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EPL club Aston Villa has "revealed that an astonishing 70% of shirts sold" at its official Villa Stores have 'Benteke 20' on the back," according to Sam Cunningham of the London DAILY MAIL. Reflecting on the news, Christian Benteke said: "I am lost for words. It's nice to know that sort of thing. It's a great motivator." So, who is the best seller? Research by the Daily Mail revealed the top three shirts at each EPL club (DAILY MAIL, 11/7).
Who's wearing whose jersey?
Club Players Arsenal
Thomas Vermaelen, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
70% of shirts sold in the Villa Stores have 'Benteke 20'
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Everton Steven Pienaar, Marouane Fellaini, Nikica Jelavic
Fulham Kerim Frei, Mladen Petric, Brede Hangeland
Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Jamie Carragher
Shinji Kagawa, Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney Manchester City
Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli, David Silva
Yohan Cabaye, Papiss Demba Cisse, Ben Arfa
Russell Martin, Grant Holt, Jonathan Howson
Ji-Sung Park, Adel Taarabt, Djibril Cisse
Pavel Pogrebnyak, Adam Le Fondre, Karacan
Michu, Nathan Dyer, Danny Graham
Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez
James McClean, Stephane Sessegnon, Sebastian Larsson
Peter Crouch, Robert Huth, Ryan Shawcross
Gareth Bale, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Rafael van der Vaart
Shaun Maloney, Arouna Kone, Franco Di Santo
Kevin Nolan, Mark Noble, James Tomkins
West Brom Romelu Lukaku, Shane Long, Peter Odemwingie
The body behind plans for a black players' union said that "footballers guilty of racist abuse should be sacked by their clubs and banned for up to nine months," according to BBC.com. The Society of Black Lawyers "has put out a 10-point plan to tackle racism." It "wants matches to be abandoned if there is racial abuse from fans." In addition, the society has also warned the FA and Tottenham Hotspur that "it will make a complaint to police unless action is taken against what it says is anti-Semitic abuse taking place at White Hart Lane." The plan calls for:
- A minimum six to nine-month ban for racial abuse, rising to a five-year ban for a third offense.
- Any fines going directly to Kick It Out to fund grassroots anti-racism initiatives.
- The creation of representative associations for black players, managers and coaches.
- Guidance for referees to send off players using racist abuse, and the power to call off games where the crowd is using such abuse.
- A 20% quota at all levels of the FA, Professional Footballers' Association, clubs as well as football agents and referees.
- Racial abuse to be a matter of gross misconduct incorporated into players' contracts.
- Clubs to invest in the personal education of all players, including university or college education.
- Recording referees and assistants during matches to pick up any possible abuse by players.
- A system for reporting racial incidents to be set up with details of such incidents, both on and off the pitch, published each year (BBC.com, 11/7).