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Visiting Croatian fans throw flares onto pitch during Euro 2016 qualifier

Play was temporarily suspended during tonight's Euro 2016 qualifier between Italy and Croatia after visiting fans threw flares and firecrackers onto the pitch.

A firefighter removes a flare from the field during the Euro 2016 qualifying soccer match between Italy and Croatia Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

Riot police were seen entering the Croatian fan's section of the stands before the match resumed.

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Amir Khan denied visa to visit USA for fight

Khan was hoping to watch Floyd Mayweather's fight in Las Vegas. Credit: PA

Amir Khan's plans to travel to America this weekend have been halted after his visa application was declined.

The 27-year-old was due to fly to Las Vegas to attend Floyd Mayweather's fight with Marcos Maidana on Saturday, and had used his Twitter account to advertise promotional duties he would be carrying out while there.

His bid to do so was thwarted, though, with the welterweight saying his visa application had been declined.

It was reported that Khan had asked Prime Minister David Cameron for assistance.

Khan has had difficulties travelling to America before. In 2010 he had to train in Canada after visa delays, while in 2011 he claimed he was held in Los Angeles customs for over two hours because he is a Muslim.

The Bolton fighter is eager to be present at Mayweather's rematch with Maidana, as he attempts to persuade the world's number-one pound-for-pounder boxer to give him a 2015 fight.

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Fan punched police horse after heavy derby loss

Barry Rogerson was involved in the incident with a police horse after the team he supports, Newcastle United, lost heavily in the local derby against Sunderland in April.

Shortly after the incident above, Mr Rogerson said he "lashed out" because he was trying to protect himself after becoming separated from his friends.

"I'm not proud," he told ITV Tyne Tees at the time. "I really let my family down."

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Twelve-month sentence for horse punch man

Barry Rogerson is given a 12 month sentence Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A man has been jailed for 12 months for punching a police horse in the face after a match between Newcastle United and Sunderland.

Forty-five-year-old Barry Rogerson, of Bedlington, Northumberland, last month pleaded guilty to a charge of violent disorder.

At Newcastle Crown Court today (Thursday) Rogerson was also given a six year football banning order.

His Honour Judge Paul Sloan QC said: "You attended the football match and by the time the match ended you were worse for wear from drinking while taking your medication.

"You were clapping your hands at the police horse, remaining there despite repeated requests to move.

"You had plenty opportunity to move away but punched the horse in the head."

Rogerson was one of seven men being dealt with by Newcastle Crown Court having pleaded guilty to violent disorder. All were jailed.

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It's official, we've got football on the brain

Fans at the Emirates Stadium. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

More than half of football fans think about the game once every minute according to new research.

A study by the Football Association shows that 52% of fans can't go more than 60 seconds without thinking about football and the same number admit they think about it more than food.

Nine out of ten football fans (94%) admitted they plan their year around the football season. Holiday bookings are also planned around the season with 89% saying they take it into account so they don't miss any games.

Nearly 60% of fans polled also say they get withdrawal symptoms after the season ends with 53% saying the start of the season is the event they look forward to most in the year.

The research has been released by The FA today to mark the Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day taking place this Saturday

NFL star Aaron Hernandez charged with murder

NFL player Aaron Hernandez pictured handcuffed in Massachusetts after being charged with murder and weapons violations. Credit: Reuters

Aaron Hernandez, a 23-year-old American football star with the New England Patriots, has been charged with murder and sacked by his team.

Hernandez pleaded not guilty to one murder charge and five weapons violations in the shooting death of a 27-year-old man.

Hernandez had been questioned by investigators and his house searched after the body of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional American football player for the Boston Bandits, was discovered on June 17th in an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez's house.

Hodgson asks fans for calm ahead of England game

Roy Hodgson Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

England manager Roy Hodgson has written to ticket holders for Wednesday's friendly against Ireland asking them to behave, in the first meeting between the teams since English supporters caused the abandonment of a match in Dublin in 1995.

The Dublin friendly 18 years ago was stopped after 27 minutes when England fans rioted by ripping out seats and throwing them towards the pitch. Their motive was hatred of the IRA, and the FA fears IRA chanting at this week's fixture at Wembley.

In the email, Hodgson writes: "Ahead of the Ireland fixture, on behalf of the FA, I would like to ask our supporters to please respect our opponents and welcome them in the right way.

"Wembley is considered the world over as the home of football and we ask those attending not to take part in any chanting - particularly of a religious or political perspective - which could cause offence to our visitors or fellow fans.

Manchester City and Chelsea fans amass for Semi-Final

Manchester City and Chelsea fans have packed out Wembley Stadium this afternoon as their teams clash for a place in the FA Cup final.

Watch the game live on the ITV Sport website.

A young Manchester City fan cheers on his team in the stands Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images
A young Chelsea fan arrives at Wembley Stadium ahead of the game Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Fans make their way in to Wembley Stadium Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport
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