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23 October 2015 ~

Sheikh Salman of Bahrain, who campaigners accuse of "crimes against humanity", says that he is being urged to stand for the FIFA presidency "by a growing number of senior football administrators". He's done well to find any that aren't suspended.


Tunisia150Badge of the week ~ Tunisia
In Tunisia, the Bad-Tempered Herring-Gull is a standard character in folklore and, indeed, everyday conversation. There is the tale of The Slightly Cursed Princess, in which the Bad-Tempered Herring-Gull appears at the christening of a new princess and really quite spoils the atmosphere. Thereafter, whenever the young princess attempts to use a French phrase in conversation, such as “joie de vivre”, she uses a German accent to emphasise it. As a result of this she is not married until the age of 42.  

Tunisian parents will commonly address the reproach “What would the Bad-Tempered Herring-Gull say?” to poorly behaved children. In The Prince & The Shitty Seabird the prince disturbs the gull’s sleep by declaiming love poetry on a lonely cliff path. The Bad-Tempered Herring-Gull’s subsequent invective ends with a foul-mouthed refutation of the prince’s artless reliance on the medial caesura that brings parents from miles away hurrying out to gather their children into their homes.

The Bad-Tempered Herring-Gull is depicted on Tunisia’s crest to remind players that, if they don’t play well out there, they’ll very likely get told off at half-time. Cameron Carter


Mossley’s new mascot, getting by without a mouth.



from Liam Wilkinson
“It’ll need a brave person to take the latest vacancy at Sheffield Wednesday, given the criticism their ticket policy has received this season.”


from Tom Acey
“Finally, someone has written a song about ex-Man City and Celtic striker John Guidetti, with a video that showcases some of his outrageous skills along with some near-post-tap-in filler. It's currently number 15 in the Swedish charts.”


There won’t be a better goal scored by a Stevenage keeper this season.


Also in the news this week
Fan runs the line at Newport
Schweinsteiger sues over Nazi doll
Giggs and Neville help the homeless
UAE player jailed for criticising his coach



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