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  • Quotes of the week: Pep, you have no balls

    Don't think that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still bitter about his exit from
    Barcelona. He's not...
    "(Pep) was staring at me and I lost it. I thought 'there is my
    enemy, scratching his bald head'. I yelled to him: 'You have no balls!' And probably
    worse things than that. I added: 'You are s******g yourself because of
    Mourinho. You can go to hell!' I was completely mad."

    Oh for Venky's sake, Steve Kean... "The
    owners want us within four or five years to competing in Europe season on
    season. I don't think there's any reason why we can't do that."

    Sorry, who was responsible for this?
    Alan Pardew:

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  • Pedantic ref shows bizarre red card

    A referee in Ukraine has come up with a contender for the
    most pedantic red card of all-time during a Premier League match between Dnipro
    Dnipropetrovsk and Karpaty Lviv.

    Dnipro's Samuel Inkoom had already been booked when he was substituted
    in the 61st minute.

    As he trotted towards the touchline, he removed his shirt
    and was prevented from shaking sub Evgeniy Shakhov's hand by the fourth
    official.

    The Ghanaian turned around to see referee Oleg Derevinskiy
    brandishing a second yellow card, then a red.

    As the substitution had not been completed, Dnipro were
    reduced to 10 men, but still held on

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  • Official London 2012 posters unveiled

    London 2012 organisers have unveiled 12 specially commissioned images from British artists that will become the official posters for both the Olympics and the Paralympics.

    The images were created by a who's who of British art including former Turner Prize winners such as Rachel Whiteread, Howard Hodgkin and Chris Ofili.

    Each poster is "a distinct interpretation of either the Olympic or Paralympic Games" and all the works will also go on show at Tate Britain in a free exhibition as part of the London 2012 Festival next summer.

    "We are delighted that British artists have produced such

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  • Player punches ref, immediately retires

    A Moldovan top
    flight player who punched a referee in the face was so ashamed with himself
    that he immediately retired from the game.

    Sfintul
    Gheorge midfielder Julian Bursuc caught referee Ghenadie Sidenco square in the
    face with a sickening right hook in the 55th minute of his side's Divizia
    Nationala match away at Iskra-Stal.

    Gheorge was
    involved in an argument with the referee and one of the linesmen as his team
    trailed 1-0 when the flare-up occurred.

    The
    hot-tempered player was quickly calmed down by his shocked team-mates, and taken
    into custody by local police who were on the scene, as

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  • Sven’s £1m offer to take job in Iran

    Sven-Goran
    Eriksson is being lined up to take a coaching job in Iran, just a day after the Government ordered UK banks to cut all ties with the rogue nation.

    Fears about
    Iran's continued attempts to develop nuclear weapons led to the sanctions,
    with the rest of Europe and the US set to follow suit in the next few days.

    But The Sun
    reports that the former England boss is in talks over a £1 million offer from
    Tehran-based club Persepolis FC, one of the top football clubs in Asia.

    The club
    have claimed that they are in talks with the 63-year-old Swede - only recently
    fired by Leicester City -

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  • Sights and scenes from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

    Lewis Hamilton returned to the top step of the podium at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the weekend while world champion Sebastian Vettel uncharacteristically crashed out on lap one.

    It was the Briton's first triumph since July, finishing ahead of Fernando Alonso - a favourite of the crowd at Yas Marina in the Scuderia Ferrari - and Jenson Button.

    The penultimate race in a long 2011 season was the third at the track and again served as the showpiece day-night contest.

    Off the track the grid girls looked as classy as Hamilton did on it, while there was European royalty present to take in the

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  • Quotes of the Week: ‘I would never step down’

    BLATTERGATE

    "Racism
    is if there are spectators, or there are movements of discrimination off the
    field of play, but on the field, I deny there is racism. You may say something
    to somebody who does not exactly look like you... but at the end of the match
    it's forgotten. I would deny it. There is no racism, there is maybe one of the
    players towards another, he has a word or a gesture which is not the correct
    one, but also the one who is affected by that. He should say that this is a
    game. We are in a game, and at the end of the game, we shake hands, and this
    can happen, because we have worked so

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  • When cocky penalties go wrong…

    Last weekend we saw an example of a brilliantly inventive penalty courtesy of Spain's Ezequiel Calvente.

    Now here's an example of just how stupid you can look when a cheeky spot-kick goes wrong.

    Teenage Santos forward Neymar is one of football's hottest properties, and has been linked with some of Europe's top clubs including Chelsea and West Ham.

    Earlier this month the youngster scored a brilliant 'Panenka' penalty, chipping the ball down the middle.

    But on Wednesday night he pushed his luck too far, trying the same trick again in a cup game against Vitoria and... well, you can see the result

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  • Fan dons Estonia tracksuit to sneak into Ireland match

    Irish
    football fan Conor Cunningham snuck into Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifier against
    Estonia simply by donning an Estonia tracksuit.

    And the
    27-year-old from Cork ended up sitting next to Estonia's manager in the dugout after
    his extraordinary display of nerve in Tallinn.

    He ended up
    watching most of the match from one of the best seats in the house, and even
    joined in the Ireland team's post-match celebrations on the pitch after the 4-0
    victory.

    "I was
    just determined to see the match - 11 of us arrived in Tallin for the game and
    we were being quoted €600 for tickets," Cunningham told the

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  • Is this the world’s greatest ever defence?

    An unbelievable
    goalmouth scramble from an Iranian second-tier match has made unlikely
    heroes of the players involved.

    Aboomoslem were hosting Mes Rafsanjan in their Azadegan League a few weeks ago, and the home side started an amazing attacking sequence from a free kick.

    No fewer
    than ten attempts on goal were repelled in the space of 20 seconds during the
    astonishing sequence, with two Aboomoslem shots coming back off the woodwork and the rest
    being desperately hacked clear by the plucky Rafsanjan defence.

    The mad
    scramble had been sparked when the goalkeeper ended up on the turf after

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