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Greater Manchester: Stockport County Fans Threatened With Eviction For Being Too Smelly

THE note placed on a seat at Stockport County’s Edgeley Park ground, states:

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“To the two guys in black leather jackets who have recently started sitting in some of these seats. Sorry. There’s no way to put this without hurting your feelings, but one or both of you stinks and it is ruining the experience of those around you. Many of us are season ticket holders and it is very unfair that we have to spend the best part of two hours every game with a foul smell like this around us. Please either have a good wash and change your clothes or go and sit elsewhere. Thanks. And yes, it is that bad.”

Who wrote the note? And why don’t they move?

Posted: 3rd, January 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Solskjaer Takes Cardiff City Job To Prove Just How Mental He Is

HE may have worked under a demanding boss under Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must be the most mental, masochistic man in football for taking the job at Cardiff City to work with the batshit Vincent Tan.

 

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Previously, Tan’s money saw him changing Cardiff’s kit from blue to red, because of some bunkum about ‘luck’ and changed the club’s crest while he was at it. Some fans sucked it up because Tan was throwing enough cash at the club to get them into the Premier League. Of course, it takes more than mere pennies to make a side successful (hey there QPR!) and in recently-axed manager Malky Mackay, they had a good head at the helm, popular in football and performing well under a crazy chairman who liked wearing football shirts over a shirt and tie.

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Posted: 2nd, January 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pace Yourself Nigel: Michael “Mighty Mike” Van Gerwen Wins PDC World Championship (Photos)

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PETER “Snakebite” Wright and his ensemble of brightly tinted mohawk created by his wife, Timmy Mallet’s cast-offs and an open-mouthed snake painted on the side of his head were not enough to win the PDC World Championship. Having upstaged Simon “The Wizard” Whitlock beard and plait kit, the 43-year-old Wright went down to the less extravagantly attired Michael “Mighty Mike” Van Gerwen, who in his moment of victory upstaged Wright’s effort by wearing the gigantic trophy as a top knot.

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Posted: 2nd, January 2014 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Taxi For Moyes: A Look At The Manchester United Manager’s Expression As The Red Devils Lost To Spurs

DAVID Moyes is under pressure. The new Manchester United manager has seen his side slip to a 1-2 home defeat by Spurs. How did he react? Like this:

TAXI!

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Posted: 1st, January 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports, Spurs | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


QPR Balls: The Life And Death Of Alejandro Faurlin

QUEEN’S Park Rangers fanzine AKUTR’S has a cover featuring injured Alejandro Faurlin on the front and a funeral directors on the back. A spot of gallows humour:

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Posted: 1st, January 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


When Muhammad Ali Met Michael Jackson And Became The ‘Jackson Six’

WHEN Muhammad Ali and Michael Jackson in 1977:

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Posted: 31st, December 2013 | In: Celebrities, Flashback, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Most Offensive And Amusing Pitch Gestures

NICOLAS Anelka’s controversial celebration after scoring for West Brom at Upton Park – the notorious quenelle salute, made famous by his comedian friend Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala – will be debated for weeks to come.

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But he is by no means the first footballer to find himself in hot water following an impetuous or ill-judged gesture…

 

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During his time at Lazio, Paolo Di Canio is alleged to have said he was a fascist, and he certainly did nothing to dispel this impression with his salutes. When appointed manager of Sunderland he apologised for any offence caused by the gesture and said that comments about his political beliefs had been taken out of context.

And just to even things up, here once again is the England team in Berlin….

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Flicking the Vs

Now sadly dying out, the ‘V-sign’ (meaning ‘fu*k off’) was once the most offensive gesture available to native Britons.

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In 1971 it briefly became known as ‘doing a Harvey Smith’ after the pugnacious Yorkshire show jumper greeted the judges with said sign after winning the British Show Jumping Derby. He was fined his entire winnings (two grand) for his troubles.

 

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Footballers were partial to it too. That is to say, bad boys like boozing, smoking, womanising, drug-taking lower-league legend Robin Friday…

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As was Charlie George, whose 1972 effort at Derby was dismissed by Arsenal team-mate Alan Ball as ‘a bit of devilment’, which is ‘part and parcel of the game’. Ball said Charlie had learned his lesson, but he was up to his old tricks at his next club (Derby County, ironically) in 1975…

 

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In more recent times, Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor were banned from playing for Scotland on account of this gesture at team officials, committed while relegated to the bench for turning up drunk at a training session…

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Wankaaah!

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Another good old British tradition, kept alive by a Frenchman. David Ginola, who did the ‘wanker’ gesture at BT Sport host Jake Humphrey, who was oblivious to the insult, but later apologised on air.

Unfortunately German football journalist Raphael Honigstein repeated the gesture on another BT Sport show shortly afterwards. He claimed afterwards that he didn’t realise they were on air…

 

The Finger

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Jack Wilshere found himself in trouble recently after giving the finger to Manchester city fans, whom he accused of insulting his children. ‘Shouldn’t of [sic] reacted the way I did but I know all you dads out there love your kids the way I do…’ he tweeted later.

Here’s Becks doing the same to England fans at the Euro 2000…

 

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The dark side of the moon

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Robbie Fowler’s baiting of Graham Le Saux was widely assumed to be anti-gay in intent, as he repeatedly bent over and proffered his backside to the Chelsea defender.

 

And the light side…

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Where else to turn but to ARSEnal’s Sammy Nelson? The popular defender famously dropped his shorts at Highbury having netted for both sides during the Gunners’ game against Coventry in 1979.

 

Not to be sniffed at

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Robbie Fowler had a few run-ins with authority, but the only other time he got into trouble for a shirt-lifting-related incident, it was for lifting his team jersey to reveal a t-shirt supporting the striking Liverpool dockers, who had been sold out and abandoned by their union.

On a less serious note, his ‘coke’ celebration, in which he snorted the goal line, remains a classic.

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The Handcuffs

Tim Cahill ‘did the handcuffs’ for his goal brother Sean, who was in jail for GBH at the time.

… while Ipswich’s Norris did the same for former team-mate Luke McCormick, who was doing time for killing people in a car crash.

And finally, the most incendiary of the lot…

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Paul Gascoigne’s 1998 celebration in front of Celtic fans earned him a £20,000 fine and a series of death threats. He claimed not to have realized the symbolic significance of his antics – an excuse that would be preposterous coming from anyone else, but which is just about plausible in Gazza’s case…
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Posted: 31st, December 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Anelka And Dieudonné: Bigots, But For The Left

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WHEN West Bromwich Albion footballer Nicholas Anelka scored in Saturday’s draw with West Ham he preformed a “reverse Nazi salute”. Oddly, the reverse Nazi is not an anti-racism statement. It’s one steeped in anti-Semitism. After thousands of years of persecution, Anelka’s friend, Dieudonne M’balla M’balla, created a new way to insult Jews. It might even be trademarked.

The gesture is called the “quenelle”. It’s big in France. French media have published a photo of a man performing it outside the Toulouse school where four Jews were murdered.

France’s Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron has condemned Anelka son Twitter calling it a “shocking provocation”. And it is to those it’s meant to hurt.

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Posted: 30th, December 2013 | In: Key Posts, News, Sports | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Mike Tyson’s Message To Foreign Criminals: Get A Book Deal With The Sun’s Rupert Murdoch

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COMPARE and contrast the Sun’s treatment of foreign villains. The Sun is owned By Rupert Murdoch:

* “HOME Secretary Charles Clarke was in the firing line last night after it was revealed HUNDREDS of evil foreign criminals are on the loose in Britain” – The Sun, August, 2007

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Posted: 29th, December 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


#TearsForPiers: Piers Morgan V Brett Lee

ON Australia’s  The Cricket Show. Piers Morgan faced Brett Lee. There was nowhere to hide:

Posted: 27th, December 2013 | In: Celebrities, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Tao of David Coleman

The Tao of David Coleman

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He was born at Alderley Edge, the place now famous as the luxury location of choice for the gated homes of multi-millionaire footballers. But Coleman is a man synonymous with the blurred black-and-white ‘soccer’ of a more simple, if not innocent era.

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Posted: 25th, December 2013 | In: Celebrities, Flashback, Key Posts, Sports, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea Balls: Mourinho Says He Alone Takes On Arsenal

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GOING into Chelsea’s away match against Arsenal, Blues’ manager Jose Mourinho told one and all:  “It’s not me against Wenger.”

Was Jose a tad worried that his team would lose? Was he looking to spread the blame should Chelsea be defeated?

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Posted: 24th, December 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs Balls: The Daily Mail Loves ‘Man’s Man’ Tim Sherwood

DOES the media love New Spurs manager Tim Sherwood?

Matt Barlow (Daily Mail):

“A wet and windy night at White Hart Lane was no place for the sharp suit and tie combo always favoured by AVB. Sherwood stayed true to his coaching status with a club tracksuit under a big blue bench coat and a pair of white trainers.”

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Posted: 19th, December 2013 | In: Sports, Spurs | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs Balls: Glenn Hoddle Is A Website In The Third Person

NEWS for Spurs fans:

“Zapsportz.com understands that Hoddle will certainly help if the club makes an approach.”

That’s Glenn Hoddle, the Queen of Golders Green. But how trusty a source is Zappsort?

Welcome to ZAPSPORTZ.COM, a brilliant new website for all sports fans ….especially those of you who love to get out and play or compete in your favourite sports. ZAPSPORTZ is co-founded by football great Glenn Hoddle, the legendary Spurs and England midfielder and the national side’s World Cup manager in 1998 and he is passionate about helping to improve the next generation of sportsmen and women.

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Posted: 18th, December 2013 | In: Sports, Spurs | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Platini Wants To Replace Yellow Cards With Sin Bins

REMEMBER when Michel Platini was nothing more than a wonderful, wonderful footballer? Those were great times. Platini would grace matches and do wonderful things and then he’d disappear until the next match.

Then, he became the president of UEFA and everything went wrong. Instead of stroking a football around and making grown adults weep with joy with 5 yard passes, Platini now talks a lot and doesn’t seem to ever want to fine teams for being racist in favour of crackpot ideas about… well… EVERYTHING.

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Posted: 18th, December 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Don’t Panic Spurs Fans: Harry Redknapp Has Annointed Your Next Manager

HARRY REDKNAPP says Spurs should make Tim Sherwood their next manager.

Why?

 “Tim should get the job permanently and work alongside Les Ferdinand.”

Are they any good?

“Together, they are old-school Spurs and would do a tremendous job.”

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Posted: 17th, December 2013 | In: Sports, Spurs | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs Balls: Andre Villas-Boas Needs The Salvation Army

ANDRW Villas Boas has been sacked. The Times produces the juxtaposition of the day:

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Posted: 17th, December 2013 | In: Sports, Spurs | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


FIFA Ban Josip Simunic From World Cup For Being Racist

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FIFA have long promised to get tough on racism and for the most part, failed miserably. However, things appear to be changing for the better as Croatian international Josip Simunic has been suspended for ten official matches, banned from entering the confines of the stadiums for those ten matches and fined CHF 30,000.

That happens to include the World Cup finals.

The Croatian FA and Simunic have been notified of the sanctions imposed by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee after the player displayed discriminatory behaviour in interaction with the Croatian supporters.

As the video shows, Simunic got on the microphone and shouted to supporters: “For the homeland!” with fans replying with “Ready!” The chant was used by the Croatian pro-Nazi fascist “Ustaše” movement that ruled the state during the second world war.

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Posted: 16th, December 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs Balls: AVB Was Sacked For £20 And A Dare

BEFORE Liverpool tonked Spurs 5-0 and in so doing saw off the pretty ineffectual Andre Villas -Boas, Olivia Brown, 10, of Wood End, Hertfordshire, executed her game plan to perfection.

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Posted: 16th, December 2013 | In: Sports, Spurs | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Sign Language Balls: Jack Wilshere Was Asking Manchester City For The Toilet

 

ARSENAL’S Jack Wilshere is innocent. Sure, it looked as if he was giving Manchester City fans the finger at the Etihad.

 

 

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Posted: 15th, December 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Everton Balls: Robbie Savage Tips Martinez’s Marvels To Finish 8th, 7th and 4th

HOW football pundits work, with the Daily Mirror’s Robbie Savage:

Daily Mirror, August 16, 2013:

Robbie Savage’s Premier League predictions: Find out his picks for the title, Europe and relegation..

8) Everton. I wish him all the best, but Roberto Martinez will find David Moyes a hard act to follow. Defensively, his Wigan side were poor and Goodison fans are not used to seeing their team spring leaks at the back. Martinez has plenty to prove.

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Posted: 14th, December 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Balls: Zlatan Ibrahimovic To Bring Moyes Harmony

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THE Daily Robbie Savage: Today Savage uses his insight to tell Daily Mirror readers what David Moyes need do to make Manchester United great:

Why David Moyes must rip up this team and sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Buy the Swede as a new Cantona plus Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw, tie down Wayne Rooney and build the back four around Phil Jones.

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Posted: 13th, December 2013 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


QPR’s New Ground Boasts The Second Worst View In Football

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MUCH chat over QPR’s new 40,000 all-seater mega-ground a mile or so from their Loftus Road home. The drawings look just great. Anorak eagerly awaits the move, and has picked out the best seat just behind the massive JumboTron in the ground’s top-right-hand corner.

The hope is that it matches the view we got last week when the Super Hoops took on and defeated Bournemouth 3-0.

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Posted: 13th, December 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester City’s Pelligrini And Arsenal’s Wenger Are No Alexis Fergusoni

JOHN Dillon says Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini “realises being cool doesn’t count if you can’t add up”. Had City scored more they would have topped their Champions League group. This, it turns out, is a sign of foreign stupidity.

Here’s something that English coaches can do which apparently not all of their highly exalted foreign rivals can manage. They can count.

If Pellegrini’s oversight is a sign of foreign idiocy are Alan “exciting” Shearer’s bon mots symbols of English brain power?

Pelligrini might look like an accountant, but it turns out he’s not all that good with numbers.

Pellegrini, however, belied his suave, refined image and miscalculated… The fashion during the last decade or so has been for imported bosses. They are seen as more sophisticated, cooler, more advanced and more tactically inventive and flexible than their British counterparts.

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Posted: 12th, December 2013 | In: Arsenal, Newcastle United, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch The Top 10 Twitter Spikes Of 2013

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THE Football Association are very disappointed that numbers of people taking up football are dwindling. It seems less kids want to run around in dreadful weather, getting lumps kicked out of them and paying their subs for the privilege.

In completely unrelated news, football took over Twitter in 2013 and dominated the spikes of activity the site had.

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Posted: 12th, December 2013 | In: News, Sports, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0