FA appeal to FIFA over Armistice Day poppies ban, new boss Bruce makes Villa players feel unbeatable and non-league game abandoned due to fan moaning at ref
1. Representatives of the English, Scottish and Welsh national teams are in talks with world football’s governing body FIFA over the organisation’s ban on political, religious or commercial messages on shirts. The home nations want to feature poppies on their shirts to mark Armistace Day, but could face punishments if they do so.
2. Internazionale Milan have sacked Frank De Boer as their manager just 85 days after he took over the club. The Dutch legend started well but the club have taken the decision to fire him after four defeats in their last five and with the club in 12th place in Serie A. Andre Villas-Boas and Manuel Pellegrini are among those rumoured to be in the frame to replace De Boer.
3. Aston Villa’s Gary Gardener says new boss Steve Bruce makes the club’s players ‘feel like they can’t lose’. Since taking over from Roberto Di Matteo, Bruce’s Villa are unbeaten in four games.
4. American businessmen John May Moores and Charles Noell are reportedly close to agreeing a deal to take control of Nottingham Forest. There have been rumours of a buy-out at the City Ground for some time but it now seems the Championship club have moved closer to agreeing terms.
5. During a Match of the Day interview, Raheem Sterling has told Gary Lineker he is enjoying ‘increased freedom’ since Pep Guardiola took over as Manchester City coach.
6. A referee abandoned Edgeware Town’s game away to Holmer Green after 13 minutes because an Edgeware fan wouldn’t stop moaning at him. If spectator criticism resulting in refs abandoning games became a rule then no match would ever see 90 minutes (TheGuardian).
7. Manchester United may not have scored in their last three games, but fans will now be able to rest at ease as the club have announced a deal with Milly which will see the company become their first ever ‘official mattress and pillow partner’ (ManUtd).
8. Ukrainian side FC Oleksandriya were gifted a flying start to their match against FC Vorskla Poltava when a defensive slip gifted them the lead after just eight seconds (Mirror).
9. Roberto Firmino’s goal in Liverpool’s 4-2 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park could have been disallowed as it has come to light that the Brazilian took his shirt off in celebration of the strike before the ball had crossed the line (WhoAteAllThePies).
10. And finally…Gareth Bale’s new Real Madrid contract extension now means he’s on £600,000 a week. Upon hearing this news someone with a little bit too much time on their hands has worked out he could buy three million Chomp bars (SocialFeed).
By Chris Horricks (@chrishorricks31).
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