Penalty kicks are so nerve-racking!
Penalty kicks are so nerve-racking!
This story will not make Warren Barton happy.
A 65-year-old disabled grandmother and lifelong Newcastle United fan had her season ticket pulled from the club after missing her first match in more than 13 years!
Lilian Held, who lives just a few blocks from St. James Park, had given her ticket to Newcastle’s December fixture against Southampton to her son while she went on vacation. That way, she thought, her two granddaughters, who usually accompany her to the games, would still be able to attend with adult supervision.
Wait, it gets worse.
Midway through the first half of that game, stewards threw Lillian’s 29-year-old son out of the stadium for wrongly being in the seat designated for disabled fans, leaving his 14-year-old twin nieces all alone in the stadium!
OK, surely it can’t get any worse, right?
Upon returning from vacation, Lillian immediately attempted to retrieve her seized season ticket, only to be informed weeks later that her ticket had been sold to another fan. She could pay for a new one next season.
Appalled, Lilian told her story to local paper The Chronicle:
“I have sat in that seat for years. I’m a lifelong fan of Newcastle United and I worked for the club in the 1990s where I had my picture taken with Kevin Keegan.
“Going to the match is the only bit of social time I get. I live for those home. Taking my ticket from me and selling my seat without giving me the right to even argue my case has completely ruined my year.”
After being bombarded with phone calls and messages after the newspaper ran the story on Thursday, Newcastle felt “compelled” to respond.
This is the club’s statement:
Mrs Held’s subsidized disabled season ticket was cancelled and a pro rata refund given for remaining games of the 2013/14 season following reports of alleged misuse and a subsequent investigation.
As part of this investigation, it was found that Mrs Held’s disabled season ticket seat was being used by an able-bodied supporter during the Newcastle United v Southampton fixture, which is against the terms and conditions agreed at sale.
Mrs Held remains welcome at St James’ Park and can reapply for a concessionary season ticket next season.
Really? There was no better way to settle this?
Well done, Newcastle. *Sarcastic applause*
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Every time we hear from AEK Athens, it’s for the wrong reasons. Last season alone, one AEK player received a lifetime ban for a Nazi salute, the club declared bankruptcy, and to top it all off, their own fans chased the team off the pitch after a relegation-sealing own goal.
Sadly, it looks like AEK aren’t getting over their horror season anytime soon.
Now in the third division, AEK visited Egaleo this weekend, but before the match even started visiting AEK hooligans literally attempted to invade and take over the stadium, waging a full-blown flare war with the home fans:
Caught off-guard, the riot police eventually intervened to restore order. But in the 87th minute, AEK ultras once again stirred up trouble, despite the team closing out a 2-1 win.
Win or lose, it seems AEK somehow keeps attracting negative attention. But at least, their performance on the pitch has them on course to get promoted back into the second tier of Greek football.
Have you ever wondered what a football match looks like with no men in the stands? Well, Fenerbahce found out, and apparently it’s not a big deal. At all.
The Süper Lig leaders banned all male adults for one match after drawing all kinds of negative attention for their expletive-laced chants, but the absence of testosterone clearly didn’t affect the outcome. In fact, the fairer sex may even have helped Fenerbahce’s cause, as the home side ran out easy 4-0 winners against Akhisar Belediye on Friday.
Take a look at the incredible scenes below (image courtesy of 101GG):
Still a larger crowd than half of the teams in Serie A can lay claim to.
And to think, this wasn’t the first time that Fener hosted a match filled with just women and children. Back in 2011, Fener distributed free tickets before a friendly after the Turkish FA banned adult males in result of fan violence during a preseason match against Shakhtar Donetsk.
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One can only wonder why this lone, stunned Spurs supporter stayed at the Etihad this long (Image: Reuters)
Poor Spurs …
Fresh off their biggest defeat of the season, a 6-0 smack-down courtesy of Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, Tottenham were mocked by more than one player from North London rivals Arsenal.
Chronic Re-tweeter Emmanuel Frimpong retweeted a pair of exasperating messages during the match, one a (successful) plea to make the defeat even heavier, and the other a harsh evaluation of a particular Spurs player:
Not one to miss an opportunity for some Spurs trash talk (or piano dissing) Gunners keeper Wojciech Szczesny took to Facebook instead, trolling his rival supporters with this message:
During the match, a whole block of City supporters flashed Tottenham the famous “Heart” sign which Spurs were used to seeing from a certain Gareth Bale:
Talk about rubbing it in. It can’t get much worse for Spurs, who tumbled down to ninth place with the loss and have a goal differential of minus 3. In fact, Sergio Aguero, who scored two goals Sunday, now has one more Premier League goal this season (10) than Tottenham (9).
Spurs fans, if there is one reason to remain optimistic it is this: Manchester United were down in the bottom half of the table only a month ago, but after a streak of six games without a loss, find themselves back in 6th.
League One side Leyton Orient beat Swindon Town 3-1 on Saturday to maintain their lead in the standings, but the story of the match was an ugly incident. During a stoppage of play, a Swindon fan stormed the pitch and threw several punches at Orient goalkeeper Jamie Jones.
Reports have since confirmed that the fan was immediately arrested, and Orient’s chief executive Matt Porter said Swindon are set to hand the supporter a life ban from their ground.
Swindon confirm fan who ran on pitch and attacked Jamie was arrested and will be banned for life. We will also press for strongest penalty— Matt Porter (@MattPorter_LOFC)
According to the Daily Mail, the FA will speak to officials from both Swindon and Orient before deciding on whether to take any more action.
A spokesman said: ‘We deplore scenes of this kind and would call for the authorities to take the appropriate actions if allegations of assault are proven.
The spokesman also confirmed the FA would push for a banning order from all grounds.
Following the incident, infuriated O’s manager Russell Slade called for a lifetime ban on all grounds, while Swindon chairman Jed McCrory apologized to Jones and vowed to launch a review of the club’s safety measures.
Pictures of the attack, as well as comments by Orient captain Nathan Clarke are below:
Slade: “It was a fantastic performance soured by what happened. It was the worst I’ve seen as a manager” pic.twitter.com/uGxfghbyij— Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc)
— Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc)
Clarke: “Jamie handled it well and fair play to Swindon, their captain apologised on behalf of them straight away” pic.twitter.com/J1d3vlFooJ— Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc)
Football is nothing without its fans.
That’s the message Barclays, the Premier League’s official sponsor, is reaffirming with a series of videos on their YouTube channel. The videos are dedicated to supporters all around the world and specifically some local heroes. Heroes such as George Forster.
Forster, 87, founded the Sunderland Supporters’ Association back in 1965 and dedicated the last 48 years of his life (and counting) to the Black Cats. Nothing short of a legend around the Stadium of Light, even the players have acknowledged his lengthy service: George is an honorary member of the Sunderland Former Players Association - the only non-player to hold such an honor, according to Barclays Football’s official Facebook page.
"People like George, they are football, they are the real fans, they are the football club” said his grandson, Lee Redford.
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There are stories like Forster’s all around the Premier League, and it’s important to show our appreciation to these men who dedicate their lives to their club, to their passion. Aptly labeled with the #YouAreFootball hashtag, we encourage you to watch the rest of the Premier League’s original videos on their YouTube channel!