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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Estudiantes, Neil Lennon and a Bradford Brawl

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On this week’s review section we marvel at Estudiantes, wonder at Neil Lennon and laugh at a brawl in Bradford. You can listen to these and other stories on our weekly podcast and can find explanations of key vocabulary in bold below.

Good

It was a good week for Estudiantes de la Plata as they climbed above their rivals to go top of the Argentine league with a 2-1 win over Argentinos Juniors. After seven games, they are the only unbeaten team in the league and claimed top spot as Boca Juniors drew and Tigre lost. Los Pincheraratas, The rat stabbers, host Boca on the 1st of April and will be hoping to stamp their authority on the league with another victory.

Bad

Despite the fact that his Celtic side are on the verge of winning the Scottish Premier League title, Celtic manager Neil Lennon is in trouble again. This time he has been warned by the Scottish FA over remarks he made to a local newspaper in which he claimed that ‘It will be nice just to be able to go out and think only about winning a game of football – and maybe have a decent refereeing performance into the bargain.’ Lennon is already in trouble for previous comments after defeats against Rangers in the League and St Johnstone in the Scottish League Cup so it looks like there will be a hefty fine for the former Northern Ireland international.

Ugly

The Football Association have launched an enquiry after a brawl erupted at the recent League Two game between Crawley Town and Bradford City. The five red cards dished out by the referee equalled the most sending offs in a game in England and both clubs face a fine, in addition to missing key players over the next few weeks. Pretty ugly indeed.

Vocabulary

climbed above: Moved ahead of

claimed top spot: Moved to the top of the table

to stamp their authority on: To show their strength

into the bargain: In addition to

a hefty fine : A large fine (penalty payment)

a brawl erupted: A huge fight started

dished out: Handed out, given

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