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Andre Gray apologies after disgusting homophobic tweets found

Andre Gray has issued an apology after homophobic tweets from the striker’s Twitter account resurfaced. 

The Burnley frontman offered “a sincere and unreserved apology” after old Tweets from as far back as 2012 began to go viral. The tweets have been widely condemned, in particular in respect to the repeated homophobic comments.

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Earlier on Saturday, Gray scored his first ever goal in Burnley’s historic 2-0 win over Liverpool. Later that night, he was forced to defend his comments in the following statement.

“I want to offer a sincere and unreserved apology to anybody I may have offended in relation to these tweets.

“The tweets were posted four years ago when I was a completely different person to the man I am now. I was at a very different point in my life back then – one that I’ve worked hard to move on from.

“I realise I have made some big mistakes, none more so than these tweets, but I would like to stress that I’ve worked incredibly hard to completely transform my life since that time.

“I do not hold the beliefs written in those tweets whatsoever. I can assure everybody that I am absolutely not homophobic.

(Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images Sport)

FIFA 17 Gameplay Trailer Revealed

The brand new FIFA 17 trailer has been released by EA Sports.

Powered by the new Frostbite graphics, the latest instalment in the FIFA series looks set to be the best yet, with the game coming to life in even more detail.

The two minute teaser features a dabbing Paul Pogba, a Zlatan Ibrahimovic bicycle kick and a first look at the new celebrations added to the game, including some dance moves from “The Beast” Adebayo Akinfenwa.

In addition to this, we get a glimpse of the new finishing abilities, free-kicks and skills.

The trailer was first shown by EA Sports at Gamescon, during which they also announced the likes of Paul Scholes, Jamie Carragher and Rio Ferdinand will be added as Legends to the Ultimate Team game mode.

There is also two new features coming to Ultimate Team – squad building challenges and even more competitive leagues as part of FUT Champions.

EA Sports has promised FIFA 17 will ‘deliver authentic, true-to-life action, taking players to new football worlds, and introducing fans to characters full of depth and emotion’ and, on the evidence of this trailer, it looks like they are living up to their word.

Carlos Blanco scores early goal of the season contender for Juventus

Juventus’ 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory featured a wonder goal from 20-year-old Carlos Blanco. 

The Spanish defender took down a clearance of his chest, assessed his options, before deciding on a shot.

The Beckham-esque effort from just past the half-way line was driven flat and successfully lobbed  goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas.

The remarkable effort was the defender’s first ever senior goal. Not a bad way to get yourself off the mark…

The Spaniard had this to say after full-time: “I’m delighted with the goal I scored for the first team. I saw the ‘keeper off his line, tried my luck and it went in.”

Unfortunately for Blanco, his goal was not enough to lead his side to victory as Melbourne equalised seven minutes from time and Juventus went on to lose 4-3 on penalties.

Juventus meet Higuain’s €94m release clause

Gonzalo Higuain is close to completing a big money move to Juventus, if reports in Italy are to be believed. 

Various sources report that Juventus have met the forward’s €94million release clause, meaning Napoli have no option but to sell their prized striker.

Higuain is thought to have already completed a medical in Turin ahead of putting pen to paper on a four-year deal, worth €7.5million per year.

Juve will pay the astronomical fee in two instalments – €47million now and €47million next year.

The 28-year-old scored 36 goals in 35 appearances in Serie A last season and will be a welcome replacement for Alvaro Morata, who left Juventus for a return to Real Madrid.

Some believe Juventus’ willingness to spend such a large fee suggests Paul Pogba is set to go in the opposite direction to Higuain.

The Frenchman has been heavily linked with a £100million move to Manchester United.

Riyad Mahrez accepts offer to join Arsenal

Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez has accepted an offer from Arsenal, according to reports. 

Eurosport France claim the Algerian has agreed to join the Gunners, but the deal is yet to be finalised.

It is understood Arsenal will submit a bid of £41million for the 26-year-old, which will be accepted. Leicester are reluctant to sell the winger, however they do not want to block the progression of his career.

Mahrez’s, Kamel Bengougan, was at Arsenal’s pre-season friendly against Lens on Friday and it is thought he met with Arsene Wenger after the 1-1 draw.

Leicester have spent the summer attempting to fend off interest for their key men. Jamie Vardy eventually opted against joining Arsenal, but the Foxes were unable to prevent N’Golo Kante’s transfer to Chelsea and Riyad Mahrez looks set to be the next out of the door.

The reports come just a week after Claudio Ranieri’s claim that: ‘It is over, the market is closed here. Mahrez wants to stay.’

That now looks unlikely as Arsenal are closing in on the signature of the Leicester Player of the Year.

Mahrez has spent two-and-a-half years in the East Midlands since joining from Le Harve for the tiny price tag of £300,000. After a season in which he scored 17 times and made 11 assists as Leicester were remarkably crowed Champions of England, his value has now risen to in excess of £40million.

The move will no doubt come as a huge blow to Leicester as the prepare to defender their Premier League title and for a Champions League campaign.

Gonzalo Higuain would consider Arsenal switch

The transfer talk surrounding Gonzalo Higuain refuses to go away and there have been further developments on the whole situation  – and it could be good news for Arsenal fans.

According to reports from Italy, Napoli’s star striker would certainly consider a move to the Emirates Stadium this summer if a concrete offer from the Gunners was made.

Arsene Wenger’s side are in desperate need of more attacking reinforcements and if they do manage to land the Argentine, it would be a massive boost to the squad.

However, they do face competition for his signature from both Juventus and PSG, with the former having already launched a bid to try to sign Higuain earlier this month.

Napoli are believed to be holding out for close to €100m for their prized marksman. An astronomical amount of money for the 29-year old.

It’s no surprise, though, given the season he has just had with club and country, featuring 52 times last term and scoring 42 goals.

Arsenal’s reluctance to spend has been well documented, however, Arsene Wenger has confirmed they “remain in the market” for further signings.

The north London club have already splashed out £34m on Granit Xhaka, while Japanese striker Takuma Asano and 20-year-old defender Rob Holding have both joined for a combined £4m.

Wayne Rooney embarrassed by team-mates in Manchester United training

As Manchester United’s pre-season gets underway, Wayne Rooney was spotted looking rather off the pace as his side trained in Shanghai. 

The veteran forward will be hoping new boss Jose Mourinho was not watching as he got nutmegged twice in a matter of seconds during a game of ‘rondo’.

Memphis Depay was the first to get one over on Rooney and Daley Blind added to the 30-year-old’s pain by inflicting a second nutmeg only moments after.

Wayne Rooney can only raise his hand in acknowledgement while his team-mates go nuts around him.

The United squad will be in China for the next two weeks for the International Champions Cup. Their first match is against Borussia Dortmund on Friday.

Minnesota United goalkeeper scores the worst own goal you’re ever likely to see

We’ve all seen some pretty bad own goals over the years, however few even compare to this effort from Minnesota United goalkeeper Sammy Ndjock.

The comedic error came in the first-half of Minnesota’s defeat to AFC Bournemouth, when Ndjock somehow managed to throw the ball into his own net.

Under no pressure, the 26-year-old keeper miraculously launched the ball behind him and into the empty goal. How it happened, we’ll never know.

Callum Wilson scored twice and Lewis Grabban sealed the win as Bournemouth cruised to a 4-0 win over Minnesota. Unsurprisingly, though, the result has been overshadowed by what could be the worst own goal ever seen.

You could hear a pin drop as the 26-year-old retrieves the ball from the back of the net, as the silent crowd attempt to comprehend what they just witnessed.

The cheeky grin on the face of the on looking Jordan Ibe is priceless.

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