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Romelu Lukaku photoshops controversial H&M picture

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has joined the criticism of H&M’s controversial new advertising campaign after the retailer sparked a racism row this week.

The fashion retailer has apologised for advertising an image that was branded racist that showed a black boy wearing a jumper with the words ‘Coolest Monkey in the Jungle’ across it.

The fashion giant was quickly accused of a “disgusting and shameful” decision, with the advertisement since pulled from their website, but Lukaku decided to post his own, witty version of the image onto his Instagram page. Yesterday Canadian singer The Weeknd, who currently has a clothing line with H&M severed ties with them saying he was both "deeply offended" and "shocked and embarrassed" by the advert.


Could you volunteer to be part of the Isle of Man TT 2018?

TT Marshals pictured on the Mountain Course in 2017. Credit: IOM TT Marshals Association, Facebook

The Isle of Man TT Marshals Association are looking for volunteers to apply for its first training course of 2018.

On 21st January marshals in training will learn how to use flags, radios, carry-out marshalling duties and complete a First Aid programme for this year's TT Motorcycling Festival.

From 26th May until 8th June, marshals will assist the world-famous event - 45,000 visitors attended in 2017.

The event is free and open to all - to apply, email

Widnes Viking 'devastated' by death of 23 year old Kato Ottio

Heartbreaking news that Kato Ottio died after being taken ill in training Credit: PA

Widnes Vikings say they're devastated to hear of the death of 23 year old Kato Ottio, who was due to arrive in the UK this week to play for the club.

The Papua New Guinea international was taken ill during training yesterday.

We are devastated. Kato was an incredibly talented player, with a bright future ahead of him in rugby league.

– The Widnes chief executive James Rule

It's heart-breaking.

All of us saw at the World Cup saw the incredible gifts that Kato had, and his potential to forge a great career in rugby league.

– Widnes head coach Denis Betts, who is also assistant England coach

Devastated to hear the news of Kato's passing, some very fond memories with him from my time in Canberra.

Legend of a bloke. Will be truly missed and was a Superleague star in the making. My thoughts go out to his family. RIP Brother

– Huddersfield centre Jordan Turner, who played with Ottio in Australia


Chelsea sign Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/PA Images

Ross Barkley has signed for Chelsea from Everton, the Premier League champions have announced.

The 24-year-old's contract at Goodison Park was due to expire at the end of the season after he rejected a new deal with the Toffees.

A move to Chelsea on transfer deadline day in August did not materialise, but Barkley has now moved to Stamford Bridge for a cut-price fee, reported to be in the region of #15million.

Twenty-four-year-old Barkley has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract, which runs until 2023.

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