FIFA to punish Republic of Ireland over Easter Rising logo, League Cup to be known as Carabao Cup from 2017/18 and a sensationally bad chipped penalty in Chinese Premier League

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1. FIFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against the Republic of Ireland for wearing shirts displaying a logo marking the centenary of the Easter Rising. It comes in the aftermath of the ban on British players wearing poppies on their shirts.

2. Harvard University has suspended its male football team as a result of sexual references made by some of the team’s players about members of the educational establishment’s female team coming to light.

3. A deal worth £18m has been struck which will see the competition currently known as the EFL Cup be renamed the Carabao Cup from the 2017/18 season. The Thai energy drink company already sponsor Championship club Reading.

4. Former England international Jimmy Armfield has undergone cancer treatment for the second time. 81-year-old Armfield, who currently works as a pundit for the BBC, says he has “come through the difficult part”.

5. Reports suggest Wolves are to appoint former Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa manager, Paul Lambert, as their new manager following the sacking of Walter Zenga after just 87 days. There will be no official confirmation until after the weekend game at home to Derby County.

6. German giants Bayern Munich will play in shirts made out of recycled ocean material for their Bundesliga match against Hoffenheim this weekend (ESPNFC).

7. Lazio’s Dries Mertens and his wife dressed up as two of his team mates for Halloween. We’re not sure how Lorenzo Insigne and Marek Hamsik would feel about being recreated in such a way; this could make things a bit awkward in training (WhoAteAllThePies).

8. Your best Simpsons’ Comic Book Guy voices are needed for this one because this is, without a doubt, ‘the worst lookalike ever’. Lionel Messi has a doppelganger in the shape of this fan, the only problem is the fan looks nothing like the Argentine star (DailyStar).

9. Paolo and Cesare Maldini will go down in history as the most successful father and son double acts to ever grace a football pitch. Zinedine Zidane’s son has a way to go if he and his World Cup-winning dad are to get anywhere near the Maldinis, especially if this comic own goal is anything to go by (CBSSports).

10. And finally…When Antonin Panenka chipped the winning penalty for Czechoslovakia against Germany he couldn’t have possibly known people would still be trying to recreate it almost 40 years later. Some are more successful than others, but Li Chunyu of Chinese club Shijiazhuang Ever Bright could be a contender for the worst (Mirror).

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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