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36 heroes break world record for longest football game - after 108 hours

This has to be one of the most heroic and inspiring football matches in history.

This afternoon 36 amateur players completed the world's longest game ever - 108 hours of goals, saves, shots and tackles, and a lot more blisters besides. The final score 872 - 1,009.

The match was staged in memory of three Sussex players including Jacob Schilt and Matt Grimstone, killed in the Shoreham aircrash.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to organiser Michael Standing, captains Paul Grimstone and Jordan Lucas, and players Kevin Widdows and James Fernandes.

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Southampton boss unhappy with Man Utd over Van Gaal

Koeman makes his feeling known about the way Van Gaal was treated. Credit: PA

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has criticised the way Man United handled the dismissal of Louis van Gaal.

Hours after the Red Devils lifted the FA Cup trophy at Wembley, it emerged they would be dismissing their manager following months of endless speculation about his future.

Despite rumours of secret talks between the club and Jose Mourinho's representatives, Van Gaal was reportedly kept in the dark about United's plans to replace him in the summer.

Mourinho has since been confirmed as Van Gaal's replacement in the Old Trafford hotseat and speaking to the Sunday Mirror, Koeman explained:

I have watched the process around Louis and Jose Mourinho from a distance. For months we were all reading that Mourinho was busy with Manchester United. If Louis was not told about getting the sack until after the FA Cup Final, then Manchester United as a club don’t deserve a medal for the way they treated him.

If you know a little bit about the business at the highest level in football, then you know that these kind of deals are not done over night. But Louis has been put under tremendous pressure for months. This is why I admire the way he kept his dignity.

Of course, he had a number of run-ins with the media and there were moments when I thought ‘Louis, you could have dealt with that in another way.’ But Louis is Louis. But looking at the incredible pressure all around him, I think he did a great job winning a big trophy like the FA Cup.

– Ronald Koeman speaking to the Sunday Mirror

BREAKING: Reading FC sack Brian McDermott

He's gone- McDermott's been 'relieved of his duties' Credit: PA

BREAKING: Reading football club has just announced it has parted company with manager Brian McDermott. In the last few minutes its published a statement on the club website saying it was a 'difficult' decision.

More to follow.

After careful consideration, the board of Reading Football Club have taken the difficult decision to relieve Manager Brian McDermott of his duties.

We would like to sincerely thank Brian for all his hard work since his return to the club in December 2015 and wish him well in his future career.

The board of Reading Football Club will now undertake a rigorous recruitment process over the next few weeks to identify the right man to lead this club forward and into the 2016-17 season. The club will make a further announcement to our supporters in due course

– Reading FC website

Hitting back: Boxer put in coma by Brighton's Chris Eubank Jr launches bitter war of words

The boxer Nick Blackwell has condemned Brighton-based Chris Eubank Junior - and his father - for giving a press conference while he was in a coma.

The 25 year-old suffered swelling to the brain following a fight with Eubank Junior in March.

Blackwell says his family begged them not to talk to the media while he was in hospital. But the Eubank team say public pressure to speak was so huge they felt they had to.

Malcolm Shaw reports.

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Boxer slams Eubanks for speaking out while he was in coma

Nick Blackwell is recovering but will never box again Credit: Hennessy Sports

Boxer Nick Blackwell has criticised Brighton-based Chris Eubank Junior and his father for giving a press conference while he was in a coma.

The 25 year-old suffered swelling to the brain following a fight with Eubank Junior in March.

He says his family begged them not to talk to the media while he was in hospital.

The Eubank team say public pressure to speak was so huge they felt they had to speak out.

Team Eubank said they felt they HAD to speak out Credit: ITV Meridian

Blackwell was in an induced coma in hospital for several weeks, suffering from a bleed on the brain.

The bout was stopped in the 10th round after the doctor decided Blackwell was unable to see sufficiently from his left eye.

Nick Blackwell in his hospital bed Credit: Hennessy Sports

Bruno stays but captain Greer and goal hero Zamora to leave Seagulls

Brighton & Hove Albion have offered new contracts to player of the season runner-up Bruno, and goalkeepers Niki Maenpaa and Casper Ankergren.

But club captain Gordon Greer, Inigo Calderon, Andrew Crofts, Bobby Zamora and Adam Chicksen won't be offered new deals, and will leave at the end of June.

Loan players Steve Sidwell and James Wilson each return to their parent clubs – Stoke City and Manchester United respectively.

Manager Chris Hughton said, "It never gets any easier to make these decisions, or to deliver the news to players – particularly on the back of such a good season.

"In the case of Gordon and Calde, there is the added factor of their standing with the club. They are our two longest serving players in the current squad, and have each achieved so much for this football club.

"Similarly with Andrew Crofts, he has been an excellent servant across two spells here. He's another who's given so much to the club.

"With Bobby, his history with Brighton was written long before I arrived, but he has only added to that in this past season, with his performances, goals and contribution in the dressing room."

Bertrand, Kane, and Townsend chat during training

The football season has drawn to a close for our teams this week - and now fans can turn their attentions to Euro 2016.

This week manager Roy Hodgson announced his 26-man squad ahead of England's pre-tournament friendlies.

Among them is defender Ryan Bertrand - a former member of Gillingham's youth team. He joined the rest of the squad ahead of England's friendly against Turkey on Sunday. Lauren Hall reports

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