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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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BBC presenter Jacqui Oatley forced to call police over online threat

Oatley, Match of the Day’s first female commentator, says she was threatened by man saying he would ‘cut’ her

The sports presenter Jacqui Oatley has told how she was forced to call the police after receiving violent threats online.

Speaking to the Guardian, Oatley, who in 2007 became the first female commentator on BBC1’s Match of the Day, said a man threatened to come to her house and “cut” her, among other “unmentionable” things.

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Danny Cipriani guilty of drink-driving

England rugby player fined over incident last year in which he crashed his Mercedes into a taxi in London

The England rugby player Danny Cipriani has been convicted of drink-driving after getting behind the wheel having spent the night drinking cocktails and champagne.

The 28-year-old was so drunk his eyes were “glazed”, he slurred his words and could not stand straight after he crashed his black Mercedes into a taxi in London at 5.15am on 1 June last year, Westminster magistrates court heard.

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Young British cricketer Adrian St John shot dead in Trinidad

Adrian St John, 22, died in Trinidad on Sunday night after an armed robbery, according to reportsA promising British cricketer has been shot dead while holidaying in Trinidad after an apparent armed robbery. Cricket captain Adrian St John, 22, is under…

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Adam Johnson coverage shows football has slipped its moral moorings

Details of the Johnson case illuminated a world in which talented players are paid huge sums from an early age with little opportunity to mature

The newspaper coverage this week of Adam Johnson, the Sunderland footballer facing a five-year prison sentence after being found guilty of sexual activity with a child, offered an intriguing glimpse into the different faces of top-flight football’s moneyed circus of the grotesque.

In the news pages, victim support groups were asking increasingly fierce questions about why the £10m winger was allowed to play for Sunderland after being arrested, earning £3m in the process, despite the club’s chief executive, Margaret Byrne, having been fully briefed by police and shown 834 WhatsApp messages exchanged between Johnson and his 15-year-old victim.

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Sunderland under pressure to explain Adam Johnson support

Media, children’s charities and fans demand football club reveal how much they knew about child sexual abuse after arrest

Sunderland football club are under increasing pressure to explain why they allowed Adam Johnson to continue playing despite knowing he had privately admitted kissing a 15-year-old girl.

The struggling Premier League club were accused of making a “catastrophic error of judgment” over their decision to stand by the midfielder after he was arrested for child sexual abuse on 2 March last year.

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We can only hope that football learns from the sordid Adam Johnson case | Archie Bland

It seems the beautiful game is still in denial about an ugly truth – that sexual misconduct among footballers is accepted as commonplace

When Brian Clough was the greatest football manager in England, he paid forensic attention to every aspect of his players’ existence. Above all, he valued stability, forever encouraging his players to find a wife. More recently Alex Ferguson, the former Manchester United manager, took the same view. “I’ve always been an advocate of players being married and settled down,” he said in 2009. “You know where they are.”

Does anyone know where they are now? I doubt it. If there ever was a time that marriage provided a bulwark against sexual misconduct in football, it has certainly passed. There are plenty of tabloid stings to suggest that married players are no less likely than their single peers to sleep around. If the consequences never seem to be calamitous, you would guess that that’s the result of a hard-headed calculation by their partners, rather than any real rapprochement.

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West Brom’s Tony Pulis: to throw coin at player of club they support – the game’s gone mad

• West Brom’s Chris Brunt struck below eye after 3-1 FA Cup loss at Reading
• Pulis calls incident ‘barbaric’ and FA promises to launch investigation

Football, bloody hell. A match preceded by a minute’s warm applause to celebrate the achievements of Reading’s recently deceased record goalscorer, Ron Blackman, ended in ugly recriminations and a flurry of statements from both managers, their clubs, the Football Association and Thames Valley police after the West Bromwich Albion left-back Chris Brunt was struck just below the left eye by a coin thrown at him from among the Baggies’ 4,000-strong travelling support. The Northern Ireland international had gone to applaud them after his side’s latest FA Cup defeat at the hands of the Championship side.

Related: Chris Brunt confronts West Brom fans after being hit by coin at Reading

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