Some key headlines from the world of football on a quiet weekend for sport with the bad weather:
- Clubs want African players back: Hull boss Phil Brown leads calls for Premier League players at the Africa Cup of Nations to return to the UK after the Togo team bus came under gunfire in Angola.
- Cold comfort – Arsenal pay costs of Bolton fans who travelled to London for postponed match: Arsenal will pay the travel costs of Bolton fans who made the trip to London for Wednesday’s postponed Premier League game at the Emirates Stadium.
- Pompey fail to meet wage promise: Premier League bottom club Portsmouth have again failed to meet a promise to pay players their December wages.
- Vieira completes Man City switch: Manchester City complete the signing of Inter Milan’s France midfielder Patrick Vieira, who has signed a six-month contract with the option of a further year.
- Coyle takes over as Bolton boss: Bolton complete the appointment of Owen Coyle as manager on a two-and-a-half year deal after agreeing compensation with Burnley.
- ‘Shocking’ display stuns Ferguson: Sir Alex Ferguson criticises his players as Manchester United are dumped out of the FA Cup by League One side Leeds.
- Liverpool ground start ‘in April’: Work on Liverpool’s new stadium in Stanley Park could begin as early as April 2010, the leader of Liverpool City Council tells the BBC.
- Chelsea ‘virtually debt-free’: Chelsea Football Club says it is now “virtually debt-free” after turning most of its liabilities into equity.