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Hail halts Stoke City's League Cup clash vs Man United

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Referee Mark Clattenburg has actually called a halt to proceedings are in the dug-outs sheltering from the driving rain

Play has been stopped at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke's League Cup clash against Manchester United because of the bad weather.

The referee has called all players off the pitch as hailstones started to fall around quarter of an hour into the game. It is unclear whether the match will go on.

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Leicester footballer pays tribute to Alex Ferguson

The footballer Dion Dublin from Leicestershire has paid tribute to his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Ferguson announced his retirement at the end of the season today.

Dublin played with Aston Villa, Coventry City and Leicester City as well as with Manchester United.

He said:

"Thanks Gaffa for the chance you gave me back in 1992 to play for the BIGGEST club in the world & grace OT as a Man United player #indebted"

For more on this story head to ITV Sport.

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999 caller reports Man United's controversial red card

Manchester United winger Nani being shown a red card Credit: PA

A football fan so disgusted with the referee’s decision to send-off a player in last night’s Champions League clash, rang 999 to report the incident to Nottinghamshire Police.

The 18-year-old Manchester United supporter was watching the second-leg tie against Real Madrid from his home in a village near Bingham, when he felt that Nani's controversial sending-off for a high challenge was a crime, so subsequently called police.

The man later apologised for his actions, claiming to have been caught up in the excitement.

Around two per cent of all calls reported are considered hoax by Nottinghamshire Police, with 6,933 incidents in 2012.

Highlights from last night's Champions League clash can be found here.

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