Boss Strachan admits Scotland ‘got lucky’ against Malta, Burnley’s Gray requests hearing over historical homophobic tweets and Bundesliga club rename stadium after deceased fan


1. Burnley striker Andre Gray has requested a personal hearing in relation to charges given to him relating to homophobic tweets made back in 2012 when the striker was playing in non-league for Luton Town and Hinkley United.

2. England captain Wayne Rooney has stated that he believes the ongoing debate over where he plays in the England team is ‘a massive over-reaction’. Manchester United’s Rooney played in a deep midfield role during the 1-0 win against Slovakia in Sam Allardyce’s first game as coach.

3. Tony Pulis will remain in his position as West Bromwich Albion manager despite admitting to being disappointed with the club’s business during the transfers window. Pulis has previously hinted he may leave the Hawthorns if his transfer targets weren’t achieved.

4. It is expected that the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup Qualifier against Serbia will go ahead despite torrential rain in Belgrade. Kick off is scheduled for 19:45 with a pitch inspection planned an hour and a half before.

5. Gordon Strachan admitted his Scotland side ‘got seriously lucky’ but ‘got away with it’ against Malta. Scotland had gone behind in the fourth minute before going on to win 5-1 as the hosts were reduced to nine men.

6. In a touching tribute, German Bundesliga club Darmstadt have renamed their stadium in honour of a young fan who sadly passed away due to cancer. Their home games will be played at the Jonathan Heimes Stadium for the whole of the 2016/17 season. A round of applause for them (WhoAteAllThePies).

7. Glenn Hoddle managed to gain universal derision from fans on Twitter by suggesting splitting the Championship into two leagues in order to benefit the development of players who show ‘that little bit of magic’ (Mirror).

8. Take a bow Spennymoor Town goalkeeper Dan Lowson, who scored an audacious 80 yard free kick in their FA Cup qualifying round game against Radcliffe Borough (TheGuardian).

9. Former Nigerian international Nwankwo Kanu didn’t realise he had been named on the substitutes bench for the Arsenal vs AC Milan legends charity game. Kick off for the game had to be delayed when officials realised the gangly striker was on the field meaning the Gunners would have kicked off with 12 men (Metro).

10. And finally…During Turriff United’s Scottish Cup tie against Hibernian, a wayward shot scored a direct hit on a camera man behind the goal (Twitter).

By Chris Horricks (@chrishorricks31).

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