Burnley Rename Stand After Flogging Sponsorship Rights – Fancy A Seat In ‘The Totally Wicked Bob Lord Stand’ At Turf Moor?

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By Chris Wright

A couple of days after Sheffield United announced that soon their fans would be able to take a seat in Jessica Ennis' lower tier comes the news that Burnley are to rename one of the stands at Turf Moor after signing a sponsorship deal with a Lancashire company that specialises in electronic cigarettes and the like.

Ryan Babel In Furious Bust-Up With Chain-Smoking, Ex-Convict Spongebob Squarepants At Children’s Party

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By Chris Wright

"Oi! Squarepants! Noooo!!!"

I'm pretty sure that's the first and last time I'm ever going to write those words in that order, but rest assured you read them correctly: ex-Liverpool winger Ryan Babel had a bit of a benny with an ex-convict Spongebob Squarepants at a children's party after Spongebob 'took his head off' and started blowing cigarette smoke in the kid's faces.

Ryan Babel’s public spat with jailbird Spongebob Squarepants

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Hoffenheim man's sweary exchange with TV character Ex-Liverpool star Ryan Babel picked an unlikely fight with kids' cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants over his smoking habits. The Hoffenheim attacker explained on Twitter how he fell out with a children's entertainer dressed as the TV character this week.

English Premier League

Players Who Puff: Do Or Don’t?

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Image: 7MSport. Bit of a hoopla in the press today about Mario Balotelli's latest late night excursion involving a bevy of 'beauties' piling into his white Bentley GT. Horrendous fashion aside, the Man City player was photographed smoking a fag at some point in the evening. What's your take on cigarettes and athletes, Kickettes?

Chamakh to stay and Bendtner to return?

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Arsenal forward Marouane Chamakh has stirred up some controversy after being photographed smoking, or rather holding, a shisha pipe with QPR's Adel Taarabt after the Gunners 2-1 defeat at Loftus Road on Saturday. Chamakh and Taarabt, both of Morocco, were shown with pipes in the published photo which has supposedly infuriated Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

John Terry: Smokin’ Hot

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Remember kids. Smoking is bad. It rots your lungs, prematurely ages your skin and due to recently implemented non-smoking legislation, can cause hair frizzing as you stand outside in the rain.

Now, John Terry might have made our hair curl in the past with his nefarious lady-bothering activities, and even caused the odd bout of breathlessness when his shorts get clingy, but so far he hasn't aged us.

Mancini Advises Balotelli Against Smoking

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Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is once again making headlines for all the wrong reasons. The 21 year old Italy international missed City's 1-0 loss to Sunderland yesterday for reasons that still remain very unclear.

According to City manager Roberto Mancini, Balotelli was not included in City's line up because of an 'ankle problem'.

John Terry

John Terry may sue Indian government, should probably focus on...

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John Terry may sue Indian government, should probably focus on more important things...

As if sleeping around and shouting racist slurs weren't bad enough for John Terry's reputation, it appears the Indian government has been using a blurred image of Terry for anti-smoking warnings on cigarettes.

Hanging out with John Terry could be detrimental to health

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An image used by Gold Flake cigarettes warning of the dangers of smoking bears the likeness of John Terry. The Chelsea captain is not amused and is planning legal action. There is no suggestion that Terry has a pack a day smoking habit other than that he appears winded in some of the recent games.

John Terry’s Indian Cigarettes

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Quite a funny news story circulating today, with John Terry being used to front a "quit smoking" campaign in India. Whats funnier is that JT has no knowledge whatsoever of being used in this campaign, so the company that owns his image rights are understandably trying to resolve the problem.
John Terry's blurred image features on the front of the pack of cigarettes, urging people to stop smoking.

The Rest

Impact Stub: Bayern Munich’s New Sporting Director Has Banned Carlo Ancelotti From Smoking On The Job

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Bayern Munich recently appointed Hasan Salihamidzic as their new sporting director and the former Champions League-winning midfielder's first order of business was a decidedly risky one.

In an effort to promote a more wholesome, healthy image, Salihamidzic approached head coach Carlo Ancelotti and asked him to stop smoking on club premises, be that sneaking out for a ciggie during training sessions or enjoying a crafty bifter round the back of the bins at the Allianz Arena on matchdays.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits he used to be paid in cigarettes

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted he used to be paid in cigarettes when on military service in France. The Gunners boss revealed he used to...

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Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen have a kickabout with a pack of cigarettes

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Spurs stars Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen have been booting around a packet of cigarettes as part of the Cigarette In The Bin Challenge for the Get To Know Cancer. Unfortunately, like many of these challenges dreamed up in marketing departments, it turned out it's actually pretty difficult even more professional footballers.

Maradona would be better off comparing himself to Jimi Hendrix

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Maradona compares himself to old leather face Keith Richards

Pele recently compared himself to Beethoven and Michelangelo which had Diego Maradona climbing the walls of the Sistine Chapel in outrage. Don Diego and Pele have had this back and forth on who is the greatest footballer of all times.

Blogathon: The Final Word

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Last November I held the Scottish Football Blog's first - perhaps only - blogathon.

One post an hour for 24 hours with topics chosen on Twitter and by fellow bloggers.

All in aid of two fantastic charities: Alzheimer Scotland and the Homeless World Cup.

24 hours, a few energy drinks, too many cigarettes and 17,000 words later and I was done.

Mario Balotelli Allowed To Smoke By Mancini

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A few stories in the papers already covering this one, but the extent at which Roberto Mancini seems to allow Mario Balotelli to continuously get away with things seems to quite surprise me considering Mancini is supposed to be a very tough, disciplined manager. The story is that Mancini is allowing Balotelli to continue with his smoking habit, stating that he has about 5 or 6 cigarettes every day.