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A-League: Western Sydney Wanderers Ban 14 Members Of Supporters Group Responsible For ‘Oral Sex’ Tifo Banner

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Western Sydney Wanderers have issued banning orders to severalmembers of their most prominent supporters' group after an offensive banner was unfurled during last week's feisty derby encounter against Sydney FC.

In fact, Wanderers confirmed that 14 members of their Red and Black Bloc (RBB) fan group have beengiven 18-month stadium bans for their parts in organising and performing the mini-tifo in question.

Mass Sulk: Vietnamese Team Stop Playing Entirely In Protest Over Dubious Late Penalty Call (Video)

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The Vietnamese top-flight game between Ho Chi Minh City and Long An came to a surreal conclusion on Sunday evening when the away side simply refused to play for the final few minutes.

With the score level at 2-2 and the game entering its final stages, Ho Chi Minh were awarded a dubious penalty whichlooked about as soft as they come.

Egypt Players Belly Dance In Changing Room After Reaching AFCON 2017 Final (Video)

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It took a penalty shoot-out, but Egypt beat Burkina Faso in midweek to reach the final of AFCON 2017.

Veteran 44-year-old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary was the hero of the hour, saving Bertrand Traore's decisive spot-kick to secure a record ninth final berth forThe Pharaohs, whoare chasing a record eighth title win.

AFCON 2017: Senegal ‘Keeper Khadim N’Diaye Indulges In Brazen Act Of Playacting (Video)

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One of the pre-tournament favourites, Algeria, crashed out of the Africa Cup on Nations after drawing 2-2 with a second-string Senegal in their final group game.

The Fennecs' hopes of netting a late winner were also hampered by some bizarre play-acting from Senegal 'keeperKhadim N'Diaye, who produced a rather exquisite dive whilst taking a goal-kick.

AFCON 2017: Piqueti Scores Solo Wonder-Goal For Guinea-Bissau v Cameroon (Video)

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Africa Cup of Nations first-timers Guinea-Bissau produced one of the goals of the tournament so far against Cameroon, with winger Piquito embarking on an epic pitch-length dribble.

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With the score at 0-0, Sporting Braga attackerPiqueti picked up the ball just outside his own box, before sailing past two opponents and into the Cameroon box, where he fired home a classic opener.

Guam Premier League: NAPA Rovers Striker Booked For Proposing To Girlfriend After Scoring Overhead Kick (Video)

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NAPA Rovers brought Guam Shipyard's unbeaten streak to an end on Saturday with a 5-1 win in their first game back after the Christmas break.

England: Joe Hart Did The ‘Mannequin Challenge’ All On His Lonesome Against Spain (Video)

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Pies havebeen pointedly trying to steer clear of the Mannequin Challenge of late, but even we curmudgeonly sticks in the mud found footage of Lonely Joe Hart's attempt amusing.

Indeed, while England teammates Jamie Vardy, Raheem Sterling and Theo Walcott all lulled everybody into thinking their teles had frozen afterthe former's goal against Spain on Tuesday night, Hart performed his own version of the viralchallenge up at the other end of the Wembley pitch.

Andrej Kramaric Nets Stunner As Croatia End Northern Ireland’s Unbeaten Home Run (Video)

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Northern Ireland lost a home game for the first time in 11 games, as Croatia proved too strong for Michael O'Neill's mix-and-match side.

The pick of the visitors' goals at Windsor Park was Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaric's superb long-range piledriver, after goals from Mario Mandzukic and Duje Cop had already put the Croats 2-0 up.

England U21: Duncan Watmore And Lewis Baker Net Stunners But Young Lions Lose To France (Video)

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Aidy Boothroyd's England U21 side saw their 15-game unbeaten run come to an end on Monday night, with the Young Lions losing 3-2 to France in a friendly clash in Bondoufle.

However, both the England goals were crackers, with Sunderland striker Duncan Watmore opening the scoring via a superb chipped effort.

Arsenal: Alex Iwobi Pulls Off Audacious Rainbow Flick As Nigeria Beat Algeria 3-1 (Video)

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Despite impressing at various youth levels for England, Lagos-born Alex Iwobi ultimately chose to represent for the country of his birth.

This weekend, the 20-year-old was in action for Nigeria in their World Cup qualifying clash with Algeria, with the young Gunner executing a wonderful piece of skill reminiscent of his uncle Jay-Jay Okocha.

World Cup Qualifying: England Secure 3-0 Wembley Win Against Misfiring Scotland (Photos & Highlights)

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Defying FIFA by wearinga red poppy on their black armbands, England and Scotland played out a a decentWorld Cup qualifying clash at Wembley on Friday night, with the Three Lions' superior finishing ultimately makingthe difference.

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The visitors started strongly, hassling and harrying their hosts.

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You Might Notice Something Incredibly Familiar About USA’s Groundbreaking New Red Kit (Photos)

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The USA have proudly unveiled their new kit for 2017, with both the men's and women's teams finding themselves furnished with new wares under the slogan "One nation, one team."

According to the Nike blurb, the strip features "a bold red colour palette" with a "pervasive red aesthetic" and "patriotic flares".

Get Ready For The Nations League: UEFA Confirm Format Of New Sprawling 55-Team International Tournament

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Concerned about the dwindling appetite for meaningless friendlies, UEFA have decided to take a pro-active step byintroducing a brand new international competition.

Starting in 2018, European nations will compete in the UEFA Nations League a tournament featuring 55 teams, four leagues (split into mini-groups), promotion, relegation and a 'Final Four' showpiece.

England: FA Take No Action Against Adam Lallana And Jordan Henderson Over ‘Strip Club’ Reports

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In an usual change of pace for the organisation, the FA have confirmed that they won't be taking any action against Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson over reports the pair visited a strip club while on international duty.

Lallana and Henderson both found themselves dragged into the tabloid mire in the wake of Wayne Rooney's scandalous visit to the England team's hotel bar just 24 hours after last Friday's win over Scotland.

‘I’m Trying To Channel My Passion’ – Joe Hart Admits He Was Too Pumped Up To Save Anything At Euro 2016

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Joe Hart has admitted that his shortcomings at Euro 2016 were probably a result of being overly excited about the whole thing.

Despite all the pre-match tunnel bluster, the patriotic chest thumping and the national anthem bellowing, Hart dropped a couple of clangers as Roy Hodgson's dreary rabble went plummeting out in the group stages.

‘Walloped At Wembley’ – Scottish Newspaper Sums Up Dismal England Defeat With Sombre, Blacked-Out Back Page (Photo)

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A fair-to-middling performance from England was good enough to earn the win over Scotland at Wembley last night, with the home side coasting to a 3-0 victory while registering just three attempts on goal (all headers) in the space of 90 minutes.

Scotland mustered 12 shots (two on target) but were flaccid for the most part, with the dreary defeat leaving them second bottom,six points behind leaders England,in World Cup Qualifying group F with four games played.

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What Robbie Keane Did Next: Irish Veteran Trains With Al-Ahli After Leaving LA Galaxy (Photos)

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Despite his advancing years (he's 36, you know!), it would appear that Robbie Keane isn't quite ready to call it a day.

The Republic of Ireland's all-time top scorer left LA Galaxy when his contract expired a couple of months ago and has since tendered offers from several prospective suitors, with Sunderland reportedly having a nibble a few weeks ago.

A-League: Goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic Pelted With Rubber Snakes During Sydney Derby (Photo)

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The Sydney derby took place in the A-League overnightand eventually wound up goalless, though the evening didn't pass entirely without incident.

Indeed, Sydney FC fans took it upon themselves to bombard Western Sydney Wanderers' goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic with rubber snakes, which landed draped on the roof of his net.

Join Us In Praying That This ‘Van Gogh-Inspired’ Monstrosity Isn’t Holland’s New Home Shirt (Photo)

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A cursory flick back through the archives has shown that the Netherlands have never really suffered with a duff kit.

Sure, there have been some slightly drab incarnationsof the famous Oranje over the years, butthe Dutch have never actually endured what you might call a 'bad' strip.

Till now, that is.

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Africa Cup Of Nations Snapshot: DR Congo’s Team Photo Is A Thing Of True Beauty…

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Apologies for being slightly late on the uptake here, but we've only just discovered the majesty that is DR Congo's team photo.

The Leopards are already out of the Africa Cup of Nations after losing to Ghana in the quarters, but their fantastic pre-match 'conga' will live on in the footballing annals for eternity.

‘They Sent It To The Wrong Congo’ – Benik Afobe Reveals Paperwork Error Led To His International Debut Being Delayed

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Having represented England from Under-16 to Under-21 level, Benik Afobe recently decided to switch his senior international allegiance to the Democratic Republic of Congo, for whom he qualifies through his parents.

Indeed, the 23-year-old Bournemouth striker was hoping to play his way into DR Congo's Africa Cup of Nations squad, and was even called into the fold for a recent qualifying game against Guinea.

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‘I’d Love To Go’ – Diego Maradona Formally Invited To Speak To Students At Harvard University (Photo)

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As unlikely at it may seem, it looks like Diego Maradona has been invited to speak at Harvard University.

The Argentinian dumpling shared a letter he received fromMariano Siskind, department chair and professor of 'romance languages and literature' at Harvard.

In the letter, Professor Siskind asks Maradona to lecture students at a class called 'The Global Game: Soccer, Politics and Popular Culture'.

Corinthians Submit Contract Offer To Didier Drogba, Attempt To Woo Him By Chucking In An Armoured Car (Photo)

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Currently a free agent after walking away from Montreal Impact at the end of the MLS season, Didier Drogba is currently being courted by a motley packof potential suitors.

Among those are Corinthians, with the Brazilian side reportedly submitting an offer to Drogba via an intermediary party.

Lionel Messi Leads Argentina Teammates In Media Boycott Over Ezequiel Lavezzi ‘Marijuana’ Claims (Video)

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Lionel Messi has led his international teammates on a boycott of the Argentinian media after growing tired of their continued attempts to undermine the national side at every turn.

Not for the first time, Messi and co. were barracked in the press after losing 3-0 against Brazil in last week's World Cup qualifier, only to bounce back with a convincing win over Colombia in their very next game a result which moved the Albicelesteback into the play-off spot.

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Antoine Griezmann To Voice Superman In French Version Of ‘The Lego Batman Movie’

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It's been announced that Antoine Griezmann will provide the voice of Superman in the French version of the upcoming'Lego Batman Movie'.

The Atletico Madrid striker broke the news of his first major screen role via his official Facebook page...

For the record, it was Channing Tatum who provided Superman's dulcet tones in original The Lego Movie.

Confederations Cup: Russia’s New 2017 Shirt Is Soviet-Styled And Rather Lovely (Photos)

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Russia have just released their new kit for the 2017 Confederations Cup and it looks as though the hosts may just be the most smartly-turned out team at the ball.

Kit makers Adidas have taken style pointers from the Soviet kits of the 1980s and knocked out an absolute beauty (which, admittedly, doesn't look unlike the little red number Wales wore at Euro 2016).

Cameroon

Matip given FIFA clearance to return for Liverpool

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London (AFP) Liverpool defender Joel Matip has been cleared to return to action with the Premier League club after FIFA resolved the Cameroon international's status on Friday.

Matip recently claimed he had retired from international football and did not want to play for Cameroon despite their attempts to call him up for the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.

Matip given FIFA clearance to return for Liverpool

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London (AFP) Liverpool defender Joel Matip has been cleared to return to action with the Premier League club after FIFA resolved the Cameroon international's status on Friday.

Matip recently claimed he had retired from international football and did not want to play for Cameroon despite their attempts to call him up for the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.

Liverpool’s Klopp baffled by Cameroon’s claim on Joel Matip

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London (AFP) Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said Tuesday he could not understand why "retired" Cameroon defender Joel Matip was currently unavailable to the Reds because of the African Nations Cup.Klopp had to pull Matip out of Sunday's Premier League draw with Manchester United because of confusion over the player's international status.

Liverpool’s Klopp baffled by Cameroon’s claim on Joel Matip

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London (AFP) Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said Tuesday he could not understand why "retired" Cameroon defender Joel Matip was currently unavailable to the Reds because of the African Nations Cup.Klopp had to pull Matip out of Sunday's Premier League draw with Manchester United because of confusion over the player's international status.

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Partizan’s Brazilian Midfielder Everton Luiz Leaves Pitch In Tears After Receiving Monkey Chants For Duration Of Belgrade Derby

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Partizan Belgrade midfielder Everton Luiz left the field in tears after being subjected to racist abuse from FK Rad fans for the entire duration of Sunday's Serbian top-flight derby matchbetween the cross-city rivals.

According to Serbian broadcasters B92, the Rad fans goadedLuizwith monkey chants every time hetouched the ball.

Asamoah Gyan (And 45 Other Players) Found Guilty Of Sporting ‘Unethical Hair’ By UAE Football Assocation

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Asamoah Gyan is one of 46 players deemed to have "unethical hair" according to theUnited Arab Emirates Football Association (UAEFA) guidelines.

As per BBC Sport, Gyan, who currently plays for Al-Ahli in Dubai, is guilty of sporting a 'Qaza' barnet, which are forbiddenby some of the stricter strains of Islam adhered toin Saudi Arabia.

‘It’s Difficult To Adjust Sometimes’ – Johnny Heitinga Opens Up On Life Without Private Jets And Personal Shoppers

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Ex-Everton defender Johnny Heitinga has been breaking hearts in his native Holland after giving an interview that exposed the hardships he and his family are facing since he retired from professional football.

Turns out that since calling time on his career at the end of last season, Heitinga has been scrimping and saving to get by, even having to forgo some of life's basics private jets, luxury villas, personal shoppers as a result.

Sporting Lisbon Fined £650 After Rowdy Fans Throw Packet Of Beans At Opposing Goalkeeper

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In what surely must be unprecedented, Sporting Lisbon have been fined after their fans hurled a bag of beans at their opponent's goalkeeper.

According to O Jogo, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) have beenstung after a packet of lupini beans were thrown in the direction of Maritimo 'keeper Charles during the 2-2 draw between the two teams on Saturday.

FIFA Bring Disciplinary Charges Against Wales For Allowing Fans To Wear Poppies In Crowd

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After launching probes into the various instances of rule-defying poppy display over the course of the international break, FIFA have today brought charges against the Football Associations of both Wales and Northern Ireland.

FIFA have specifically begun disciplinary proceedings against Wales pertaining to their 1-1 draw against Serbia on 12th November.

‘You Usually Only Get This After You Die’ – Zlatan Ibrahimovic To Be Honoured With Statue Outside Swedish National Stadium

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is to be honoured with a large statue outside Sweden's national football stadium after the Manchester United striker was presented with the11th Guldbollen award of his career on Monday evening.

The Guldbollen (i.e, Gold Ball) is awarded to Sweden's top male football player.

Kim Jong-Un Pledges To Produce North Korean Footballers Capable Of ‘Dominating The World’

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"He was f**king MILES offside, referee!"

It's been a while since North Korea last made an impact on the world football stage, with Pak Doo-ik's Italy-slaying heroics at the 1966 World Cup now but a fading memory.

However, supreme leader Kim Jong-Un is reportedly planning to reinstate North Korea as a footballing superpower by putting a grassroots plan into action that will see them begin to produce players of Lionel Messi's calibre.

San Marino Press Officer Hits Back (With 10 Pithy Bullet Points) After Thomas Muller Complains About Having To Play Against Minnows

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San Marino have fired a return volley at Thomas Muller after the Germany forward questioned the relevance of having to play against them after Friday's World Cup qualifier between the two sides.

As was inevitable, the World champions walloped their hosts8-0, leadingMuller to complainthat "matches like [this one]have nothing to do with professional football.

Arsenal: Gunners Hit Back After Serge Gnabry Hat-Trick For Germany Prompts Cheeky Tweet From Werder Bremen

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After struggling to make the grade at Arsenal and enduring a fruitless loan spell with West Brom, German youngster Serge Gnabry is finally starting to make the most of his talent, netting four goals in nine league games with Werder Bremen this season.

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On Friday, the winger marked his senior international debut with a hat-trick, albeit in an easy 8-0 win against perennial minnows San Marino.

Indian Super League: Kerala Blasters Supporters Given 35,000 Zinedine Zidane Masks To Goad Rival Coach Marco Materazzi

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Over in the Indian Super League, Kerala Blasters fans are reportedly gearing up to don thousands of Zinedine Zidane masks to goadthe managerof their rival club,who just so happens to beMarco Materazzi.

Zidane and Materazzi famously clashed in the final of the 2006 World Cup, culminating in the former introducing his cranium to the latter's breastbone with significant vim and vigour.