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4 March 2016 ~

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There's almost too much to be said about this idea to close off European competition to all but the "elite" clubs. But it's useful that Charlie Stillitano, of the Relevent Sports marketing company, has outed himself so quickly as a clueless, arrogant idiot. The first lesson with this sort of stuff, Charlie, is to at least pretend it is "for the good of the game as a whole". 

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TrakaiBadge of the week ~ FK Trakai, Lithuania
Heraldry had strict rules in medieval times and each coat of arms was unique. In addition, a knight who ran into trouble with the law could find his family’s coat of arms amended by the court, in perpetuity, to reflect the nature of his misdemeanour. An adulterer, for example, would have an inverted chevron added to his coat of arms, while a knight found to have murdered his Oats Boy would have a faint asterisk added to the bottom left corner of his crest.

Any knight convicted by the sessional court of jumping at a widow would have a sanguine girdle applied to his right side. Two sanguine girdles meant that, at some point in the family history, a knight had defecated on Easter Sunday. The Adamkus coat of arms, which appears on FK Trakai’s badge on account of the Adamkus family always being the big family in the region, has been amended with a lateral flambé owing to the fact that the entire family stand funny. If you look closely at the image you will notice that the figure is leaning informally with bent knee in an attitude suggesting he is about to sing comic opera.

The flambé was added in 1386 after three generations of Adamkus knights regularly stood like this and someone finally objected. Actually singing comic opera, incidentally, was punishable by hanging until 1956. Cameron Carter

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Everton’s new investment is paying off already.

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Meanwhile Manchester United storm ahead with an official club tractor.

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An Argentinian referee needs to work on his technique.

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Presumably every football-mad child in Brazil grows up wanting to be a "sock".

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Also in the news this week
Gerard Piqué’s love for Man Utd rules out move to Man City
Antonio Conte must learn English... says Fabio Capello
Tony Pulis is a Leicester fan now

 

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