Turkish Cup: Pepe Sent Off For Horror Lunge, Besiktas Coach Hospitalised By Missile As Clash With Fenerbahce Abandonded (Video)

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One of the great purveyors of shithousing in world football, Portuguese hardman Pepe was at it again on Thursday with Besiktas, sent off after a shocking challenge.

During Thursday's Turkish Cup clash between Besiktas and Fenerbahce, the former Real Madrid centre-half was it once again, this time receiving a deserved red after a wild studs-up lunge on Souza in the first-half.

Chelsea: Marcos Alonso Gets Away With Shocking Challenge On Shane Long As Blues Scure Comeback Win Over Southampton (Video)

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An Olivier Giroud brace helped secure a 3-2 win for Chelsea at St. Mary's on Saturday, with the Blues coming from two goals down to take all three points back to west London.

However, Chelsea were lucky to finish the first-half with 11 men still on the pitch after Marcos Alonso launched a pretty appalling challenge on Shane Long.

Wrestlemania XI: WWE Stars And The Random English Football Teams They Support

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Wrestling and football don't have a whole lot in common. One is classified as "sports entertainment" and littered with OTT characters churning through increasingly farcical narrative arcs. The other just involves two undressed blokes fondling each other.

That said, there is a level of mutual appreciation between the two worlds.

Retro Football: Leeds Midfielder Johnny Giles Shown Yellow Card For Punching Kevin Keegan Square In The Face During Charity Shield Match, 1974 (Video)

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The 1974 Charity Shield match at Wembley has since gone down in football folklore as one of the most volatile examples of the fixture ever played.

With no love lost between the two clubs beforehand, the match that saw Bob Paisley and Brian Clough both take charge of their new teams for the first time started in exactly the same vein it would continue, with 'industrial' tackles flying in from the off.

Celtic: Scott Brown Reacts To Couple Of Nasty Lunges From Aberdeen Players In Typical ‘Scott Brown’ Fashion (Video)

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Celtic kept themselves on course for a seventh consecutive Scottish Premiership title with a 0-2 away win over Aberdeen on Sunday.

While the result was as formulaic as we've come to expect, the match did see Scott Brown produce a memorable bit of pantomime after being chopped down by not one, but two opposition players.

Diego Costa Dives, Gets Booked And Scores Within One Trademark Minute As Atletico Madrid Beat Sevilla (Video)

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Diego Costa was booking for diving and then scored within an incredible yet totally predictable minute for the Spaniard during Atletico Madrid's La Liga game away to Sevilla on Sunday.

The incident occurred on 28 minutes, with former Chelsea man Costa tussling with defenderClément Lenglet, before throwing himself to the floor, clutching his face.

‘I Just Want To Make Them Happy’ – Gennaro Gattuso Allows Frustrated Milan Players To Huddle Around And Slap Him After Victory Over Lazio (Video)

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While progress can best be described as 'stuttering', Milan did battle to a hard-fought 2-1 win over Lazio in Serie A on Sunday evening.

The Rossoneri continue to tread water down in 7th place, but the impressive result did constitute their fourth win in five matches in what has been a largely mediocre season thus far.

Leeds U23 ‘Friendly’ With Welsh Side Rhyl Ended After Ugly Brawl Between Players (Video)

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A friendly game between Leeds United's U23 team and Welsh Huws Gray Alliance side Rhyl ended in ugly scenes on Tuesday night after a ridiculous brawl between the players.

The incident was apparently started aftera late tackle by Leeds'Bryce Hossanah. However, the Championship club were reported to be infuriated by a number of dangerous challenges by their opponents throughout the game.

Everton Fan Who Slapped Lyon Players While Holding His Young Son Presents Intriguing List Of Reasons As To Why It Wasn’t His Fault

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The utterly furious Everton fan who marched down to pitchside and began slapping at Lyon players while holding his three-year-old son during last week's Europa League meeting between the two sides has presented a compelling list of reasons as to why he isn't to blame for his behaviour.

Europa League: Incensed Everton Fan Attempts To Fight Lyon Players While Clutching Infant Son In One Arm (Photos & Video)

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Lyon heaped yet more misery upon Ronald Koeman on Thursday night by inflicting yet another defeat on Everton at Goodison in the Europa League.

It took just six minutes for the Toffees to fall behind to a Nabil Fekir penalty after Mason Holgate chopped down Fernando Marcal in the box.

Battle Of The Buffet: Cesc Fabregas Admits He Was The Arsenal Player Who Threw Pizza At Sir Alex Ferguson In The Old Trafford Tunnel Back In 2004

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It's been nigh-on 13 years but the identity of the mystery Arsenal assailant responsible for wanging a slice of pizza into Sir Alex Ferguson's face after a match at Old Trafford has finally been revealed.

In what has since come to be known as 'Pizzagate' or 'The Battle of the Buffet', Manchester United beat the Gunners 2-0 in a suitably tempestuous encounter on 24th October, 2004, thus bringing the away side's 49-game unbeaten run to an abrupt halt.

Retro Football Sponsorship Deals: Arsenal Hard-Arse Steve Bould Models For ‘Arrow’ Boots, 1992 (Photo)

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The year was 1991; Anthony Hopkins was knee-deep in Hannibal Lecter, Vanilla Ice was bringing Caucasian hip-hop to the masses, Arsenal were First Division champions and all the cool kids wanted to be Steve Bould.

After the Gunners took the title while losing just one game all season, sportswear brands were queuing around the block to snap up their stars on endorsement deals.

10 Years Of Filthy And Fury: Pepe Set To Leave Real Madrid, Here Are His Greatest Hits

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Pepe has confirmed that he will be bidding farewell to Real Madrid this summer after spending the last 10 years studding shins and feigning headbuttsfor Los Blancos.

With PSG, AC Milan and a couple of clubs in England reportedly hovering, the 34-year-old Portuguese centre-half has today emitted a statement via Instagram to confirm that he will indeed be moving on to pastures new this summer.

Smackdown: Hibernian Striker Jason Cummings Takes Part In Magnificent Wrestling Match In Club Canteen (Video)

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If you've ever wanted to see Hibernian striker Jason Cummings strip down to his underpants and grapple like his very life depends on it, then this one's for you.

With his slightly suspect wrestling moniker scrawled across his bare chest, 'Cum Dog' taped himself up, stuffed his trunks accordingly and went striding into the arena as hisfearsome entrance music (Like A Prayer by Madonna) blared out from his stereo.

West Ham: Chris Jericho Offers Critique As Darren Randolph Locks Michail Antonio In Trademark Wrestling Hold (Video)

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Randolph definitely needs to work on his Five Star Frog Splash

As unlikely a Twitter conversation as you're ever likely to witness took place yesterday when WWE veteran Chris Jericho offered some sage advice to West Ham's goalkeeper on his submission technique.

It was prompted whenthe Hammers when the shared a video of Darren Randolph locking in the 'Walls of Jericho' on Michail Antonio during a training session, tagging WWE talent scout Triple H into the message for good measure.

Retro Football: Leeds Pin-Up Vinnie Jones Models For Top Man, 1989 (Photo)

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Pin-up in waiting: Vinnie Jones during his Wimbledon days

Having made his name at the thinking man's nutcase at Wimbledon, Vinnie Jones made the leap to Leeds United before the1989/90 season.

Jones arrived amida frenetic £2million summer spending frenzy that saw manager Howard Wilkinson splurge on the likes of Mel Sterland, John Hendrie and Jim Beglin.

Ligue 1: Toulouse Coach Pascal Dupraz Well And Truly Traumatised By Paper Plane Thrown From Crowd (Video)

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Given his reaction you'd be forgiven for thinking that Toulouse coach Pascal Dupraz had cheated death during Friday night's Ligue 1 tie with Rennes.

While stood in his technical area, a paper plane was thrown down from the crowd only to land perilously close to Dupraz with the sonic boom created by the jet's crash-landing causing him to spiral into delerium.

Retro Football: Blackburn Teammates David Batty And Graeme Le Saux Have A Punch-Up, 1995 (Video)

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Before Leicester City stormed the grand UEFA citadel, you have to go right back to 1995 for the last time a "small" Premier League sidefound their way into the Champions League.

Thankfully, reigning champions Blackburn Rovers did the nation proud by finishing slap, bang, bottom of their group and crashing out at the first hurdle.

Presenting: The Entire First Series Of Danny Dyer’s ‘The Real Football Factories’ Condensed Into 60 Seconds (Video)

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For the uninitiated, The Real Football Factories was a documentary series that first aired on Bravo in 2006 that saw actor Danny Dyer (Cockney for hire) travelling around Britain to meet and mingle with some of football's most notorious hooligan firms.

Dyer did his best to integrate with these nutters by presenting himself to them as a 'pwopa nawty' boozed-up street urchin while all the while giving off the air perhaps literally, we'll never know of a man desperately attempting to keep his trembling apprehension concealed.

Welsh Premier League: Mass Brawl Breaks Out After Cefn Druids Player Leaps Over Railing To Scuffle With Caernarfon Town Fans (Videos)

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There were depressing scenes at the end of Saturday'sWelsh Premier League game between Cefn Druids and Caernarfon Town when players and fans came to blows in the terraces.

Third place Druids were soundly thrashed 7-0 by table-toppers Caernarfon. To make matters worse, they ended the game with ten men on the pitch after having a player dismissed for a reported head-butt.


Nutter: David Batty Once Took Two Of His Severed Fingertips To School For ‘Show And Tell’ (And Won A Mars Bar!)

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It's no secret that David Batty was regarded as a tough sod during his playing days, never coming remotely near to broaching anything close to a smile while dutifully holding the midfield fort for Leeds, Blackburn, Newcastle, and England over the years.

However, it turns out that Batty's stoney-faced fortitude spanned back to his childhood too, with a fondly-remembered anecdote plucked from his autobiography (David Batty: The Autobiography) revealing that, even as a six/seven/eight-year-old sprite, he was a little f**king hardnut.

Serie A: Udinese Captain Danilo Manages To Injure Three Teammates In One Training Session

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According to reports from Italy, Udinese captain Danilo Larangeira rather lost it during training recently, with his behaviour leaving not one, not two but three of his team-mates needing treatment.

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The Brazilian defender apparently went on a tough-tackling spree during a training session, with Iraqi international Ali Adnan, Venezuelan forward Adalberto Penaranda and Francesco Lodi all left injured and needing attention from the club's medical staff.

OGC Nice: Mario Balotelli Subbed Off At Half-Time During Krasnodar Defeat Because He Had Sore Throat

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OGC Nice coach Lucien Favre revealed that he substituted Mario Balotelli at half-time of his side's Europa League defeat against Krasnodar was suffering from a sore throat.

Balotelli scored with a smart finish just a few minutes before the break but was replaced by Alassane Plea at the break after failing to shake off his game-ending bout of sniffles.

Cesc Fabregas Accused Of Sparking Chelsea-Tottenham Fracas By ‘Slapping Several Players In The Balls’

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Not that it'll come as a major surprise to anybody who actually watched the match, but Cesc Fabregas has been accused of instigating the hostility that pervaded the 2-2 draw between Chelsea and Tottenham that handed the title to Leicester City on Monday night.

The tempestuous game was flecked with various momentsof ill-discipline.

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Rio Ferdinand Announces Plan To Become Professional Boxer, Gary Neville Quickly Lands First Jab

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Rio Ferdinand has announced that, two years after retiring from football, he is now intent on becoming a professional boxer.

The former Manchester United centre-back is training as part of the "Defender to Contender" project, as promoted by bookmakers Betfair.

Specifically, Ferdinand will train with former WBC super-middleweight champion Richie Woodhall while he attempts to earn the British Boxing Board of Control licence that will allow him to compete in monetised matches.

Everton: Legendary Hardnut Duncan Ferguson Names Three Toughest Defenders He Played Against

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Having attained legendary status at Everton by pummelling his way to the top, Duncan Ferguson has now settled into a more sedate coachingrole at the club.

During a chat with The Times about his new, mellower professionalpersona, Big Dunc (a self-confessed "big softie" these days) was asked to namethe three toughest opponentshe came up against during his playing days.


‘I Put Him In A Head-Lock’ – Eintracht Frankfurt Coach Robert Kovac Chases Down Man Who Mugged 72-Year-Old Pensioner

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Eintracht Frankfurt coach Robert Kovac is being heralded as a hero after chasing down and apprehending a ne'er-do-well who mugged an elderly man outside a bank.

According to the Kicker, Kovac witnessed the thief steal money from a 72-year-old man as he left the savings bank and then proceeded to chase down the criminal.

The Bundesbeefcake: Ex-Germany Goalkeeper Tim Wiese Wins On WWE Debut In Frankfurt (Photos & Video)

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With his face suitably creosoted and his torsosuitably meaty, Tim Wiese made his long-awaited in-ring WWE debut at an event in Frankfurt last night.

The ex-Werder Bremen goalkeeper, 34, teamed up with established stars Cesaro and Sheamus and emerged victorious in a tag match against Bo Dallas and the Shining Stars should that mean anything to you.

‘It’s Finally Happening!’ – Ex-Germany Goalkeeper Tim Wiese Accepts Formal Offer To Join WWE

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Glory be, for the day that was promised is now finally upon us. Tim Wiese, formerly of German goalkeeping fame, is now a full-time WWE employee.

Having completed his transformation from Hoffenheim 'keeper to looking like a large, bulbousorange leather sofa, Wiese has accepted an offer from Paul 'Triple H' Levesque (who currently serves as the WWE's vice-president of talent) to join their Performance Centre in Florida for an "extended period of training".

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‘If I Have To Slap A Uruguayan, I Will’ – Felipe Melo Attempts (Unsuccessfully) To Dispel Nut Job Image At Palmeiras Unveiling

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After over a decade hackingandslashing his way around Europe, Felipe Melo moved back home to Brazil last week by way ofa three-year contract with Palmeiras.

The midfielder joins on an initial six-month loan from Inter Milan, which will automatically turn into a permanent move when his contract with the Nerazzurri expires this coming July.

Faustino Asprilla Finally Gets Round To Launching His Own Range Of Condoms (Photos)

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Some two years in the making, Tino Asprilla has finally launches his very own brand of condoms.

After the concept was originally begun by one of his friends, the former Newcastle striker has thrown his girth behind a new line of 'Tino' sheaths available in his native Colombia.

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Hard Case: Emile Mpenza Set To Take Legal Action Against Paul Sturrock Over ‘Imaginary’ Viagra Tale

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You may recall, not so very long ago, when we featured a passage from Paul Sturrock's autobiography in which the former Plymouth Argyle manager regaled us with an amusing (if a little stiff) anecdote about former striker Emile Mpenza.

Long assumed to be an urban myth, Sturrock confirmed that, among his long list of injury excuses, Mpenza once refused to attend a Plymouth training session as his Viagra hadn't worn off from the night before.

Hard Truth: Paul Sturrock Reveals Emile Mpenza Once Missed Plymouth Training Because His Viagra Hadn’t Worn Off

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There was a time, just before the *real* money began to roll in, where Manchester City apparently made it their modus operandi to sign a sustained succession of dreadful, goal-shy strikers.

Before the arrival of Robinho changed their fortunes forever, City brought in the likes of Bernardo Corradi, Rolando Bianchi, Valeri Bojinov, Felipe Caicedo, Benjani Mwaruwari, Nery Castillo and so on and so forth all of whom failed to make convincing contributions to the cause.

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Aston Villa: Stiliyan Petrov Returns To First-Team Training Four Years After Leukaemia Diagnosis (Photo)

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Now for some real good news. For the first time since being diagnosed with acute leukaemia four years ago, Stiliyan Petrov is back training with the first team at Aston Villa.

The club had previously confirmed that Petrov was part of the squad they took to Austria for a fitness camp earlier in the month.

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.

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Modern Football Is Rubbish: Sergio Ramos Customises New Protective Face Mask With Powerful Motivational Message (Photos)

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Sergio Ramos was forced to sit out of Real Madrid's midweek Champions League engagement with APOEL after getting his nose broken in the Madrid derby that preceded it on the Saturday before.

The 31-year-old defender was left with blood cascading out of his beak after being caught by a flailing boot from Atletico full-back Lucas Hernandez.

Chinese Super League: Oscar Handed Eight-Game Suspension For ‘Offending Opponents In An Immoral Manner’ By Sparking Multi-Man Brawl

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Oscar has been handed a huge suspension for his part in the multi-man scuffle that brought a halt to Shanghau SIPG's game against Guangzhou on Sunday.

The wee Brazilian sparked a mass shove-a-thon when he belted the ball at two different opposing players and then lay on the ground for five minutes pretending to be injured.

Russian Politician Suggests Plans To Legalise Hooliganism And Turn It Into Organised Sport Ahead Of 2018 World Cup

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As you may recall, the recent European Championships in France were plagued by outbreaks of hooliganism, not least in Marseille where hordes of Russian yobs staged organisedattacks on groups of England fans.

However, as the rest of the world poured scorn on the perpetrators, one man spoke out in support of the hooligans: that man wasRussian politician Igor Lebedev.

The Rehabilitation Of Vinnie Jones: Ex-Wimbledon Nutter Launches Luxury Carpet Website

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Once upon a time, Vincent Peter Jones was one of the very hardest, most intimidating nuts in football, gnawing onthe ankles of namby-pamby strikers (and innocent children) for sustenance.

He then, somewhat unexpectedly, made the jump to acting where he swiftly became the go-to guy if Hollywood ever needed a granite-jawed East End thug.

Arsenal: Olivier Giroud Admits He Had An Irrational Childhood Fear Of The TV Sitcom Puppet ‘ALF’

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He may be a big, strapping lump of a man now but Olivier Giroud has admitted that, as an impressionable 10-year-old, he developed an irrational fear of 1980s sitcom puppet ALF.

Discussing the phobia in the Arsenal programme for today's big ding-dong with Tottenham, Giroud revealed that his young soul was tormented by the very existence of ALF, the cat-eating alien star of the American sci-fi sitcom of the same name.