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Christopher Bates

Citizen based in Gillingham, United Kingdom, United Kingdom. Joined on May 11, 2011
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Op-Ed: Football: League Cup preview

While a new season of English football got under way last weekend, this week 70 teams from up and down the country must forget about the league and turn their attention to the League Cup.

Op-Ed: PC gone mad? 'Man up' now amongst unacceptable terms at Anfield

Liverpool - In an attempt to banish verbal abuse and discrimination from Anfield, the staff of Liverpool Football Club have been issued with a guide to unacceptable language, although some may argue that it's political correctness gone mad.

Bloodhound Gang banned from Russian concert over flag antics

Odessa - US rock group Bloodhound Gang has been banned from a Russian music festival after a YouTube video emerged of bassist Jared Hasselhoff stuffing the Russian flag down his pants.

Op-Ed: Malaysian accountants struggling to find work in Australia

It's no secret that the Australian government is constantly looking for skilled and professional migrants to grace their sunny shores, but it's being reported that the accounting industry has been recently hit with a surplus of workers.

Op-Ed: Football: Rory Delap Scores on his Burton Debut

Cheltenham - Having recently dropped down to League Two from the Premiership, long-throw specialist and former Stoke City midfielder Rory Delap marked his Burton Albion debut with a goal against Cheltenham Town.

Op-Ed: Jose Mourinho signs new four-year deal with Real Madrid

Madrid - Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has signed a new four-year deal with the club, keeping him at the Bernabeu until 2016.

Op-Ed: Owen Hargreaves released by Manchester City

Manchester - After just a season with Premier League champions Manchester City, former England international Owen Hargreaves has been released from his contract.

Welsh FA want Ryan Giggs as national team manager

Following the tragic death of Wales manager Gary Speed last month, it has been reported that Welsh chiefs want Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs to take the vacant position.

Man rings 999 service to inform them he's out of toilet paper

In an attempt to make people aware of the indirect dangers that can result from prank calls to emergency services, the bosses of the South Western Ambulance Service have released a prank call from a man who informed them he was out of toilet paper.

Burglars target John Terry's mansion during game with Tottenham

Oxshott - It has been reported that England and Chelsea captain John Terry – who has recently made headlines for alleged racial abuse towards QPR’s Anton Ferdinand – almost had his home burgled during Thursday's game against Tottenham.

Op-Ed: Funny football interviews dug from the depths of YouTube

Although footballers (and managers) aren’t renowned for their academic prowess, they do, however, take part in some comical spontaneous interviews. So as we’re fast approaching Christmas, I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you.

Ricky Gervais sparks more fury after posing for New Humanist mag

English comedian Ricky Gervais has caused more upset amongst Christians following his appearance on the front cover of New Humanist magazine. The mastermind of The Office is seen in a Jesus-style pose with the word “atheist” written across his chest.

Alan Hansen sparks uproar after calling black players 'coloured'

BBC pundit and former Liverpool player Alan Hansen is now at the centre of football's current racial controversy, after referring to black players as "coloured" on last night's edition of Match of the Day.

Soccer: Dutch Cup match cancelled after goalkeeper attacks 'fan'

Amsterdam - A Dutch (KNVB) Cup match was abandoned last night, following an incident in which AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado attacked an Ajax "fan". After referee Bas Nijhuis issued Alvarado a straight red card, he cancelled the game just minutes later.

Floyd Mayweather Jr sentenced to 90 days in prison

Las Vegas - Unbeaten boxer and current WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr was yesterday sentenced to three months in prison after pleading guilty to domestic violence charges.

Anders Breivik's dad says he is the 'worst terrorist' since WWII

In an interview released today by Stern – a weekly German news magazine – the father of Norwegian right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people back in July, said his son is the "worst terrorist" since World War II.

England and Chelsea captain John Terry to face racism charges

Following the eight-match ban and £40,000 ($63,000) fine handed to Liverpool player Luis Suarez yesterday, England and Chelsea captain John Terry will also face charges of racism after an incident involving QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

Mother's life saved by son who kicked tumour while still in womb

Petersfield - In a truly remarkable story, Layla Stephen – a 36-year-old mother from Petersfield, Hampshire – had her life saved by her unborn son, Hadley, who miraculously pushed a cancerous tumor into her appendix when moving around in her womb.

Liverpool complete signing of 16-year-old Jordan Ibe from Wycombe

Liverpool have completed the signing of Jordan Ibe – a 16-year-old striker from League One side Wycombe Wanderers – for an undisclosed fee.

Teacher, 48, jailed for 16 months following affair with student

Swindon - A 48-year-old teacher has been jailed for 16 months after having sex with one of his students in a classroom. Mark Westcott, originally from North Wraxall, Wiltshire, taught design and technology at a school in Bath.
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