Hearts agree HMRC settlement
South Africa coach Gordon Igesund has failed to persuade Everton
midfielder Steven Pienaar to change his mind about retiring from
Pienaar made a shock decision in October to quit playing for
Bafana Bafana, just three months before the Africa Cup of Nations,
and the national team has been rocked by the loss of its captain
The 30-year-old admitted he was struggling to cope with the
physical demands of combining his club career with international
fixtures and Igesund was unable to convince Pienaar to make a
Igesund, who met with Pienaar in England last month, said he is
“totally retired from international football” and will “get on with
his life at his club.”
Pienaar, who is having his second spell at Goodison Park, has
been a key player for the Toffees this season as they have made a
strong start to the Premier League campaign.
South Africa will prepare for the tournament with friendlies
against Malawi, Norway and Algeria before their opening match
against debutant Cape Verde on 19 January.
The Robins dominated the early chances at Whaddon Road with
Steve Elliott and Kaid Mohamed going close before Shaun Harrad
flicked home a low Jermaine McGlashan cross for the 16th-minute
Jake Taylor glanced a header wide for Cheltenham but Hereford
levelled with their first attack of the game on 20 minutes. Josh
O’Keefe blasted home from 10 yards after his initial header had
been palmed away by Robins keeper Scott Brown.
Mohamed was twice denied by Bulls keeper James Bittner after the
break while Will Evans went close to snatching victory for the
“We didn’t deserve to lose but didn’t do enough to win the
game,” Robins boss Yates admitted.
“I thought we started really well. We moved it quickly and we
moved it with a purpose but once they scored we didn’t do it
enough. They sat deep and made it difficult for us.
“In the second half, we didn’t really play with enough quality,
enough tempo or pace to our game to create enough chances. We
weren’t as good as we wanted to be but we were the team doing all
“We were trying to make things happen. They worked really hard
and all credit to them for that.
“No-one in our dressing room thought it was going to be easy but
it’s disappointing because we didn’t apply ourselves. They played
well but we can play better and we need to do that in the
“We are a disappointed dressing room and they are doing a lap of
honour but we are still in it.”
Carroll, who is currently on a season-long loan at West Ham from
Liverpool and facing an eight-week lay-off due to a knee injury,
was with team-mates in Dublin for a weekend Christmas party after
the Hammers beat Chelsea 3-1 on Saturday.
The 23-year-old denies any wrongdoing.
A spokesman for the Garda press office in Dublin said officers
received a report of an incident at 2.30am on Monday.
A press photographer claimed he had been assaulted in the
capital’s main shopping district, Grafton Street.
Officers at the city’s Pearse Street station are investigating
It is understood members of the West Ham football team were
spoken to by gardai following reports of an assault.
No arrests were made, the Garda spokesman said.
Sunderland have claimed just two wins in 22 Premier League games
and Sunday’s 2-1 loss at Norwich leaves them just one point above
the bottom three.
Gardner, who scored at Carrow Road, admits the team have spoken
in length about the reasons for Sunderland’s slide towards a
But the midfielder knows the Black Cats must put their words
into action before their plight worsens.
He said: “We can’t afford to keep talking after games about what
we have to do.
“We have to start going out there and doing it. There’s no
excuses for us anymore. We can’t just keep saying things will be
fine – we have to make them fine.
“We know we can do it, our second-half performance against
Norwich showed that. We know if we play like that, then we’ll start
Gardner hopes the side can start their revival with a win over
Chelsea at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
“We are desperate for a win. We need to start pushing on,” he
“Chelsea will be tough but if we can take that second-half
performance into Saturday’s game, we can win.
“We’re slowly starting to find our form. The problem is we need
to find it quickly.”
The ?1.75million dispute was revealed in the share issue
brochure as Hearts launched a scheme to raise ?1.79m at the end of
Now Hearts have come to an agreement to pay ?1.5m over a
The deal is separate to the settlement of a ?450,000 bill on
Monday which staved off the threat of a winding-up order.