Christopher Stevens-Smith

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Football and prison: Two worlds that rarely meet, but when they do, it’s sure to be a headache for the football clubs involved. Recently a Brazilian goalkeeper by the name of Bruno Fernandes de Souza was signed by Boa Esporte. Ordinarily the signing of a new player would be an unremarkable event except for fans of the club in question, but Fernandes is not just any other player. He was recently released from prison
When Arsene Wenger pushed fourth official Anthony Taylor during Arsenal’s recent win against Burnley, it was the latest in a long-running series of abuses suffered by match officials in English football. The incident involving the Arsenal manager may not have been quite as egregious as some past offences, such as the infamous push from Paolo Di Canio on referee Paul Alcock in 1998, but respect for match officials, or rather a lack thereof, remains a…