Monkey gesture / chicken dance Sunderland fan given three-year banning order

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A Sunderland fan photographed making a monkey gesture towards West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku has been given an 18-month conditional discharge and been banned from football matches for three years. Liam Jones, aged 22, admitted causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress during the Black Cats' home defeat to West Bromich Albion in November 2012.

Tevez Issues Come Get Me Plea

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Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has issued a come get me plea to Italian champions AC Milan. With time running out in the transfer window, the Argentine international is keen on getting his career back on track.

Speaking to Argentinean news agencies, Carlos maintained that he was flattered to be linked with a move to PSG but stated that Milan was the club for him.

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Our old friends the Daily Mail run a headline this morning stating that Harry Redknapp has ‘pleaded' with Chairman Daniel Levy to do all he can in striking a deal that is tempting enough to keep Emmanuel Adebayor at the club.

In contrast with The Guardian who slated the player at the start of the week, the Mail's article underlines the striker's qualities but Harry's quotes do rather stop short of sounding like a plea.

Transfer wishes with videos: Zarate, Arteta, Cahill and Baines

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With four days to go to the end of the transfer window, we know that Arsene Wenger intends to sign at least 20 players if the media gossip is to be believed. In my estimation we need four players and whilst improbable given the time remaining, I present my transfers bets based upon the availability and qualities of the players involved.

Transfer wishes with videos: Zarate, Arteta, Cahill and Baines

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With four days to go to the end of the transfer window, we know that Arsene Wenger intends to sign at least 20 players if the media gossip is to be believed. In my estimation we need four players and whilst improbable given the time remaining, I present my transfers bets based upon the availability and qualities of the players involved.

Manchester United

Usain Bolt thinks he has the qualities to play for Manchester United

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Usain Bolt has reasserted his belief that he is capable of playing for Manchester United but he fears Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement might have hurt his prospects of signing for the Premier League champions. The 100m world record holder has previously trained with United in 2009. And last year, he gave a come-and-get-me plea [.

Sir Alex Ferguson drops the f-bomb during charades game with Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs

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Sir Alex has proved that a blast of the hairdryer treatment doesn't always stay within the confines of the dressing room (and the eardrums of linesmen at White Hart Lane). Featuring as a guest on a quiz on the MUTV channel, the Manchester United legend was tasked with communicating 'Maradona Hand of God' through the [.

Newcastle’s Danny Simpson uses court appearance to open up transfer talks

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Honour your contract, your Honour Newcastle right-back Danny Simpson has made a very public come and get me plea during a court case. The ex-Manchester United man was appearing in court on a speeding offence, but ended up either playing a very risky game of hardball over a new contract or alerting as many [.

Ferguson Urges United Fans To Behave At Anfield

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Sir Alex Ferguson has written a letter to Manchester United fans who are going to the away match against Liverpool on 15 October, urging them to behave, due to twelve clubs reducing the ticket allocations for travelling Red Devils fans.
Liverpool are among the sides who have been forced to cut allocations to United fans by safety advisory groups, in this case down from 3000 tickets to 1960, due to the behaviour of supporters.


Premiership preview 12/13 + a few van Persie thoughts

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Our summers are nothing if not dramatic. I've been largely ignoring it for the past few weeks ever since van Persie's original statement I've felt a little jaded by the whole thing, and haven't had the desire to track it, or write about it, on a daily basis. Kudos to those who manage to blog without a break goodness knows I needed one.

Ask not what Arsenal can do for you, Ask what you can do for the Arsenal

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Written by Gooner in Exile

This is a plea to all fans lucky enough to walk through the turnstiles at the Emirates this coming season. Since we moved there from our beloved Highbury, I can count on one hand the amount of times I wished I had been there rather than watching on TV or on the radio, those games are:

Liverpool 2008 when the crowd went ballistic against Howard Webb after sending off "he who shall not be named" with a second yellow, it was the first time I had heard the Emirates really rocking as the support got behind the team.


Xavi files another complaint to UEFA about the quality of a pitch

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Using an experimental, strikerless formation, Spain only managed a 1-1 draw against Italy in their first Euro 2012 group stage match. While this was certainly a much better result than the 1-0 loss to Switzerland with which they began their ultimately successful 2010 World Cup campaign, several Spanish players still complained about the quality of the pitch in Gdansk, Poland, claiming it wasn't watered properly, thus making it too dry for their liking.

Pep Guardiola's press conference: I need to find myself again

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Pep Guardiola's four years at the helm of one of the greatest side in this sport's history wore him down. That was the message garnered from his press conference. The most arresting part was a sort of enigmatic half plea, "I need to find myself again."

This is not a soulless man.


Liverpool Given Matias Suarez Warning

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Liverpool must move quickly or risk missing out on long-term target Matias Suarez, with Bayern Munich reported to be readying a bid for the Argentine striker.
Anderlecht hitman Suarez has been on the Merseyside club's shortlist for some time and they had looked set to lure him from Belgium to Anfield this summer.

Eden Hazard transfer to Arsenal, Liverpool, Man United or Man City

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It appears that Eden Hazard is the hottest prospect in football right now. And as the Premier League season swung superbly shut yesterday afternoon there will be plenty of teams planning ahead for the next season. New signings will be on the agenda for chairmans and managers throughout the leagues, and at the top of the wishlist for the top clubs across Europe there will surely be one common name: Eden Hazard, of French club Lille.

Swansea suffering Elvis costume shortage after Brendan Rodgers’ fancy dress plea

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South Wales is experiencing a severe shortage of Elvis Presley fancy dress costumes as Swansea fans step-up to their manager's request for a fancy dress tribute to the King. Brendan Rodgers asked Swans supporters to don Elvis outfits for their final game of the season against Liverpool on Sunday. He touted the idea after last [.

Signings, numbers 2s and tickets

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Psychology can be a very peculiar science. Last week I wrote about my increasing impression that Arsenal were crawling over the finishing line in the manner of a man searching limply for water in the desert. The game at Stoke did little to stymie that suspicion. Then the boss admitted, rather candidly, that we were almost totally relying on van Persie to nudge us over the line (Because he clearly hasn't contributed enough already this season).

Liverpool plea to Manchester United for truce on Luis Suarez

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Mail: Liverpool plea to Manchester United for truce on Luis Suarez

Liverpool will seek peace talks with Manchester United to defuse the furore surrounding Luis Suarez ahead of their trip to Old Trafford on February 11.

View the full story here: The Mail

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To Looz is Looz

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It's tough seeing my club embroiled in such poor results. Looking back:

  • ManU 3-1
    This one was an amazing game, Manchester edged it but there was so much to take away from our performance that the season looked bright.
  • Â QPR 1-0
    The surprise.

FIFA reject FA’s poppy plea

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FIFA reject FA's poppy plea

The world governing body say the move would "jeopardise the neutrality of football"

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A news article on 2011-11-08 16:57:39 from: The Mirror

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FA issue a plea for Rooney red card leniency

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FA issue a plea for Rooney red card leniency

Leading England bosses battling against increase of striker's ban

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A news article on 2011-10-08 22:01:11 from: The Mirror

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Call for 18-30s to give a spit

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Call for 18-30s to give a spit

TIME for a plug for a very good cause. Before you click "back", this isn't a plea for money. You can still send some if you can find some to spare. But we're asking you for something far simpler than that. Spit. We want your spit. Or to be more accurate Anthony Nolan want your spit, sent in a special container they'll provide (they call it a ‘spit kit'), so that they can add you to their register of donors of bone marrow and blood stem-cells.

What are the odds De Gea is the new Massimo Taibi? Derek McGovern’s Bets of the Day

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What are the odds De Gea is the new Massimo Taibi? Derek McGovern's Bets of the Day

It was a bad first week for anyone with serious Premier League title­ aspirations, unless your team name begins with "Manchester United". United's win at West Brom was full of worrying news.

Tottenham Hotspur

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Tottenham's flying Welsh winger Gareth Bale underlined his huge importance to the side with his performance in the 3-1 win over Swansea. He was your man of the match too with over 40% of the vote with Kaboul and Adebayor in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

Here's a reminder of what Harry Redknapp had to say about the player

"He's just an amazing talent.

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Depending on which report you read this morning, alleged Tottenham target Moussa Dembele has either issued a come and get me plea to Spurs or pledged his future to current employers Fulham.

Other areas of the press have suggested that it's a U-turn on the part of a player who is increasingly being connected with a winter transfer across London.

Some important numbers for the attention of Benoit Assou-Ekotto

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I was just catching up on the news from the last few days and I came across Tottenham's Benoît Assou-Ekotto issuing a plea for his club to do whatever it takes to hang on to their top stars and bringing in new ones... or risk becoming another Aston Villa.


The way things stand at the moment, it's not hard to at least partially agree with him and his message will definitely resonate with a fair number of Villa fans disgruntled by the recent austerity measures.

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While the stories that have emerged today concerning Bryan Ruiz have stopped short of suggesting that he has issued a ‘come and get me' plea, they do infer that the FC Twente striker may be holding out for a move to Spurs.

Firstly, the Costa Rican dealt with the rumours surrounding a move to Fulham whose manager Martin Jol would have seen plenty of Ruiz during his time with Ajax.

The Rest

Cologne manager wants fans to ‘father children in the stands’

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Tired of fans engaging in violence and dangerous amateur pyrotechnics shows at football matches, Cologne manager Holger Stanislawski has made a plea, urging them to have unprotected sex in the stadium instead.

Cologne fans engulfed the RheinEnergieStadion in thick black smoke and stormed the pitch after their side was relegated from the Bundesliga last season.

Papiss Cisse Takes Legal Action On Real Madrid Story

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There have been stories circulating that Papiss Cisse wants to join Real Madrid, and that he has even given them a come and get me plea. Papiss Cisse - scores against Bolton Papiss Cisse had given an interview in L'Equipe, the French Daily last week, and it seems Steve Goodman has taken that story [.

Kit Launches: From The Sublime To The Rapdiculous

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New kits are coming thick and fast, and while most are going with the standard 'cute boy in a clean shirt' approach, Leeds United are enticing their fans with something a little different.

Tell us, Kickettes: do you even buy replica shirts?

Xavi files Barcelona’s complaint to UEFA about the San Siro pitch

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On Thursday, following the scoreless first leg of Milan and Barcelona's Champions League quarterfinal, Barcelona filed an official complaint with UEFA regarding the sloppy condition of the pitch at the San Siro. This is Xavi's plea...

Gentlemen of UEFA,

Normally, I would introduce myself as Xavi -- defender of all that is good and just -- and I would offer you a generous gift of train whistles and various cheeses, but today there is no time for such pleasantries.

The Revolution’s Words, Actions And Colombians

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To kickoff 2012, my first (and only) blog entry centered on a plea for the New England Revolution to be "blog worthy" in 2012. A hope that it would "show the fanbase how big the Revolution dream is, and steps you are taking to achieve it."

Given a week of activity, I'm concerned the team still cannot explain the vision of the team's future the way I'd like, but its actions actually give me hope.

Thirst-quenching quest to find new Arsenal alehouse

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We stuttered early on in the season but since then we have had some decent results. This is not altogether too far off from the Arsenal's season. I am talking, crucially, about me and the lads trying to find a decent boozer to call home for games at the Ems after we got a free transfer from our previous drinking establishment.