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Pires 'beaten' by opposition coach in India

Arsenal legend Robert Pires has allegedly been punched by an opposing coach in the Indian Super League.

The Frenchman, currently playing for FC Goa, claims he was hit by Atletico de Kolkata coach Antonio Lopez Habas at half-time during a 2-1 loss.

Robert Pires is back in football after coming out of retirement. Credit: PA

"Both teams have written to the ISL and the incident has been referred to the regulatory commissioner," an ISL spokesperson told Reuters.

Cavin Lobo's scored twice for Kolkata to earn the points following Andre Santos' opener for FC Goa.

"The other thing that happened which is more serious is that one of our players said that he was beaten by the coach of the other team," FC Goa coach Zico said after the match.

"Pires said he was punched in the face by the Atletico coach and it is very shameful.

"I am telling you what my players told me and I didn't see that myself but I don't think that Pires will lie and say something that didn't happen."

NFL's Atlanta Falcons appear not to know where London is

On the day George Osborne held talks with the NFL about basing an American Football team at Wembley, it seems one side still has a lot to learn.

The Atlanta Falcons take on the Detroit Lions in London this weekend. But just take a look at this map made to help fans get to the capital.

Point 3 on the map is definitely not London. Scotland also appears to have been re-shaped. Luckily the team spotted the mistake, and have produced a more accurate guide here.

Three NFL games are taking place at Wembley this season, bringing in an estimated revenues of £3 million per game, and previous games at the national stadium have been played in front of strong crowds.

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Galatasaray fined £40,000 for flare-throwing incident in Arsenal game

Flares were set off in the Galatasaray end at the Emirates Stadium. Credit: PA

Galatasary have been fined 50,000 Euros (£40,000) by UEFA after their fans threw flares on to the pitch when the Turkish team played Arsenal in the Champions League on October 1st. The game, which Arsenal won 4-1, was temporarily halted as two Galatasaray players went to plead with supporters not to throw the flares. The Met Police arrested several people on the night and two men, who both live in the UK, have been charged.

UEFA has dropped proceedings against Arsenal.

The London club were charged with "insufficient organisation (lack of body searching)" after fireworks and missiles were thrown onto the Emirates Stadium pitch during a 4-1 home win on October 1.

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Mourinho hits out at international managers who 'simply don't care' about injured players

Jose Mourinho at a press conference ahead of tomorrow's game against Maribor. Credit: PA

The Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has hit out at international managers after several of his players came back injured from last week's Euro 2016 qualifiers. He believes that some coaches ignore advice from clubs about players who are carrying injuries.

Diego Costa has scored nine Premier League goals for Chelsea this season. Credit: PA

He revealed today that striker Diego Costa will miss tomorrow's Champions League match against Maribor - the Spaniard was also unavailable for Saturday's win over Crystal Palace. In the past fortnight, Costa played twice for Spain even though Mourinho had warned that he risked picking up an injury.

Sometimes you have national coaches and medical departments that want to establish a relationship and they are interested in the players, their physical condition, their habits. Some others they simply don't care. You are not happy when you give players in good conditions and you receive the players in bad conditions.

– Jose Mourinho, Chelsea Manager

QPR manager criticises midfielder Adel Taarabt for not wanting to train

Adel Taarabt has played just three times for QPR this season. Credit: PA

The QPR manager Harry Redknapp launched an extraordinary rant about his attacking midfielder Adel Taarabt saying the Moroccan was "about three stone overweight". Taarabt is one of the most talented players in the QPR squad but was left out of the team to play Liverpool yesterday. At the post-match press conference, Redknapp went public about his problems with the player:

He played in a reserve team game the other day, and I could have run about more than he did. So no, I can't pick him. I can't keep protecting people who don't want to run about and train, who are about three stone overweight. What am I supposed to keep saying, keep getting your 60, 70 grand a week but don't train?

– Harry Redknapp, QPR Manager

QPR lost yesterday's match 3-2 after conceding two own goals. The result means they have taken just four points from their first eight Premier League games.

Harry Redknapp's team are bottom of the Premier League. Credit: PA
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Redknapp suggests Taarabt weighs 15 stone

Redknapp has questioned Taarabt's attitude and application. Credit: PA

Harry Redknapp's post match comments after QPR's 2-3 defeat against Liverpool on Sunday suggest Adel Taarabt weighs some 15 stone.

The 67 year-old launched an astonishing attack against Taarabt, claiming he cannot "protect people who are about three stone overweight," after being quizzed about why the Moroccan was absent from his matchday squad.

I pick people that want to try, and deserve to be at a good football club like QPR, and want to work, and come in every day and want to work, and train, and show a good attitude.

And that's what I got today from the players. When he starts doing that, whether he ever can do it, maybe he'll get a game.

The other lads, I've got a fantastic group of lads here, absolutely superb, all of them. I can't keep protecting people who don't want to run about and train, who are about three stone overweight. What am I supposed to keep saying, keep getting your 60, 70 grand a week but don't train?

– QPR manager Harry Redknapp

According to the NHS, the ideal weight for a healthy man of Tarrabt's 5 ft 11 in frame is around 75 kilograms, or 12 stone, which suggests the attacking midfielder is currently 15 stone.

QPR remain rooted to the foot of the Premier League with four points from eights games following the dramatic defeat against Liverpool.

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