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Arsenal fans fume Berge not sent off for Aubameyang lunge when Gunners star saw red for similar tackle last season

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ARSENAL fans were left in disbelief that Sander Berge was not sent off for a horror challenge on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Sheffield United midfielder escaped with just a yellow card after a late tackle on the 31-year-old in the 39th minute.

Sander Berge could have been sent off for this lunge on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Sander Berge could have been sent off for this lunge on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Berge was handed just a yellow card during for the challenge on the Arsenal captain

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Berge was handed just a yellow card during for the challenge on the Arsenal captainCredit: AFP or licensors

Aubameyang was left writhing in agony on the ground, and replays showed the Norwegian was lucky to not be given his marching orders.



The challenge was almost identical to the one that saw the Gabon striker issued with a red card against Crystal Palace last season.

And Arsenal fans were enraged that Berge stayed on the pitch, as one tweeted: “That Berge tackle on @Aubameyang7 surely is a red card.”

Another vented: “How the f*** has Berge NOT got a red card for that tackle on Aubameyang?!

“He jumped off the ground and went studs first into his ankle.”

A third added: “Auba got sent off for the same thing against Palace.”

Meanwhile one remarked: “Of course, this is clear red card, but unfortunately Auba plays for Arsenal.”

One simply stated: “That’s a very clear red card. Even a blind ref should be giving that.”

Aubameyang was sent off for a similar against Crystal Palace last season

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Aubameyang was sent off for a similar against Crystal Palace last season
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Thankfully for Arsenal fans, Aubameyang managed to finish the clash as the Gunners narrowly edged out the Blades.

Bukayo Saka broke the deadlock with a header in the second half, with Nicolas Pepe doubling the hosts’ lead with a curling strike into the far corner.

David McGoldrick pulled a goal back late on, but the North Londoners held out to claim their third win Premier League win of the season.

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Whenever a privileged guest asked him about the greatest of all Lions tours, JJ Williams would point to a ‘treasured’ picture on the wall of his inner sanctum.

The black and white imagery makes it as symbolic today as the day it was snapped, in Port Elizabeth on July 13, 1974, when the Welsh wing ran like the wind and did what no Lion had done before or since. 

His fourth try in successive Tests against the Springboks clinched the series and none cheered louder or longer than the victims of apartheid in the cheap seats behind the posts.

Former Wales and British & Irish Lions player JJ Williams (above) has died at the age of 72

Former Wales and British & Irish Lions player JJ Williams (above) has died at the age of 72

 Former Wales and British & Irish Lions player JJ Williams (above) has died at the age of 72

Their ecstatic reaction gave the scorer as much satisfaction over the ensuing 46 years as the beauty of the try itself. South Africa had been expelled by the IOC and FIFA but rugby’s predictable refusal to take a similar stand left the Lions to weather a storm of protest.

‘I treasure the photograph not because it’s me but because of the reaction of the black people in the crowd,’ he said. ‘The sheer joy on their faces, the arms raised in a victory salute at another Lions try is something I still marvel at.

‘Their jubilation stemmed from the all-white Springboks being hammered. They were effectively saying to us, “Thank you for showing that the white supremacist regime running our country is not so supreme after all. Thank you for coming. Thank you for beating them.”.’

The winger played 30 times for Wales during a six-year international career from 1973 to 1979

The winger played 30 times for Wales during a six-year international career from 1973 to 1979

 The winger played 30 times for Wales during a six-year international career from 1973 to 1979

The cheering extended all the way to Robben Island. The story goes that Nelson Mandela and fellow inmate Steve Tshwete who would become Minister of Sport under Mandela’s presidency, clubbed together to send the untouchable Welshman a small token of their appreciation.

‘They gave me two rand notes, a fantastic gesture,’ he said. ‘I was told that I was supposed to be one of President Mandela’s favourite players. I don’t think anyone could ask for a bigger compliment.’

There was far more to JJ, so called to distinguish him from the other John Williams, alias JPR, than the Lion who ran like a cheetah. 

A multi-national sprint champion who competed at the 1970 Commonwealth Games, a family man whose three children all made their mark as athletes, an employer blessed with the acumen to run his own painting business and a fearless critic, he died on Thursday from brain cancer.

Williams (left) leaves behind a successful sporting family including athletics star Rhys (right)

Williams (left) leaves behind a successful sporting family including athletics star Rhys (right)

Williams (left) leaves behind a successful sporting family including athletics star Rhys (right)

A hitherto youthful 72, his place in the pantheon had long been assured. At a time before the old Corinthian spirit had been battered into a pulp, when the Lions played strictly for the love of the game and responded by compiling the only invincible tour record: Played 22, Won 21, Drawn 1, Lost 0, Points for 729, against 207.

Far from not making a bean, Williams and his wife, Jane, lost a small fortune. The local education authority’s refusal to grant him paid leave from Maesteg Comprehensive School left the newly-weds struggling to pay the mortgage.

Once established as an automatic choice in the Welsh team of the Seventies, probably the most revered of the amateur era, JJ became increasingly infuriated by the WRU’s penny-pinching. 

Williams scored 48 points for Wales during his career and was regarded as a very quick player

Williams scored 48 points for Wales during his career and was regarded as a very quick player

 Williams scored 48 points for Wales during his career and was regarded as a very quick player

The most ludicrous example happened while he nibbled at a lunch of toast and honey before a match against England at Twickenham.

The chairman of selectors, Jack Young, tapped him on the shoulder to query his £5 expenses claim for the previous week. 

‘That’s right, Jack — two trips from Maesteg to Cardiff and back. Petrol isn’t cheap these days, you know.’ According to JJ, Young told him: ‘We worked it out at £3.80. You owe us £1.20.’

Worse was to follow. Within days of returning home from South Africa to Nantyffyllon, Widnes had offered him a world record £13,500 in September 1974 to cross the Rubicon to rugby league. 

Williams repeatedly become infuriated with the Welsh Rugby Union during his career

Williams repeatedly become infuriated with the Welsh Rugby Union during his career

Williams repeatedly become infuriated with the Welsh Rugby Union during his career

Absurdly, any public admission of such an offer exposed the player concerned to a lifetime ban under draconian rugby union regulations. 

Warned about the consequences, he said: ‘Go ahead and quote me. What are they going to do? Ban me?’

Which was exactly what they did. Despite announcing that he had turned Widnes down, JJ reported to Stradey Park the next day for Llanelli’s match only to be told by the Scarlets’ honorary secretary, the late Ken Jones: ‘Sorry JJ, you can’t play. The WRU say you have professionalised yourself.’

Williams also played seven times for the British and Irish Lions (above) in a memorable spell

Williams also played seven times for the British and Irish Lions (above) in a memorable spell

Williams also played seven times for the British and Irish Lions (above) in a memorable spell 

Enraged, Williams drove home ready to fight his corner. ‘The WRU saw fit to make me feel I had committed some sort of crime when all I had done was decline a fortune for the glory of continuing to play for Wales for nothing,’ he wrote in his autobiography.

He reported for training the following week, by which time the union realised that to press charges would provoke public outrage. He retired six years after the Lions tour with a career record of 352 tries from 438 matches.

Of the unbeatable Lions of 1974, JJ is the fourth to die following Gordon Brown (53), Andy Ripley (62) and Mervyn Davies (65).

The game they play in heaven is about to get a whole lot faster.

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‘It’s been a tough week’: Man City youth boss Jason Wilcox opens up on tragic death of Jeremy Wisten

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They made a decision not so long ago at Manchester City that academy players should have additional educational choice.

A long-standing partnership with the independent school, St Bede’s — where Pep Guardiola’s children were taught — has always been an attraction to families, but there is a realisation that others may thrive in different, less gilded, surroundings.

Private education is not for everybody and there is now a link with Barlow High School, a comprehensive five miles from the Etihad Stadium. 

Wisten has been described as a popular figure at Manchester City and their youth set-up

Wisten has been described as a popular figure at Manchester City and their youth set-up

Manchester City were rocked by the death of former academy player Jeremy Wisten this week

Academy director Jason Wilcox (above) praised the youth players' reaction to the tragic news

Academy director Jason Wilcox (above) praised the youth players' reaction to the tragic news

Academy director Jason Wilcox (above) praised the youth players’ reaction to the tragic news

‘We have to find the right academic platform for our boys,’ City’s academy director Jason Wilcox says. ‘Both schools have the same values and standards as us.’

City have needed their players to follow those standards during a difficult week following the tragic death of former academy defender Jeremy Wisten, who was found unresponsive at the family home by paramedics on Saturday.

Wisten’s friends and former team-mates will line up for an FA Youth Cup semi-final against Blackburn Rovers on Friday afternoon, observing a minute’s silence at St George’s Park.

‘It’s been a really tough week. Jeremy was a very well-liked boy,’ says former winger Wilcox, a title winner with Blackburn in 1995. ‘Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go to Jeremy’s family. 

Wisten was released by Manchester City in 2018 but the club helped him find other options

Wisten was released by Manchester City in 2018 but the club helped him find other options

Wisten was released by Manchester City in 2018 but the club helped him find other options 

‘I want to go on record about the number of messages we’ve received from academy directors, the FA, the Premier League, the sense of grief that we all feel as a football community. The support and outpouring has been overwhelming.

‘The biggest mark of respect we can show Jeremy is they go out and perform like they can, play our way and conduct themselves in a really professional way. That is the legacy they want to leave, irrespective of the result.’

Wisten turned 18 earlier this month. City had informed him that he would not be offered a scholarship in December 2018, organising trials at other clubs and — as with all players — offered pastoral care both before and after his departure. A designated member of operations staff supports players through their exits. 

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Several of Manchester City's first-team stars sent prayers to Wisten and his family

Several of Manchester City's first-team stars sent prayers to Wisten and his family

Several of Manchester City’s first-team stars sent prayers to Wisten and his family 

In a statement released to the local newspaper, Wisten’s parents thanked staff at City for his three years at the academy. His family were unaware of any mental health difficulties.

The teenager’s death has had a profound effect on the club, with 18-year-old Cole Palmer dedicating Tuesday’s Champions League debut at Marseille to his friend.

‘The way our players and staff have reacted, I’m extremely proud of them all,’ adds Wilcox, 49. ‘I can’t speak highly enough of the players, their families and our staff. It is a time we all get together and show our strength as a community.’

A number of those who will start Friday’s semi-final with Blackburn have donated to a crowdfund created for Wisten’s family by a close friend. Among them is Tommy Doyle, a midfielder who made his senior debut last season and is a mainstay in Guardiola’s first-team training.

Several Man City youth stars, including Tommy Doyle, have raised money to Wisten's family

Several Man City youth stars, including Tommy Doyle, have raised money to Wisten's family

Several Man City youth stars, including Tommy Doyle, have raised money to Wisten’s family

He is regularly joined by Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Palmer, both of whom — like Phil Foden before them — are streetwise Mancunians. Guardiola often calls for the kids and a significant number in the academy can relay experiences of mixing it with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.

Wilcox has watched six first-team debuts in the last year, striker Liam Delap — signed from Derby County — the latest.

‘One of the things we always tell the youngsters is make an impact,’ Wilcox says. ‘Don’t just be pleased to be there. Liam and Cole showed personality. That’s what we saw.’

Palmer accidentally floored Burnley’s Matt Lowton within 90 seconds of his debut, then loiterered around, unsure of where to put himself.

Many of the club's youngsters have made their debuts this season, such as Cole Palmer

Many of the club's youngsters have made their debuts this season, such as Cole Palmer

Many of the club’s youngsters have made their debuts this season, such as Cole Palmer

Lowton was fine, just a bang, and Palmer’s reaction was an endearing moment of someone, then only 17, taking his first tentative steps. He would later have a real impact on the 3-0 win, orchestrating one of the goals.

Delap, an uncompromising striker with serious finishing ability, scored within 18 minutes of his professional bow against Bournemouth a week earlier.

‘The ability to go on that stage and show personality, this sense of belonging,’ Wilcox smiles. ‘We take pride in that quality of person going up to the seniors. We would be horrified if we kept getting stories of poor behaviour, lack of respect, lack of professionalism. 

Liam Delap (above) is another who has had game time and even scored for the senior squad

Liam Delap (above) is another who has had game time and even scored for the senior squad

Liam Delap (above) is another who has had game time and even scored for the senior squad

‘Even if performances don’t go well, your behaviour gets you a second opportunity.

‘I say to (sporting director) Txiki Begiristain that I want to give him a headache every year, where we’ve got another group of players coming through. Our job is to keep making sure we keep giving Txiki this headache. 

‘The level of player we’re producing now is better than previous years. We aim for the stars — what does a Champions League player look like — and work back.’

That mantra dictates only a few will make debuts, fewer still becoming long-term regulars. Beyond the names above, people are talking up James McAtee, Luke Mbete and a fair few others who will face Rovers as City hunt for a first FA Youth Cup since 2008, having been beaten finalists in four of the last five seasons.

Manchester City's youth team are preparing for a FA Youth Cup semi-final on Friday

Manchester City's youth team are preparing for a FA Youth Cup semi-final on Friday

Manchester City’s youth team are preparing for a FA Youth Cup semi-final on Friday

‘Our recruitment team have done an amazing job,’ Wilcox says after a number of signings from England, Scotland and Europe. ‘As much as we aspire for our first team — and that has to be the aspiration — we take pride in producing players for football. Clubs who sign a Manchester City graduate know what they are getting.

‘I will never sit in front of a parent and guarantee they will train with the first team, or become a professional, but I can guarantee that they will be looked after as our own in the right environment.

‘The pandemic is challenging but I can’t speak highly enough of the staff, who’ve shown great resilience, managing the crisis as best we can while building for the future.

‘It’s about achieving more with less. More debuts with less time. But we need this sense of care. 

‘Don’t be demanding without being caring, but don’t be caring without achieving anything.’

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Football betting tips: Pulisic to net again, Man Utd vs Arsenal tips, Bamford on target – Premier League predictions

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THE fixtures are coming thick and fast as the Premier League continues this weekend.

We have betting tips for you from three top-flight matches, starting in Lancashire where Chelsea are looking to end a run of two Premier League draws and get back to winning ways.

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Lampard’s men are back on the road following a Champions League clash in RussiaCredit: Reuters

Burnley vs Chelsea, Saturday 3pm (Sky Sports Box Office)

The goals have dried up for the Blues – but this is the perfect opportunity to get back on track.

Frank Lampard‘s new-look side are coming into this one on the back of a 0-0 stalemate at Manchester United, where Chelsea mustered just ONE shot on target.

Not ideal following their huge summer outlay on attacking talent.

Burnley meanwhile continued their horror start to the new campaign with a 1-0 home defeat to Tottenham on Monday Night Football.

It was a fairly horrible game at Turf Moor and worryingly for Sean Dyche, the type of match they usually get something out of.

That loss leaves the home side winless in their opening five games and marooned in the early bottom three.

There’s probably no better time to play this Chelsea side, though.

Coming into this one off the back of another midweek Champions League slog, the Blues squad is creaking with this frantic schedule and there’s no way we’re taking the 8/15 on them beating Burnley this Saturday.

They’re not to be trusted on the win market – just take the 3-3 against Southampton as an example – and as such you should look elsewhere.

Before the goalless draw with United, Chelsea had netted six on the road in just two outings.

It’s just at the other end where the problems seem to lie.

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Edouard Mendy looks a solid addition but the jury is rightly still out, while Kepa looks bound for a move away.

Burnley are yet to score in any of their opening Premier League home games, drawing blanks against Southampton, Man City and Tottenham.

That’s a tough trio – but we’re backing them to break that duck on Saturday.

The Clarets have netted in five of the last six meetings between the sides here at Turf Moor, and Dyche will not fear this Chelsea backline.

That’s a strong price at 8/11, while we’ve not got as many worries about the visitors at the other end.

Lampard’s side will find their goalscoring touch again – particularly after banging in four on their Champions League trip to Russia – and Chelsea to score in BOTH halves is a very generous 5/4.

Christian Pulisic is back fit and looks to be getting back up to speed with a new attacking unit behind him.

He was the star man for Chelsea when football returned in Project Restart, bagging five goals from wide positions.

If Lampard opts to start him – and wait for the teamsheet on this one – he’s the value pick in the field to score at anytime at 7/5 after netting in midweek.

SunSport’s best bets

  • Both teams to score at Turf Moor: 8/11 (BET HERE)
  • Chelsea to net in both halves: 5/4 (BET HERE)
  • Pulisic to open Prem account for season: 7/5 (BET HERE)
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Man Utd vs Arsenal, Sunday 4.30pm (Sky Sports Main Event)

15th vs 11th at Old Trafford – how times change, eh?

This heavyweight fixture of the Premier League era has lost its shine in recent years, although the Gunners have won on just one of their last seventeen visits to Old Trafford.

Mikel Arteta‘s side were beaten by Leicester last time out and lacked a certain sharpness, perhaps feeling the pinch of Europa League action on the previous Thursday.

Either way, that’s the rigours of the modern game and the Gunners can’t afford to fall to a third-straight league defeat here.

Man Utd meanwhile continue to lurch from delirious highs one week to vicious lows the next.

From beating PSG in their own backyard less than a fortnight ago, the doom merchants were back out in force as they drew a blank with Chelsea last weekend.

So much so that #OleOut was trending UK wide.

And after smashing five past Leipzig in midweek, will it be another case of crashing back down to Earth?

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It’s very much early days in the new season but it does feel like the Norwegian needs a first Premier League home victory of the campaign to settle the natives down.

Do we think they’ll get it? Well we’re not going to be putting our hard-earned on it, that’s for sure.

Rely on the goals market to win you the cash and let these two wildly-inconsistent sides throw a dice for the result.

Both teams have scored in the last SEVEN head-to-head’s at Old Trafford, while four out of five United games in the Premier League this term have featured three or more goals.

The combined over 2.5 goals and BTTS is a tempting even money and our big fancy for the weekend.

United have a negative goal difference after that thrashing they received off Spurs and have shown themselves to start slowly this season.

That was in evidence when Spurs scored twice within seven minutes, and up in Newcastle when Toon led after 120 seconds.

As such, back Arsenal to start fast at the Theatre of Dreams with the Gunners a terrific 13/10 to net in the first half. Huge.

Willian is set to return on Thursday against Dundalk and in the early stages of the season looked a real live wire.

The Brazilian is a massive 4/1 to net anytime on Sunday – that’s a biggie and we’d recommend a small play on that one with him likely on set piece duty.

SunSport’s best bets

  • Over 2.5 goals and both teams to score: evens (BET HERE)
  • Arsenal to net in first-half: 13/10 (BET HERE)
  • Willian to score at anytime: 4/1 (BET HERE)
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Leeds vs Leicester, Monday 8pm (Sky Sports Main Event)

The promotion bounce just keeps on coming for Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa.

It was another superb night for the Premier League newboys as they demolished previously unbeaten Aston Villa 3-0 on the road, cementing a place in the top six in the process.

While they’re unlikely to be scaling those dizzying heights all season, their incredible work ethic and tireless running has been a breath of fresh air this season.

Stats showed that as a team combined, Leeds ran more than NINE kilometres further than their Villa counterparts that night. Hard work pays off.

Leicester meanwhile are back in the groove following an excellent 1-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates.

That ended a long, barren spell for the Foxes in North London and this behind-closed-doors start to the season seems to have lessened the impact of home advantage.

Jamie Vardy returned from injury to net the winner off the bench and he will relish trying to get in behind this Leeds backline.

The Whites are great fun to watch and regardless of the opposition, Bielsa is going for three points.

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Vardy is the PL’s most-lethal finisher against Big Six opponents

Promoted sides usually get a wake-up call following a strong start and we reckon the Foxes will be confident of getting something under the lights at Elland Road.

They’ve won all three of their away matches to start the new campaign, with a goal difference of 7+.

You can get 4/9 on Leicester double chance and that’s a cracking price to top up your weekend accas.

For those of you looking for something more substantial though, the Foxes to win but with both teams to score in a far more attractive 17/5.

We do reckon Leeds find the net, despite drawing a blank last time they were here against Wolves.

Patrick Bamford is their man of the moment and the much-derided striker is flourishing after being backed to the hilt by his boss.

He sits above Mo Salah and Harry Kane in the Premier League Golden Boot race and in current form should be close to odds-on to net anytime.

Instead Leeds’ No9 is priced at 7/4 to score anytime and that’s a belter.

SunSport’s best bets

  • Leicester double chance (draw or win): 4/9 (BET HERE)
  • Foxes to win with both teams scoring: 17/5 (BET HERE)
  • Patrick Bamford to net again: 7/4 (BET HERE)

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