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Off The Record: five stories you may have missed this weekend

Includes: Michael Schumacher in an F1 crash, a Premier League referee is double-teamed and Donegal have a fan in Neil Lennon.

UNLESS YOU’VE BEEN glued to the internet all weekend, there’s a chance that some weird and wonderful sporting tidbits might have slipped through the cracks. Here’s a run-down of some of our favourites…

1. #EMOTIONAL Former Donegal footballer Martin McHugh couldn’t hold back the tears as he witnessed his native county win Sam Maguire for a second time yesterday. The RTE pundit punched the air several times before embracing his son Mark, who is part of Jim McGuinness’ triumphant team.

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2. #WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE Freddie Ljunberg could well go down as one of the most boring guests Match Of The Day has ever invited on. The ex-Arsenal player had little insight to give for the majority of the programme but then caught presenter Colin Murray and fellow panellist Mark Lawrenson by surprise with his claim that Gunners team-mate Lauren would “kick the shit” out of opposing players for him.

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3. #COLLISION Sebastian Vettel won the Singapore Grand Prix over the weekend but the race didn’t go quite so well for seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, who picked up a ten-place grid penalty after crashing into the back of Jean-Eric Vergne.

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4. #DOUBLE-TEAMED Referee Lee Probert saw the funny side to being taken out by Steve Sidwell and Ben Watson during Fulham’s win over Wigan the the DW Stadium. While receiving treatement, Probert reached into his pocket and jokingly flashed a red card in the direction of Gary Caldwell. What a good sport.

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5. #FAMOUS FAN Celtic manager Neil Lennon was over in Dublin to take in the All-Ireland final yesterday and admitted he had a “soft spot” for Donegal. After his clinical finish during the opening minutes yesterday, the Hoops boss would no doubt love a big man like Michael Murphy in his side. He’d certainly be an improvement on Georgios Samaras.

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