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West Ham fan admits 'moment of madness' free kick

A football fan has admitted running on to the pitch and taking a free kick during a Premier League match.

Jordan Dunn, 22, from Dover in Kent, became an internet sensation after he kicked the ball towards the goal West Ham United were defending at Upton Park against Tottenham last month.

Jordan Dunn runs on to the pitch during the Premier League match at Upton Park last month.
Jordan Dunn told the court he hadn't planned on taking the free kick: Credit: PA

His shot was saved by West Ham's goalkeeper while he was chased by a steward amid cheers from the crowd on August 16.

Today he apologised for a "moment of madness" as he pleaded guilty to a charge under Section 4 of the Football Offences Act 1991.

He is facing a ban from matches and a fine.

Dunn told police in an interview after he was arrested that he had been a West Ham fan since he was a little boy and it had always been one of his dreams to "run on the pitch and kick the ball", the court heard.

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Paul Gascoigne determined to beat alcohol addiction

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne said he can overcome the demons which saw him admitted to hospital in a drink-fuelled stupor.

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Paul Gascoigne. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive

The 46-year-old, whose legacy on the pitch has been overshadowed by alcohol and drug attractions, was treated in a Dorset hospital when he suffered a relapse last week after spending the previous seven months clean.

He told the Sunday Mirror: "I know I can overcome this. I am an alcoholic so I am taking one day at a time, but I will get there."

The former Tottenham Hotspur player said he turned to drink after being served with an eviction notice on his flat in Sandbanks, Poole, and described his latest relapse as a "blip".

He told the newspaper: "Up until a few weeks ago, I was doing great. I have an illness and I had a bad moment. Now I want to make sure it doesn't happen again."

Mercedes punish Rosberg over Hamilton crash

Formula One team Mercedes has disciplined Nico Rosberg for crashing into team-mate Lewis Hamilton during last weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, warning the German driver that "another such incident will not be tolerated."

The team said Rosberg has "acknowledged his responsibility for the contact" that occurred in the second lap of Sunday's race and "apologized for this error of judgment."

Nico Rosberg crashed into Lewis Hamilton while trying to overtake him.
Nico Rosberg (R) crashed into Lewis Hamilton while trying to overtake him. Credit: PA

Mercedes says "suitable disciplinary measures have been taken" against Rosberg but that he is free to race in the championship.

Rosberg leads the drivers' standings on 220 points, with Hamilton in second place on 191.

Mercedes says the two drivers "accept the team's No. 1 rule: there must be no contact between the team's cars on track."

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Rugby star Gough fined for assaulting ex-girlfriend

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Ian Gough was fined for assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Rugby player Ian Gough has been fined £1,000 for assaulting his beauty queen ex-girlfriend.

The 37 year old, who plays for Newport Gwent Dragons, was found guilty of grabbing former-Miss Wales Sophia Cahill and pushing her against his van as he dropped off their two-year-old son at her house in January.

In a victim impact statement read at Croydon Magistrates' Court, Miss Cahill - who is now engaged to pop star Dane Bowers - said she has suffered from anxiety and panic attacks since the incident and had been targeted on social media.

Gough had denied assault by beating, but was found guilty after a trial. He was fined £1,050 and ordered to pay a £105 victim surcharge, £775 towards prosecution costs and £200 compensation to Miss Cahill.

Speaking outside the court, Gough said he will appeal the conviction.

While I accept the court has to follow its procedures, I do not accept the guilty conviction against me. I am currently appealing the conviction.

– Ian Gough

Michel Platini does not rule out future Blatter 'fight'

Uefa president Michel Platini has announced he will not challenge Sepp Blatter for the presidency of world football's governing body, Fifa.

Speaking at a press conference in Monaco, the Frenchman did not rule out a future contest, saying: "I said I can beat Mr Blatter, but perhaps we will know in four years or six years or ten years if there will be a fight with Mr Blatter."

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Wayne Rooney: Captaincy 'a dream come true'

Wayne Rooney has tweeted that it is a "dream come true" to be named England captain.

In an interview on his official website, the Manchester United forward also said he would take "massive pride" in the role.

“As a kid I always loved the occasion of watching a big England game on the television. Back then I had a burning ambition to play for my country. Now to be appointed captain is beyond my wildest dreams," he said.

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Being named England captain is a dream and something I'll take great pride in doing. My exclusive interview is here – http://t.co/RwqO59k0vT

He revealed he planned to speak to former captain Steven Gerrard about the demands of the role.

Hodgson praises Rooney's 'commitment to cause'

Roy Hodgson says Wayne Rooney's "commitment to the cause", along with his experience captaining Manchester United contributed to the decision to make him the new England captain.

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Roy: Wayne Rooney deserves England armband - his commitment to the cause, his captaincy at Man Utd all played a part in my decision

Michel Platini: I wanted to do what was best for Uefa

Michel Platini said his commitment not to stand against Sepp Blatter for the Fifa presidency was the best decision for Uefa.

This is the decision I have made. I wanted to do what is best for Uefa,

Now is not my time, not yet. I want to complete what I have started and I want to go to the end of my contract with Uefa and if the federations wish I will still have a few years before this contract comes to an end.

I have thought long and hard but I never managed to convince myself that I had to go to Fifa.I chose from the heart and on the basis of my passionate feeling.

– Uefa president Michel Platini
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