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Chelsea At War With Diego Costa’s Lawyer

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With a straight face, Chelsea have slammed claims from Diego Costa's lawyer that manager Antonio Conte is forcing the striker out of Stamford Bridge.

It's a bit difficult for Chelsea to claim the high ground here after Conte told Costa via text message at the end of last season that the striker was no longer in his first-team plans.

Chelsea: Spanish Newspaper Claim To Have Intercepted The Text Message Antonio Conte Sent To Diego Costa

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It very much looks like Diego Costa's timeat Chelsea is at an end, with manager Antonio Conte apparently informing his top goalscorer that his services will no longer be required via text message.

Speaking to reporters while on international duty with Spain, Costa revealed that he's now "looking for a way out" after being told by Conte that he won't be "counted on" for next season in the most ruthless manner imaginable.

‘He Told Me He Doesn’t Count On Me For Next Season’ – Antonio Conte Ends Diego Costa’s Chelsea Career By Text Message

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Diego Costa has revealed that he is hoping to leave Chelsea this summer after seeing his relationship with manager Antonio Conte deteriorate to the point of non-existence.

Indeed, the 28-year-old striker claims he received a text message from Conte after Spain's 2-2 draw with Colombia on Wednesday to inform him that he will not be considered as part of the Italian's plans at Stamford Bridge next season.

Calciopoli2: Antonio Conte denies match fixing allegations

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Antonio Conte denies match fixing allegations while at Siena calling it a "hoax"

The Juventus manager has been in the spotlight following disclosures by Antonio Bellavista, a central figure in the match fixing scandal sweeping the Serie, that he had asked a friend to contact Conte when he was at Siena to influence the outcome of the Siena vs Sassuolo match.

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10 Footballers/Managers Who Lost Their Job Via Text Message Or Email

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The cynical, impersonal inner machinations of modern football rear their ugly head once again – human beings being bought, sold and paraded like prize cattle, mere commodities in a world gone cold.

With news of Diego Costa being informed his time at Chelsea is at an end via the medium of a text message from his manager, here's several more footballing folk who have suffered a similar fate over the past few years.

Belgian Linesman Hit By Wet Cardboard, Re-Enacts Spaghetti Western Death Scene (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In which, during Lierse's 2 1 win over Zulte Waregem in the Belgian Jupiler League last Saturday, assistant referee Frederick Geldhof is struck in the back of the head by a rogue missile from the crowd consisting of a single piece of damp cardboard.

Belgian Linesman Hit By Wet Cardboard, Re-Enacts Spaghetti Western Death Scene (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In which, during Lierse's 2 1 win over Zulte Waregem in the Belgian Jupiler League last Saturday, assistant referee Frederick Geldhof is struck in the back of the head by a rogue missile from the crowd consisting of a single piece of damp cardboard.

Proof that self-professed Luddite Harry Redknapp is actually a techno whizz

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A Wii exaggeration Harry Redknapp's tex evasion trial heard yesterday that the Tottenham manager is hopeless when it comes to technology. The court was played police recordings of Redknapp saying: "I can't work a computer, I don't know what an email is, I can't, I have never sent a fax and I've never even sent [.

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Assault case against Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling dropped

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#Raheem #Sterling of #lfc arrives at #Liverpool Magistrates Court to answer a charge of assault. @BBCNWT Hearing 2pm pic.twitter.com/I2Qd13iSdP Andy Gill (@MerseyHack) September 20, 2013 Liverpool and England winger Raheem Sterling has walked free from court after being cleared of assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Chicago vs DC: Smelling Salts

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I picked a fine game not to watch live. You know something good has happened when you get a text message saying "Stop what you're doing. Right now. Ok. Watch the Fire NOW!". This option wasn't available to me but I checked my phone and saw the two goals in stoppage. I totally didn't scream like a little girl who just got her first My Little Pony toy.

Manchester United

Confessions of a London Red

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The text message arrived from Paddy at 5:44pm on Friday the 26th of April 2013.

"You busy at 4pm on Sunday?"

"Was planning to watch football down the pub, you?" I replied.

"Was planning on watching football at the stadium. Fancy joining?"

Did I fancy joining!...It was a good thing there was no-one else nearby to speak to; had there been, my voice would have been hoarse with excitement.

‘I Had A Message From God’ – Bradley Wiggins Cherishes Text From Robbie Fowler

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By Alan Duffy

Man of the moment and Liverpool fan, Bradley Wiggins, has revealed that a text message from his Kop idol Robbie Fowler meant much more to him than a letter from the Queen.

The Tour De France winner and Olympic record-breaker said:

"The wife was getting ecstatic the Queen had sent us a letter and I kept saying: 'Forget the Queen.

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Preston North End manager Graham Westley releases eight players by text message

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Fulfilling Dirty Tackle's new premise as a one-stop shop for all Preston North End-related stories, we bring you news that manager Graham Westley told eight of his squad not to turn up to pre-season training via text message.

The players were expecting to show up at Preston's training ground on July 3rd, but the Daily Mail report that the unfortunate eight were given their marching orders via the world's longest SMS (warning: contains irritating teenage-style text message spelling):

Lads.

Preston North End boss Graham Westley drops four players via strange late night text message

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Deepdale players discover they now need to be deep sleepers New Preston boss Graham Westley hasn't exactly endeared himself to some of his charges after sending a 2am text message that informed four players that they were being dropped. Westley sent the group text in the early hours of Saturday morning ahead of his side's [.

Fulham’s Pajtim Kasami Fined For Missing A Penalty

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By Alan Duffy


New Fulham boss Martin Jol has been rubbing a number of his players up the wrong way with his brusk management style. The latest in the Jol firing line is young midfielder Patjim Kasami, who missed a spot-kick in the Cottagers' Carling Cup defeat against Chelsea last month.

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Perez, Shea, and John All 5th in MLS All-Star Fan Voting Ranks

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MLS has updated the fan voting totals for the 2012 MLS All-Star game and three FC Dallas players are currently in the running for spots. Blas Perez currentl ranks 5th among strikers, while Brek Shea is 5th in the midfield, and Goerge JOhn 5th among defenders. Voting ends Monday, July 2 at 5 p.m. ET and is taking place online at www.

When a no-brainer means you have no brain…

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He shoots! He scores! He sits?!?

How do you reward a player when his excellent performance includes a sensational back heel assist followed by two goals of his own?

You bench him. It's the Union way.

Following the 6-2 trouncing of Toronto FC in their own building, it seemed safe to assume that only one change might be made to the starting XI that had shown so brightly for the U.

English Premier League

WAG Watch: Everyone vs Jenny Vampire

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WAGs who aren't attached to this story attend the Cricket Christmas party, Liverpool, UK. 08/12/2010. Image:Â BIGPICTURESPHOTO.COM.

Manchester United, Man City, Liverpool and Everton WAGs have beef with Jennifer Thompson of Mario Balotelli and Wayne Rooney tell-all fame and nouveau riche glory.

Arsenal close in on £10.9m transfer target

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Germany international striker Lukas Podolski is reported to be on the verge of signing for Arsenal in a move that would cost the Gunners approximately £10.9m.

The 26-year old Podolski has been outspoken about his displeasure at current club FC Cologne, who are only three points above the relegation zone in the Bundesliga and have allegedly failed to deliver on their promises of building a competitive squad.

Redknapp Claims He Is Illiterate, Do You Believe Him?

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Very interesting revelations are emerging from the Harry Redknapp tax evasion court proceedings. On Thursday, the Southwark Crown Court heard some very amusing statements from the Tottenham Hotspurs manager.

Apparently, Redknapp is illiterate. He cannot read or write. In a tape recording played to the court, Redknapp said that he did not know what an email was and that he had never sent a text or fax in his life.

Redknapp Makes Shocking Court Revelation

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As you probably know, Tottenham coach Harry Redknapp is currently been investigated for tax evasion offenses committed over 3 years ago and things got interesting yesterday when in tape recordings presented to the court, Redknapp said that he could not have fiddled his tax returns because he is illetrate.

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Ever notice in America, once September rolls around, it's almost impossible to find any NFL analysis on television?(Damn it, I've got to remind myself that sometimes sarcasm -- no matter how syrupy thick -- can sometimes get lost in a blog post or (especially) a text message.)It's getting to the point where a show like "Meet the Press" is probably going to have a "Start 'em/Sit 'em" segment

Video: MLS All-Star First XI Named

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Major League Soccer has named the starting XI for its 2011 All Star Game. The match will be held on July 27 at Red Bull Arena and will feature the MLS All Stars against English Premier League champions Manchester United. Here are the starters as selected by an online and text message-based fan vote along [.

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‘He’s Not Big Or Butch, But He Can Handle Himself’ – Steve Kean Hires 24/7 Seventh Dan Karate Expert Bodyguard

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By Chris Wright

This may or may not be the guy

After months of vitriol and increasingly pathetic attempts to oust him from his position from the more ridiculous sections of the club's support, Blackburn manager Steve Kean has admitted to having hired a bodyguard to protect him at all times.

Unpopular Blackburn manager has a bodyguard with him at all times

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Blackburn fans really don't like manager Steve Kean. They've expressed this through signs, protests and even planes throughout a season that has the Rovers teetering on the brink of the relegation zone. Their vehemence in their position has only grown the longer Kean remains in his position and since large segments of humanity aren't able to keep football in perspective, Steve Kean now feels the need to keep a karate expert with him at all times.

Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Redknapp is almost illiterate and can’t write a teamsheet

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And that's his defence An unexpected upshot of Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp's tax evasion trial is his claims that he is a near-illiterate, disorganised technophobe who cannot even fill in a team sheet. Southwark Crown Court heard that Redknapp writes "like a two-year-old" and "can't spell".

Fulham 4-0 Spurs: Philosophical Shrugs

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"This was our best chance for silverware this season. I now think we'll end up 6th and lose to Milan on aggregate. Back to the same old Spurs."

Thusly opined my Spurs-supporting chum Ian immediately after the full-time whistle on Sunday, presumably running out of characters in his text message before he could predict relegation, liquidation and the end of the world.

New York Jets

Stevie Johnson Apologizes to Plaxico Burress

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We called out Stevie Johnson for making fun of Plaxico Burress shooting himself in his thigh. On Monday, Stevie Johnson apologized for his touchdown celebration. You can see the Stevie Johnson celebration video here.

Plaxico Burress said he got a call and a text message from Stevie Johnson after the game.

Pictures: Eliza Kruger - Mark Sanchez 17 Year Old Girl

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Deadspin has a way of getting huge stories involving the New York Jets. The latest huge story involved Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and a 17-year-old girl who he had sex with. The 17-year-old, who is the daughter of a millionaire, has been identified as Eliza Kruger. You can see Eliza Kruger pictures below.

Math

Final Game Review - Player Ratings & More Gold from Redknapp

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"Super Me-La-Chenko!"Quite a boring game in which both teams seemed content to pass the ball round to no effect. It
was more interesting watching the scores come up on the screen and then trying to work out who was going down. Points, goal diffrence, goals scored, it was hardcore maths at one point.

Final Game Review - Player Ratings & More Gold from Redknapp

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"Super Me-La-Chenko!"Quite a boring game in which both teams seemed content to pass the ball round to no effect. It
was more interesting watching the scores come up on the screen and then trying to work out who was going down. Points, goal diffrence, goals scored, it was hardcore maths at one point.

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Seattle Sounders Win Open Cup Quarterfinal Over San Jose Earthquakes

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Reports of a match held at Kezar Stadium between the Seattle Sounders and San Jose Earthquakes are coming in through most mediums. Some witnesses are claiming over social media site Twitter that the Sounders won 1-nil off of a Cordell Cato first half goal.

Officials and partisans affiliated with San Jose used social media site Facebook to claim that fracas in stoppage time should result in a sending off and extended minutes.

Top 10 Euro 2012 conclusions: Germany 1-0 Portugal

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1. The Group of Death is clearly going to be slow and painful in nature. 2. After his terrible performance in the Champions League final and almost being non-existent for most of this match, Mario Gomez produced a decisive piece of quality. And we were just pleased to see a goal. 3. Damn you, Chelsea.

Wembley awaits !

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I am beginning to think that I should stay out here in Florida after getting a text message from my Dad who was at the game yesterday telling me we had beaten Leicester with Torres scoring two and ending his goal drought!

Things couldn't have gone any better with City up next on Weds night. Four wins from four and by the sounds of it the side has been rejuvenated.

Belgian linesman rocked by mystery object to the head

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Early in the second half of last Saturday's Jupiler League match between Lierse and Zulte Waregem, linesman Frederick Geldhof was struck in the back of the head by a mystery object. As soon as it hit, Geldhof fell to the ground and scrambled onto the pitch, away from whatever attacked him.

TMZ Text Messages John Lackey, He Explodes

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John Lackey doesn't like receiving text messages. Especially text messages from TMZ about his pending divorce. But who here is to blame? Is it TMZ for trying to get a scoop or John Lackey for divorcing his wife who recently underwent a double mastectomy?

We all know that answer.

(You can see Krista Lackey pictures here.

Doing It For A Good Cause: 30/06/2011

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Due to a brief summer break, this week's quick round-up football charities is a little later than usual, but this evening we have another couple of causes related to the game which prove that, for all of the bad news that seems to be out there and it can seem, from time to time, to be perpetual there is still some good that can come from the heart of the game.

Leeds left-back George McCartney retires from international football by text message

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Angin up boots lol Leeds defender George McCartney quit the Northern Ireland international set-up by text message on Sunday night. The 29-year-old, on loan at Elland Road from Sunderland, sent an SMS to Northern Ireland assistant manager Glynn Snodin also a coach at Leeds to say he was retiring from international football.