Football

Lunchtime report: January 28

Interim manager Rafa Benitez has dropped his biggest hint yet that he would like to take the Chelsea job on a permanent basis. (Sky Sports)

The Spaniard's appointment until the end of the season was deeply unpopular with large sections of the club's fans, but he remains keen to make his mark at Stamford Bridge, insisting the squad is moving in the right direction.

Arsenal's FA Cup win over Brighton was overshadowed by a fight among Gunners supporters, after a fan unfurled a banner calling for Arsene Wenger to leave the club. (Daily Mail)

The anti-Wenger protest - which occurred around the 80-minute mark - sparked fury among fans of the Frenchman, and saw a number of punches thrown between visiting supporters.

A ball-boy was taken off duty at Stoke for hurling a snowball at the driver of the Manchester City team bus. (Daily Mirror)

The teenager was banished to the stands after the incident shortly after the City squad arrived at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United defender Phil Jones has 'more in his locker' than Chelsea captain John Terry. (Sky Sports)

Jones joined United from Blackburn Rovers in 2011 and has shown his versatility by playing at centre-half, right-back and in a central midfield role for the Premier League leaders.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas admitted his side had paid the price for a poor first-half performance after they crashed out of the FA Cup following a 2-1 defeat to Leeds United. (Sky Sports)

Substitute striker Jermain Defoe pulled a goal back for Spurs at Elland Road, but it wasn't enough as the Premier League side were unable to find an equaliser.

And finally, Javier Mascherano hailed Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi's achievements as 'out of this world' after the Argentina forward broke yet more records over the weekend. (Sky Sports)

Messi's four-goal salvo in Sunday's 5-1 win over Osasuna saw the 25-year-old become the youngest player to pass 200 goals in La Liga history, and added another record by scoring in 11 successive league matches.

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