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Stéphane Sessègnon ban upheld by FA

The Sunderland striker Stéphane Sessègnon will miss the rest of the season after his appeal against a three-match ban for his sending off against Aston Villa on Monday was turned down by a Football Association panel.

Nigel Farage campaigning in South Shields

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Paolo Di Canio? He’s a bit right-wing for me - Nigel Farage outflanked by Sunderland boss

Pensioner Angela Hay was in shock. She had been sitting on a bench in South Shields’ King Street, enjoying the sunshine, when Nigel Farage and Ukip’s parliamentary by-election candidate Richard Elvin, along with assorted TV crews, descended on her.

Alan Pardew admitted his side were second best in Sunderland v Newcastle

Mamma mia! Vision of mother won derby for Sunderland, insists Paolo Di Canio after victory over Newcastle

The Black Cats stunned St James' Park with a 3-0 win

Sunderland's new manager Paolo di Canio
Wayne Rooney and Alex Ferguson in training

Wayne Rooney expected to be fit for clash against Manchester City

Manchester derby takes place this Monday

Paolo Di Canio gestures towards fans during his time at Lazio

James Lawton: Paolo Di Canio's appointment at Sunderland makes us ask what football clubs really mean to us

Is a club supposed to reflect some of the deepest values of the community?

Paolo Di Canio poses with a club shirt after being unveiled as the new Sunderland manager

Federico Farcomeni: Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio - the working-class hero from Centocelle who revels as the underdog

He was a hero to West Ham fans, the working class of the East End

A tough decision for Sunderland fans as Paolo Di Canio is appointed manager

David Miliband has made his position clear by stepping down - but will fans back the new manager despite his private beliefs?

Sunderland manager Martin O' Neill

Out! Martin O'Neill sacked for the first time in career

Players not even told as Sunderland owner wields axe after defeat against Manchester United

HMRC: Plan to close 281 centres and save £13m

HMRC could close all 281 of its enquiry centres, putting 1,300 jobs at risk, as part of a move to save £13m a year.

'Cheer team if not Odemwingie,' says West Brom manager

Steve Clarke has urged West Bromwich Albion supporters not to let their feelings towards striker Peter Odemwingie affect their backing for the team in Saturday's home game with Sunderland.

Radio review: Ian D Montfort Is: Unbelievable - When the lights go off, the symphony begins

Tom Binns has a bit of previous on the radio. He was fired by a local radio station for dissing the Queen's Speech in 2009. Ten years earlier, Tony Blair's apparatchiks tried to have Binns sacked from Xfm for dissing New Labour (a badge of honour for any comedian).

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Craig Gordon's stay at Sunderland is over, after being supplanted by Sebastian Mignolet this season, and he has said he would like a return to Scotland. The £9m goalkeeper is one of three departures from the Stadium of Light.
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<b>Craig Gordon, 29</b> – Goalkeeper, signed for £9m in 2007, played 95 times.
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<b>Jordan Cook, 22</b> – Striker, played 3 times.
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<b>Ryan Noble, 19</b> – Striker, played 6 times.

Former Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon considering retirement

The 30-year-old is without a club after leaving Sunderland at the end of last season

Jack Wilshere holds off the advances of Lee Cattermole on Saturday

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has become a 'marked man'

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