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26 August 2016 ~
UEFA have announced changes to the Champions League which will guarantee the top-four leagues get four clubs in the competition. "The amendments made will continue to ensure qualification based on sporting merit," said UEFA's interim general secretary Theodore Theodoridis, stifling a guffaw.
Badge of the week ~ FK Srsni Kratonohy, Czech Republic
Briefed with producing an intimidating creature with gangster leanings for this badge, the designer went through several drafts. The first, a horsefly dressed as a New York pimp, was not thought to be readily identifiable and was passed over. Another design, a water-boatman unpacking a lorry at the Mexican border, was considered too busy to make an immediate visual impact.
Subsequent discarded ideas included a Green Peach Aphid in a muscle shirt, a sawfly smoking in a warehouse and a gnat with a garrotte wire. Finally a bee in a baseball cap was felt to find the exact middle ground demanded by the brief, depicting barely suppressed violence in a fun, child-friendly manner. Cameron Carter
Christian Benteke clears up confusion over who he signed for.
from Dave Dyer
"To avoid advertising money lenders Wonga, and as a way of reducing income to Mike Ashley, a group of Newcastle fans designed an advert free alternative shirt. The first one, with a magpie logo, was challenged in court as the club believed they had sole rights to it (and won). The second version has the city logo of a castle. It is a great way to support the team without supporting the regime."
Meanwhile, Newcastle didn't know they'd been asked to play in the EFL Trophy.
A lot is expected of Aston Villa's diminutive new signing.
Manchester United's new signing:"Pogbahimovic".
Also in the news this week
Accrington win their first competitive match against Burnley since 1893
Wind-assisted goal at Guernsey
Andre Gray charged over tweets
Spectacular hat-trick by Scottish full-back