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Thiago Motta has nose broken by headbutt in tunnel bust-up

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta has suffered a suspected broken nose following a bust-up in the tunnel at the end of their 2-0 win against Bastia on Saturday.

Thiago Motta has nose broken by headbutt in tunnel bust-up
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The assault took place in the tunnel after the match, in full view of other players, officials and media at Parc des Princes.

CCTV footage of the incident appeared to show Bastia striker Brandão waiting for Motta to approach him before headbutting the Italy international and immediately running for the dressing room.

Motta, meanwhile, was left to angrily pace in the tunnel while his teammates attempted to calm him down.

"What is happening, it's very serious," PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi told reporters. "This is very serious for French football. Not just for Paris Saint-Germain.

"Now the league and referees will have to make a decision. I hope the decision will be a life ban. It's a bad image for French football."

PSG defender David Luiz added: "That is not part of football. I don't agree with this.

"Sometimes on the pitch you are more vulnerable with something and they speak bad things, but that's normal in football.

"But when you wait for someone outside the pitch to do a bad thing. I think that's not acceptable."


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Fake Cristiano Ronaldo interrupts Real Madrid vs Fiorentina friendly

A fan dressed head to toe in full Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid kit made his way onto the pitch during a friendly match against Fiorentina in Warsaw.

Ronaldo was replaced at half-time of their 2-1 defeat to Fiorentina on Saturday, but somehow magically appeared back on the pitch in the second half.

Except it wasn't Ronaldo but a fan who thought himself clever, and wore a full kit as he invaded the pitch, and tried to blend in on a Fiorentina corner kick.

The fan even sneaked in a chat with Madrid striker Karim Benzema before he was spotted and removed by the referee.

Fake Cristiano Ronaldo interrupts Real Madrid vs Fiorentina friendly


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Referee sends off two players during penalty shootout

There was a truly bizarre scene in the second round of the Coppa Italia with the unusual sight of two red cards during a penalty shootout.

The match between Modena and Monza on Saturday ended 0-0 after 120 minutes and had to be decided in a shootout.

Monza player Andrea Beduschi converted his spot-kick and made a vulgar gesture towards the crowd, which prompted the referee to send him off.

As if that weren't enough, Monza goalkeeper Sergio Viotti also saw red for kicking the ball away.

Leonardo Massoni therefore failed to convert his kick and then immediately went into the goal to save Alessandro Gatto's effort, but Modena eventually won the shootout 3-2.


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Fan runs onto pitch to take free-kick for Tottenham vs West Ham

A fan decided to invade the Boleyn Ground pitch during Saturday's Premier League game between West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur and take a free-kick for the visiting side.

With Christian Eriksen lining up the free-kick in the 63rd minute, one opportunist fan ran across the field and curled a rather nice shot into the hands of West Ham goalkeeper Adrián.

After a small celebration, the pitch invader was bundled to the ground by stewards and dragged away.

It turns out his effort was actually better than Eriksen, who skied his attempt well over the crossbar.

Tottenham eventually won the game 1-0 after an injury time goal by new signing Eric Dier.


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Fan puts Newcastle shirts up for sale because he now supports Manchester City

Edward Shirts, a 14-year-old fan from Prestatyn, North Wales, is selling all his Newcastle United shirts after he switched his allegiance to Premier League rivals Manchester City.

Fan puts Newcastle shirts up for sale because he now supports Manchester City
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His mum Katie Mellor sparked transfer activity of her own after posting the sale of his Magpies memorabilia on the internet auction site eBay.

The description states:

You are bidding on "20" Newcastle United Shirts, "5" pairs of Newcastle United Shorts and "2" pairs of socks. The Shirts and shorts have been worn maybe once or twice and are in excellent condition. Please see photographs as the shirts and shorts are from different seasons. The sizes of the shirts range from small, medium and large.

Genuine reason for sale as my son now supports Manchester City !!

Edward decided to change teams on his 13th birthday because his brother and his dad support City and he wants to go to games with them.

Katie told the Evening Chronicle: "They support Manchester City, whose ground is much easier to get to from here.

"To get to Newcastle it's about five hours by train and you have to change numerous times, whereas it's a direct route to Manchester from here."

Edward began supporting the Magpies after his dad bought him a pair of goalkeeper's gloves when he was just two.

He said: "I asked which club they belonged to and he said Newcastle United. It started from there.

"It's been fun supporting them but also a bit frustrating.

"My favourite player was Andy Carroll, but they transferred him. Then it was Demba Ba, and then they transferred him as well. Then it was Fabricio Coloccini."

Edward added: "I'm not changing because City are more successful. I just want to go to games with my dad and brother and support the same team."

Bidding, which had crept through the £60 barrier on Saturday, ends on Monday.


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Nemanja Vidić gets stuck in elevator for two hours

Inter Milan star Nemanja Vidić had a rather unfortunate incident on Friday as he was trapped in an apartment building lift shaft for two hours.

The 32-year-old only moved to the Nerazzurri earlier this summer and is yet to play a competitive game, yet he's already made the headlines.

According to SportMediaset, the former Manchester United captain was in the elevator that ground to a halt in his apartment building in Milan.

And with it being Ferragosto - a holiday across Italy - it apparently took some two hours before a technician arrived to free him.


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Colombian lawyer sues FIFA for €1bn over poor World Cup refereeing

A Colombian lawyer is seeking damages of €1 billion from FIFA after sub-standard refereeing at the 2014 World Cup landed him in hospital.

Aurelio Jiménez, 74, claims that the performance of Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo in the quarter-final tie between Brazil and Colombia was the reason for him going into cardiac arrest.

Carballo suffered criticism for his performance in a game which featured more fouls than any other match in the tournament, including that from Juan Zúñiga which fractured a bone in Neymar's back and ended his World Cup campaign.

Speaking to the BBC World Service, Jiménez said: "I felt very bad, I was heartbroken, my cardiac rhythm was altered and my relatives took me to the emergency room at the hospital. I was surrounded by my grandchildren who were crying a lot.

"I decided to sue FIFA in the Colombian judiciary system because in the past world soccer championship in Brazil, there were many wrongdoings related to referees who damaged many countries and their selections, among them the Colombia team.

"Moreover, FIFA's referees caused big moral damages and distress to Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, England, Uruguay, Mexico and Costa Rica.

"I have testimonies of football stars Pelé, Diego Armando Maradona, David Ospina, James Rodríguez and international referees who examined the videos of the game between Brazil and Colombia."

Jiménez has promised to donate any damages he wins from the case to a government organisation to improve the welfare of Colombian children.


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Newcastle outcast Hatem Ben Arfa to hold 'meet & greet' with fans at local shop

French playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa is set to hold a "meet and greet" with Newcastle United supporters despite being axed by manager Alan Pardew.

The 27-year-old has been forced to train with the reserves this summer, with his lack of professionalism the catalyst for him falling out of favour with his boss.

He has also been stripped of the number 10 shirt, instead being assigned the 26 shirt, with summer signing Siem de Jong being handed the number 10 following his arrival from Ajax Amsterdam.

Pardew is believed to want Ben Arfa out of the club completely, having lost patience with the mercurial midfielder.

And with Newcastle planning an open signing session for their fans August 12th, Ben Arfa has been told he will not be welcome at the event.

The Frenchman, though, has other ideas and instead organised his very own "meet and greet" session with Toon fans in the Back Page football memorabilia store at 6pm.


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Hibernian goalkeeper scores winning goal from his own box on league debut

Debutant goalkeeper Mark Oxley scored a freak goal from his own box as Hibernian opened their Scottish Championship campaign with 2-1 victory over Livingston.

Having only joined the club from Hull City on a six-month loan at the end of July, Oxley took 19 minutes to open his account for Hibernian at Easter Road on Saturday.

Three minutes after Farid El Alagui had given Hibs the lead, the 23-year-old put his side 2-0 in front with an outrageous effort.

There appeared little danger when Oxley unleashed a lengthy clearance, but no-one in the Livingston camp seemed able or willing to deal with the clearance from hands.

His enormous kick from the edge of his own area bounced behind the last defender towards opposite number Darren Jamieson, who misjudged the bounce and watched in horror as the ball crossed his line.

The last goalkeeper to score for Hibs was Andy Goram against Greenock Morton on the final day of the season in 1988.

Declan Gallacher did manage to pull one goal back for Livingston on the hour mark, but it proved only to be consolation.

"I've got to be really honest, I didn't think Mark would be scoring our winner today," Hibs manager Alan Stubbs told Hibernian TV.

"Normally it happens when it's blowing a gale, but today we found ourselves in one of those strange situations where it's unfortunate for their goalkeeper."


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Blackpool have just FOUR substitutes for Championship season opener

After struggling to assemble a squad all summer, troubled Championship side Blackpool named only four substitutes for their season opener at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Blackpool's recruitment problems in pre-season have been well-documented as they lost 27 players in the summer and had just eight professionals under contract two weeks ago.

Manager José Riga tried his best to scramble to actually field a team for the league opener and managed to sign 12 players in 12 days.

Despite securing a handful of new signings, Blackpool failed to register them before the Football League's deadline.

As a result, Riga was forced to include two youth team players on his bench to take the tally to four - three short of the available seven.

"In the morning it was even worse, we only had nine players qualified," Riga said afterwards.

"During the day we managed to get more. There were two 17-year-olds on the bench who were scholars."

Unfortunately for the Tangerines, their patched-together team wasn't enough to get a result against Forest as they fell 2-0 to the hosts.


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Fulham fan gets cheeky congratulatory letter from his beloved club on wedding day

Championship side Fulham have sent a lovely and funny little letter to their fan on his wedding day congratulating him on tying the knot.

Mark Wilby had to miss Fulham's opening game of the season against Ipswich Town on Saturday as he was getting married.

His beloved team, though, made sure he wouldn't forget who his "true love" was by sending him this cheeky, but hilarious letter.

On behalf of all the squad, management and staff, Fulham Football Club would like to wish you huge congratulations on your wedding day. We hope it's a truly memorable occasion and that you have many, many happy years with your new wife Lisa.

Whilst Lisa is absolutely amazing and almost perfect (her choice of Club aside), Fulham Football Club also knows that we will always be number one in your heart. There's just no getting around it and we thought we should all just be honest about it, today of all days.

How you'll juggle Fulham and you wife successfully is down to you, and although you've missed the glamour tie that is Ipswich Town away this afternoon, we know we'll still see you down the Cottage every other Saturday from now on!

Once again, many congratulations and all the best.

Yours sincerely,

Fulham Football Club (your true love).


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Stunning Solo! Diego Costa (Chelsea) vs Fenerbahçe

Diego Costa scored a superb solo effort to set Chelsea on their way to a 2-0 victory over Fenerbahçe in a 45-minute Istanbul friendly on Friday.

The Blues faced both Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş in two 45-minute matches at the Turkish charity tournament in aid of the Soma mining disaster.

Chelsea boss José Mourinho named a strong starting XI for the opening game against Fenerbahçe, with the likes of André Schürrle, Oscar, and Ramires all making their first appearances of pre-season following their World Cup exploits.

The Premier League outfit opened the scoring in the 24th minute with an individual goal of the highest quality.

Picking up the ball midway in Fenerbahçe's half, Costa produced a marvellous piece of skill to weave in and out of two challenges before dispatching a cool, side-footed finish past Volkan Demirel.

It was the Spain international's second goal of pre-season, after the £32 million-signing from Atlético Madrid also netted in the 2-1 win over Olimpija Ljubljana on his debut last month.

Branislav Ivanović then rounded off the win six minutes later when he reacted quickest to Schürrle's parried free-kick.

However, Chelsea then fell 1-0 to Beşiktaş, who therefore won the event following their 1-0 triumph over Fenerbahçe in the tournament's first contest.


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Newspaper include Yaya Touré's birthday in list of sporting events

The Daily Express newspaper have done their best to make sure that no one will forget Yaya Touré's birthday next year by including his birthday, 13 May, in their list of sporting events for next season.

The 31-year-old notoriously got himself in a terrible mood last season after Manchester City were said to have forgotten his birthday - although a video later emerged that showed Touré being presented with a cake by club staff.

However, after seeing these sports listings, hopefully no such issues will ever be able to happen again.


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Jack Rodwell: Young English players should NOT join Manchester City

New Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell admits he would not advise other English youngsters to sign for Manchester City.

Rodwell was rated as one of England's brightest prospects after impressing at boyhood club Everton, but made just 16 first-team appearances for City following a £12 million transfer in 2012.

After a tough couple of years in Manchester that included regular hamstring injuries, the 23-year-old has now moved to Sunderland for £10 million to reignite his stalled career.

The Merseyside-born midfielder is one in a long list of young Englishmen, who have struggled to establish themselves at Eastlands, with Micah Richards and Scott Sinclair still there, whilst the likes of Adam Johnson and Daniel Sturridge have left to enjoy greater success elsewhere.

"Personally, I would probably say don't sign now. I'd say get as much football as you can," Rodwell told reporters when asked for his advice to teenagers.

"The first thing I'd ask is, 'how good are you?' You just never know - you could go there, do really well and be winning league titles and everything.

"But just because you're English and young it doesn't mean you're not going to play for Manchester City.

"I would just say weigh up your options and ask yourself if you want to be playing regularly."

And Rodwell believes he would have played for England in this summer's World Cup had his exciting career not stalled at City.

Capped three times, Rodwell's last international appearance came in a friendly against Brazil in June 2013.

He added: "If I'd been playing regularly for the last two years, I believe I probably would have been there.

"I certainly think I would have been playing at the World Cup."


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