White Hot Lines  

March 2012

This page gives you a diary of events as they have happened at the club. 
News of all current and former players will be included, as well as any other Spurs related story, rumour or innuendo.

The MEHSTG spin story is our own unique take on some of the big breaking stories of the day ... with our 
"spin" (and little truth) attached to it !!  There are also "no spin" stories, which are strange but true !! 
You couldn't make them up !!

 

Saturday 31.03.12
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   In response to yesterday's stories about Manchester City's interest in Luka Modric, Harry Redknapp is reported in the papers as saying he cannot do anything should the Croatian midfielder be offered 200,000 a week in wages.
   Spurs Under-18s lost 2-4 to Ipswich Town at Spurs Lodge this morning, with the two Tottenham goals coming from Shaquile Coulthirst.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Friday 30.03.12
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   The time of Tottenham's FA Cup semi final against Chelsea at Wembley will kick-off at 18:00 thanks to the wonderful people at the FA and ITV.  The match is live on TV and the FA have decided it will be a late kick off on Sunday 15th April.
   Spurs have announced that they will play Liverpool in pre-season build-up, with the game being staged at the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland USA.  The match will take place on Saturday 28th July with a 18:00 (GMT) kick off.
   The Daily Express claims Spurs will make a move for Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers should Harry Redknapp be chosen as the next England manager and he takes up that post.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  There is almost a full squad for Harry Redknapp to choose from on Sunday for the game against Swansea City.  Only Tom Huddlestone (ankle) and Michael Dawson (ankle) are absentees, with Aaron Lennon ready to play after his recent hamstring trouble.
   SWANSEA CITY TEAM NEWS : -  Spurs centre half Steven Caulker on loan at Swansea must sit the game out and his place could be taken by Garry Monk, while Nathan Dyer returns after suspension, but former Spur Wayne Routledge has done well while he has been out and may retain his place in the starting line-up.
   Once more on a Sunday Spurs match, the Victoria Line will be totally out of action.


   OTHER NEWS ... Aston Villa midfielder Stylian Petrov has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia.  MEHSTG wishes him a full recovery ... 

   CRIME WATCH ... Arsene Wenger has been banned from Arsenal's next three European games and fined 33,000 for his confrontation with the Slovenian referee after the club's dismissal from the Champions League by AC Milan and for his comments about the referee and his assistants in the post match conference.. 

Thursday 29.03.12
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   Tottenham's Premier League game at Bolton Wanderers has been arranged for Wednesday 2nd May with a 20:00 p.m. kick off.
   Spurs are to offer Ryan Nelsen a new one year contract following his involvement with the club since his free transfer in February.
   The Daily Mail claims Spurs are looking likely to forego signing Emmanuel Adebayor on a permanent deal in the summer, as the Manchester City striker, who is on loan at White Hart Lane for the season, will require more in terms of salary and inducements than the club can offer.  Therefore, the paper claims Tottenham may look towards Giuseppe Rossi of Villarreal and Loic Remy of Marseille.
   For a preview of the Swansea City game on Sunday, click here.
   Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC won the London FA Senior Cup for the first time tonight with a 4-0 victory over MSA Ladies at Harrow Borough FC.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Wednesday 28.03.12
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   Aaron Lennon has tweeted that he will be fit for the match against Swansea City this weekend.
   Spurs are said to be among a host of clubs watching Notts. County goalkeeper Fabien Speiss.
   Former Spurs manager Terry Venables has returned to management with non-league Wembley FC.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

   CRIME WATCH ... Glasgow Celtic have been fined 21,000 for their fans letting off fireworks inside the ground and displaying a banner with a rude message to FIFA on it in their Europa League game against Udinese in December ... 

Tuesday 27.03.12
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   Tottenham beat Bolton Wanderers 3-1 in the FA Sixth round tie at White Hart Lane tonight.  For a match report click here.
   Chelsea re petitioning the FA to move their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley to the Friday night (13th April) to allow them more time to prepare for the Champions League semi-final should they beat Benfica in the quarter final.  There may be little chance of this, as the Metropolitan Police will need to allocate resources elsewhere on a Friday night and may not countenance an all-London FA Cup semi-final on that night.  Also, the match is set for live TV coverage on the Sunday and I assume that the company covering the game would not wish to switch it and re-arrange their scheduling.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 


   MEHSTG's spin story ... With news that Glasgow Celtic are considering applying to play in League One in the English league, news has leaked out that Arsenal are considering a switch the other way and are entering into talks with the SFA, as that is the sum total of what they have won for the last six years.

Monday 26.03.12
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   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Ledley King and Aaron Lennon may return to the Tottenham side for the FA Cup tie against Bolton Wanderers tomorrow night.  Spurs will be without David Bentley (knee), Tom Huddlestone (ankle) and Michael Dawson (ankle) are all still out long term injured.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Sunday 25.03.12
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   Apologies for the late return of normal service at MEHSTG, but it has taken longer to catch up with what has been going on than we thought.
   The Sunday Mirror claims that Luka Modric is stalling on signing a new contract at the club until he knows who will be the Tottenham manager next season.  It is said that he is awaiting the speculation about Harry Redknapp becoming England manager and if the boss leaves, he may want to exit for Chelsea or Manchester United.
   The Mirror also claims Spurs and Chelsea will vie to sign Napoli striker Ezequiel Lavezzi, who would cost a fraction of his striking partner Edison Cavani, who Chelsea are also interested in.
   The Sunday Express claims Spurs and Chelsea will also battle it out in the summer for the services of Newcastle United striker Demba Ba, who is said to have a 7 million buy-out clause.
   The Metro claim Spurs will miss out on Brazil and Internacional striker Leandro Damiao and Villareal and Italy forward Giuseppe Rossi, who both favour moves to Italy.
   The Sun on Sunday claims that Spurs, Arsenal and Bayern Munich will watch the situation regarding Salomon Kalou, who may be set to leave Chelsea this summer.
   The People run a story that say that Newcastle United and Sunderland may both be looking to sign Danny Rose in the summer.


   OTHER NEWS ... AFC Bournemouth have parted company with manager Lee Bradbury ... 

Saturday 24.03.12
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   Tottenham drew 0-0 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.  Click here for a match report.
   The Spurs website reported that young defender Oliver Modeste has been moved out of intensive care after hitting his head in a fall last week.  He is in a high dependency ward, but is making progress..
   In the Daily Express, Steven Pienaar is begging Spurs not to price him out of a permanent move back to Everton.
   Spurs are said to be favourites to sign Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi, who looks set to leave the La Liga club for around 10 million according to Talk Sport's website via the Spanish press.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Friday 23.03.12
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   Milos Krasic, the Juventus winger, has told the Daily Mirror that he wished he had joined Spurs in January when he was given the green light to do so by the Serie A club, instead of staying to fight for a place in the team, where he feels unwanted.


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Thursday 22.03.12
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   Spurs are once more linked to a move for Raheem Sterling, the 17 year old Liverpool striker, who is not getting enough first team action and his family want him to move back to London.
   Tottenham announced that they will be visiting the USA for a pre-season tour taking in a game against LA Galaxy on Tuesday 24th July and then a match against New York Red Bulls on Tuesday 31st July 2012.
   Midfielder John Bostock has joined Swindon Town on loan until the end of the season.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Wednesday 21.03.12
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   Tottenham drew 1-1 with Stoke City at White Hart Lane tonight.  Click here for a match report.
   The FA Cup Sixth Round tie against Bolton Wanderers has bee re-scheduled for Tuesday 27th March 2012 at White Hart Lane with a 19:30 kick off.  The game will be shown live on ESPN.  Tickets for the original fixture will be valid.
   TalkSport claim that Spurs, Manchester United and Chelsea will be watching the situation of Milos Krasic at Juventus.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Tuesday 20.03.12
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   The FA Cup semi-final involving Spurs or Bolton Wanderers, who will play Chelsea, is set for Sunday 15th April with a 16:00 kick off.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Monday 19.03.12
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   Goalkeeper David Button has joined Barnsley on loan for one month.


   OTHER NEWS ... Andy Scott has been sacked by Rotherham United ... Brian Horton has been appointed as the new manager of Macclesfield Town ...

Sunday 18.03.12
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   Spurs or Bolton Wanderers will face Chelsea in the semi-final of the FA Cup at Wembley on the weekend of Saturday April 14th or Sunday April 15th.


   OTHER NEWS ... Gary Simpson was sacked by Macclesfield Town today ... 

Saturday 17.03.12
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   Tottenham's Sixth Round FA Cup tie with Bolton Wanderers was abandoned after 41 minutes, with the score 1-1, after Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch and needed CPR.  The player left the field on a stretcher and the game was called off.  He was admitted to the London Heart Hospital and was in a critically ill condition.  Our thoughts are with the player and his family and friends at this worrying time.
   A match report can be read here.
   The Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail claim Spurs will do everything possible to attract Jose Mourinho as their next manager should Harry Redknapp leave for the England job.
   The Daily Mirror reports that Spurs are willing to meet the 35 million buy out clause in midfielder Eden Hazard's Lille contract to secure his services.
   Tottenham's Under-18s lost 1-2 at Portsmouth today with the Spurs goal coming from Victor Zapata-Caicedo.


   OTHER NEWS ... Burton Albion sacked their manager Paul Peschisolido today ... 

Friday 16.03.12
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   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Emmanuel Adebayor and Aaron Lennon both have hamstring injuries, with Lennon definitely out, while Adebayor is a doubt.  William Gallas may start after a long term calf muscle problem and may partner Ledley King if he passes a late fitness test.  Michael Dawson's ankle ligament injury rules him out, Heurelho Gomes has had an operation on his knee, David Bentley's knee injury rules him out and Tom Huddlestone is still out following his ankle surgery.
   BOLTON WANDERERS TEAM NEWS : -  Marvin Sordell is cup-tied after playing against Spurs for Watford earlier in the competition and Tyrone Mears (knee), Ricardo Gardner (hip), Stuart Holden (knee) and C Lee (broken leg) are all missing too.  Defender Marcos Alonso might return after missing a long period out with a broken foot, while Chris Eagles faces a late fitness test on a hamstring pull.
   Tottenham have been voted the most entertaining team to watch this season by three quarters of the Premier League managers.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Thursday 15.03.12
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   Not much Spurs related news in the media today.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Wednesday 14.03.2012
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   TalkSport claim that Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool are interested in Fulham striker Moussa Dembele.
   Youth defender Oliver Modeste suffered a head injury when he had a fall on Sunday evening and has been admitted to hospital where the 17 year old remains in intensive care.  MEHSTG's thoughts go out to his family at this worrying time.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Tuesday 13.03.12
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   At last ... some Spurs news !!  The Daily Mail claim that Tottenham are sending a scout to watch Liverpool's 17 year old striker Raheem Sterling, as he will be playing in the NextGen semi-final against Ajax.  It is rumoured that the youngster is disillusioned at the lack of first team opportunities at Anfield.
   The Spurs XI side took the lead against Brighton at Spurs Lodge today, thanks to a goal from Alex Pritchard, but they lost out 1-4.
   Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes has undergone an operation on his left knee which will keep him out for up to four weeks.
   For a preview of Saturday's Sixth Round FA Cup tie against Bolton Wanderers, click here.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Monday 12.03.12
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   Nothing much about today concerning Spurs, apart from a story about Chas and Dave penning a song to keep Harry Redknapp at White Hart lane, which the manager is set to listen to instead of Max Bygraves.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Sunday 11.03.12
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   There was little talk about Spurs today other than reaction to yesterday's match.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Saturday 10.03.12
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   Tottenham lost 0-1 to Everton at Goodison Park this evening.  For a match report, click here.
   Former Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp fears that the stress of managing England may be too much for his father Harry according to a story in the Daily Mirror.
   The Spurs Under-18s beat Fulham 4-2 at Spurs Lodge today with goals from Jack Munns 2, Kenneth McEvoy and Grant Ward.
   Any Spurs fans out there in the Manchester area, as BBC are looking for one to attend the filming of the Sports Relief charity programme in Salford.  if you are interested in attending, please send me your name and a contact phone number and I will pass it on.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Friday 09.03.12
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   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Louis Saha looks to have overcome his knee knock, but David Moyes is under the impression that Harry Redknapp will not play him unless he is missing a lot of players, but he has been named in the Tottenham squad.  A number of players will return after being rested for the Stevenage game, with Ledley King set to play again, with Michael Dawson out for a long spell after getting an ankle injury on Wednesday and another victim in the FA Cup game was Aaron Lennon, whose hamstring pull keeps him out of contention.  Tom Huddlestone (ankle) is out for the rest of the season, as is David Bentley (knee), but William Gallas might be on the bench with injuries hitting the back four.
   EVERTON TEAM NEWS : -  Darron Gibson misses out with a knee injury, with striker Victor Anichebe (groin) and midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) their only other doubts.  Steven Pienaar will not be able to play against Spurs, who he is on loan from.
   For a preview of tomorrow's Everton match, click here.
   Daniel Levy wants Harry Redknapp to stay with Spurs, the manager said at his press conference today, but there have been no new contract talks, with the FA not making a move for him as the England boss either.  The FA have sent a letter to Premier League managers, according to Alex Ferguson, to stop discussing the new England manager.


   OTHER NEWS ... Port vale actually went into administration again today ... Glasgow Rangers are looking for a buyer in the next couple of days to help them complete the season and some of the players have agreed a 75% drop in wages to avoid redundancies having to be made ...

Thursday 08.03.2012
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   Michael Dawson's ankle ligament injury will rule him out for 10-12 weeks and effectively miss the rest of the season, except maybe the last game at Aston Villa.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Wednesday 07.03.2012
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   Tottenham beat Stevenage 3-1 in tonight's FA Cup Fifth Round replay at White Hart Lane.  For a match report, click here.
   Michael Dawson suffered what is thought to be ruptured ankle ligaments in tonight's FA Cup Fifth Round replay and will be out of action for the rest of the season, if the damage is confirmed.
   The Daily Mail claims Spurs will offer Luka Modric 100,000 a week and a 3.5 million signing on bonus to stay with the club.
   Reserve striker Simon Dawkins has returned to San Jose Earthquakes on loan until the end of June.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

   CRIME WATCH ... Arsene Wenger will be charged by UEFA for comments made about the match referee in their 3-0 win over AC Milan in the Champions League last night.  It will be the third time in a year he has been facing a UEFA charge for his behaviour ... Sunderland and Newcastle United will be charged by the FA of failing to control their players in Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby ...


   MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Arsene Wenger will be charged by UEFA for comments made about the match referee in their 3-0 win over AC Milan in the Champions League last night. Just imagine what would have happened if they had lost ... oh, sorry ... they did !!

Tuesday 06.03.2012
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   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Louis Saha (knee) and Ledley King (knee) are both ruled out of the FA Cup replay against Stevenage tomorrow, but Gareth Bale is over his virus, Rafael van der Vaart has recovered from his ankle injury and Scott Parker is available after suspension.  Jermain Defoe could start up front and there may be a start for William Gallas if he can pass a match fitness test.  Tom Huddlestone is still out having had surgery on his ankle.
   For a preview of the Stevenage FA Cup replay, click here.
   A Spurs XI played Southampton this afternoon at Spurs Lodge and lost 2-3 despite Souleymane Coulibaly scoring a brace.
   Harry Redknapp said that the Chelsea manager's job, which he had been linked to in the media, was not for him.
   Former Spurs defender Gudni Bergsson has been stabbed in his leg at a law firm in Rejkavik in his homeland of Iceland after running to the aid of a colleague who was seriously injured in an attack.  Bergsson has been released from hospital while his colleague remain in a serious condition in hospital.


   OTHER NEWS ... Port Vale will enter administration on Friday after a claim against them from Stoke-on-Trent City Council and a winding up order from the HMRC ... Two Glasgow Rangers players - Gregg Wylde and Mervan Celik - have accepted voluntary redundancy to help preserve the jobs of some of the non-playing staff at Ibrox, while other players refused a large pay cut and the administrators will meet again tomorrow to decide how the club may survive ...

Monday 05.03.2012
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   Spurs are said to be favourites to sign Blackburn Rovers' Canadian forward Junior Hoillett in the summer for a cut-price, as his fee will be decided by tribunal, but in the Metro, Arsenal are said to be leading the chase for the striker.
   Harry Redknapp was being linked with the vacant Chelsea job in some newspapers today.


   OTHER NEWS ... Jamie Pitman was sacked as manager by Hereford United today and replaced by Richard O'Kelly ... 

Sunday 04.03.2012
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   Tottenham lost 1-3 to Manchester United at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.
   The Sunday Mirror reports that Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea are all on standby should Dutch winger Arjen Robben fulfil his stated intention to return to the Premier League at the end of season.  The Bayern Munich player might cost as little as 10 million.
   Metro are reporting that England full backs Kyle Walker and Glen Johnson have been identified as transfer targets by Real Madrid for the summer.
   12 million rated Ajax central defender Jan Vertonghen has told the Daily Star on Sunday that he thinks his game is suited to English football and that he would love to join Tottenham.
   The People are suggesting that the FA and Spurs might come to an arrangement should Harry Redknapp be appointed as England manager, with Tottenham getting the use of Wembley for home games during the rebuilding of White Hart lane rent free as part of a compensation deal for losing their boss.  This is a little strange as the plan was to build the new ground alongside the old one and the only disruption would be when the new South stand is built, as the move to the new stadium would be made while that part of the ground was completed, utilising the other three sides.


   OTHER NEWS ... Chelsea sacked their manager Andre Villas Boas today, appointing Roberto di Matteo as first team coach for the rest of the season ... Tranmere Rovers sacked their manager Les Parry today ...

Saturday 03.03.2012
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   The Metro claims that Sao Paulo's 19 year old Brazilian international midfielder Lucas has said he will leave in the summer and this has alerted Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea, as well as Internazionale, with a fee of around 25 million expected by the Brazilian club for the player.
   Spurs Under-18s drew 2-2 away to Chelsea in the FA Premier Academy League today.  Jack Munns and Ruben Lameiras were the Tottenham scorers.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Friday 02.03.2012
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   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Gareth Bale will hopefully be fit after suffering a hamstring strain in midweek while on duty with Wales.  Other absentees from the midweek internationals who will be fit are Rafael van der Vaart and Kyle Walker (both ankle) and Ledley King hoped to train before the match to make himself available.  Scott Parker misses the game with a one match suspension after being sent off against Arsenal last week.  David Bentley (knee), William Gallas (calf) and Tom Huddlestone (ankle) are all still out of contention.
   MANCHESTER UNITED TEAM NEWS : -  Wayne Rooney will be fit to return to the Manchester United side after suffering a throat infection.  Tom Cleverely (ankle) and Antonio Valencia (hamstring) both miss out, along with Chris Smalling, who had a serious head injury in England's game in midweek.  Darren Fletcher's ulcerative colon keeps him out for the rest of the season and Richie de Laet's shin problem rules him out for the remainder of the campaign too.  Knee injuries to Nemanja Vidic and Bebe rule them out, with Michael Owen joining them with a thigh strain.
   For a preview of the Manchester United match, click here.
   TalkSport claim Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Spurs will battle for Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente in the summer.
   The FA have said that they will not make a decision on the new England manager until near the end of the season.  This is said by some to imply that Stuart Pearce will lead England into Euro 2012 and the new manager will take over afterwards, with Harry Redknapp said be being joined by the likes of Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola as candidates for the post.  The Daily Mail reckons that David Moyes might be favourite to take over at White hart Lane should Redknapp get the job, but also comment that Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers is well regarded amongst the top brass at Spurs.


   OTHER NEWS ... Portsmouth's administrator revealed that they may not be able to complete the season without new funding being pumped into the club ... Glasgow Rangers' administrator revealed that they need to make 1 million a month to see the season out and news of player redundancies will be announced early next week ...  David Jones has been appointed as the new Sheffield Wednesday manager ...

Thursday 01.03.2012
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   The Daily Mirror claims that Barcelona have given up hope of signing Gareth Bale as the believed asking price is 50 million.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

   CRIME WATCH ... Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger and Walsall player Manny Smith have been fined by the FA for bringing the game into disrepute by using Twitter to post homophobic comments ... 

 

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