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Stiliyan Petrov says he is lucky to be alive following leukaemia battle

I’m lucky to be alive! Villa captain Petrov reveals he is on the road to recovery in leukaemia battle

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

12:47 GMT, 17 April 2013

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UPDATED:

13:09 GMT, 17 April 2013

Stiliyan Petrov has revealed he is on the road to recovery following a battle with leukaemia after being diagnosed with the disease in March last year, saying he is lucky to be alive.

The Aston Villa club captain spoke about his experience with treatment for the disease and his appreciation of the fans who supported him at matches.

Defender Petrov, who has won 106 caps for his native Bulgaria, has not retired from the professional game and said he is lucky, due to the amount of people who die from the leukaemia.

Happy Birthday: Stiliyan Petrov has revealed he is on the road to recovery following his battle with leukaemia

Happy Birthday: Stiliyan Petrov has revealed he is on the road to recovery following his battle with leukaemia

'When it happened I knew what kind of
disease it was but I didn’t know anything about what kind of treatment
it was,' he told AVFC.co.uk

'While the treatment was going on I
was surprised how long things were dragging on, it kept dragging and I
kept thinking “when is this going to finish” but with a lot of patience
and a lot of support from family and friends and everybody I managed to
pull through. I had my hard moments but I had good moments as well.

'I can say I’m lucky because some
people with this disease will die very quickly and I managed to keep
battling and still be here, still standing. It’s really good, that’s a
great thing.'

Salute: Petrov acknowledges the Villa Park crowd, showing their support by applauding in the 19th minute

Salute: Petrov acknowledges the Villa Park crowd, showing their support by applauding in the 19th minute

Villa

Villa fans hold an applause in the 19th
minute of every game – marking Petrov's squad number – and the
midfielder paid tribute to the supporters who have stood by their
skipper.

'Yeah, the 19th minute has been just
incredible. It’s just showing their appreciation and their support. I
don’t know how I can thank the fans because it’s been incredible.

'Sometimes I have a joke with some
friends when they text me saying, ‘You’ve still got that applause in the
19th minute, when are they going to stop!’ But it’s been incredible.

Touching: Young Villa fans hold up a message in support of their captain

Touching: Young Villa fans hold up a message in support of their captain

In action: Villa skipper Petrov playing last season before the diagnosis ruled him out of contention

In action: Villa skipper Petrov playing last season before the diagnosis ruled him out of contention

'I’ve got a great wife, a strong,
great wife and she’s been unbelievable, incredible in this journey. The
kids as well, my mom and dad, my brother, my wife’s mum, they’ve all
been so strong and close beside me. Other friends as well, I can’t start
naming names because there are so many, they’ve been so supportive
every single day.

'To have support every single day from
people who have their own problems and their own life but they keep
finding the time to send you a message or call you, it’s just
unbelievable.'

Thoughts: Tributes to Petrov were displayed by teams around the Premier League

Thoughts: Tributes to Petrov were displayed by teams around the Premier League

Petrov also spoke about the club's current form, and has backed his team-mates to stave off any relegation fears after seeing Saturday's 1-1 draw against Fulham.

'I was there at the game against Fulham and I’ve come to a lot of games this season when I’ve had the chance,' Petrov said.

Back on track: Petrov was watching Villa's 1-1 draw against Fulham, with Charles N'Zogbia's opener (above)

Back on track: Petrov was watching Villa's 1-1 draw against Fulham, with Charles N'Zogbia's opener (above)

'I needed to have clearance from the doctors to go around crowded areas, so I constantly needed to be feeling well in order for me to be around people.

'I was really impressed by the performance against Fulham because the boys kept going right until the last minute. There are still a lot of games to come, a lot of points to be picked up, so there’s nothing to worry about.'

Hillsborough anniversary: Liverpool and West Ham observe minute"s silence at Anfield

Solemn silence at Anfield as Liverpool mark the 24th anniversary of Hillsborough tragedy

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

10:50 GMT, 7 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:13 GMT, 7 April 2013

Liverpool paid an emotional tribute to the 96 fans who were tragically killed during the Hillsborough disaster ahead of their game with West Ham today.

The fixture is the Reds last home game before the 24th anniversary of the 1989 tragedy and there was a minute's silence impeccably observed by all supporters in attendance before kick-off.

Tribute: The Liverpool players line-up arm-in-arm for the minute's silence

Tribute: The Liverpool players line-up arm-in-arm for the minute's silence

Fans don't forget: Supporters with T-shirts in memory of the 96 who lost their lives

Fans don't forget: Supporters with T-shirts in memory of the 96 who lost their lives

Honour: West Ham's Liverpudlian captain Kevin Nolan paid tribute to the Hillsborough disaster victims

Honour: West Ham's Liverpudlian captain Kevin Nolan paid tribute to the Hillsborough disaster victims

The occasion was poignant to Liverpool-born West Ham captain Kevin Nolan.

Speaking before the game, Nolan said he believed it would be a chance to commemorate the success of the inquest into the disaster last year.

'We will honour the memory of the 96 innocent supporters that lost their lives,' he said.

'I have friends who were there that day, so it's going to be an emotional day because they have got the justice they deserved.

'We can commemorate it and the people who have worked so tirelessly to ensure justice was brought.'

Tribute: Anfield will hold a minute's silence before the clash between Liverpool and West Ham

Tribute: Anfield will hold a minute's silence before the clash between Liverpool and West Ham

West Ham to wear shirts paying tribute to Bobby Moore for clash against Tottenham

West Ham to wear shirts paying tribute to Moore for clash against Tottenham

By
Dan Ripley

PUBLISHED:

17:56 GMT, 25 February 2013

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UPDATED:

18:07 GMT, 25 February 2013

West Ham will unveil a special tribute to Bobby Moore on their shirts this evening for their Premier League match with Tottenham.

Last Sunday marked 20 years since the former England captain, who spent the majority of his career at Upton Park, passed away following a battle with cancer.

Tribute: West Ham players will wear a match shirt paying respect to the late Bobby Moore

Tribute: West Ham players will wear a match shirt paying respect to the late Bobby Moore

The Hammers, as well as the Football Association, marked the weekend with their respective tributes and now the West Ham players will wear a match strip with the words ‘Bobby Moore OBE, 20 YEARS GONE, NEVER FORGOTTEN’ stitched on the front.

West Ham stars have already been seen training in shirts paying tribute to Moore last week, and the meeting against London rivals Spurs will see the club pay further respects to the defender who played over 500 games for the Hammers and featured 108 times for England – lifting the World Cup in 1966.

There will be a minute’s applause before kick-off and a 100-page programme also on sale with 50p from each one sold going towards the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.

Fans in the Bobby Moore stand will also be invited to take part in displaying a mosaic depicting his famous No 6 shirt before kick-off.

Raise awareness: West Ham's Andy Carroll trains in a Bobby Moore shirt

Raise awareness: West Ham's Andy Carroll trains in a Bobby Moore shirt

Club legend: Bobby Moore played over 500 games for West Ham

Club legend: Bobby Moore played over 500 games for West Ham

David Gill to step down at Manchester United

Ferguson pays tribute to the man he's had 'a million arguments' with as United chief exec Gill announces decision to step down

: October – Appointed vice chairman of the Football Association.
2013: February 20 – Announces he will step down as chief executive of United plc on 30 June 2013, but will remain a director of the football club.

Upon announcing his decision to stand down, he said: 'It
has been the greatest privilege to serve Manchester United for 16
wonderful years – the last 10 of which as its chief executive.

'I have worked alongside the finest
manager in the history of the game and been part of what I consider to
be the best club in the best sport in the world.

'It has been a very hard decision
because I love this club and, as the fans’ banner says, it is, ‘more
than a religion’. I’ve experienced some incredible highs, such as the
Treble in 1999 and the League and Champions League double in 2008, and
lows, like losing the title with the last kick of the season last year.

'But that is what makes this club and this sport so compelling.'

Gill,
who will remain a director at the club, was appointed vice chairman on
the Football Association in 2012 and has been nominated as its candidate
in the upcoming UEFA Executive Committee elections later this year.

He added: 'I am looking forward to
continuing my involvement on the club board. And I hope to be able to
make a contribution to the game on a wider national and European level.'

Warming up: A scarf seller sets up outside Old Trafford

Warming up: A scarf seller sets up outside Old Trafford

Looking on: Ferguson oversees United's 2-1 win over Reading on Monday evening

Looking on: Ferguson oversees United's 2-1 win over Reading on Monday evening

Steven Gerrard is the best Liverpool have ever had, says Jamie Carragher

Gerrard is the best player Liverpool have ever had, says Anfield pal Carragher

By
Jim Van Wijk, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

09:47 GMT, 21 January 2013

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UPDATED:

09:47 GMT, 21 January 2013

Steven Gerrard was heralded as Liverpool's greatest player ever by team-mate Jamie Carragher after the England captain was honoured by the Football Writers' Association at a gala tribute dinner in London.

The 32-year-old midfielder collected the prestigious accolade from FWA chairman Andy Dunn, of the Sunday Mirror.

Hitting the heights: Steven Gerrard is Liverpool's greatest, says Jamie Carragher

Hitting the heights: Steven Gerrard is Liverpool's greatest, says Jamie Carragher

Tributes were paid by former manager Gerard Houllier, who brought Gerrard into the Liverpool first team as a raw youngster, and his long-serving team-mate Carragher, while former Reds boss Kenny Dalglish also passed on his congratulations as he was unable to attend.

Carragher is in no doubt of Gerrard's place among Anfield legends. 'I think we are in the presence of the greatest player ever to play for Liverpool,' said Carragher.

'People will say I am biased because we are good friends and because of the trophies we have won together, but it is a fair accolade to give him.

No 1: Carragher paid tribute to Gerrard following his latest award

No 1: Carragher paid tribute to Gerrard following his latest award

'There are guys like Kenny [Dalglish], Graeme Souness, Ian Rush, all world-class players, but the difference was they were in a world-class team – and Stevie has not played in a world-class team.'

Carragher added: 'Stevie's one strength is he has no weakness, he can run, tackle pass and score goals.

'Football is a team game, but special players do special things at special times, and that is Steven Gerrard.'

Former Liverpool striker Rush and England manager Roy Hodgson were among the guests at The Savoy, along with current Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

Steven Gerrard humbled to get Football Writers" Association award

Gerrard 'humbled' after Liverpool captain is recognised by Football Writers' Association

By
Jim Van Wijk, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

22:14 GMT, 20 January 2013

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UPDATED:

06:04 GMT, 21 January 2013

Steven Gerrard admitted it was a humbling experience to be honoured by the Football Writers' Association at a gala tribute dinner in London this evening.

The Liverpool and England captain was guest of honour at The Savoy Hotel, where he was presented with the prestigious accolade from FWA chairman Andy Dunn of the Sunday Mirror.

Gerrard, 32, was voted FWA Footballer of the Year in 2009 and was touched to have been recognised for his achievements once again.

Accolade: Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard said he was 'humbled' to receive the Football Writers' Association Player of the Year Award

Accolade: Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard said he was 'humbled' to receive the Football Writers' Association Player of the Year Award

Speaking to the FWA before this evening's dinner, Gerrard said: 'Tonight's award means a lot because these guys have followed me throughout my career, written about me whenever I have played, to receive this award from the Football Writers' Association is a very proud night for myself and my family.

'I feel very flattered and humbled to receive it.'

Gerrard added: 'I have always looked at personal awards as a bit of a bonus really. I always try to achieve things with Liverpool or fight to do well for England.

'But when you talk about awards of people like the supporters or people in the press who watch you week in and week out, scrutinise your performances, these mean an awful lot because these guys know their football.'

Influential: Gerrard continues to excel for club and country, scoring again at the weekend in Liverpool's 5-0 rout of Norwich City

Influential: Gerrard continues to excel for club and country, scoring again at the weekend in Liverpool's 5-0 rout of Norwich City

Gerrard has played in every minute of all of Liverpool's Barclays Premier League matches this season and scored in Saturday's 5-0 demolition of Norwich at Anfield, which saw the Reds move a small step closer to the top four.

The veteran midfielder has also now chalked up 100 international caps as he looks to lead Roy Hodgson's team on through to qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

'It is a special year – the 150th anniversary for the FA as well, so there are some really big fixtures to look forwards to,' Gerrard added.

'We are halfway through a World Cup qualifying campaign, so hopefully at the end of the season it can be a success for Liverpool to achieve something, and also make it through to the finals in Brazil with England.'

Mansfield to pay tribute to Hillsborough victims against Liverpool

Mansfield pay tribute to Hillsborough victims by placing 96 names on empty seats

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

11:09 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:25 GMT, 6 January 2013

Mansfield will pay tribute to the 96 Hillsborough victims this afternoon by placing their names on the empty seats which segregate the home and away fans.

The Blue Square Premier side host Liverpool in the FA Cup in one of the most eagerly-awaited ties of the third round.

'We wanted to do something in light of what has happened this year in terms of Hillsborough and as it's been so long since the two sides met,' explained operations director, Paul Broughton.

Tribute: Mansfield will place the cards on 96 empty seats in the north stand

Tribute: Mansfield will place the cards on 96 empty seats in the north stand

'One of our fans suggested we place a name on each of the empty seats in the segregation section of the stadium. The idea sent shivers down my spine. It was an amazing idea.'

Margaret Aspinall, chairwoman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, said: 'I felt moved when I heard that Mansfield had planned this tribute.

Remembering: MK Dons fans paid tribute at Hillsborough on Saturday

Remembering: MK Dons fans paid tribute at Hillsborough on Saturday

'To me, it sums up where we are at, in terms of how everyone around the country is starting to realise what we’ve known for a long time about Hillsborough.

'It will be a lovely gesture and I think it's entirely appropriate for us going forward in our fight for justice. It means a great deal and I would like to thank Mansfield on behalf of the HFSG for what will be a beautiful gesture.'

Hillsborough charity single "He Ain"t Heavy, He"s My Brother" is Christmas No 1

A fitting tribute! Hillsborough charity single 'He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother' claims Christmas No 1 spot

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UPDATED:

19:15 GMT, 23 December 2012

A cover version of 1969 Hollies hit 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' released as a tribute to the Hillsborough tragedy has claimed the Christmas No 1 spot.

The song, which has been heavily promoted by the club's famous figures over the past few weeks, beat X Factor winner James Arthur to the coveted position.

Former manager and player Kenny Dalglish, Paul McCartney and Alan Hansen are among the cast of stars of Justice Collective and were joined by Robbie Williams, Gerry Marsden, Melanie C, Paloma Faith and Shane MacGowan in the bid to raise vital cash for the families continuing to fight for justice for the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives in the tragedy.

**Scroll down to watch the video of the song

Release: Kenny Dalglish and John Bishop led the campaign to get the single to the top of the charts

Release: Kenny Dalglish and John Bishop led the campaign to get the single to the top of the charts

WHERE TO GET THE SINGLE

Click here to buy from iTunes

Or text the word ‘Justice’ to 80010 from your mobile in the UK (1 + standard network rate)

Current Liverpool boss Brendan
Rodgers said: 'I think it's been great support [and] a great applause to
the football fraternity. I think they recognised what these families
and people have been through.

'For
that to make number one shows that they've been helping them and
that'll be great for everyone concerned, puts a nice finish to the year
and allow the families to move on and be proud of what they've done.'

The record sold 269,000 copies this week, compared with 224,000 by Arthur.

A statement on the Liverpool website thanks all those who had bought the single as well as those who dedicated their time to ensuring people knew of it.

Fight: Families, with support from the likes of Shadow Health Secretary and MP for Leigh, Andy Burnham (centre), continue campaigning for justice for the 96 who lost their lives in 1989

Fight: Families, with support from the likes of Shadow Health Secretary and MP for Leigh, Andy Burnham (centre), continue campaigning for justice for the 96 who lost their lives in 1989

It read: 'After weeks of campaigning
and promoting, football fans around the world have achieved an historic
feat – the Justice Collective's Hillsborough charity single 'He Ain't
Heavy, He's My Brother' is Christmas No.1!'

'Following widespread support for the track it was confirmed as the highest seller of the week on Sunday.

'Competition had been provided by
X-Factor winner James Arthur with 'Impossible', but even the 24-year-old
himself asked the public to purchase 'He Ain't Heavy' to ensure it
finished in top spot before Christmas.

Together we're better: Everton projected this message on to Anfield in support of the single

Together we're better: Everton projected this message on to Anfield in support of the single

'Football supporters, both Liverpool
and otherwise, backed the song from its inception, and clubs across the
country have given their support by playing the record at half-time
during league fixtures.

'Celebrities, politicians, football
figures and contributors to the recording have all used social media to
raise awareness about the single, while Liverpool manager Brendan
Rodgers made an impassioned plea for fans to buy the track on Thursday.'

Everton showed their class with their
own message of support, taking to Twitter on their official account to
say: 'Great news that the Justice Collective have made it to number one.
Congratulations from everybody at Everton. #merseysideunited.'

VIDEO Hillsborough charity single He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

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Star: Paul McCartney in the single which hopes to raise 1m for families of victims of the Hillsborough disaster

Star: Paul McCartney in the single which hopes to raise 1m for families of victims of the Hillsborough disaster

Support: Liverpool legends Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish sing their lines in the song

Support: Liverpool legends Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish sing their lines in the song

He ain't heavy: Former manager Kenny Dalglish and Peter Reid
Who's singing what

The road is long – ANDY BROWN

With many a winding turn – ANDY BROWN

That leads us to who knows where – GERRY MARSDEN

Who knows when – PAUL HEATON

But I'm strong – GLENN TILBROOK

Strong enough to carry him – GLENN TILBROOK

He ain't heavy, he's my brother – JOHN POWER/ROBBIE WILLIAMS

So on we go – JOHN POWER

His welfare is of my concern – MELANIE C

No burden is he to bear – ROBBIE WILLIAMS

We'll get there – ROBBIE/MELANIE C

For I know – REBECCA FERGUSON

He would not encumber me – HOLLY JOHNSON

He ain't heavy, he's my brother- HOLLY JOHNSON/REBECCA F

If I'm laden at all – BEVERLEY KNIGHT

I'm laden with sadness – BEVERLEY KNIGHT

That everyone's heart – PALOMA FAITH

Isn't filled with the gladness- PALOMA FAITH

Of love for one another – ELIZA DOOLITTLE

It's a long, long road – DAVE McCABE

From which there is no return – PETER HOOTON

While we're on the way to there – REN HARVIEU / JON McCLURE

Why not share- JON McCLURE / REN HARVIEU

And the load – DAVE McCABE

It doesn't weigh me down at all – MACCA

Coz he ain't heavy – MACCA

(He ain’t heavy) – SHANE MACGOWAN

He's my brother – SHANE MACGOWAN/ BEVERLEY K

He's my brother – ALL (most)

He ain't heavy, he's my brother … – ALL (most)

Real Sociedad players wear fans" names on their shirts instead of a sponsor

Real Sociedad players keep fans close to their hearts… by wearing their names instead of a shirt sponsor

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UPDATED:

05:58 GMT, 21 December 2012

Real Sociedad have delighted some of their supporters by wearing their names on their shirts in place of a sponsor.

Each player wore the name of a randomly selected club member out of a pool of 25,000 as they took to the field against Sevilla.

They pleased the supporters further still with a 2-1 home win in the La Liga clash at the Anoeta stadium, with former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela opening the scoring.

Thanks for the support: Real Sociedad players wear fans' names on their shirts

Thanks for the support: Real Sociedad players wear fans' names on their shirts

Club president Jokin Aperribay said: 'The fans are the soul, the nourishment and the reason for Real Sociedad. For this reason, we’re uniting the names of our members with the shirts.'

Aperribay added: 'It’s for the history, because the fans are the of the club and this is a tribute to those that have supported us for many years.

'When we went down to the Segunda, we
overcame that difficulty because we retained 20,000 members. For the
present, because the fans show enthusiasm, which the team receives and
returns to them.

'We want to achieve bigger
objectives, but we can’t do that without the fans. For the future,
because that will be determined by the fans.

'It is very important that fans feel
they are necessary for the club to function. For that reason, we decided
to unite two of the most important things at Real Sociedad – The fans
and the shirt.'

Helping hand Sociedad ended up beating Sevilla 2-1

Helping hand Sociedad ended up beating Sevilla 2-1

Carlos Vela (left) gets stuck in

Alberto de la Bella (left) duels for the ball

Midfielder Xabi Prieto, who has been a
member at the club since 1992, said: 'We’re fortunate that we can play
every week. Against Sevilla, we’ll have our members playing with us.'

Sociedad have named the fan-appreciation initiative 'we carry you on our shirts'.

Previously they thanked their fans for their support by naming 22 of them in a television advert.

Last
season in La Liga nearly half of sides did not have a shirt sponsor
leading to creativite options coming to the fore as they looked to make
money.

Valencia used their
Twitter address instead, while Sevilla charged supporters around 25 to have
their faces used to create the numbers on the back of shirts.

Getting shirty: Sevilla asked fans to pay to have their faces put onto the players' strips

Getting shirty: Sevilla asked fans to pay to have their faces put onto the players' strips

Real Sociedad wear players names instead of shirt sponsor

Real Sociedad players keep fans close to their hearts… by wearing their names instead of a shirt sponsor

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UPDATED:

00:22 GMT, 21 December 2012

Real Sociedad have delighted some of their supporters by wearing their names on their shirts in place of a sponsor.

Each player wore the name of a randomly selected club member out of a pool of 25,000 as they took to the field against Sevilla.

They pleased the supporters further still with a 2-1 home win in the La Liga clash at the Anoeta stadium, with former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela opening the scoring.

Thanks for the support: Real Sociedad players wear fans' names on their shirts

Thanks for the support: Real Sociedad players wear fans' names on their shirts

Club president Jokin Aperribay said: 'The fans are the soul, the nourishment and the reason for Real Sociedad. For this reason, we’re uniting the names of our members with the shirts.'

Aperribay added: 'It’s for the history, because the fans are the of the club and this is a tribute to those that have supported us for many years.

'When we went down to the Segunda, we
overcame that difficulty because we retained 20,000 members. For the
present, because the fans show enthusiasm, which the team receives and
returns to them.

'We want to achieve bigger
objectives, but we can’t do that without the fans. For the future,
because that will be determined by the fans.

'It is very important that fans feel
they are necessary for the club to function. For that reason, we decided
to unite two of the most important things at Real Sociedad – The fans
and the shirt.'

Helping hand Sociedad ended up beating Sevilla 2-1

Helping hand Sociedad ended up beating Sevilla 2-1

Carlos Vela (left) gets stuck in

Alberto de la Bella (left) duels for the ball

Midfielder Xabi Prieto, who has been a
member at the club since 1992, said: 'We’re fortunate that we can play
every week. Against Sevilla, we’ll have our members playing with us.'

Sociedad have named the fan-appreciation initiative 'we carry you on our shirts'.

Previously they thanked their fans for their support by naming 22 of them in a television advert.

Last
season in La Liga nearly half of sides did not have a shirt sponsor
leading to creativite options coming to the fore as they looked to make
money.

Valencia used their
Twitter address instead, while Sevilla charged supporters around 25 to have
their faces used to create the numbers on the back of shirts.

Getting shirty: Sevilla asked fans to pay to have their faces put onto the players' strips

Getting shirty: Sevilla asked fans to pay to have their faces put onto the players' strips