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Quotes of the Week: Roy will take it as a joke

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It was The Sun wot run it

"We are delighted at the media response to Roy's appointment but are disappointed with the headline in The Sun, which we consider is in poor taste and disrespectful." - FA chairman David Bernstein reveals the FA has rebuked The Sun over a front page headline mocking new England manager Roy Hodgson's speech which read "Bwing on the Euwos! (We'll see you in Ukwaine against Fwance)". Both the FA and the Press Complaints Commission received many complaints.

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"I can see it's a joke, everyone can see it's a joke. Life's too short. The world is bankrupt and we're worrying about The Sun doing what they do... who really cares? Is anyone really upset? No. I don't think there's anything wrong with it, and I'm sure Roy is big enough to take care of himself. It hasn't ever bothered me. I'm used to it. And I'm sure it doesn't bother Roy. Also, he is an incredibly well-read, intelligent man. He will take it as a joke. Everyone knows The Sun has a cheeky sense of humour." - The Sun wheel out Jonathan Ross to defend their front page.

"End of story, move on. Get behind the manager, forget me. I am not bothered. I am lucky, I have got a great job. There are blokes about cleverer than me managing lower division clubs. I am lucky I am managing a top-five club, one of the best clubs in the country. I didn't wake up on Monday morning and think, 'What has happened to my life? I'm not the England manager'." — Harry Redknapp, earmarked by most of the media as the firm favourite for the England job, wishes Hodgson all the best.

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WADA mess

"No doubt for athletes, for coaches and administrators and others in international sport who want to see greater progress in the fight against doping, this will be seen as a hollow victory for WADA." — British Olympic Association chairman Colin Moynihan after the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejects an appeal against a World Anti-Doping Agency ruling that they cannot ban first-time drug offenders for life from the Olympics, meaning British athletes such as Dwain Chambers can now compete for a place at London 2012.

"It's not like Dwain (Chambers) is the only person who is going to come back from a drug offence to run at the Olympics, many athletes are in the similar position. So I don't see the big deal because pretty much the Olympic Games will be in London and Dwain is the best chance that the UK has of competing in the 100 metres, which is going to be the highlight of the Olympic Games." - Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell is happy to compete against Chambers.

"Dwain is in the top tier of sprinters in our country. There is no doubt that he will be at the Olympics. Fans are used to him being in the team so already he has been accepted and it has no relevance to the other athletes." — Britain's former 110m hurdles world champion Colin Jackson also believes that Chambers's involvement will not be a big deal.

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Best of the rest

"I would prefer my daughter to be pregnant than for us to get relegated." — Real Betis coach Pepe Mel's unusual rallying cry to his players. Betis are now mathematically safe. There is no news on his daughter's condition.

"I had a swollen ligament 10 days before and was told to ice it and rest it. Then on race day I set off and got a mile in when my ankle started getting painful, and as I got further round it became very painful. When the doctor showed me the X-ray I couldn't believe it. They couldn't quite believe it either." - Darren Oliver from Stratford-upon-Avon reveals that he only discovered he had completed the last 25 miles of the London Marathon with a broken leg when he went to the doctors complaining of pain above his ankle a few days later.

"His first ever bike was a girl's bike, handed over by a neighbour. I don't think he realised it was a girl's bike at the time. He managed to break that very quickly." — Carol Hoy reveals the humble beginnings to her son Chris's cycling career, which has so far seen him win four Olympic gold medals for Great Britain.

"There was no consultation, no one knocked on the door. You just wake up one morning, there's a leaflet telling you they are going to put missiles on the roof. I can't imagine the circumstances that would require you to fire missiles over a highly populated area." — Brian Whelan, a resident in an East London apartment block, tells of how he discovered the British military was installing a missile battery on top of his building to defend the 2012 Games this summer.

"I don't have to brag. I don't have to boast. I am outgoing and outspoken. I have a lot of personality. That's just me." — Floyd Mayweather speaks ahead of his world title fight with Miguel Cotto, after which he will begin his 90-day prison sentence for domestic violence, battery and harassment.

"What do you want to know lads? Top of the league. Well done City. I love (Mancini), he's so cool, he's almost as cool as me. Viva La Belgium!" — Former Oasis frontman and celebrity Manchester City fan Liam Gallagher gives an impromptu press conference after his team beat Manchester United, before swanning off with his arm around City captain and match-winner Vincent Kompany. Top, sorted, madferit etc.

"Just watched Joey Barton Newsnight interview. Poorly prepared, nothing to say & out of his depth. But enough of Paxman. Barton was good." -Former Deputy PM John Prescott has a dig at his old verbal sparring partner on Twitter.

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