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Ex-ref Poll backs video replays idea

Graham Poll believes the idea will help officials combat cheats. Credit: PA

Former Premier League referee Graham Poll has voiced his support for FIFA president Sepp Blatter's plan to introduce television replays into the game.

Poll says the measures are needed as players are now 'more deceitful than they ever have been'.

Blatter announced on Monday that he would like to have the concept, allowing managers to contest decisions, trialled before the end of 2015.

The game has speeded up. Players are more crafty and deceitful than they have ever been.

Unfortunately, that is a fact of life, therefore referees do need help.

I'm in favour of some technology. I would question whether we should give that power to the coaches or managers.

– Former referee Graham Poll speaking on FiveLive

Man United to announce record revenue

Manchester United's financial results didn't suffer due to their poor form on the pitch. Credit: PA

Manchester United are expected to announce record revenue on Wednesday, despite last season's seventh-place finish in the Premier League.

The club made £420million, ensuring a £25million profit for the Red Devils, significantly down from a £146.4million profit for 2012-13.

The details of former manager David Moyes' pay-off will also be released in the figures.


Sepp Blatter: 'My mission is not finished'

Blatter said his mission is not finished Credit: Chris Young

Confirming he will stand for another term in a video interview played at the Soccerex conference in Manchester, Fifa President Seb Blatter said: "You see a mission is never finished. And my mission is not finished.

"Then I got through the last Congress in Sao Paulo not only the impression but the support of the majority, a huge majority of national associations asking 'Please go on, be our president also in future'."


Supporters pay off fine for fan who took free kick

Football fans have come together to pay off the fine for a fellow supporter who admitted running onto the pitch and taking a free during a Premier League match between West Ham and Tottenham.

Jordan Dunn's actions were cheered by parts of the crowd at Upton Park. Credit: PA

Jordan Dunn, 22, forced West Ham goalkeeper Adrian into making a save after acting on an impulse when he invaded the pitch at Upton Park on August 16th.

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

He was ordered by the judge to pay a total of £305 but spared a ban from attending future matches.

Today an online appeal titled "Jordan Dunn FineRaiser" reached that amount after attracting 37 donations.

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.

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."

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