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Koeman reacts to defeat as Saints go out of FA Cup

Southampton are out of the FA Cup after losing at home to Crystal Palace. The final score was 3-2. Saints boss Ronald Koeman has been reacting to the defeat.

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Dover FC get ready for Premier League clash

It's the big footballing news of the day - no, not Steven Gerrard leaving Liverpool - it's Sunday's FA Cup match between Dover Athletic and Crystal Palace.

The local side are four leagues below Palace, but are currently enjoying a run of 16 games without defeat so can they pull off an historic victory? David Johns has been to see how confident they're feeling.

He spoke to the Chairman of Dover Athletic FC, Jim Parmenter and the club's manager, Chris Kinnear.

Football fan banned for racist abuse of player

A supporter at a Gillingham game has been hit with a three-year Football Banning Order after pleading guilty to the racial harassment of a Peterborough player.

Tony Edward Jackson, 33, of Medway Road in Sheerness, was arrested during a League One fixture between Gillingham and Peterborough United at Priestfield Stadium on Tuesday 16 September.

He was later charged with a racially aggravated public order offence, which he admitted and as well as the banning order, he was given a community order to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work within 12 months, £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Football fan banned from games Credit: Kent Police

Medway Magistrates’ Court heard that during the second half, Jackson was sat behind the Peterborough dug-out and was heard by the victim shouting abuse at a player leaving the pitch during a substitution.

It caused the victim, who was sitting on the substitutes’ bench to turn and look at him. As he did so, Jackson shouted a racially offensive comment which was likely to incite public disorder.

Officers were made aware of the incident and arrested Jackson at the stadium.

Jackson was served a three-year Football Banning Order, which precludes him from attending any football match above Conference South level, which is the second tier of non-league football, upwards.

The orders are a preventative measure designed to stop potential troublemakers from travelling to and attending football matches, both at home and abroad. Anyone who commits a football-related offence at one of these stadiums can be arrested and a Football Banning Order applied for.

These totally unacceptable comments made by Jackson are so out of place in what is a family-friendly environment and will simply not be tolerated.

Instances like this happen very rarely, but my officers attend matches to ensure those thinking of ruining the game and match day experience for others will be swiftly ejected and put before the courts where they run the risk of being banned from entering football grounds for several years.

We want to work with clubs and the FA and other organisations to stamp out such deplorable behaviour and would encourage anyone who experiences or hears anyone committing these types of offences to report it to police.

– Chief Superintendent Alison Roden

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Family teach children to save lives after son died 'from a single punch'

He died from a single punch. Promising footballer Connor Saunders died after a fight in Rottingdean, near Brighton, two years ago.

Today his family held an assembly at a local school telling pupils the lessons they've learned. The Connor Saunders Foundation hopes to provide a legacy for youngsters, teaching them to save lives rather than take them.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Darran Saunders and Courtney Saunders-Jones.

Could Ronaldinho be heading to the South?

Non-league Basingstoke Town bidding for Ronaldinho Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Non-league Basingstoke Town have made a cheeky bid to sign Brazil World Cup winner Ronaldinho.

The 34 year old is now a free agent after leaving Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro.

Basingstoke - who play at the town's Soccer AM Stadium - are reportedly in touch with the player's agent in a bid to attract him to the Conference South.

Praise for Southampton's new kit

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