Teams defy FIFA ban and wear poppies at Wembley, Blackburn striker Stokes pleads guilty to assault and Scotland fans mock England outside Iceland supermarket

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1. England and Scotland players defied FIFA by wearing poppies on black armbands during their World Cup qualifier against each other at Wembley. FIFA had banned the symbol on the grounds of it being political.

2. Blackburn Rovers striker Anthony Stokes has pleaded guilty to assaulting an Elvis impersonator outside a Dublin nightclub. Republic of Ireland international Stokes admitted to the assault during an incident that occurred in June.

3. Wales manager Chris Coleman claims Arsenal midfielder and Wales international Aaron Ramsey is good enough to play for ‘any team on the planet’. 25-year-old Ramsey was named in the Euro 2016 team of the tournament but an injury has kept him out of international action since the quarter-final against Belgium.

4. Meanwhile, Ramsey’s fellow Wales midfielder Joe Allen says they have unfinished business against Serbia when they play each other on Saturday. In their previous meeting, in a qualifier four years ago, the Serbs ran out comprehensive 6-1 winners.

5. Newly appointed Swindon Town Director of Football Tim Sherwood claims his stint at the helm of the Wiltshire club ‘could be a long project’. Former Aston Villa and Tottenham coach Sherwood says he joined the County Ground club on Thursday as part of a gentleman’s agreement and has ‘no contract’.

6. Some English people think Germans don’t have a sense of humour and can’t have fun. Those people must not have seen players from Bundesliga club Cologne don fancy dress to celebrate the beginning of the traditional Karneval season  (ESPNFC).

7. They say a change is as good as a rest and that certainly rings true for football clubs and their emblems. Certain sections of Brentford fans, however, didn’t react well to the unveiling of their team’s new badge to be worn from next season. Some questioned why the insect on the crest of the club, known as the Bees, look more like a wasp (DailyMail).

8. We brought you news of Rochdale naming a young fan who is terminally ill in their squad for their EFL Trophy match against Hartlepool in the week. Now, five-year-old Joshua McCormack has been named honorary EFL Player of the Month (WhoAteAllThePies).

9. Everyone celebrates success in their own way and Norwegian club Rosenborg’s players certain came up with a novel way of marking their league title win. They stripped naked and protected their modest with the trophy they had spent months trying to win (Mirror).

10. And finally…Scottish fans, in London for their country’s World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley, couldn’t help having some fun at their auld enemy’s expense. They filmed themselves on mass doing the infamous Icelandic clapping celebration outside a branch of the Iceland supermarket (PressandJournal).

By Chris Horricks

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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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