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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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Robbie Savage was upset with Man United exit that he crashed car within hours of departure

Robbie Savage has revealed that he crashed his car after hearing Sir Alex Ferguson was releasing him from Manchester United.

Savage played for United at youth level and was a member of the famous Class of '92 squad, but the tough-tackling midfielder never played a first team game for the English giants.

"Almost every young player has to be able to deal with knock-backs. I know I did," the 40-year-old wrote in his BBC Sport column.

"I was with United between the ages of 14 and 19, when Sir Alex Ferguson told me I wasn't going to be good enough to play for that football club.

"I drove home far too fast with his words buzzing in my head and crashed my car.

"Lying in my hospital bed, I felt like my life was over. The biggest thing for me was telling my parents I had been released and it felt like a death sentence.

"Not only had I lost my job - although I did not think of it like that at the time - I had lost my best mates, who I had grown up with over the past five years. I was a teenager back living at home and thinking 'what am I going to do?'"

The Welshman then signed for Crewe Alexandra and proved himself as a highly competent young player at the club.

He added: "(Crewe manager) Dario Gradi phoned me up and I went to play under him at Crewe but, in my first year there, I was nowhere near the first team.

"It was a different way of life to go from playing with Ryan Giggs and winning every week, to playing League Two football against grown men who were putting their bodies on the line to make sure they had a livelihood.

"I was used to playing against people my own age and suddenly I was in an environment where I was physically small. I was thinking, 'I have got no chance here - am I best off going to do something else?'.

"So I can see why some young players might walk away from the game when they get released by big clubs, but there was something inside me that made me carry on and I got my break in the end."


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Emmanuel Adebayor accuses mother of using Juju against him

Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor has accused his mother of plotting against him using Juju - a West African term for witchcraft.

Adebayor's sister recently claimed in an interview with Peace FM that the now overly rich Togo captain sent his mother packing from his house over a year ago and has not set eyes or spoken with her since.

She said: "As at now, our mother is selling polythene bags, padlocks and other things on the (Ghana/Togo) border.

"Our mother has not seen him for more than a year and he rejects her calls anytime. Our mother is not calling him for his money, she just wants to see him because she loves him very much."

But in a sharp response, Adebayor confirmed to the same radio station that it was his mother who decided on her own to leave the house.

He explained: "I never sacked my mum from the house, she decided to leave the house.

"But how am I going to be in touch with my mum if my mum is the one telling everyone that my work will not go forward, so I will just be on my side and do my thing.

"They should stop talking, talking. They should stop doing Juju on me; they should leave me alone.

"They don't listen to me so I don't know how to solve this now.

"Obviously I am not a pastor, I am a footballer so I cannot point out a witch."

The 30-year-old also revealed that his family has already shared all his belongings even though he is still alive.

Adebayor added: "They shared my houses, they shared my cars, they say if he dies this car is for you, this house is for you, can you imagine?"


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Swiss club sack 11 players who lost 10-0 to youth side

Swiss fourth-tier side FC Grenchen have taken the incredibly unusual step of sacking 11 of their players after a humiliating 10-0 defeat against FC Luzern's youth team.

Swiss club FC Grenchen sack 11 players who lost 10-0 to FC Luzern's youth team

Grenchen have been suffering a rather rough time in the Swiss fourth tier, having conceded 66 goals and picking up precisely zero points over the course of their last nine games.

Their dismal domestic run continued with the humiliating thrashing by Luzern last Saturday, which proved to be the final straw for Grenchen Sporting Director Renato Brun.

Strangely, Brun took the unusual step of siding with coach Patrick Boesch and instead decided to sack all 11 players that started against Luzern.

Brun, who has only been in the job since September, told AZ Solothurn: "It sounds brutal, but these players are not good enough for this league.

"I am the head of sport and there to do something when the club is not running smoothly. I am one who talks less and does more."

Coach Boesch added: "It works well and is not an issue. Others would have long since chucked in the towel in his situation."

And the 11 players who were released aren't best pleased after their names were reportedly put up on a list at Grenchen's training ground and told to clear their desks.

However, it seems Brun and Boesch retain the full backing of committee member and club sponsor Rolf Probst.

When asked about the extreme multi-man lay-offs over the weekend, Probst said: "The club management does a super job. We do not interfere in sporting decisions."


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Liverpool bookshop produces brilliant Luis Suárez biography display

Luis Suárez's autobiography "Crossing the Line" was released earlier this month and Waterstones bookshop in Liverpool has brilliantly come up with an awesome book display.


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New Birmingham player donates entire wages to charity

New Birmingham City signing Guy Moussi has decided to give every penny of his wages at the Championship club to charity.

The French midfielder signed for Birmingham on Thursday on an initial two-month deal after being released by Nottingham Forest at the end of last season.

While on the short-term deal at the club, the 29-year-old will not be receiving a single penny of his wages after vowing to give it all to charity.

The cash will be split between the Birmingham City Disabled Supporters Club, Stop Ebola, MIGDM (Mission Internationale des Querisons des Delivrances des miracles) in Paris, and TEV Soma Charity.

Moussi's contract at West Midlands runs to January 18 and a decision will then be made whether to extend his stay.


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DC Comics sues Valencia for ripping off Batman logo

DC Comics is reportedly in a legal dispute with Spanish club Valencia over the team's latest variation of their logo that looks very similar to that associated with the Batman logo.

According to Spanish newspaper Plaza Deportiva, the US-based comic book giant has filed a lawsuit with the European Union's trademark registration office to stop the team from using the logo.

The company claims that Valencia's latest variation on their logo, which shows the bat's wings upwardly outstretched, infringes on their copyright for Batman's emblem.

As much as the Valencia logo does resemble Batman's emblem, the image of a bat has been used by Spanish club in their logo since 1919 or 20 years before the Batman comics were founded.

DC Comics sues Valencia for ripping off Batman logo


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Bolton manager Neil Lennon meets 9-year-old fan who applied for his job

Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon on Wednesday made a surprise visit to local youngster Thomas Fielding, who recently applied for his position.

The 9-year-old fan was so unhappy with how Bolton were performing on the pitch that he took it upon himself to apply for the then-vacant position last month.

In the letter, Thomas voiced his concerns over the fitness of the Bolton players and contested that they were "unfit and overweight".

Following the appointment of Lennon, Thomas then received a letter from the club thanking him for his interest in the role but that his application had been unsuccessful.

And Lennon was so impressed with the boy's enthusiasm for the club that he organised a meeting with him and presented him with a signed jersey.

"It's a great little story," Lennon told the club's website. "His letter was very similar to the one I sent in - it's just his had better handwriting!"


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Russian player hires real, live bear for son's second birthday party

Torpedo Moscow midfielder Kirill Kombarov has received mass media attention after hiring a live bear as entertainment for his two-year-old son's birthday party.

Rather than hiring the usual magician or clown, Kombarov thought it was a good idea to hire a bear from the circus for his young son Timofei's party.

The 27-year-old hired the bear, which is available for private parties and events, from the Stepan Nikulin circus after seeing it perform on television.

The bear has also been featured in several films, which has increased its popularity throughout all of Russia.

Kombarov posted a photo of Timofei riding on the back of the enormous animal on Instagram before quickly deleting it.

Russian player Kirill Kombarov hires real, live bear for son's second birthday party


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Slovenia team made to take bus to Wembley - despite staying at hotel just 50 metres away

The Slovenian national team were ordered to board a bus to Wembley - even though they were staying at a hotel just 50 metres from the stadium.

Slovenia were staying at the Wembley Hilton, which is within a stone's throw of the stadium, and had indicated that they wanted to walk over to the main entrance two hours before kick-off of their match with England on Saturday.

But UEFA intervened and insisted it was part of the regulations that each team must take an official team bus from their accommodation to the stadium, regardless of the distance between the two.

Instead of a leisurely five-minute stroll, the visiting side were made to leave their hotel 30 minutes in advance, just in case they hit the heavy traffic around the area.

A Slovenia FA spokesman Matjaž Krajnik told reporters: "We were staying at the Wembley Hilton next to the stadium but we had to go on the bus. It was ridiculous.

"The stadium is 50 metres from the hotel. Yet we were told we had to leave early because apparently there could have been a traffic jam and could take 30 minutes with the bus.

"It took us seven minutes on the bus. Yes, we wanted to walk."


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Christian Vieri: I was treated like Mafia by Inter

Former Inter Milan striker Christian Vieri has accused his former side of treating him like a Mafia at the end of his time with the club.

The 41-year-old spent six seasons with the Italian giants between 1999 and 2005, scoring 103 goals in 144 Serie A appearances.

However, the relationship soured when it emerged that the club, under the instructions of their then-President Massimo Moratti, had tailed and wiretapped Vieri.

He told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "My relationship with Moratti was special, strong, very strong.

"We spoke several times during the day - even at three in the morning, we discussed with each other on everything. He made me feel like part of a family

"In short, I was fine professionally and personally and I gave all my energy to the team. I would have killed for the Nerazzurri shirt, every day. At training I was the first to arrive and the last to leave.

"So you can understand my terrible disappointment when it emerged that I was followed and even wiretapped. Heck, these are things that you do with the Mafia."

Despite his disappointment, the former Italy international is adamant he holds no grudge against Moratti.

Vieri added: "If I met him today, I'd shake your hand and hug him too.

"I'll always be thankful to him - he bought me for my weight in gold from Lazio and allowed me to experience six wonderful years."


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German striker returns to football after four heart surgeries, plays with defibrillator

Daniel Engelbrecht collapsed and almost died on the pitch just over a year ago, but he's now back in action thanks to a defibrilator inserted into his chest.

The Stuttgarter Kickers striker collapsed on the pitch during a league match against Erfurt in July 2013, and had to be given emergency resuscitation.

Subsequent examinations showed he was suffering from an inflamed heart muscle and an abnormal heart rhythm.

He needed four operations and the fitting of a defibrillator, to regulate his heart beat, last December.

The defibrillator, which is inserted just under the skin of the chest, monitors heart rhythms and can administer restorative electric shocks if anything goes wrong.

And an emotional Engelbrecht made his return off the bench on Saturday in the 76th-minute of a 1-0 regional cup defeat against FV Ravensburg.

"Before the match, the fear was back, of course. I don't think I'll ever be able to get rid of it," Engelbrecht told Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

"But being able to be on the pitch in another professional match is an indescribable feeling. It was a really big step for me.

"I am lucky to be still alive. Others in a similar situation have died. And after the diagnosis no one really believed that I'd ever be able to make a comeback. That makes it ever nicer that I'm able to say that I'm back."

Most of the doctors had advised Engelbrecht against returning to the sport, but listening to them was never a serious option for him.

The 24-year-old added: "I would have never forgiven myself if I hadn't tried. I've set myself this goal and given everything to get there.

"The last year was the worst in my life. I wasn't allowed to do anything, no sport, no strain - certainly no stress. I had to live the life of an 80-year-old.

"Because of the drugs I was constantly tired, yet I couldn't sleep properly at night.

"There were phases when I had to take so many tablets that I suffered from hallucinations.

"When I woke up at night, I saw people walking through my room or sitting down beside my bed. It got so bad that I could no longer sleep on my own."


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Lionel Messi doesn't rule out future Barcelona exit

Lionel Messi has suggested he may not play his entire career for Barcelona after admitting that many things can change in football.

The Argentine star came through Barça's famed youth academy at La Masia, and has since helped the club win six La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies during one of the most successful periods in the club's history.

Despite revealing that he would like to see out his career at the Camp Nou, Messi left a subtle hint that he could move away from the club at some point in the future.

The 27-year-old told Argentinian newspaper Olé: "I'm just living in the present. I'm thinking about having a great year and winning the titles at Barcelona. Nothing more.

"After that, we'll see. Football has a lot of twists and turns. I always said that I'd like to stay there forever, but things don't always work out as you want them to."

Asked if he would leave due to a personal decision or a club choice, Messi said: "I have said it many times - if it were up to me, I would stay forever.

"But like I said just now, things don't always turn out how you would like, especially in football, which is so changeable and in which so many things happen."


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Francesco Acerbi debuts for Azzurri after beating cancer TWICE

Francesco Acerbi won his first cap for Italy on Tuesday night which is amazing because he's beaten cancer twice to recover his career and get to this stage.

The 26-year-old moved to Sassuolo in July 2013 and during a customary medical, it was discovered that Acerbi had a tumour in his left testicle.

His immediate surgery was deemed a success and, almost miraculously, he was fit to return to action in September of the same year and became a regular for the newly promoted club.

However, his cancer struck again in December and Acerbi underwent a course of chemotherapy for months.

Remarkably he continued to train while undergoing chemotherapy and by March this year, Acerbi has fully recovered and after playing regularly this season, the former AC Milan man made his Azzurri debut during a friendly game against Albania on Tuesday.

"With everything I went through, I am happy and proud, but I have objectives and when I've reached them I will be satisfied," Acerbi told Rai Sport after a 1-0 win.

"If you want to reach your targets, then you need to work hard, sweat and have that hunger within you. If you don't have it in you, then it's impossible to get there."

He added: "Where I play at Sassuolo there are many talented young players with great prospects, but they have to keep their feet on the ground. As I've seen, you can struggle to climb up and then in a moment you fall straight back down.

"I understood these things when going through chemo, but even before then I watched those who put the effort in. At times you need to make mistakes to learn, so the players need to mature at their own pace and understand things their way."


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'Chelsea could sell Petr Čech to Arsenal because they're no title threat'

Former Chelsea defender Jason Cundy is aware that José Mourinho won't prohibit out-of-favour goalkeeper Petr Čech from joining Arsenal because they're no longer title threat.

Reports over the weekend suggested that Arsène Wenger would make a January bid for Čech, with the Frenchman looking for quality competition for Wojciech Szczęsny.

The 32-year-old shot-stopper is struggling for game-time at Stamford Bridge following the return of Thibaut Courtois from a loan spell with Atlético Madrid.

Čech has played just once for the Blues this season, having previously been first choice goalkeeper in West London for a decade.

"Of all Chelsea's current squad, I'd suggest Petr Čech is the most likely to leave," Cundy told IBTimes.

"You can only play one goalkeeper at any one time and, unfortunately for him, Thibaut Courtois has come through and made the position his own.

"Courtois is the future, and I can see Čech, who has hardly played at all this season, moving on for regular playing time.

"Where could Čech go? Well Arsenal have been mentioned in some quarters, and I think that move makes a lot of sense.

"When José first joined Chelsea, back in 2004, he'd never have dreamed of selling a top player to Arsenal, because they were genuine rivals at the time.

"But nowadays (and I know I'm going to get pelters from Arsenal fans for saying this) the two clubs are at completely different levels.

"Arsenal aren't competing with Chelsea any more. They live in the Premier League's top four, but seem to have given up challenging for the title.

"José will know that, and he'll also know he can get good money out of them for Čech."

Mourinho agreed a £37.1 million deal to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United last January and Cundy thinks he could give the green light to a similar deal.

He added: "Last year he sold Mata to United because they were struggling, and because Mata didn't fit into his system - he wasn't strong or versatile enough to be a Mourinho player.

"José knew United weren't competing with Chelsea at that particular time, so he was happy to give them Mata. You can see something similar happening with Čech.

"By signing for Arsenal, Čech could stay in London and he'd get regular playing time at a big club.

"Would Cech be a good signing for Arsenal? Absolutely."


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Everton open door for future Wayne Rooney return

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright believes that Wayne Rooney may one day want to return to Goodison Park despite a turbulent departure a decade ago.

Rooney came through the youth ranks at Everton before sealing a £27 million switch to Manchester United where the 29-year-old has gone on to win five Premier League titles, a Champions League triumph, two League Cups, and a FIFA Club World Cup victory.

Rooney's decision to request a move left Everton fans angered but in the decade since tensions have softened somewhat and Kenwright reckons he could go back.

Asked if he could see it happening one day, Kenwright told the BBC: "Yes. He comes back to Goodison.

"He's an Evertonian and his family are. He is welcome to come back."

But if the opportunity were to arise, Kenwright insists the final decision would always be up to manager Roberto Martínez.

He added: "In all honesty, all I ever do is advise.

"I am not sidestepping the question. It is always going to be Roberto Martínez's choice."


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Bochum striker late for training because cat sits near his car

VfL Bochum striker Mikael Forssell came up with one of the more unusual excuses to be late for training by claiming he was trapped in his house because a cat was sat beside his car.

The former Chelsea player explained on Twitter that he was unable to make it to his car because there was a cat lingering by his car, and his allergy meant he was unable to shoo it away and jump behind the wheel.


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