Feyenoord's banana skin on another night of crowd shame

Feyenoord-Roma-bananaBy Paul Nicholson
February 27 – Dutch fans of Feyenoord are desperately taking to social media to insist that the inflatable plastic banana thrown on to the pitch during the Europa League match against Roma was not a racist act. Just an unfortunate choice of fruit? Equally unfortunate that it appeared to be aimed at Roma's Gervinho?

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Poland is next frontier as Fox eyes up Ekstraklasa TV rights

EkstraklasaBy Jaroslaw Adamowski
February 27 – Fox Sports is continuing its TV rights acquisition march across Europe into Poland where it is considered as one of the leading contenders to acquire the TV rights for Poland's top tier Ekstraklasa. If Fox were win the domestic rights the broadcaster would replace Polish direct-to-home platform nc+ for the 2015/2016 season.

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Serie A giants delay kick offs in solidarity with Parma brothers

Parma fansFebruary 27 - This weekend's Serie A games will kick off 15 minutes late as the players show solidarity with financially-stricken Parma. Twice former winners of the old UEFA Cup but currently bottom of the league, Parma took the dramatic step of calling off last Sunday's league game against Udinese. Players and staff have not been paid all season and stewarding costs were unable to be met to stage the fixture.

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Bomb blast targets Cypriot referee outside home

Cypriot policeFebruary 27 - A pipe bomb exploded outside the home of a Cypriot referee early today, the latest in a string of threats and attacks against officials and their families.

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Turkish Airlines break sponsorship records with Bosnia's FK Sarajevo

Turkish Airlines and FK SarajevoBy Mark Baber
February 26 - Vincent Tan's FK Sarajevo has joined Barcelona, Manchester United, Feyenoord and Borussia Dortmund as a recipient of sponsorship from the fast-growing Turkish Airlines in a three and a half year deal reported to be the most lucrative ever in Bosnian sport.

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Greek Super League suspended after violence runs out of control

Greek Super League violenceBy Andrew Warshaw
February 26 - Just as its new government struggles to come to terms with its enormous debt crisis, Greece now has a major sporting issue on its hands with domestic football plunged back into chaos after the authorities ordered the suspension of the top three league divisions.

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Top Eleven 2015 game release adds 2m downloads in first week

Top ElevenBy Paul Nicholson
February 26 – Nordeus, makers of the Top Eleven football management game, is reporting a successful relaunch with more than 2 million new downloads in the first week following the game's release in the app stores.

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Italian World Cup hero Cannavaro gets 10 months in jail for breaking into own home

Fabio CannavaroFebruary 25 - Former Real Madrid and Juventus defender Fabio Cannavaro has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for breaking the police seal at his home in Naples.

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CIES stats underline Ajax position as Harvard of football

Ajax muralBy Mark Baber
February 24 - The latest statistical analysis by the Swiss based CIES Football Observatory looks at which clubs have trained the most footballers currently playing in 31 European top leagues, with Ajax, which has long enjoyed a reputation as a training orientated club, topping the list.

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