Gambian international keeper dies in Mediterranean tragedy,  Wenger backs FA over poppy row with FIFA and German exhibition match without offside rule


1. Fatim Jawara, the 19-year-old goalkeeper of the Gambian women’s national team, has tragically perished. She drowned in the Mediterranean Sea after falling from a boat containing immigrants that ran in to trouble whilst trying to reach Europe.

2. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says FIFA are wrong to ban England and Scotland players from wearing poppies on their shirts to mark Armistice Day. Wenger believes the governing body ‘shouldn’t get involved’ with such issues and added ‘by being politically correct you can sometimes go against tradition’.

3. It has come to light that Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel played for over an hour of his team’s 0-0 draw against FC Copenhagen in the Champions League with a broken hand. It is expected that he will now miss up to six weeks of the season as a result of the injury.

4. West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has said he thinks striker Andy Carroll was ‘probably targeted’ after the England international was chased by armed motorcyclists as he left the club’s training ground on Wednesday.

5. Swansea City manager Bob Bradley says he believes Manchester United ‘aren’t as good as they could be’. The American coach was speaking at a press conference ahead of the weekend’s meeting of the two clubs when he made the claim.

6. Javier Hernandez has resorted to using statistics to prove he owes English football nothing. Mexico international and former Manchester United striker Hernandez went to lengths to point out how well he had done by pointing out he had the “fourth best minutes per goal ratio” in Premier League history before he left Old Trafford (Metro).

7. Juventus’ Stefano Sturaro made a weird slice of history during the Old Lady’s 1-1 draw at home to Lyon by becoming the first Champions League player to ever temporarily lose sight whilst dribbling against an opponent. This gives a new meaning to ‘having a blinder’ (WhoAteAllThePies).

8. Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez is almost as famous for the love he has for his dogs as he is for being rather talented with a football at his feet. In the latest of a series of videos the Chilean has posted online, he sits motionless with his pets whilst James Blunt’s ‘You’re Beautiful’ plays in the background (Mirror).

9. Two German fifth division clubs played a match without the offside rule (the rule that governs football, not our podcast!). Tennis Borussia Berlin played Hertha 03 Zehlendorf in the 30 minute each way exhibition game after being contacted by 11 Freunde magazine (ESPNFC).

10. And finally…Most club nicknames are based on the colour of the club’s kit or a part of their name, but Stamford AFC, who play Hartlepool in the FA Cup first round on Sunday, are locally known as ‘The Daniels’ because Daniel Lambert, thought to be Britain’s fattest ever man, is buried there (Wikipedia).

By Chris Horricks (@chrishorricks31).

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