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  • Future News: Arsenal physio admits his fear of being alone is behind club's injury problems

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle5 hrs ago

    Arsenal physio Terry Sminter has admitted that the club's ongoing injury crisis is down to his crippling fear of being alone. Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere all suffered injuries during Arsenal's 1-1 draw against Tottenham, continuing a problem that has plagued the club for years. And now Sminter has confessed to his part in the matter.

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  • Brazilian goalkeeper scores own goal too bizarre to be upset about

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day ago

    No one likes to score own goals, but sometimes they happen in such strange ways that all you can do is laugh at them. And the own goal scored by Boa Esporte keeper Joao Carlos during his side's Brazilian Serie B match against Avai on Saturday is definitely the kind you have to laugh at.

    Avai launched a counter attack after a failed Boa Esporte corner kick and Joao Carlos decided to come charging off his line to try and intercept a cross into the box. He dove for the ball, but didn't reach it and instead it went right to the Avai player behind him, who got off a quick shot. The Boa Esporte defender covering for Joao Carlos instinctively cleared it, but in doing so he banked the ball off of his downed keeper's head and back in for the own goal.

    Avai were already up 1-0 when this happened, so the own goal put the match out of reach for Boa Esporte, who lost 2-0. Joao Carlos might not have found the humor in his own goal at the time, but he can take comfort in knowing that the rest of us did. Thank you, Joao Carlos.

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  • Bundesliga player gets referee to rescind opponent's yellow card by admitting he wasn't fouled

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day ago

    There was a wonderful bit of fair play in the Bundesliga on Saturday when the referee showed Borussia Monchengladbach's Christoph Kramer a yellow card for what he thought was a foul on Paderborn's Stefan Kutschke. Kramer, who you might remember from the head injury he suffered in the World Cup final, couldn't believe he was booked and reacted with bemusement. But Kutschke stepped in and showed his exemplary sportsmanship by explaining to the referee that he just fell on his own and Kramer didn't touch him.

    The ref then rescinded the yellow card and the match resumed with a dropped ball. Visiting Gladbach went on to win 2-1.

    "There was no challenge," Kutschke later told reporters of the incident. "I slipped on the turf and I pointed that out to the referee. But then I saw that Christoph Kramer was shown a yellow card and I said — no, that wasn't a foul."

    Arjen Robben does not understand any of this.

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