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.

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.

Video: Sao Paulo keeper Rogerio Ceni scores six-yard punched own goal

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Goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni is no stranger to finding the net, having scored more than 100 career goals. But he's more accustomed to blasting in free-kicks and penalties at the other end of the pitch than scoring embarrassing own goals. On this occasion the goal won't be added to his tally after he got a punch [.

Seattle Sounders Star Eddie Johnson Taunts Opposition Bench, Slaps Player (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

Fight! Fight! Fight! Well, at least one punch/slap/shove/prod (you decide) was thrown at the end of a US Open Cup game between San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders in San Francisco. The proud owner of said 'assault' was none other than former Fulham attacker, Eddie Johnson, who, at the final whistle runs over to taunt the losing San Jose bench.

Video: CCTV footage of Blackburn striker David Goodwillie brawling in the street

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Footage of Blackburn's David Goodwillie fighting in the street has appeared on YouTube. The Scotland international pleaded guilty to assault on Monday and is due to be sentenced next month. He has been told to expect community service for lamping 23-year-old John Friel during a night out in Glasgow in 2010.


GIF It: Wojciech Szczesny’s breakdance goalkeeping (Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa)

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A penalty is never just a penalty when you've got Wojciech Szczesny in nets. In this incident against Aston Villa on Saturday, he saves a penalty, attempts a punch and pulls off a breakdancing move... and still ends up conceding. Still, you've got to admire those penalty area gymnastics.

Video: Pulis expects FA charge after Michael Owen’s attack on Arsenal midfielder

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Michael Owen may have been lucky to escape a yellow or even a red card on Saturday after his angry punch thrown at Mikel Arteta towards the end of the bad-tempered game between Arsenal and Stoke, but he may regret that the referee didn't deal with it immediately as he is now open to an investigation by the FA.

Stoke’s Michael Owen vs Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta – the worst boxing match ever

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Michael Owen is set for an FA charge after kicking off the least fearsome scrap in history. The Stoke City benchwarmer threw an outrageously poor punch at Arsenal's Mikel Arteta during yesterday' match at the Emirates Stadium. The Spaniard then responded with a strange forearm backhander. Via Feint Zebra

Arsenal Beat Liverpool To Sahin

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Arsenal look to have beaten Liverpool to the punch for Nuri Sahin, with the Real Madrid midfielder agreeing a one year loan deal to make the move to the Emirates this summer.
Both Liverpool and Arsenal have been heavily linked with the unsettled Turkish international, and it appeared as though the Merseyside club had got their man last week thanks to manager Brendan Rodger's relationship with Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, who he worked under at Chelsea.

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Potters Bid For Adam

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Sky Sports sources understand Stoke have tabled a £4million bid for Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam.
Adam has struggled to make an impact at Anfield since joining from Blackpool last summer and looks unlikely to be part of manager Brendan Rodgers' first-team plans this season.
The 26-year-old, who cost the Reds a reported £6.

Fiorentina Sack Their Manager After He Attacks A Player

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Fiorentina have sacked coach Delio Rossi after he physically attacked midfielder Adem Ljajic during Wednesday night's 2-2 draw with Novara.

The incident occurred shortly after the half-hour mark, with Fiorentina trailing 2-0.

As he walked toward the bench, Ljajic put his thumb up to sarcastically praise Rossi for the substitution.

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Olympics 2012 Soccer – Colombia player gets Olympic ban for Wambach punch

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FIFA has enforced a two-jibe prohibition on Colombia participant Lady Andrade after U.S. forrad Abby Wambach said she was "mug-pluged" by her opposition in an Olympic football match.

Closed-Door vs. China

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The training session today for the U.S. WNT consisted of a 90-minute closed-door scrimmage vs. China as the team winds down its training camp in Princeton, N.J. Of course, the two teams will meet for real on May 27 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., and with more than 15,300 tickets now sold for that match, it should be a rocking atmosphere.

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Chevrolet pens a 7 year T-shirt deal with Man Utd

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Coming to Old Trafford from 2014, a symbol of the successful US car bailout

Man Utd's US connections payoff again. The commercial behemoths of the Premier League have Chevrolet lined up to take over their jersey sponsorship from 2014 replacing AON for the next seven years. Financial details of the deal are sketchy and it appears to have cost Joel Ewanick, GM's global chief marketing officer his job.

Chelsea’s Ashley Cole arrives on Twitter, slaps down Arsenal fans with immediate effect

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Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole followed in the footsteps of Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and co yesterday by joining the Twitter ranks and it is fair to say he received a fairly frosty reception from Arsenal fans, who still feel somewhat tetchy about the defender's acrimonious departure from the north London club.

DTotD: Stomping on an opponent’s leg and then punching his teammate isn’t nice

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Good sportsmanship is a vital part of any athletic competition. And this is the exact opposite of it. After tripping up his opponent, the player in blue (or teal?) appears to stomp on the downed player's leg while trying to make it look like he was hopping over him. Though the ref blew his whistle, the captain of the yellow side confronts the offender and gets laid out with a punch to the face.

United Beat Liverpool To Sign English Wonderkid

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Manchester United have reportedly agreed a deal to beat Liverpool to the signing of young English superstar Nick Powell in a deal worth £4million.
Sir Alex Ferguson has finally succeeded after trying to put together a deal to bring the Crewe Alexandra youngster to Old Trafford for a number of weeks, according to the Daily Mail.

Brendan Rogers to become new Liverpool manager, Anfield new home of Total Football

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Admittedly we somewhat jumped and pole-vaulted the gun last week, declaring Roberto Martinez a red hot favourite for the Anfield job after clocking him supping capuccinos with the Liverpool owner last week. Turns out no deal was made. On the contrary, a three-year deal is thought to have been signed, sealed and delivered between Swansea manager [.

Draw With Villa For Reds

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Gerrard, Suarez and Shelvey get ready...Liverpool managed to make a slight improvement on recent form as they held Aston Villa to a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Saturday. Aston Villa took the lead with a goal from Chris Herd but Luis Suarez equalised late on for the Reds.

Dalglish appeared to give Andy Carroll a reality check as he was allowed only to start from the bench.

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Report: Revolution to sign Bengston

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The New England Revolution are in need of bolstering their attacking options, and it appears help is on the way.

According to reports out of Honduras, 25-year-old striker Jerry Bengston is set to sign with the Revolution from Honduran club Motagua.

Renteria winner helps Crew roll past Fire

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COLUMBUS, OH.--The Chicago Fire continued a trend on Saturday night as they faced the Columbus Crew for the first time this season. A late push was not enough for the Fire to walk away with any points, as the Crew prevailed, 2-1, behind first half goals from Eddie Gavin and Emilio Renteria.

Post-Game Hangover: Reflections On Revs @ FCD

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I think we can all agree that this was a game to forget. There are no excuses this time. No narrow pitch or early red card to blame. This one was a winnable game, for the most part, but I do not think that the Revs deserved to win it. To be fair, I don't think Dallas did either; a point a piece would have been a just end to this match.

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Barklage rampage leads Red Bulls past D.C. United

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Brandon Barklage picked the perfect time to open his MLS scoring account, netting two beautiful goals on Sunday night to vanquish the very team that waived him last winter.

D.C. United looked ready to steamroll New York after starting fast with a Chris Pontius goal just 31 seconds into the match, but the Red Bulls took that early punch and kept on coming, with Barklage leading the way.

Onto the Quarters for Sporting

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Sporting KC took care of business at home last night, earning themselves their fourth trip in five years to the US Open Cup quarterfinals. Unfortunately in none of those other 3 years has KC been able to win their quarterfinal match up. On June 26th against Dayton, KC will have the opportunity to break that cycle.

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Summer Wish List: Western Conference

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Can Real Salt Lake hold on to their lead in the Western Conference? (Getty Images)

Yesterday I took a look at the item(s) that the Eastern Conference clubs need to either stay on course for a playoff spot, get a playoff spot or, even better, get the Supporters' Shield trophy.

Today we move over to the Western Conference.

Photo essay: Union 1-2 Earthquakes

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 PSP photographer Nicolae Stoian was on hand for Saturday's loss to San Jose. Here's some of what he saw.

Getting ready for the game.

Gabriel Gomez limbers up.

Kai Herdling in his first start.

Zac with the punch clearance.

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Tigres UANL: ¿Para qué estamos?

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Después de la dolorosa y humillante derrota que el equipo felino vivió este sábado las probabilidades de calificar a la fase final del torneo son escasas, pues ya no solo dependemos de nosotros mismos, sino que ahora tendremos que voltear a ver a otros equipos para medir nuestras aspiraciones. La pregunta queda, ¿está el equipo para pelear con los de arriba?

Figuring out the USMNT midfield ahead of Tuesday's showdown vs. Jamaica

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There was a time not too long ago when the U.S. national team enjoyed a wealth of midfield options and a lack of forwards. As the team heads into Tuesday's must-win World Cup qualifier, the Americans are faced with the opposite problem.

Injuries to Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan have exposed a lack of midfield depth and left Jurgen Klinsmann's team lacking attacking punch and stability.

Fire add Dutch striker MacDonald as DP

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The Chicago Fire have added some punch to their attack, signing a Designated Player from Europe that is joining the club after spending the last three seasons in Belgium.

The Fire announced Tuesday that they signed Dutch forward Sherjill MacDonald from Belgian Pro League side Germinal Beerschot AC.

‘Please, Please, Please, Please Don’t Call Me A Racist’ – John Terry Court Case: The Musical (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Beating Andrew 'The Toad Lord' Lloyd-Webber squarely to the punch, here's Fitba Thatba's latest West End production John Terry Court Case: The Musical, a work of pure melodramatic genius...

If you're wondering what the 'please, please, please, please' reference is all about, then take a gander at this little beauty.

So Many Things Going Wrong

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This fine young chap from somewhere in Brazil is, judging by the state of the pitch and sort of one-size-fits-most appearance of his shirt, will have some extra time on his hands to find a day job for the next, oh, few months. Good advice for those looking to make a career in the sport: don't punch the officials.

School bans football after Euro 2012 causes playground punch-ups

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With Poland and Ukraine playing host to a rather good-natured championships, it has fallen to a school in Hull to represent the biggest example of  Euro 2012-based ill-discipline. In the past few weeks, the excitement and tensions of the tournament have resulted in several scraps at the Hall Road Primary School, and teachers have responded [.

Scottish Cup: Hibs for the cup?

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Time, I think, to take Rudyard Kipling's advice about triumph and disaster and fling it in the Water of Leith.

Those two impostors are the only things up for grabs at Hampden tomorrow.

The ultimate triumph. The ultimate disaster.

An all Edinburgh Scottish Cup final.

Hope Solo: Golden Goalkeeper Graces Vogue

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Fun fact: the USWNT goalkeeper beat Victoria Beckham to the American Vogue cover punch by featuring on the June issue's front page (as well as in between the pages) alongside swimmer Ryan Lochte and tennis superstar, Serena Williams.

Rumors Of A Rumble Between Franck Ribery & Arjen Robben

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And at the heart of it, of course, is Bild. Bless them.

There are rumblings of some rumbling between Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben at halftime of the Bayern v Real Champions League semifinal earlier in the week, escalating to the point of Franck punching Arjen in the face.

Alex Ferguson reveals preference for strangling players instead of punching them

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According to The Times, Man City manager Roberto Mancini told Mario Balotelli, the one player who has given him more headaches than all others combined, that "if you played with me 10 years ago I give to you every day maybe one punch in your head!" But when the subject was raised with Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, he revealed a fundamental difference in approach that just might be why his side leads Mancini's by five points in the table.