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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

Police probe Wembley football violence

Police said they are investigating incidents involving Millwall supporters at today's FA Cup semi-final that left some fans bloodied and younger ones in tears.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said:

Ten people have been arrested following sporadic disorder among fans in the Millwall supporters' area at Wembley. Investigations into the circumstances of the incidents are continuing.


Pictures show scuffles between Millwall fans

Millwall football fans fought each other at Wembley as their side lost 2-0 to Wigan in the FA Cup semi-final today.

Millwall fans squared up to each other in the stands Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport
The south London club has a reputation for football hooliganism Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport
All today's violence at Wembley involved supporters of the same club Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Former Millwall player says fans 'tainted' FA Cup semi

Former Millwall player Paul Ifill said Lions fans who fought each other in the stands during today's FA Cup defeat to Wigan "tainted the day".

Millwall fan violence mars Wigan FA Cup win

Wigan Athletic have reached the FA Cup final for the first time in their history, beating Millwall in a match that was marred by scenes of violence involving fans of the London club.

Wigan goalscorers Shaun Maloney (left) and Callum McManaman Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Shaun Maloney and Callum McManaman scored in a 2-0 win for the Latics, whose victory means the club qualify for Europe.

Millwall fans could be seen fighting each other in the stands throughout the second half of the Wembley semi-final.

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