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Ex-footballer Dean Saunders jailed for failing to provide breath sample

Former Liverpool forward sentenced to 10 weeks after pleading guilty to two chargesThe former Liverpool striker Dean Saunders has been jailed for 10 weeks after pleading guilty to failing to comply with a roadside breath test and failing to provide a b…

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Footballer carjacking attempt reveals threat to London’s super-rich

Ultra-wealthy hiring military drivers and bringing in more guard dogs to counter armed thieves The criminal threat to London’s wealthiest footballers is now so serious that they are hiring military drivers, bringing in more guard dogs, and could face n…

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Coach jailed for ‘regime of sexual abuse’ against teenage girls

Philip Banning pleaded guilty to 18 indecent assault charges dating back to 1970s A former British athletics coach has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for a “regime of sexual abuse” against teenage girls at the club where he worked.Philip Bannin…

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Coach jailed for ‘regime of sexual abuse’ against teenage girls

Philip Banning pleaded guilty to 18 indecent assault charges dating back to 1970s A former British athletics coach has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for a “regime of sexual abuse” against teenage girls at the club where he worked.Philip Bannin…

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Mark Prince: ‘Kiyan represents all those kids who are buried too early’

QPR’s ground is to be named the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium after the charity set up by his father in memory of his murdered 15-year-old son, a former QPR youth player“I’ll feel the whole spectrum of emotions,” admits Dr Mark Prince. “But more than…

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Bob Higgins jailed for 24 years for abusing young footballers

Ex-Southampton FC junior football coach sexually abused 24 players over 25 yearsThe former Southampton FC junior football coach Bob Higgins has been jailed after being convicted of sexually abusing 24 schoolboy players over a 25-year period. Related: B…

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Bob Higgins jailed for 24 years for abusing young footballers

Ex-Southampton FC junior football coach sexually abused 24 players over 25 yearsThe former Southampton FC junior football coach Bob Higgins has been jailed after being convicted of sexually abusing 24 schoolboy players over a 25-year period. Related: B…

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Olympian Eilish McColgan’s medals stolen from Manchester home

Runner says she is ‘upset and angry’ about break-in and has urged public to be on lookout for itemsBurglars have stolen medals and commemorative jewellery from the London 2012 Games belonging to the British Olympian Eilish McColgan, she has said.The ru…

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Bob Higgins victim: ‘I looked him in the eyes and took back the power’

Former footballer believes the convicted abuser colluded with Kit Carson at PeterboroughA former youth footballer who says he was abused by two football coaches in the 1990s has spoken of his struggle with anxiety and depression, and strongly criticise…

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‘The FA didn’t stop him’: The long road to justice for Bob Higgins’ abuse victims

Cultivation of father-figure role allowed coach to get away with sexual abuse of boys for decadesHiggins guilty of 45 counts of indecent assaultBob Higgins was the star-maker, the super-coach. He worked with the likes of the former England great Alan S…

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Chelsea footballer Danny Drinkwater admits drink-driving

Midfielder banned from driving for 20 months and given 70 hours’ community serviceThe Chelsea footballer Danny Drinkwater has been banned from driving for 20 months and ordered to do 70 hours’ community service after admitting to drink-driving.Drinkwat…

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Joey Barton denies allegations over Barnsley tunnel incident

Fleetwood’s Barton said to have confronted Daniel StendelPolice on Wednesday made an arrest over incident at OakwellThe Fleetwood manager, Joey Barton, says he “emphatically denies all the allegations” made following an incident in the tunnel after his…

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Barnsley v Fleetwood: man arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated offences

• Arrest follows investigation of incident at League One match• Suspect remains in custody, South Yorkshire police confirmPolice have made an arrest over the incident in the Oakwell tunnel on Saturday that is said to have left the Barnsley manager, Dan…

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Nicky Butt bailed after being arrested on suspicion of assaulting a woman

• Manchester United’s academy head held by police on Tuesday• Woman in question received small cut to her handManchester United’s head of academy Nicky Butt has been bailed after being arrested on suspicion of assaulting a woman.The 44-year-old was hel…

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Cricketer guilty of raping sleeping woman

Judge tells Alex Hepburn, ex-Worcestershire all-rounder, jail sentence is inevitableA cricketer has been found guilty of raping a sleeping woman as part of a “sexual conquest competition” he helped set up on a WhatsApp group.Alex Hepburn, 23, was found…

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Adam Johnson says he ‘deeply regrets’ actions that led to imprisonment

• Former Sunderland and City midfielder released last month• ‘It should never have happened and I deeply regret what I did’The former Sunderland and Manchester City midfielder Adam Johnson has said he “deeply regrets” his actions after he was freed fro…

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Former Sunderland player Adam Johnson released from prison

Former England international had served half of sentenceJohnson was released from HMP Moorland on FridayThe disgraced former England international Adam Johnson has been released from prison after serving three years for child sex offences.The former Su…

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Italian Roma fan pleads guilty to attack on Liverpool supporter

Sean Cox suffered severe head injuries in assault outside Anfield in 2018An Italian national has pleaded guilty to assaulting a Liverpool FC supporter, Sean Cox, outside Anfield stadium.Cox, 53, a father of three from Dunboyne in Co Meath, Ireland, suf…

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Roma fan cleared of inflicting GBH on Liverpool supporter

Filippo Lombardi jailed for three years for violent disorder before Champions League tieA Roma fan has been cleared of inflicting grievous bodily harm on a Liverpool supporter but has been jailed for three years for violent disorder.Filippo Lombardi, 2…

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Ben Stokes should have faced assault charge, says man he felled

Ryan Hale was punched in the face by the cricketer, who was acquitted of affrayA former soldier knocked unconscious by England cricketer Ben Stokes during a street brawl in Bristol has said he cannot understand why the sportsman was not charged with as…