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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