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Mitrovic sent off at Newcastle vs. Arsenal - where was his control?

Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic lost control and was sent off just 15 minutes into his side's match at home to Arsenal on Saturday afternoon.

And when this picture circulated of a man seemingly trying to control the players on the pitch, Mitrovic had a ready-made excuse why he couldn't keep his cool.

Luckily, the mystery finally unravelled a little later when it emerged...

 By Chris Wright

Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli is confident but fragile, autograph says

Mario Balotelli's nightmare spell at Liverpool was cut short this week when he joined AC Milan on loan.

As a marker of just how much scrutiny Mario Balotelli's return to Milan is being put under, Italian website Sportmediaset have employed the services of a professional calligrapher to examine the striker's autograph.

Indeed, Sportmediaset have posted a video of Candida Livatino's expert analysis and apparently, Balotelli's squiggle reveals he is a "confident but fragile" young man.

Who'd have thought?

"The signature of Mario Balotelli is very interesting and it says a lot about him," Livatino claims.


 By Chris Wright

Britain's oldest referee, 88, set to retire after hurting hip

It's a sad day in the world of non-league football with the news that Britain's most senior referee, 88-year-old Harry Hardy, is set to sound the full-time whistle on his officiating career after 56 years.

Hardy, affectionately referred to as "Old Harry" by the players he oversaw, has admitted that he feels "rotten" about having to retire after taking charge of well over 3,000 matches in the Derbyshire Sunday league since he first signed up in 1959.

"I twisted my hip thinking I'm 28, carrying a load...

Ronaldo dresses up, Rooney celebrates -- ESPN FC's social scoop

Here's what some of the game's biggest stars have been up to on social media in the last week.

UEFA Best Player in Europe nominee Cristiano Ronaldo posed for a photo before heading to Monaco

Nicely dressed hein? ���� #sacoorbrothers #cr7footwear

A photo posted by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on

James Rodriguez had some laughs with two adorable dogs

Mis amigos de siempre, falta uno.

A photo posted by James Rodríguez (@jamesrodriguez10)...

Lionel Messi and Usain Bolt 'a good comparison,' Luis Enrique says

Bolt showing off his Olympic gold medals at Old Trafford
Usain Bolt is a well-known Man Utd fan.

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique thinks Lionel Messi can be compared to Jamaica's sprinting superstar Usain Bolt, after watching his latest race on Twitter.

Messi, who picked up UEFA's 2014-15 Best Player in Europe award at Thursday's draw in Monaco, is considered by many to be the world's best football player with Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo close behind.

Meanwhile, Bolt has destroyed all before him as he wins gold medal after gold medal in the 100-meter and 200-meter races.

His latest win...

 By Chris Wright

Sigurdsson shirt at Spurs gets makeover as Son Heung-Min signs

As you've no doubt heard, Tottenham have signed South Korean forward Son Heung-Min.

However, with times being tight and disposal income at a premium, one particularly crafty Spurs fan was forced to get creative in his bid to herald his beloved club's latest signing.

By recycling his old Gylfi Sigurdsson shirt, the fan simply removed the requisite letters to produce a replica of Son's new Spurs jersey.