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CHELSEA were emphatic winners in the Champions League in midweek – and continue their Premier League journey against Burnley this weekend.

Timo Werner is reportedly finding the league ‘tough’ compared to the Bundesliga, while we’ve the very latest on team news ahead of the trip to Turf Moor.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

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Soccer aces ‘tried to bribe Football Manager creators to boost skill ratings’

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SOCCER aces have tried to bribe the creators of Football Manager to boost their skill ratings, it has been claimed.

The computer games’ director Miles Jacobson said some agents have offered cash bungs in return for an improvement in clients’ “abilities”.

Miles Jacobson said some agents have offered cash bungs in return for an improvement in clients’ 'abilities'

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Miles Jacobson said some agents have offered cash bungs in return for an improvement in clients’ ‘abilities’Credit: Rex Features

Miles said: “I’ve had agents that have tried to bribe me to put stuff up, and the ones that have asked me that know to never ask me that again.

“Because, I’m not one for bribing.”

The Sports Interactive game already has a reputation among players for helping unearth new talent after some managers admitted to using it to scout for new stars.

Former Chelsea and Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas admitted to using the game to find players while working as a scout for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

Andre Villas-Boas admitted to using the game to find players while working as a scout

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Andre Villas-Boas admitted to using the game to find players while working as a scoutCredit: AFP or licensors

And Everton FC has used the game since 2008. admit to using the game to find players while he himself was a Chelsea scout in the first Mourinho era.

The FM database represents real-world footballers with around 250 statistics which cover a variety of aspects including pace, strength, shooting, tackling and creativity and leadership.

The stats are compiled by 1,000 researchers around the world and are then refined before being inputted into the database.

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Anton Ferdinand reveals he was made to feel like the guilty party by the FA after John Terry racism row

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ANTON FERDINAND felt like the guilty man during a meeting with FA officials investigating his race row with John Terry.

The former QPR defender is finally opening up on his infamous run-in with the Chelsea captain more than nine years ago.

Anton Ferdinand has opened up on his racism ordeal

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Anton Ferdinand has opened up on his racism ordeal

Terry was cleared in court but convicted by the FA of using insulting language referencing skin colour during the stormy London derby in 2011.

Ferdinand was called upon to provide a statement in the aftermath and remains bitter about his treatment.

The 35-year-old said: “I just wanted the FA to deal with it. All I wanted to do was play football.

“The FA got involved and I was happy. They needed a statement from me.

“I was sitting in a room with two FA delegates and they were probing me. Probing me?

“They were starting to make me feel like I was in the wrong.

“All I know is I didn’t feel like the victim in that room.”

Ferdinand has made a documentary with the BBC, Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism and Me.

John Terry was found guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand by the FA

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John Terry was found guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand by the FACredit: PA:Press Association

The ex-West Ham and Sunderland defender feels he would have been labelled a ‘stereotypical angry black man’ if he’d spoken up at the time.

He does admit firing the first insult during the clash by taunting Terry over claims he had bedded Chelsea left-back Wayne Bridge’s ex-girlfriend.

Ferdinand revealed: “I said, ‘You sh***ed your team-mate’s missus, you are a c-word’.

“It was a rumour then and I was trying to rile him up.

“I’m not proud of what I said to him.

“On a football pitch, sometimes your emotions are invested and you want to say things that hurt people. It’s a game of egos.”

Terry was cleared of racist abuse in court but later convicted by the football authorities, banned for four games, fined £220,000 and stripped of the England captaincy.

Ferdinand said: “Because I’ve never spoken about it, I don’t think I quite understand what I went through and I need to come to terms with that, not just as a footballer but as a person. I had no idea that anything had occurred on the pitch. Everyone was just buzzing that we’d beaten Chelsea.

He said, ‘You f***ing black c***, you f***ing love it’. I couldn’t believe my eyes

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“My mum said, ‘Anton, are you OK?’ I said, ‘Yes, of course’.

“My wife says, ‘Then you’d better have a look at this and hands me her brother’s phone.

“This is the first time I’m seeing it. I’m looking at the phone and rage just came over me.

“You know when they say your blood boils. It just hit me.

“He said, ‘You f***ing black c***, you f***ing love it’. I couldn’t believe my eyes.

“I got booed everywhere I went after he lost the England captaincy.

“The abuse on social media started immediately and never stopped.

“I’d wake up and expect there to be racial abuse on my phone.

The pair faced each other again in 2012

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The pair faced each other again in 2012Credit: PA:Press Association
Ferdinand last played in Scotland for St Mirren

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Ferdinand last played in Scotland for St MirrenCredit: Kenny Ramsay – The Sun Glasgow

“All that love I had for the game was just ripped out of me. I hated the game, what it stood for.

“I couldn’t retaliate. I had to be professional. Shut up and deal with it.

“Where does that go? Where is that release? You can’t deal with it as a human being then.

“I could stand here be macho and say I wasn’t traumatised. But I was.”

Terry, who is now assistant head coach at Aston Villa, admitted using the words but was acquitted because of his explanation that they were phrased as a question, rather than as a direct insult.

The pair have not spoken since.

Ferdinand wants a meeting so they can both get closure on a momentary exchange which shook sport.

He added: “I watched John Terry take a knee. Fair play to him because he got a backlash on social media and called a hypocrite.

Carlton Cole recently claimed that Terry had admitted using the racist language

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Carlton Cole recently claimed that Terry had admitted using the racist languageCredit: PA:Press Association

“He’s doomed if he does and doomed if he doesn’t. I hope that him showing that comes from a good place.

“But don’t just take a knee, come and talk about it.”

Earlier this month, Terry’s former Chelsea team-mate Carlton Cole claimed he had confessed to using the racist language in ‘a moment of madness’.

But a statement from Terry’s lawyers said:  “John Terry refutes in the strongest possible terms the allegations that are made against him by Carlton Cole.

“They are false and never happened and Mr Terry has previously been cleared of these allegations in an English court of law.

“Never before has Carlton Cole mentioned this to Mr Terry or raised any issue of this type with him, the FA or the police.

“The reason for that is because the words were not said.”

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Bristol City 0-0 Watford: Cathcart spurns best chance as in-form rivals share the spoils

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Bristol City missed the chance to keep pace with the Championship top two as they were forced to settle for a point at home to a blunt Watford side.

The result left both sides unbeaten in four league outings, but neither will look back at this contest with any great satisfaction on an evening where poor finishing and snatched chances set the tone.

It was the visitors who enjoyed the better of the first half, dominating possession and wasting the better off the openings. Ismaila Sarr failed to find the target when well placed on the right-hand side of the area, but it was less conventional source that was guilty of squandering their best chance.

Watford striker Troy Deeney collides with Bristol City goalkeeper Daniel Bentley

Watford striker Troy Deeney collides with Bristol City goalkeeper Daniel Bentley

Watford striker Troy Deeney collides with Bristol City goalkeeper Daniel Bentley



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Up from the back for a set piece, captain Craig Cathcart could somehow only divert the ball into the side-netting after James Garner’s free-kick ricocheted its way to the back post.

They started the second half brightly, too. Only a last-ditch challenge by Taylor Moore denied Sarr after a long ball from the Watford backline caught out Tommy Rowe.

Bristol City were finding chances few and far between. Presented, then, with their best opportunity after 52 minutes, you felt they might regret Famara Diedhiou’s inability to connect with Antoine Semenyo’s low centre after 52 minutes – the Senegal forward missing his cue after nimble work down the left by his team-mate.

Semenyo decided to take matters into his own hands on the hour mark, when he danced past right-back Jeremy Ngakia and attempted to steer the ball into the far corner from inside the six-yard box, but his curled effort rolled agonisingly wide.

Watford winger Ismaila Sarr (left) and Bristol City defender Taylor Moore battle for the ball

Watford winger Ismaila Sarr (left) and Bristol City defender Taylor Moore battle for the ball

Watford winger Ismaila Sarr (left) and Bristol City defender Taylor Moore battle for the ball

In a bid to break the deadlock, Watford head coach Vladimir Ivic through on his trusted Plan B in the form of Troy Deeney in the 67th minute.

The 32-year-old provided the Hornets with a focal point that saw them dominate the final stages – and create the best chance, too.

That fell to Domingos Quina, but the midfielder was denied by the fingertips of Dan Bentley after Sarr’s cross had been knocked invitingly into his path.

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