Turns Out Neymar Refused To Swap Shirts With Celtic Youngster Anthony Ralston For A Very Good Reason

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Neymar got himself in a bit of pickle after PSG walloped Celtic in the Champions League on Tuesday when the Brazilian super-duper-star appeared to snub a handshake request from his man-marker on the night, young defender Anthony Ralston.

The pair had gone tit for tat all match, and the perceived acrimony intensified when Neymar also refused to swap shirts with the 18-year-old, who was making only the sixth senior appearance of his professional career.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gerard Pique reunited at preseason friendly

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Barcelona traveled to Paris for a friendly against PSG on Saturday, bringing about the long-awaited reunion of Gerard Pique and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Though they only played one season together at Barca, Pique and Zlatan forged one of the most heart-warming friendships the sport has ever known.


‘I Won’t Lose Any Sleep Over It’ – Celtic Youngster Anthony Ralston Not Really Arsed About Neymar Handshake Snub

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He may only be 18-years old, but Celtic defender Anthony Ralston has proved his isn't remotely phased at having to deal with the uppity antics of the world's most expensive player.

Something of a surprise selection ahead of Celtic's Champions League opener against PSG, Ralston on only his sixth full professional start was then also given the unenviable job of man-marking Neymar.

Heart-Breaking Scenes As ‘Gladbach Captain Lars Stindl Snubs Handshake With Young Mascot (Video)

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Thousands of hearts were shattered in the lead-up to last night's DFB Pokal game between Borussia Monchengladbach and Hamburg when a young mascot was left hanging for all to see.

Gladbach captain Lars Stindl was the guilty party, shaking hands with the match officials before cruelly snubbing the extendedarm of one of the young player escorts stood between them.

Video: Oldham’s Lee Croft accused of racially abusing Sheffield United ball-boy

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Oldham Athletic winger Lee Croft has denied he racially abused a ball-boy during a mid-game row on Saturday. Croft was seen ranting at the Sheffield United youngster after he petulantly kicked the ball away to waste time before a Latics throw-in. The 27-year-old denied his rant included any racist language.

Robin Van Persie Struggles With Gary Caldwell’s Simple Handshake Request (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In which Robin van Persie makes an awful hash of Wigan captain Gary Caldwell's handshake offer after last night's game at the Emirates...

Apparently Van Persie was cheesed off with Caldwell's super stealth time-wasting techniques (RVP really don't like time-wasting, just ask Tim Krul) though that doesn't make the video look any less like watching two dozy giraffes attempting to mate.

Robin Van Persie and Gary Caldwell graduate from the Mark Hughes School of Handshakes with honours (Arsenal 1-2 Wigan)

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If QPR manager Mark Hughes was watching last night's clash between Arsenal and Wigan, he was bound to have a tear in his eye. That's primarily because it edged his side closer to possible relegation from the Premier League, but also due to pride at some of the excellent handshake shenanigans on display at the [.

‘For F**k’s Sake, Is This A Boarding School For Girls?’ – Hoeness Riled By Questions After Ribery Ducks Heyncke Handshake

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By Chris Wright

'Twas a pretty pap game all-in-all, but Bayern Munich lost 1-0 to FC Basel in Switzerland last night thanks to a goal from young Valentin Stocker, with the German giants' misery being compounded by the furore surrounding an incident in the 71st minute, when Franck Ribery was hauled off and failed to shake hands or make eye contact with coach Jupp Heynckes on his way to the bench.


Top five conclusions: Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

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1. You can play no strikers or three strikers and be equally bereft of any attacking potency. 2. It's not a great game if the highlight of it is the visiting manager looking for a pen. Try to find anything to top it in the video above you'll struggle. 3. The award for most [...]

GIF It: David Moyes and Jose Mourinho’s awkward ‘high 10′ (Man Utd vs Chelsea)

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Pre-match politics at Old Trafford: handshake, polite nod, fist-bump. Neither David Moyes nor Jose Mourinho were quite sure what to do. The Chelsea boss instigated a high 10 situation which the new Manchester United manager had no choice but to fulfil.

Handshake ideal has had its day

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With the build-up to Chelsea's game at QPR dominated by the pre-match 'fair-play' handshake, and whether or not players who clearly do not get on would take part in it - rather than the game itself - is it now time to ditch this divisive FA ritual?

The football authorities will argue that the handshake promotes the FIFA 'fair-play' ideal and is designed to create a better atmosphere between players before a ball has been kicked on the pitch.

Video: Anton Ferdinand doesn’t shake hands with John Terry and Ashley Cole (QPR 0-0 Chelsea)

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It was the worst possible set of circumstances: a handshake stand-off between Anton Ferdinand, John Terry and Ashley Cole, coupled with a lack of goals to take the attention away from it. Loftus Road might not seem like the natural setting for a philosophical debate about whether respect should be earned or whether it's a [.

Video : Ferdinand , no handshake for Terry , Cole – QPR v Chelsea

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QPR v Chelsea - Forget the Handshake - There's a game to be won.

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Chelsea travel to Loftus Road this afternoon looking to continue our good start to the season and to put right the wrongs of Monaco two weeks ago. However, once again the build up the to game has focused on a pointless handshake and not the potential of both sides in the game and that's a shame really.

QPR to hold dressing room meeting over Chelsea handshake snub

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QPR's players will today hold a meeting to plan vital tactics ahead of their clash with Chelsea: will they shake hands with John Terry and Ashley Cole or not? Terry stood trial earlier this year accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, while Ashley Cole spoke out in his defence. Ferdinand will not shake hands with [.

Premier League Bans Pre-Match Hanshake In Sunday Fixture

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Very interesting decision the Premier League has taken ahead of Sunday's Premier League fixture between Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers. The Premier League has decided that there will be no pre-match hand shake due to the legal situation involving John Terry and Anton Ferdinand.

A statement on the its website read:

"The Premier League position on the pre-match handshake convention remains consistent.

Chelsea v QPR handshakes cancelled, Mark Hughes’ lifetime ambition fulfilled

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Serial handshake dodger Mark Hughes is set to reach the pinnacle of his career this Sunday after his entire QPR squad was given permission to snub handshakes with Chelsea. The Premier League has confirmed that the usual handshake rituals will be scrapped due to the impending legal case involving John Terry and Anton Ferdinand.

‘Keep Your Hands To Yourselves’ – Premier League Cancel Chelsea-QPR Pre-Match Handshake

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By Alan Duffy

"I'll knee you in the back if you're not careful..."

Who would have thought that the simple act of shaking someone's hand would have become such an incendiary issue in the Premier League this season? Hot on the heels (ish) of the Patrice Evra/Luis Suarez handshaking palavar, the Premier League have now decided to cancel the usual pre-match shakedown between Chelsea and QPR in case it prejudices John Terry's summer trial.

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Mark Hughes appointed as Stoke City manager

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Stoke fans hoping that the departure of former manager Tony Pulis might lead to a more exciting brand of football being played at the Britannia Stadium have been hit by the news that Mark Hughes has been appointed as their new boss. Hughes will be officially unveiled as the new Potters manager at 11am this [.

Links! And Brazil playing against their doppelgangers!

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All the stuff being covered outside the unfriendly confines of the award-winning Dirty Tackle...

"Beat your own shadow," the ad says at the end. "What if you've already turned into a shadow?" asks Fernando Torres. [YouTube]

There is going to be a book about Football Manager addiction.

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EPL News – Premier League stand by handshake

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The Premier League tells QPR and Chelsea it has no program to plop Saturday's pre-jibe handclasp at Loftus Road. HTTP://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/image/61584000/jpg/_61584428_61580860.jpg

PL Preview: Chelsea v QPR

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Obviously, I have a bone to pick with this lot. For it was on their turf that our season began its endless spiral into darkness- before Roberto strode in and saved the day. Needless to say, Sunday is all about redemption- nay, revenge. Coming off the heels of our impressive Barcelona victory, ahead of a critical showdown with Newcastle in midweek, this match is all about setting the record straight.

Friday Kickoff: Europa League final set, Chelsea-QPR handshake nixed & more

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It might not be the one that most were expecting or even hoping for, but there will be an all-Spanish final for a European trophy.

Atheltic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid advanced to the UEFA Europa League final after second-leg semifinal triumphs on Thursday, with Madrid looking for its second tournament crown in three years.

QPR Report Tuesday: (Not-so-Golden) Handshake?... 36 Years Ago Today - QPR Champions of England (For 10 Days!)...QPR Kickz's Robin Clarke: "Outstanding Vol

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- Thirty-Six Years Ago Today: QPR's 1975-76 Season Ends with a Win Over Leeds and For Ten Days, QPR are Champions are England. (Flashback/Photos from Bushman Archives & Videos)

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- Thirty-Six Years Ago Today: QPR's 1975-76 Season Ends with a Win Over Leeds and For Ten Days, QPR are Champions are England.

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Suarez Told To Move Forward

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Luis Suarez 'probably still feels a little bit of injustice', but has urged the Uruguayan to move on from the much-publicized events of last season.
Suarez was handed an eight-game suspension and a £40,000 fine in December after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra in a Premier League match at Anfield.

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez rightly annoyed by anthem booing, shows shocking lack of self-awareness

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was quite rightly disappointed at booing during Uruguay's national anthem. But he's got completely the wrong end of the stick when it comes to guessing why he was booed. The Uruguayan anthem was interrupted ahead of last night's Olympic match against Great Britain when Suarez's image flashed up on the big [.

‘Man Utd To Blame For My 8-Game Ban’ – Liverpool’s Luis Suarez Reignites Evra Race Row

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By Alan Duffy

Oh dear, here we go again! Despite being told to keep schtum on the issue by his Liverpool bosses, striker Luis Suarez has had a right pop at Man Utd on Uruguayan TV, blaming the Red Devils' 'political power' for influencing the FA's decision to ban him over the infamous Patrice Evra race row.

Top six Mark Hughes handshake controversies

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No Premier League manager has ever turned handshakes into such a pullava as Mark Hughes. In fact, if Mark Hughes and Luis Suarez are ever in the same room, a magnetic handshake field causes them to repel. The QPR boss is always turning basic post-game etiquette into minor diplomatic incident. Here's six of Sparky's best [.

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Stop making things out of no things + Arteta thoughts

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Goof mornigh from Monsoon hit Dyblun. Or, to put it another way – having got my hands sorted Good morning from Monsoon hit Dublin. I have a dead leg picked up during football last night which made getting up the stairs something of a challenge, but I have struggled manfully on to provide you with your blog fodder.

Robin van Persie agitated by Gary Caldwell’s attempt to shake hands after Wigan win

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Arsenal captain Robin van Persie has made it abundantly clear that he hates time wasting. He hates it more than Pepe hates fingers. When he believed international teammate Tim Krul was guilty of it during Arsenal's win over Newcastle last month, he treated Krul like someone who ate his sandwich out of the office fridge and then claimed that he didn't see where Van Persie wrote his name on the package.

The Rest

Joe Fletcher mit einer coolen Reaktion

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Joe Fletcher mit einer coolen Reaktion

Kann man cooler als dieser Schiedsrichterassistent reagieren? Ich glaube nicht und wenn die spanischen Spieler nur halb so reaktionsschnell gewesen wären wie der kanadische Linienrichter Joe Fletcher beim Handshake mit einem FIFA-Offiziellen, dann wäre der noch amtierende Weltmeister bei der WM 2014 noch mit dabei.

Arsenal Ban Handshakes At Training Ground, Players Touch Elbows Instead

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By Chris Wright

There's always one man Arsene's willing to waive his handshake ban for

'Tis the season of the handshake scandal and Arsenal are doing there bit, with the club going the whole hog and banning handshakes between EVERY SINGLE PLAYER at London Colney.

Five Questions: Revolution vs. Chivas USA

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Shalrie Joseph will be back in Foxboro on Wednesday but as a member of Chivas USA. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

Get ready for all sorts of weird on Wednesday.

Less than a month after he was traded to Chivas USA, former club captain Shalrie Joseph makes his return to Gillette Stadium as a member of the Rojiblancos.

A Grazzini-less Fire: potential nightmare?

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The news is not good for Fire fans as it seems like the last few grains of sand in the Grazzini hourglass are running out. As most of us probably know, his contract is up and things are looking pretty dire in terms of the probability of his contract getting extended. While none of us want to lose him and I certainly don't want pre-Grazzini 2011 days to rear their ugly head again, we are about to find out what this team is made of.

DTotD: When shirt exchanges go wrong

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Exchanging sweat-soaked shirts is an honored show of sportsmanship in football and one that usually helps smooth over any sour feelings that build up during the match. At halftime of Palmeiras's match against Vasco da Gama on Sunday, friends Vasco striker Eder Luis decided to give friend and opponent Marcio Araujo his shirt.

Seattle Sounders vs Colorado Rapids Scouting Report: Mullan It Over

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Yes, I have to start out the scouting report talking about Brian Mullan, even though he's far from the most likely player to have a significant impact on the game. Sounders fans have been increasingly chided and cautioned over the last few weeks by the media as well as the organization to just leave the poor guy alone - cause garsh shucks bygones is bygones - to the point that if every fan doesn't give him a handshake and a wet kiss on the cheek, we've embarrassed the franchise.

MLS Rankings: Week 3

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Every week the New England Soccer Today crew will look beyond the standings to rank each of the 19 Major League Soccer (MLS) teams. This week Brian O'Connell, Sean Donahue and Ryan Lanigan contributed rankings. Comments are followed by the ranker's name and the rank they gave that team.


Kickette Vocabulary: The Many Stages Of MANlove

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Greetings, ladies, gentlemen, and everyone in between.

The third or fourth part of our ongoing Kickette Vocabulary scholastic series is a crash course in MANlove. Please gather in the lecture theatre for your illustrated guide to hot boys getting handsy.

Higher learning is where it's at, Kickettes.

In pictures: Ghana 1-1 Chile at PPL Park

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand for rain soaked Wednesday night's 1–1 draw between Ghana Football Association and Federacion de Futbol de Chile at PPL Park. Here's a look at what he saw.

The opening handshake

The Ghana starters

The Chile starters

Pile up at midfield

Dominic Oduro holds off Lucas Dominguez

Shelly Ali Muntari takes the leg from under Alexis Sanchez

Luis Casanova holds off Jonathan Mensah

Jonathan Mensah turns between Gary Medel and Jose Rojas

Matias Fernandez moving up field

Matias Fernandez backheels to Humberto Suazo

Junior Fernandes gets up first

Marcelo Diaz slide tackles Andre Ayew

Happy Chile fans

Derek Owusu Boateng takes on Jose Rojas and Osvaldo Gonzalez

Derek Owusu Boateng walks over Marcelo Diaz

Anthony Annan stretches for the ball

Daniel Agyei moving up field

Alexis Sanchez goes up for a header

Franck Ribery In ‘Divorced Parents’

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This little clip caused a minor ruckus in the German media, surely at least partly result of the end scoreline, during yesterday's Basel Bayern match. Franck, substituted late, walks right past Jupp Heynckes, failing to offer/receive a handshake. In the postgame, Jupp said he was perfectly okay with this behavior, as it means Franck just wants to play some football, which is Jupp's right as coach.