World of Sport

‘You don’t know who I am, do you?’ – Quotes of the week

'Heather Mills accused of 'physical harassment' after missing out on Olympics'

"I was trying to explain to (Mills) that this is not the equipment we approved earlier in the year and then that was it, she exploded. She jumped on me. She grabbed me from the back and she started to say that 'you don't know who I am, I will make your life miserable'." - Sylvana Mestre's account of Heather Mills allegedly attacking her.

"It was harassment. It was absolutely disgraceful behaviour (by Mills)." - IPC spokesperson Craig Spence, who referred to Mills's "verbal abuse" and "physical harassment".

"Heather waited patiently (as IPC confirmed) to try and explain to Sylvana Mestre that her left boot was legal and purely cosmetic to abide by the archaic IPC rules. Sylvana shouted at Heather, would not let Tony [the GB coach] speak or explain, and stormed back to the boardroom raised table." - A representative for Mills said in response to the claims.

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'Swann apologises for 'appalling' rape comment'

"Rather have been there than being arse raped in Perth!" - England spinner Graeme Swann said in the Facebook post, responding to Alec's statement that he had been to see the band Shed Seven in concert.

"We are appalled that Graeme Swann equates a cricket match with the devastatingly serious crime of rape. It is the duty of a people in the public eye to make sure that their own distorted views are kept to themselves and not shared with the general public. These comments lack compassion and intelligence and he should apologise to anyone who has suffered from this heinous crime." - Yvonne Traynor, the chief executive of Rape Crisis.

"Graeme Swann should be sacked. No doubt about that. You can't keep playing Swann, his wickets are costing 90. All the right-handers have got the wood over him. You've got to give Monty (Panesar) a go." - England legend Bob Willis sticks the knife in further.

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"I was in heaven afterwards. I felt like a king, I really think Ricky saved my life that night. It was the fact that someone that well known had bothered to talk to me. He made me feel like someone cared. I think it’s amazing that he makes the effort to talk to random people on the streets, it’s like he hasn’t forgotten his roots." - Richard Burns-Wallace was homeless when he says Ricky Hatton 'saved his life'.

"Just spun at full speed 320km/h on Bahrain straight cause my tyre blew up without warning. Thanks to that need to get some toilet paper now." - Nico Rosberg's potty mouth after he escaped from a high-speed tyre blowout in Bahrain.

"I think Lewis lost the plot a little bit because he went too showbiz. His entry into Formula 1 was fantastic and his talent was amazing. Then he wanted to be a movie star or a rapper or something else. People want their sports stars to be 100% committed to being sports stars. I think he is coming back from that now and it would be nice if he could challenge Vettel." - Eddie Irvine gives his assessment of Lewis Hamilton's career trajectory.

"I am many things: a son, a brother, and uncle, a friend, an athlete, a cook, an author, and being gay is just one part of who I am. First and foremost I am an American athlete and I am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness and tolerance." - American Olympic figure skating champion Brian Boitano said he is gay after being named to the official United States delegation to the Sochi Winter Games.

"I find it astonishing, what he's had to go through. He's going to go on and become a big manager at a top club and I find it astonishing there's talk about him leaving there, absolutely astonishing. My only conclusion when I look from the outside is you've got a business guy operating the club who obviously knows nothing about football." - Brendan Rodgers gives his support to Cardiff boss Malky Mackay in his battle with owner Vincent Tan.

"If you're older and you're good enough to play at this level, then you should be picked. If you nick off all your old blokes, who are the younger ones going to learn from?" - Australia bowler Ryan Harris responds to calls for a 'freshening up' of the side's ranks.

"If we're going to be honest, then just say, 'We had to go after him. He tested positive for being the biggest a**h*** in the world.' Fair. I can live with that." - Lance Armstrong believes he has been 'singled out' again.

"Never have I ever had the slightest thought about possibly fixing a game. If something was proven I would be willing to go out into the street and, I know this is a strong thing to say, I would kill myself. Anyone who knows me knows that I can't stand to lose even a practice game, not even a game of cards with my friends. I'm angry and offended. I want to clear everything up so I don't have a stain on my career. I have never gambled in my life." - Gennaro Gattuso responds very strongly to match-fixing allegations.