Who Ate All the Pies Archives for January 2016

‘They’re Prehistoric Comments’ – Crystal Palace Boss Alan Pardew Hits Back At Sam Allardyce Over ‘On The Pop’ Slur

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Fresh from seeing his side go down 2-0 to relegation-threatened Newcastle United on Saturday, Eagles' boss Alan Pardew hit back over remarks made by Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce, who had claimed Crystal Palace wouldn't be "mentally ready" to face the Magpies after their FA Cup semi-final victory against Watford.

Let’s All Do The Conga: Freiburg Players Celebrate Promotion Back To Bundesliga With Bizarre Dance (Video)

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After just one season back in the Bundesliga 2, Freiburg secured promotion back to the big time on Friday night, courtesy of a 2-1 win against Paderborn. After the game, the jubilant players produced a quite superb, if odd, conga-esque dance celebration.

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Who can blame the Freiburg squad for celebrating in style.

Arsenal Fans Stage Insipid Emirates Protest As Gunners Meander To Insipid Win v Norwich (Photos)

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Arsenal meandered to a 1-0 win against Norwich City at the Emirates on Saturday, as a number of fans groups staged a rather uninspiring protest at yet another season of underachievement.

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On 12 minutes, the protesting fans held up 'Time For Change' banners, in an action organised by a number of supporter groups including REDaction and Black Scarf Movement (good name for an indie band).

MLS: New York Red Bulls Pull Off Wonderfully Elaborate Free-Kick v Dallas (Video)

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New York Red Bulls nailed a wonderfully elaborate free-kick routine during their Friday night MLS clash with FC Dallas, with Lloyd Sam, formerly of Leeds United, ultimately putting the ball in the back of the net.

The goal came last in the first half, with four Red Bulls' players crowding around the ball outside the Dallas box.

Crystal Palace: Alan Pardew Accused Of Making ‘Absurd Decisions’ By One Of His Own Players

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"How many subs is that? One... two..."

He may well have guided them to an FA Cup Final this season, but Alan Pardew has still been accused of making "absurd decisions" during games by one of his own players.

The player in question is out-of-favour wingerLee Chung-yong, who made the comments during an interview with South Korean publication Sports Seoul.

Harry Redknapp Lands New Job As ‘Football Consultant’ For Aussie Side Central Coast Mariners

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The latest chapter in the continuing story of the incredible adventures of Harry Redknapp has seen him sign a short-term, fly-by-night deal to take up a role as a "football consultant" for Aussie side Central Coast Mariners.

Redknapp will drop in at some point next season, poke his nose around the place, scribble a few suggestions on a post-it not ("bringKranjcarin") and then mosey off into the sunset in search of his next escapade.

Semi-Official: Mauricio Pochettino ‘Verbally Agrees’ To Extend Tottenham Contract Until 2021

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"Word to ya mutha"

Mauricio Pochettino has emphatically put rumours of a dalliance with PSG to bed by announcing that he plans to extend his Tottenham contract by a further two years.

Tittle-tattle had been rife in the week after Pochettino said that returning tomanagethe Ligue 1 champions someday is "part of his dream".

On This Day In 1901: Liverpool FC Win Their First Ever League Title (Photo & Video)

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The jolly old Liverpool squad, circa 1901 (Photo: LFC History)

It's perhaps fitting to end the week with a look back to 29th April 1901, and the day Liverpool FC got their hands on their first ever First Division league title.

The success was the first of 18 top-tier titles the Reds have subsequently gone on to win, making them the second most successful club in English football history – at least as far as the league isconcerned.

‘I Stole Somebody’s Bike And Ran Away’ – Riyad Mahrez Staged Daring Escape From Trial With St. Mirren Because It Was Too Cold

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Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez has revealed that once upon a time, as a younger man, he was in danger of joining St. Mirren and may well have ended up plying his trade in Scotland were it not for his quick-thinking and resourcefulness.

Mahrez was handed a trial by thePaisley-based clubmany moons ago, but fled after two months on the basis that it was just far, far too cold.

Arsenal: Arsene Wenger Blames Title Challenge Disintegration On Hostile Emirates Atmosphere

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Top of the league by the timeJanuary rolled around, Arsenal are now fretting about keeping their mitts onfourth place after yet another post-Christmas fade.

Speaking at his Friday press conference, manager Arsene Wenger was asked for his take onthe slow,sure and entirely typical dissolution of the Gunners' title challenge.

Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha Launches New Social Media Brand, Spells His Own Name Wrong (Photo)

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With the FA Cup Final crowning on the horizon, Wilfried Zaha chose this week to spruce up his social media brand with a nifty new theme.

Indeed, the Crystal Palace winger and his team proudly debuted his fresh new Twitter profile on Thursday evening, which boasted a swanky banner image and profile picture, which featured Zaha's new personalised brand logo.

Official: Borussia Dortmund Confirm Mats Hummels Is Free To Join Bayern Munich If He So Pleases

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Borussia Dortmund have issueda statement on their official website that they will not stand in Mats Hummels' way should he opt to join Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

After weeks of rumbling in the German press, it has been confirmed that Hummels, a product of the Bayern youth system, has informed Dortmund that he is seeking to move back from whence he came.

Aston Villa: Gabriel Agbonlahor Resigns As Club Captain, Apologies For Flabby Season

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Aston Villa's season continues to hit new depths of dismalness, with the news that Gabriel Agbonlahor has stepped down from his position as club captain, as well as receiving a hefty fine from the Villans.

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The 29-year-old striker has endured a rather dismal season, netting just one goal in 18 games.

Leicester City: Things Get Emotional As Claudio Ranieri Watches Thank-You Messages From His Adoring Public (Video)

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With his side now within the width of a gnat's tadger from tying up a remarkable Premier League title, Claudio Ranieri has attained God-like status among the people of Leicester.

In the following video, a string of fans are given the chance to send their personal thanks to Ranieri, whocomesperilously close to welling up as he's swiftly poleaxed by an outpouring of genuine love and gratitude from his adoring public.

On This Day In 1973: Both Bobby And Jack Charlton Play Their Final Games For Man Utd And Leeds Respectively

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The 28th of April, 1973, was a hugeday for the Charlton family. At Stamford Bridge, Bobby was selected for his 606th and final game for Manchester United, against Chelsea.

At the same time, some 75 miles down the road, brother Jack was preparing to pull on his Leeds shirt for the 629th and final time against Southampton atThe Dell.

Top 10 Cricketing Footballers (And Vice-Versa)

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For absolutely no reason whatsoever, Pies have decided today is the day to pay tribute to those multi-talented, sporting Swiss army knives who not only found success as professional footballers, but also turned their hands to first-class cricket too.

Let's dig in...

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Ian Botham

Sir Beefy made his debut as a footballer for Scunthorpe United in March 1980.

Reports: Everton Identify Stoke Boss Mark Hughes As Ideal Replacement For Roberto Martinez

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It would seem that the Everton board are tiring of Roberto Martinez's ongoing project to turn theToffeesinto Wigan 2.0 and as such, the Spaniard is verging on straying into 'borrowed time' territory at Goodison.

According to the press, Everton's hierarchy are currently in the process of cobbling together a shortlist of replacements for Martinez, with the Mirror proclaiming this morning that Mark Hughes of Stoke is their tippy-top pick.

Sweden: Top-Tier Clash Abandoned As Gothenburg’s Tobias Sana Hurls Corner Flag At Malmo Fans (Video)

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Clashes between Swedish heavyweights IFK Gothenburg and Malmo are always heated affairs, and on Wednesday, the top-flight meeting between the two sides saw one very strange incident involging Malmo sub Tobias Sana.

Swedish international Sana was warming up on the sidelines when Gothenburg fans apparently started throwing various missiles in his direction.

Better Call Saúl: Atletico Madrid Midfielder Nets Wonder Goal v Bayern Munich In Champions League Semi-Final (Video)

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With just 11 minutes of the Champions League semi-final clash between Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich at the Vicente Calderon,SaúlÑíguez produced a moment of magic to open the scoring for the hosts.

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Picking up the ball deep in tbe oppositionhalf, the versatile 21-year-old jinked his way into the box (past three Bayern players) before deftly curling the ball into the far corner of Manuel Neuer's net.

Yannick Bolasie Might Be Releasing A Crystal Palace-Themed FA Cup Final Rap Song (Video)

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Yannick Bolasie has hinted that he may be in the process of knocking out a special rap anthem ahead of Crystal Palace's appearance in the FA Cup Final at Wembley next month.

The winger opened the scoring as Palace went on to beat Watford 2-1 in the semis, and it now seems as though he may have been involved in cobbling together an Eagles-themed ditty to celebrate.

Leicester City: Presenting The Worst Cash-Out In The Entire History Of Football Betting (Photo)

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It's been estimated that, should Leicester City procure the three points they're chasing to nab the Premier League title against Manchester United this coming weekend, the ensuing pay-out is going to cost bookies well over £10million.

Sadly, for several overly pessimistic Leicester fans, an entirely unlikelyleague title might stillleave a bitter taste in the mouth.

Retro Football: Beloved Chelsea Owner Ken Bates Erects 12-Foot Electric Fence Around Stamford Bridge Pitch, 1985 (Photo)

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The Chelsea-Tottenham fixture at Stamford Bridge on 27th April 1985 threatened to boast an even more electrifying atmosphere than usual, right up until the point that the Greater London Council (GLC) stepped in with a bit of timely common sense.

Following a hectic pitch invasion at the ground the previous month, beloved Chelsea chairman Ken Bates decided – in his inimitable style – to get tough on the oiks responsible.

Leicester City’s Filbert Fox Becomes First Premier League Mascot To Sign An Actual Boot Deal

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Leicester City have announced that their club mascot, Filbert Fox, has signed a boot deal. Yes, you did indeed read that correctly.

The contract was signed at the King Power over the weekend, with Filbert wearing gigantic foam versions of Puma'snewestEvoSpeed boots while he cavorted around the pitch during Leicester's 4-0 win over Swansea.

Vimto, Golden Gnomes And An English Dictionary: Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp Has Some Interesting Trinkets On His Office Shelf (Photo)

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Jurgen Klopp is not your average top-level football coach, this we know. Indeed, how many other Premier League managers have a bottle of Vimto stashed on their office shelf in case of delicious fruit juice-based emergencies? None, we posit. None.

A photo of the shelves in Klopp's office has been doing the rounds on Twitter this morning, with fans taken aback by the wide and varied assortment of useless knick-knacks that Klopp has on display.

Pooch Invasion: Excited Little Dog Brings Temporary Halt To Copa Libertadores Match (Video)

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Venezuelan side Deportivo Tachira beat Pumas of Mexico in the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday night, but not before the match was forced to stop when an invader came bounding onto the pitch and began attempting to lick the players.

As Pumas 'keeper Alejandro Palacios was preparing to hoof the ball upfield, the little interloper stopped him in his tracks before charging around man to man, desperately looking for somebody to play with.

Serie B: Latina Midfielder McDonald Mariga Given Five-Match Ban For Squeezing Referee’s Hand Too Tightly

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There's an outside chance you may already be semi-familiar with McDonald Mariga, what with him being a bit of a hot prospect several years ago.

Playing for Parma at the time, it was reported that Man City had a €10million bid knocked back for the then-22-year-old midfielder in 2010, who went on to join Inter Milan instead.

Hello Handsome: Cristiano Ronaldo Caught Checking Himself Out On Gary Lineker’s Instagram Feed (Photo)

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Having flunkeda late fitness test shortly before kick-off, Cristiano Ronaldo was forced to sit out of Real Madrid's goalless draw with Man City at the Bernabeu in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Left to twiddle his thumbs on the bench, Ronaldo passed the time before the start of the game by flicking through Instagram, where he was caught checking out a videoof himself surprise surprise as posted on Gary Lineker's account.

Leicester City: Gary Lineker Attempts To Welch On His Promise To Present Match Of The Day In His Pants

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"Promise not to giggle, lads?"

Gary Lineker has admitted that he is having second thoughts about his vow to presentMatch of the Day in his underwear if Leicester City go on to win the Premier League title.

Back in December, with Leicester in the early stages of their monumental run of results, Lineker emitted a Tweet vowing to anchorthe programme wearing nowt but his shreddies if his boyhood club went on to do the unthinkable.

Stiliyan Petrov Wants To Come Out Of Retirement And Play For Aston Villa Again, Four Years After Cancer Diagnosis

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Stiliyan Petrovhas revealed that he's harbouring serious ambitions of rejoining Aston Villa as a player next season after successfully overcoming leukaemia.

Petrov was reluctantly forced to announce his early retirement in May 2013 after being diagnosed the previous March, but since getting the all-clear the Bulgarian scrapper has been busy building his fitness back up, firstly with his local over-35s Sunday League team and subsequently by training with the Villa Under-21 side.

Justice At Long Last: Inquest Jury Rules 96 Liverpool Fans Were ‘Unlawfully Killed’ At Hillsborough In 1989

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It's taken 27 long years of acute pain and withering strife, but today the inquests have concluded that 96 Liverpool fans were "unlawfully killed" at Hillsborough on 15th April,1989.

The jurors determined that the police were guilty of gross negligence by a 7-2 majority, while also ruling that the behaviour of the Liverpool fans did not contribute to the deaths.

Let’s Hear It For… Lily Parr: The Six-Foot, Chain-Smoking Pioneer Of English Women’s Football

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Lily Parr practises the javelin as part of her training with Preston Ladies FC, 1938

On this very day in April 1905, a true English footballing icon was born. We are of course talking about Lily Parr, oone of the first professional female footballers in the country.

Indeed, if theFA had been a more enlightened organisation in the 1920s, Parrwould have been regularly mentioned in the same breath as her legendary male contemporaries Stanley Matthews, Stan Mortenson,Tom Finney and the like.

Four-Year-Old Alcorcon Fan Paula Leads Ultras’ Chants With Her Mighty Yellow Megaphone (Video)

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Admittedly, we're about a weekoff the pace here, but this one's so gosh-darn adorable that we just couldn't pass on it.

Back on 17th April, mid-table Alcorcon faced high-flying Leganes in a southern Madrid derby down in the Spanish second tier.

Realising that the players might need an extra boost to overcome their local rivals, Alcorcon hired Paula, a four-year-old fan with a megaphone, to toddle around their stadium before the game and yellinspirational chants at anyone she happened across.

Amsterdam Transport Network Launches New No.14 Tram In Tribute To Johan Cruyff (Photos)

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On the day that he would have turned 69, an Amsterdam transport company paidtribute to the late, great Johan Cruyff in the only way they knew how by announcing a new tram route around the Dutch capital.

GVB unveiled the addition to their network of the new 'Johan Cruijff No.

Tom Hanks Claims He Stuck £100 On Leicester To Win The Premier League Before The Start Of The Season

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Tom Hanks has revealed, somewhat improbably, that he is one of the many punters who are set to cost bookmakers an estimated total of £10million in pay-outs as, if and when Leicester City secure the Premier League title.

An Aston Villa fan by his own admission (he liked the name), Hanks has claimed that he stuck a shrewd £100 on the Foxes to triumph before the start of the season.

Out For The Count: Dele Alli Gets Punchy As Tottenham’s Title Tilt Wilts v West Brom (Video)

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This weekend at Old Trafford, Leicester City could lift the Premier League title after Spurs fluffed their lines against West Brom on Monday night, only managing a draw against Tony Pulis' side. To add insult to injury, midfielder Dele Alli was caught on camera punching Claudio Yacob, which could end the England starlet's season three games early.

Chelsea Chancer: Youth Team Striker Dominic Solanke, 18, Demands New Contract Worth £50,000-Per-Week

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Coming on the very same day that Juan Mata decried the "obscene" amount of money that footballers get paid, Chelsea youngster Dominic Solanke has popped his head above the parapet and demanded that the club shovel him £50,000-a-week.

Solanke is an 18-year-old striker with a grand total of 17 cumulative minutes of Chelsea first-team football under his belt.

‘I’d Happily Take A Pay Cut To Ensure Less Business Involvement In Football’ – Juan Mata Very Mildly Sticks It To The Man

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Manchester United string-puller Juan Mata has had his say on modern football and its various blights, admitting players are paid way too much and that he'd gladly take a pay cut in order to diminish the ever-increasing influence that corporate money has on the top tiers of the game.

Appearing on Spanish news show Salvados, Mata (who is thought to be on roughly £140,000-a-week at United) was grilled about every aspect of his professional life and revealed that he empathises with regular fans who are slowly but surely being priced out of the sport.

Classic Moments: Everton Beat Mighty Bayern Munich To Reach Cup Winners’ Cup Final, 1985 (Photos & Video)

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In direct contrast to the general mood permeatingGoodison at the moment, backin 1985, Everton pulled off one of the greatest upsets in the club's history by roaring back from behind to beat none other than Bayern Munich.

It proved to be truly memorable night on Merseyside when arguably the finest Everton team ever assembled came from 1-0 down to beat Bayern 3-1 in aCup Winners' Cup semi-final second leg.

Let’s Hear It For… Leicester City’s Grounds Staff And Their Beautifully Elaborate Pitch Mowing (Photos)

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While folks are queuing up to (quite rightly) lavish praise on the Leicester Cityplayers as their maiden Premier League title edges ever nearer, it's perhaps unfortunate that the club's grounds staff have not received their fair share of the dues for their equally scintillating performance so far this season.

Tottenham: Adorable Three-Year-Old Fan Expertly Recites Every Player And Squad Number (Video)

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Defying his tender years, Tottenham fan Ryan West has become something of a minor Youtube hit after a video of his demonstrating his impressive Spurs knowledge began doing the rounds over the weekend.

Tasked by his mum to name all the players on his Spurs poster, three-year-old Ryan duly obliged and even went as far as reeling off squad numbers too, with just the merest hint of off-camera assistance from what we can only assume is a slightly older sibling.

Local Brothel Offers Hannover Fans Complimentary ‘15-Minute Quickie’ To Ease Pain Of Relegation

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It had been on the cards for a while, but Hannover 96 were officially relegated from the Bundesliga over the weekend after results elsewhere ensured they won't be able to haul themselves off the bottom and up into the relegation play-off place before the end of the season.

However, being dumped down into the second tier hasn't proved a total bust, with a local brothel announcing an offer to help Hannover fans get over the pain of being dumped down into the second tier.

Algerian Wingman Riyad Mahrez Named PFA Player Of Year, Dele Alli Wins Young Player Gong

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Fresh from scoring in Leicester's emphatic 4-0 win against Swansea on Sunday afternoon, winger Riyad Mahrez (as expected) picked up the main prize of the night at a swanky PFA bash at the swankyGrosvenor House in swanky London.

The Algerian has racked up 17 goals and 11 assists in the Premier League this season and has been a key force behind the Foxes' unheralded title tilt.

Aston Villa’s Jores Okore Denies Refusing To Play, Hits Back At Manager Eric Black On Social Media

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Aston Villa's car-crash of a season descending even further on Sunday, with Jores Okore taking to Twitter to attack caretaker boss Eric Black.

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Black claimed that the Danish defender had refused to be on the bench for the visit of Bournemouth on April 9th,saying:

After that game, he (Okore) said that he didn't want to be considered for any of the games going forwards.

Cry Havoc And Let Slip The Tweets Of War: Non-League Side Produce Brilliant Shakespearean Match Report

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By Joseph Viney

Sam Smith's Park, home of Newcastle Benfield FC (Photo: Northern Soul Travels)

Football clubs a little lower down the pecking order have utilised social media well. It's a blessing for clubs on a shoestring budget who can set up an account, make with the funnies and draw in potential matchgoers who may have allowed a local non-league club to slip under their radar.

Clucking Hell: Face Of Liverpool Midfielder Joe Allen Appears On Chicken Nugget (Photo)

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By Joseph Viney

Liverpool supporters might agree that Joe Allen's recent run of form has seen him playing with the wind beneath his wings, but this may be taking it a little too far.

The Welsh midfielder – kind-of-ironically-but-not-really dubbed ‘the Welsh Xavi' by Brendan Rodgers once upon a time – appears to have taken time out of his busy schedule to show his tender face on the crispy coating of a chicken nugget.

Leicester City Fans Record New Unofficial Club Anthem And It’s Really Quite Bad (Video)

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By Joseph Viney

Leicester City may be on unfamiliar ground as they hurtle toward their first Premier League title, but their fans appear to have grasped the old traditions quite well after some of their number have released a truly awful unofficial ‘anthem'.

"Were (sic) The Blues" is the creation of local lads known as Jobber and Winks – collectively dubbed The Fox Men and is another milestone in the long and winding path of terrible football songs.

Theo Walcott Frustrates Arsenal Fans Yet Again With Another Toothless Display v Sunderland (Video)

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Arsenal produced yet another underwhelming (and rather boring) performance at the Stadium of Light, with the Gunners playing out a dull goalless draw with relegation threatened Sunderland.

Theo Walcott once again found himself on the bench, but his cameo appearance in the second-half once again left fans of the north Londoners tearing their hair out.

Stunner: Douglas Costa Scores Stupendous Long-Range Strike As Bayern Munich Edge Closer To Bundesliga Title (Video)

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Douglas Costa has been well worth the €30 million fee paid by Bayern Munich to Shakhtar Donetsk last summer, with the Brazilian winger key the the German juggernauts' superb season. On Saturday night against Hertha Berlin, the 25-year-old was at it once again, scoring a magnificent long-range effort to help his side to a 2-0 win.

La Liga: Atletico Madrid Boss Diego Simeone Sent To Stands After Ball Thrown Onto Pitch During Malaga Attack (Video)

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One of the most in-demand managers in Europe, Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone was sent to the stands on Saturday during his side's 1-0 home win against Malaga, after ball was thrown onto the pitch (during play) by one of his staff.

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The incident occurred when Malaga were on the attack, with a ball thrown from the direction of the Atletico Madrid bench onto the pitch, in what looked like an audacious attempt to hamper one ofLos Boquerones' players.

Championship: Charlton Fans Protest Club Ownership Before Brighton Clash, Thrown Beachballs Onto Pitch (Video)

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Already relegated to League One, Charlton hosted promotion-chasing Brighton on Saturday afternoon, with Addicks' fans keen to make their feelings known about ownerRoland Duchatelet.

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The fans held a pre-match protest outside the Valley. Then, soon after kick-off, they tried to disrupt the game by launching hundreds of beach balls onto the pitch.

Liverpool: Mamadou Sakho Investigated By UEFA Over Failed Drugs Test

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Liverpool's French defender Mamodou Sakho is under investigation by UEFA after failing a drugs test.

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The 26-year-old is reported to have tested positive for a fat burning drug after the Reds' Europa League win against Manchester Unitedon March 17th. The former PSG star was left out of Liverpool's squad for their 2-2 draw with Newcastle on Saturday, with the club deciding not to call up the player during the investigation.

Football Tat: Tottenham Fan Produces Limited Edition Run Of ‘Dele Alli Myspace Pic’ Lapel Badges (Photo)

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As you may recall, not so very long ago, a team of diligent internet archaeologists managed to unearth Dele Alli's spectacular old Myspace profile pic.

It showed the Tottenham midfielder as a nipper posing in the bathroom mirror, all gussied upin his pastelcardigan, ice cold shades and prayer beads.

On This Day In 1978: Peter Shilton On Fire As Newly-Promoted Nottingham Forest Secure First Division Title (Video)

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There's been much made, fairly understandably, of Leicester's outstanding progress this season from table-proppers all the way up to table-toppers.

In 1978, East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest achieved the feat of winning the First Division league title the season after being promoted, which was made mathematically certain on this very day, 38 years ago.

Pies’ 2015/16 Alternative Premier League Team Of The Season

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Now that the PFA have had their turn, Pies thought we'd have a stab at cobbling together an alternative Premier League Team of the Year for 2016/17, comprised of players who have impressed us for a variety of reasons over the course of this topsy-turvy campaign.

Let's delve in, starting with ourgoalie of choice.

Bristol City Fans In Uproar After Club Include Two Silly #Hashtags On New 2016/17 Shirt (Photo)

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In unveiling their new shirt sponsor for next season, Bristol City gave their fans just a sliver of a glimpse of the new jersey it will be adorning.

Despitebeing a fairly run of the mill red-with-white-trim effort, the incorporation of two naff hashtags on the shoulders has not gone down well with Robins' supporters.

Marseille: Perma-Crock Abou Diaby Comes Through 90 Minutes Unscathed For The First Time Since 2014

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It's a pleasure to (belatedly) announce that Abou Diaby has successfully made it through a full 90-minute football match unscathed for the first time inover two years.

After fighting back from yet another injury setback, Diaby lasted the entire distance on Wednesday night as Marseille narrowly beatsecond-tierSochaux to earn themselves a place in the Coupe de France final.

‘It Lies At My Feet And Nobody Elses’ – Aston Villa Owner Randy Lerner Issues Statement Taking Full Responsibility For Relegation

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Aston Villa's much-loved owner Randy Lerner has issued a statement to the fans today in which he takes full responsibility for the club being relegated from the Premier League in such dismal fashion.

Posted on the official Villa website and titled 'Note to Supporters', Lerner's statement reads thus:

A nagging sense of inevitability set in against Leicester City despite the late lead we enjoyed.

Chaos: Nigeria Football Federation Upheaval See Dead Referee Appointed To Oversee League Match

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Thanks to sustained turmoil at boardlevel, Nigerian football is in a bit of a state at the moment.

Amaju Pinnick is still technically the FIFA-recognised president of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) even though a court recently ruled that he be replaced by Chris Giwa, the man who has been challenging his leadership since 2014.

New Balance Accidentally Leak Liverpool’s New 2016/17 Home Kit After Website Cock-Up (Photo)

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Thanks to a minor cock-up over on the New Balance website, the new Liverpool home kit for 2016/17 has leaked out all over the internet.

The strip wasn't due to be released until the end of May but a small batch of promo images were inadvertently posted on the supplier's official site on Thursday evening.

Cringe-Inducing: AC Milan ‘Players’ Perform Utterly Embarrassing Haka Before Serie A Match (Video)

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Because football is a commercially-infested cesspit, AC Milan performed the world's most embarrassing haka before Friday night's Serie A clash with Carpi.

Only when we say 'AC Milan', what we actually mean is 11 poor sods, hired actors, who were paid to go out there and perform the "Tekitanka" the brainchild of club sponsors Nivea.

Barcelona Unveil Incredible Plans For Swanky Futuristic €600m Nou Camp Upgrade (Video)

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The Nou Camp as it stands is not too shabby, is it? However, on Thursday, La Liga giants Barcelona unveiled plans to upgrade their famous stadium to a state of the art 105,000 seater eco-friendly supermegadome by the year 2021.

At a swanky reception, Barca stars Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Javier Mascherano and Sergio Busquets (along with manager Luis Enrique) turned up for the unveiling of the impressive plans which will cost a whopping €600m.

Alexis Sanchez Bags Brace As Gunners Produce The Goods (Far Too Late As Usual) v West Brom (Video)

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In classic Arsenal style, the north Londoners found their best form on Thursday night against West Brom when their title hopes are dead and buried. At a far from full Emirates, Alexis Sanchez was the star of the show, netting a fine first-half brace to bolster the Gunners' top four place.

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The Chilean winger opened the scoring on six minutes, courtesy of a superb solo effort.

Official: PFA Team Of The Year Includes Precisely No Alarms And Zero Surprises

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Not that there was much in the way of wriggle room, but the PFA have announced their Team of the Year for 2016/17 and it's all fairly straightforward stuff.

You could argue Mesut Ozil has beenincredibly unlucky to miss out but his so-so post-Christmas form has undoubtedly worked against him.

BT Sport May Live-Stream Champions League Final On Youtube In Desperate Bid To Boost Disappointing Viewing Figures

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Dwindling viewing figures have reportedly prompted BT Sport to take radical actionin a desperate bid togive their Champions League coverage a much-need shot in the arm.

According to the Daily Mail, BT Sport are seriously considering streaming their exclusive coverage of the Champions League Final live on Youtube to help inflate their numbers.

Bye Bye Britannia: Stoke City Will Be Playing On Cold, Wet Nights At The ‘Bet365 Stadium’ As Of Next Season

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Stoke City have announced that the Britannia Stadium will be no more as of next season after the club agreed a lucrative naming-rights deal with their shirt sponsors, bet365.

As a result of the new six-year deal, the Potters' ground will be known as the 'bet365 (Gamble Responsibly) Stadium' from the start of the 2016/17 campaign after being sponsored by the now-defunct Britannia Co-Operative Bank since it was built 19 years ago.

Eric Cantona Reveals His One Regret About Kung-Fu Kicking That Gobby Crystal Palace Fan – ‘I Should Have Hit Him Harder’

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Eric Cantona has revealed that he does harbour one major regret about the infamous incident at Selhurst Park in 1995wherein he almost kickeda Crystal Palace fan'stête clean off his épaules.

Looking back, hewishes he'd actually knockedthe little gobshite's block off.

Retro Football: West Ham Stalwart Alvin Martin Scores Hat-Trick Against Three Different Goalkeepers, 1986 (Video)

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West Ham heart-throb Alvin Martin, circa April 1986 (Photo: Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

On the afternoon of 21st April 1986, West Ham defenderAlvin Martin scored a very unusual hat-trick. Each goal came against a different goalkeeper.

The opponents at Upton Park that day were Newcastle, and the Magpies were forced into fielding a not-fully fit Martin Thomas, their first-choice keeper, as their reserve stopperwas injured.

Time To Go: Leeds Fan Somehow Persuades Harry Kane, Jack Wilshere, Dele Alli & Mesut Ozil To Join Anti-Cellino Campaign (Video)

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We're not entirely sure what to make of this but somehow a prominent Leeds fan has managed to coerce a whole gaggle of Premier League stars into publicly voicing their support for the anti-Massimo Cellino campaign.

Cellino is the largelyloathed incumbent Leeds chairman responsible for plunging the club into further disrepute than usual, thanks to his zany hiring-and-firing process, his wacky repartee with supporters and evena lavish sprinkling ofrib-ticklingsexual discrimination accusations thrown in for luck.

Huzzah: Aston Villa Have Actually Won An Award For Their Hard Work On The Pitch

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Not that it's going to come as much consolation for their long-suffering fans, but Aston Villa are technicallygoing to end the season with a trophy.

Indeed, Villa have landed the 'Barclays Premier League Grounds Team of the Year' award after the playing surface at Villa Park was ranked as the best in the top flight for 2016/17.

Mersey Mauling: Liverpool Put Four Past Everton At Anfield But Origi Injury Concern For Klopp (Video)

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Liverpool gave Mersey neighbours Everton a right royal hammering on Wednesday night, with theReds running out deserved 4-0 victors at Anfield. However, an injury to striker Divock Origi, after a dreadful challenge by Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori, took some of the gloss of the emphatic derby win for Jurgen Klopp and co.

Top Totti: Stadio Olimpico Goes Wild As Roma Legend Nets Brace To Earn Giallorossi Late Victory v Torino (Video)

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Well into the autumn of his incredible career, Roma's one-club legend Francesco Totti rolled back the years on Wednesday night to help the Champions League-chasing side to a precious 2-1 win against Torino.

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The Giallorossi were a goal down when, on 86 minutes, their iconic star made a rather incredible cameo appearance.

Crystal Palace Offer Fans Chance To Travel To And From Last Game Of The Season Aboard Vintage Steam Train (With Alan Pardew)

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It's been a rough few months for Crystal Palace fans, so as a little end of season treat, the club are offering fans the chance to travel down to Southampton for the final game of the season in style.

You see, Palace co-owner Jeremy Hoskins is an avid collector of vintage steam trains (we all have our vices) and as such, has organised to send one of his prized engines, the Lord Dowding, down to the south coast on the morning of May 15th.

1901 FA Cup Final: Non-League Winners, Football’s First On-Screen Refereeing Controversy & 6,000 Pork Pies

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On 20th April 1901, the biggest crowd ever to attend a football match anywhere in the world descended on Crystal Palace Park in South East London.

The occasion was the FA Cup Final and what enticedthe official attendance of 114,815 – many more gained entrance unofficially – was not just the culminationof a competition already established as the world's foremost football tournament, but what the two competing sides represented.

Non League: Poole Town Crowned Southern Premier Champions, Struggle To Lift The Enormous Trophy (Video)

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Having securedthe Southern League Premier Division title with a win in their previous outing, Poole Town signed off their last home game of the season with a 3-0 win over Bideford on Tuesday night.

The up-shot is that Poole (Charlie Austin's old side) will be playing in the Vanarama National League South next season, i.

‘It’s About Ripping Up The Rule Book’ – Leicester Defender Christian Fuchs Launches Clothing Brand

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Christian Fuchs hascapitalised on Leicester City's rise to prominence of late by launching his very own branded clothing line a line he's somewhat predictably called 'No Fuchs Given'.

While we'd never accuse the Austrian defender of milking it a bit, the entire'No Fuchs Given' collectionconsists of but three items at present, with two t-shirts and a hoodie (all fairly reasonably priced, in fairness) available to buy via the webstore.

WOO!!! WWE Legend Ric Flair Appears On BBC Radio To Declare His Support For Leicester City (Video)

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That's it. It's over. They may as well go ahead and hand Leicester City the Premier League title now. There's no way they can possibly fail.

Why, you ask? Because the Foxes now officially have the Nature Boy himself rooting for them.

That's right. Two-time WWE Hall-of-Famer Ric Flair appeared on BBC Radio Five Live to deliver a rousing motivational sermon to his newly adopted side.

League One: Stadium Announcer Reads Out Number Plate Of Car With Lights On During Game, Has No Idea Its One Of The Player’s

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During Rochdale's 1-1 League One draw with Gillingham, the Spotland stadium announcer took it upon himself to kindly read out the number plate of a car which had its lights left on. However, little did he know that the owner of the car in question was none other than Dale midfielder Callum Camps, who was in action on the pitch.

German Cup: Arturo Vidal Goes Down Like Sack Of Chilean Potatoes As Bayern Beat Bremen 2-0 (Video)

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Bayern Munich booked their place in the German Cup final after beating Werder Bremen 2-0 on Tuesday night. However, there was more than a hint of good fortune about Bayern's second goal, with Arturo Vidal producing an exquisite dive to earn his side a penalty.

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Pep Guardiola's side were already a goal up with 20 minutes to go when Chilean midfielder Vidal powered into the Bremen box before executing a theatrical dive despite the lack of any contact whatsoever.

Shit Lookalikes: Arsene Wenger & Rick Snyder (Governor Of Michigan)

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High-calibre Shit Lookalikery from spottersSpec Diagnostics(@SpecDiagnostics) here, who noted thevery Arsene Wenger-esque mannerisms ofthe very Arsene Wenger-like governor for Michigan, Rick Snyder...

Sacré bleu! You could be fooled into thinking they were the same bloke if it weren't for the whole "refusing to quit" thing.

On This Day In 2014: Jose Mourinho Says Some Uncharacteristically ‘Nice’ Things About Referee Mike Dean

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On 19th April 2014, something unusual happened to Jose Mourinho. After a run of 77 undefeated games at Stamford Bridge (61 wins and 16 draws), he finally found himself on the losing side when the final whistle blew.

The shock was made all the greater by the fact thatSunderland, who were propping up the table, were the visitors on the day.

Aston Villa Suspend Gabby Agbonlahor While Club Investigate Tabloid ‘Hippy Crack Binge’ Reports

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Aston Villa's annus horribilis is spluttering to an end in fitting style with the news that the club have today suspended Gabby Agbonlahor over the striker's latest tabloid snarl-up.

Over the weekend, The Sun reported that Agbonlahor had been photographed "downing shots" and huffing on nitrous oxideon a night out in LondonJUST HOURSafter Villa's relegation from the Premier League was confirmed.

Ctrl + Alt + Del: Ticket Chaos As Ross County Accidentally Delete Their Entire Club Website

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Just a small selection of typical Ross County fans

Ross County have somehow managed to delete their official club website, thus throwing ticket orders into chaos less than a week before their big SPL clash against Celtic.

According to BBC Highlands, the Ross County website was accidentally deleted by the web hosting firm, 123-reg.

Non-League: Horsham FC Striker Terry Dodd Misses Sitter, Drowns Sorrows By Nabbing Fan’s Beer (Video)

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"Chin chin..."

Horsham FC striker Terry Dodd has become something of a non-league superstar over the past few days after footage of his performance againstHalisham Town began doing the social media rounds.

Having skipped in behind the defence with all the grace and ease of movement of an African antelope, Dodd proceeded to plop his shot into the side netting despite the Halisham goal being completely vacant.

Stags Do: 30-Year-Old Groom Becomes Mansfield Town Mascot After Being Stitched Up By His Best Man (Photos & Video)

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A cursory look atthe photo above reveals that one of Mansfield Town's mascots for theirrecent game against Notts County ever so slightly stood out from the pack.

That's because he, the surly chap with his arms folded,was roughly20 years older than the rest of them.

Tottenham Keep Pressure On Leicester With Perfect, Effervescent 4-0 Win Over Stoke (Photos & Highlights)

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Tottenham kept the squeeze on Leicester at the top of the Premier League with an important win over Stoke City in the Monday night match.

Spurs hit their opponents with wave after wave of fast, fluid counter-attacks as Stoke's defences eventually disintegrated under the strain.

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Spurs whittled the Foxes' lead back down to five points with an effervescent 4-0 rompat the Britannia the fun beginning in the 9th minute when Harry Kane tucked away an absolute pearler from the corner of the box to open the scoring.

Classic Moments: Steve Morrow Falls From The Summit Of Tony Adams After Winning The League Cup, 1993 (Photos & Video)

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On this very day in 1993, Arsenal wonthe Coca Cola Cup final thanks to a rare goal from Steve Morrow,the Belfast-born defender grabbing the winner in a 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley.

His68th-minute, cup-winning strike was one of just three goals Morrow scored in his entire, 13-year professional career in English football.

Emotional: Roma Commentator Carlo Zampa On Verge Of Nervous Breakdown After Francesco Totti Scores Late Equaliser (Video)

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On what was just his eighth league appearance of the season, Francesco Totti scored a dramatic late equaliser for Roma against Atalanta on Sunday with what might just be his final ever goal for the Giallorossi.

Despite his nailed-on status as a Roma immortal, Totti has been jemmied out of the first team picture by coach Luciano Spalletti this season, with the 39-year-old now widely expected to move on/call it a day this summer.

Gorgeous: Adidas Launch Brand New, Modernised Version Of Classic ‘Copa Mundial’ Football Boot (Photos)

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It's always risky to go farting around with the classics, but we hope you'll agree when we say that Adidas have just about got it spot on with the new, modernised re-draft of their ever-popular Copa Mundial football boots.

Widelyrenowned as one of the most comfortable, hard-wearing boots ever made, Copa Mundials enjoy a cult-like following.

German Fan Loses Twitter Bet Over Liverpool Defeat, Records DIY Version Of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ As Forfeit (Video)

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The fellow you see afore you, wearing the unsettling Jurgen Klopp half-mask,is none other thanKlaas Reese a German football blogger and a lifelong Hannover 96supporter for his sins.

Klaas made the mistake of making a wager onTwitter before Borussia Dortmund's Europa League quarter-final second leg against Liverpool last week in which he bet that, if Dortmund stuffed it up, he'd record his very own version of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' and post it on Youtube for the world to laugh at.

Gladiators, Ready! Spartak Moscow Fan Runs The Gauntlet, Evades Long Line Of Stewards On His Way To The Pitch (Video)

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Zenit St. Petersburgsoundlywhupped Spartak Moscow in the Russian Premier League on Saturday evening, scoring freely in a comfortable 5-2 win played out in front of a ravenous crowd.

Alas, it all got too much for one Spartak fan, who burst out of the terracesonly to find a procession of stewards in between him and the pitch.

Aston Villa Youngster Lewis Kinsella Suffers Two Relegations In Space Of One Afternoon

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As crap weekends in football go, Aston Villa youngster Lewis Kinsella has just endured one of the very crappest.

A truly dire 1-0 defeat against Manchester United was enough to finally end Villa's laborious long goodbyeand mathematically seal their long-overdue relegation from the Premier League.

Jack Wilshere Suffers Twitter Boo-Boo After Declaring Love For Arsenal With Photo Of Man Utd’s ‘Holy Trinity’ Statue (Photo)

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Proving once again that he's not the sharpest sandwich in the drawer, Jack Wilshere suffered a minor social media boo-boo over the weekend when he accidentally used a silhouetted picture of three Manchester United legends to profess his undying love for Arsenal.

Posting on Twitter in the wake of Arsenal's disappointing 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace, Wilshere made a bold declaration about his eternal bond with fellow Gooners everywhere.

Serie A: Sassuolo ‘Keeper Andrea Consigli Scores Utterly Appalling Own-Goal (Video)

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There have been a fair few stupendous own-goals this season, and on Sunday, Sassuolo'sAndrea Consigli produced yet another horrendous ricket during his side's Sunday clash with Fiorentina.

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Receiving the ball from a team-mate in his six yard box, Consigli was under very little pressure when he somehow guidedthe ball into his own net after miscuing a simple pass.

Flying Fox: Jamie Vardy Sees Red After Dive As Leicester Secure Dramatic Draw v West Ham (Video)

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Scrawny hitman (and massive racist) Jamie Vardy had an eventful Sunday afternoon at the King Power stadium, with the Leicester star netting a goal and then seeing red following a cheeky dive in the West Ham box.

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Vardy had put the title-chasing Foxes 1-0 up on 18 minutes.

Scotland: Rangers Fans Paint Kerbs Red, White & Blue Outside Celtic Pubs Ahead of Cup Clash (Photos)

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With Rangers having already booked their place back in next season's Scottish Premiership, there'll be plenty of Old Firm shenanigans to look forward to.

However, ahead of Rangers' Scottish Cup semi-final clash with Celtic at Hampden on Sunday, Gers' fans decided to annoytheir counterparts by painting the kerbs in the Hoops-leaning Gallowgate area of Glasgow red, white and blue.

‘Relegation Is A Weight Off Our Shoulders’ – Aston Villa’s Joleon Lescott Gives Odd Post-Match Interview After Defeat At Old Trafford

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Joleon Lescott is no stranger to media faux-pas, with his infamous sports car Tweet earlier this season a prime example. However, after seeing his side relegated following a 1-0 defeat away to Manchester United, the Aston Villa defender gave a rather odd interview to BBC, one which will leave fans of the Villans rather perturbed, to say the least.

Snoozeball: Man Utd Fan Falls Asleep During Red Devils’ Dull 1-0 Win v Aston Villa (Video)

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Manchester United's uninspiring 1-0 win against Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Saturday sent the Villans down but it also sent one of the Red Devils' fans to sleep.

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This season,Old Trafford has hostedto more than its fair share of dull, goal-light games this season and with Marcus Rashford's first-half strike the only goal of Saturday's game, one fan struggled to stay awake.

Down And Out: Aston Villa Relegated From Top-Flight For First Time Since 1987

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After months with the axe dangling above their heads, Aston Villa were officially cut loose from the Premier League on Saturday, courtesy of a 1-0 defeat at the hands ofManchester United.

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United starlet Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game at Old Trafford, and while Rudy Gestede did hit the frame of the goal late on, it was another deserved defeat for the Villans.

Sunderland: Lee Cattermole Caps Heroic Shift Against Norwich By Giving ‘Man Of The Match’ Award To Fan (Photo)

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In desperate need of a win going into the game, Sunderland banded together and grafted their way to a massive 3-0 win over fellow relegation-flirtersNorwich in today's early Premier League kick-off.

Lee Cattermole played an instrumental role in protecting the Black Cats' precious winning margin, hacking several goal-bound efforts off the line and generally getting throughall the niggly, knackering midfield dirty workyou'd normally associate with Lee Cattermole.

FAIL: Hibernian Striker Jason Cummings Makes Complete Hash Of ‘Panenka’ Penalty (Video)

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Safe to say that, as far as his penalty-taking prowess is concerned, Hibernian striker Jason Cummings endured a mixed afternoon during today's Scottish Cup semi-final tie against Dundee United.

After the first 120 minutes finished goalless, Cummings eventually stepped up to settle the shoot-out 4-2 in Hibs' favour by dispatching the winning spot-kick.

Ligue 1: Lyon’s Crucial-ish Game Against Nice Interrupted By Mass Paper Leak (Video)

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In what must surely bethe most significant mass leak of papers in living memory, Friday night's Ligue 1 match between Lyon and Nice had to be temporarily suspended in the second half when large swathes of thepitch disappeared under a layer of debris thrown from the terraces.

With roughly 70 minutes played, the Lyon fans began hurling litter out onto the turf which was subsequently spread across the entire lower corner of the pitch by the blustery winds swirling around inside theParc Olympique.

Non-League: Gloucester City’s New ‘Tiger Face’ Home Kit Is Pretty Bloody Badass (Photo)

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Gloucester City have unveiled their new home strip for next season and, from the front at least, it looks like any other generic lower-league affair as perfectly passable as it may be.

However, once rotated 180 degrees, Gloucester's stripy new stripbecomes an altogether different animal, quite literally, with the incorporation of a big sodding tiger on the back.

Liverpool Fan Channel Produces Nifty Animated Highlights Of Famous Win v Dortmund (Video)

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Liverpool's dramatic Europa League comeback win on Thursday night will live long in the memory, much to the annoyance of Man Utd and Everton fans in particular. However, Liverpool fan channel The Redmen TV have produced a rather fine little animated version of the Reds' victory which should bring a smile to fans of every club (possibly).

Ruthless: Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson Buries Clinical Penalty Past Hamilton Youth Keeper (Video)

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If her recent visit to a Hamilton Academical youth training session is anything to go by,Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson must be due a full international call-up in the non-too-distant future.

Asked to take a penalty in front of the STV cameras, Davidson first asked for a goalkeeper to beat and then, after jokingthat she hadn't brought her boots with her, proceeded to dispatch her spot-kick with ruthless, nigh-on surgical precision.

Europa League Semi-Final Draw: Liverpool Land Villarreal, Shakhtar Square Off Against Sevilla

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Having seen off Borussia Dortmund in spectacular fashion in the Europa League quarters, Liverpool now face a stiff two-legger against Villarreal the tournament's top scoring side in the final four.

There's definitely a 'yellow submarine' joke in there somewhere.

On the other side of the draw, Shaktar will almost definitely be going out toSevilla, who have won the Europa League for the past five or six years (or thereabouts).

Champions League Semi-Final Draw: Man City Pitted Against Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid To Face Bayern Munich

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Manchester City's reward for seeing off PSG in the quarter-finals of the Champions League is a semi-final date with Real Madrid.

By process of elimination, Bayern Munich will be taking on Atletico Madrid in the other last-four tie.

Of course, City boss Manuel Pellegrini was formerly in charge at Real, though not for very long just about seeing outthe 2009/10 season before being canned.

Jurgen Klopp Bans Liverpool Players From Touching ‘This Is Anfield’ Sign Until They’ve Earned The Right

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Jurgen Klopp has taken the express decision to ban his Liverpool players from touching the famous 'This Is Anfield' sign in the tunnel at the Reds' stadium before games.

Klopp has told his team that they must earn the right to partake in the traditional pre-match routine by winning a trophy.

Liverpool Fan Loses Phone Amid Pandemonium At Anfield, Retrieves It To Find Special Souvenir Selfie (Photo)

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Last night's soul-stirring comeback against Dortmund at Anfield was temporarily tempered for one Liverpool fan who thought he'd managed to lose his phone amid the pandemonium that ensued in the wake of Dejan Lovren's 91st-minute winner.

The Reds fan in question charged onto the pitch to celebrate Lovren's dramatic header, only to have his phone slip out of his pocket at the crucial moment.

Europa League: Liverpool Fan Who Missed Dortmund Game Vows To Call Newborn Baby Dejan

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Liverpool's dramatic comeback against Dortmund on Thursday night will go down in history as another great European evening at Anfield. For one Reds' fan, the game was so momentous that he vowed to call his newborn son after match-winner Dejan Lovren.

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The fan in question, 'Michael', missed the Europa League classic as his wife was giving birth to a baby boy.

Anfield Rocks As Liverpool Produce Classic Euro-Comeback Against Borussia Dortmund (Photos & Highlights)

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On the night thatAnfield commemorated the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, the famous stadium hosted yet another incredible European night, with Liverpool producing an incredible 4-3 comeback win against Borussia Dortmund.

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With the tie all-square after the first-leg in Germany, Dortmund stunned the home fans with two goals in the first nine minutes, courtesy ofHenrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (via a superb Marco Reus assist).

Europa League: Borussia Dortmund Limber Up At Non-League Marine FC Ahead Of Liverpool Clash (Photos & Video)

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With a big ol' Europa League quarter-final second leg against Liverpool to get ship-shape for, Borussia Dortmund decided to stage a pre-match training session at the humble home ground of Merseyside-based minnows Marine FC.

For the uninitiated, Marine FCcurrently play in the Northern Premier League Premier Division the same leagueas Salford City, the club owned by the Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers.

On This Day In 1984: Plucky Plymouth Argyle Take 20,000 Fans To Villa Park For FA Cup Semi-Final (Photos & Video)

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On 14th April 1984, Plymouth Argyle played an FA Cup semi-final at Villa Park against Watford.

The Pilgrims' progress in the 1983/84 competition had definitely caught the imagination, coaxinga whopping 20,000 travelling Argyle fans into making the 350-mile round-trip to the West Midlands in order to roartheir team on.

Deal Revealed: West Ham To Pay Just £48,000 Weekly Rent At Olympic Stadium

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It's been revealed that West Ham will pay £2.5million per annumto rent the Olympic Stadium for the next 99 years, beginning next season.

The stadium's owners, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) today lost their appeal against a long-running legal battleand were forced to publish the full details of their concession agreement with West Ham as a result.

‘I’m Not Sexist, I Just Think Women Shouldn’t Talk About Football’ – Sinisa Mihajlovic Confirms He’s Definitely Not Sexist

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Hardly regarded as one of football's classiest acts, Sinisa Mihajlovic has a long history of failing to keep his nigh-on medievalworld view to himself.

The Serbian lost his job as AC Milan manager at the weekend whenthe equallyobsequious Silvio Berlusconi ran out of patience and pulled the plug on his 10-month tenure, immediatelyreplacing him with Christian Brocchi.

Singapore ‘Keeper Hassan Sunny Assumed Surprise Inclusion On ‘World’s Top 20 Goalkeepers’ List Was An April Fool’s Joke

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The veteran Singaporean goalkeeper who found his way into the Daily Telegraph's rundown of the top 20 goalkeepers in world football has admitted that he assumed his inclusion on the list was an April Fool's Day joke.

The Telegraph named Hassan Sunny as the 18th best stopper currently active, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Manuel Neuer, Thibaut Courtois, Joe Hart, David De Gea, Petr Cech and Gigi Buffon.

Referee Kevin Friend Removed From Tottenham’s Next Game Because He’s A Leicester City Supporter

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The Premier League have bowed to public pressure and removed referee Kevin Friend from Tottenham's game against Stoke City next Monday because he just so happens to be a fan of Spurs' title rivals, Leicester City.

Many Tottenham fans complained when it was announced Friend would oversee the potentially crucial game.

MSN Go MIA: Atletico Madrid Dump Barcelona Out Of Champions League After Antoine Griezmann Brace (Photos & Highlights)

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Barcelona's hopes of winning back-to-back Champions League titles were extinguished at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday night, with Atletico Madrid winning 2-0 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate.

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A fine first-half header from French winger Antoine Griezmann levelled the tie at 2-1 in the first-half, as Barca struggled to break down Diego Simeone's well-drilled side.

FA Cup: Mark Noble Carries Ander Herrera Off The Pitch As Man Utd Knock Out West Ham At Boleyn Ground (Video)

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In the last-ever cup tie at Upton Park, West Ham failed to mark the occasion with a win, instead going down to 2-1 to Manchester United and thus missing out on an FA Cup semi-final appearance. With the score at 2-0, courtesy of a cracker from Marcus Rashford and a close-range effort from Marouane Fellaini, Hammers' captain got rather frustrated with the perceived time-wasting of Ander Herrera.

Vinnie Jones To Play Ex-Leicester Manager Nigel Pearson In ‘Jamie Vardy: The Movie’

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It would appear that what surely must've started as a grog-fuelled wager just before kicking-out time is slowly becoming a reality, with the news that the makers of the seemingly-imminent Jamie Vardy movie are keen to start making casting decisions.

Indeed, the Leicester Mercury are reporting that screenwriter and producer Adrian Butchart is keento go along with a poll ran by the newspaper, that saw readers vote Vinnie Jones as the actorthey want to see bring ex-Foxes manager Nigel Pearson to life on the big screen.

On This Day In 1936: Luton Striker Joe Payne Has The Pleasure Of Scoring Ten Goals In One Game – A Record That Still Stands Today

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Joe Payne of Luton Town, circa 1936

On 13th April 1936, Luton Town centre forward Joe Payne wrote himself into the history books by scoring 10 goals in a12-0 hammeringof Bristol Rovers.

Payne's incredible solo haul remains the record number of ever goals scored by an individual in a league football match.

Aston Villa To Forgo End-Of-Season Award Party For Second Successive Season Due To There Being Absolutely No Point

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Coming as a surprise to quite literally nobody, Aston Villa have taken the executive decision to cancel the club's 2015/16 awards party.

Having been glued to thebottom of the Premier League since November, Villa will be mathematically relegated from the top flight for the first time in almost 30 years shouldthey drop so much as a point against Manchester United this coming weekend.

Leicester And Tottenham Dominate As PFA Announce ‘Player Of The Year’ & ‘Young Player Of The Year’ Award Shortlists

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It's that time of year again, when the PFA emerge from the shadows to reveal their 'player of the year' picks.

There are no surprises this season, with the Premier League's top two sides, Leicester and Tottenham, dominating proceedings across the two categories.

The PFA 'Player of the Year Award' shortlist looks like this:

Jamie Vardy
Harry Kane
N'Golo Kante
Riyad Mahrez
Mesut Ozil
Dimitri Payet

While the 'Young Player of the Year Award' nominees are as follows:

Dele Alli
Harry Kane
Jack Butland
Philippe Coutinho
Romelu Lukaku
Ross Barkley

We're having a shiny groat on the panel picking Mahrezfor the full-fat award and Kane for the junior version.

Dundee United Defender Has Contract Terminated Days After Inexplicably Weird ‘Hand Ball’ Incident

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"Ta ra, lads. I'm offski..."

Dundee United have terminated the contract of Gavin Gunning just days after the defender was involved in an extremely peculiar incident during Saturday's SPL game against Inverness.

Part-way through the second half, Gunning forced the match to grind to a halt when he picked the ball up and wandered off the pitch with it in his hands.

Anthony Joshua Confesses That An Addiction To FIFA 16 Almost Buggered Up His Entire Boxing Career

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He may have taken just 292 seconds for him to becomethe IBF world heavyweight champion on Saturday night, but Anthony Joshua has revealed that a full-on addiction to FIFA 16 very nearly disrupted his entire boxing career.

Joshua, 26, was forced to give up playingFIFAentirely before his title fight against Charles Martin at the O2 Arena in London as his marathon gaming sessions were effecting his sleeping patterns and, ergo, his intensive pre-bout training regime.

Leicester City: Jamie Vardy Reveals Claudio Ranieri Has Banned Him From Shooting In Training Drills

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Leicester City top-scorer Jamie Vardy has revealed that the secret tohis impressive 21-goal Premier League haul this season has been putting in next-to-no-extra shooting practice on the training pitch.

In fact, Vardy has been banned from taking part in shooting drills by manager Claudio Ranieri for fear that it might knacker the striker's legs out.

Man City Fans Manage To Sum Up All Of Modern Day Football’s Ills With One Depressing Photo

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You may not have been aware at the time, but last night saw one of the most significant, depressingsporting images of our time was captured during Man City's slim second-leg victory over PSG.

WhileSergio Aguero conspired to fluff his first-half penalty, behind the goal a sea of camera-toting City fans, who had presumably paid an awful lot of money for their seats, decided to watch the action unfold through their phones instead.

Champions League: Real Madrid Boss Zinedine Zidane Rips Trousers Celebrating Tie-Winning Cristiano Ronaldo Hat-Trick (Video)

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Cometh the hour, cometh the (waxed and buffed) man. 2-0 down from their Champions League quarter-final first-leg against Wolfsburg, Real Madrid needed some divine inspiration on Tuesday nightand the one and only Cristiano Ronaldo was on hand, yet again, to provide the requisite magic, with his tie-winning performance sending his boss Zinedine Zidane into a spin.

Citizens March On: Kevin De Bruyne Fires Man City Into Champions League Semi-Finals For First Time Ever (Video)

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Manchester City may have endured a disappointing Premier League campaign, but in Europe, the Citizens' adventure continues. Manuel Pellegrini's charges went into Tuesday night's quarter-final at the Etihad against PSG with the scores all square at 2-2, but a goal from the outstanding Kevin De Bruyne booked City a place in the last four for the very first time.

Liverpool: Alberto Moreno Proudly Shows Off Bewildering New ‘Gun-Toting Chimpanzee’ Tattoo (Photo)

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As the old adage goes, a fool and his money are soon parted and never has it been proven more times over than when it comes to professional footballers.

In this instance, it's Liverpool's Spanish full-back Alberto Moreno and therather hideous new tattoo he proudly showed off onhis Instagram account this afternoon.

Poking The Bear: Zenit St Petersburg Hit Back After Daily Mail Include Club Crest In ‘Worst Ever’ List

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By Joseph Viney (@jjviney)

The Daily Mail is famous for its incendiary attitude. It regularly invites anger and scorn from the population over how it portrays some of their subjects.

When they're not referring toan 8-year-old girl as a "leggy beauty", then they're attacking the dead fathers of prominent British politicians.

Splash Fight: Water-Logged Pitch Leads To Wonderfully Childish Scenes In Bulgarian Lower Leagues (Video)

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The following sequence of events emanated from the recent Bulgarian fourth-tier encounter between Lokomotiv Sofia and Levski Chepintsi, during which a water-logged penalty spot caused wonderfully childish scenes to break out.

After winning a penalty, one Lokomotiv player did his level best to remove the large puddle that had engulfedthe spot, even getting down on his hands and knees in an attempt to sweep the standing water away.

Retro Football: Jimmy Gauld And The Betting Syndicate Scandal That Rocked English Football In The Mid-1960s

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On the morning of the 12th April, 1964, the Sunday People newspaper broke one of the most sensational scandal stories in British football history.

The paper revealed that a syndicate of professional footballers had colluded to fix matches on which they'd bet on the outcome of. The story was eventually to lead to the jailing of 10 players for a string of offences.

Besiktas’ Swanky New Stadium Has Screens In The Back Of The Seats So Fans Can Watch Instant Replays (Photos)

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It was three years in the making, but Besiktas finally played their first game inside their brand new stadium last night after it was officially inaugurated behind closed doorsoverthe weekend.

This being Turkish football, the occasion didn't pass without incident, withriot police using tear gas to disperse aswarm of largely ticketless fans that congregated outside the Vodafone Arena.

Lego Launch Collectible Mini-Figure Set Of The Germany Euro 2016 Squad (Including Jogi Low)

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Ithadbeen in the pipeline for some time, but today the German Football Federation (DFB) have announced that Lego have immortalised their Euro 2016 squad with acollectible minifigure set of their very own.

The specific players included haven't been confirmed, but the image above appears to show Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, Mats Hummels, Manuel Neuer and Mesut Ozil to name but a few.

Dnipro ‘Keeper Jan Lastuvka Scores Massive 75-Yard Goal Only To Have It Immediately Disallowed (Video)

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You have to feel for Dnipro 'keeperJan Lastuvka, who was *this* close to being sworn into the Royal Antediluvian Order Of The Goalscoring Goalies over the weekend, only to see his membership unceremoniously mulched in front of his eyes.

The Dnipro stopper walloped a massive, 75-yard hoofer past his opposing number during the weekend's game against Zorya, only for the meddling referee to chalk the goal off immediately after spotting an off-the-ball infringement.

Pure Madness: Palermo Sack Walter Novellino After Four Games, Set To Make NINTH Managerial Switch Of The Season

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Attemptingto keep abreast of Palermo's managerial situation is something akin to plaiting smoke, but we're going to try and bring you up to speed here.

With his side now tucked inside the Serie A relegation zone with six games left, Palermo owner Maurizio Zamparini sacked coachWalter Novellino last night after just four games in charge.

Tickets For Leicester City’s Final Home Game Of The Season Are Selling For £15,000

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If you have any designs on catching Leicester City's final home game of the season then you better start emptying your bank account and selling off your assets.

According to the BBC, several Leicester fans have complained to the club after finding tickets for the Everton match on 7th May on sale for thousands and thousands of poundsviaunspecified re-sale websites.

John Terry Stumps Up To Help Cover Cost Of Young Chelsea Fan’s Funeral

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He's often cast as nothing short of pure evil, but John Terry has once again defied the less-than-complimentary common consensus by arranging to pay for a young Chelsea fan's funeral.

Indeed, according to the Beeb, Terry has donated £1,600 to the family of Blues supporter Tommi Miller, who sadly succumbed to leukaemia last monthat the heart-breakingly young age of eight.

Newcastle: Daryl Janmaat Breaks Two Fingers After Punching Dressing Room Wall During Southampton Defeat

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Turns out that the team's collective professional pride wasn't the only thing to take a battering after Newcastle's dreadful 3-0 defeat against Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

The Chronicle report today that defender Daryl Janmaat managed to end the day with a self-inflicted injury that forced him to leave St.

On This Day In 1959: England Legend Billy Wright Becomes The First Player To Win 100 Caps For His Country

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The first player in world football to make 100 appearances for his country was England's Billy Wright, and he achieved the feat on 11th April 1959 when he appeared in a 1-0 victory over Scotland at Wembley.

Shropshire-born Wright captained Wolverhampton Wanderers during the club's glory years, leading the old gold to three league titles in 1954, 1958 and 1959, and an FA Cup in 1949.

Sunderland: Fabio Borini And Jack Rodwell Show Us Just What £18m Gets You These Days (Video)

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By Joseph Viney (@jjviney)

It's fair to say that Sunderland haven't had the best season. Scratch that, they haven't had the best decade really, have they?

As the north-east club stare relegation in the face, they need their best players to stand up and be counted; to take the team by the scruff of the neck and pull them out of the mire and ensure survival for another year.

Off With Her Head: Rampaging High School ‘Keeper Poleaxes Striker With Ferocious Flying Spear Takedown (Video)

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Trailing 4-1 against local rivals Pine Crest with the game in its final throes and almost nothing on the line, Cassie Sturtz, the goalkeeper for the Florida-based Pine Forest girl's high school team picked her moment to write her name into the annals of horror tackle history.

With a Pine Crest forward baring down on her goal unencumbered, Sturtz came rampagingout of her area and proceeded to nearlybrain her opponent with a neck-high, flying spear takedownfor the ages.

Plonker: Distraught Arsenal Supporter Picks Fight With West Ham’s Teddy Bear Mascot (Video)

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By Joseph Viney (@jjviney)

Arsenal fans have a deserved reputation for being just a *little* bit cringey. If they're not screaming "WENGER OUT!" after not scoring in the first 15 seconds of a game, then the continued presence of Arsenal Fan TV is certain to provide you withenough painfully induced squirms tokeep you going for several days.

Man City: Samir Nasri Assures Pep Guardiola He’ll Be A ‘Lucky Man’ To Have Samir Nasri In His Squad

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Making his first Premier League start for almost sevenmonths, Samir Nasri returned from the very fringes of existence to play a starring role in Manchester City's 2-1 win over West Brom at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon.

The French midfielder proved instrumental, conducting play, putting in the hard yards in defence and evenpopping up with what proved to be the winning goal with half-an-hour or so of the game left to play.

It’s Complicated: Jordon Ibe Removes All Mention Of Liverpool Football Club From Social Media

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The relationship between Jordon Ibe and Liverpool appears to have been broken beyond repair after the player removed all mention of the club that pays him a king's ransom from his social media accounts.

The 20-year-old midfielder has barely figured in manager Jurgen Klopp's plans over the last few weeks and his omission from the matchday squadthat beat Stoke 4-1 yesterday afternoon seems to have been the final straw.

Empoli Midfielder Piotr Zielinski Earns One-Match Suspension After Helpful Teammate Removes His Shirt During Goal Celebration (Video)

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Empoli will have to manage without Piotr Zielinski for next Sunday's trip to Lazio after the Polish midfielder earned himself a one-match suspension duringSunday's 2-0 home win over Fiorentina.

Not that he had much to do with picking up the yellow card that sealed his fate, however.

Marseille Fans Mock Their Struggling Team By Playing ‘Yakety Sax’ Every Time They Have Possession (Video)

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Marseille fans really aren't happy at the moment, what with their team wallowing way down in 14th place in Ligue 1, a whopping 43 points behind leaders PSG and just six points above the dotted line o' doom. They haven't won a league game at home since September that's how bad things have gotten.

As such, miffed L'OM supporters used this weekend's game against Bordeaux at the Stade Velodrome to stage a mass protest, with several large goat placards (generally poor players are referred to as 'goats' in French football circles) being held aloft as well as banners pleading with the club's presidentto be spared the "humiliation of relegation".

Leicester City Become First Ever Non-Italian Club To Be Featured On Corriere Dello Sport’s Front Cover (Photo)

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As Leicester City continue to defy all logic bymaintaining their lead at the top of the Premier League, the plaudits just keep pouring in for Claudio Ranieri's mob.

This morning, the Foxes have become the first ever non-Italianclub to be featured front and centre on the hallowed Monday cover of Corriere dello Sport, which trumpets Ranieri's tears of joy as his "outsiders move a step closer to the title".

Portland Timbers In Uproar As Nigel De Jong Only Cautioned For Nobbling Darlington Nagbe With Filthy, Studs-Up Tackle (Video)

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LA Galaxy and Portland Timbers hammered out a 1-1 draw in MLSlast night, but it was a truly horrendous tackle from Galaxy midfielder Nigel de Jong that proved to be the main talking point after the match.

The Dutch hatchet man came perilously close to doing Darlington Nagbe serious harm when he nobbled the Timbers man with a bloody filthy 'challenge' in the latter stages of the game.

Officially Psyched: Linesman Gets Bizarrely Pumped Up Before Man Utd v Tottenham Clash (Video)

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Ahead of Tottenham's 3-0 win against Manchester United on Sunday, one of the officials produced a rather odd display of self-motivation in the White Hart Lane tunnel.

Linesman Eddie Smart was more pumped up than the players, although one wonders if he was (over) performing for the cameras. Still, it's quite scary!

Shit Lookalikes: Jason Puncheon And Friends & ‘The Entombment Of Christ’ By Raphael…

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Inwhat might just be the most high-brow Shit Lookalike we've ever featured on Pies, a tip of the hat is definitely due to Crystal Palace fansDuleep Allirajah and Ed Barrett who jointly noted that the giddy aftermath of Jason Puncheon's winning goal against Swansea bore a distinct resemblance to a work by an Italian Renaissance master.

Something For The Weekend: Saudi Arabian Match Temporarily Halted While Goalkeeper Receives Emergency Haircut (Video)

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There were confusing scenes over in the Saudi Arabian league this weekend when a match had to be temporarily suspended while the goalkeeper received an emergency hair cut.

From what we've been able to glean from this decidedly vague Belgianreport, the Saudi sporting authorities took issue with the keeper's "un-Islamic" hairstyle and ordered him to sort it out there and then.

Leicester Boss Claudio Ranieri In Tears As Foxes Beat Sunderland, Move Step Closer to Fairytale Title Win (Video)

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Leicester City moved a step closer to a wonderfully unexpected Premier League title after beating Sunderland 2-0 on Sunday. The result saw the Foxes temporarily go 10 points clear at the top of the table (now seven points after Spurs beat Man Utd), and with the dream now almost a reality, Foxes' boss Claudio Ranieri became quite emotional.

Red Mist: Peeved PSV Defender Santiago Arias Puts Fist Through Glass Window After Being Sent-Off (Video)

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With just a couple of points between themselves and Ajax at the top of the table, things are obviously beginning to get a little tense in the PSV camp as the Eredivisie title race rollson apace.

With an hour or so gone and the game still frustratingly goalless, PSV full-back Santiago Arias did his side no favours by picking up a second yellow for clambering all over Willem II defender Guus Joppen.

Non League: South Shields’ Warren Byrne Scores Outrageous Goal Of The Season Contender (Video)

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Johan Cruyff, Thierry Henry and er, Theo Walcott are just some of the all-time greats to don the no.14 shirt. Well you can add the name of Warren Byrne to that list, after the South Shields striker produced a moment of exquisite genius in his side's 3-0Northern League Division Two win against the tongue-twisting Tow Law Town.

Snapshot: Crystal Palace Celebrate Jason Puncheon Winner As Eagles Enjoy First League Victory Of 2016…

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After enduring a dreadful run of form this year, Crystal Palace finally secured a win, via their 1-0 victory against Norwich City at Selhurst Park.

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The victory, which sees the Eagles go a significant 10 points clear of the drop-zone. The goal came courtesy of a Jason Puncheon on 68 minutes, and the winger and his team-mates (understandably) celebrated that strike with a healthy dose of emotion.

Dutch Second Division Side Parody Infamous Cristiano Ronaldo Post-Clasico Dressing Room Photo

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Almere City, a side who ply their trade in the second tier of Dutch football, have decided to re-create that now infamous Real Madrid post-Clasico dressing room photo.

On Friday, Almere secured a 2-1 win away to Oss FC, and celebrated in style. The Madrid photo featured that shy, retiring wallflower Cristiano Ronaldo posing in his just his knickers and looking rather like a human-sized Action Man.

Andy Carroll Makes Late Bid For England EURO 2016 Squad, Bags Quickfire Hat-Trick As West Ham Draw 3-3 With Arsenal (Video)

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West Ham striker Andy Carroll netted a superb hat-trick for West Ham against Arsenal on Saturday, to give the Hammers a share of the points in an entertaining 3-3 draw. The striker's performance has also got people wondering whether the target-man would be useful addition to Roy Hodgson's England squad for EURO 2016.

FAIL: Catastrophic Goalkeeping Whoopsie Sees England Women Go 1-0 Down Against Belgium (Video)

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"SORRY GUYS!"

Though England Women did go on to fight their way back to a 1-1 draw against Belgium in Friday night's Euro 2017 qualifier, the opening goal of the game was nothing short of calamitous.

Unfortunately, England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley was to blame as her prolonged hesitation and subsequent botched clearance on the edge of the box allowed Belgian forwardJanice Cayman in to roll the ball into a completely vacant net.

Barcelona: Ex-Agent Accuses Luis Suarez Of Having ‘Psychological Problems’ (And Difficulties With Counting)

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Hard to comprehend as it may be, theformer agent of Luis Suarez has accused the Barcelona striker of having "psychological problems" as part of an ongoing feud over money, and precisely who owes it to whom.

The agent in questionjust so happens to be ex-Uruguay international Daniel Fonseca, who has tarnished Suarez's good name by branding his former client a "coward" and a "liar" in the latest round of a deep-seated quarrel that dates back to 2006.

Future Dortmund Stars Marco Reus & Kevin Grosskreutz Were Both Liverpool Mascots For The 2001 UEFA Cup Final (Photo)

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In the aftermatch of Jurgen Klopp's return to Dortmund with Liverpool last night, the German press have been trawling the archives to keep the ball rolling for as long as possible.

After a bit of digging, Sport BILD managed to pull a couple of film stills out fromthe archives that showcurrent BVB star Marcos Reus, along with former teammate Kevin Grosskreutz (now at Stuttgart), serving as fresh-faced young mascots for Liverpool at the 2001 UEFA Cup Final, which was staged in Dortmund.

On This Day In 1988: 17-Year-Old Alan Shearer Starts His Goalscoring Career With A Bang (Video)

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On 8th April 1988, Southampton's prized young gem, a spindly blonde urchin by the name of Alan Shearer, opened his senior goal-scoring account in style.

At the tender age of 17 years and 240 days, Shearer got things under way with a hat-trick against Arsenal at The Dell and, in doing so, became the youngest player to score a hat-trick in the top flight of English football.

Sepp Blatter: Disgraced, Banned Former FIFA President To Appear On Panel To Discuss How FIFA Should Reform

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Who better to appear on a panel discussing the restoration of FIFA's integritythan the man who presided over the complete and total decimation of it?

That's right. It's been announced that Sepp Blatter, FIFA's disgraced and deposed ex-leader, is to take part in an upcoming debateat the University of Baselto discuss how football's beleaguered governing bodycan successfully transition through its current quagmire of corruption and make reforms in the future.

Ipswich Town: Ainsley Maitland-Niles Dropped After Mum Leaves ‘Abusive’ Message On Mick McCarthy’s Voicemail

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As you may or may not have noticed,young Arsenal loanee Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been missing from the Ipswich team for the past couple of games.

This is because the 18-year-old winger's mother has fallen foul of Mick McCarthy having reportedly left an "abusive" voicemail message on the Ipswich manager's phone.

Miniature Hero: Newcastle Reward 7-Year-Old Fan Who Stayed Behind To Help Police Clean Up After Sunderland Derby

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Having roped in the police to help track him down, Newcastle have rewarded a young fan who stayed behind after last month's derby draw against Sunderland to help clean up St James' Park.

Seven-year-old Tyler Heaviside, from County Durham, stuck around after the final whistle and lent the police on duty a hand by clearing up rolls of tape that had been scattered outside the stadium.

Snapshot: Leicester Boss Claudio Ranieri Scoops ‘Premier League Manager Of The Month’ Award For March

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After overseeing three 1-0 wins and a draw last month to maintain Leicester City's seven-point lead at the summit, Claudio Ranieri has landed the Premier League Manager of the Month award for March the Italian's second such award of the season so far. Beware the curse!

FAIL: Tahitian Goalkeeper Scores The Most Deft, Skilful, Perplexing Own-Goal We’ve Ever Seen (Video)

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We know we'veproclaimedthis a lot over the years, but this just might be the most baffling own-goal we've ever seen here at Pies.

The chap responsible is AS Tefana (of Tahiti) goalkeeper Mikael Roche, who somehow managed to slot a first-time 'shot' into his own net from an acute angle under minimalpressure during a recent game against Fijian side Nadi.

Goosebumps: Dortmund And Liverpool Fans Belt Out ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ Ahead Of Europa League Clash (Video)

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With both sides sharing the same pre-match anthem, the build-up to Thursday night's Europa League clash between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool at theWestfalenstadion was always going to be special.

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When the 80,000 fans sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' it was indeed quite an incredible moment.

Good News: There Is An Alternate Reality Where Arsenal Are Top Of The Premier League – Bad News: It Doesn’t Actually Exist

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With their title tilt faltering afore their eyes once again, Arsenal fans might be able to salvage a crumb of comfortfrom knowingthat there is an alternate reality in which their team is top of the Premier League table.

Such is there wont, the Premier League themselves have crunched the numbers and totted up a hypothetical league table that takesevery single shot that has hit the woodwork in the top flight this season and counts it as if the goal had gone in.

Leicester City All Over The Shop As John Terry Reveals PFA Player & Team Of The Year Award Selection (Photo)

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As he has done for the past few years, John Terry has taken to Instagram to share his voting slip for this year's PFA Player and Team of the Year awards.

Unsurprisingly, Leicester City feature heavily in Terry's selections, with the Chelsea stalwart picking Riyad Mahrezas his player of the season.

Roberto Martinez: Leighton Baines Has Apologised For (Quite Rightly) Pointing Out That Everton Are A Bit Crap

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has today confirmed that Leighton Baines felt the need to apologise for comments he made earlier in the week wherein he pointed out that the listless Toffeesmight be a little lacking in the team chemistry department.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Baines admitted that Everton as a collective have beenover-reliant on certain players this season and that the team's morale is constantly in flux due to the inconsistency of their results.

Classic Kit Clashes: A Brief History Of Football’s Fashion Faux Pas

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This coming weekend marks the 19th anniversary of the day a clash of blue-hued kitssaw Chelsea forced to take to the field against Coventry City at Highfield Road wearing the home side's chequered away kit. A memorable afternoon, particularly for City's shirt sponsors, Peugeot.

To that end, here's a light smattering ofother notable kit clash incidents.

Research Finds Premier League Players Under-Perform Because Of ‘Worries Over Poker Losses’

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A study conducted by Graeme Law of the University of Chester has found that many Premier League players regularly under-perform due to worries arising from poker games being played on the team coach or at hotels before matches, etc.

Law, who is due to present his research at the British Sociological Association's annual conference in Birmingham today, interviewed 34 current and former professionals of international, Premier League and lower league status and found that many felt their performances on the pitch had been affectedby gambling issues at one time or another.

Malacca United: Teenage Goalkeeper In ‘Critical Condition’ After Being Struck By Lightning During Training

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An 18-year-old, Australian-born goalkeeper is currently in intensive care in a Malaysian hospital after being struck by lightning during a training session on Tuesday afternoon.

Stefan Petrovski and his teammate Muhd Afiq Azuan, who both play for top-flight side Malacca United, were hit by a bolt from the blue during thepractice session ahead of aPresidents Cup game against Perak on Thursday.

West Ham: Dimitri Payet’s Free-Kicks Are So Perfectly Perfect That He’s Stopped Practising Them

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Having scored a succession of perfectly-dispatched free-kicks over the past couple of months, Dimitri Payet has revealed that his set-piece technique has become so perfectly honed that he's stopped practising altogether.

After pinging one in off the bar against Bournemouth in January, the bang-in-form West Ham forward really began to get into his stride, following up with a series of similarly exquisite free-kicks against Blackburn, Manchester United and Crystal Palace.

Ex-Liverpool Star Didi Hamann Shows Vicious Side, Slams Fernando (and 10-Year-Old Kids!) After Brazilian’s Champions League Balls-Up (Video)

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Manchester City came away from Wednesday night's error-strewn clash with PSG in Paris with a very precious draw. However, Manuel Pellegrini will still be livid with Fernando for his appalling ricket which handed the hosts an instant equaliser after Kevin De Bruyne had given City the lead.

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Over on RTE, pundit Didi Hamann ripped into the Brazilian for his mistake and also showed why maybe the former German international should never coach junior football.

Champions League: Marcelo Produces Utterly Embarrassing Dive As Real Madrid Lose 2-0 Away To Wolfsburg (Video)

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It was a bad night for Real Madrid on Wednesday, with Zinedine Zidane's star-studded side deservedly losing 2-0 away at Wolfsburg in their Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash.

However, even more embarrassing than Madrid'ssurprise defeat were the histrionics of full-back Marcelo, who produced an appalling dive after a nothing clash withMaximilian Arnold.

Clanger: Man City Midfielder Fernando Gifts PSG An Immediate Equaliser With Calamitous Ricket (Video)

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Having fought so hard to establisha one-goal lead against the run of play through Kevin de Bruyne, Man City enjoyed their narrow advantage for roughly two whole minutes against PSG before a monumental gaffe from Fernando (with a half-assist from Joe Hart) saw it comprehensively cancelled out.

Coming so soon after City's opening goal that it was actually missed by the BT Sport cameras, Fernando collected a painfully pointless short goal-kick from Hart under pressure from a couple of PSG forwards.

Befuddled Brazilian ‘Keeper Pulls Off Brilliant Back-Heeled Penalty Save Without Having A Clue Where The Ball Is (Video)

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A trulymagical moment from Internacional's recent Campeonato Gaucho game against Gloria has been doing the rounds of late after the Gloria 'keeper managed to successfully repel a penalty kick despite having absolutely no idea where the ball was at any point.

It was Internacional's Marquinhos who was tasked with dispatching the kick, only to see it come back of both posts and into his path.

Two Real Madrid Fans Attempt To Sue Florentino Perez For ‘Moral Damages’ Over Shambolic Copa Del Rey Elimination

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One for fans of frivolous law suits here, with the news that two Real Madrid fans are attempting to sue president Florentino Perez for "moral damages" over the club's slapstickexpulsion from this season's Copa del Rey.

Real were eliminated from the competition for unwittinglyfielding an ineligible player during their last-32 tie against Cadiz back in December.

Let’s Hear It For… Leicester, Tottenham And The Most Exciting Premier League Title Chase For Years!

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There could be few more romantic stories in football than an economically-run team coming from nowhere to win a first league title in 55 years by utilising a core group of home-grown players in a team led by a manager who has coached, rather than bought, his way to success.

Unless, perhaps, it is the story of a plucky little team that has never won a single top-flight title in its entire history coming from nowhere, utilising an unlikely rag-bagof bargain buys, lesser lights and cast-offs led by an affable manager previously deemeda complete flunkin English football.

Leicester City Players To Have Streets Renamed In Their Honour If They Win The Premier League

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Given that Leicester City have a bigger leadat the top of the Premier League than fellow table-toppers Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus all currently possessin their respective leagues, the probabilityof themactually pulling this bloody thing off is becoming less unthinkable as the weeks go by.

Reports: Aston Villa Keen To Bring In Andy Townsend As Director Of Football

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Just when you thought the straits couldn't get any more dire for Aston Villa, it's being mooted today that the Premier League stragglers might be about to give Andy Townsend a job.

According to The Sun, Villa's new chairman Steve Hollis has contacted Townsend, who spent four years at Villa Park in the mid-1990s,about joining the "new-look team" he's assembling behind the scenes ina 'director of football' capacity.

On This Day In 2010: Lionel Messi’s Majestic Four-Goal Masterclass Mesmerises Arsenal (Video)

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Try picking Lionel Messi's finest hour and you'll find yourself spoiled for choice. That said,his four-goal masterclass against Arsenal at the Nou Camp on 6th April 201o is surely a strong contender.

The first leg of the Champions League tie had been drawn 2-2, and when Niklas Bendtner yes, you read that correctly popped up to put the Gunners ahead in the 19th minute, things took a rosy sheen for the Premier League side.

Scandal: Fans Revolt After Celebrity Doncaster Rovers Fan Louis Tomlinson Just Happens To Win Kit Design Competition

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The Doncaster Rovers fandom is up in arms at the moment after the club's most prominentcelebrity supporter, Louis Tomlinson of One Direction fame, just so happened to win Rovers' competition to design their new away kit for next season.

Tomlinson teamed up with his granddad Len and submitted a mock-upinto the competition, with their 2016/17 shirt duly being selected as one of five designs put to the public vote on Rover's official website.

AC Milan: Thiago Silva Reminisces About The Time Zlatan Ibrahimovic Dumped Rino Gattuso In A Wheelie Bin

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"Smile to the people or you're going back in the bin"

Everywhere Zlatan Ibrahimovic goes, people are almost certain to get manhandledand dumped in things. It's a truism. A law of nature.

Indeed, Thiago Silva has been reminiscing about his time at AC Milan, specifically about playing alongside current PSG teammate Ibrahimovicfor the first time.

Atletico Madrid: Fernando Torres, Filipe Luis & Diego Simeone Have One Giant Moan About Barcelona

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"Don't worry Nando, it'll all be over soon..."

Just as they did in La Liga back in January, Atletico Madrid went a goal up at the Camp Nou, had a man sent off and then proceeded to lose 2-1 to Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals last night.

The result rubbed several of the Atleti camp raw, with jilted trio Fernando Torres (who scored the opener before getting himself dismissed shortly thereafter), Filipe Luis and Diego Simeone all lining up to mither about Barca and the perceived favour they receive from the Champions League higher-ups.

Aston Villa Spend £2m On Having The Word ‘Prepared’ Removed From Their Club Crest

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(*Artist's impression of the new Villa crest)

Presumably pre-empting a lawsuit from the Trading Standards Agency, Aston Villa have spent a significant sum of money having the word 'Prepared' removed from their club crest.

Yep. The club have reportedly blown £2million tolet London-based design company SomeOne re-draft Villa's "entire visual identity", including the crest.

‘I See Dead People’ – Man City Midfielder Fabien Delph Claims To Have Seen Not One, But Four Ghosts (Video)

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Manchester City and England midfielder Fabien Delph has been known to ghost past an opponent on the football field. However, the 26-year-old has now revealed that he has also had more than one real-life encounter with phantoms from the afterlife.

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Delph made these rather eye-opening revelations during a Man City question and answer session on YouTube.

Champions League: Match-Winner Luis Suarez Dodges Sending-Off As Barcelona Beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 (Video)

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Luis Suarez was the match-winner at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night, with the Uruguayan hitman bagging a brace for Barcelona against Atletico Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final first leg clash. However, the ex-Liverpool man was lucky to be on the pitch to score those vital goals after kicking out at defender Juanfran.

Tantrum: Napoli Goal-Hound Gonzalo Higuain Given Four-Game Ban (At Worst Possible Time) For Red Card Strop At Udinese

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Napoli still fancy they have an outside chance of pipping Juventus to the Scudetta, positioned six points behindthe Serie A leaders with sevengames left to play.

However, there aspirations of usurping the front-runners may have just disappeared in a puff of smoke with the news that Gonzalo Higuain has been hit with a four-match ban for his little temper tantrum during the 3-1 away defeat against Udinese at the weekend.

End Of An Era: PSV Eindhoven Unveil Their Final Ever Kit With ‘Philips’ As Shirt Sponsor (Photos)

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What you're looking at here is the end of an era. Having been plonked front and centre on PSV's jerseyssince the birth of shirt sponsorship, 2015/16 will be the final season in which the Dutch side take to the field with Philips emblazoned across their chests.

PSV were originally founded as a sports club for employees of the Philips factory in Eindhoven and have had their company named on the shirts since 1982.

Man City: Roberto Mancini Had His Assistant Warm Up His Jumper With A Hairdryer On Cold Days

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Bobby Two Hats, in all his bobbled glory

One look at Roberto Mancini's standard winterMan City training garb is enough to tell you that he is a man who does not like the cold. Not one bit.

Indeed, it appearsthat the Italian went to great lengths to stave off the chill Mancunian climate during his time in the north west, including having a little chappre-warm his clothes for him while he was out on the training pitch.

On The Anniversary Of The First Ibrox Stadium Disaster, Football’s Sombre Roll Call…

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A sombre note today on the anniversary of the first major disaster in football. On 5th April 1902, at Ibrox Park in Glasgow, a section of the stand collapsed during a match, killing 26 people and injuring 517 more.

Scotland were playing England in a British Home Championship match at the time when, 51 minutes in, the terracing on the newly-built West Tribune Stand caved in sent hundreds of fans plummeting over 40 feet to the ground.

Arsene Wenger Forced To Change Coat After Turning Up To FA Youth Cup Game Wearing His Old Nike Jacket (Photos)

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If there's one thing you could never accuse Pies of, it's shirking the big stories.

Last night saw Arsenal's younglings take on their Man City counterparts in the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup.

As you'd expect, several of Arsenal's senior staff members were in attendance to keep a beady eye out for potential rising stars.

Shit Lookalikes: Antonio Conte And Brett Anderson (Lead Singer Of Britpop Poseurs Suede)

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What a fine head of hair new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has (though it wasn't always that way!).

And with those piercing baby blueshe could well have fronted a hip indie band back in the nineties...

Will Conte bring some much-needed Positivity to Stamford Bridge by making sure theChelsea squad Stay Together?

Fancy Livin’: Luis Suarez Reveals To The World That He Sits Down To Urinate

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You can keep your Panamanian leaks and clandestinedoping scandals, because Luis Suarez has delivered an earth-shattering revelation that is sure to rock professional football to its very core.

Suarez, a 29-year-old adult male, chooses tourinate sitting down. Just let that mental image sink in.

West Brom Winger James McClean Has Pop At Sunderland Fans’ Dodgy Teeth After Online Spat With Lamine Kone

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Never one to mince his words, West Brom's James McClean found himself in a little contretemps with Sunderland's Lamine Koné at the weekend. After the clash between the two sides at the Stadium of Light which saw the two players go head to head, the Black Cats' defender Tweeted "By the way, who is James McClean?

Shrewd: Harry Redknapp Backs Leicester Captain Wes Morgan (25 Caps For Jamaica) For An England Call-Up

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Proving that actual insight and knowledge stand forlittle in the flatulent world of the Proper Football Man™, noted sage Harry Redknapp went and dropped a rather embarrassingclanger in his latest Telegraph column.

Singing the praises of one of Leicester City's many unsung heroes, our 'Arry fawned over Wes Morgan's heroics in the middle of the Foxes' defence, even going so far as to question why he hadn't received a nod from the England top brass yet.

Agent Confirms Yaya Toure Will Leave Man City This Summer Because They Don’t Appreciate (Pay) Him Enough

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Yaya Toure, or more accurately, his relentless agent, Dimitri Seluk, has seemingly confirmed that the 32-year-old midfielder will be leaving Manchester City when Pep Guardiola takes over this summer.

However, Seluk didn't waste his chance to bang away on his knackered old'my client doesn't get enough respect' drum once again.

Winging It: St Pauli To Produce Honey From Hives Installed At Their Stadium To Highlight Declining Bee Population

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St Pauli, every hipster's favourite socialist-enterprise-cum-football-club, have announced that in order to highlight the perilous declineof the worldwide bee population, they are going to install hives at their Millerntor stadium and sell the honey in their club shop.

The German second tier side are going to use their in-house bees to produce 'Ewaldbienenhonig' honey named after the club's head coach, Ewald Lienen.

Official: Chelsea Confirm Antonio Conte Will Take The Reigns After Euro 2016

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It was hardly a closely-guarded secret, but Chelsea have today officially confirmed that Antonio Conte will be their next full-time manager.

The club confirmed that Conte will take over as soon as he's done overseeingItaly atEuro 2016...

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On This Day In 1991: Glenn Hoddle Starts His Management Career At Swindon Town

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Glenn Hoddle's managerial career began on 4th April 1991, when he was appointed player-manager of Swindon Town at the age of 34.

He replaced another Tottenham legend at the helm, stepping into the void after Ossie Ardilles left to take over at Newcastle.

The Robins were in deep trouble in Division Two at the time, still reeling from a financial scandal which had seen them stripped of promotion to the First Division in 1990 (they admitted 36 charges of breaching league rules, 35 of which pertained to illegal payments made to players).

Official: Jose Mourinho Offered Syria National Team Manager’s Job

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Sat twiddling his thumbs since December, Jose Mourinho recently took the time to assure us that he'll be back in management come July.

Many took this as a hint that the big bloody teasewas and is angling for the Manchester United job, though Louis van Gaal seems to be firmly entrenched for now.

Yours For Just £90, It’s The Lego Version Of Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League Parade Bus (Photo)

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You know how you've always wished that somebody out there would capture Liverpool's 2005 Champions League win in Lego form? Well, yearn no more.

The good people at Printabrick have produced a custom-made Lego set thatpays homage to the Reds' famous victory in Istanbul though, truth be told, only a fairly specific aspect of it.

‘You Only Sing When You’re Rowing’ – Barnsley Fans Taunt Oxford United Counterparts After Johnson’s Paint Trophy Final Victory (Video)

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In case you missed it, Barnsley just about squeaked past Oxford United to snatchthe Johnstone's Paint Trophy yesterday, winning 3-2 in what turned out to be an enthralling contest.

Shortly after the Tykes secured their first ever JPT with their first ever win at Wembley, the League One club's fans took the opportunity to rub it in, merrily chanting 'You only sing when you're rowing' at their Oxford counterparts as the two sets of supporters made their way out of the stadium.

Anti-Wenger Arsenal Fan Gets Tattoo Of Gunners’ Boss On Leg After Losing Bet (Video)

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You can always rely on Arsenal fans to provide us with a generous helping of entertainment. Famed for his anti-Arsene Wenger banners which have been unfurled at a number of Gunners' games this season, 'DT' found himself in a right pickle after the international break.

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Having promised to get an Arsene Wenger tattoo if Jamie Vardy scored for England against Germany, the big eejit had to made good on his pledge after the Leicester striker found the back of the net in Berlin.

Manchester United Unveil New ‘Sir Bobby Charlton Stand’ At Old Trafford On 60th Anniversary (Photo & Video)

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Shortly before this afternoon's game against Everton, Manchester United took the time to honour one of their living legends with the unveiling of the newly re-christened Sir Bobby Charlton Stand at Old Trafford, to go with his statue outside.

The tribute coincides with the 60th anniversary of Sir Bobby's debut for United, way back in 1956.

Fans Of Struggling Brazilian Team Gatecrash Training Wearing Clown Noses And Challenge Players To Friendly (Photo)

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With their team having failed to win in their previous five games, a small group of fed-up Portuguesa fans barged intoa training session on Friday morning and challenged the players to a friendly.

According to a statement onthe official Portuguesa website, the 15 supporters (who were all wearing red clown noses) began by interrupting the session to "express their dissatisfaction peacefully" before offering to show the players how this football malarkey is actually done.

Sunday Times: Arsenal, Chelsea And Leicester City Named In Potential UK Sport Doping Scandal

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Explosive stuff in the Sunday Times this morning with the paper claiming to have unearthed a potentially major doping scandal that implicates several players and clubs from the Premier League.

Mark Bonar, a London-based private doctor, is at the centre of the allegations, with the Sunday Times claiming to have secretly filmed the 38-year-old medic claiming to have supplied performance-enhancing drug programmes to 150 elite sport stars, including footballers who have played for Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester City and Birmingham at unspecific times in the past six years.

Barcelona Pay Tribute To Johan Cruyff Ahead Of Clasico Clash With Stunning Nou Camp Display (Photos & Highlights)

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Ahead of their El Clasico clash with Real Madrid on Saturday night, Barcelona paid tribute to the recently departed Johan Cruyff with a fabulous displayat the Nou Camp.

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The Dutchman, a Barca legend as both player and coach, was the architect of much of the club's success over the past 30 or so years.

Bundesliga: Frank Ribery Scores Exquisite Bicycle Kick For Bayern Munich v Eintracht Frankfurt (Video)

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Handsome devil Franck Ribery has endured an injury-hit season. However, on Saturday, the French winger scored a rather beautiful goal on Saturday, pulling off an outstanding overhead kick from the edge of the box during Bayern Munich's tight 1-0 win against Eintracht Frankfurt.

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The acrobatic effort came after Frankfurt'sLukas Hradecky had initially saved a shot from Liverpool-target Mario Goetze.

Incredible Fan Footage: West Ham’s Dimitri Payet Nets Another Stunning Free-Kick (Video)

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Fresh from lasering in a superb free-kick for France during the international break, West Ham's man of the season, Dimitri Payet, scored yet another magnificent free-kick during the Hammers' 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at the Boleyn Ground.

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Payet's effort looked to be sailing over Wayne Hennessey's goal before dipping quickly to catch out the Eagles' 'keeper, not that he could've done anything about it anyway.

Ball Control: Norwich Striker Steven Naismith Gets Intimate With Newcastle’s Daryl Janmaat During Relegation Clash (Video)

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During Norwich City's dramatic 3-2 win against fellow strugglers Newcastle United, Canaries' striker Steven Naismith got very 'hands on' with Magpies' defender Daryl Janmaat at a first-half corner.

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Presumably, former Everton man Naismith was trying to make Janmaat lose concentration, or maybe he was just being friendly.

Ouch: Joey Barton Escapes Punishment Despite Stamping On And Elbowing Brighton’s Beram Kayal (Videos)

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Joey Barton, football's answer to Scrappy Doo,was up to his old tricks during Burnley's early Championship kick-off against Brighton today, chuckinghis pointy bits around with gay abandon once again.

It was Brighton's Beram Kayal who bore the brunt, first finding himself on the business end of a lurching stamp from Barton that went unpunished by referee Craig Pawson.

Leicester City: Claudio Ranieri Presented With Sausages At Press Conference (Photo & Video)

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Shortly before the international break, Claudio Ranieri was made aware of a tribute made by a local Leicester butcher in his honour, which saw W. Archer & Sons proudly announce the arrival of the 'Ranieri Italian-style sausage'.

Here they be...

Made a sausage for our one of our greatest ever managers!

‘I Was Played Out Of Position All The Time’ – Angel Di Maria Sort Of Blames Louis Van Gaal For Miserable Manchester United Stint

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Without explicitly naming names, Angel Di Maria has hintedthat Louis van Gaal is to blame for his largely miserable year-long stint at Manchester United in 2014/15.

Speaking in an interview withBBC Football Focus, Di Maria groused thatcontinually being played out of position by tyrannical tinker Van Gaalmeant that he was never allowed to settle properly at Old Trafford:

It's not nice to say certain things but it's more that they didn't let me settle properly than I couldn't settle.

German Side Deinster SV ‘Black Up’ In Protest Over Racial Abuse Suffered By Their Players (Photo)

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A team from the lower reaches of German football has posed for a 'blacked-up' team photo as a show of solidarity for two of their players who were reportedly subjected to "racial attacks" over Easter weekend.

Deinster SV, who play in the Kreisliga, digitally altered their team photo to make the entire squad appear black after two of their players, both Sudanese refugees, were abused both physically and verbally during the match, according to coach Soenke Kreichich.

‘Gracies Johan’ – Barcelona To Wear Special Cruyff Tribute Shirts For Poignant El Clasico (Photo & Video)

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Given that Saturday night's El Clasico blow-out will be the first Barcelona game since the sad passing of Johan Cruyff last week, the Catalan giants are planning to mark the occasion with a variety of heartfelt tributes to the man that revolutionised their football club.

Firstly, Barca are to play wearing a one-off shirt that will bear the words "Gracies Johan" across the chest.

Leeds Striker Souleymane Doukara Given Eight-Game Ban For Biting Fulham Defender On The Nipple (Video)

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Leeds United strikerSouleymane Doukara has been handed an eight-game ban after he was found guilty of biting an opponent.

Specifically, Doukara was found to have chompedFulham defender Fernando Amorebieta on the nipple during the1-1draw between the two sides on 23rd February.

Cameras didn't pick the Doukara bite up.

Woollen Kits, Left-Footed Balls & Lady Gaga: Classic April Fool’s Day Football Pranks

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Gotcha. Football is ripe for April Fool's Day pranks, and in recent years much fun has been had in the name of seasonal foolery.

Here's but a few choice examples to revisit.

In 2015, the Daily Star reported that Manchester united star Wayne Rooney had a dirty great Liver bird tattooed on his arm.

No Joke: Leicester City To Lay On More Free Beer (And Krispy Kreme Donuts) For Fans This Weekend

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Withnot but a whiff of April Foolage about it, Leicester City have announced that they will once again be plying their loyal fans with complimentary beer this weekend.

With the Foxes set to play Southampton at the King Power this Sunday, the club's top brass have confirmed that free Singha beer and Krispy Kreme donuts will be doled out as a token of their continued gratitude.

Football’s Finest: The Best Of April Fool’s Day 2016

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Right, let's get this out of the way up top shall we? As you're well aware, t'is April Fool's Day today so the football clubs of the land have been busy pumping dross out onto the internet to celebrate.

Here's the best...

Southampton launch new club crest

Complete with an emoji.