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Northampton Saints star Hartley to miss World Cup opener

Dylan Hartley. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints star Dylan Hartley's World Cup hopes are hanging in the balance after he was hit with a four-week ban for headbutting an opponent.

The England hooker was cited for the clash with Saracens' Jamie George during last weekend's Aviva Premiership semi-final defeat.

The sanction means that he will now miss all of his country's World Cup warm-up games and won't be eligible to play in England's first World Cup game against Fiji on September 21 - if selected.

Becchio among six players released by Norwich City following Premier League return

Javier Garrido is leaving Carrow Road. Credit: PA

Norwich City have announced that six players will leave the club after they secured promotion to the Premier League.

Youngsters Kyle Callan-McFadden and Sam Kelly have been allowed to move on, while senior players Javier Garrido, Carlos Cuéllar and Mark Bunn won't have their contracts renewed.

Luciano Becchio struggled to break into the Norwich City side. Credit: PA

Former Leeds United striker Luciano Becchio has also been released after a frustrating two-and-a-half year spell at Carrow Road.

"It's important to register their efforts and support to the club this year, when at times it was frustrating for them personally that they weren't playing and involved.

But they're all good lads and we wish them all the best for the future."

– Alex Neil, Norwich City manager


Chance to have your picture taken with the play-off trophy

Norwich City with the play-off trophy celebrating their promotion to the Premier League.

Canaries fans are being given the chance to have their picture taken with the play-off trophy.

To mark the club’s promotion to the Premier League, the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Trophy will be on display at City Hall in Norwich.

It will be in a glass cabinet in the main reception area of City Hall tomorrow (28th May) from 9am to 6pm.

Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council, said: “It’s very generous of the club to allow us to us to be guardian of the trophy for a day.

"It’s the perfect chance to invite fans to come to City Hall, see it in person, and have their photo taken to mark the occasion.”

Norwich City CEO David McNally, said: “The events at Wembley on Monday were some of the greatest in the long history of Norwich City Football Club. Not just because of the wonderful performance of Alex Neil and his men, but because of the unbelievable support we received from the club’s irrepressible supporters.

"It’s regrettable that we can’t manage a full parade in the city, but the opportunity to be pictured with the trophy and write a message of congratulations will allow fans to leave their own permanent imprint on this wonderful occasion.”

Northampton Saints: Hartley's World Cup future in doubt after 'headbutt' charge

Dylan Hartley. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints star Dylan Hartley will find out today if he'll be banned for allegedly headbutting an opponent.

The England forward will face an RFU disciplinary panel today.

It relates to an incident involving Jamie George during the Saints' Premiership semi-final defeat to Saracens at the weekend.

A ban would put Hartley's World Cup future in serious doubt after he was previously warned about his future conduct by Head Coach Stuart Lancaster.


Cambridge United bring in former Stevenage captain Roberts

Mark Roberts has joined Cambridge United. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have signed former Stevenage captain Mark Roberts on a two-year deal.

The 31-year-old defender established himself as a fans' favourite at Boro before moving onto Fleetwood Town.

Roberts is Cambridge's second new arrival of the summer, following the capture of former Gillingham centre back Leon Legge.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be joining Cambridge, it’s a fantastic football club and the people involved with the club that I have met so far have got a clear vision of where they want to go. I’m really happy to be a part of that.

“The club has a good history but more than anything it wants to create history moving forwards and I can’t wait to get going."

– Mark Roberts, Cambridge United

Ipswich Town midfielder Bishop charged with breaching FA betting rules

Teddy Bishop, Ipswich Town Credit: PA

Ipswich midfielder Teddy Bishop has been charged by the Football Association for alleged multiple breaches of betting rules.

In a statement this afternoon, the FA said Bishop breached rule E8 which prohibits players from betting on football matches.

The 18-year-old has until June 1 to respond to the charge.

The 18-year-old made 36 appearances for Championship side Ipswich this season and scored once.

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