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Best (worst) XI of April Fools' Day jokes in football

We're well aware that April Fools' Day can be a minefield for football fans, who are forced to sift through the morning's news in a constant state of paranoid anxiety, completely unable to trust anything they read, see or hear.

With that in mind, we've cobbled together 11 of the best bits of footballing April tomfoolery to help you weed out the nonsense.

1. Chelsea and Arsenal announce joint Ashley Cole statue

Coming complete with a fairly unconvincing Photoshop mock-up of said monument, the Evening...

AC Milan announce partnership with Hello Kitty

It seems like it simply must be a premature April Fool's joke but alas, it appears to be true: AC Milan have announced a brand-new partnership deal with Hello Kitty.

According to a statement on the official Milan site, Milan have buddied up with Sanrio, the Japanese company behind Hello Kitty, with the intention of creating an "exclusive co-branding project."

"Together, the two...

 By Chris Wright

Dani Alves deals with questions by singing them away

Strange as it may seem, we here at Toe Poke aren't constantly badgered by hordes of reporters camped out on our doorstep day and night desperate for quotes and photos but we can image that kind of thing gets very old, very quickly.

Dani Alves, in his infinite wisdom, seems to have devised a foolproof method of dealing with such relentless hassle.

Finding himself being harangued by a clucking gaggle of media bods while attempting to make his way through the airport on Monday, Alves first ignored...

 By Alex Shaw

Southampton hero Matt Le Tissier to go on Countdown

Matt Le Tissier was a one-club man and is pictured here scoring against Manchester United -- and those dodgy grey kits -- in 1996.

Hit British television quiz game "Countdown" has Matt Le Tissier's number -- he's set for an appearance on the show.

The Southampton legend, who won eight caps for England, has already appeared on the show as a guest in "Dictionary Corner" and once solved a maths puzzle that both contestants and expert Rachel Riley couldn't get.

Now Le Tiss has bagged a spot as a contestant and he shared the news on Twitter.

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale owns NBA half-court challenge: 3 out of 5

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale show's he's not just potent in front of goal, as he took the NBA's challenge.

Gareth Bale is good at football, but it appears that if he ever decides to leave the game behind he can step right into the NBA.

The Welshman, who cost Real Madrid a world-record €100 million ($132m) when he joined from Tottenham in 2013, took the NBA's official half-court challenge and managed to sink three out of his five efforts. Nothing but net either!

Miami have been looking for a replacement for LeBron James, so perhaps they should sign up LeBale before someone else does.

 By Chris Wright

Poole Town manager finds novel way to bypass stadium ban

As far as Poole Town manager Tom Killick is concerned, his six-game stadium ban from the FA for yelling at a match official couldn't have come at a worse time.

Killick's side are currently one point clear at the summit of the Evo-Stick Southern Premier division with just eight games of the season remaining and both automatic promotion and a league title on the line.

Thankfully, being prohibited from entering Poole's Tatnam Ground on matchdays hasn't proved to be too much of a hindrance for Killick,...