LITESPORT Inbrief Ronaldo eyes Barca revenge CRISTIANO RONALDO is champing at the bit for a return to action, and wants to be back in time for El Clasico against Barcelona later this month. The worlds most expensive player has missed Reals last nine matches due to an ankle injury. Of course I want to be able to face Barca, this is one of the great games, said Ronaldo who tasted defeat against the Catalans in last seasons Champions League final. Nani denies Ferguson rift MANCHESTER UNITED winger Nani insists he has no problem with manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Remarks published in Thursdays Sun saw Nani describe Ferguson as a very complicated man who can go from complementing you to just plain trashing you in a matter of minutes. But Nani backtracked today, saying: You need to accept bad moments, I have no problem with the coach. Gers fans are told to behave RANGERS fans must take UEFAs latest punishment for crowd disorder as a last warning according to David Edgar, spokesman for the Rangers Supporters Trust. Ragers were slapped with an 18,000 fine by UEFAs control and disciplinary body following their Champions League match against Unirea Urziceni last week. Edgar said: There is no room for any more bad behaviour. This is a warning. Gordon slams Defoe challenge SUNDERLAND goalkeeper Craig Gordon has expressed his disappointment with Jermain Defoe over the challenge that left him with a fractured arm. Gordon was forced off midway through the second half of Sunderlands 2-0 defeat to Tottenham last Saturday. I thought at the time it was a poor challenge - and after looking at it again I havent changed my mind, Gordon said. Jermain might have done more to avoid the collision. FIFA will relax rules on agents FIFA are planning to withdraw from the governance of players agents, risking criticism throughout the footballing world. The plan has been circulated to the 208 national associations, and would see the world governing body step aside from overseeing the international market. A FIFA spokesman said: It is fair to recall that players agents are not licensed by FIFA, but by the national associations since 2001. London Lite Friday, 13 November 2009 57 ENGLAND World Cup hero Gordon Banks has offered words of encourage- ment to Carlo Cudicini following the Tottenham goalkeepers career-threat- ening motorbike crash. Cudicinibrokebothwristsandinjured his pelvis but Banks, who lost his right eye in a car crash in 1972 but went on to playinAmericastop-flight,isconfident the Italian can battle back. I have always admired Carlo and regard him as an excellent keeper, he told The Sun. My advice to him would be to take all the time he needs to get over the injuries and, hopefully, they will heal enough for him to play again. I played until I was 40 so theres still plenty of time for him. Being injured in amotoringaccidentisnotthebestthing in the world and Id like to wish him all the best. I hope he can pull through it. However, 71-year-old Banks was shocked to hear Cudicini, 36, had been riding a motorbike. He added: When I first started playing we had a little rule book and one of the thingsyoucouldnotdoasaprowasride a motorcycle. So that surprised me. Id have thought a highly-paid Premier League player would not be allowed to ride one. Banks waas driving home from a ses- sionwiththeStokeCityphysiotherapist when he lost control of his car and crashed into a ditch. He lost consciousness and when he came round in hospital he was told he had lost the sight in his right eye. The man most famous for that save against Pele in the 1970 World Cup, then moved into scouting and managed non- league Telford United before resuming his playing career in America. After being voted best goalkeeper in the NASL in 1977 following an ever- present season for Fort Lauderdale Strikers, he then moved to League of Ireland side St Patricks Athletic. But he only played for them once beforereturningtotheStrikersforwhat turned out to be his last season in 1978. Cudicinis accident leaves Spurs with just three fit goalkeepers and two of them have only threePremier League games between them. Heurelho Gomes remains first choice, but after that Harry Redknapp would have to choose between rookie Ben Alnwick and ex-West Ham keeper Jimmy Walker. Walker, 36, played three games for the Hammers in five years and has yet to play in the Spurs first team. Goalies union: England legend Gordon Banks, below left, blinded after a car accident in 1972, is optimistic about Carlo Cudicinis future following his motorbike crash yesterday, below BY GEOFF TEATHER Fergie ref row could go to court MANCHESTER UNITED manager Sir Alex Ferguson may face legal action for his outspoken attack on referee Alan Wiley. Ferguson was handed a four- match ban yesterday -- with two suspended -- but Alan Leighton, national secretary of referees union Prospect, said there was a possibility they could still sue Ferguson after he claimed the official just wasnt fit enough to take charge of Uniteds 2-2 draw with Sunderland. Leighton said: One of the things we are asking is whether these comments are defamatory. I intend to talk to Alan Wiley to see if he wants to sue over this issue. We never wanted to get lawyers involved but from our point of view, it is disappointing. The FA had a chance to make a point and they flunked it. Fergusons ban means he will miss matches at home to Everton and away at Portsmouth. His punishment also includes a further two-match ban, suspended until the end of the 2010-11 season, and a 20,000 fine. Gartsideisbattlingon butitsanOldFirmno BOLTON chairman Phil Gartsides proposals for Celtic and Rangers to join the Premier League may have been killed off but his calls for other changes to Englands top flight remain alive. Other suggestions put forward by Gartside -- a two-tier league and changing the distribution of TV money -- will now be fed into the leagues ongoing strategic review. The 20 club chairmen yesterday overwhelmingly rejected the Old Firm bid, with more than two-thirds voting against the proposal. Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said: The clubs voted to say we are not going to take this any further. We have made a clear and unequivocal statement. No means no -- Celtic and Rangers are not coming in. 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