SPORTING AGENDA: Brighton duo Shane Duffy and Robert Sanchez row at half-time in Burnley loss

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The row on the pitch between Brighton pair Shane Duffy and Robert Sanchez after a first-half confusion on Saturday continued in the tunnel at half-time.

The Irish defender shoved the Spanish keeper in the chest in front of shocked fans.

With tempers still hot and their team 2-0 up against Burnley, the pair exchanged words in the tunnel and, after some jostling, had to be separated, with damage to a wall.

Before the second half, the team-mates reconciled and embraced each other, but Brighton still lost 3-0.

Brighton’s Shane Duffy and Robert Sanchez continued their argument inside the tunnel at half-time

WOODWARD IS LIVING THE HIGH LIFE AFTER LEAVING UNITED

Ed Woodward wasted no time in making the most of his nightmare at Manchester United.

Since stepping down as executive vice president earlier this month, Woodward has embarked on a wine-tasting trip to Cape Town with friend and neighbor Gary Lineker, made a whirlwind visit to his own vineyard in northern Portugal and enjoyed a family ski holiday in France.

Ed Woodward has been on a wine tasting trip and holiday since leaving Man United

Ed Woodward has been on a wine tasting trip and holiday since leaving Man United

SCHOOLS FOR THE SUMMER

The MCC is adamant that its controversial decision to hold the annual Eton v Harrow match at Lord’s after more than 200 years was taken to give others the opportunity to play cricket.

Still, some have questioned whether rowdy behavior in recent matches played a role.

Last year’s match, when spectators were sent off, saw such unedifying scenes that an official was forced to apologize to MCC chief executive Guy Lavender.

Mortified insiders from both schools blamed the disgraceful conduct on “young old boys”, who recently left the school.

MCC face a backlash after the move, which will also see the Oxford-Cambridge clash removed from this summer’s fixture list.

Eton v Harrow is the oldest clash on the site and some believe MCC are bludgeoning tradition to be seen as doing the right thing.

Ahead of last year’s Varsity match, a protest by a group called Stump Out Sexism, calling on the MCC to cancel the match until they agree to play a female version, was held outside Grace Gates.

CARRICK LAUNCHES A FARM RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT

It’s not just Ed Woodward who is making the most of his exit from Old Trafford.

Michael Carrick, who ended a long association with United after a brief stint as caretaker manager following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is busy with a rebuilding project on his 1.4million country stack pound sterling.

The 40-year-old bought the 17th century farm two years ago, with two barns, a stable and an enclosure.

Now he wants to add a tennis court to the six-acre plot while converting the barns into a five-bedroom house, turning the garage into a garden room and adding a new riding area.

Michael Carrick is busy with a rebuilding project on his £1.4million country farm

Michael Carrick is busy with a rebuilding project on his £1.4million country farm

SOUTHGATE AXES SUPER BOWL TRIP

Gareth Southgate has a reputation for making the right choices and seems to have done so again.

The England manager was expected to combine a trip to a sports leadership conference with the Super Bowl in Los Angeles.

However, when the summit was cancelled, he decided to cancel the visit, fearing it had been a bad image.

TALKSPORT TO LAND RIGHTS FOR FURY FIGHT

TalkSPORT is set to secure the rights to Tyson Fury’s upcoming Battle of Britain fight with Dillian Whyte.

The broadcaster picked up a nice double on Saturday with exclusive rights to Spurs’ shock 3-2 Premier League win at Manchester City, followed by the explosive grudge match between Kell Brook and Amir Khan on the way to the Etihad Stadium, won by Brook with a sixth-round stoppage.

If they clinch the heavyweight fight, it will spell another blow for the BBC which may well watch with envy at the numbers and subscribers its rival picks up, with Radio 5 Live unable to match the 24-hour coverage of talkSPORT.

BOA AGER AT TIMING ON BOMBSHELL DOPING

There is anger at the British Olympic Association over the timing of the publication by the Court of Arbitration for Sport of CJ Ujah’s doping results last Friday.

Having had months to announce the sprinter’s results, some believe the CAS waited for the winter version of the Games before dropping the bombshell.

To make matters worse, the announcement came just minutes after the British women’s curling team won their semi-final, depriving them of deserved cover for their achievements, although they made up for it by winning the golden sunday.

There's anger at the BOA over the timing of the release of CJ Ujah's bombshell doping results

There’s anger at the BOA over the timing of the release of CJ Ujah’s bombshell doping results

TEAM GB ESCAPE COVID CASE IN BEIJING

Perhaps Team GB’s greatest success, just like in Tokyo, is that they will arrive home without having had a single case of Covid in their 160-person delegation.

Team GB would be the only national Olympic body to have recorded no Covid cases in Tokyo or Beijing.

With no close contact cases in Beijing either, team doctors played their part in ensuring the Games went smoothly off the pitch. The team will have carried out more than 3,500 Covid tests during the 17-day event.

CHERNYSHENKO’S HYPOCRITIC COMMENTS

It’s interesting to see Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko hit back at Thomas Bach after the IOC President slammed the team for not comforting teenage skater Kamila Valieva after her poor performance last week.

Bach said it was “chilling” to see the “cold” way the 15-year-old – weighed down by a doping scandal – was treated by her unimpressed coach after a misguided performance.

Chernyshenko said Bach had “his own fictional narrative about the feelings of our athletes.” It was the same Chernyshenko who was chief executive of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, which saw doping and cheating institutionalized by Russians on a scale never seen before.

Observers also noted Chernyshenko’s presence alongside Vladimir Putin at the president’s pre-Games meeting with Chinese President Xi. Did the two men assure the hosts that they would respect the Olympic truce and not invade Ukraine before yesterday’s closing ceremony?

Thomas Bach said it was

Thomas Bach said it was ‘chilling’ to see the ‘cold’ way Kamila Valieva of the ROC was treated

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