Football revolution as disillusioned fans head for the non-league

Fans are rejecting the £2,000 season tickets, officious stewarding, and airline-stadium sponsorship of the Premier League

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers with Mario Balotelli at Liverpool’s Melwood training ground this week

Tim Sherwood: The mavericks have always needed special handling – but Balotelli is not delivering his side of the bargain for Liverpool

EXCLUSIVE COLUMN: When you bring a player like that into the first-team squad it is important he is accepted

Erik Lamela celebrates his goal

Eric Lamela rabona comment: The rabona is an attempt to fool fans that he's a genius when in fact it’s a disguise for shocking one-footedness

It's the equivalent of the snooker amateur who plays with the cue behind his back

The average squad size of a Sunday League side has gone up to 24 – because fewer players are ready to turn out every week
Miroslav Klose’s celebration is copied around the world

Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala's death leads to Fifa proposal for somersault ban

Tragic incident happened last Sunday

Mario Balotelli with Roberto Mancini at Manchester City
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Could take place in winter leaving European fixtures in disarray

Erik Lamela doubles Tottenham’s lead with the first of his two goals, an audacious strike

Erik Lamela goal: What is a rabona?

The Tottenham striker scored one in the Europa League last night

Goa Football Club coach Zico (R) and player Robert Pires

Robert Pires 'punched in face' and 'beaten' by an opposition coach during Indian Super League match

Investigation launched following alleged incident involving former Arsenal player

Video: Watch Tottenham winger Erik Lamela score 'rabona' wonder goal... FIVE years ago

The Argentinian scored against Asteras Tripolis last night, but it's not the first wonder goal he's scored

Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

In his latest exclusive column for The Independent, Scholes writes that United can beat Chelsea on Sunday, provided they keep certain players under control

Mario Balotelli should perhaps be admired for his shirt-swapping antics

After Mario Balotelli versus Real Madrid: This shirt-swapping lark can be a lucrative business

It was the kind of singular determination many a Liverpool fan has been bemoaning the complete absence of in their new £16m man. But to seek out the shirt of Portuguese centre-back Pepe successfully, amid the glare from the galaxy of galacticos spread out across the Anfield pitch as the half-time whistle blew, is something for which Mario Balotelli should perhaps be admired.

Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring Manchester United's second goal with Alan Smith (right) in their 2-0 win over Arsenal on this day in 2004

Paul Scholes: Arsenal need leaders to become contenders again

Back in 2004, Arsenal wouldn’t be bullied

Shaun Derry has brought in a group of veteran players to help turn Notts County around
Mario Balotelli has been accused of 'threateningly' telling a woman to stop photographing his Ferrari

Mario Balotelli: Police probe complaint footballer 'threateningly told woman to stop photographing his Ferrari'

The Liverpool striker allegedly took umbrage at the woman photographing his sports car in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester

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Rio Ferdinand has said he wants to one day be England manager
QPR defender announces he will end career next summer
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Goa Football Club coach Zico (R) and player Robert Pires
Incident happened during a match in India
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Shaun Derry has brought in a group of veteran players to help turn Notts County around
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A leading Fifa anti-racism campaigner last night warned that an African team may walk off the field at Russia’s 2018 World Cup if nothing is done about the country’s racism problem
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Manchester City and Moscow players line up behind an anti-racism banner at the Khimki Stadium on Tuesday
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Roy Keane reveals he head-butted Peter Schmeichel during a fight on Manchester United’s 1998 pre-season tour of Asia
Former midfielder has been criticising his former club again
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