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'Ghost' spotted on live TV during Argentina football match

Argentinean football fans are pretty certain that a "ghost" appeared in the stands during Racing Club's 1-0 victory over River Plate earlier this week.

The footage shows what appears to be a phantom football fan running through several people and move up and down the touchlines.


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Cleaner sacked for taking pictures inside mansions of Manchester United players

A woman was quizzed by police and sacked from her job after she took pictures while cleaning the mansions of three Manchester United stars.

Jessica Tinsley was interviewed by police after being accused of "rummaging" around the houses of Ángel di María, Marcos Rojo, and Javier Hernández, who is currently on loan with Real Madrid.

While scrubbing and polishing her way through their luxury homes, Ms Tinsley took snaps of bedrooms, bathrooms, chandeliers, swimming pools, and even Rojo's £200,000 wage slip.

The 24-year-old insisted she only took the photographs to show off to her family but it was feared the pictures could end up in the hands of professional burglars.

She was quizzed by police earlier this month and no charges were brought, but the nosey cleaner has since been sacked by the Warrington-based Clean And Sparkle firm.

Ms Tinsley told The Daily Mirror: "I'm gutted I've been sacked - all because I took a few photos.

"I did it out of sheer nosiness - their houses were incredible - and I just had to take a photo of the wage slip because I couldn't believe how much he was paid.

"I was gob-smacked when two officers came to my door. They took my phone and deleted all the photos.

"They said they thought I would sell the photos to burglars - but I would have never done that, it's not in my character at all.

"I just showed my family - my little brother is a massive Manchester United fan."

She added: "I would clean each house a couple of times a week - I would mop and Hoover the floors, dust, and on some occasions I did the ironing.

"Most of the homes were immaculate anyway, so I don't know why they bothered hiring a cleaner."

A Manchester United spokesman later confirmed the incident, saying: "We received information from a third party which concerned us enough that we felt we ought to contact the police."

While Greater Manchester Police said: "Police in Trafford received an e-mail from Manchester United football club that gave concern for possible breaches of safety and security of Manchester United staff.

"As a result of this contact, officers from GMP spoke to a woman from the Warrington area.

"No offences were disclosed and there were no concerns about the safety and security of Manchester United staff."


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Deco: One day Messi will leave Barcelona

Former Barcelona star Deco believes it is only a matter of time until former teammate Lionel Messi leave the Catalan giants.

The Argentine superstar has recently been linked with a move to the Premier League with Chelsea and Manchester City all credited with an interest.

And although Messi appears settled at the Camp Nou, Deco claims that a footballer's time in a team always comes to an end sooner or later.

Deco told Globo Esporte: "I know he'll leave one day. That's to be expected. Everything comes to an end.

"I understand that all sorts of speculation arises when a great player speaks, but nobody is eternal in a team, and much less so in football.

"Great players and great coaches come and go. For those of us in the game that is normal.

"Obviously with Messi's history at Barça, you can understand that it's hard to see him at another club, but one day it will happen.

"It could be this season, in a year's time or in five years. It will depend on lots of things.

"All I think is that players like Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar need to be happy to perform at their best. That's the big secret.

"If Messi is happy, he'll stay. If he's not, he'll look for better options."


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Did these tourists 'accidentally' invade pitch during Basel vs Real Madrid game

As Real Madrid grabbed a 1-0 Champions League win at FC Basel on Wednesday, two people also took the field but they looked more like backpackers who had taken a wrong turn on a sightseeing trip.

The pair, with beany hats and backpacks, just casually wandered onto the pitch like it was the most normal thing in the world.

Making the incident all more strange was the sight of one of them holding a cam-corder for his on-pitch experience.

They appeared a little surprised to see security rushing towards them, but happily the guards didn't get too heavy handed with the weirdos.


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Barcelona passed up chance to sign teenage Thibaut Courtois for €3m

Former Barcelona scout has claimed that the Catalan club turned down the chance to sign a young Thibaut Courtois for a paltry transfer fee of €3 million.

The Belgian goalkeeper was often linked with a move to the Spanish giants last summer and Catalan press almost pressurised the Barcelona board members to sign him.

"In my last year as a scout at the club, we were offered Courtois straight from Belgium," Bojan Krkić Sr told Spanish radio station Cadena SER.

"He had established himself as a No 1 (for Genk) at the age of 19 and one of his agents was a friend of mine, a former teammate for Yugoslavia, who spoke very highly of him.

"We got a lot of videos of him and I put the word out that I was really impressed.

"He was really keen to join Barça and was willing to sign a permanent deal and then play for the B-team or be farmed out on loan.

"We'd discussed a €3 million fee because he was an unknown. It was a bargain.

"(Barça Sporting Director Andoni) Zubizarreta didn't do anything with it and he joined Chelsea a few months later."

Courtois has since developed into one of the world's best goalkeepers and is now the undisputed number one for Chelsea and Belgium despite being only 22.


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Oh, The Irony! Awesome letter on 'why women can't play football'

The letter sent to iPaper by David Hickey, a fan from an unpronounceable town in Wales, after watching England ladies team play against Germany in front of a record 45,619 crowd on Sunday.


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SofaScore Livescore app review

Inside World Soccer gets a chance to review SofaScore Livescore app, an livescore application available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices.

SofaScore Livescore app review

Sofascore provides an amazing real-time livescore service for everyone who wishes to stay tuned and glued to the game at all times.

The web-based facility gives the ultimate sports fan the ultimated action-packed virtual experience one could ever imagine, which even goes in some way to relegate going to live games to the locker of the overrated.

With up-to-the-minute coverage of about 500 worldwide leagues in 14 different sports, you never have to miss any of your most beloved sports action ever again.

Due to the variation in the level of data that could be possibly obtained from the various leagues, more detailed attention is given to the major leagues in Europe, with live scorers, video highlights and planty more for the Leagues and principal Cup competitions in England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France, including the king of all UEFA club competitions, the Champions League.

Also available are fixtures, logs, players, results and stats for these events as well as for quadrennial tournaments like the World Cup and the Euros.

SofaScore is an easy outlet to keep track of all the other fixtures from different leagues, all from your phone.

By setting teams or matches as favourites, one can receive notifications about everything related to the game: when the match is about to start, the confirmed line ups, goals, cards and so on.

This feature is really convenient given that there are plenty of games across different leagues that have matches being played simultaneously.

SofaScore Livescore app review

A user account will enable you connect all your actvities on both the Sofascore livescore app and web in one place, so that you can synchronise all your teams and matches to any number of devices you may so desire.

This ability to sync is more fascinating when you consider the 'Favourites' tab which gives the user an easy facility to streamline the events of most interest to him in one place.

This is important as you would not have to scroll through the many sporting activities (including Waterpolo, Basketball, Tennis and others) which may be on-going at the same time.

Considering how smooth the interface is, how easy to app is to operate and how quick the notifications are as well as the plethora of information at hand, SofaScore is arguably one of the best sports apps out there in the market.

You can download SofaScore free of charge for each device.

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Ex-Newcastle flop plays as 'fake' Claudio Caniggia in Argentina legends match

Former Newcastle United misfit Daniel Cordone caused a scandal in Brazil at the weekend when he played in a veterans game impersonating former Argentina star Claudio Caniggia.

The real Claudio Caniggia (right) and his lookalike Daniel Cordone
The real Claudio Caniggia (right) and his lookalike Daniel Cordone

Photo: Reuters

Fans who paid to Sunday's game between Brazil and Argentina were expecting to see a line-up of former greats, and one of the star attractions was 50-capped Argentina forward Caniggia.

However, the former World Cup star didn't take to the pitch and in place of Caniggia, famous for his distinctive long blonde hair, Argentina fielded lookalike Cordone.

Big screens at the Arena das Dunas in Fortaleza put Caniggia in the lineup but spectators quickly realised that the former Glasgow Rangers striker was not there at all.

While Cordone does hold a certain physical resemblance to Caniggia, the former Magpies striker flawed his disguise due to visible right-arm sleeve tattoo - something that Caniggia doesn't have.

Reporters were puzzled by the appearance of the striker and sensing trouble, Cordone ignored journalists and went straight to the dressing rooms after the final whistle.

Organisers insisted Cordone was the real Caniggia, with André de Paula, of promoter Phoenix Sports, telling reporters: "This is the Caniggia, the real Caniggia. There is no other Caniggia."

Argentina coaches initially echoed de Paula's claims before eventually coming clean and admitting that it was Cordone and not Caniggia.


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Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov takes dig at Arsène Wenger

Alisher Usmanov, Arsenal's second largest shareholder, has suggested that Arsène Wenger is failing to learn from past mistakes and being restricted by his footballing principles.

The 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday left Arsenal in eighth place in the Premier League with four wins from 12 matches - their worst start to a season since the 1982/83.

Usmanov, a self-confessed Arsenal fans, said that Wenger retains his backing but the Frenchman must loose some of his principles.

In an exclusive interview with CNBC, the Russian billionaire said: "He is one of the greatest coaches not just of European, but of world football.

"But we have Russia proverb which goes - 'Even an old lady can have a roof falling on her'. Everybody makes mistakes.

"He can make mistakes and I know as you age that it is more difficult, more challenging to accept ones mistakes. Maybe it's a problem today.

"I like Arsène for his principles. But principles are sort of restriction. And restrictions are always lost possibilities.

"That's why sometimes coaches even without principles became the coaches of great teams. And some coaches with principles lose because some positions in team are vacant because of ethical, moral or personal views."

Usmanov, the world's 34th richest person with a fortune estimated at £11.5 billion, believes Arsenal need to strengthen in every position if they are to compete with the elite of English and European football.

He added: "My opinion, and I tell it openly, we need to strengthen every position to play on the level of such teams in UK as Chelsea and Manchester City, in Europe like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Bavaria (Bayern Munich) and other clubs."


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Ex-Premier League striker Dion Dublin releases charity Christmas album

Former Manchester United and Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin has released a Christmas album in aid of charity.

Dublin is no stranger to making music, having already taken up the saxophone while recovering from a broken leg in 1992.

He invented and patented his own instrument known as The Dube, a cube-shaped percussion instrument, in 2011.

The 45-year-old manages a Nottingham-based band named The Establishment, and appeared on stage with the likes of Ocean Colour Scene.

And the footballer-turned-TV pundit has now produced an album consisting of his favourite Christmas tunes.

The album is available on iTunes and could be yours for just £5.99, with £1 from each sale goes to the Bobby Moore Fund and Cancer Research UK.


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Robin van Persie almost joined Glasgow Rangers before signing for Arsenal

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has revealed how he almost joined Glasgow Rangers before finally signing for Arsenal back in 2004.

Van Persie's compatriot Dick Advocaat was the general manager at Rangers in 2002, and had convinced the Dutchman to move to Ibrox.

Things were set in motion, but in the end Rangers couldn't stump up the cash and the move eventually collapsed.

Speaking in an interview on BT Sport, the 31-year-old said: "Years and years ago I still playing for Feyenoord and I was interested in a move to Rangers.

"I spoke to Dick Advocaat and he was interested and I was interested and I was ready to go.

"But they first needed to sell one player before they could buy me, I don't know how it was.

"So I was ready to go, I think I was 19 and in the end I went to Arsenal."

Arsène Wenger eventually brought him to Arsenal two years later in a £3 million deal, and turned him into one of Europe's deadliest strikers.


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Everton players troll club's doctor with licence plate prank

It's safe to say that some of Everton players had a little too much time on their hands and decided to have fun with the club doctor's vehicle.


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Carlo Ancelotti tried to sign Mario Balotelli for PSG

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that he did try to sign Mario Balotelli during his time in charge of Paris Saint-Germain.

Ancelotti was desperate to lure a high-profile attacker to Paris ahead of his second season in charge of the French club and he had earmarked then-Manchester City forward Balotelli as a potential signing.

"Would I sign (Balotelli)? I was trying to at Paris Saint-Germain," Ancelotti told La Repubblica.

"He was coming off the back of an impressive European Championship.

"Then the opportunity for (Zlatan) Ibrahimović presented itself and we went more on the safe side."

Balotelli is yet to score for Liverpool in the Premier League since his arrival from AC Milan last August, but Ancelotti is confident that once the striker feels settled at Anfield, he will eventually come good.

He added: "He has to find a place to feel at ease.

"Sooner or later he will succeed, but it depends on him - heaven helps those who help themselves."


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Arsenal fan arrested for throwing red wine at Man United bench

Arsenal have confirmed that a fan was arrested after red wine was thrown towards the Manchester United bench at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

The incident came as the visitors celebrated the opening goal of their 2-1 win and wine reportedly went onto the backs of unhappy United staff on the sidelines.

Arsenal moved to identify the culprit and with the help of CCTV and stewards in attendance, removed him from the stadium.

An Arsenal spokesman said: "A male was arrested at the stadium for throwing an object towards the Manchester United bench after the first Manchester United goal.

"There will be full co-operation between Arsenal and the Met Police - we do not tolerate anti-social behaviour. If found guilty, individual will also be banned by club."

United are understood to be happy with the way their rivals are handling the flashpoint but have not ruled out making an official complaint.

Former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has complained in the past about the lack of protection for away teams on the bench at the Emirates.

Ferguson, talking in 2008, said: "It is too open for my liking. It should not happen when you build a modern stadium. You need tin helmets.

"It is a weakness in the planning that you don't provide safety for the visiting substitutes and staff."


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Man City give youth camp attendees certificates with photo of convicted rapist Ched Evans

Manchester City have issued an apology after the club reportedly gave children certificates featuring a photograph of convicted rapist Ched Evans.

Youngsters attending coaching sessions were sent home with certificates that featured photographs of stars who came through the club's academy programme.

Evans, who was at City for eight years before moving to Sheffield United, appeared on the certificates alongside academy graduates including Micah Richards and Daniel Sturridge.

"The club would like to apologise for any distress caused to the recipients or their parents," said a City spokesperson.

"It is some years since these certificates were updated and they were part of an old batch which were mistakenly distributed and which will not be distributed again.

"The club has been preparing new and updated academy-related materials for some time and, once completed, it is these materials that will be presented at future events.

"We thank the parent involved for bringing this matter to our attention."

Evans is at the centre of a growing controversy over a return to professional football after his release from prison last month.

The 25-year-old served half of a five-year sentence for raping a 19-year-old woman in Rhyl, North Wales.

He has always maintained his innocence despite being found guilty by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court in April 2012 and is currently appealing over the conviction.


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Liverpool substitute appears to fall asleep during Crystal Palace defeat

Australian goalkeeper Brad Jones has barely played in three and a half years for Liverpool, so it may be understandable if this is how he feels during matches.


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Rayo Vallecano to help elderly evicted woman

Rayo Vallecano coach Paco Jémez announced on Saturday that the club would do everything they could to help an 85-year-old woman who was evicted from her home this week in Vallecas.

On Friday morning, Carmen Martínez Ayuso was evicted from her apartment where she had lived for 50 years after her son defaulted on a loan while using the property as collateral.

Carmen, a widower since 2007, had co-signed a €40,000 euro loan for her only son Luis Jiménez Martínez when he lost his job four years ago.

After the family was unable to make payments, they received their first eviction notice last month because the house she had lived in for the majority of her life was put up as collateral.

"I know there are a lot of cases like this. The worst time for a family is when they are kicked out of their home," Jémez told a press conference.

"She is a woman who had been living in her home for fifty years and has been evicted because she did something she must be credited for - acting as a guarantor for her son - which we would all do.

"Her situation must be considered and brought to everybody's attention.

"We are not going to sit still and watch. We're going to help the woman. Not just me, but also the coaching staff and all the players.

"We're going to help her as best as we can, give her a hand finding a decent place to live and make sure she doesn't feel she has been left alone."

Jémez added: "The club will probably hold a press conference next week to outline the initiatives we are going to take to help Carmen out.

"I'm very proud to be able to lend her a hand and I would like to help more people, but that's not possible.

"This situation concerns us as it involves a woman from the neighbourhood and as a club we cannot let the opportunity pass."


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