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Blog - The Toe Poke

 By Chris Wright

Barcelona star Dani Alves shows off new 'teddy bear' trainers

Proving, once again, that wealth is no measure of taste, Lionel Messi has taken to Instagram to share Dani Alves' brand-new trainers with the world.

Presumably costing an absolute fortune, Alves' customised sneakers are not only bright, glittery and golden -- they also have a teddy bear's head sewn into the tongues. Because? Fashion, that's why.

 By Chris Wright

FA Cup shocks almost net gambler £1,000,000

One punter correctly called Middlesbrough beating Manchester City in the FA Cup but they fell short at the final hurdle after Bolton drew with Liverpool.

Most bookies are usually left rubbing their hands together with glee after a weekend chock-full of footballing upsets, though the chaps over at Betfair came perilously close to paying out one million pounds when one of their customers' FA Cup accumulator came within a whisper of paying off.

Staking 10 pounds on a five-fold accumulator, the punter bet on a series of FA Cup shocks, backing Middlesbrough to beat Man City, Leicester to beat Tottenham amd Crystal Palace to beat Southampton.

The five-fold...

 By Chris Wright

Notts County ban Hungary from Facebook over Balint Bajner posts

Notts County have taken the drastic step of banning an entire country from using the club's official Facebook page after being bombarded with messages about new signing, Hungarian striker Balint Bajner.

Just as they did when Bajner was dropped from the Ipswich Town first-team back in August, hordes of Hungarian fans took to Facebook to swamp Notts County's Facebook page with thousands of spam comments saying "No Bajner, no party!" upon the 24-year-old striker's arrival at Meadow Lane on Tuesday.

Jamie...

 By Chris Wright

Steven Defour shown red card for reacting to horrendous banner

It was not a happy homecoming for Anderlecht's Steven Defour in his return to Standard Liege.
It was not a happy homecoming for Anderlecht's Steven Defour in his return to Standard Liege.

Whether or not he should have risen above it is a matter of debate, but Anderlecht's Steven Defour was sent off on his return to his former club on Sunday afternoon after reacting angrily to a shocking tifo unveiled in the crowd by Standard Liege fans.

Defour, who spent five years with Standard before leaving for Porto in the summer of 2011, took understandable offence when the fans of his former side unveiled a large banner with a caption reading "Red or dead."

This came after Defour saw...

 By Chris Wright

Aston Villa celebrate Fabian Delph's new contract a little too much

Fabian Delph got a fabulous reception for signing his new contract.

With a distinct paucity of things to get excited about at the moment, it's perhaps understandable that Aston Villa kind of lost control on Sunday afternoon after finding themselves sitting on a sliver of good news to pass onto their long-suffering supporters.

It all started with a mysterious "teaser" on Twitter promising BIG PLAYER NEWS later in the day...