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Bari striker bitten by opponent, sent off for protesting

Avellino forward Gianmario Comi escaped without punishment during Sunday's Coppa Italia tie despite being accused of biting Bari striker Giuseppe De Luca, who was sent off for his furious reaction.

Footage shows Comi appearing to bite De Luca around ten minutes into the second-half as Avellino prepared to take a free-kick.

However, the incident was not seen by the referee, who instead decided to show a red card to De Luca for his furious protests.

To add insult to injury, Comi then went on to equalise for Avellino before his side won the third round clash 2-1.

Speaking after the game, Bari President Gianluca Paparesta told the club's official website: "We (Bari) don't want controversy, but we want to draw attention to incidents such as Comi's bite on De Luca.

"Bari deserves respect, like all clubs.

"I will continue to work because the public and players have to act in the correct way, no one should think of coming here and doing as they want.

"That said, compliments to Avellino on reaching the next round."

Bari then published the photo of the damage done to De Luca's arm, and there is a clear red mark below his bicep.

De Luca added: "I was wrong to react and apologise to everyone for having left the team down to 10 men.

"I never would've expected to be bitten by an opponent. Some violent tackles are part of the sport, but vile and cowardly actions like biting or spitting must not be tolerated."


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Goal of the day: Javi Lara (Eibar) vs Real Sociedad

Javi Lara scored a sublime free-kick to give Eibar a historic 1-0 win over neighbours Real Sociedad in their first top flight match in the club's 74-year history.

A crowd of just under 6,000 packed into the Ipurua Municipal Stadium to witness their first ever La Liga game and their supporters certainly didn't leave disappointed.

The newly-promoted side produced an intense first-half performance and had their more established top-flight opponents on the ropes from the off.

With the game heading towards half-time goalless, Lara produced a moment of magic to break the deadlock.

After an Abraham cross was blocked by Carlos Martínez's arm, Eibar were given a free-kick just a few yards from the byline.

Lara stepped up and caught everyone by surprise by going for goal from a tremendously difficult angle, sending the ball straight into the net in off the far post.

The visitors improved in the second half but they could not turn their late pressure into goals.


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Pub mocks Spurs chairman Daniel Levy with promotional banner

One pub close to White Hart Lane has finally found a novel way of using Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy to promote themselves.


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Leverkusen's Karim Bellarabi records quickest goal ever in Bundesliga history

Bayer Leverkusen winger Karim Bellarabi has entered into German football's history books after scoring the fastest goal ever in the Bundesliga en route to a 2-0 win at Borussia Dortmund.

Only nine seconds were on the clock and much of the capacity 80,667 crowd inside the Signal Iduna Park had not yet taken their seats when the net was already rippling.

From the kick-off, the ball made its way via Stefan Kießling, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Son Heung-Min, and Sebastian Boenisch to Bellarabi, who slotted home after nutmegging Matthias Ginter.

The quick goal eclipsed Giováne Élber's 1998 strike and Ulf Kirsten's 2002 goal each coming after eleven seconds.

Dortmund rarely tested Bernd Leno in the Leverkusen goal and Kießling made sure of the win in second-half stoppage time.

"The start to the game hurt, of course," Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp told reporters. "Leverkusen used their plan, we unfortunately did not.

"We have a lot of work to do. That we were not awake at the beginning I blame on myself.

"Our feeling in the first 25 minutes was influenced dramatically after the early goal."

Ginter added: "I was really surprised at the speed of their first goal. We never really recovered after that."


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Bilbao goalkeeper has last-minute equaliser wrongly disallowed for mysterious foul

The 2014/15 La Liga season provided the first slice of controversy on Saturday as Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz was denied a dramatic late equaliser at Málaga by a bizarre refereeing decision.

With his side 1-0 down in the 95th minute, Iraizoz came up for a last-gasp free-kick and headed a goal that appeared to have earned his side a point until referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz disallowed the goal.

Apparently, Mateu Lahoz and his officials called for an offside somewhere as none of the Bilbao players involved in the move appeared to be positioned illegally.

"Everyone sees things from a different perspective, although it's difficult for a goalkeeper like Gorka to score a goal like that and have it annulled," Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde told the post-match press conference.

"I don't want to talk to much about the referees, he made his decisions, some were wrong and some were right.

"He must have seen a foul, on someone for something, that's the feeling we have."

Málaga coach Javi Gracia added: "I saw it as a goal. He was more like a striker than a goalkeeper.

"I saw the linesman raise his flag immediately but I don't know why."


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Cameroonian player dies after being hit by object thrown from stands

Tragedy struck in Algeria when Cameroonian striker Albert Ebossé passed away after being hit with an object thrown from the stands.

Cameroonian player Albert Ebossé dies during match after being hit by object thrown from stands
Photo: YouTube

The 24-year-old was fatally struck at the end of his club JS Kabylie's 2-1 home defeat to USM Alger in Tizi Ouzou.

Ebossé was admitted to hospital after sustaining serious head injuries but, unfortunately, the striker passed away as a result of these injuries.

Kabylie said in a statement: "The Ministry of Interior and Local Government, through minister Tayeb Belaiz, has given the instruction to open an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Albert Ebossé.

"The JSK player succumbed to a head injury after being hit in the head at the end of the meeting with USM Alger."

Alger added in a statement: "JS Kabylie's Cameroonian striker has lost his life after being hit in the head by something launched from the stands.

"This terrible news is saddening for football in our nation and in Cameroon and arrives like a bombshell just hours after the meeting with USM Alger which was played in Tizi Ouzou.

"In these painful circumstances, USM Alger and its members send their deepest condolences to the family of the deceased and to JS Kabylie. May Albert Ebossé rest in peace."

Ebossé was top scorer in the Algerian Premier League last season scoring 17 goals in 30 appearances for JSK.

He made 6 appearances for his national team and had spells in Malaysia with Perak as well as in his homeland with Coton Sport, Unisport Bafang, and Douala.


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Top 10 Goals of Week #3 August 2014

Here are the best goals from week #3 August 2014, courtesy of

Goal#1Giuseppe De Luca (Bari)vs Savona
Goal#2Giovani dos Santos (Villarreal)vs Astana
Goal#3Marc Burch (Colorado Rapids)vs Los Angeles Galaxy
Goal#4David Limberský (Viktoria Plzeň)vs Hradec Králové
Goal#5Fabian Klos (Arminia Bielefeld)vs Sandhausen
Goal#6Thomas Ayasse (Troyes)vs Sochaux
Goal#7Paco Alcácer (Valencia)vs AC Milan
Goal#8Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)vs Fiorentina
Goal#9Christian Ramirez (Minnesota United)vs Indy Eleven
Goal#10Christopher Maboulou (Bastia)vs Olympique Marseille


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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
Photo: YouTube

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
Photo: eBay

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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