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Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring for West Ham United against Newcastle on September 14, 2015
Dimitri Payet 'has car vandalised'
West Ham United's wantaway winger Dimitri Payet reportedly has his car vandalised by unhappy Hammers fans.
Manchester United's English midfielder Ashley Young celebrates scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match against Newcsastle on March 4, 2015
Ashley Young: 'I must eat chips in pairs'
Manchester United winger Ashley Young reveals that he is compelled to eat chips in pairs of equal lengths.
Dimitri Payet of West Ham United celebrates scoring his second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Newcastle United at the Boleyn Ground on September 14, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
Dimitri Payet 'axed from West Ham United WhatsApp group'
Wantaway West Ham United winger Dimitri Payet is reportedly booted out of the players' WhatsApp group.
A general view of Old Trafford is seen prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 4, 2015
Manchester United top rich list, ending Real Madrid's 11-year dominance
Manchester United dislodge Real Madrid from the top of Deloitte's rich list following last season's record revenue.
Jan 19, 10:20
James Ellington of England looks on after he competes in the Men's 200 metres heats at Hampden Park during day seven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 30, 2014
Olympic sprinter James Ellington 'truly blessed to be alive'
James Ellington vows to bounce back from his "horrific accident", which left him with a suspected broken leg in two places and teammate Nigel Levine with a broken pelvis.
Jan 18, 21:04
A general of view of Molineux during the Sky Bet League One match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Carlisle United at Molineux on May 3, 2014
Wolves vice president and cricket legend Rachael Heyhoe Flint dies, aged 77
Wolverhampton Wanderers confirm that club vice president and women's cricket legend Rachael Heyhoe Flint has died at the age of 77.
Jan 18, 17:11
Harry Arter of AFC Bournemouth in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between AFC Bournemouth and Birmingham City at Goldsands Stadium on April 6, 2015 in Bournemouth, England.
Alfie Barker charged with misconduct by FA following Harry Arter tweets
Ex-Hitchin Town player Alfie Barker is charged by the FA in relation to tweets sent to Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter about the death of his baby daughter.
Jan 18, 16:14
James Ellington of England looks on after he competes in the Men's 200 metres heats at Hampden Park during day seven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 30, 2014
Olympic sprinters James Ellington, Nigel Levine injured in motorcycle accident
British sprinters James Ellington and Nigel Levine are seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in Tenerife.
Jan 18, 12:48
A general view of Old Trafford is seen prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 4, 2015
Manchester United appoint counter-terrorism manager
Manchester United reportedly become the first football club in England to hire a full-time counter-terrorism manager.
Jan 18, 12:03
David Goodwillie of Dundee during the Scottish Premiership League match between Partick Thistle and Dundee United at Firhill Stadium on August 02, 2013
David Goodwillie, David Robertson ruled as rapists
David Goodwillie and David Robertson are ordered to pay £100,000 in damages after a judge finds that they jointly raped a woman in 2011.
Jan 17, 12:37
Alexis Sanchez in action during the Premier League game between Everton and Arsenal on December 13, 2016
Alexis Sanchez admits two counts of fraud from time at Barcelona
Alexis Sanchez admits to defrauding the Spanish tax authorities of around £1m but he is unlikely to face a trial after paying back the sum in full.
Jan 16, 17:32
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Ex-football coach Barry Bennell denies sex assault charges
Barry Bennell pleads not guilty to eight charges of sexual assault and is remanded into custody until March 20.
Jan 16, 11:08
This picture shows a general view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Scottish League Cup match between Rangers and Inverness in Glasgow on September 16, 2014
Rangers fan 'falls 20ft from stands' during friendly match
A Rangers fan who fell around 20ft from the stands prior to his side's 4-0 friendly defeat to RB Leipzig suffered 'only minor injuries', the German club reveal.
Jan 15, 21:51
A general view of Wembley Stadium on May 3, 2012
FA reveals televised FA Cup fourth-round fixtures
The Football Association reveals that six games will be televised during the FA Cup fourth round on the final weekend in January.
Jan 13, 17:04
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Martin Brundle had heart attack at Monaco Grand Prix
Former F1 driver Martin Brundle reveals that he suffered a heart attack in the moments after the chequered flag in Monaco this year.
Jan 13, 08:24
Steven Gerrard in action for Liverpool Legends against Aussie Legends on January 7, 2016
Steven Gerrard to receive Freedom of the City of Liverpool
Former England captain Steven Gerrard is to receive the Freedom of the City of Liverpool.
Jan 12, 19:09
Thomas Muller celebrates scoring during the Bundesliga game between Bayern Munich and Darmstadt on February 20, 2016
Video: Thomas Muller pretends passport is phone
Bayern Munich frontman Thomas Muller avoids questions from journalists by pretending that his passport is a phone.
Jan 12, 12:42
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring his second goal against Borussia Monchengladbach during the Champions League Group C match between Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach at the Etihad Stadium on September 14, 2016
Sergio Aguero's girlfriend unapologetic over spat
The girlfriend of Sergio Aguero insists that she has "no regrets" over getting involved in a Twitter spat with his ex-wife.
Jan 12, 10:54
Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring during the League Cup final between Liverpool and Manchester City on February 28, 2016
Sky Sports to debut 'SpiderCam' this weekend
Sky Sports will debut a new 'SpiderCam' feature during this weekend's game between Manchester United and Liverpool.
Jan 12, 09:44
General view of a Chelsea Football Club sign during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge on November 1, 2014
Chelsea granted £500m Stamford Bridge redevelopment approval
Stamford Bridge is to undergo a £500m redevelopment after Hammersmith and Fulham council approved Chelsea's plans.
Jan 11, 22:28
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Japanese striker signs new contract to play into his 50s
Kazuyoshi Miura signs a new one-year deal with Japanese second-tier outfit Yokohama FC, ensuring that he will still be playing professionally beyond his 50th birthday.
Jan 11, 20:33
Real Madrid's Ronaldo celebrates after scoring against Manchester United during their UEFA Champions League quarter final 2nd leg at Old Trafford in Manchester 23 April 2003
Ronaldo "shocked" by Michael Owen's weight jibe
Former Brazil forward Ronaldo says that he was "shocked" by Michael Owen's recent jibe about his weight.
Jan 11, 18:40
UEFA logo photographed on May 24, 2013
Partizan Belgrade banned from Europe for next three seasons
Former European Cup finalists Partizan are given a three-year ban from the Champions League and Europa League due to unpaid debts to social and tax authorities in Serbia.
Jan 11, 15:45
Nick Kyrgios in action at the French Open on May 27, 2016
Nick Kyrgios wears 'f**k Trump' T-shirt
Nick Kyrgios arrives at a press conference wearing a T-shirt with the slogan "f**k Donald Trump".
Jan 10, 18:01
Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during the Group F football match between Argentina and Iran at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on June 21, 2014
Lionel Messi statue decapitated in Argentina
A statue of Lionel Messi is discovered severed in half in his homeland of Argentina.
Jan 10, 17:54
Sam Allardyce pouts his lips on September 10, 2016
Sam Allardyce given 'bag of pasties'
Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce is presented with a bag of pasties upon his return to Bolton Wanderers.
Jan 10, 17:31
A general view of the stadium prior to kickoff during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester City at The Stadium of Light on December 3, 2014
Premier League games to be postponed?
A number of Premier League games could be called off this weekend as the UK prepares to be hit by an Arctic storm.
Jan 10, 16:51
Roberto Firmino in action during the Premier League game between Everton and Liverpool on December 19, 2016
Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino's home hit by burglars
Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino's home is reportedly burgled, with thieves making off with £70,00 worth of jewellery, watches and clothes.
Jan 10, 13:51
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FA chairman Greg Clarke wants gay footballers to come out in a group
FA chairman Greg Clarke believes that it would be less daunting for gay footballers if they came out in a group at the start of the season.
Jan 9, 12:30
Harry Kane celebrates scoring during the Premier League game between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur on December 28, 2016
Harry Kane celebrates birth of first child
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane becomes a father for the first time to a baby daughter named Ivy Jane Kane.
Jan 8, 22:01
Rob Page manager of Port Vale during the Capital One Cup Second Round match between West Bromwich Albion and Port Vale at The Hawthorns on August 25, 2015
Northampton Town manager apologises for "men against girls" remark
Rob Page 'apologises wholeheartedly' for a comment he made in the aftermath of Northampton Town's 5-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers on Saturday afternoon.
Jan 7, 21:11
The logo of Brazilian Serie A side Chapecoense
Chapecoense hold first training session since plane crash
Brazilian club Chapecoense hold their first training session since most of their squad were tragically killed in a plane crash in November.
Jan 7, 11:58
A general view of Goodison Park at night
Everton training ground naming rights sold to firm founded by Arsenal shareholder
Everton's training ground is to be renamed after the club signed a five-year partnership with a company founded and part-owned by Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov.
Jan 6, 13:37
Arsenal's US majority shareholder Stan Kroenke takes his seat before the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 23, 2013
Arsenal owner 'invests £85m in vineyard'
Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke invests a reported £85m in a French vineyard.
Jan 6, 12:14
Former Spurs and England player Paul Gascoigne looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at White Hart Lane on April 7,
Paul Gascoigne back in rehab to tackle long-running struggle with alcoholism
Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne enters rehab to "get free of his demons" following a long-running battle with alcoholism.
Jan 6, 12:02
Bournemouth's Harry Arter in action during the game with Crystal Palace on December 26, 2015
Footballer axed for posting vile tweets about Harry Arter's personal tragedy
Hitchin Town footballer Alfie Barker is sacked by the club after sending Twitter abuse to Harry Arter, referring to the death of the Bournemouth midfielder's daughter.
Jan 4, 12:43
General view of a Chelsea Football Club sign during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge on November 1, 2014
Chelsea fans convicted of racist violence in Paris ahead of European match
Four Chelsea fans are handed one-year sentences by a French court and ordered to pay €10,000 each to Souleymane Sylla, who was racially abused on the Paris Metro in 2015.
Jan 3, 18:36
Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins celebrates after breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome on June 7, 2015 in London, England.
Bradley Wiggins signs up for TV sports show 'The Jump'
Sir Bradley Wiggins becomes the latest Olympian to join the 2017 edition of TV sports show 'The Jump', less than a week after announcing his retirement from cycling.
Jan 3, 12:30
Sergio Aguero in action during the Premier League game between Liverpool and Manchester City on December 31, 2016
Sergio Aguero's girlfriend, ex-wife in Twitter spat
Sergio Aguero's current girlfriend becomes involved in a Twitter row with his ex-wife.
Jan 2, 13:22
Usain Bolt celebrates winning the men's 100m on August 14, 2016
Usain Bolt calls MUTV to share views on Manchester United win over Middlesbrough
Presenters on Manchester United's in-house television channel were left surprised when Usain Bolt called up to discuss the club's 2-1 win over Middlesbrough.
Jan 1, 14:09