Short Soccer, February 2, 2013

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 February, 2013, 4:01am

Rangers up for cup despite fan boycott

Rangers defender Ross Perry insists a fan boycott of their Scottish Cup fifth-round tie against Dundee United won't distract the players from their task in hand. The fallen Glasgow giants will have a point to prove as they take on their former Scottish Premier League rivals for a place in the quarter-finals at Tannadice today. But the Ibrox club refused to accept any tickets for the tie when it became apparent fans were keen to boycott the game. This was due to United's opposition to keeping Ally McCoist's side in the SPL last summer when the club was transferred to a new company - a decision that ultimately led to Rangers starting this season in the Third Division. "It'll certainly be unusual for us not to have any fans up there," Perry said. "We just need to get on with the game." AFP


Odemwingie blasted over transfer farce

West Bromwich Albion have criticised their striker Peter Odemwingie for driving to Queens Park Rangers on transfer deadline day in a vain bid to join the London club. The Nigeria striker was pictured on television sitting outside QPR's Loftus Road stadium in his car, apparently in the belief that West Brom had agreed to sell him to their Premier League rivals. West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace said: "Peter has acted wholly unprofessionally." AFP


Hazard ban remains at three matches

Eden Hazard's ban for kicking a ball boy during Chelsea's League Cup semi-final against Swansea will remain at three matches after the Football Association decided against fresh disciplinary action. An FA statement said: "Following a hearing earlier today, an independent regulatory commission was of the opinion the existing three-match sanction for this offence was sufficient." AFP


Brazilian Willian set for megabucks Anzhi

Big-spending Russian outfit Anzhi have lured Brazilian midfielder Willian from Shakhtar Donetsk in a reported €35 million (HK$368 million) transfer deal, the Sport Express daily reported yesterday. If confirmed, the transfer would be the third biggest in the history of the Russian league after Zenit St Petersburg last year signed Brazilian forward Hulk for €60 million and Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel for €40 million. The report said that the 24-year-old Willian has already arrived in Russia to sign a four-year deal with the club from the capital of Dagestan if he passes a medical. AFP