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James Lawton: Cheating in football is almost past the point of no return

Published 09/10/2012 | 17:00

The English FA video reviewers must surely have Monday as a double-shower day, the second one coming immediately after the kind of shift which yesterday included analysis of allegations that Robin van Persie delivered an utterly gratuitous cheap shot to Yohan Cabaye and Robert Huth stamped on Luis Suarez.

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Such were the routine items on a disciplinary agenda which now must also include, prominently, an hourly monitoring of Ashley Cole's contribution to the social network, which has become almost as shallow and self-absorbed as that of his former wife Cheryl.

For several days now she has been telling her followers of the extreme angst brought on not only by her ex-husband's serial infidelities, but the professional betrayals of a certain Mr Simon Cowell.

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