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Murray recalls Lendl; Euro 2016 threats

murray beats GasquetAndy Murray has brought Ivan Lendl back into his coaching team in the hope that he can help bring further Grand Slam success.

During the two years under Lendl the 29-year-old Scot won the US Open, Wimbledon and Olympic Gold.

Murray has been without a coach since parting company with former France number one Amelie Mauresmo last month.

In a statement, he said: “Ivan’s single-minded and knows what it takes to win the big events.

“I had two very successful years working with him. I’m looking forward to Ivan joining the team again and helping me try and reach my goals.”

Czech-born Lendl is a former world number one and eight-time Grand Slam champion and is based in the US where he has spent the last two years working for the United States Tennis Association.

He will assist former British player Jamie Delgado as part of Murray’s team which is preparing for the opening of the Aegon Championships at Queens tomorrow.

Lendl said: “I enjoyed working with Andy in the past. Andy and I have always stayed in contact so it should be fun to be part of his team again.”

When they split in March 2014, Murray admitted he was “gutted” but Lendl was struggling to devote the time Murray required because of his other commitments including the seniors’ tour.

World number two Murray will be hoping to add to his four titles at Queens after a short break to prepare for the grass court season. He begin his campaign against Frenchman Nicolas Mahut.

He has shown improved form on clay, beating Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic in the Rome final, but losing in Madrid and Paris. He was also defeated by Djokovic at the Australian Open.

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Football: Uefa has threatened to throw England and Russia out of the Euro 2016 if there is any further violence by their supporters.

Fans clashed in ugly scenes in Marseille before the two teams met on Saturday evening and Uefa has begun disciplinary proceedings against Russia after a section of supporters rushed at England fans in the stadium.

One England spectator at the match claimed some Russian fans clearly came prepared for trouble and were wearing gum shields and martial arts gloves.

The UK government said it had offered to send extra British police to France ahead of England’s next match against Wales in Lens on Thursday.

Reports that Russians set off flares and were able to cross barriers has raised questions over policing in view of the high level of security surrounding the tournament following terrorists attacks in France.

European football’s governing body said the potential disqualification of teams from the tournament was among the sanctions it could impose.

Russia’s sports minister Vitaly Mutko backed Uefa’s action and French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said alcohol restrictions near sensitive venues would be extended, with sales bans on match days and the eve of match days.

Six Britons remain in hospital and several more have received treatment.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn said a letter from Uefa about fans’ behaviour, was being treated with the “utmost seriousness”.

“We understand the potential implications of our supporters’ actions and wholly accept that every effort needs to be made by the FA to positively urge them to act in a responsible and respectful way,” he said in a statement.

“Violent scenes like those witnessed over the weekend in Marseille have no place in football, nor society as a whole.”

The match ended in a 1-1 draw. Northern Ireland lost their opening match to Poland 1-0. Germany were 2-0 victors over Ukraine. On Saturday, Wales defeated Slovakia 1-0, while France won Friday’s opener against Romania 2-1.

Daily Business Comment: Threats of disqualification may sound like tough talk but could prove counter-productive.

Trouble makers will be encouraged to target those facing such a threat in order to get them thrown out of the competition. 

Furthermore, Uefa will be shooting itself in the foot. It would be damaging to the tournament to disqualify England, one of the favourites. Disqualifying Russia would have implications for the 2018 World Cup, which it is hosting. Let’s not overlook the fact that French fans were said to be among the hooligans.

Disqualification also punishes the innocent fans as well as the players who would be denied opportunities that cannot be repeated.

Punishment must be aimed only at the guilty. That means identifying the perpetrators and taking action to stop repeat behaviour by better segregation outside and inside stadiums, banning alcohol, a tougher response from the security services, and appropriate penalties.

 



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