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  1. Ibrahimovic & Mings charged with alleged violent conduct
  2. Arsene Wenger says reports of Alexis Sanchez 'completely false'
  3. West Ham host leaders Chelsea in the Premier League tonight (20:00 GMT)
  4. Boxing: Retirement 'an option' for Tony Bellew
  5. Get Involved: Tales of playing through the pain - #bbcsportsday

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By Libby Dawes

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for joining in with Sportsday today. 

I am mostly thankful that none of you sent gruesome pictures of broken fingers or toes to accompany your 'playing through the pain' stories... 

Join us again tomorrow from 08:00 GMT. 

Get Involved - Tales of playing through the pain


Gimpaldinhoundefined Clubmate went off cup final injured (snap heard). They won & went clubbing/ dancing to celebrate. X-ray in morning – he had broken his leg. 

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Leg gave way whilst passing a football. 4 months later of playing leg gives way again. Following a hospital visit and am mri scan I find a ruptured acl torn meniscus and slipped thigh bone. One knee reconstruction later I got stuck in Bulgaria due to the scanner beeping as i had a metal screw in my knee. What made this worse is they couldn't understand my hospital letter explaining what had happened and was held up with my 8month old son. NIGHTMARE

From an unlucky person with no name because they didn't put it on the text...

Still such a gent...

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Harrisonundefined Tore my ACL taking a cricket catch. With three overs left I hopped on with lots of ice strapped to my knee. We won on last ball! 

Last few of your tales of playing through the pain...

Wales' Luke Charteris 'ready to start against Ireland'

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Wales second row Luke Charteris says he is ready to start in their Six Nations match against Ireland on Friday.

Charteris missed the first two matches against Italy and England with a broken hand but was a second-half replacement in the  29-13 defeat in Scotland.

After starting for Bath in their 24-3 defeat by Wasps on Saturday, Charteris believes he is ready to face Ireland in Cardiff six days later.

"I feel good and would give it a go," the Bath lock said.

How five-a-side 'has taken over the nation'


More than 40,000 players across 178 venues took part in the first round of the 2017 FA People's Cup - the nation's biggest ever five-a-side tournament.

Radio 1Xtra's Nick Bright introduces our special highlights show, which you can watch now in full on iPlayer.

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Activity days before summer holidays playing golf. Stood a tad too close on got a sand wedge round the head. Blacked out and got rushed to hosptial in the teachers car. Head glued and 5 stitches above my eye and a concussion later. Got told to rest for at least 48 hrs. Went back and played tennis in the afternoon as it was already paid for. Trooper.


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Two weeks ago playing rugby, finger and wrist started hurting after about 25 mins. Just after half time pain a bit worse so taped fingers together. Finished the game; great win but xray next day showed snapped index finger and broken wrist. Now in a cast.

Rob Bradley-Smith

Never advised... 

Get Involved - Tales of playing through the pain


Tyler:  Fractured a cheekbone during an U14s league match, played on until half-time before concussion set in. 

Ibrahimovic and Mings charged by the FA


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If found guilty and banned for the minimum three games, Ibrahimovic would miss the FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea and league games against Middlesbrough and West Brom, although he would be available for Europa League matches.

Bournemouth's next three outings are against West Ham, Swansea City and Southampton.

A little more context to the Mings and Ibrahimovic charge... 

Stoke team news

Man City v Stoke (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

"I am hoping that given our experience against Spurs, who are a very good side, we will be better and be an irritant to Man City. It is between Man City and Spurs to run Chelsea close now, but I think it is Chelsea's to lose now to be perfectly honest." 

He also brings us some team news...

" Bruno Martins Indi over extended his knee on Saturday and is very doubtful for the game on Wednesday. He has no significant damage, and he may miss out. We are grateful that the injury isn't too serious. Glen Johnson has an injury to his shoulder. Marko [Arnautovic] is ill from the weekend too.  Xherdan Shaqiri is fit and available which is good news for us. We will see how Marko is tomorrow."

'Ramadan is making an impact'

Man City v Stoke (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

According to Mark Hughes, Arnautovic has taken team-mate Ramadan Sobhi under his wing. 

"Ramadan is making an impact and is in the team on merit. He is very level-headed, but we are excited by him. We can't get too ahead of ourselves - he is a young guy. We have progressed him at the right rate and will continue to do so."

Hughes also spoke about their next opponents in Manchester City... 

'We want him to score more goals'

Man City v Stoke (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

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A Marko Arnautovic double helped Stoke ease to victory against a struggling Middlesbrough on Saturday - Hughes appeared to be delighted with the team's performance. 

"It was a good reaction from the guys on Saturday. We acquitted ourselves really well and produced a really professional performance. 

"Marko takes as much enjoyment from creating chances as scoring - I was the exact opposite. We want him to score more goals. When Marko is playing well and scoring goals then we are a better team for that. He is a big player for us and clearly influences us."

Stoke news conference

Man City v Stoke (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

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Earlier we brought you the joyous tweets from Jack Butland who, having been out of action for 11 months with an ankle injury, has been given the all clear by his surgeon to rejoin team training. 

His manager Mark Hughes says they have been waiting for this news for a long time. 

"Hopefully we can get him playing again soon". 

Stoke news conference

Man City v Stoke (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

GB women's team at 2020 Olympics?

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Football Association chairman Greg Clarke wants to see a British team in the women's football at the Tokyo Olympics in three years.

Is it feasible?

“The home nations are discussing how we can achieve that for the women’s game. We’ve got a follow-up meeting to look at the practicalities of making it happen," he said.

"I’m hopeful that the four of us together [England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland] will create a partnership of equals that will allow our women to compete in the Olympics going forward.”  

FA want three women on board

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Football Association chairman Greg Clarke has been laying out his plans to create more diversity on the governing body's board.

The hope is that three of the 10 board members will be women - Dame Heather Rabbatts remains the first and only female board member. 

“It’s really important that the FA is representative to society. We need ethnic diversity, we need gender diversity," said Ckarke.

"There’s a lot of work showing that a more diverse board are more effective. Throughout the business world, diverse boards make better decisions. I think that’s true in football too.”

Ibrahimovic and Mings charged


Just a note on the charges issued, specifically to  Tyrone Mings - he could face an increased ban for his offence. 

The FA claim the standard punishment of three matches is "clearly insufficient" for the Bournemouth defender.

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Playing American football and took a tackle in my side at the very beginning, kept going for another two hours a bit tender. Got the hiccoughs two days later and was almost in tears, turns out I'd cracked two ribs.


Speaking of clashes...

Ibrahimovic and Mings charged


The pair clashed during the 1-1 draw between their sides on Saturday when Mings, 23, landed on the United forward's head with his studs. 

Moments later, Ibrahimovic caught Mings in the face with his elbow at a corner. 

Both the players have until 18:00 GMT on Tuesday, 7 March to reply to the charge.

BreakingFA charge Ibrahimovic and Mings

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bournemouth's  Tyrone Mings have been charged by the Football Association with alleged violent conduct. 

More on this in a mo...

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How to become a vet and world-class athlete

Muir wins second indoor gold

Britain's Laura Muir will be eyeing podium finishes in the 1500m and 5,000km at the World Championships this summer in London, after a golden double at the weekend's European Indoors.

But how does she juggle training with studying to be a vet?

"I guess I'm lucky that athletics is quite an individual sport. Apart from the main sessions with the group three times a week, I can fit everything in around it," she told BC Radio 5 live.

"So I go for runs in the morning before I head to lectures and again in the evening when I get back. It is tough and my recovery is not as great as some other athletes, but veterinary always came first for me."

Sounds like you ENJOY hurting yourself, Pete...

Get Involved - Tales of playing through the pain


Pete Chapman:  I broke my toe at Karate on Thursday. Ran a marathon on Sunday! #wellhard

Is ANYTHING worth breaking your ankle for? 

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Leapt up to celebrate when my local team went 1-0 up. landed funnily on my ankle. Was still agony couple days later, turns out I'd broken it. The goal wasnt worth the celebration.


'Sad to see her go'

Martin Glenn, chief executive of the FA, has said Julie Harrington's departure to become British Cycling CEO will be a loss.

“Julie has been a tremendous asset for the FA over the past five years. We will be sad to see her go but, on behalf of all her colleagues, I would like to wish Julie all the best for this very exciting challenge with British Cycling.”

Earlier we brought you the news British Cycling has a new CEO. 

Julie Harrington was a senior executive at the Football Association but will now replace Ian Drake at the organisation. 

'We were absolutely not ready for a fight'


A lot of fingers have been pointed at Arsenal's collective bellies, with critics wondering if there's any fires burning in there.

Gunners defender Per Mertesacker admits there's been a lack of stomach for the battle recently... will that change in the second leg against Bayern Munich tomorrow.

"I think we saw on a lot of occasions that we were absolutely not ready for a fight, that’s what I want to see tomorrow.

"We haven’t competed a lot in recent games. We need to turn that around."

Ozil 'not ready physically' for Bayern



Mesut Ozil was left out of the squad to face Liverpool because of illness - and even though he trained today, Arsene Wenger says he will not feature in the second leg of the Champions League tie against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

"He was sick and out all last week. I don't think he's ready physically to be in the squad, maybe at the weekend."

As for whether Alexis Sanchez will start: "I haven’t decided yet. You will have to come to the game. I think I will make my decision tomorrow morning."

We are assuming it has stopped bleeding now....?

Get Involved - Tales of playing through the pain


Simon Topliss: Broke my nose playing rugby. Was told to sit and wait for bleeding to stop. Turned out my nose was smashed to smithereens.

Walk it off. The favourite phrase of P.E teachers all over...