pushing each other against the metal door and stepping on each other. We saw riot police firing shots in the air, and then everyone got scared and kept pushing against the locked door. We didn't know whether police were firing live rounds or not. People were crying and dying."  23-year-old Ossama El-Zayat explains what happened as 74 people were killed when supporters clashed at an Egyptian football match.

"Why would I be disappointed for Evra? I've been booed (when I played)... I think both sets of fans were a magnificent advert for their clubs. Both clubs can be very proud of the fans they have here. There was a good bit banter between both fans, which is brilliant." Kenny Dalglish defends the booing of Patrice Evra at the Liverpool v Manchester United game.

"I didn't prepare well for this game. I thought it was maybe easier. I know here it is never easy, never. I acknowledge my mistake. It is important for me to know this because, like this, I can't do the same mistakes in the next game. The players put everything on the pitch but I made some mistakes during the last three days preparing for this game. I didn't prepare very well," A cryptic Roberto Mancini lays the blame for Manchester City's defeat to Everton at his own door.

"I don't like calling her a dog. She's better than that." Spurs manager Harry Redknapp sparked laughs in court today as he described his affection for pet bulldog Rosie, who he named his Monaco bank account after.

"Do you mean when I strangled him or when I love him?" Milan Mandaric also draws laughter from the courtroom when answering questions about his relationship with  Redknapp.

"I think he's grabbing at straws and he shouldn't say these things. Nick Barmby is an altar boy, is he? I don't think so. He's lost the game because we've come here and outplayed his team. I think we were unlucky not to win by four or five. We came here with three strikers and aiming to be very attack-minded. I think if we had got a second, it would have been embarrassing for Hull."  Crawley boss Steve Evans responds to Hull boss Nick Barmby's accusation of his team "trying to get my players sent off" during Crawley's upset win in the FA Cup.

"So I just lost the final of a Grand Slam. I am not happy to lose the final, yes, but that's one of the losses that I am happy with in my career." Rafael Nadal puts his epic loss to Novak Djokovic into perspective.

"I'm prioritising Grand Slams this year, as every year, and the Olympic Games. I think that's one of my highest goals. That doesn't mean of course that I'm not gonna prepare well and perform my best on the other tournaments. It's just that, you know, the Grand Slams matter the most." Djokovic reveals it is all about the big prizes for him now.

"If it's these four in the semi-finals and finals every time, will it all get a bit stale? There's a danger that we'll feel like we've read the book and bought the T-shirt — we've seen the show." Eurosport tennis commentator Simon Reed talks about the risk that tennis fans could have too much of a good thing with Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Djokovic and Nadal again contesting a Grand Slam's semi-finals.

"Vika - you are the pride of the whole nation! The Motherland is captivated by your great

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Victoria Azarenka shows off the Australian Open trophy

achievement, which is already written in the history of the Belarusian and world sports. The whole country, holding its breath, was following your battles on the (Melbourne Park) courts and was rooting for you. In these cold January days you have lighted up Belarusian hearts with your will to win, skill and grace. Once again, I would like to congratulate you on your victory." Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Victoria Azarenka on winning the women's event and awards her the Order of Motherland.

"Normally you'd think it's easy, you don't have fat and things like that, but that doesn't work for some people... Steak and eggs is actually the best thing for me for breakfast." Jenson Button reveals the dietary sacrifices a Formula One driver has to make.

"We don't want to just be one-hit wonders, get there, have six months of lapping up everyone saying how good you are - and then disappearing. We want to stay there as long as we possibly can, and that's why we need to win this game." England bowler Jimmy Anderson after people wondered if England really were the best team in the world after two losses to Pakistan.

"I am the best. This is the type of challenge I thrive on. I have no doubt in my mind that my title belt collection will increase once again and Cotto's reign as champion will come to an end on May 5." Never short of confidence, Floyd Mayweather announces his next fight against Miguel Cotto.

"He saved Ray Leonard in the Hearns fight. He saved Ali (against Joe Frazier) in Manila. To motivate (a fighter) takes a special skill and there aren't many people that can do it. In the (more than 45) years I've been in boxing, he is the greatest cornerman by far of anyone that I've ever witnessed." Longstanding boxing promoter Bob Arum pays tribute to celebrated boxing trainer Angelo Dundee, Muhammad Ali's cornerman in his greatest fights, who has died at the age of 90.

"It's a huge honour and a very proud day - hopefully one that will live in my memory for a long time to come. Thanks to everyone who has helped me, especially Quins." Harlequins flanker Chris Robshaw talks about his joy at being named England captain for the start of the Six Nations despite having only won one cap.

"One of the things I learned is, I think you need to really be prepared for whatever this game can throw at you. It's a crazy game. It can love you; it can hate you. I'm still the same guy. Unfortunate circumstances there, but we'll get back in the saddle, and I think I'll be better for it." American golfer Kyle Stanley, who came to the final hole of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines with a three-shot lead, watched his perfect approach spin back 40ft into a lake, three-putted to get into a play-off, then three-putted on the second extra hole to lose to Brandt Snedeker. Ouch.

''To be part of history is like a miracle. It is not something you can have by clicking your fingers. My driver and iron play were probably the nicest to me over the past two days. I also putted well, but I was in good position on most of the greens because I was able to make approaches from good places on the fairways." 14-year-old New Zealander Lydia Ko after she become the youngest ever winner of a professional golf tournament.

"That was unbelievable, man. We're going to be seeing that one for years. I can't wait to see that on TV myself." LA Clippers Chauncey Billups's reaction after seeing his team-mate Blake Griffin deliver the dunk of the season on a rim-rattling slam over Oklahoma City's Kendrick Perkins in the NBA . US television then proceeded to replay the dunk hundreds of times.

"The minute Mamadou enrolled I became a much better basketball coach." Brethren Christian basketball coach Jon Bahnsen reveals the shock, horror news that having a 7'5" giant play against small children makes it easier for his teams to win.

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