RE­PORTS WE COULDN’T MAKE UP

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1 New record for old-timer

At 51 years of age, Ge­orge Weah be­came the old­est man to play in­ter­na­tional foot­ball – on the same day that his teenage son, Tim­o­thy Weah, was capped by the USA.

Weah se­nior, a for­mer World Foot­baller of the Year, is now pres­i­dent of Liberia and he made a shock re­turn to ac­tion as his coun­try lost 2-1 to Nige­ria in a friendly that had been ar­ranged to mark the re­tire­ment of the num­ber 14 shirt that he fa­mously wore dur­ing his ca­reer.

Mean­while, 18-year-old Tim­o­thy was in the start­ing line-up as the United States beat Mex­ico 1-0.

2 Harry’s too Hot to Han­dle

The man be­hind Wat­ford’s mas­cot, Harry the Hor­net, re­signed from the role af­ter be­ing strongly crit­i­cised by Crys­tal Palace man­ager Roy Hodg­son.

Speak­ing be­fore the two sides met at Vicarage Road in the Pre­mier League this sea­son, Hodg­son took is­sue with what he called Harry’s “dis­grace­ful” provo­ca­tion of Wil­fried Zaha in 2016.

Zaha, who has been an un­pop­u­lar fig­ure with Wat­ford fans since win­ning the de­ci­sive penalty in the 2013 Cham­pi­onship play-off, was mocked by the Wat­ford mas­cot, who dived in front of him af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle last sea­son.

Harry, aka Gareth Evans, says: “I have of­fi­cially stepped away from be­ing the match-day mas­cot at Wat­ford.

“My de­ci­sion. Proud of what I have achieved, the mem­o­ries made and the ex­pe­ri­ences I’ve had. I was priv­i­leged and now heavy hearted also. Love you Harry!”

3 A dif­fer­ent kind of draw

There were a cou­ple of very odd pair­ings in a Scot­tish Chal­lenge Cup third round draw – nei­ther fea­tur­ing a club from Scot­land.

This sea­son’s com­pe­ti­tion is open to guest teams from the top tiers in North­ern Ire­land, Wales and the Repub­lic of Ire­land, as well as English clubs from the Na­tional League, which is one tier be­low the Foot­ball League.

Third-round pair­ings in­clude Con­nah’s Quay No­mads (Wal) v Col­eraine (NI) and Bo­hemi­ans (NI) v Sut­ton United (Eng).

4 Ba­sic er­ror

Bordeaux’s Toma Ba­sic is un­able to play in his side’s Europa League group games be­cause the French club for­got to in­clude him in their squad list.

Signed from Ha­j­duk Split in Au­gust, the 21-year-old was the vic­tim of what club pres­i­dent Stephane Martin called “an ad­min­is­tra­tive er­ror”.

5 sofa, so good

Hol­land’s Wes­ley Snei­jder ended his 15-year, 134-cap in­ter­na­tional ca­reer sat on a sofa, in the mid­dle of the Jo­han Cruyff Arena in Am­s­ter­dam, watch­ing TV with his wife and fam­ily.

The 34-year-old mid­fielder played 62 min­utes of his coun­try’s 2-1 vic­tory over Peru and then re­turned to the pitch af­ter the game had fin­ished to watch pre-recorded mes­sages from for­mer team-mates and coaches.

on the box...wes­ley snei­jder and fam­ily

Buzzing off...Harry the Hor­net (right)

golden oldie... ge­orge weah (cen­tre)

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