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VIDEO: Beckham sent off after six minutes but PSG edge closer to title

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David Beckham’s time in MLS was littered with yellow cards, a few reds here and there, and quite a few scuffles and public disagreements.

And yesterday that fiery streak surfaced in France as Beckham was sent off after being on the field for just SIX minutes as a second half substitute.

The English midfielder, 37, came on as a late sub during the 1-0 win at Evian but was shown a straight red for a lunging tackle in stoppage time.

Below you can watch the tackle which brought Beckham his first red card since 2009 with the LA Galaxy.

More of a feisty attempt than anything malicious, but it is worth noting that Evian’s Saber Khelifa and PSG’s Salvatore Sirigu were also sent off after the final whistle following a scuffle. While one of PSG’s assistant coaches — former French international, Real Madrid and Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele — was sent off for remonstrating Beckham’s dismissal.

It’s not all bad news for Becks, as PSG teammates could secure the Ligue 1 title next weekend with a win against Valenciennes, if Marseille slip up against Bastia.

So was this out of malice, frustration or just a wrong decision by the ref? A mixture of all three for me.

Beckham has always had that bit of naughtiness, that extra bite in the tackle that sets apart the pros who ‘think’ they want to win and the pros that really ‘have’ to win. The sending off could’ve been down to Beckham’s frustration at not starting and criticism from some of the French media over his displays since joining PSG on loan for the remainder of the season.

More: Beckham set to play another year at Paris Saint-Germain

And finally, it was probably only a yellow card at worse. The referee got this one a little bit wrong and fell for the theatrical dive from Evian’s player.

Either way, Beckham’s bad boy reputation (if he has one) is growing. Maybe a return to Hollywood as villain in a blockbuster hit awaits further down the line?

How can Man United qualify for last 16 of Champions League?

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Heading into the their final UEFA Champions League Group B game, Manchester United hold their destiny in their own hands, but any slip-up could mean it’s Europa League on Thursday nights for Louis Van Gaal‘s men.

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The Red Devils would have advanced to the knockout stage with a victory over third-place PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but slumped to an ugly 0-0 draw instead.

[ MORE: Three things we learned from Man United 0-0 PSV ]

So, here’s all of the scenarios for the final matchday of the group stage, away to Wolfsburg, in which United would advance to the round of 16 advance:

  • A Man United win will see Man United finish top of Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV draw or loss (vs. CSKA Moscow), will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV victory, will see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV loss, will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United loss by more than one goal, coupled with a PSV draw, would see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV win, would see Man United finish third in Group B

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There are your scenarios for Man United as it’s pretty simple to break it down: Win, and they go through. Fail to win, and their fate is completely in the hands of PSV.

VIDEO: Can Leicester stun the world? Man United title favorites?

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The Foxes are top of the Premier League and are led by a surging Jamie Vardy but how long can they keep shocking the world?

With six tough games coming up between now and the start of 2016, Claudio Ranieri‘s men will be pushed to their limit but so far this season they’ve been sensational and Vardy has equaled Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10-straight PL games.

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Can he make it 11 in a row on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) when United visit the King Power Stadium? As for the Red Devils, they sit in second place and are just one point behind the flying Foxes’. Louis Van Gaal‘s men have certainly flown under the radar so far and our churning out wins at an impressive rate.

Jenna Corrado and I discuss that and more in the latest edition of PST Extra. Click play on the video above to see our chat in full.

Men in Blazers podcast: The Leicester fairytale goes on

Men In Blazers - Sept. 22
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Rog and Davo revel in another chapter of the Leicester City fairytale, break down Liverpool’s shock dismantling of Manchester City and discuss Arsenal’s slip against West Brom.

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Pellegrini updates status of Joe Hart’s hamstring injury

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Joe Hart was forced to leave Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in UEFA Champions League play on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, which he seemed to incur while making a spectacular one-on-one kick-save late in the second half.

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Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed after the game that Hart’s injury is indeed a hamstring issue, and went on to say that he would need further tests once the team arrives back in Manchester to determine the severity and how long, if at all, City and England’s no. 1 would be out of action.

Man City, currently third in the Premier League on 26 points, will host eighth-place Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).