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Former Stoke City defender dies aged 25

Dionatan Teixeira made two appearances in a three-year spell with Stoke City. Credit: PA

Former Stoke defender Dionatan Teixeira has died aged 25, the Premier League club have announced.

The Brazilian-born player, who played twice for Stoke's first team after moving to the club in 2014, was registered with Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol at the time of his death.

Teixeira also played for Kosice, Slovan Bratislava, Banik Ruzina and Dukla Banska Bystrica and made eight appearances for Fleetwood Town during a loan spell from Stoke in 2015.

A statement on Stoke's website read: "Stoke City extends sincere condolences to the family of former defender Dionatan Teixeira following his untimely passing at the age of 25."

Chief executive Tony Scholes added: "Dionatan was a hugely popular member of our squad and it's difficult to comprehend that he has passed away at such a young age."

A statement on the Sheriff website said Teixeira had travelled to his native Brazil in the summer and had been due to return to the club.

No details were given about how he died.

The Sheriff statement read: "We express our sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of Dionotan. He will remain forever in our hearts."

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Watford and Stoke charged by the FA

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Watford and Stoke have been charged with failing to control their players by the Football Association.

Stoke's 1-0 win at Vicarage Road on Saturday came to a bad-tempered conclusion with two separate incidents involving players from both sides squaring up to each other.

First, Watford's Abdoulaye Doucoure and City's Mame Biram Diouf were booked after they scuffled on the touchline three minutes from full-time.

Then, in stoppage time, Hornets skipper Troy Deeney sparked a second melee when he grabbed the face of Stoke midfielder Joe Allen.

That flashpoint came after Stoke had put the ball out of play with a player down injured, but rather than pass the ball back Deeney attempted a cross into the visitors' penalty area.

Allen reacted angrily and clashed with Deeney, who appeared to dig his thumbs into the face of the Wales international as other players tried to prise them apart.

Deeney and Allen were also booked, but the Hornets captain was subsequently hit with a separate charge of violent conduct.

An FA statement read: "Watford and Stoke City (have been) charged for failing to control their players during (the) fixture on 28/10/17. Both clubs have until 6pm on Friday to respond.

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