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  • Dunga doesn't want Brazil players wearing earrings, hats or flip-flops

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle2 hrs ago

    In his ongoing effort to whip Brazil into shape after their profound embarrassment at the World Cup, new/old manager Dunga has set some new rules for the team and at least some of them seem to be targeting star man Neymar.

    Dunga has told his players to avoid wearing earrings, hats and flip-flops — a.k.a. 92 percent of Neymar's wardrobe.

    From Reuters:

    So these things aren't banned, but the players will be if they violate any of the new rules. Got it.

    As Brazil showed during the World Cup, belting out the national anthem is probably what they do best, so that shouldn't be a problem. The "no religious statements" rule might mean the end of Ka-"I belong to Jesus"-ka's international career, though. Also, the members of the 2014 World Cup squad might want to ask if "paying for their excess baggage costs" means they have to cover their own therapy for the resulting emotional baggage.

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  • Everything Mario Balotelli was blamed for in Liverpool's loss to Real Madrid

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle20 hrs ago

    Though Mario Balotelli has gotten off to a terrible start at Liverpool, it has become clear that many fans, pundits and even some people at his own club are all too eager to blame all of the problems currently plaguing Liverpool on the new guy with the reputation for trouble. This was perhaps most evident in Liverpool's 3-0 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League.

    With that said, here's everything that Balotelli is being blamed for...

    The entire first half

    Real Madrid toyed with Liverpool in the first half, scoring three goals in a span of 18 minutes. As has been the case throughout much of the last two seasons under Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool's defending against Madrid was like colander being used to plug up a fire hose. So, Rodgers decided to make a change at halftime and that change was to replaced Balotelli with Adam Lallana.

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

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day 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 Tackle2 days 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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    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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  • Sunderland players to give fans a refund for 8-0 loss at Southampton

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle2 days 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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