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    Man Utd’s Europa League streaker is local celeb nudist eco-warrior who hid under canvas for 14 HOURS before stunt

    WHEN Olmo Garcia revealed himself to the world during Manchester United’s Europa League game on Thursday, the people of Granada could be forgiven for having seen it all before.A famous night for the LaLiga club had only reached the sixth minute when the game was interrupted by a streaker.
    Olmo Garcia was arrested after streaking at Manchester United’s game with GranadaCredit: Getty
    The 37-year-old is something of a local celebrity in AndalusiaCredit: Instagram @guerreroolmo
    The man raced across the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes pitch before taking a tumble and being arrested by police.
    But it would not have taken long for the authorities to identify the perpetrator, who has reportedly been arrested 15 TIMES in the last few months alone.
    Garcia, 37, is something of a local celebrity in Granada and is often seen baring all on his walks around the city.
    In the summer of 2016, he was inspired to live life in the buff during a trip across the Americas.
    And this way of life culminated in Thursday’s demonstration that took some time to prepare.
    According to Granada newspaper Ideal, he snuck into the ground at 9am on the day of the game and hid under a tarpaulin for 14 HOURS before emerging once the game had kicked off.
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    Garcia has been seen out and about, in more ways than one, in GranadaCredit: Twitter
    The nudist has spoken of his desire for world peaceCredit: Instagram @guerreroolmo
    The game, played behind closed doors, was briefly paused before Manchester United saw out a 2-0 win.
    Garcia has previously spoken of being met with angry responses from passers-by in the streets, and does occasionally dress up.
    The Europa League outing will have been somewhat familiar territory for the nudist as he runs a sports nutrition business.
    And he explained to Ideal in 2016 his passion for environmentalism, sustainability and world peace.
    Garcia has reportedly been arrested 15 times in recent monthsCredit: Instagram @guerreroolmo

    He said: “I had always thought about doing it, but never had the courage and confidence.
    “Going naked has psychological benefits. It is a way to claim purity, peace, to show that when you take off your clothes you are more sincere with everything that surrounds you.
    “I don’t bother anyone and I think it is good for society.
    “Peace in the world, for me, is harmony, good words, a planet without aging, a world without death.”
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    Roma’s Riccardo Calafiori does not ‘respect’ Ajax ballboy who hurled ball in his face but ‘understands’ his anger

    ROMA’S Riccardo Calafiori does not respect the Ajax ballboy who hurled a ball at him in a bid to stop his time-wasting – but understands their actions.The Italian left-back, 18, had a ball fired towards his face after dropping one that was handed to him by the ballboy to go after one that was further away in the 93rd minute.
    Roma’s Riccardo Calafiori understands why the ballboy launched the ball at himCredit: Getty
    An Ajax ballboy did not react well to Calafiori’s time-wasting, hurling a ball at him
    Despite the ballboy’s angry action it was the Italian who was booked
    Calafiori was booked for his antics at the end of the 2-1 win in the Europa League quarter-final first leg.
    And he told Sky Sport Italia: “I thought many things at that moment…
    “Fortunately, I managed to stay calm.
    “I will say that seeing your opponent waste time in a situation like that would’ve irritated me too.
    “I won’t say I respect him, but I do understand.”
    The ball made contact with Calafiori’s upper chest area and it was plain to see the footballer’s instinct to go down and feign fatal injury was about to kick in.
    But he came to his senses just before he hit the deck and decided to give the youngster a talking to instead.
    Calafiori was subbed on after 28 minutes for the injured Leonardo Spinazzola and remonstrated angrily with the masked kid late on – who was still trying to thrust another ball into his hands so he would get on with the game.
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    Just as the altercation was coming to an end, the referee arrived and brandished the yellow card at the Roma star for his original deliberate slow play.
    Despite the ballboy’s best efforts, the Serie A side held on for another 30 seconds to close out the game.
    Davy Klaassen had opened the scoring for Ajax after 39 minutes with a well worked goal that he slotted home from 12 yards.
    But Lorenzo Pellegrini levelled the scores just before the hour mark when his free-kick somehow slipped through Kjell Scherpen’s hands.

    And Ibanez bagged Roma’s second away goal to seal the win with a stunning half volley with just three minutes of normal time left.
    On the match action, Calafiori added: “It wasn’t easy to come on in this situation, but my team-mates helped and it went better in the second-half.
    “Seeing the penalty saved gave us an extra boost, and we proved that we are a strong team.
    “You could tell in the locker room that we wanted to win at all costs and we did it.
    “This is a united team and we want to go all the way in this competition.”
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    Man Utd star Bruno Fernandes ‘fooled referee’ by ‘making a meal’ of incident that led to penalty, says Paul Scholes

    BRUNO FERNANDES was ‘lucky’ to win a penalty for Manchester United in Thursday’s win over Granada, Paul Scholes has said.The former midfielder, 46, did not believe the Portuguese playmaker was fouled enough for him to go down in the area.
    Artur Soares Dias pointed to the spot after Bruno Fernandes’ late fallCredit: Rex
    Paul Scholes did not feel the incident merited a penaltyCredit: EPA
    But he pointed the finger at referee Artur Soares Dias for ‘falling for’ Fernandes’ tumble.
    With the score at 1-0, he hit the deck after a tangle with Yan Brice and stepped up to squeeze the spot-kick home.
    United legend Scholes told BT Sport, via the Mail: “[Fernandes] makes a meal of it I think he’s lucky to get the penalty.
    “Lucky to score it as well as the goalkeeper should do better.
    “You know when it’s given and it goes to VAR [that] they’re going to give it because it’s not a clear and obvious error and he has touched him, so there’s no way they were going to overturn it.
    “Fernandes does very well to get the penalty, they’ll be very disappointed.
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    “He was just feeling where his player is and the ball’s nowhere near him anyway.
    “It was always [Edinson] Cavani going to get the header. Fernandes was very clever and he’s fooled the referee and he’s fell for it.”
    The second goal in the Europa League quarter-final first leg could prove vital as the tie heads to Old Trafford next week.
    United will host Granada with a two-goal advantage but Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay are all suspended.
    Bruno’s eye is red and to score with one eye open is also a skill.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended Fernandes after the win and insisted he was injured in the collision – adding that he scored the penalty ‘with one eye’.
    The manager told reporters: “I haven’t seen it.
    “I’ve just seen his eye when he came off, he got hit. Mike Phelan was sat behind me in the dugout and said he took one in the face.
    “His eye is red and to score with one eye open is also a skill.”
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    Granit Xhaka’s X-rated blast at bungling Arsenal defenders after Gunners concede injury-time goal vs Slavia Prague

    GRANIT XHAKA was left furious after Arsenal conceded a stoppage time equaliser against Slavia Prague in the Europa League.And the Swiss midfielder reportedly launched an X-rated tirade against his erring defenders following Tomas Holes’ last-gasp header.
    Granit Xhaka was fuming with his team-matesCredit: Rex
    The Gunners were left gutted by the late goalCredit: Reuters
    As has become customary under Mikel Arteta, the Gunners tried to play their way out from the back in the dying stages.
    But Cedric Soares and Gabriel Magalhaes appeared nervy while doing so, needlessly giving away a 93rd minute corner in the process.
    And Slavia gratefully accepted their gift, with Holes grabbing a priceless away goal.
    Folllowing the subsequent final whistle, former captain Xhaka raged at the culprits.
    According to Charles Watts, he screamed: “Just clear the f***ing ball away man!”
    Former Gunners defender and current BT Sport analyst Martin Keown bemoaned his old side’s inability to keep clean sheets.
    He said: “The marking for the corner is atrocious or non-existent.
    “Gabriel in the build up to that, there’s panic, a nervousness.

    Slavia Prague have an away goal! 😳In the closing seconds at the Emirates and Tomáš Holeš heads past Bernd Leno!Fury for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal…#UEL pic.twitter.com/QrXc7zfv1j— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 8, 2021

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    “No clean sheets in 14 games now it showed tonight when they needed it most, to keep a clean sheet in the last five or ten minutes, they just couldn’t do it.”
    And he also claimed that Arsenal need a ‘slap’ or ‘punch’ in the face before they start playing.
    He added: “It seems like Arsenal… they’re not proactive in games.
    I’ve said it before, teams are not beating us, it’s us losing the gamesHector Bellerin
    “They need somebody to slap them in the face almost, or punch them in the face, before they wake up and start to play.”
    And Hector Bellerin admitted: “I’ve said it before, teams are not beating us, it’s us losing the games.”
    And Arteta admitted: “We played two or three balls in certain areas that we should not do.
    “We put ourselves on the back foot and we concede the corner and from there they put a lot of bodies in there and anything can happen.”
    Arsenal will now dust themselves down for a Premier League trip to Sheffield United on Sunday, before next Thursday’s second leg in Prague.

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    Man Utd legend Paul Scholes says Henderson is just ahead of De Gea – but keeper still has to fully convince Solskjaer

    DEAN HENDERSON is now Manchester United’s No1, according to Paul Scholes.But the Red Devils legend isn’t writing off David de Gea just yet.
    Dean Henderson is competing for the No1 position with David de GeaCredit: PA
    Paul Scholes offered his opinion on Man United’s goalkeeping situationCredit: EPA
    The Spaniard returned between the sticks against Granada on Thursday night, after being benched for the clash with Brighton upon his return from attending the birth of his child back in his home country.
    But Scholes, 46, believes that Henderson’s Premier League selection puts him in the United driving seat.
    He said on BT Sport: “It’s always awkward when you try and keep two goalkeepers happy.
    “Who is the No1 here? Ole is saying both which is clearly wrong. With David de Gea’s wife having a baby, it gave Ole the chance to make Henderson number one.
    ‘I think No1 plays in Premier League but has Henderson totally convinced Ole?
    “I think he has a big chance but I don’t think he has these five or six games he’s played.
    “What David de Gea did for 4-5 years, United could have been a mid-table team without him. I wouldn’t completely write him off.”
    Scholes’ former Old Trafford team-mate Owen Hargreaves then added that it will be difficult for Solskjaer to completely drop De Gea, given his enormous wages.

    David de Gea returned to action against GranadaCredit: AFP
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    He said: “Ole’s done a good job bringing Dean back in and see if he can be number one.
    “I think he hasn’t, I don’t think he’s shown he can’t be, but the problem is David de Gea is still there and with the wages he’s on and the success he’s had it will be difficult to make that big call.
    “If it goes well maybe he keeps it, but it will be difficult to walk away from De Gea with everything he’s done for the club. It’s an opportunity for Dean and so far he’s taken it.”
    Henderson, 24, has enjoyed a recent run in the team, taking his tally of appearances this term to 20.
    De Gea, meanwhile, has largely played the big games when fit, with the 30-year-old making 30 outings – including 24 in the Premier League.

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    Arsenal need a ‘slap in the face’, claims icon Martin Keown after disastrous Slavia Prague draw

    MARTIN KEOWN thinks that Arsenal need a ‘slap’ or ‘punch in the face’ before they start playing.The Gunners legend was left incensed by his old side’s performance as they laboured to a 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague at Emirates Stadium.
    Martin Keown is not afraid to lay into his former sideCredit: PA:Press Association
    Disaster struck in stoppage time for the GunnersCredit: AFP
    Slavia were allowed to settle in the first half, looking confident after twice winning on British soil already this year against Rangers and Leicester.
    Nicolas Pepe did finally break the deadlock in the 86th minute, before disaster struck deep into stoppage time, when Tomas Holes struck in the 93rd minute to grab a crucial equaliser and away goal.
    And Keown was not happy with how Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta approached the game.
    He told BT Sport: “For me it was about Arsenal tonight, and about the way they played and imposed themselves on the opposition.
    “And by sitting off early in the encounter, I thought they had chosen the wrong tactics, and there was an opportunity to do that tonight.
    “You’re the home team, so you take the initiative, and you ask them the question, can you play? Can you pass out from the back? We’ll see how good you are.
    “But they were allowed to settle, to build, to be confident and then become more dominant.
    “And in that first half it was quite tricky for Arsenal, and it became nervy and they weren’t the team that we’ve seen two or three weeks ago for instance, the West Ham performance, second half.

    Slavia Prague have an away goal! 😳In the closing seconds at the Emirates and Tomáš Holeš heads past Bernd Leno!Fury for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal…#UEL pic.twitter.com/QrXc7zfv1j— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 8, 2021

    Arsenal thought they’d won it in the 86th minuteCredit: Getty
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    “It seems like Arsenal… they’re not proactive in games. They need somebody to slap them in the face almost, or punch them in the face, before they wake up and start to play.
    “He did it today in the second half with the substitutions, he made that happen, but they couldn’t see it through.”

    And after the disappointment, Keown, 54, predicted tricky times ahead for the young Gunners boss.
    He continued: “So, hugely disappointing, and it’s going to be difficult now for Arteta, because he’s made a lot of changes within the football club, a lot of people have been allowed to go.
    “This is his team now essentially. There have been a lot of problems for Arsenal over a number of years with players coming in and out of the football club so it’s not all at his doorstep.
    “But he’s in charge now, he’s not quite getting the reaction from the team.”
    Arsenal return to Premier League action with a trip to Sheffield United on Sunday, before travelling to Prague for the second leg next Thursday.
    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was left disappointedCredit: Alamy
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    Man Utd suffer major blow with Maguire, Shaw AND McTominay all suspended for second leg vs Granada

    MANCHESTER UNITED boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be without THREE key players for the Europa League quarter-final second leg against Granada.The Red Devils boss saw centre-back Harry Maguire, left-back Luke Shaw and midfielder Scott McTominay all booked during the 2-0 win.
    Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Soslkjaer will be without three key players for the second legCredit: Getty
    Luke Shaw is one of three players who will miss the second leg after getting bookedCredit: Getty
    It means the Norwegian will face something of a defensive crisis at Old Trafford next Thursday.
    Eric Bailly would usually be next in line to start alongside Victor Lindelof, but the Ivorian tested positive for coronavirus during the international break.
    It is not known when he tested positive and when he will be clear to play again.
    That could potentially see Solskjaer selecting Axel Tuanzebe, who has started just ONE game all season.
    Phil Jones has also been mooted, but he has not played for United since January 2020 because of a knee injury – his fitness is also unclear.
    Alternatively, Solskjaer could shuffle his formation or slot in the likes of Nemanja Matic – though that may be difficult given McTominay’s absence – or Aaron Wan-Bissaka at centre-back.
    Alex Telles, who barely featured since moving to Old Trafford from Porto, came on at half-time for Shaw and will likely start in place of him next week.
    After the game, Solskjaer said: “It was not a perfect night.
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    Harry Maguire’s absence potentially leaves United short at centre-backCredit: EPA
    We got three yellow cards and three suspensions. 2-0 is very good result.
    “We know how difficult it is to come to Spain.
    “We’ve got to play well to get a result.
    “They [Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes] have been exceptional, so important for us.

    “It was a very good run by Rashford, takes the ball fantastically. Bruno is so confident on penalties even though the keeper almost saved it.
    “Same as always [attitude for next week]. We want to win every game. It’s still a young team, a learning team.
    “We have to improve all the time.
    “Football catches you so quickly if you rest. We can’t have any other approach.”
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    Watch Ajax ballboy hurl ball at Roma star Riccardo Calafiori’s chest over time-wasting… and Italian is booked

    AN AJAX ballboy let his anger spill over as he launched a ball at time-wasting Roma defender Riccardo Calafiori’s chest.The left-back was deliberately killing time with his side 2-1 up in the closing stages of the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final and it was him – not the ballboy – who was punished for his actions.
    An Ajax ballboy did not react well to Riccardo Calafiori’s time-wasting
    Despite the ballboy’s angry action it was the Italian who was booked
    Calafiori was originally handed a ball by the ballboy as it went out for a Roma throw with 93 minutes on the clock.
    But not willing to get on with it so quickly, the left-back dropped the ball and proceeded to walk down the touchline after one that was further away.
    And it was this that infuriated the ballboy who proceeded to hurl another ball at the Italian as he approached.
    It made contact with his upper chest area and you could see the footballer’s instinct to go down and feign fatal injury was about to kick in.
    But he came to his senses just before he hit the deck and decided to give the youngster a talking to instead.
    Calafiori remonstrated angrily with the masked kid – who was still trying to thrust another ball into his hands so he would get on with the game.
    Just as the altercation was coming to an end, the referee arrived and brandished the yellow card at the Roma star for his original time wasting.
    Despite the ballboy’s best efforts, the Serie A side held on for another 30 seconds and won the game 2-1.
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    Davy Klaassen had opened the scoring for Ajax after 39 minutes with a well worked goal that he slotted home from 12 yards.
    But Lorenzo Pellegrini levelled the scores just before the hour mark when his free-kick somehow slipped through Kjell Scherpen’s hands.
    And Ibanez bagged Roma’s second away goal to seal the win with a stunning half volley with just three minutes of normal time left.
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