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  • Ex-footballer jailed for posing as Chelsea player and living extravagant lifestyle

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle4 hrs ago

    Ex-footballer Medi Abalimba has begun a four-year jail term after admitting to 12 counts of fraud while posing as Chelsea player Gael Kakuta. Abalimba lived in a world of mansions, spending sprees and nightclub excess across England totaling a loss of £163,000 for his victims while claiming to be the 23-year-old Chelsea winger currently on loan at Spanish club Rayo Vallecano.

    From the BBC:

    "I left my wallet in my limo" — an excuse that works every time.

    With the help of stolen credit card information, Abalimba, who made a   £1 million move to Derby County in 2009 before his career sputtered out, spent thousands on chauffeur-driven Bentleys, shopping sprees at Selfridges and more. He even took four women on a helicopter ride from Manchester to London. 

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  • Rochdale AFC using cannabis lamps confiscated by police to help grow grass (the kind you run on)

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day ago

    League One club Rochdale AFC have begun using heat lamps seized by police in drug raids to improve the pitch at their Spotland ground. Inspired by Notts County, who did the same last year, Rochdale have mounted the lights on custom rigs to help grow grass that is regularly trampled by footballers and rugby players instead of that which is smoked by people who think tacos should be a pizza topping.

    The lamps will be used primarily around the goal mouths and the tunnel area, according to groundsman Oli Makin. From the BBC:

     Now Rochdale will just have to resist the temptation to use the lamps for their intended purpose in order to fund a bid for Lionel Messi.

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  • Sunderland players to give fans a refund for 8-0 loss at Southampton

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day ago

    On the suggestion of goalkeeper Vito Mannone, Sunderland players will offer fans who traveled to Southampton only to witness their team lose 8-0 will be offered a ticket refund. And any of the earmarked money that isn't claimed by supporters will go to charity. 

    From the BBC:

    Though it's certainly a nice gesture all around, it really shouldn't be necessary for the players to do this. Their donations to Southampton in the form of two own goals was charity enough for one match. If anything, Southampton should be paying for the Sunderland players and fans to come back as soon as possible.

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    Brooks Peck is the editor of Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow on Twitter! Follow @BrooksDT

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  • Letters from Bojan: The struggle becomes real

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day ago

    The earnest question of whether   Lionel Messi   could do it on a cold, wet night in Stoke has persisted as a cliched joke for a few years now. So when   Barcelona surprisingly sold Bojan, a 24-year-old once hyped as the next Messi, to Stoke City , the only explanation was that Messi personally asked him to go there on an expedition to see if the conditions in this mythical place are as challenging as the fables suggest. This is Bojan's third letter back to his friend.

    Dear Leo,

    The days are getting shorter and the leaves are falling from the trees like tears from my face. I have only started one match since I last wrote to you two months ago. I am quickly learning that English football truly is as cruel a place as the legends say. Maybe even worse. With that said, I hope you are well.

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