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What happened to Steven Defour and Standard Liege's golden generation?

Steven Defour was sent off on his return to his old club as Standard Liege beat Anderlecht 2-0 in a heated Belgian Pro League encounter.

It would take a very hard heart indeed to not have sympathy for Steven Defour after his weekend. The Belgium midfielder has always been a forthright figure, to say the very least. If you skimmed a news summary noting that he had been sent off for kicking the ball into the crowd on his return to former club Standard Liege with his current team (and Standard's archrivals) Anderlecht, you might have silently nodded in recognition to yourself.

There was a pretty major footnote, though. Defour was greeted...

By ESPN Staff
6 days ago

Highlights: Standard Liege 2-0 Anderlecht

Steven Defour was sent off on his return to his old club as Standard Liege beat Anderlecht 2-0 in a heated Belgian Pro League encounter.

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 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...

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Chelsea's Marko Marin joins Anderlecht on loan

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes that there could be some January signings in the works for the Blues.

Anderlecht have announced that they have signed Chelsea winger Marko Marin on loan until the end of the season.

Marin, 25, had agreed a season-long loan at Fiorentina last summer but failed to make an impact in Italy and has now been allowed to make a...

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. -- The 2015 MLS Player Combine might be in full swing, but peripheral events surrounding U.S. national team players continue to get plenty of attention.

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