Southend goalkeeper Paul Smith did no favours for himself or his club with his faux pas at Wembley on Sunday prior to the JPT Final..
As the two teams jogged out of the tunnel the custodian spotted a cameraman, just doing his job, filming the teams coming out.
Mr Smith took it upon himself to issue a `one finger` salute in the direction of the lens. Whether or not it was to the cameraman, probably, or to a wider audience, only Mr Smith will know.
Never the less it was tasteless and I`m sure when gesture is brought to the attention of Mr Brown, manager, Mr Smith, goalkeeper will feel like he should, ashamed.
When Bobby Zamora needlessly and foolishly tried his Eric Cantona, though to be fair to Eric his infamous kung-fu assault was
France v Honduras stats
This will be the 1st ever meeting between France and Honduras.
France have only won 1 of their last 9 games in the World Cup group stages (2-0 v Togo in 2006).
Franck Ribéry was France's top scorer during the 2014 World Cup qualifiers with 5 goals in 10 games. He is injured & out of the French squad.
Since winning the World Cup in 1998, France have failed to score in 3 World Cup openers, drawing two 0-0 and losing 1-0 to Senegal in 2002
Honduras failed to score in the 2010 World Cup.
Jerry Bengtson was Honduras' top scorer in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers with 9 goals in 12 games.
Fifa Ranking (June 5th 2014)
France: Rank: 17 Points: 913
Honduras: Rank: 33 Points: 731
World Cup 2014 Qualifying
By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)
I have been mulling over Fifa president Sepp Blatter’s proposals to give managers the opportunity to use television replays to challenge referees’ decisions during matches.
Blatter told delegates via a video link at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester recently that such a system could be put on trial as early as next year.
My initial reaction to the idea was - shouldn’t we be making sure that the current laws, or interpretations of those laws, are working as well as they could be before going off on such a radical tangent.
At this point I have to declare myself a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to such things. Although the introduction of goal line technology was a long
Updated 28th September 2014 at 11:32 AM by Veritas
By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)
I was reading about an electrician in his 30s who won £74,844 last Saturday which has inspired me to pick four matches for this weekend in which an away win looks likely.
The Scarborough-based punter (who wishes to remain anonymous) placed a £5 bet on six matches on Coral’s Winning Ways coupon on Saturday, waking up to a £74,844 win.
Well, I’m not ambitious enough to predict six games, so won’t be winning anyone enough to buy a holiday home in Spain – but maybe a set of new pans for the kitchen or an interesting water feature for the garden isn't out of the question!
Brentford v AFC Bournemouth
The Bees seem to have been destabilised in recent matches by speculation over the future of
Updated 19th February 2015 at 08:49 PM by Veritas
Lionel Messi breaks the all-time goal record for Barcelona
Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick in the 5-3 win over Granada in La Liga this evening, beating the Barcelona club record of 232 set by Cesar Rodriguez from 1939-1955.
This is the 24-year old Messi's 2nd goal of the game and 233rd goal for Barcelona:
Messi has achieved the record in 314 appearances (compared to 354 for Cesar) underlining his status as the finest current player of football, playing in what is arguably the best team ever.
Messi's Barca goals
153 La Liga
49 Champions League
19 Copa del Rey
8 Spanish Super Cup
4 FIFA Club World Cup
1 European Super Cup
And here's the current list
Updated 21st March 2012 at 11:30 AM by 11v11
The only sensible reaction to Chelsea’s sacking of Roberto Di Matteo today is - utterly ridiculous.
Because he guided the Blues to Champions League triumph just six months ago and winning Europe’s premier club competition had been the Holy Grail for Roman Abramovich since the Russian billionaire took over as Chelsea owner in 2003.
Because in less than ten months in charge, he also led Chelsea to only their seventh ever FA Cup Final success.
Utterly ridiculous, because Di Matteo was in charge for just 23 Premier League games for Chelsea. Only David Webb and Guus Hiddink managed fewer (13 each).
Because under Abramovich, even before today’s dismissal, Chelsea have shelled out £37 million in compensation to sacked
Updated 2nd October 2015 at 01:47 PM by Statisticus
Corinthians send-off from the airport - imagine the welcome home.
This week's suspension list features those players who'll have the consolation of being able to take advantage of a more relaxed Christmas Day.
Brighton and Hove Albion
Three Match Ban (26/12,31/12,02/01)
One Match Ban (26/12)