The Offside Daily – 28th February 2014

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10 of the best football stories of the day:

1. Manchester United’s Juan Mata and Chelsea’s Fernando Torres have been left out of Spain’s squad for their friendly against Italy on Wednesday.

2. West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka has been fined £80,000 and banned for 5 games by the Football Association after his quenelle gesture after scoring against West Ham in December.

3. Sunderland manager Gus Poyet would rank a Capital One Cup victory over Premier League survival ahead of this Sunday’s final.

4. Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has told Cardiff fans they owe him an apology for portraying him as a ‘villain’ during his tenure at the club.

5. Brendan Rodgers has put pay to rumours that on-loan goalkeeper Pepe Reina has a future at Anfield.

6. Roy Hodgson will not ban wives and girlfriends from accompanying England players to this summer’s World Cup in Brazil. (Daily Mail)

7. A £1.69 bet has earned a punter £16,609 after correctly predicting the score in four Europa League matches on Thursday night. (Sky Sports)

8. Liverpool legends are set to play in special match at Anfield to mark 25th anniversary of Hillsborough disaster. (Mirror)

9. Stephen Fry has been made the honorary president of Proud Canaries, a new club for LGBT Norwich City football fans. (Pink News)

10. In 1982 the French international Jean-Pierre Adams went to hospital and was given anaesthetic that should have knocked him out for a few hours. 32 years later, he has yet to awake. (Guardian)

Today’s Offside Daily was brought to you by Stuart Dick

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