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The Sunday Stroll: 6 November, 2011

November 6, 2011

Doncaster’s Billy Sharp played and scored (a belter!) midweek, just days after the death of his infant son over the weekend. He celebrated by raising his shirt to reveal a touching ‘that’s for you son’ message. Referee Darren Deadman deserves praise for applying common sense and not booking Sharp, unlike ref Mike Jones who applied the letter of the law and carded Tamir Cohen last season for lifting his shirt to show a tribute to his late father (although Jones did at least appear to apologise). Silly rule if you ask me…

Proof that the rule is stupid… just ask this chap. Farcical way to be sent off…

The big news story this week was of course the guilty verdict delivered against Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif for their part in a “spot-fixing” scam; Mohammad Amir had already admitted his guilt. Butt claimed in his defence that the no-balls were a ‘very freak occurence‘ – in much the same way that the serial numbers on the notes found in Amir’s room matching those recorded by the News of the World was a freak occurence, eh Salman?? Hmm. Anyways, (rare) kudos to the NotW for their part in revealing this scandal however, not least for the never-recovered £104,300 in cash that it paid to the agent in the middle of the allegations…

Proving that all things relating to Pakistani cricket are not bad is this stunning catch by Umar Akmal in the Super Sixes recently…

Got to love Graeme Swann’s press conferences though. Mobile phones and death threats from Jimmy Anderson’s family as standard…

Steve Kean: An Idiot Abroad. Hilarious…

Like impressive goals? You’ll love this. Christopher Drazan, take a bow…

And Fulham’s Andy Johnson, you can take a bow too for this effort against Wisła Kraków in the Europa League midweek…

You might well ask, ‘what did the Wisła fans get up to after the match?’ A perfectly logical question. Well, how about sneaking on to the Stamford Bridge pitch to see what goes on there at night time…

And whilst we’re on all things Polish, watch this. Bonkers fans, at a kids match!…

Deplorable scenes over in the Romanian football league last weekend when three vans invaded the pitch, one of whom, Stefan Dragos Enache, ‘evaded security, ran towards the defender George Galamaz and, from behind, punched him on the side of the head, breaking a zygomatic bone and leaving him deaf in his right ear.’ Following two red cards (for fighting the fans) and cooly-converted penalty, Steaua Bucureşti’s reserve goalkeeper Ciprian Tătărușanu ‘was struck by a flare thrown from the stand behind the goal, suffering burns to his back.’ It was at this point that the ref decided enough was enough and abandoned the fixture. And we thought Pizzagate was dramatic…

Headers from your own half seem to have a lot in common with London buses. None for ages then two in short succession. Jone Samuelsen’s record from last month proved short-lived, surpassed by Ryujiro Ueda’s 58-metre effort at the weekend…

Training, Manchester City style. Overhead kicks as standard for Micah Richards…

Robin van Persie has had to deny accusations that he celebrated Arsenal’s fourth goal against Chelsea with a ‘Roman/Fascist/Hitler greeting,’ something he has vehemently denied. Looks more like a case of brushing your shoulders off to me…

I like red wine, but I’m not so sure about this (although it’s certainly an improvement on the Blackburn/Venky’s advert!)…

Lionel Messi – 202 goals in twelve minutes. Aaand go…

As ever, thanks for reading folks…

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