Newcastle, Anzhi and Lazio advance to last 32 of Europa League, while Liverpool and Spurs have to wait

In football action, 

Liverpool and Swiss club Young Boys played out a 2-2 draw in the Europa league this morning. 

With the draw, both clubs remain in joint 2nd place on 7 points each in Group A. 

Liverpool have to avoid defeat in Udinese in a fortnight to have a chance of advancing into the last 32. 

But group leaders Anzhi did go through to the next round, after beating Udinese 2-0 at home. 


Lazio's goalless draw with Tottenham in Group J was enough to send the Italians through. 

But the 2nd place remains far from certain after a Victor Vitolo penalty gave Pana-thi-naikos a 1-0 win over Maribor. 

The result means Spurs and Panathinaikos will effectively play off for 2nd position at White Hart Lane next month, with anything other than a defeat good enough for the Londoners. 

And over in Group D, Newcastle are through to the next round after today's 1-1 draw with Maritimo. 

The Magpies with 9 points are 2nd on the group while Bordeaux lead by a single point and also advanced after defeating Club Bruge 2-1. 

And over in Group H, Jose Rondon scored twice in the last 3 minutes as Rubin Kazan booked top spot with a 3-nil win over Inter Milan.

Still on football, 

England's Football Association has cleared referee Mark Clattenburg of using "inappropriate language" towards Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel. 

The Blues had claimed Clattenburg directed racial language at Mikel in last month's home defeat by Manchester United. 

But following an investigation which included statements from the other refereeing officials of the match and fellow Chelsea players, the F-A said there was no case for Clattenburg 
to answer. 

The 37 year old, has always maintained his innocence and the Metropolitan Police dropped its own inquiry earlier this month. 

He missed 4 weekends of Premier League matches while the F-A investigated Chelsea's complaint. 

The Association thou did charge Mikel for misconduct. 

The Nigerian is alleged to have acted in a threatening manner around the match officials' changing room at the end of the game, and he also used abusive language. 

Chelsea said that while Mikel "did not deny" the charge against him, he would request a personal hearing to explain the "mitigating circumstances" involved. 

In related news, 

Top level English officials will now have their match day communicationsrecordedin the wake of the Clattenburg case.

With Clattenburg being cleared by the F-A of racial abuse, referee chiefs are looking to avoid a repeat of the incident. 

Premier League match officials, including referees, linesmen and the 4th official, are currently all connected through headsets and microphones to help them communicate above 
the stadium noise. 

But conversations had previously not been recorded.