Early Doors

  • A man has been charged with fraud after allegedly claiming to be Chelsea star Gael Kakuta, according to a report in the Evening Standard.

    25-year-old Medi Abalimba is accused of running up a bar bill of £5,000 in a Manchester night spot while claiming to be the Chelsea player over the weekend of June 14 and 15.

    The Londoner is then alleged to have tried to to buy £20,000 worth of clothes a few weeks later, again in Manchester, at the Trafford Centre.

    "On 11 August 2014, Medi Abalimba, of Burton Street, London was charged with several credit card fraud offences," a spokesman for Greater

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  • England’s U20 women’s star scores stunning goal

    Remember the name: Beth Mead.

    The England U20 star scored an absolute belter against Mexico in a 1-1 draw in what was a big World Cup match.

    The Sunderland player earned a share of the points with a blistering strike after a wonderful piece of skill to jink past an opponent.

    England did not have much to enjoy from the men's senior team in Brazil this summer, and frankly a few of the established national stars should take note of Mead's display on the big stage.

    The composure from Mead to pick out the far corner of the net from distance after coolly nutmegging an opponent really was something

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  • Why children ‘should be banned from heading footballs’

    It has long been said that English footballers are over-coached and over-protected, causing a lack of instinctive play on the field.

    Well, that could be a problem which is exacerbated if advice from a top motor neuro-science expert is taken on board, coupled with new guidelines from the FA.

    Dr Michael Grey, who is a specialist in brain damage studies at the University of Birmingham, believes that young children should be banned from heading the ball.

    Why? Quite simply, he argues, because it is too dangerous.

    Grey says that the impact of a football against the skull causes brain damage, and

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  • United get one over on City with cheeky Manchester poster

    Who could forget the infamous 'Welcome to Manchester' banner that Manchester City hung outside Piccadilly Station to welcome the signing of Carlos Tevez, following his spell at rivals United, in the summer of 2009?

    Not Tevez himself, who had a copy stuck up in his home, and certainly not Sir Alex Ferguson, who lamented the arrogance of his "noisy neighbours" as they sought to lord it over the city's established power.

    But now, five years on, United have their revenge, with a Louis van Gaal-themed 'Welcome to Vanchester' poster appearing on a wall near the Manchester's main train station.

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  • Overreaction Theatre: When is a trophy REALLY a trophy?

    So Arsenal have won their second trophy in a matter months after going nine years without one – ehh that is of course if you count the Community Shield as a trophy. You do right?

    Hmmm....the celebrations were a BIT much though, I mean you wouldn't see other teams going so crazy now would you?

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  • Celtic should turn down their reinstatement in the Champions League and allow Legia Warsaw to take part in the play-off round instead, the Polish club's owner Dariusz Mioduski said on Sunday.

    Legia were stripped of their place despite beating the Scottish champions 6-1 on aggregate because they brought on a suspended player, Bartosz Bereszynski, for the last few minutes of the second leg.

    UEFA awarded Celtic a 3-0 win instead of a 2-0 defeat, meaning they won the tie on away goals with an aggregate score of 4-4.

    The club had previously accused Celtic of ignoring their telephone calls and

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  • Goalkeeper enjoys wonder debut with this ridiculous goal

    The start of the new football season has already had a decent amount of thrills and spills, despite being barely more than a day old.

    Blackpool had only nine players registered on the morning of their defeat to Nottingham Forest; 41-year-old Exeter boss Paul Tisdale named himself on the bench after an illness spread through his squad; and Huddersfield manager Mark Robins has got the boot after only one game.

    But the maddest event of the whole opening weekend came in Scotland as Hibernian faced Livingston in the Scottish Championship.

    Hibs, relegated last season, handed a debut to goalkeeper

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  • Maradona’s at it again! Argentina legend slaps journalist

    Diego Maradona is no stranger to conflicts with reporters, and the former Argentina star has once again been involved in another scuffle.

    The World Cup winner has made the headlines in his home country after he was followed and surrounded by a pack of journalists following his visit to the theatre on Saturday.

    According to Argentine news outlet El Comercio, Maradona engaged in a verbal battle with the reporters after appearing seemingly unhappy at being followed.

    He was quoted as saying: “This is a gift for my child. One of the first days I have spent with my son.

    “I have a happy environment

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  • Did Liverpool forget Luis Suarez has joined Barcelona?

    It’s been almost a month since Luis Suarez departed Merseyside for Catalunya, but, according to a banner at Anfield, it appears that certain staff members at Liverpool still think the Uruguayan is on their books.

    Ahead of the Premier League side’s pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund at Anfield, an advertising banner was brandished on the outside of The Kop stand showing Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Philippe Coutinho all wearing the latest home strip.

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  • Barcelona star’s plane prank stinks the place out

    You would have thought Gerard Pique had his fill of stinking performances after his Spain side crashed out of the World Cup finals in the first round, but apparently not.

    The Barcelona defender has a reputation as a bit of a practical joker, and lived up to his billing when his team-mates boarded a plane for a pre-season match with Helsinki.

    According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Pique upset staff on the plan by unleashing a stink bomb near the rear of the plane.

    Staff on the flight did not see the funny side as they were forced to apologise to fellow passengers. Having a real stinker before

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