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    Britain’s oldest striker scores five goals for local team on his 90th birthday

    BRITAIN’S oldest striker banged in five goals last week on his 90th birthday.Mike Fisher, nicknamed Ninja for his turn of pace in the box, plays walking football for Old Corinthians in Walsall.Mike Fisher scored five goals last week on his 90th birthdayCredit: SWNSMike, nicknamed Ninja for his turn of pace in the box, plays walking football for Old Corinthians in WalsallCredit: SWNSMike, of Bloxwich, said: “They all call me Ninja. “Because they say I’m gone in the blink of an eye, just like that.”One minute you think you’ve collared me and the next minute I’m gone and the ball is in the back of the net.”If you ask anyone if they play with Mike Fisher, they won’t have a clue who you’re on about – but if you say ‘do you play with Ninja’ they will know who you mean.READ MORE ON FOOTBALL”I still love football and I’ll keep going for as long as I can – or at least while I’m still scoring on a regular basis. “That feeling of scoring goals never gets old – even if I am.”I’ve lost count of how many I’ve scored but I get four of five a game usually and have been playing walking football three times a week regularly for eight years.”A few times I have scored ten in a match.”Most read in Football“That feeling of scoring never gets old.”The Luton Town fan’s goals came just days before Man City’s Erling Haaland hit five against, er, Luton.Erling Haaland SHOVES camera after worst-ever Man City game as Sky Blues drop points to Chelsea, More

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    Ilkay Gundogan’s stunning WAG Sara Arfaoui stuns in black lingerie as she reveals she misses Manchester

    WAG Sara Arfaoui reveals she’s got the blues for Manchester after husband Ilkay Gundogan’s switch from City to Barcelona.The model, 29, seen in black lingerie for a photoshoot, previously slagged off the city’s restaurant scene.Sara Arfaoui looked stunning as she posed in black lingerie for a photoshootCredit: Capture Media AgencySara reveals she’s got the blues for Manchester, above with husband Ilkay GundoganBut Sara told Prime Video’s Married To The Game docuseries: “I kind of miss Manchester now.”She also previously penned a heartfelt goodbye to the city. Writing on Instagram, she said: “I can’t say much just because I’m not realising what is happening.”All I can say is thank you Manchester for giving us all this love and thank you to our friends. I will miss my City family.read more on Ilkay Gundogan”I arrived in Manchester without expectations and I leave as a wife, a mum and with the greatest friends we could wish for.”I did follow City everywhere, dreaming of winning the Champions League, but what happened was more than I dreamed of. I will keep everyone in my heart.”My @ilkayguendogan, you were amazing and I was proud of you every game. “Forever the Treble capitano!”Most read in FootballMan City star Ilkay Gundogan drives in Beverly Hills during holiday with model fiancee Sara Arfaoui More

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    Geri Halliwell ‘relieved & elated’ after weeks of hell as F1 husband Christian Horner cleared of sending improper texts

    SPICE Girl Geri Halliwell was “relieved and elated” last night after her F1 boss husband was cleared of sending improper messages to a female employee.The 51-year-old singer had stood solidly by Christian Horner, who will stay as team principal of Red Bull Racing.Geri Halliwell has endured three weeks of torment following claims surrounding her husband Christian HornerCredit: GettyHorner, who has been cleared of sending improper messages to a female employee, with relieved wife Geri, whom he married in 2015Credit: GettyThe star had endured three weeks of torment following the claims.Yesterday Horner, 50, was told he will stay with the team until the end of the season after the woman’s claims were thrown out.Geri was said to have been delighted at the news.A source said: “This has been weeks of hell for Christian and his family.READ MORE ON GERI HORNER“As he has said all along, these claims are ‘nuts’.“An exhaustive investigation has been carried out and the allegations have proven to be nonsense.“Geri has been rock solid behind Christian — and his whole family is relieved and elated that it’s over. Those feelings are there but no one close to Christian feels like celebrating much after what he’s been through.“For the time being his focus is back fully on winning races.”Most read in MotorsportFormer racing driver Christian’s £8million-a-year job was secured after a three-week internal ­investigation dismissed the unidentified employee’s slur.He had initially been under investigation over alleged inappropriate behaviour but the probe was later said to involve sending improper messages to the woman.Geri was said to have been left “in floods of tears” when the scandal first broke earlier this month and was supported by pals including her fellow Spice Girls.The Sun’s 60 Second News Briefing: Episode 32Christian, who married the pop star in 2015, had always vehemently denied the claims and vowed to fight to clear his name.The F1 boss flew out to Bahrain ahead of the F1 season’s opening race where Red Bull’s world champ Max Verstappen will lead the team’s latest push for glory.There are now no question marks over Christian’s characterA statement confirming Christian had been cleared was released by Red Bull Racing’s Austrian parent company within minutes of his private jet’s arrival.It said: “Red Bull can confirm that the grievance has been ­dismissed. Red Bull is confident that the investigation has been fair, rigorous and impartial.“The investigation report is ­confidential and contains the ­private information of the parties and third parties who assisted in the investigation, and therefore we will not be commenting further out of respect for all concerned.“Red Bull will continue striving to meet the highest workplace standards.”The team’s parent company confirmed the complainant, who is understood to still be working at the team’s Milton Keynes HQ, “has a right of appeal”.Christian, who has a six-year-old son with Geri and two children from a previous marriage, had been quizzed by an independent barrister on February 9.READ MORE SUN STORIESA source told The Sun last night: “Christian’s career, his marriage and his reputation were attacked but there are now no question marks over his character.“There is no shadow. But questions are being asked about how this happened, why it happened and who was responsible.”Christian had always vehemently denied the claims and vowed to fight to clear his nameCredit: GettyA source has revealed that Horner’s focus is ‘back fully on winning races’Credit: RexWhat has been claimed?
    F1 was rocked earlier this month by the sudden news that the sport’s longest-standing team principal had been placed under investigation by Red Bull’s Austria-based parent company.
    This was thought to be over a “dossier of incriminating material” regarding “inappropriate and controlling behaviour” towards one female, The Telegraph reported.
    Red Bull’s Austrian parent company flew an independent lawyer to the UK to question the multi-millionaire race ace and his accuser.
    The former racing driver, who runs world champion Max Verstappen’s all-conquering Red Bull team, endured an eight-hour grilling over the claims last week.
    Most recently however, more allegations have come out as the De Telegraaf reported that Horner allegedly sent sex messages to his employee “over an extended period of time”.
    Messages were said to have been saved and presented as evidence to the external ­barrister running the inquiry after the woman made a complaint last December.
    Mr Horner categorically denied the new allegations and is thought to be taking legal action against De Telegraaf.
    An F1 source told The Sun last week that “Christian has not been sacked or asked to resign and he is not going to resign”.
    The investigation raises the question of who could take over the helm of the all-conquering racing team of world champion Max Verstappen.
    His wife Geri Halliwell is also said to be “terrified her life will unravel” amid Horner’s “inappropriate behaviour” probe.
    The ex-Spice Girl, who was “in floods of tears” when the Red Bull boss was hit with the bombshell allegations, fears the drama will drag on for years, a source has claimed. 
    But Geri, 51, is understood to be standing by her husband.
    She has told pals: “Christian has done nothing wrong.”
    Horner has overseen a huge period of success for the racing team – winning multiple F1 championships with Sebastian Vettel and Verstappen.
    Red Bull has won seven Formula One world drivers’ championships and six world ­constructors’ titles under Horner’s leadership.
    Last season, the team won 21 of the 22 races on the global F1 tour, and Verstappen, 26, won the drivers’ crown.
    Horner was awarded a CBE for services to motorsport in the 2024 New Year’s Honours List. More

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    Mason Greenwood wants investigation into whether Jude Bellingham called him a ‘rapist’ dropped

    MASON Greenwood wants an investigation into whether Jude Bellingham called him a “rapist” dropped.Real Madrid’s Bellingham appeared to mouth a slur after tackling the Getafe player this month.
    Mason Greenwood wants an investigation into whether Jude Bellingham called him a ‘rapist’ droppedCredit: Getty
    Real Madrid’s Bellingham appeared to mouth a slur after tackling the Getafe player this monthCredit: Ruckas
    Spanish footie bosses launched a probe, which could see England star Bellingham 20, hit with a ban.
    But a source said: “Mason has told them he doesn’t want Jude to be punished and has asked them to drop it.
    “He doesn’t want bad publicity and wants to get on with playing football.
    “He was very upset at the time as he didn’t expect it from someone like Jude.
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    “But he knows he’s always likely to be a target for that kind of stuff so he’s accepted he’ll need a thick skin.”
    Greenwood, 22, was loaned from Man United last September after bosses ruled he needed to rebuild his career away from Old Trafford — despite charges of attempted rape, assault and controlling behaviour being dropped.
    He has settled in Spain with his partner and baby and is being pursued by Barcelona after scoring seven goals with five assists in 25 league games.
    United’s minority shareholder Sir Jim Ratcliffe last week appeared to open the door to a return, saying: “The process will be to understand the facts, not the hype and then come to a fair decision on the basis of values — which is basically, ‘Is he a good guy or not?’.”
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    Arsenal star David Raya is training banned XL Bully as bodyguard after string of violent break-ins targeting footballers

    PREMIER League goalie David Raya has a banned XL Bully dog to guard him, The Sun can reveal.The Arsenal ace, 28, has vowed to keep pet Goku following a string of terrifying raids on the homes of football stars.
    David Raya has a banned XL Bully dog to guard himCredit: Alamy
    Spaniard Raya has shared snaps of him cuddled up with the glaring beast on the sofaCredit: Jam Press/@d.raya1
    Goku lives in a secure cage at the couple’s multimillion-pound home in North LondonCredit: Jam Press/@t.trouboul
    The breed was outlawed after several attacks, but Raya has an exemption certificate.
    An expert said last night: “He’s a responsible owner.”
    Raya and model girlfriend Tatiana Trouboul, 27, are said to adore the mutt, even though new laws are in place outlawing XL Bullys after a string of attacks.
    Goku lives in a secure cage at the couple’s multimillion-pound home in North London.
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    Spaniard Raya has shared snaps of himself cuddled up with the glaring beast on the sofa.
    Tatiana has also been seen taking him for walks.
    Raya, who is currently on loan to the Gunners from Brentford, wants the pooch to guard their property after fellow stars suffered a series of violent break-ins.
    He has hired experts from Elite Protection Dogs to train Goku.
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    A spokesperson for the firm said: “David Raya has one XL Bully. He is called Goku, he is a one-year-old. David’s had him since a puppy.
    “Everyone with XL Bullys is ­worried. But David is a responsible owner, he wants to be responsible with him.
    “We are training Goku on a long-term contract.”
    Tearful owner of XL bully begs for breed to be ‘wiped out’ after they killed grandma at his home
    Elite Protection Dogs has 35 years’ experience training canines, charging up to £20,000.
    In 2022, Aston Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez got a Belgian Malinois from the firm in the same month he landed a prized World Cup ­winner’s medal with Argentina.
    New laws have come in over the past two months after a rise in maulings from XL Bullys, including those previously regarded as “soft and loving”.
    On December 31 it became illegal for an XL Bully to be out in public without a lead and muzzle.
    It is also an offence to sell, breed, give away or abandon the dogs.
    And this month it became illegal to own an XL Bully in the UK without an exemption certificate, which Raya possesses.
    The dogs must be microchipped, neutered and kept in a secure place. Owners must also have third-party liability insurance.
    Meanwhile, dog shelters have seen a huge increase in XL Bullys being handed in or abandoned.
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    The first reported attack on a person was in Liverpool in 2017, when a toddler was severely injured by four dogs.
    Their owner, Andrew McGowan, was subsequently jailed.
    In 2021, ten-year-old Jack Lis was killed by an XL Bully in Caerphilly, South Wales, while visiting a friend, after which two people were put behind bars.
    A month later Adam Watts was killed by an XL Bully at his dog shelter in Kirkton of Auchterhouse, Scotland.
    A further eight people were killed by the dogs in 2022 and 2023, including 54-year-old father-of-one Ian Langley, near Sunderland, in October last year.
    This month grandmother Esther Martin, 68, was the latest person to be fatally attacked by the breed – days after the ban came into force.
    She was killed by two XL Bullys owned by her son-in-law Ashley Warren, 39, who begged for the breed to be banned.
    Warren, of Jaywick, Essex, said: “If my dogs did that to her, when I had never seen anything but love from them, then that breed just has a killer switch.
    “I honestly thought the ban was a stupid government plan to wipe out a breed which I had never seen anything but softness and love from. Now I think they need to be wiped out.”
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    The breed was said to be responsible for 20 per cent of dog attacks in 2023.
    The Sun approached Raya and Arsenal for comment.
    Raya vowed to keep the mutt following a string of terrifying raids on the homes of football starsCredit: ReutersPrem protection

    SEVERAL Prem stars have bought dogs for protection following a string of terrifying break-ins.
    Man City ace Jack Grealish posed with a £25,000 Belgian Malinois this month after raiders broke into his home while his family were in.
    He got the dog from Chaperone K9, which is popular with footballers.
    Grealish’s City and England team-mate Kyle Walker bought a £40,000 Doberman from the firm.
    The majority of dogs they provide are German Shepherds or Belgian Malinois, with each put through a rigorous 12-month training ­programme so the dogs are able to recognise threats including burglaries, attacks and robberies.
    Other current and ex-Prem stars to use the firm are Marcus Rashford, Mark Noble, Phil Jones, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Jesse Lingard.
    Similar firms like Elite Protection have also sold pets to protect stars such as ex-Spurs goalie Hugo Lloris. More

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    MOTD2 host Mark Chapman finds love again with glam estate agent after death of wife Sara from cancer

    MATCH of the Day 2 host Mark Chapman has found romance again after his wife’s death.Chappers, 50, has been dating estate agent Clere Collier for months.
    Widower Mark Chapman has found love againCredit: PA
    Chappers is dating Dubai estate agent Clere Collier
    It is his first relationship since wife Sara, 44, died of cancer in 2020.
    Mum-of-two Clere, 43, was once linked with pop singer Dane Bowers and is based in Dubai.
    She uses her contacts there to invest in London’s property market — and makes regular UK trips for work and to see Mark in Manchester, where the BBC broadcaster is based.
    Mark had three children with wife of 19 years Sara.
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    A source said: “It’s early days but Mark and Clere are in a good place and enjoying each other’s company.
    “Mark’s focus has always been his children and work, so a relationship was unexpected.
    “He and Clere are taking things slow and just seeing how it all plays out, but it’s clear to see they are really into each other.”
    Mark, who had three children with wife of 19 years Sara, is a Radio 5 Live regular and occasionally steps in for Gary Lineker on Match of the Day.
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    He also fronts Sky Sports’ Carabao Cup coverage and is regarded as one of the industry’s most talented presenters.
    Mark, affectionately known as Chappers, made his name as the sports presenter for Radio 1’s Newsbeat and was part of Sara Cox’s team when she hosted the station’s Breakfast Show.
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    He later went on to perform the same role for Scott Mills before going on to become a fixture at 5 Live and BBC television, which also saw him front the corporation’s NFL coverage before it moved to Channel 4.
    This is Mark’s first relationship since wife Sara died of cancer in 2020 aged 44Credit: Twitter
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    England ace Raheem Sterling set to build panic room in new home after raid terror

    ENGLAND ace Raheem Sterling is to have a panic room at his new home over fears of being hit again by raiders.The Chelsea star, 29, lodged plans for a fortified shelter in the Berkshire six-bedroom build, with a security gatehouse and secure phone lines.
    Raheem Sterling is to have a panic room at his new home over fears of being hit again by raidersCredit: Alamy
    It comes after a spate of break-ins at footballers’ homes, including Sterling’s current £6million property in Surrey which was burgled while he was away on World Cup duty.
    Concerned Sterling, whose Chelsea side take on Liverpool in a mouth-watering Carabao Cup final on Sunday, now wants to beef up security at his new house to make sure his family is safe.
    A source close to the star told The Sun: “Raheem’s family is everything to him and he can’t ever have a situation where their safety is compromised, it’s his absolute priority to prevent that from ever happening.
    “Taking control of the design of the space allows him to integrate the security elements, he’s able to build a safe haven to raise his family.
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    “The nature of his job means he’s away a lot so he has to be sure his family is safe at home.”
    Sterling was forced to jet back from the World Cup in Qatar in December, 2022 after a home raid.
    The break-in happened shortly before his terrified fiancée Paige Milian, 27, arrived back at the house with their two children to find their home had been ransacked.
    Paige raised the alarm but the burglars made off with jewellery and watches.
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    Paul Gascoigne is helping to coach kids’ football team – even teaching them overhead flick & volley goal from Euro ’96

    ENGLAND great Paul Gascoigne is back in football — helping to coach a children’s team.Gazza, 56, teaches Dexter Sports Youth U11 Bengals his silky skills and supports them home and away.
    Paul Gascoigne has been teaching Dexter Sports Youth U11 Bengals top techniques from Euro ’96
    Gazza with TheMNT talent agency chief Katie Davies and her son Mason
    The ex-Spurs midfielder even shows them how to perform his overhead flick and volley goal against Scotland in Euro ’96.
    Gazza lives near the Bournemouth-based team and told The Sun: “I enjoy going down to help the kids in my local area.
    “I go to training and teach them some of my skills and old tricks. I love watching and cheering on the sideline on Sundays.”
    He was spotted at a match last weekend against Wiltshire’s Mere FC, signing autographs and posing for snaps with thrilled fans.
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    Katie Davies runs TheMNT talent agency which represents Gazza and sponsors the team, whose players include her son Mason.
    She said: “Gazza is such a legend and has so much experience to share. The kids love him.
    Paul Gascoigne fires in his famous strike against Scotland during Euro 96
    “It’s not many kids who can say they’ve got one of England’s best players coaching them.
    “Paul loves it and comes along to all the games.
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    “He’s on great form and is still as canny as ever.
    “It’s amazing to see the reaction from other parents when he turns up on the sideline. Everyone wants a picture with him.”
    And Gazza’s magic seems to be paying off — the team have won their last three.
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