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2 hours ago, MDK said:

Games gone.

Just the one game tho and they'll be coming back

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I like the fact La Liga, with TV rights up in 2020, is going all-in at trying to reach the US fans. I think it's an incredibly exciting league with probably the best quality of matches of any major league. But this arrangement is probably gonna work out like the NFL does, where teams that don't do well with home attendance will "give up" their home match, no? And nobody would want to give up their home match against one of the big clubs, since the away fans will eat up a lot of available tickets.

So I guess Leganes v. Eibar it is!

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This is odd. I just read the idea is having a game of either Barcelona or Real Madrid being played in the US.

I can't imagine a smaller team willingly accepting missing out on their biggest ticket sales of the season and even if they do get money from it the fans would riot because they won't want to miss those matches.

The alternative would be a Barcelona or Real Madrid home game. I feel that's more up Real Madrid's alley but again, can't see too many fans happy with that.

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I'd be absolutely stunned if they get El Clasico, or if it happens an obscene amount of money would have to be involved. 

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Yesterday, Gus Poyet had a proper rant about the board selling a player without telling him, so today, they sacked him.

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Goodnight Springton there will be no encore.

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Girona-Valladolid is free on Eleven's fb page. 0-0 at HT but Girona are playing some decent stuff.

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1 minute ago, Malenko said:

Nothing sells a match like '0-0 at HT but Girona are playing decent' :P

But it's free! And there'll definitely be a goal or two in the second half. 😕

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42 minutes ago, Baddar said:

But it's free! 

Well I'm sold.

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I subscribed to the 7 day free trial, and the Betis-Levante match was brilliant. Betis dominated for the most part but still lost 3-0. Goal of the season contender by Morales for the 2nd too, one Messi would have been proud of.

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4 hours ago, Baddar said:

Morales

Budget Messi

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Indeed. Took his 2nd goal well, too!

Think I'm gonna pay for the annual pass. They've added La Liga TV on top as a bonus, which has never been available in the UK before. It's basically a 24hr network that has all of the matches live. The only ones we can't watch in the UK are those blocked by the 2.45pm-5.15pm rule, but there's none of those for the first few weeks anyway.

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I can't lie: every time I see a picture of Courtois sat unhappily on the Real Madrid bench it makes me smile.

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It is not unheard of for players to be suspended for head-butting, drop-kicking fans, or even biting - if you're a certain Luis Suarez...

But being suspended for "blasphemous remarks" might just be a first.

Former Juventus midfielder Rolando Mandragora has been suspended for one Serie A game after he was caught on television cameras shouting "Porca Madonna, Vaffanculo, Dio Cane", an insult to the Virgin Mary, while also referring to God as a dog.

The outburst from the Italy international came after Sampdoria goalkeeper Emil Eudero saved his shot in a game which Mandragora's side, Udinese, won 1-0.

The remarks initially went unnoticed by officials during the match, but the Lega Serie A - the competition's governing body - later took the incident to review and suspended the 21-year-old.

"After acquiring and examining the relevant television images, the player, while cursing without referring to anybody around him, was nevertheless clearly seen by the television images to make blasphemous remarks, visibly identifiable from reading his lips without any margin for reasonable doubt," a disciplinary report from the Lega Serie A said.

Mandragora, who won the Serie A and Italian Cup with Juventus in 2017, has spent last season on loan to Crotone before signing for Udinese last month. He has one cap for Italy.

"Mandragora is a good person, the most he deserved was a warning," said Udinese coach Daniele Prade.

There is a strict ban on taking God's name in vain in Italy, and since 2010, the country's football association has disciplined players and coaches heard doing so.

Former Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon has been forced to apologise in the past for uttering the word "Dio" (God). Although, he did once claim that he had in fact said "Zio" - which means uncle.

"I apologise. If one day I will have the good fortune to meet God, he will be the one to decide whether to forgive me," Buffon said at the time.

Two years ago, Italy rugby captain Sergio Parisse was forced to apologise after being filmed uttering a blasphemous phrase before a Six Nations game against France.

And, according to the Italian FA's rules, players who wear t-shirts with personal messages to their family, or which make a reference to their religious beliefs, will also be punished.

It's not unusual for European countries have blasphemy laws on the statute book, but it is rare that they are invoked.

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Props for getting all those insults in a row. 

"After acquiring and examining the relevant television images, the player, while cursing without referring to anybody around him, was nevertheless clearly seen by the television images to make blasphemous remarks, visibly identifiable from reading his lips without any margin for reasonable doubt,"

So, basically he's being punished for not actually insulting anybody. And they made sure he wasn't, because if there had been someone nearby, it would be possible someone was actually being insulted in which chase it would all be ok!

*sigh* Religion.

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Eleven Sports now has Chromecast support. Used Baddarina's email address for another 7 day free trial. Will happily pay £50 for a year if this runs smoothly. 

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The Spanish FA have dug in against La Liga by declaring there is “zero per cent chance” that the planned match between Girona and Barcelona in Miami will go ahead on 27 January.

La Liga had intended to take the fixture to Florida without consulting the Spanish players’ union (AFE) or the FA. Luis Rubiales, head of the Spanish FA, has announced his intention to block the proposal, with the backing of Uefa and Fifa. His La Liga counterpart, Javier Tebas, remains confident that the game will go ahead in Miami, rather than Girona. ““Uefa haven’t announced their stance publicly,” he said. “Fifa don’t have legal authority and we are negotiating with the AFE.”

Watch this one get real messy real fast.

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