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England rely on Wayne Rooney and a
touch of class to thump San Marino
Two goals each from the captain and his Manchester United team-
mate sealed a comfortable victory for England at Wembley Page 2

Gareth Bale’s bombshell earns Wales
bragging rights against Scotland
Gareth Bale scored two late goals to earn Wales a 2-1 victory over
Scotland in their World Cup qualifier Page 3

Hillsborough disaster: watchdog to launch
biggest ever inquiry into police
IPCC to investigate 1989 disaster and aftermath as Crown
Prosecution Service says it will consider criminal charges Page 4

Tour de France head                          Stephen Lee ‘devastated’                     Heads Up: Why                   Gloucester’s Andy Hazell
wants no rider to inherit                    by suspension over                           Newmarket punters               facing ban after seeing
Lance Armstrong’s titles                     suspicious betting                           should rediscover               red at Mont-de-Marsan
Page 5                                       patterns Page 7                              Cristoforo Colombo              Page 10
                                                                                          Page 9
Lance Armstrong doping                       Reckless Abandon
scandal claims another                       poised to propel trainer                     Horse racing tips:
high-profile scalp Page 6                    Clive Cox into the big                       Saturday 13 October
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                                                                    any snazzy defensive game-plan. If the ball was cleared it was
                                                                    generally at a scramble. Survival only ever felt temporary.
England rely on Wayne Rooney and a                                      Even so, when Michael Carrick thumped a long-range shot
touch of class to thump San Marino                                  against the crossbar just after the half-hour, the ball cannoning
                                                                    down on to Aldo Simoncini’s outstretched hand only for
• England 5-0 San Marino                                            Danny Welbeck to crunch the loose ball on to a post, the home
• Rooney 35pen 69, Welbeck 38 71; Oxlade-                           support’s faith briefly wavered. They need not have worried.
                                                                    Within four minutes the hosts had registered twice and the
Chamberlain 77
                                                                    management could start planning for Poland again.
Dominic Fifield at Wembley                                              Those preparations had influenced team selection here.
                                                                    Jermain Defoe, Joleon Lescott and James Milner, all likely
                                                                    starters in Warsaw, had been left to survey the scene from the
                                                                    bench to avoid a caution that would cost them a place against
                                                                    the Poles. Ashley Cole, too, put his feet up from the start, with
                                                                    this no time to risk inflaming the first-choice left-back’s tender
                                                                    ankle. For all his precautions, though, Hodgson may now have
                                                                    to do without Theo Walcott next week. The Arsenal forward
                                                                    was clattered by Simoncini in the opening five minutes and the
                                                                    shuddering shoulder charge sent the winger sprawling.
                                                                        Quite how the foul merited neither a penalty nor a dismissal
                                                                    was mystifying, even if it had been momentum rather than
                                                                    malice that had prompted the collision.
                                                                        Walcott was dazed and confused when he eventually got to
                                                                    his feet, gingerly edging around the perimeter of the pitch with
England’s Danny Welbeck celebrates after scoring the team’s
                                                                    the help of a medic before slumping on to a stretcher near the
second goal against San Marino with a deft flick. Photograph:
                                                                    corner flag. His world was still spinning as he was carried down
Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images
                                                                    the tunnel before departing for hospital for a precautionary
The farce of this occasion was probably best summed up              scan on a chest injury. England’s penalty would have to wait,
midway through the second half. Danilo Rinaldi, a part-time         Welbeck eventually tripped by an onrushing Simoncini – an
Argentinian-Sammarinese footballer who probably should              accountant – for Wayne Rooney to convert from the spot.
forget giving up his normal job in a furniture manufacturers,           Eking goals from the stand-in skipper had been one of
ambled away from Gary Cahill and bore down on Joe Hart’s            Hodgson’s objectives from this mismatch. Pepping Welbeck’s
goal. The home support would normally wince at the threat, but      confidence after a scoreless start to his season at Manchester
the vast majority actually roared encouragement then anguish        United was surely another, the 21-year-old duly conjuring
as the forward skewed his shot wide. International football is      another back-heeled flick from Aaron Lennon’s pull-back to
not supposed to be like this.                                       double the lead via the goalkeeper’s boot.
    England departed with their thumping victory, albeit with           It was similar to the goal he scored against Sweden at Euro
only glimpses of panache and with their goals scored in flurries.   2012 and suggested a landslide was back on. More reflective
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cute lob for the fifth was the most       of the home side’s dominance at that stage were the raucous
memorable, though arguably the best news for Roy Hodgson            cheers – there were three choruses alone in the opening half
last night came in Moldova where Ukraine, contenders in Group       – that greeted Joe Hart’s every touch.
H, were held. Games against San Marino effectively count for            San Marino’s collection of part-time players claim they earn
goal difference alone but Poland, a potent threat, will offer a     experience by heaving themselves to repel constant – if too
sterner challenge.                                                  often messy – attacks on occasions such as this. Welbeck’s was
    This was never expected to be a competitive fixture. Rather,    the 133rd goal they have shipped since they last scored away
it was a public training session, an exercise in attack versus      from home, nine years ago. They treat defeats by fewer than
defence. Hodgson had always envisaged as much, those                four goals as cause for minor celebration, so English profligacy
members of his coaching staff he dispatched to the technical        at that point must have left them cheered until the late flurry
area during the first half-hour were barking reminders to the       added gloss.
home players that patience, more than anything extravagant,             Welbeck’s second was from close-range, a tap-in after Tom
would be key.                                                       Cleverley had found the by-line, and moments after Rooney
    The Mexican waves were pulsing around the stands before         properly found his range. The captain’s skimmed effort from
the interval, the England lead established and, therefore,          the edge of the area was a welcome reminder of class, and
victory assured though it had taken a flurry of goals to lance      confirmation that England will now travel to Poland buoyed
some anxiety. San Marino – now played 115, lost 109 – had           that their talismanic forward is scoring again. A proper test now
somehow held out for 35 minutes. Thereafter, they wilted as         awaits in Warsaw.
per the script.
    Over-elaboration had impeded the hosts more than any
Sammarinese solidity. The visitors never pretended they
could offer disciplined defence. Everything they summoned
was panic-stricken, their attempts to resist reliant upon sheer
number of bodies clogging up England’s advances rather than © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                            
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                                                                     goal from Sam Vokes came in a friendly when they beat Norway.
                                                                         Wales were pummelled this season in the 6-1 defeat by Serbia
Gareth Bale’s bombshell earns Wales                                  and it was natural that Chris Coleman should feel it was time for
bragging rights against Scotland                                     his own side to throw some punches of their own. There could
                                                                     have been nothing particularly rash about that attitude. After all
• Wales 2-1 Scotland                                                 Scotland have not looked composed or talented enough to pick
• Bale 81pen 89; Morrison 27                                         off the opposition on the counterattack.
                                                                         Instead there was the prospect of a clash that would reek
Kevin McCarra at Cardiff City Stadium                                of anxiety. While Wales may have winced at the loss to injury
                                                                     of several players, they also knew that their means would
                                                                     be restricted in any case. Scotland, according to the world
                                                                     rankings, are of much loftier status but no one associates
                                                                     them with surging and lethal attacks. If this game had allure, it
                                                                     stemmed from the intense desire of both sides to ensure that
                                                                     there would be a meaning to their matches between now and
                                                                     the summer of 2014.
                                                                         There is no risk of delusions. Wales were at the World
                                                                     Cup finals once, in 1958. Scotland have a more handsome
                                                                     history but they have not been to such a stage since 1998. In
                                                                     truth this occasion probably deserved to be considered as a
                                                                     small opportunity to enhance their status. At the interval the
                                                                     Scotland midfielder Scott Brown, who has been carrying an
Gareth Bale, centre, celebrates his second goal for Wales            injury, made way for Charlie Adam.
against Scotland. Photograph: David Davies/PA                            The latter is with Stoke City and there was a sense that the
                                                                     pedigree of Levein’s line-up was superior. That, on the other
Wales recovered from a goal behind to defeat Scotland and so
                                                                     hand, could have been nullified by home advantage. There
rise above the visitors in the World Cup qualification group.
                                                                     was a healthy enough attendance, regardless of results. In
It seems likely that neither will go to the finals but this was a
                                                                     the midst of the fetish for the Premier League and other club
memorable event. Wales levelled through a penalty converted
                                                                     competitions in the world, the bond with international football,
by Gareth Bale after Scotland’s Shaun Maloney had brought
                                                                     where stars receive virtually nothing for their services, can still
down the midfielder 10 minutes from the end. Then Bale struck
                                                                     look strong.
the decider in the 89th minute with a wonderful drive when he
                                                                         The fever rose higher still when Wales were refused a penalty
had been off-balance.
                                                                     in the 64th minute when Ramsey appeared to have been fouled
    The initial impression was of a pair of teams craving a first
                                                                     by Adam. The match had a visceral quality then, crammed as it
win in the group while also looking a little anxious. Each
                                                                     was with competitiveness. Ramsey went clear on the left after
manager had favoured a 4-4-1-1 formation. There was a degree
                                                                     70 minutes but then sent his drive beyond the near post. This
of adventure, with, for instance, Kris Commons, a late addition
                                                                     continued to be a heartfelt if error-prone spectacle.
to the Scotland squad, allowed to start here. The midfielder’s
post, however, was rather wide, suggesting that there might not
be many opportunities to display his marksmanship.
    Others, however, found openings. Wales were tormented
when they wasted an opportunity and immediately fell behind.
After a delivery from the right by Bale had been headed wide
by Steve Morison, Allan McGregor’s goal-kick was glanced on

by Steven Fletcher and James Morrison capitalised in the 27th
minute with a low shot beyond Lewis Price, who was starting
his first competitive international in four years.
    It was expected that Bale would put the Scotland back four
in difficulties. There was a piercing run and accurate low ball
after 38 minutes but Aaron Ramsey’s shot was off target. The
Cardiff City Stadium brimmed with passion but that often came          Compare and buy
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    Morrison, for his part, should have extended the lead in           Use our free independent
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was full of erratic incident around that time.It would be far-         all your household bills.
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                                                                    have the truth and now this is the start of the justice. And I do
                                                                    believe this is the start of the accountability.”
Hillsborough disaster: watchdog to                                      New areas under investigation that have not been
launch biggest ever inquiry into police                             considered by any previous review of the police’s actions
IPCC to investigate 1989 disaster and                               • The failure to follow the major incident plan and the
aftermath as Crown Prosecution Service                              inadequacies of the emergency response.
                                                                    • Suggestions that senior officers lied about whether they
says it will consider criminal charges
                                                                    knew that the tunnel to the central pen in the Leppings Lane
Owen Gibson                                                         end had been closed when it was full in previous years.
                                                                    • Changes to officers’ statements to remove criticism of senior
                                                                    officers and references to police failings.
                                                                    • Misleading the media and parliament, including the
                                                                    dissemination of untrue stories about the role of the fans,
                                                                    including that which led to the notorious Sun headline “The
                                                                    • Whether police questions about the drinking habits of the
                                                                    deceased, national police computer checks to see if they had
                                                                    criminal records and tests for blood alcohol levels were part of a
                                                                    concerted attempt to shift the blame.
                                                                        The review will mainly focus on South Yorkshire police,
                                                                    in charge on the day of the tragedy, and West Midlands
                                                                    police, who carried out a subsequent investigation into their
Tributes to victims of the Hillsborough disaster outside
                                                                        Deborah Glass, deputy chair of the IPCC, said: “A
Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA
                                                                    large number of current and former officers will be under
Relatives of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster have       investigation, including Sir Norman Bettison.”
welcomed the launch of the UK’s biggest inquiry into police             Bettison, the West Yorkshire chief constable who was at
failings and the decision to re-examine all evidence, raising for   the match as a spectator and took part in an internal inquiry,
the first time the prospect that officers could be charged with     has announced that he plans to retire next March in the face of
manslaughter.                                                       pressure from families of those who died at Hillsborough.
    The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to                  He was referred to the IPCC for his role in disseminating
launch a major, wide-ranging investigation into allegations of      misleading information in the wake of the disaster. Bettison
misconduct by South Yorkshire police, West Midlands police          presented a video to MPs compiled from 65 hours of footage
and others arising from the Hillsborough independent panel          from Hillsborough.
report published last month.                                            The IPCC said it would also investigate a second complaint
    Simultaneously, the director of public prosecutions (DPP),      from the West Yorkshire Police Authority, made earlier this
Keir Starmer, announced he would immediately review all the         week, that Bettison had tried to influence it over his referral.
evidence that fed into the report, which laid bare the failings         “At the moment, we don’t actually know which officers we’re
that led to the disaster and the full extent of attempts to cover   investigating. This will be the largest independent inquiry that
them up and blame fans, to decide whether new charges of            has been launched into the actions of the police in the United
manslaughter could be brought.                                      Kingdom,” said Glass.
    The report said that 41 of the 96 victims had the “potential        It will take several months to gauge the extent of the inquiry.
to survive” after the 3.15pm cut-off point imposed by the           There are believed to be 200 officers on duty on the day who are
original coroner and might have been saved had the emergency        still serving in the South Yorkshire police force.
response been better.                                                   The Hillsborough independent panel, which reported last
    “I have now concluded that the Crown Prosecution Service        month, reasserted that fans were in no way at fault and for
should consider all the material now available in relation to the   the first time laid bare the extent of the establishment cover-
tragic events of 15 April 1989, including material made available   up designed to smear their names. Of 141 police statements
by the independent panel,” Starmer said.                            substantially altered after being taken, 116 were changed to
    “The purpose of this investigation is to identify what          remove negative comments about the policing operation.
the focus of any further criminal investigation should be in            “The alleged nature of some of the amendments may
order for the CPS to determine whether this is now sufficient       amount to the criminal offences of perverting the course of
evidence to charge any individual or corporate body with any        justice or misconduct in public office. The deliberate alteration
criminal offence.”                                                  of statements may also raise misconduct offences in relation to
    The DPP will examine the potential for manslaughter charges     honesty and integrity,” said Glass.
in light of the new evidence, while the IPCC will investigate the       The IPCC said the aftermath of the disaster had never
failings of the police and make recommendations on possible         been investigated and the home secretary, Theresa May, had
criminal or disciplinary action.                                    promised to provide the necessary resources to conduct the
    Hillsborough Family Support Group vice chair Margaret           investigation.
Aspinall, whose son James, 18, died in the disaster, said: “What        In the aftermath of the disaster, it was decided in August
[HFSG chair] Trevor Hicks said four weeks ago was that we © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                            
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1990 that no charges of manslaughter could be brought against          Prudhomme, who has been in the Alps reconnoitring stage
the police, Sheffield Wednesday, the consultant stadium            finishes for the 2013 Tour, said that he was shocked by the
engineers Eastwoods or Sheffield city council.                     findings of Usada. “We cannot be indifferent to what Usada
   Action by the Police Complaints Authority (now the IPCC)        has uncovered. It is a dark and deeply disturbing picture. It has
also came to nothing, with Chief Superintendent David              called into question a system and an entire era which remains
Duckenfield, the match commander, retiring due to ill health in    stained for ever. It is a lost decade.”
October 1991 before any disciplinary case could be brought.            The Tour organiser pointed out that he and his organisation
   A private prosecution brought by members of the                 do not have the power to remove Armstrong’s name from the
Hillsborough Family Support Group against Duckenfield and          Tour’s official records: that lies with the International Cycling
deputy superintendent Bernard Murray led to a trial at Leeds       Union, which is currently studying the 1000-page dossier
crown court in 2000. Murray was acquitted and the jury was         drawn up by Usada. “As astonishing as it may seem, the Tour de
unable to reach a verdict on Duckenfield.                          France is not the master of its record books. That goes through
   The attorney general, Dominic Grieve, has yet to decide         the UCI rather than the race organisers.” The UCI has yet to
whether to apply to the high court to quash the existing           comment on the report or to indicate how it will react.
verdict of accidental death for the 96 who died and order a new        Quoting Victor Hugo – “those who live on, fight on”
inquest, but he is expected to do so before the end of the year.   – Prudhomme added that in his view the only response to the
   That would normally wait until criminal charges were            report is a sharpened focus on anti-doping. “The problems
brought, but the coroner could choose to proceed before then.      which occurred in the Armstrong years meant that progress
He is expected to liaise with the families of those killed, who    has already happened. Cycling today bears no resemblance to
have campaigned for 23 years on the issue, over the timing of      yesterday’s cycling.
the inquest.                                                           “The anti-doping fight of recent years was based on those
                                                                   problems and there has been considerable progress in recent
                                                                   years: cycling has been a pioneer in areas such as targeted
Tour de France head wants no rider to                              testing and the biological passport. Today, the cheats are
inherit Lance Armstrong’s titles                                   caught, and caught more rapidly than before. We have to
                                                                   continue in this direction. There is no other way.”
                                                                       Six years ago, the presentation of the 2007 Tour route
• Christian Prudhomme says ‘era remains                            in Paris featured a unique image: a shattered pane of glass
stained for ever’                                                  to represent the first time the race’s winner – in this case
• Armstrong won race seven times between                           the American Floyd Landis – had been stripped of his title.
1999 and 2005                                                      Prudhomme now faces a challenge similar to that, ironically
                                                                   enough at the end of a process of revelation which was largely
William Fotheringham
                                                                   initiated by Landis, whose tardy confession to the US anti-
                                                                   doping authorities of years of doping at Armstrong’s side was
                                                                   the spark that led to Usada’s inquiry.
                                                                       The difficulty faced by the UCI is that if it ratifies the Usada’s
                                                                   conclusions it is in effect ratifying a process over which it
                                                                   has taken contradictory positions; a further difficulty is that
                                                                   sections of the report are deeply critical of cycling’s governing
                                                                   body, while one passage raises the possibility that the UCI failed
                                                                   to act on a positive test from Armstrong in the 2001 Tour of
                                                                   Switzerland, although it has always denied any wrongdoing.
                                                                       If Usada’s decision is ratified, Prudhomme’s wish that
                                                                   there be no winner of the Tour from 1999 to 2005 has logic
                                                                   on its side, given that many of those who finished behind
                                                                   Armstrong in the upper reaches of the standings in those years
Usada has taken away Lance Armstrong’s seven Tour                  have subsequently been banned for doping. As the Tour head
de France titles, but the UCI is yet to decide what to do.         conceded, “Our challenge is to regain credibility”. That process
Photograph: Srdjan Suki/EPA                                        will be long and painful and an early decision from the UCI is a
The Tour de France organiser, Christian Prudhomme, has called
for Lance Armstrong’s seven victories in the world’s greatest
cycle race to be erased from the record books following the

release of a US Anti-Doping Agency report which said there had
been systematic doping at the Texan’s US Postal Service team
between 1999 and 2005.
   “What we would like is for there to be no winner in those
years,” Prudhomme said. Usada has called for Armstrong to            The Guardian digital edition
be stripped of his titles and his third place in the 2009 Tour,      Read the Guardian on the web exactly the
but that has yet to be ratified. If Prudhomme has his way, that      way it was printed.
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                                                                      [Armstrong’s trainer] Dr [Michele] Ferrari about his stars’
                                                                      doping programmes. He was on top of the details for organizing
Lance Armstrong doping scandal claims                                 blood transfusion programs before the major Tours, and he
another high-profile scalp                                            knew when athletes needed to take EPO to regenerate their
                                                                      blood supply after extracting blood. He was present when blood
• Sporting director Johan Bruyneel pays                               transfusions were given. He even personally provided drugs to
price for his involvement                                             the riders on occasion.
                                                                          “Most perniciously, Johan Bruyneel learned how to
• Belgian ‘turned young professionals into
                                                                      introduce young men to performance enhancing drugs,
veteran drug users’                                                   becoming adept at leading them down the path from newly
William Fotheringham                                                  minted professional rider to veteran drug user.” For example,
                                                                      the report states: “… in early 2000 young pro Christian Vande
                                                                      Velde was nervous about embarking on the doping program
                                                                      that [team doctor Luis García] del Moral recommended and
                                                                      brought his concerns to Bruyneel. Bruyneel told Vande Velde,
                                                                      ‘not to worry if I felt bad at first that I would feel good at the
                                                                          It is also claimed in the report that Bruyneel introduced
                                                                      Armstrong’s team-mate Tyler Hamilton to blood doping and
                                                                      accompanied him when he used the practice for the first time.
                                                                      The evidence of another team-mate, Levi Leipheimer, indicates
                                                                      that Bruyneel asked him to move on to the team’s doping
                                                                      programme run by Ferrari when he informed the manager that
                                                                      he was using EPO on his own initiative.
                                                                          Leipheimer’s evidence states: “Johan’s concern and Dr del
Lance Armstrong with his US Postal sporting director Johan
                                                                      Moral’s concern was not necessarily that I had used EPO but
Bruyneel during the 2003 Tour de France. Photograph: EPA
                                                                      that because they had not been told of my use, and I might not
The Lance Armstrong scandal claimed another high-profile              be doing it safely, that I could have had a positive test which
scalp on Friday as Johan Bruyneel was relieved of his position        could have led to problems for the team.”
as directeur sportif at RadioShack Nissan Trek following                  Whereas Armstrong had opted not to contest the charges
his implication in the web of blood-doping and deceit that            laid against him by Usada, Bruyneel was due to face a panel
developed around Armstrong following the American’s                   of arbitration next month. Earlier, his leading star in the
comeback from cancer in 1998. Bruyneel was lead directeur             RadioShack Nissan Trek team, the Swiss time trial specialist
sportif at US Postal Service from 1999 to 2004, and had won           Fabian Cancellara, called for Bruyneel to go. “I don’t know if I
a total of nine Tours in the past 14 years with Armstrong             can still work with him,” Cancellara told the Belgian newspaper
– although the Texan is likely to be stripped of those titles – and   Het Laatste Nieuws. “Bruyneel’s name is listed 129 times in that
Alberto Contador.                                                     200-page document.
    Bruyneel, renowned as one of the most thorough and                    “Lance was apparently a systematic doping sinner. He doped
ruthless operators in the cycling world, was charged with             on a scale that cycling has never seen before. He has really
doping offences by the US Anti-Doping Agency along                    destroyed a lot. Now, I understand how a team like US Postal
with Armstrong and other associates in June. The dossier              could put all eight or nine riders at the front in a mountain
released by Usada on Wednesday indicated that he had been             stage. In the golden years of doping it was all very simple: ‘train
implicated in assisting Armstrong with blood doping and with          and load.’ ‘Loading’ the word riders would use for doping … It
persuading younger riders in the team to use the blood booster        has changed [now].”
erythropoietin to improve their performances.                             Bruyneel, winner of the fastest ever road race stage of the
    “The reasoned decision published by the Usada included            Tour de France in 1993, was appointed directeur sportif at US
a number of testimonies as a result of their investigation,”          Postal Service midway through the 1998 season after Armstrong
RadioShack Nissan Trek said in a statement. “In light of these        felt that the previous incumbent, the Dane Johnny Weltz, was
testimonies, both parties feel it is necessary to make this           not up to his standards.
decision since Johan Bruyneel can no longer direct the team in            Pressure is also mounting on cycling’s governing body, the
an efficient and comfortable way. His departure is desirable to       International Cycling Union (UCI), after the sport’s leading
ensure the serenity and cohesiveness within the team.                 anti-doping campaigner, David Millar, left, called for the body’s
    “The Usada investigation does not concern the activities of       honorary president, Hein Verbruggen, to resign in the wake of
Mr Bruyneel while managing the RadioShack Nissan Trek team.           the Armstrong revelations. Verbruggen was president of the
Johan Bruyneel contests the validity of the procedure as well as      UCI during most of the Armstrong years – quitting his post at
the charges against him.”                                             the end of 2004 – and as recently as last year insisted that the
    Seven pages of the Usada report detail Bruyneel’s                 seven-times Tour de France winner had “never, never, never”
involvement. “The overwhelming evidence in this case is               engaged in doping. The 71-year-old Dutchman is also a member
that Johan Bruyneel was intimately involved in all significant        of the UCI’s management committee.
details of the US Postal team’s doping program,” the agency               Verbruggen’s time at the UCI includes two critical moments.
stated in its “Reasoned Decision”. “He alerted the team               The first was in 2002 when it accepted two donations totalling
to the likely presence of testers. He communicated with © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                              
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more than $100,000 from Armstrong, one of which was used
to purchase a machine for analysing blood samples. The
second was in 2005 when the Dutch lawyer Emile Vrijman
                                                                     Stephen Lee ‘devastated’ by suspension
was appointed to investigate allegations from the newspaper          over suspicious betting patterns
L’Equipe that EPO had been detected in five urine samples
taken from Armstrong during the 1999 Tour when the samples           • World No7 is part of a new WPBSA betting
were tested retroactively for scientific purposes.                   investigation
    The Vrijman inquiry was castigated by the World Anti-
                                                                     • Lee lost Premier League match to John
Doping Agency as “ill-informed and incorrect”, showing “a
lack of professionalism and a distinct lack of impartiality”,
                                                                     Higgins on Thursday
containing “factual and process deficiency”, being “fallacious       Press Association
in many aspects and misleading”, and was summed up as a
“flawed and partial document”.
    Millar said: “The UCI have to accept they have to carry some
responsibility for this because it was obvious what was going
on. The UCI had all the blood data, the medical reports, it was
part of the culture of the sport and in the big races the majority
of riders were doing it on drugs. There was only a tiny minority
getting good results without drugs and they really were the
outsiders. The first step for the UCI is that Verbruggen has to be
    “There is no doubt about that – [the current president]
Pat McQuaid has to distance himself because it was under
Verbruggen’s presidency that it was at its worst, and yet there
were all these denials coming from the UCI. He was at the head
                                                                     Stephen Lee has been suspended from snooker pending
of an organisation with the biggest doping problem in the
                                                                     results of an investigation into suspicious betting patterns.
history of sport. He’s still there. He doesn’t have to commit
                                                                     Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images
hari-kari, he should just admit that mistakes were made, and
we have all made mistakes. But the UCI is not a commercial           Stephen Lee is “absolutely devastated” to be hit by new match-
company so there is no one to answer to.”                            fixing charges and will vigorously contest his suspension from
    The UCI has said it will examine the Usada report and            snooker pending an investigation, according to his manager
evidence within the next three weeks but will not delay a            Adam Quigley.
response “any longer than necessary”. Millar said the strength           Lee, who celebrated his 38th birthday on Friday, was
and depth of the report – no fewer than 11 riders gave evidence      informed of his suspension by the sport’s governing body, the
against Armstrong – had been vital to ensure there were no           WPBSA, following reports of irregular betting patterns during
lingering doubts. “A lot of people thought he was going to get       Lee’s 4-2 defeat by John Higgins in a Premier League match on
away with it but now we are dealing with it.”                        Thursday.
    Millar said that cycling had “climbed out of the abyss” but          Only last week, Lee was informed he would not face criminal
he feared a whole new generation of riders would be tarnished        charges over match-fixing allegations dating back to 2010,
by the past. “That’s what is so sad. A whole generation are now      although the WPBSA said they would still launch their own
going to have clean careers and results that should never be         investigation into that incident.
doubted,” he said. “Cycling went into an abyss but we have               Quigley said: “Stephen can’t believe it is happening again,
climbed out and changed the sport, yet there is still all this       just one week after a case that has been outstanding against him
baggage we are carrying around.”                                     for two and half years was dropped by the Crown Prosecution
                                                                         “Stephen is absolutely devastated. He has worked incredibly
                                                                     hard this year to get back up to No7 in the world. He is sick of all

                                                                     this stuff getting thrown at him and feels there are doubts about
                                                                     him every time he misses a ball.
                                                                         “Stephen was supposed to be going out for a meal with his
                                                                     wife tonight to celebrate his 38th birthday. He has booked his
                                                                     flights to a tournament in Antwerp next week. Now they are
  Eat right                                                          both cancelled and he is engaging a lawyer to fight his corner.”
  Join the Guardian’s health and                                         The WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson said the governing
  dieting club, Eat Right and we’ll                                  body had decided to suspend Lee pending the outcome of their
  design you a personalised healthy                                  inquiries into both the incident in 2010 and the events in last
                                                                     night’s match against Higgins.
  eating plan from just £2.99 a week.                                    Lee looked likely to tie the match at 3-3 but missed a pink
  Membership includes shopping                                       and black combination, allowing Higgins to win 4-2. Lee’s
  lists, menus, expert advice and 24                                 performance was immediately questioned in a series of
                                                                     tweets by his West Country rival Judd Trump, which were
                                                                     subsequently deleted. © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                              
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   The WPBSA’s full statement read: “On 2 October 2012 the
Crown Prosecution Service announced that there will be no
criminal proceedings in the match fixing allegations against
                                                                   Reckless Abandon poised to propel
Stephen Lee made in 2010. Following this decision by the CPS,      trainer Clive Cox into the big time
the WPBSA started its own investigation into these allegations.
   “On 5 October 2012 the WPBSA met with the Gambling              The trainer could win his first British Group
Commission in order to review material collected by the            One race in the Middle Park with a two-year-
Gambling Commission which may prove relevant to the WPBSA
                                                                   old that cost 24,000 guineas
   “The WPBSA is now in the process of conducting a thorough       Greg Wood
enquiry into the circumstances and this will be led by Nigel
Mawer, the Chairman of the WPBSA Disciplinary Committee.
   “On 12 October 2012, the WPBSA was informed of suspicious
betting patterns relating to a game between Stephen Lee and
John Higgins played on 11 October 2012. This suspicious activity
has also been referred to Nigel Mawer, the Chairman of the
WPBSA Disciplinary Committee.
   “The WPBSA have carefully considered both the initial
information from the Gambling Commission which was
reviewed on 5th October 2012 and the new information
regarding suspicious betting patterns in relation to the match
between Stephen Lee and John Higgins from 11 October 2012.
   “The WPBSA have concluded that it would not be
appropriate for Stephen Lee to continue to compete on the
                                                                   Adam Kirby was in the saddle when Reckless Abandon won
World Snooker Tour whilst these investigations are undertaken
                                                                   the Norfolk at Royal Ascot but he rides a rival on Saturday.
and therefore WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson has taken the
                                                                   Photograph: Paul Harding/Action Images
decision to suspend Stephen from competition whilst this
enquiry is ongoing.                                                A steady stream of impeccably bred colts and fillies has been
   “Subject to his right to appeal, this suspension will remain    knocked down for seven-figure prices at Tattersalls’ major
in place until either the conclusion of the investigation or any   yearling sale in Newmarket this week, reinforcing the idea
resultant hearings.”                                               that top-class Flat racing is a game that only recession-proof
                                                                   billionaires can play. On Saturday afternoon, however, on the
                                                                   other side of town, the most venerable of all the Group One
                                                                   juvenile races in the Newmarket calendar will offer refreshing
                                                                   evidence to the contrary.
                                                                       Reckless Abandon, the favourite for the Middle Park
                                                                   Stakes, is an unbeaten colt with a Group One victory to his
                                                                   name already, in the Prix Morny at Deauville in August. Yet he
                                                                   cost 24,000 guineas as a yearling when sold at Doncaster last
                                                                   summer, which is 99% less than this week’s top lot, a 2.5m
                                                                   guineas colt by Galileo.

                                                                       Reckless Abandon’s appearance in Saturday’s race is a
                                                                   priceless advertisement for Clive Cox, his trainer, who spotted
                                                                   the son of the American stallion Exchange Rate while others
                                                                   around the auction ring concentrated on the offspring of better-
                                                                   known stallions.
                                                                       “The great thing about horse racing is that nothing is ever
  Fantasy League Classic                                           cast in stone,” Cox said on Friday . “Sometimes it is possible
                                                                   to get a high-profile horse without spending the sums that are
  Manage a squad of 16 players                                     often the case.
  and a budget of £75 million.                                         “Not a lot of people had heard of Exchange Rate, at
                                                                   Doncaster in August especially, but he was very athletic and
  £75,000 worth of prizes to be                                    ticked all the boxes with regard to the requirements I was
  won in weekly, monthly and                                       looking for and that included the price. He had a pedigree

  overall competitions. Beat your                                  which was attractive enough to me but it wasn’t as obvious as
                                                                   sires like Acclamation and Kyllachy, which were more popular
  nearest and dearest in a friends                                 on the day.”

  league.                                                              Reckless Abandon’s Morny win was Cox’s second success
                                                                   in a French Group One, following Gilt Edge Girl in the Prix de                                     l’Abbaye in 2010. He has yet to score at the highest level in
                                                                   Britain, however, while a win in the Middle Park, with a first
                                                                   prize of £85,000, would also push Cox’s annual prize-money © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                         
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earnings within sight of seven figures for the first time.
   “It’s great to have a horse of this calibre. He’s already been
exciting for us throughout the summer with a win [in the
                                                                         Heads Up: Why Newmarket punters
Norfolk Stakes] at Royal Ascot and he won the Morny with a               should rediscover Cristoforo Colombo
deal of confidence,” Cox says. “This was always the plan after
that; he’s in great nick physically and he’s done well again since       Aidan O’Brien may be about to get his first
that race.”                                                              two-year-old winner in Britain this year, in
   Nor does Cox need to worry that victory might prompt the
                                                                         the Middle Park Stakes
sale of Reckless Abandon to race abroad or for another yard, as
that deal has already been done. Julie Deadman and Stephen               Will Hayler
Barrow, the colt’s owners, sold Reckless Abandon to the Darley
Stud for an undisclosed but very healthy profit on the purchase
price after his win in France but the new owner has allowed
them to lease their horse back for both the remainder of 2012
and his three-year-old campaign next year.
   “It’s a great story to be a part of,” Cox says. “It’s very exciting
that Darley are involved but the original owners have the
benefit of being able to continue as well. It’s the sort of thing
that drives us all on and it shows that anything is possible.”
   The traditional powerhouse of Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle
yard has three of the 10 declared runners in Saturday’s race but
the market believes another colt from an up-and-coming yard,
Marco Botti’s Moohaajim, may be the biggest danger to the
favourite. Adam Kirby has ridden both colts this season and had
                                                                         Aidan O’Brien has suffered some significant reverses in
the choice for this race, deciding eventually to partner Botti’s
                                                                         recent weeks but the Middle Park Stakes may bring a happier
runner. Gérald Mossé, who has ridden Reckless Abandon in
                                                                         outcome. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
France, will take the ride again.
   “We have a very good association with Adam and have                   Outside Ireland nothing much has gone right for Aidan O’Brien
enjoyed numerous successes with him since he was a 7lb                   in the last few weeks, with Camelot twice meeting defeat and
claimer,” Cox says. “But I’m also very pleased to have Gérald            then being struck down with a serious illness, while the British
Mossé’s services. Adam has done what he feels comfortable                trainers’ championship also seems to have slipped from his
with and I’m extremely comfortable with the situation, too.”             grasp.
   There is much to occupy the minds of backers at Newmarket,                O’Brien has yet to train a two-year-old winner in Britain
which stages six Group races and the Cesarewitch, but some               this year but Cristoforo Colombo (2.20) could be the one to
thought will also be spared for news of Camelot, the Derby               extinguish that record in the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket
winner, who underwent exploratory surgery for colic on                   on Saturday. His third in the Coventry Stakes, behind Dawn
Thursday evening. Camelot, the winner of three Classics in all,          Approach and Olympic Glory, has repeatedly been franked since
was reported to be “doing great” in a brief bulletin from the            the race and, while he was a little flat when reappearing 11 days
Coolmore stud on Friday morning.                                         later at The Curragh, he would surely have returned to winning
                                                                         form in the Phoenix Stakes in August but for clipping heels
                                                                         when travelling powerfully and crashing out.
                                                                             Assuming he is none the worse for that hair-raising fall,
                                                                         Cristoforo Colombo must merit support here, especially as he
                                                                         appears to have been forgotten in the betting behind Reckless
                                                                         Abandon and Moohaajim. There is plenty of 11-2 on offer but
                                                                         each-way punters might want to bear in mind that Bet365 and
                                                                         Stan James are offering one-quarter the odds rather than one-
                                                                             Reckless Abandon’s chances would have been markedly

                                                                         improved had he not been drawn in stall two. Getting to the
                                                                         stands’ rail from that position is going to be extremely tough
                                                                         for Gérald Mossé and his mount has seemed to appreciate being
                                                                         able to race against a rail.
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Horse racing tips: Saturday 13 October                           Gloucester’s Andy Hazell facing ban
                                                                 after seeing red at Mont-de-Marsan
Irish raiders can land both Group One races
at Newmarket but the nap goes on French                          • Flanker cited for kneeing in Amlin
Hollow in York’s staying handicap                                Challenge Cup opener
Will Hayler                                                      • Club ask for opposition player to be
                                                                 sanctioned for eye-gouging
                                                                 Paul Rees

The exciting Fingal Bay can make a winning debut over fences
at Chepstow. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
Chepstow                                                         Andy Hazell of Gloucester said a Mont-de-Marsan player
                                                                 ‘tried to severely injure me and I reacted’. Photograph: David
  1.55 Far West 2.25 De La Bech 3.00 Fingal Bay 3.40 Lemon       Rogers/Getty Images
Drop Red (nb) 4.10 Carrigmorna King 4.45 Rangitoto 5.20 Regal
                                                                 The Gloucester flanker Andy Hazell faces a long ban after being
                                                                 sent off for kneeing in his side’s Amlin Challenge Cup opener
Hexham                                                           at Mont-de-Marsan on Thursday night but his club have asked
                                                                 for opposition players to join him at a disciplinary hearing for
   2.10 Rick 2.45 Bollin Dolly 3.20 Eyre Apparent 3.55 Spruzzo   alleged eye-gouging.
4.30 Farm Pixie 5.05 Sammy Spiderman 5.35 The Friary                 Hazell received a red card for the first time in his 12-year
Newmarket                                                        senior career after losing control in the second-half of a bad
                                                                 tempered match that Gloucester won 11-6. He will appear
   1.50 Fencing 2.20 Cristoforo Colombo 2.55 Dawn Approach       before a disciplinary panel next week and Gloucester were on
3.35 Martyr 4.05 Just The Judge 4.40 Montiridge 5.15 Grandeur    Friday going through a video of the match
                                                                 before asking the citing commissioner, John West, the former
                                                                 international referee, to investigate certain incidents.
                                                                     Clubs do not have the power to cite players themselves.
   5.45 Amethyst Dawn 6.15 Not Now Blondie 6.45 Douglas
                                                                 That power rests in citing commissioners who have 50 hours
Pasha 7.15 Cobbs Quay 7.45 Gravitational 8.15 Sennockian Storm
                                                                 after the end of a match to decide whether a player should be
8.45 Lulla 9.15 Cruachan
                                                                 hauled before a disciplinary panel. The period may be extended
York                                                             in exceptional circumstances, one of them being if not all the
                                                                 video footage is available within the time laid down.
  2.05 Kaldoun Kingdom 2.35 Chapter Seven 3.10 Odooj 3.45            “Never had a red in 12 years, extremely embarrassed by my
Mirza 4.20 Gabrial’s Wawa 4.55 French Hollow (nap) 5.30 Kiwi     actions,” said Hazell on Twitter. “It was the third time someone
Bay                                                              tried to severely injure me and I reacted. In a way I wish I could
                                                                 take it back but when you are in that situation you do not know

                                                                 how you are going to react.”
                                                                     Gloucester took pictures after the match of Hazell’s eyes,
                                                                 which were reportedly red and inflamed, to use as evidence if
                                                                 the alleged incidents were not caught on camera.
  Follow the ups and downs of the housing                            Nigel Davies, the Gloucester director of rugby, said: “We’ll
                                                                 speak to the citing commissioner and there will be something
                                                                 done there. We can’t condone what was done, from a Gloucester
  and get details of the latest mortgage                         view, but that was a reaction to what went on before.
  deals in our Property section.                                     “We’ll take our punishment but I think they need to take                                           theirs too. We’ll look at the video and from what I’ve seen
                                                                 already I’m sure we will make a complaint. The doctor’s had a
                                                                 look at Andy’s eye, it was severely sore and very red. We took © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                        
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some pictures because that provided damning evidence in its
own right.
    “Andy’s disappointed with himself but I think there were
three incidents before that with the same player and he’s caught
him off the ball again and unfortunately Andy snapped.”
    Sale are holding talks with the former New Zealand coach
John Mitchell as they look to overcome a poor start to the
season that has left them bottom of the Premiership with one
point from their opening six matches.
    Mitchell, who was at Sale in the 1990s before joining the
England management team, is currently with the Lions in
South Africa. They have lost their place in the Super 15 and he
has been part of a disciplinary inquiry after complaints from
    “The negotiations with John have gone well,” said the
Sale chief executive, Steve Diamond. “I hope he will do some
consultancy work for us in the short term and then make it
long term. He brings with him a wealth of experience and a rod
of iron that rugby teams need. You need a bit of steel running
through your body when you go out to win games.
    “It’s not an ‘old school’ mentality; you just have to put your
bodies on the line and on one or two occasions we haven’t done
that and one or two occasions we haven’t applied what we’ve
learned in the week. As a combination I feel John is the man to
come in and work with Bryan Redpath [Sale’s director of rugby]
and bring that back to the fold – Bryan has been around long
enough to know that it is not a one-man job.”
    The England hooker Dylan Hartley returns to lead
Northampton against Glasgow in Sunday’s Heineken Cup
group match at Franklin’s Gardens after missing last week’s
Premiership match at London Irish with an eye injury. Gavin
Henson continues his comeback with London Welsh in the
Amlin Challenge Cup encounter with Stade Français at the
Kassam Stadium on Saturday. © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                 

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