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Quotes of the week: ‘If Mario commits a bad foul, Mario has to be punished’

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"I'm sorry, particularly for my team-mates, who I have abandoned. I've created a mess and it was not necessary. I should not have said certain things, but there is one thing that I don't get: if Mario commits a bad foul, Mario has to be punished, and if somebody else commits a bad foul on Mario, then he should also be punished." - Mario Balotelli issues an apology after being hit with a two-game ban for criticising match officials after the 2-1 home loss to Napoli.

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“They say it’s hard to motivate yourself once you’ve made it and you’re making money. I'm going to introduce you to my fool proof plan. It's a plan where I go out and spend every single cent I have in my bank. I take it all out and blow it all on clothes, cars and nice food. I'm going to spend it until I'm broke. Then when I'm broke as f**k, I'm hungry again. You're not going to catch me slacking off.” - Irish UFC star Conor McGregor outlines his plans.

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"We are messing with an excuse maker and somebody who doesn't really want this fight in my opinion, so I am not going to hold my breath for him taking this fight. I'm not going to stake my life on him getting in the ring on February 8. What's to say he's not going to get another cut or hurt his shoulder or arm or elbow, chip his tooth or hurt his ear."- Tyson Fury says he will only agree to a rearranged fight with David Haye in February if his British rival accepts full liability in writing should the bout be put off for a second time.

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"We had a great personal and professional relationship before that we don’t have now. I don’t think we need explanations on personal relationships and friendship. But our relationship broke down. I think we have mutual respect for one another and what we went through cannot just disappear. But it’s not like it was before.”- Andre Villas-Boas explains the breakdown of the relationship between himself and Jose Mourinho.

"I would not describe it because I am not a kid, discussing relationships. I don't discuss this with the media. It's a personal thing. I don't care what he says. I'm not here to do that. I'm not interested - Jose Mourinho reacts to Villas-Boas's comments.
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"I don't think we are going to be a Sugar Ray Leonard, I think we are going to be more of a Muhammad Ali against Joe Frasier." - Ian Holloway wants Crystal Palace to pack a punch against Southampton.
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"I had a number of chances to win some tournaments. I won five, which is, I think, a pretty good year." - Tiger Woods is content after being named the PGA Tour's player of the year.

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"I would love to be here forever because that would make me immortal! I love this club." - Arsene Wenger displays his appreciation for Arsenal.
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"I tried walking in the trees, so nobody could see me!" - Cardiff Blues manager Phil Davies reflects on a shock defeat to Zebre.

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"That was enforced in our household that nothing good happens after midnight." Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh reacts after Jacoby Jones is hit over the head by a stripper brandishing a champagne bottle.

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"Did I win?" - Andy Murray mutters his first words after a back operation.

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"I thought during the last 20 minutes we played some good stuff." - Wayne Rooney tries to put a positive spin on being 4-0 down to Manchester City. He scored in the final 20 to make it 4-1.

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"It was frustrating when he scored - I'd been talking to Chelsea all summer and was told no, no, no.." Sam Allardyce reveals his frustration after on-loan Everton striker Romelu Lukaku nets the winner against West Ham. Big Sam failed to strike up a similar deal with Chelsea for the player.

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"Sometimes you are unlucky. Sometimes you get what you deserve. And sometimes you just get a kick in the nuts." - Northampton's Christian Day reacts to the defeat by Premier rivals Gloucester.

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