Sport Racing Santander speak to the referee after refusing to contest their Copa del Rey quarter-final due to unpaid wages

They lined up on the pitch against Real Sociedad, but then refused to contest the ball

Referee Mark Halsey

Former Premier League referee warns pressure on officials could lead to suicide

Mark Halsey fears the increasing pressure could have devastating affect

Reading 0 Brighton 0 match report: Pavel Pogrebnyak and Leo Ulloa see red in stalemate

Madness at the MadStad. In a game in which forwards occupied their time trying get sent off rather than trying to score goals, Reading’s Pavel Pogrebnyak and Leo Ulloa of Brighton succeeded before half-time. The inevitable result was that spaces opened up but the possibility of the resulting chances being taken was minimised.

Saracens 44 Gloucester 12 match report: 14-man Gloucester sink to the bottom after Wood’s early rush of blood

There is not much love around the English club game right now: hard words are being spoken on the vexed subject of European rugby – Nigel Wray, the Saracens chairman, poured an entire pipeline’s worth of petrol on the flames consuming the Heineken Cup on Sunday by declaring that the Premiership teams would be “quite crazy” to stay in the tournament  beyond the end of the season – and even harder lessons are being learnt by sides who let their discipline slip. Ask Gloucester, who really copped it in London yesterday and find themselves at the foot of the table as a consequence.

All fall down: Ashley Young tumbles easily at Old Trafford under a challenge from Kagisho Dikgacoi, earning a penalty for Manchester United and the Crystal Palace player’s dismissal for two yellow cards

Manchester United 2 Crystal Palace 0 match report: Ashley Young diving row erupts as champions win

Palace manager Ian Holloway speechless after Kagisho Dikgacoi sent off after tangle with winger results in penalty, while England absentee Wayne Rooney returns to seal victory

Hearts 1 Celtic 2 match report: Anthony Stokes sets up Celtic for Milan

New signing Teemu Pukki grabbed a debut goal and Anthony Stokes scored one and set up two more as Celtic prepared for the Champions’ League with a comfortable win.

Ben Westwood had a return to his marauding best putting the Wolves on the fast track to a Super League Grand Final

Warrington Wolves 40 Leeds Rhinos 20: Four-try Ben Westwood puts Wolves in final

A quartet of tries from Ben Westwood, back to his marauding best, put the Wolves on the fast track to a Super League Grand Final.

Warrington Wolves 40 Leeds Rhinos 20: Four-try Ben Westwood puts Wolves in final

A quartet of tries from Ben Westwood, back to his marauding best, put the Wolves on the fast track to a Super League Grand Final.

Ian Holloway was forced to watch his side face Manchester United from the stands

Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway refuses to comment on penalty incident due to fear of being 'rude' after previous ban

Eagles manager was banned for criticising the referee in their first game back in the Premier League but chose not to speak out over the controversial penalty decision

Mason Caton-Brown makes mark as London Broncos rise from dead

Hull Kingston Rovers 22 London Broncos 34

New boy George North made a winning start to his Northampton career

It’s time to shut up about scrums and let refs and players get on with it, says Chiefs' Rob Baxter

Law changes will need time to bed in before any further tinkering, says Exeter coach

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway accepts two match touchline ban

Holloway hit out at the referee following his team's opening day defeat to Spurs

Football round-up: Paul Dickov angry with ref over 'shambolic' call-off

Charlton's match against Doncaster at The Valley was abandoned at half-time yesterday after heavy rain in south-east London left the pitch unplayable.

Jose Mourinho and Paul Lambert square up at Stamford Bridge

Paul Lambert plays down spat with Jose Mourinho - calling the clash during Aston Villa's defeat to Chelsea 'banter'

Lambert was angered by some of the refereeing decisions during the match at Stamford Bridge

Neymar celebrates his first goal for Barcelona

Atletico Madrid 1 Barcelona 1: Neymar scores first goal but concerns over Lionel Messi hamstring injury

The sides finished level at the end of the first-leg of the Spanish Super Cup final

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway

Ian Holloway could face action after criticising referee following Crystal Palace defeat to Tottenham

Holloway appeared to suggest his side hadn't been treated fairly

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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
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Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
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Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
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Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
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'You need me, I don’t need you'

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Hard to swallow

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Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
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Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

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Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London