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Manchester United champions scarves already on sale outside Old Trafford

It's not wrapped up yet! 'Champions' scarves already on sale outside Old Trafford… but not many fans will want to display their 'friendship' merchandise

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

18:35 GMT, 8 April 2013

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UPDATED:

07:01 GMT, 9 April 2013

Fans heading to Monday night's Manchester derby are sure to take notice of some of the scarves on sale outside Old Trafford.

The merchandise traders have got in early by proudly selling United 'Champions 20 times' scarves – despite the Premier League title not yet being mathematically over.

With the slogan 'Are you watching
City' emblazoned across the top, they are likely to become collectors'
items should City's win spark a shock late run to the title.

Ahead of the game: A United scarf seller proudly displays a '20 times Champions' scarf

Ahead of the game: A United scarf seller proudly displays a '20 times Champions' scarf

While the '20 times' scarves are sure to be a popular purchase for the home supporters, another design on sale might not fly off the shelves.

Half-red, half-blue 'friendship' scarves were also on display, despite the rivalry between the two clubs.

But 'friendship' is sure to be the last thing on either side's mind as they battle for the title.

Friendship: Half-and-half scarves were also on sale despite the rivalry between the neighbouring clubs

Friendship: Half-and-half scarves were also on sale despite the rivalry between the neighbouring clubs

Scarves

Mixed messages: The United-City 'friendship' scarf (left) alongside a more partisan piece of merchandise

Mixed messages: The United-City 'friendship' scarf (left) alongside a more partisan piece of merchandise

Tottenham v Inter Milan: Ref sent blind man"s stick by angry fans

Tottenham's ref is getting some stick! Angry Croatian fans send match official a white cane after he admits high-profile mistake… and he's in charge for Spurs match at Inter

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

15:15 GMT, 13 March 2013

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UPDATED:

17:53 GMT, 13 March 2013

The referee of Thursday's Europa League match between Tottenham and Inter Milan has been sent a blind man's white stick by fans of Croatian side Hajduk Split after they were enraged by a contentious decision.

Ivan Bebek's call in a recent game between Split and Dinamo Zagreb frustrated supporters so much they sent a package to the Croatian Football Federation for the ref which included the white stick, a jersey and a Dinamo scarf.

The fans' club issued a statement saying: 'We apologise to blind people, we do not want to offend anyone, but just want to help the referee Ivan Bebek ahead of the game.'

Provocative: But the fan club insisted they did not wish to offend anyone

Provocative: But the fan club insisted they did not wish to offend anyone

Bebek admitted after the game on his Facebook profile that in hindsight he failed to call a clear penalty in favour of Hajduk Split.

The frustrated Split fans have now also forwarded on pictures of the package to Tottenham as a warning to them about the ref ahead of their crunch Europa League game.

Trusted: Ivan Bebek will overlook Spurs v Inter

Trusted: Ivan Bebek will overlook Spurs v Inter

Comfortable lead: Tottenham are 3-0 up to the third leg, in which Jan Vertonghen headed their third goal

Comfortable lead: Tottenham are 3-0 up to the third leg, in which Jan Vertonghen headed their third goal

Controversial Given the difficulty that can be involved in refereeing Gareth Bale, Ivan Bebek may be relieved he is suspended

Controversial Given the difficulty that can be involved in refereeing Gareth Bale, Ivan Bebek may be relieved he is suspended

From the spot: Steven Gerrard's penalty gave Liverpool victory over Tottenham on Sunday

From the spot: Steven Gerrard's penalty gave Liverpool victory over Tottenham on Sunday

Luis Suarez to Manchester United? No just dodgy lookalike of Champions League heartbreaker Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid

Suarez to United No – just a dodgy lookalike of Champions League heartbreaker Ronaldo

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

12:46 GMT, 6 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:04 GMT, 6 March 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo received a rapturous ovation on his return to Old Trafford as Real Madrid toppled Manchester United in the Champions League last night.

But he might be less pleased with the merchandise on sale outside the Theatre of Dreams – because it makes him look like Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

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Doppelganger: This United fans' scarf (left), on sale before last night's Champions League exit to Real Madrid, looks more like Luis Suarez - the hitman for arch-rivals Liverpool - than the former Old Trafford hero

Doppelganger: This United fans' scarf (left), on sale before last night's Champions League exit to Real Madrid, looks more like Luis Suarez – the hitman for arch-rivals Liverpool – than the former Old Trafford hero

A scarf meant to depict the former United favourite is a dead ringer for United’s arch rivals’ talisman Suarez, complete with No 7, which Ronaldo shares with the Uruguayan.

Ronaldo scored the winner in Madrid’s 2-1 win, and displayed his love for his previous employers by not celebrating his goal.

He was even looking glum at the airport this morning and apologised for knocking his former club out of the competition.

Suarez

Ronaldo

Dead ringer Uruguayan striker Suarez (left), and Ronaldo (right), looking glum after scoring last night

Welcome home: A young United fan greets the Ronaldo, who left Old Trafford for Madrid in 2009

Welcome home: A young United fan greets the Ronaldo, who left Old Trafford for Madrid in 2009

The fans responded by celebrating their former hero’s return last night, holding up banners calling for him to move back to Old Trafford.

Whether anyone bought this scarf, though, for fear of being outed as a closet Kopite, is unknown.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Phelan deals with Fergie fall-out

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Manchester derby: Rio Ferdinand cut and City fans cheered… but United players taunted supporters

Barbaric City minority ruined this outstanding derby… but it was gratuitous and unnecessary to taunt the defeated fans

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UPDATED:

18:34 GMT, 9 December 2012

The savage behaviour from a small section of the Manchester City support at the Etihad was a disappointing end to another outstanding derby.

The vast majority of City fans will have been sickened to witness the hurling of flares, bottles and coins at United's players, and fans, as they celebrated Robin van Persie's winning goal.

I was sitting about 30 yards away from Rio Ferdinand when he doubled over after being struck by a coin above his left eye.

Controversy: Rio Ferdinand celebrated in front of the Manchester City fans before being hit by a coin

Controversy: Rio Ferdinand celebrated in front of the Manchester City fans before being hit by a coin

Controversy: Rio Ferdinand celebrated in front of the Manchester City fans before being hit by a coin

Controversy: Rio Ferdinand celebrated in front of the Manchester City fans before being hit by a coin

The centre back, who was celebrating near the home fans, sustained a nasty-looking cut, which some City supporters sitting near me even cheered upon seeing the shot had drawn blood.

It didn't stop there. As Ferdinand was helped off the pitch, a young fan with a blue and white wooly hat and scarf slipped onto the field unnoticed.

For some reason he chased after the bewildered Ferdinand. Thankfully, the fan slipped as he neared the 34-year-old and was apprehended by City keeper Joe Hart before he could inflame the situation further.

Controversy: Rio Ferdinand celebrated in front of the Manchester City fans before being hit by a coin

Shameful: City fans let off flares and aimed abuse, and objects, at the visiting United fans, who responded

Manchester City fans taunt the United fans

Manchester City fans taunt the United fans

United players Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young hardly acted to calm an already volatile situation when Van Persie's free-kick hit the back of the net deep into stoppage time

Rooney, who had scored two goals himself earlier in the game, sprinted past his own fans before sliding on his knees and hollering at City fans before the first missile had been thrown. He too complained to referee Martin Atkinson of being hit by a flying object.

Young acted with a similar lack of responsibility. As he jogged back to the United half he goaded the rival fans by raising his arms, bouncing around and shouting – rather than celebrating with his team-mate Patrice Evra.

Provocative: Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young celebrated in front of the City fans as United won the derby

Provocative: Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young celebrated in front of the City fans as United won the derby

Ashley Young

Both Young and Rooney had received more than their share of abuse from the City fans, but it was gratuitous and unnecessary to taunt the defeated fans.

Even after Ferdinand had been ushered off the pitch and play had resumed, a small number of City supporters continued to throw objects over the dividing line of police officers and stewards.

Not only was a blue, smoking flare thrown on the pitch, dozens of missiles were hurled into the away section from the East Stand.

Intruder: A City fan is removed from the pitch after running on from the stands at the Etihad

Intruder: A City fan is removed from the pitch after running on from the stands at the Etihad

Intruder: A City fan is removed from the pitch after running on from the stands at the Etihad

At one point, a cylindrical missile – perhaps a bottle, perhaps an unlit flare – was launched towards the travelling fans' section.

It struck a previously oblivious, celebrating United fan flush in the face. He instantly clutched his head and bent over out of my line of sight.

The majority of United fans continued their celebrations, with a few on the fringes closest to their blue counterparts chanting at the City fans, and a couple even throwing objects back the other way.

Target: Rooney was abused as he prepared to take a United corner

Target: Rooney was abused as he prepared to take a United corner

It isn't often I've witnessed City lose at the Etihad Stadium in the past couple of years, but I've never seen anything like the barbarous behaviour shown by some of their supporters.

It doubtlessly hurt all City fans to see their immaculate home record come to an end at the hands of arch rivals United, but the ugly scenes after the winning goal shocked the watching world and marred what should have been another glowing endorsement for the Premier League.

Roberto Mancini: Manchester City wanted Fernando Torres but 50m price tag was too high

Mancini: We wanted Torres but the 50m price tag was too high

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UPDATED:

00:05 GMT, 25 November 2012

Roberto Mancini has revealed he wanted to sign Fernando Torres – but pulled out because the price was too high.

The Manchester City manager chased Torres when the Spaniard was
regarded as one of the world's top strikers and looking to leave
Liverpool in January 2011.

Just the ticket: Roberto Mancini and his players wait at Stockport station for train to London on Saturday

Just the ticket: Roberto Mancini and his players wait at Stockport station for train to London on Saturday

Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini

Made in Italy: Mancini catches the eye in his natty hat and City scarf

But when the figures quoted were regarded as too high even for City's ultra-wealthy owners from Abu Dhabi, Mancini opted to sign Edin Dzeko from Wolfsburg for 27million, just over half the record 50m Chelsea ended up paying for Torres in the same transfer window.

Mancini's revelation adds an intriguing twist to this afternoon's game at Stamford Bridge when Chelsea will be led out for the first time by Rafa Benitez and City defend the last remaining unbeaten league record in England this season.

Mancini said: 'We were interested in Torres two years ago. There was a moment when we had a chance but the price was too high and we decided on other players. Now he's at Chelsea.

'We had four or five strikers in mind but, in the end, we signed Edin. We talked about this player [Torres] but we were probably missing a player with different qualities like Edin. He's strong in the air and is different from Fernando.

Target man: Man City wanted Fernando Torres

Target man: Man City wanted Fernando Torres

'I still think Torres is a good player. Every striker can have a difficult moment, but for me he is always dangerous.'

Torres has scored just once in his past eight games for Chelsea and managed only 19 goals in 87 appearances overall since his record transfer to Stamford Bridge.

One of the reasons Benitez has been hired by Roman Abramovich following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo is to get his former Liverpool striker firing again like he did at Anfield.

Mancini warned: 'Fernando had a problem after Liverpool, but he's scored important goals for Chelsea and he won the Champions League with them.'

Leon Osman escapes grumpy old men at Everton to fulfil England dream

Osman escapes grumpy old men at Everton to fulfil England dream in Sweden

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UPDATED:

22:41 GMT, 12 November 2012

Leon Osman normally spends international week trying to cheer up Everton’s version of the grumpy old men.

‘There’s usually four or five of us left behind,’ said Osman. ‘There’s me, Phil Neville, Sylvain Distin, Tony Hibbert and Steven Pienaar, now he’s retired from international football.

‘There’s not much you can do. It’s usually running. I’m a lot happier to be here, I can tell you. I’m sure they’ll miss me. I’m the lively one.’

Tache-tastic: Osman has been called up for the first time at the age of 31

Tache-tastic: Osman has been called up for the first time at the age of 31

On Wednesday, Osman will be in Sweden with England, called into the senior team for the first time at the age of 31, and it was a popular choice by Roy Hodgson.

‘We were out on the training pitch when I saw more staff than usual by the side of the pitch,’ said Osman. ‘I didn’t think anything of it at the time. Then the manager called us together in a circle and announced I was in the squad.

‘There was a lot of hair ruffling and kidney punching and the child-like stuff that comes with it. All the staff were cheering. It was a great moment.’

Osman went home and put on Sky Sports News, sat his sons Cole and Deacon in front of the screen and watched as his eldest Cole, aged seven, worked it out. ‘It was a great moment,’ said Osman.

Fine form: The midfielder has helped Everton into fourth place

Fine form: The midfielder has helped Everton into fourth place

‘There was a confused look on his face and I said, “That’s our name, you know”. When he realised, he was made up. I’m sure he’ll be allowed to stay up and watch.

‘When England play, I’m usually screaming at the telly with my scarf in my hand. I wouldn’t say I’d given up. It was looking more and more unlikely but, as an English lad, I’d never say never.

‘It’s fantastic to be here. If it’s a one-off that’s great but, being the character I am, if I get in the squad I want a cap and if I get one cap I’ll want two. I don’t think I’ll settle for anything but if it turns out to be one cap I’ll be delighted.’

League Two round-up: Swindon promoted

League Two round-up: Swindon promoted but Shews must wait

By
Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

17:32 GMT, 21 April 2012

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UPDATED:

20:49 GMT, 21 April 2012

Swindon were promoted to npower League One despite going down 3-1 at Gillingham on Saturday.

Paolo Di Canio's side will have been
disappointed not to have secured their own promotion – which was
confirmed courtesy of Torquay's defeat – but they remain four points
clear in the title race with two to play.

Paolo promoted: Di Canio will now look to secure the title for Swindon

Paolo promoted: Di Canio will now look to secure the title for Swindon

‘We have to focus on the title now,’ said Di Canio. ‘The last two performances are due to a long season, but I am happy for the players and the fans because after 10 months we can celebrate promotion.

‘Only one team can be called the champions, and I want us to be that team because I am a greedy man.

‘We have this in our hands, we are four points clear so we need to win on Saturday. I will do everything I can.’

Chris Whelpdale scored twice for Gills – who maintain a notional play-off hope of their own – with Danny Kedwell kicking off the scoring and Alan McCormack grabbing Swindon's goal.

Second-placed Shrewsbury missed the opportunity to join the Robins in booking a place in League One as they drew 1-1 with Accrington.

Going up: Swindon players celebrate their promotion

Going up: Swindon players celebrate their promotion

Terry Gornell and Bryan Hughes were the scorers.

Torquay slipped to fourth after goals from Rashid Yussuf and George Moncur condemned them to defeat at AFC Wimbledon.

That allowed Crawley to replace them in the final automatic promotion place after a 1-1 draw at Dagenham.

Scarf ace: Di Canio gives his scarf to a young fan as a momento

Scarf ace: Di Canio gives his scarf to a young fan as a momento

Charlie Wassmer put Crawley ahead only for the equaliser to arrive via Billy Bingham just before the interval.

Crewe extended their unbeaten run to 14 games to move into the final play-off place, David Artell scoring the only goal against sixth-placed Cheltenham.

Salute: Di Canio

Punch the air: Swindon's Alan McCormack netted his side's only goal

Salute: Di Canio (left) saw Alan McCormack (right) net Swindon's only goal

Oxford were the side to make way for Alexandra after their 1-1 draw at Plymouth, Asa Hall equalising for United following Robbie Williams' early opener.

At the wrong end of the table Macclesfield slipped behind Hereford to go bottom.

They lost 1-0 at Bradford, with James Hanson the match-winner. Hereford claimed a point courtesy of a goalless draw against Northampton.

Riding high: Alan Connell after Swindon learned of their promotion

Riding high: Alan Connell after Swindon learned of their promotion

The only other side involved in the relegation battle are Barnet, who sit two points above the Bulls.

Elsewhere Aldershot drubbed hosts Burton 4-0, with goals from Peter Vincenti, Wilko Risser and two from Guy Madjo.

Port Vale beat 10-man Bristol Rovers 1-0, Marc Richards on target in the 23rd minute and Tom Parkes seeing red 16 minutes later.

Lewis Grabban was the last-gasp hero as Rotherham beat Morecambe 3-2, scoring the match-winner – and his second of the game – in added time. By that point the Millers were down a man following Ryan Cresswell's second caution.

Jason Taylor scored the Rotherham's second goal, with Jordan Burrow and Jack Redshaw netting for the visitors.