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1 Poldi’s jet-ski anger

World Cup-win­ner Lukas Podol­ski, who played 130 times for Ger­many, has threat­ened to take le­gal ac­tion after his photo was used by a web­site for an ar­ti­cle about il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion.

The 32-year-old, who plays for Ja­panese side Vis­sel Kobe, was fea­tured by Bre­it­bart un­der the head­line: “Span­ish Po­lice Crack Gang Mov­ing Mi­grants on Jet-Skis.”

The web­site later changed the pic­ture and claimed: “A pre­vi­ous ver­sion of this story in­cluded an image of Lukas Podol­ski on a jet ski. This image ap­peared as an il­lus­tra­tion of a per­son on a jet ski.”

It went on to say: “There is no ev­i­dence Mr Podol­ski is ei­ther a mi­grant gang mem­ber, nor be­ing hu­man traf­ficked.”

2 Buy­ing Bolt for Beer and Burg­ers

Newly re­tired 100m and 200m world-record holder Usain Bolt has been of­fered the chance to play foot­ball for Por­tuguese club Beira-Mar – who say they will pay the 31-year-old Ja­maican in burg­ers and beer.

The club says that Bolt would love play­ing in front of “the best fans in the world”. How­ever, the ham­string in­jury that ended his IAAF World Championships looks set to re­quire around three months’ re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and that will put any po­ten­tial foot­ball ca­reer on hold.

3 time flies in China

A league game be­tween Hangzhou Green­town’s re­serve side and Meix­ian Tec­hand in China was cut short by the ref­eree be­cause he needed to get to an air­port to catch a flight.

The man in the mid­dle played just 40 min­utes in the first half and then blew his whis­tle after 38 min­utes of the sec­ond pe­riod be­fore rush­ing off to jump on a plane. His ex­cuse was that there is only one sched­uled flight a day from the air­port near­est to the club where he was of­fi­ci­at­ing.

4 Cel­e­bra­tion Cut short

There will be no more ex­trav­a­gant goal cel­e­bra­tions for Ham­burg’s Ni­co­lai Muller.

After scor­ing his side’s win­ner against Augs­burg on the open­ing week­end of the Bun­desliga sea­son, the 29-year-old striker un­wisely at­tempted a com­pli­cated gym­nas­tic ma­noeu­vre and col­lided with the cor­ner flag.

The net re­sult? He was car­ried off with rup­tured cru­ci­ate lig­a­ments in his right knee and will be side­lined for seven months.

in­jury...usain Bolt at the world championships

le­gal ac­tion... lukas Podol­ski

out...ni­co­lai Muller

Wages...BeiraMar’s of­fer

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