Inquest continues into Dalian Atkinson taser case, Keane to call time on Ireland career after friendly and Manchester City fans treated to debatable ‘legends’ in pre-match entertainment

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1. The Republic of Ireland record’s goal scorer, Robbie Keane, has announced his decision to retire from international football after his country’s friendly against Oman in Dublin next week. The LA Galaxy striker scored 67 goals in 145 appearances for the Republic.

2. Greg Dyke has stepped down from his position as chairman of the Football Association and will be succeeded by former Leicester City chairman Greg Clarke. Clarke will officially take charge on the 2nd of September, just a couple of days before England’s World Cup qualifying match against Slovakia, Sam Allardyce’s first match as coach.

3. An inquest has been told that former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson was given CPR by doctors for 35 minutes as they attempted to save his life following an incident involving a police taser which saw the 48-year-old pass away.

4. Wales Euro 2016 heroes Aaron Ramsey and Jonny Williams will both miss their country’s World Cup qualifying opener against Moldova at the beginning of September due to ongoing injury problems.

5. Carlisle United manager Keith Curle was left fuming as he demanded clarity on new rules governing penalty shoot outs. Championship club Derby County saw off a brave effort from Curle’s side, coming through 14-13 in a record breaking shoot out. However, the Rams ended the game with 10 men due to injury, meaning the Cumbrians could also only use 10 spot kick takers.

6. What do you do when you want to get one of your club’s new signings name’s on the back of your shirt but can’t decide which one to go for? You probably don’t do what this Manchester United fan did when faced with choosing between Paul Pogba or Zlatan Ibrahimović; he merged the two, introducing POGBAHIMOVIC (Metro).

7. Something has happened to a section of seats at the London Stadium. Apparently, they were there when the stadium was used for the London 2012 Olympics, but now some fans have been left with no choice but to stand on concrete slabs (Joe.ie).

8. Watch in wonder and amazement at the best hat trick of long-range strikes of all time. It wasn’t scored by Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Ali Dia or, in fact, any other professional footballer. Scottish non-league club Pollok Juniors right back Tam Hanlon, take a bow (Mirror).

9. It seems Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is very popular in Thailand, especially with the children of a specific school. Here they are with their heart warming ode to the former Liverpool and Swansea supremo (WhoAteAllThePies).

10. And Finally…It’s fairly safe to say that there aren’t very many Manchester City fans who would use the term ‘legends’ to describe Jon Macken and Kevin Horlock, but according to the line-up for City’s pre-match entertainment they are just that (Twitter).

By Chris Horricks (@chrishorricks31).

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About Ben Wheatland (121 Articles)
Ben is a supporter of Swindon Town FC. He is an aspiring sports writer, and his ramblings can be found on TheBootRoom and TheFootballForecast. He is also the editor of TheOffsideDaily. In his spare time he reads and writes about corruption in FIFA, and in football more generally.

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