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    Watch referee hold ‘VAR review’ on FAN’S PHONE before disallowing goal to spark wild celebrations

    A REFEREE disallowed a goal at a football game after holding a VAR review on a FAN’S PHONE. VAR is a controversial tool at the best of times – and that’s with the use of high-quality cameras and a whole team at Stockley Park.
    A referee takes a fan’s phone to watch a replayCredit: Twitter/@sportbible
    The referee watches the footageCredit: Twitter/@sportbible
    He then rules the goal should be disallowedCredit: Twitter/@sportbible
    But this maverick referee paid no mind to that as he held his own impromptu review with nothing but a pitchside fan’s phone for assistance.
    In a viral video, said to take place at a Serbian lower league game, a fan brandishes his mobile to help the referee come to a decision on whether to allow a goal.
    The referee took the phone and looked at the footage for over half a minute before deciding to rule out the goal.
    This decision sent the team wearing blue wheeling away in celebration of the ruling in their favour.
    Fans were quick to draw comparisons to the actual VAR process used typically in the top professional leagues and competitions.
    One user described it as: “VAR on budget.”
    A second user said: “Better than VAR,” while another echoed this saying: “So even Sunday league Serbia is better than the EPL VAR!”
    However, some eagle-eyed viewers also picked up on the referee never actually returning the phone to the fan who gave it to him.
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    A user asked: “Is he going to return his phone?”
    Another said: “the referee took his phone,” and followed it up with a crying emoji.
    VAR officiating came under intense scrutiny after some very controversial calls during the last set of Premier League fixtures.
    The Premier League and PGMOL (the referees’ governing body) declared they would review the decisions made at Stamford Bridge and St James’ Park that weekend. More

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    Karren Brady: Decision to disallow West Ham’s goal vs Chelsea last weekend was worst I’ve seen in 30 years in football

    AT West Ham we are still angered by the VAR farce that cost us a point at Stamford Bridge last weekend.So much so that I insisted the Premier League add VAR and referee standards to their next agenda.
    West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen was controversially judged to have fouled Edouard Mendy in the lead-up to a disallowed goalCredit: Getty
    Karren Brady has slammed the decision to disallow West Ham’s equaliser against ChelseaCredit: Getty
    The decision to disallow our goal on Saturday at Chelsea was one of the worst I have seen in over 30 years in football.
    It was, in the words of Alan Shearer, a “terrible, disgraceful decision, ridiculous”.
    Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said the verdict, reached after nearly four minutes of VAR confusion, was correct. And a lot of good it did him.
    Truth is that VAR is below an acceptable standard, is bringing the league into disrepute and is financially damaging for clubs.
    West Ham lost a point through officials’ incompetence and whilst it will not get us back the point stolen, we at least have to try and prevent such incompetence happening again.
    When VAR was introduced as the ref’s little friend, it was to be a second opinion with offsides and little more.
    Like all true bureaucracies it has taken over in areas it should never have been allowed — handballs in the penalty area, serious-looking fouls, indeed in almost any controversy.
    Gradually our helpful pal has become an ogre.
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    Which I warned about at the very beginning.
    It was always far too easy to hand a useful piece of kit responsibilities it couldn’t handle.
    Bear in mind, humans overlooking the screens in a room in West London are just as likely to make mistakes as an experienced referee.
    And, of course, the individual did on Saturday, as did another that day in Newcastle’s home match with Crystal Palace, for which the  VAR advisor Lee Mason had been kicked off the desk this weekend.
    Neither Mason nor our particular scourge, Jarred Gillett, were in a position to make such judgments.
    And neither should the actual referees have accepted them.
    But, like camouflaged soldiers capturing foreign land, that is the creeping strength of many a zoom system.
    And yet you can hope sport’s governing bodies will stop falling for such easy-to-apply answers.
    Which is why the Prem agreed instantly that the subject would be added on the agenda at their next meeting.
    The highest levels of football are being undermined when clubs are robbed of points by grossly inaccurate decisions.
    The decision to disallow our goal on Saturday at Chelsea was one of the worst I have seen in over 30 years in football. It was, in the words of Alan Shearer, a “terrible, disgraceful decision, ridiculous”.Karren Brady
    Those points will have been costly in terms of place money in the Premier League and possibly European competition.
    Far from aiding mission creep, we should be examining ways of cutting VAR influence. 
    It is not justice being seen to be done. It can never be accurate to the nearest shirt button or shoelace.
    And long delays for VAR decisions are becoming a vast bore for supporters, who must often wait minutes to see whether a goal is allowed or a penalty given.
    What with these delays and the long hold-ups for player treatment, never mind the squirming acts of pretenders, five to ten minutes of added time have become common.
    To many of us, the answer is clear. VAR has a place for offside decisions and goal-line rulings.
    Otherwise leave all decisions to refs with a player’s rights of appeal for sendings off.
    And perhaps it should not be used at all until those using it learn how to use it correctly.
    Yes, I remember refs getting things wrong but we all understand human error even if we boo it. Booing VAR is as useless as booing a late bus.

    West Ham paid tribute to The Queen with a minute’s silence on Thursday nightCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun
    THE announcement our beloved Queen had died was made hours before our Europa Conference League game was due to kick off.
    At West Ham we all loved our Queen — it was even rumoured she was a secret Hammer!
    Uefa and the FA declared Thursday’s game had to go ahead as it was too late to cancel, so we made the best plans we could to honour her.
    Black armbands, her magnificent image beaming into the ground, and a rousing, emotional and heartfelt singing of our national anthem — sung so passionately by our claret-and-blue army that it brought a tear to my eye — all featured.
    What sadness across the country and at West Ham we send our sincere condolences to the Royal Family.
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    Fuming Michail Antonio calls for VAR to be ‘binned’ following West Ham’s controversial disallowed goal vs Chelsea

    MICHAIL ANTONIO insists that VAR should be “binned” following the latest controversial weekend in the Premier League.The West Ham forward believed his side had scored a late equaliser at Chelsea on Saturday.
    Michail Antonio has called for West Ham to be binnedCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun
    It comes after West Ham’s ‘equaliser’ at Chelsea was controversially ruled outCredit: pixel8000
    However, it was ruled out after Jarrod Bowen was ruled to have fouled Blues keeper Edouard Mendy after a video check
    That was not the only incident to make the headlines regarding VAR.
    Newcastle were denied a victory over Crystal Palace when Tyrick Mitchell’s own goal was chalked off for a foul on Vicente Guaita.
    The PGMOL then admitted on Sunday that both decisions were incorrect.
    That has led to huge debate about the application of VAR in the Premier League.
    But Hammers star Antonio, 32, has left no doubts about what his feelings are about the technology.
    He told the BBC’s Footballer’s Football Podcast: “It was a madness, that’s what I am going to call it. An actual madness.
    “I have said this many times. It needs to be binned.
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    “As a player we all knew it [the incident] was nothing.
    It is all about opinions – about the referee’s opinion, about the fourth official’s opinion and about the opinion of whoever is watching.
    “If the referee makes a decision, then there is another person who goes ‘that might not be the right decision’.
    “He goes to the referee ‘you might have to have another look at that.’” More

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    Football fans left stunned after non-league Chippenham awarded ‘shocking’ penalty against Oxford City

    FANS of Oxford City FC have been left stunned after rivals Chippenham Town were awarded a controversial late penalty. And The Hoops shared a clip of the penalty on their social media to highlight the refereeing call.

    An Oxford City defender gets back to clear the ball off the lineCredit: Twitter
    The Chippenham Town attacker who was pressing the ball follows through and gets tripped up by the defender after the ball has already been clearedCredit: Twitter
    The referee awarded a penalty to the dismay of OxfordCredit: Twitter
    A poor header back towards goal was latched onto by a Chippenham attacker, who then proceeded to lob the ball over the goalkeeper.
    But a defender managed to make a heroic sliding clearance off the line to prevent a goal, taking the onrushing attacker out with it.
    However, City were left perplexed when a penalty was awarded against them for a seemingly clean tackle.
    Jordan Young subsequently converted the 98th-minute penalty to hand Oxford their second defeat on the spin in the National League South.
    Oxford manager Ross Jenkins was also critical of the decision on Oxford City’s YouTube channel.
    He said: “Yeah it wasn’t just out angle, it was the whole stadium’s angle. It was all sides of the stadium that saw it wasn’t a penalty.
    “It was an error from us to head it backwards, we accept that, but then we’ve done so well to recover and clear it off the line.
    “You can clearly see our player has nicked the ball first and their players followed through and gone over the top of him.
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    “I’m not quite sure what the referee saw, but it’s not good enough because it’s cost us points tonight… it’s really disappointing and a big error on the ref’s part.”
    Fans on social media echoed this sentiment.
    One user said: “No pen, great defending,” while a second described it as: “shocking.”
    Another added: “If that is a penalty I’m a polar bear.”
    Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey even weighed in on the debate.
    He said: “Imo (in my opinion) no one would have complained if the referee had just played on.”
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    It comes amid a weekend of controversial decisions in the Premier League despite the assistance of VAR.
    Referee governing body PGMOL even admitted decisions which went against West Ham and Newcastle in their respective games against Chelsea and Crystal Palace would be reviewed after heavy criticism. More

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    Fans all say the same thing about NEW-LOOK VAR graphics as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is denied Chelsea debut goal

    FOOTBALL fans were left thoroughly impressed by the Champions League’s new-look VAR graphics after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was denied a goal on his Chelsea debut.Thomas Tuchel’s men were left stunned as Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb beat them 1-0 on Tuesday evening.
    Aubameyang thought he had given Chelsea the leadCredit: AP
    But the goal was ruled out by VAR as Aubameyang was offsideCredit: AP
    This is the new technology Champions League are using
    Fans were loving the new-look video assistant referee
    Aubameyang, who was wearing a face mask to protect the broken jaw he sustained in a robbery at his home, thought he had netted in his first goal for the Blues four minutes after half-time.
    The strike would have drawn Chelsea level after Mislav Orsic’s early opener, but it was promptly ruled out for offside.
    And the new-look VAR confirmed it – but it did not look like the technology used in the Premier League.
    Instead of normal pictures of the game, the VAR displayed a computerised graphic which showed Aubameyang to be offside.
    One astonished fan said: “Omg is this semi automated VAR in this Chelsea game?? That was amazing.”
    Another added: “Wow that offside graphic shown from the VAR review is really cool.”
    A third said: “The VAR graphics in this Chelsea game are next level & its 100 times better 👍🏻👍🏻.”
    While a fellow football supporter referred to Chelsea’s fortunate VAR decision against West Ham and added: “The English VAR can save Chelsea in the Premier League but not in the Champions League!”
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    Tuchel’s men should have drawn 2-2 with West Ham on Sunday, but for a lucky VAR call.
    Edouard Mendy was adjudged to have been fouled by Jarrod Bowen in the lead-up to Maxwel Cornet’s late equaliser – which led to the goal eventually being ruled out.
    But Chelsea were not on the end of any good fortune in the Champions League as they succumbed to a defeat against Dinamo Zagreb.
    Tuchel now faces the tough task of picking his players back up for the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday when they travel to Fulham. More

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    Watch moment frustrated Gabriel Jesus appears to kick out at Lisandro Martinez in Arsenal loss but missed by ref and VAR

    AFTER VAR had a weekend to forget, new footage has emerged that shows Gabriel Jesus was lucky to escape punishment during Arsenal’s trip to Manchester United.A frustrated Jesus appeared to kick out at United defender Lisandro Martinez five minutes before half-time.
    Look what Gabriel Jesus did to Lisandro Martinez for pocketing him, but Arsenal fans won’t see it because they’re busy crying that Man Utd thrashed— UtdFaithfuls (@UtdFaithfuls) September 5, 2022

    Gabriel Jesus appeared to kick out at Lisandro MartinezCredit: Premier League / beinsports
    Jesus and Martinez were involved in a physical battle throughout the gameCredit: Getty
    Martinez poked fun at Jesus on Instagram after the gameCredit:
    The pair were involved in a physical battle throughout United’s 3-1 win at home to the Gunners.
    Martinez himself uploaded a picture to Instagram of himself and Tyrell Malacia caught up in a tangle with Jesus, poking fun at the Arsenal man by writing: “My bro @tyrellmalacia.”
    Meanwhile new footage shows Martinez appearing to put his arm across Jesus’ face.
    The Arsenal striker reacted angrily, and seemingly kicked out in Martinez’s direction.
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    Unfortunately for Jesus, he lost his balance in the process, and was sent tumbling to the ground.
    But the £45million summer signing can consider himself lucky that Martinez did not react to the incident.
    The United defender stayed on his feet after appearing to take a whack in the leg from Jesus.
    Referee Paul Tierney and VAR Lee Mason seemingly failed to spot the incident.
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    It’s currently unclear whether Jesus could be handed retrospective punishment.
    A ban can be handed out if the incident wasn’t seen by the on-pitch officials or VAR, but it’s yet to be confirmed if the incident was seen.
    Fans though reckon Jesus could have been in trouble if Martinez had gone to ground.
    One wrote on social media: “If Jesus did that to an experienced player he’s getting a red card for it.”
    Another said: “How is that not a retrospective 3 game ban for violent conduct?”
    And a third wrote: “Funny how Arsenal fans are so quiet on this one!”
    Martinez has made quite the impression since his £55m arrival from Ajax this summer.
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    The Argentine defender was recently named club Player of the Month for August.
    Meanwhile United legend Paul Scholes singled Martinez out for praise and said it would be a “worry” if the 24-year-old got injured. More

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    Blunder VAR referee Lee Mason AXED from Prem games this weekend after his shocker cost Newcastle ‘winner’ vs Palace

    BLUNDER video ref Lee Mason has been axed from the Prem match list this weekend after his VAR cock-up at Newcastle.And Toon have lodged a complaint to the Prem and refs’ body PGMOL, claiming dodgy decisions against them are a “consistent theme”.
    Newcastle were denied a winner by VAR against Crystal PalaceCredit: Getty
    Lee Mason will not officiate a Premier League game this weekendCredit: Rex
    Mason has been dropped after his role in disallowing Toon’s “winner” against Crystal Palace.
    He ruled Joe Willock had fouled keeper Vicente Guiata, though replays clearly showed he had been pushed into him by Eagles star Tyrick Mitchell. 
    Toon’s co-owner Amanda Staveley said: “We should have won, I hated the VAR decision.
    “That’s something we’re dealing with — it seems to be a consistent theme of the last few games.”
    The PGMOL Board, headed by ex-ref Mike Riley, admitted Toon’s goal — and a KO’d West Ham leveller against Chelsea — should have stood after Prem chiefs launched an emergency review.
    But Newcastle are demanding answers from the Prem chiefs and the PGMOL on how blundering VAR calls can be improved.
    Staveley added: “We are dealing with that, talking to officials and trying to get something that will work going forward.”
    Ref Michael Salisbury overturned his original decision to allow the goal after being recommended by Mason to consult his pitchside monitor.
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    Fuming Toon boss Eddie Howe insisted it  was a “perfectly good” goal.
    It is the second time Newcastle have moaned about the standard of refereeing in just nine months.
    Newcastle believe they should also have been given penalties against Manchester City and Wolves in recent weeks, while they were also  raging when Liverpool scored a 98th-minute winner when just five  minutes of injury time had been awarded.
    Howe received some answers following the club’s original complaint in December, but sarcastically described the letter as an “interesting read”.
    Mason also came under fire for advising ref Paul Tierney to rule out Gabriel Martinelli’s strike for Arsenal at Manchester United on Sunday for a Martin Odegaard foul.
    However, Jarred Gillett WILL take control of Leicester’s game with Aston Villa on Saturday despite his Hammers clanger on Saturday.
    Raging West Ham boss David Moyes branded the Aussie VAR unfit for duty, calling the decision to rule out Maxwel Cornet’s late equaliser against the Blues as “scandalous”.
    Following the weekend clangers, all top-flight refs are expected to be reminded the FINAL word on any “subjective” VAR overturn must lie with them, even if they are urged to go to the screen.
    Michael Oliver became the first Prem ref in 18 months to stick with his original decision, despite a recommendation from Stockley Park when he confirmed a Nottingham Forest penalty in their 3-2 defeat to Bournemouth.
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    Oliver and Anthony Taylor will work with foreign VAR officials when the group phase of Uefa’s club competitions kick-off.
    Taylor will be in contact with Germany’s Marco Fritz when he refs PSG vs Juventus on Tuesday night, with Pole Tomasz Kwiatkowski in Oliver’s ear on Thursday. More

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    We’re in the fourth season of VAR and it’s getting even WORSE… let’s just scrap it altogether

    APPARENTLY, Premier League chiefs launched an “emergency review” of the two VAR howlers which robbed West Ham and Newcastle of points this weekend.How thrilling and fast-moving of them. Let’s regard them as the fourth emergency service and give them a little clap on our doorsteps every Thursday night, eh?
    West Ham were controversially denied an equaliser against Chelsea at the weekendCredit: Getty
    If they want a meaningful review, then here’s an effective conclusion — scrap VAR altogether. Abolish the whole rotten shooting match.
    This is the one solution everyone in football seems too terrified of suggesting.
    While this week’s victims — Newcastle boss Eddie Howe, along with Hammers manager David Moyes and skipper Declan Rice —  complained long and hard about the embarrassing shambles of it all, they stopped short of calling for VAR to be binned off.
    Everybody keeps parroting the lie that “VAR is not the problem, it’s the individuals operating it”.
    Because it’s easier to trot out lines like that than to actually think about things.
    As we enter the fourth season of VAR in the English top flight, with decision-making in Stockley Park getting even worse, that mantra is patently nonsense.
    The majority of decisions on fouls are subjective, so there can never be anything remotely like absolute justice.
    Slow-motion replays often make incidents look more incriminating, meaning VAR often makes things worse.
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    And don’t even get started on the definition of “clear and obvious error”.
    There is a conspiracy of silence on the idea of revoking VAR.
     TV companies love it because it makes football all about their product, rather than the live spectacle for match-going fans.
    Most football writers never pay to watch matches and don’t understand the widespread loathing of VAR among fans who do.
    Referees will never call for abolition because VAR means jobs for the old boys. Those who retire from on-field reffing, such as Mike Dean and Lee Mason, can carry on earning in Stockley Park.
     It was the experienced Mason who told rookie top-flight ref Michael Salisbury to overrule his correct decision to award an own goal against Tyrick Mitchell at St James’ Park, even though the Crystal Palace defender committed a foul himself.
    The decision by VAR Jarred Gillett to advise Andy Madley to disallow Maxwel Cornet’s West Ham “equaliser” at Chelsea was even worse.
    We were assured VAR would significantly reduce cheating. Yet Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy got away with feigning injury because of VAR, when Cornet “scored”.
    Madley had got it right the old way. So had Salisbury.
    It’s not about the personnel, it’s about VAR itself.
    Our refs are good, bad and indifferent and they have good, bad and indifferent days. But we’re not going to dig up a couple of dozen better officials to make VAR tickety-boo.
    And it’s not just in England where VAR is denounced as a shambles — Lazio’s former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was raging about it after Saturday’s defeat by Napoli.
    The West Ham and Newcastle flashpoints weren’t the Premier League’s only weekend VAR controversies either.
    For sheer joylessness, the denial of Alexis Mac Allister’s wonder strike for Brighton against Leicester, because of a toenail offside in the build-up, took some beating.
    But apparently, footballers scoring long-range screamers is a menace which needs stamping out.
    Funnily enough, I thought Mason — on a double shift this weekend — was right to rule out Gabriel Martinelli’s “opener” for Arsenal at Manchester United because Martin Odegaard won possession by barging over Christian Eriksen.
    But that’s not the point. I could have accepted that goal standing for or against my own team.
    There always were incorrect decisions but we’d yell about them briefly, then get on with watching a fast-moving, spontaneous game.
    Now we can’t even celebrate goals properly, knowing Mason and friends will be forensically searching for a reason to rule it out. 
    Odegaard’s “foul” on Eriksen lead to an Arsenal goal being ruled out against Man UtdCredit: Rex
    Nobody suggests scrapping VAR, because being labelled a technophobic philistine is apparently some great stigma, as if you can’t have progressive views on life while hating what VAR has done.
    This country is going to the dogs. There’s an energy crisis, inflation is rampant, and a woman whose head appears to be stuffed with polystyrene will enter 10 Downing Street today.
    Football is supposed to be an escape from all this.
    Most people who pay to watch it just want to enjoy themselves. When they’ve calmed down, a quiet majority don’t even believe it’s all that serious.
    But instead, technology in decision-making is becoming even more extensive.
    So-called “robot linesmen” are arriving in the Champions League and the World Cup to make toenail offsides even more commonplace.
    When their wiring malfunctions, presumably Fifa and Uefa can also stage some emergency reviews.
    Because that’s what they reckon football is all about — middle-aged men in blazers taking themselves too seriously.

    ON the subject of VAR, Richarlison was booked for taking his shirt off after scoring for Spurs against Fulham — only for it to be ruled out for offside.
    Yet if you’re rewriting history and the goal didn’t count, surely the semi-nakedness didn’t count either and his yellow should be rescinded?

    I AM loving the return to fashion of authentic centre-forwards in the Premier League — see Erling Haaland, Darwin Nunez and especially Wolves’ bid to sign free-agent Diego Costa.
    Two of the best in breed are Brentford’s Ivan Toney and Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic, who were both on Newcastle’s books, a club that worships its No 9s.
    Toon have just shelled out £60million on Alexander Isak, who also looks very promising — but they could have saved that Saudi cash by keeping either Toney or Mitrovic.
    It would, though, be sacrilegious to point out the manager who let both strikers go — and presumably didn’t rate either of them.
    The infallible Rafa Benitez.

    ARSENAL fans love an online conspiracy theory — and before Sunday’s trip to Manchester United they were ranting and raving about referee Paul Tierney and VAR Lee Mason both hailing from Greater Manchester.
    When VAR disallowed Gabriel Martinelli’s early ‘goal’, the protests became even more shrill.
    Supporters of southern clubs taunt United fans that they all come from Surrey. But when refs are from Manchester, they’re assumed to be boyhood Stretford Enders.
    Many of our referees are incompetent — but they are not corrupt.

    AFTER two seasons away, Spurs fans are salivating for tomorrow night’s Champions League opener against Marseille.
    And not least because the visitors include former Arsenal players Alexis Sanchez, Matteo Guendouzi and Sead Kolasinac as well as Nuno Tavares, on loan from the Gunners.
    It is not far short of the first North London derby in Champions League history.
    So even Gooners can enjoy some Wednesday night European football for the first time in five years.

    WHEN managers start talking with jarring honesty about their own clubs, it’s usually a sign that the end is nigh.
    It just happened with Bournemouth’s promotion-winning manager Scott Parker and, sadly, it’s now happening with FA Cup-winning Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers too.
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    ON Saturday at Lord’s, something called Trent Rockets defeated something else called Manchester Originals in the final of a short game of cricket called The Hundred.
    And nobody really cared as the teams are completely made up and neither the players nor fans had any true allegiance to either. More