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Dortmund 'get their towels down early' ahead of final

Borussia Dortmund's @BVB Twitter account has made humorous reference to a German stereotype ahead of the side's Champions League final at London's Wembley Stadium this weekend.

A series of tweeted pictures shows Dortmund towels on deckchairs in front of famous London landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Marble Arch and Big Ben.

Dortmund are narrow outsiders to win Saturday's final against countrymen Bayern Munich.

Dortmund's towel on a deckchair outside Buckingham Palace. Credit: @BVB
The deckchair outside Marble Arch. Credit: @BVB
A statue of John Betjeman had been adorned with Dortmund's famous yellow and black too. Credit: @BVB

Dortmund receive 500,000 applications for Wembley tickets

Dortmund are known for their passionate 'Yellow Wall' of supporters. Credit: DPA

Borussia Dortmund have received more than half a million ticket applications for the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, the Bundesliga club said.

Dortmund, who have an average home attendance of around 80,000, said 502,567 fans had applied for tickets online before Sunday's deadline.

"It's absolutely crazy," said the club, adding that a draw would be made to determine who would get the 24,042 tickets the club has been allocated for the match on May 25.

The two finalists have been allocated a total of nearly 50,000 tickets for the final at London's Wembley Stadium, even though the total capacity will be 86,000.

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999 caller reports Man United's controversial red card

Manchester United winger Nani being shown a red card Credit: PA

A football fan so disgusted with the referee’s decision to send-off a player in last night’s Champions League clash, rang 999 to report the incident to Nottinghamshire Police.

The 18-year-old Manchester United supporter was watching the second-leg tie against Real Madrid from his home in a village near Bingham, when he felt that Nani's controversial sending-off for a high challenge was a crime, so subsequently called police.

The man later apologised for his actions, claiming to have been caught up in the excitement.

Around two per cent of all calls reported are considered hoax by Nottinghamshire Police, with 6,933 incidents in 2012.

Highlights from last night's Champions League clash can be found here.

Football fan cleared of drunken killing

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Chelsea beat Bayern Munich on penalties in the Champions League final in May.

A man who killed his best friend in an alcohol-fuelled fight over a football match has walked free from court.

Daniel Janik, a 30-year-old Polish hospital porter, was cleared of murder and manslaughter at the Old Bailey.

The court heard how he and Przemyslaw Lepkowski, a 24-year-old hospital cleaner, watched Chelsea's Champions League final win over Bayern Munich on television, with each of them supporting opposing teams.

Sarah Plaschkes QC, prosecuting, said Lepkowski had suffered 41 injuries after the men got into a drunken brawl and he died of strangulation.

Benitez targets Europa League glory after Champions League exit

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez has set his sights on Europa League glory - despite becoming the first Champions League holders to exit at the group stage.

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

The Blues beat FC Nordsjaelland 6-1 at Stamford Bridge, but were knocked out as Juventus' victory at Shakhtar Donetsk condemned them to third place in Group E.

The Europa League now awaits the west Londoners, whose manager Benitez collected his first win since replacing Roberto di Matteo.

He said: "You ask me if I will take the Europa League seriously; every competition is important for us so we will try to do our best and win if we can.

"We know that it is an important competition and we want to go as far as we can and if we can win the competition, we will try to do that."

For more on the night of high drama visit ITV Football.

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Police arrest 25 ahead of Manchester City vs. Ajax match

Manchester City's manager Roberto Mancini (C) talks to his players at the Amsterdam Arena stadium Credit: REUTERS/United Photos

Police have arrested 25 football fans in central Amsterdam ahead of the Champions League match between Manchester City and Ajax Amsterdam, a police spokeswoman said.

The arrests took place in the early evening in the city's red light district, a popular destination for visiting tourists, famed for its bars and legal brothels.

"Most of them were arrested for public violence," said Marjolein Koek, a spokeswoman for the police.

"Everything has calmed down now, and most of the supporters have gone to the stadium," she said, adding that police would decide whether to bring charges after further investigation.

Chelsea kick off Champions League defence against Juve

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Chelsea skipper John Terry missed last season's final through suspension. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Chelsea begin their defence of the Champions League trophy tonight against one of Europe's heavyweights, with Italian champions Juventus the guests at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester United also start their campaign at home, against Turkish side Galatasary, while Celtic entertain Portugal's Benfica.

Follow ITV Football for detailed coverage of the night's matches.

Drogba: 'Winning Champions League was the turning point'

Didier Drogba will leave Chelsea when his contract runs out at the end of June, the club announced today.

"Winning the game was the turning point, " he said. "That's why I decided - we made history all together and I want people to remember that - and I think that's the best time to move on."

Drobga's winning penalty saw Chelsea crowned champions of Europe on Saturday.

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