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Palace beaten by Liverpool in stoppage time

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Crystal Palace lost 1-2 to Liverpool at Selhurst Park. The Defeat meant the 12th consecutive league game without a win for The Eagles. Crystal Palace was hopeful of breaking a winless sequence against a team of who they had beaten on their three previous meetings. Two of those wins came at Anfield last year, and those results could have given Palace some confidence. They needed that as they hadn't won in the league since 19 December 2015. After a goalless first half things started to look bright for Palace in their game against Liverpool today, as Jo Ledley put the hosts in front with a shot on the edge of the penalty box. But they couldn't maintain the lead, as Roberto Firmino levelled after 72 minutes. Both teams then seem to settle for a draw, only for Palace to concede a last

Van Gaal’s ‘dive’ causes Twitter uproar

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Luis van Gaal fuelled the internet fire on Sunday after falling to the ground in apparent protest of perceived play-acting on the part of Arsenal players. Though the Dutchman has been on the receiving end of the fans' anger following a run of disappointing results, Manchester United's manager displayed the lighter to side to his character during his team's win over rivals Arsenal. Late into the second half at Old Trafford, Van Gaal began berating the fourth official, as Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger stood nearby. As if to display his displeasure at the proceedings on the pitch, Van Gaal threw himself to the ground, stretching out his arms as if asking a question of the officials. The response on social media was as immediate as the roar of laughter from the crowd. Gary Lineker tweeted...

Five London clubs involved in quarter final FA Cup draw

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No less than five London clubs were involved in the FA Cup quarter final draw which was made this evening. Although Arsenal still have to play a fifth round replay, the influence of the capital clubs in the cup is significant. After Chelsea beat Manchester City 5-1 and Crystal Palace defeated Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 earlier today, the draw was made for the quarter final in the FA Cup. Former West Ham United player Trevor Sinclair and Graeme Le Saux (ex-Chelsea) made the draw, which was very London-orientated. First of all, there is the game between Reading (which is really close to London) and Crystal Palace. That match means Palace manager Alan Pardew goes back to his former club. On the website of the FA the manager commented on his sides success and the romance of the competition: "I

Premier League tickets: too expensive or fair reflection of market value?

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With the new TV-deal estimated to be worth around £8billion, Premier League clubs are set for another significant rise in revenue for the next three seasons. The question is whether that should lead to a reduction in ticket prices for fans. Two weeks ago Liverpool fans walked out of the stadium during a match to protest against the planned ticket price increases. Their action had great effect, as the Liverpool owners withdrew their proposed plans just a few days later. The debate about ticket prices in the Premier League has been around for considerable time, and is also heard at the London clubs. The cost of watching football in the capital is eminent, with Arsenal asking £97 for their most expansive seat, while you can pay up to £87 to see a match at Chelsea. Fans would be clearly h

Football’s journeymen: Could the Brexit represent an answer?

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As the team line-ups for the FA Cup match flashed up on the pub's screen, the group of friends hollered. The benches were primarily made up of young players they'd never heard of: Macey, Robertson, Aluko? There was no point in even remembering their names, as they would surely be discarded for flashier foreign talent in the months and years to come. This is English football after all, right? This coming June, however, may well change football in the UK in a big way. As Cameron hurriedly sealed his deal in Brussels, ensuring in the process that "references to ever-closer union do not apply to the United Kingdom", the European Union referendum date has been set and the battle for votes has already long started. With campaigns on both sides vying desperately to convince the public, it is

Nestle ends sponsorship of athletics body IAAF

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Confectionery giant Nestle has withdrawn its sponsorship of the IAAF, the international athletics body, following the doping scandal which came to light last November. Media reports on Wednesday said that Nestle was concerned about damage to its reputation after the IAAF was accused of widespread corruption and bribery. The Swiss company said it had terminated its partnership with the IAAF Kids Athletics programme “with immediate effect” but it is understood the contract still had a year left to run. “This decision was taken in light of negative publicity associated with allegations of corruption and doping in sport made against the IAAF,” Nestle told the BBC. “We believe this could negatively impact our reputation and image and will therefore terminate our existing agreement

Diego Costa rescues point for Chelsea against Manchester United

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Guus Hiddink remains undefeated as Chelsea manager after Diego Costa scored a late equalizer against Manchester United. The draw means Chelsea remain in the bottom-half of the league, with United still in fifth six points behind the Champions League places. The match at Stamford Bridge was also the first clash between Dutch managers Guus Hiddink and Louis van Gaal. Hiddink, who took over from Jose Mourinho in December, has yet to lose a game, though Sunday’s result means he has now drawn six games in the Premier League. Chelsea are slowly climbing up the table, but are still just seven points above the relegation zone. As in their previous home match, Chelsea had to battle until the end to earn a draw. United dominated the early stages of play, with Jesse Lingard putting the visito

Mourinho vows manage again in England

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Jose Mourinho has indicated he is ready to return to management in an interview with Sky Sports, following his sacking as Chelsea manager last December. He prefers to stay in England, due in part to his family enjoying London life. Mourinho may return to football management sooner than first thought, following his surprise departure from Chelsea earlier in the season. His aim is to remain in England, partly because of his family. "When my kids were young, we could move and experience different countries and in my case, different clubs and different football, but there is a moment when they need some stability." Indeed, his children play a big role in his thought process, "They are 19 years old and 16 years old, and with university and their football, they need some stability." "

Mesut Özil helps Arsenal climb to third before Leicester clash

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Mesut Özil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were on target as Arsenal's title challenge was reignited at Bournemouth on Sunday. Prior to Özil's 23rd minute goal, the Gunners had not scored a Premier League goal for five hours of playing time. Because of this, the North London team have fallen behind surprise rivals Leicester. Next weekend sees the two teams square up in a match that could go some way to deciding who lifts the trophy this coming May. Speaking after the game, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger highlighted the importance of the win against Bournemouth, "It was three difficult points but three very important points for us because we had not won for a while." He went on to explain that Leicester are the team to look out for in the coming weeks, "Leicester have made a big im
Matt LeBlanc to host BBC’s Top Gear

Matt LeBlanc to host BBC’s Top Gear

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Matt LeBlanc, the 48-year-old actor of Friends fame, will join Chris Evans to co-host Top Gear, BBC has announced. The American actor will be the first non-British presenter on the motoring programme, which is scheduled to broadcast on BBC Two this May. "As a car nut and a massive fan of Top Gear, I'm honoured and excited to be a part of this iconic show's new chapter," said LeBlanc to BBC. "What a thrill!" Hey everyone,I'm really honored and looking forward to working on Top Gear with @achrisevans , damn he's tall. pic.twitter.com/XGrcLP0NCl — Matt LeBlanc (@Matt_LeBlanc) February 4, 2016 LeBlanc has already made two previous appearances as a guest on the show. He even topped the popular “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car” segment in 2012, and he holds the record for the fa