LITESPORT London Lite Monday, 14 September 2009 47 WHATIDIDWRONGBREAKING NEWS... Serena hit by $10,000 fine SERENA WILLIAMS was today fined a maximum $10,500 by officials at the US Open for her outburst during her semi-final defeat by Kim Clijsters on Saturday. The American -- who plays in tonights doubles final -- was penalised for her tirade at a lineswoman who called her for a foot fault. The point penalty ended the match and Clijsters went on to win the womens singles. Officials said in a statement: The maximum permissible fine of $10,000 (6,000) has been levied. Ms Williams also will be fined $500 (300) for racket abuse. Courtside microphones picked up Serena telling the lineswoman: If I could, I would take this ball and shove it down your f***ing throat. Williams released a statement saying: I can see that while I dont agree with the unfair line call, in the heat of battle I let my passion get the better of me and, as a result, handled the situation poorly. JUST ANOTHER JUAN: PAGE 43 theDuffandtumbleofEurope DAMIEN DUFF insists Fulham will fully embrace their European campaign, despite manager Roy Hodsgon being more concerned with achieving Premier League safety. Duff has declared himself fit for Fulhams first group game in the Europa League at CSKA Sofia on Thursday despite a knee injury bringing a premature end to his man-of-the-match display in the 2-1 win over Everton yesterday. I was a bit nervous when it jarred but I dont think its a major problem, said Duff, whose stunning first goal for Fulham since his summer move south from Newcastle proved to be the winner. The threat of injuries to his small squad, plus the pressure of a long fixture list, does concern Hodgson. But Duff said: Were not planning on letting it become a major negative factor. Obviously the travelling can be hard at times but the group weve been drawn in gives us some nice games, which will give the whole place a lift. Hopefully we can carry that into our league programme. I think its exciting and when youre excited youre not thinking about burning out. BY JAMES GOLDMAN Hughes added on Citys official web- site this morning: Emmanuel sus- tained a tremendous amount of personal abuse from the kick-off but strongly maintains that there was no maliceintendedinthechallengeonVan Persie and apologised to him when he hugged him on leaving the field of play at the end of the game. There has been much discussion regarding the various incidents which is understandable. We expect high standards of behav- iour from our players. It is easy, when the adrenalin has died down, to talk aboutwhatplayersshouldandshouldnt do in these situations. But we know the FA will be review- ing the matter. The FAs disciplinary panel must act by tomorrow night. They have the powertotakeadditionalactionoverthe goal celebration, while Clattenburgs failure to act on the Van Persie incident leaves the way free for an immediate charge -- which would place a question mark over Adebayors availability for Sundays Manchester derby at United. What Ade did wrong: Adebayor celebrates in front of the Arsenal fans after running the length of the pitch with Kolo Toure, left, in pursuit; Cesc Fabregas feels the full weight of his presence -- on his right ankle, above right, and Van Persie takes a boot in the face, right Gloss is gone for Green as Hammers crash again ROBERT Green admits West Hams poor display at Wigan ended his post- World Cup qualification high. The Hammers keeper (left) was in fine form for his country during last weeks 5-1 demolition of Croatia to seal Englands spot at next years World Cup finals in South Africa. But he could not keep out Wigan at the DW Stadium as a Hugo Rodallegas finish in the second-half sank Gianfranco Zolas side. Green, who produced a superb save from Jason Koumas just seconds before Rodallega followed up, was disappointed afterwards. He said: The result does put a dampener on it because what you do with your club reflects on what you do internationally. Wednesday was undoubtedly one of the highlights of my career. You want to take the guys here on to another level from the experiences youve had with England and we didnt do that. No net gains for Wright ENGLAND all-rounder Luke Wright is an injury doubt for the fifth one-day international against Australia tomorrow. The Sussex player was struck on the toe while batting against a bowling machine at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough and had to receive stitches. The 24-year-old, who has failed to find any semblance of his best form in the Nat-West series, will be assessed ahead of the game at Trent Bridge where England will be hoping for a change in fortunes after slipping to an irreversible 4-0 deficit with three games to go. LIVING WITHOUT KP AND FRED: PAGE 44 index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html