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Iniesta happy to be playing final in Barcelona

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta is unsurprisingly pleased that the Copa del Rey final will be played at the club's Nou Camp stadium.

The Catalans will face Athletic Bilbao in the final on 30 May in Barcelona, after the two clubs failed to agree on a neutral venue and Real Madrid refused to host it at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Andres Iniesta will get a home crowd. Credit: PA

"I like the choice," Iniesta told Spanish sports newspaper Marca. "It's a very good venue.

"The important thing is that we will be playing in the final.

"The Copa final is a very special day and we hope that it will be an extraordinary time for both Barca and Athletic fans."

Walcott reveals Arsenal yet to offer him a new deal

Walcott could leave on a free transfer. Credit: PA

Arsenal striker Theo Walcott has taken to Twitter to reveal the club has yet to offer him a new contract.

The England forward's current deal will expire at the end of next season and he will be allowed to leave on a free transfer if no contract is signed.

Walcott also moved to say that he has not demanded any contract from the club and denies any rift or bust-up with manager Arsene Wenger.


West Brom pay tribute to Astle with retro kit

West Brom will pay a memorable and lasting tribute to legendary striker Jeff Astle by wearing a replica of the white 1968 Wembley strip in which their centre forward enjoyed his most iconic Albion moment and scored the FA Cup Final winner.

West Brom beat Everton 1-0 at Wembley and Astle got the goal deep into extra-time.

The Baggies will wear the kit for their Premier League clash against Leicester City on April 11.

The change of strip is part of “Astle Day” when a Foundation in Jeff’s name will be launched by his family which will promote care of other sufferers and research and education into CTE (Chronic traumatic encephalopathy).

Astle passed away from the disease at the age of just 59 in 2002.


Former Arsenal striker Bendtner bags hat-trick in win over USA

Bendtner bagged three goals. Credit: Reuters

Nicklas Bendtner scored his first international hat-trick, including a last-gasp winner, as Denmark earned a 3-2 international friendly victory over the United States in Aarhus.

Jozy Altidore gave USA a 19th-minute lead with a powerful volley from a tight angle, before Bendtner tapped home from close range to equalise for Denmark shortly after the half-hour mark.

Jurgen Klinsmann's side got their noses in front once again when lax Denmark defending allowed Altidore to spring the offside trap and set up Aron Johannsson who made no mistake from close range.

Bendtner drew Denmark level when he blasted home at the far post with seven minutes remaining, before sealing his hat-trick and his side's victory in fine fashion by volleying home from the edge of the area in stoppage time.

Victory for Morten Olsen's side was the perfect preparation for Sunday's crunch Euro 2016 qualifier against France in Paris.

Liverpool defender to escape FA action over clown instagram post

Skrtel will escape any further action from FA. Credit: PA

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is likely to escape further punishment from the Football Association after he posted a picture of clowns on his Instagram account - which has been widely viewed as his comment on those who sat on the panel and decided the outcome of the hearing.

Skrtel failed in his bid to overturn a three-game ban for standing on Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

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He will miss the crucial match at top-four rivals Arsenal, the FA Cup quarter-final replay against Blackburn and the visit of Newcastle on April 13 after his appeal against a violent conduct charge - on the grounds his action was accidental and not intentional - was rejected by an independent panel.

Skrtel was charged on the basis of video evidence after referee Martin Atkinson missed the incident in the last seconds of Sunday's 2-1 defeat at Anfield.

Dag & Red midfielder charged over biting incident

Joss Labadie could face a ban. Credit: PA

Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Joss Labadie has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association following an incident involving Stevenage defender Ronnie Henry.

The Stevenage man accused Labadie of biting him and needed to be treated for a wound on his hand.

Labadie has until 6pm on 30 March to respond to the charge.

After the match, Stevenage boss Graham Westley said: "He's [Henry] not in a good situation, he's in the treatment room and he's suffered quite a nasty injury.

"Ronnie was in a state of shock, you don't go on a football pitch expecting to lose your finger and Ronnie was horrified by what has gone on because it's a football match and he's nearly lost his finger."

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