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Arrest after Liverpool fan in critical condition from pre-match assault

Merseyside police responded to reports of violence before game against Roma at AnfieldTwo men from Rome have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after man was left in a critical condition when he was attacked before Liverpool’s Champions Lea…

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Barry Bennell appeals against 30-year prison sentence for sexual offences

• Former football coach seeks lighter punishment• 64-year-old faces complaints from around 90 former playersBarry Bennell, the former football coach who was branded “sheer evil” and the “devil incarnate” after subjecting junior footballers from Manches…

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England keep Ben Stokes in the ranks for Test series against New Zealand

• Jimmy Anderson to continue as England vice-captain • Anderson: ‘I’m delighted Joe Root has asked me to do it again’Ben Stokes will resume his Test career among the ranks after the England management opted to retain Jimmy Anderson as the vice-captain …

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Crewe reject calls for inquiry into Barry Bennell sexual abuse

Victims of football coach left ‘bitterly disappointed’ after club says it will not hold investigationVictims of Barry Bennell have said they are “bitterly disappointed” after Crewe Alexandra rejected calls for an independent inquiry into child sexual a…

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England’s Ben Stokes may not return as Test vice-captain, Joe Root admits

• ‘That’s a decision we’ve not agreed yet’ – Root before Bayliss talks• Mark Wood in contention for third ODI against New ZealandBen Stokes may have reassumed his mantle as match-winning all-rounder in his second game back but not all of the roles best…

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Emotional Ben Stokes says he is privileged to play for England again

Stokes named man of the match as England beat NZ in second ODI‘It was very satisfying, I was quite emotional walking off at the end’An emotional Ben Stokes spoke of his “relief” and “happiness” after leading England to victory in the second ODI against…

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Ben Stokes set for England return in first ODI against New Zealand

• All-rounder likely to replace Alex Hales in side• ‘He’s pulled up well over the last couple of days,’ says Eoin MorganBen Stokes is set to make his international return on Sunday as England open their five-match ODI series here against New Zealand.St…

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Barry Bennell branded ‘sheer evil’ as he is sentenced to 31 years

Judge describes former youth football coach as ‘devil incarnate’ for child sexual abuseThe former football coach Barry Bennell was branded a “monster” by one of his victims in court as he was sentenced to 31 years.The catalogue of sexual abuse revealed…

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Ben Stokes to face crown court trial over Bristol nightclub incident

England cricketer set for first crown court hearing on 12 MarchCo-defendants Ryan Hale and Ryan Ali also indicate not-guilty pleasThe England cricketer Ben Stokes will face a crown court trial over an altercation outside a nightclub in BristolThe 26-ye…

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Wayne Rooney pleads guilty to drink-driving

Former England football captain enters plea in court appearance marked by large police and media presenceThe former England football captain Wayne Rooney has pleaded guilty to a drink-driving charge.The Everton forward, 31, was charged after being stop…

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Man convicted for trying to steal footballer Andy Carroll’s £22,000 watch

Jack O’Brien was on motorbike when he pulled alongside West Ham striker’s Jeep in north-east London and demanded watch

A serial thief has been convicted of attempting to steal Premier League striker Andy Carroll’s £22,000 wristwatch in a drive-by robbery.

Jack O’Brien, 22, was on a motorbike when he swooped on the England player’s Jeep Wrangler near Hainault, north-east London, as Carroll was driving home from West Ham’s training ground last year.

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Gang who stole £400k from John Terry’s mansion jailed

Four men given long jail terms for spree of break-ins at luxury houses, including raid on footballer’s home while he was skiing

Four men who stole more than £400,000 of designer goods from the mansion of the former England football captain John Terry have been given long jail sentences for a series of raids on luxury homes.

Judge Susan Tapping, sentencing at Kingston crown court, said on Friday that the burglary at Terry’s home was part of a “carefully planned” series of raids by a gang who were “experienced, if not professional, burglars”.

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Gang who stole £400k from John Terry’s mansion jailed

Four men given long jail terms for spree of break-ins at luxury houses, including raid on footballer’s home while he was skiing

Four men who stole more than £400,000 of designer goods from the mansion of the former England football captain John Terry have been given long jail sentences for a series of raids on luxury homes.

Judge Susan Tapping, sentencing at Kingston crown court, said on Friday that the burglary at Terry’s home was part of a “carefully planned” series of raids by a gang who were “experienced, if not professional, burglars”.

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Football fans arrested after flares let off at Chelsea v Crystal Palace game

Police find flares and pyrotechnic devices hidden in toilets of Stamford Bridge where smoke bombs were set off after Palace’s shock victory

Football fans are under investigation after setting off smoke bombs, flares and “thunderflash” pyrotechnics as Crystal Palace scored a shock victory over rivals Chelsea on Saturday.

A 31-year-old fan was arrested and charged for possession of a flare and a 24-year-old arrested on suspicion of possession of a flare after several devices were let off in the away end at Stamford Bridge, police said.

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Adam Johnson refused leave to appeal against child abuse conviction

Former England footballer was jailed for six years last March after being found guilty of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girlAdam Johnson, the disgraced former England and Sunderland footballer, has lost another bid to overturn his conviction for s…

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Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has house burgled by gang

• £70,000 worth of belongings were taken from Firmino’s home in Mossley Hill • Firmino arrested and charged with drink-driving less than two days later

Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino was targeted by burglars less than two days before the Brazilian was arrested and charged with drink-driving, local police have confirmed.

The Liverpool Echo have reported that Firmino’s house, in the Mossley Hill area of the city, was burgled on 22 December by a gang who stole £70,000 worth of items. Firmino and his family were moved to a hotel, with the club later placing a security team at the home.

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Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has house burgled by gang

• £70,000 worth of belongings were taken from Firmino’s home in Mossley Hill • Firmino arrested and charged with drink-driving less than two days later

Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino was targeted by burglars less than two days before the Brazilian was arrested and charged with drink-driving, local police have confirmed.

The Liverpool Echo have reported that Firmino’s house, in the Mossley Hill area of the city, was burgled on 22 December by a gang who stole £70,000 worth of items. Firmino and his family were moved to a hotel, with the club later placing a security team at the home.

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Wayne Rooney burglary attempt: man jailed

Robert McNamara, 25, from Scarborough, had admitted trying to enter striker’s family home this summer

A former serviceman has been jailed for two years and eight months for attempting to burgle Wayne Rooney’s mansion while the footballer played in a club testimonial match.

Robert McNamara, 25, from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, admitted attempting to enter as a trespasser at the Manchester United striker’s family home in Prestbury, Cheshire, with intent to steal on 3 August.

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Lawyer urges football clubs not to impose ‘gagging clauses’ on victims

A lawyer representing former Chelsea player Gary Johnson has urged clubs to be more open about sexual assault in football

The lawyer for Gary Johnson, the former Chelsea footballer who was paid £50,000 to settle his claim for serious sexual abuse by the club’s chief scout in the 1970s, and required to keep the settlement secret, has urged other clubs to be more open and not impose “gagging clauses” on victims.

Related: Police ‘opted against action’ over ex-Chelsea player’s sex abuse claim

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Fraudster jailed for conning Sam Allardyce and West Ham staff

Stephen Ackerman sold football stars luxury hampers that were never delivered and used bank details to steal thousands

A fraudster who conned Premier League football stars including former England manager Sam Allardyce out of thousands of pounds has been jailed for four years.

Stephen Ackerman targeted West Ham staff – including then-boss Allardyce and England striker Andy Carroll – when he visited the east London club’s training ground to sell them luxury hampers.

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