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Francesco Totti mocks Ashley Cole in official Roma team photo

Ashley Cole is mocked by Roma captain Francesco Totti during official team photo

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Luis Suarez could be back training with Barcelona in two weeks after CAS hearing is set

Banned striker will present case on 8 August with ruling announced later

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Ronny Delia gestures on the sidelines during Celtic's 4-1 defeat to Legia Warsaw

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Ronaldo pictured during Real Madrid's pre-season tour

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Seydou Keita (left) in action against Real Madrid

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Jérémy Mathieu (right) trains with his new teammates at Burton

Rondos on the training ground at Burton start Barcelona’s new era

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Ashley Cole of Roma

Ashley Cole: Former Chelsea player in awkward picture with new Roma team-mates

Some are asking if the left-back is fitting in with his new team-mates

Manchester City vs AC Milan: Mario Balotelli takes a break from 5-1 defeat to pose for selfie with pitch invaders

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