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Swansea City’s Wayne Routledge wins appeal, has red card rescinded

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Swansea City midfielder Wayne Routledge has won his appeal over the red card he received from referee Anthony Taylor in the 1-1 draw with Queens Park Rangers on New Years Day.

The incident came in the 86th minute of the contest held at Loftus Road. Seemingly unprovoked, the R’s Karl Henry launched into a flying kung-fu kick that nearly took Routledge’s head off, compelling Taylor to award a foul to Swansea.

On the ensuing free kick the ball went out to Routledge and in came Henry again, flying recklessly into the tackle and bringing down the Swansea-man. Tangled in Henry’s legs, Routledge shot up in anger, protesting Henry’s rashness.

Taylor responded by immediately awarding Routledge a straight red card before showing Henry a yellow for his actions. After the match Swans boss Gary Monk described Henry’s challenge as a “leg-breaker” and insisted Routledge should’ve stayed on the pitch.

Upon review, the FA agreed:

“Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Friday, 2 January 2015, Swansea City’s Wayne Routledge has had his claim for wrongful dismissal upheld. The three-match suspension has therefore been withdrawn with immediate effect.”

The decision will now see Routledge available for Saturday’s third round FA Cup match against Tranmere. In 18 Premier League appearances this season the 29-year-old has recorded three goals and one assist.

WATCH: Lionel Messi display his sweet touch on Japanese television

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For those of you who like to get weird with your footy content there’s really nothing better than Japanese television.

Trust me, I’m thoroughly addicted. Something about the copious amounts of graphics, creepy picture-in-picture feature, bat-shit crazy host and instrumental loop of P. Diddy’s cover of Led Zeppelin that just speaks to me. That, and Lionel Messi juggling a soccer ball over a 60 foot crane.


Yeah. You heard you. Fast-forward the video to 1:44 (nothing happens before then anyway) and embrace the weird, my friend.

Harry Kane as Jesus Christ, Superman and Dragonslayer

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Ask a Tottenham fan how he feels about in-form striker Harry Kane and you’ll likely be in for a long conversation.

The 21-year-old has been the toast of the town in North London this season after breaking out in a major way, netting 17 goals in all competitions including seven goals in seven Europa League matches and seven in 16 Premier League appearances.

But if there was ever a specific moment when everyone – not just intoxicated Spurs fans – came to appreciate just how good Kane is, it was New Years Day when he punished Chelsea with two goals and two assists on the way to a 5-3 hammering.

Following the match, the artists got their creative hats on and, man, was there some superlative work created.

Below are the very best Tweets and memes commemorating the youg Englishman’s impact.