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In 2008, Superleague Formula was supposed to bring the “passion and pride” of football to the world of motorsport – it didn't last very long

JalgpalliklubiBadge of the week ~ Jalgpalliklubi Sillamae Kalev, Estonia
The crest iconography here centres on two performing bears, specifically, Bodo and Mr Polyokoff, the music hall act of two Estonians dressed as bears that rose to national fame in the 1930s. A typical performance would start with the compere introducing the pair, before running off stage as the two "bears" came on, shouting: "I have no news, I have no news!" (The joke here was that the two "bears" were ravenous for current affairs and would kill for a newspaper.)

The Nerazzurri are on a club-record six-game winning streak after a poor start, and now lie just five points behind the Serie A leaders

Neil Sherwin of Backpage Football explains how the disaster involving Brazilian club Chapecoense has been used by unethical “media outlets”

In WSC 177 Lionel Birnie donned his plimsolls to recall the strange competitions that filled a void when English clubs were expelled from Europe

The Fritz-Walter-Stadion, feared by visiting teams for its atmosphere, has been a financial millstone for the club and is losing its reputation

OxfordCity250Badge of the week ~ Oxford City
The paddling cow was a cow that escaped in Oxford in 1425 while being driven to market. The procedure was in those days for the first person on the scene of the mishap or offence to raise the hue and cry. If they failed to do so, they would be considered by the sheriff to be the cause of the incident. The cowherd on this occasion raised the hue, but failed to raise the cry. He would normally have raised them both at the same time but, after he had raised the hue, he got into a conversation with a chandler about a problem he was having getting wax out of a new rug and completely forgot about the cry.

PoliceHartlepool 

New figures show that football-related arrests remain at an all-time low, but the ever-increasing powers of FBOs have had a huge impact on supporters’ basic rights

Referee

WSC contributor Ian Plenderleith runs a blog which discusses issues from a referee’s perspective, from penalty calls to angry spectators

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