PM blasts FIFA over poppy ban, Coleman and Ranieri shortlisted for top coach award and former Germany keeper set for WWE debut


1. Prime Minister Theresa May has branded FIFA’s apparent refusal to allow British teams to wear poppies on their shirts during World Cup qualifiers as ‘outrageous’.

2. Joey Barton is to return to training with Rangers following the lifting of his suspension by the Glasgow club. The ban was initially imposed for his involvement in a bust up with manager Mark Warburton and a team mate.

3. Gary Neviille has donated £20,000 to help Great Britain’s deaf national teams qualify for the Deaflympics which take place in Turkey in July next year. They still require £105,000 to cover the costs of training camps and accommodation.

4. Liverpool striker Danny Ings will miss the remainder of the season after he was ruled out for nine months with a knee injury which requires surgery. Ings was previously ruled out for seven months from October 2015 with an injury to his other knee. Jurgen Klopp said ‘to say we are gutted would be an understatement’.

5. Wales coach Chris Coleman has been shortlisted for FIFA’s manager of the year award for guiding his country to the semi-finals of Euro 2016. Leicester City’s Claudio Ranieri joins Coleman on the list for his work in guiding the 5,000/1 outsiders to Premier League title glory.

6. In the wake of Frank De Boar’s sacking as Inter Milan manager, a Dutch journalist who once plied his trade in the Ajax youth system has launched a scathing attack on the Italian club, going as far as to liken them to a prostitute (WhoAteAllThePies).

7. During their team’s 3-1 win over Barcelona in the Champions League group stage, Manchester City supporters took time out to send a message to their bitter local rivals in an expletive-ridden song (ManchesterEveningNews).

8. Non-league player Ashley Williams was sent off in Evesham United’s 1-1 draw against Frome Town for a two footed lunge on Clayton Green. Green just happens to be Williams’ best friend, who he regularly gives lifts home (as he did after the unfortunate episode) (Telegraph).

9. Witness the heart warming moment these English Arsenal fans, who had just seen their team come from 2-0 down to beat Bulgarian side Ludogorets, serenaded a pocket of native Gooners who had been watching the game from the home section of the stadium (Mirror).

10. And finally…Former Germany international goalkeeper, Tim Wiese, is to make his debut as a professional wrestler at a WWE show in his native Germany on Thursday (BBCSport).

By Chris Horricks

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