Football scorer booked for taking 'selfie' in US game

Dom Dwyer, right, took a selfie after scoring for Sporting Kansas City, with teammate Soony Saad.

Dom Dwyer, right, took a selfie after scoring for Sporting Kansas City, with teammate Soony Saad.

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A FOOTBALLER from West Sussex has become the first player to be booked for taking a ‘selfie’ during a game.

Dom Dwyer, 23, born in Cuckfield, West Sussex, has become an internet hit after taking a picture of himself celebrating a goal for Sporting Kansas City.

Dwyer took the selfie after opening the scoring in his teams’ match against Chicago Fire in the top league in the US – Major League Soccer (MLS).

He told The Argus it was all planned with a substitute holding a smartphone on the sidelines in case he scored.

He said: “It was a big goal at that point of the match so of course you’re going to celebrate, “I love interacting with the fans.

“One of the guys here at Sporting had texted me the night before saying I was going to score and there would be a phone waiting if I wanted to do it.”

Dwyer added: “We’re in the entertainment business so why not have some fun at the same time.

“It was just fun, in the moment thing and teammate Soony Saad jumped in the picture too so it was perfect, the fans were excited so it was nice to see.”

Unfortunately for Dwyer, Allan Kelly, the referee, did not see the funny side and booked him for excessive celebration.

This means that Dwyer is the first footballer ever to have been booked for taking a selfie during a match.

Dwyer was born in Cuckfield and lived in Uckfield, East Sussex until he was nine.

He said: “Most of my early memories are related to football, playing in the streets and backyard with my friends.”

Despite receiving worldwide coverage about his celebration, Dwyer was more pleased with his goal.

He said: “All the hype about it is funny because everybody is excited about the selfie whereas I was more excited with my finish – everybody seems to have forgotten about that.”

Despite opening the scoring, Sporting Kansas City went on to draw the game with Chicago Fire 1-1.

Dwyer has enjoyed a prolific 2014 season, scoring 15 goals, bagging more goals than Jermain Defoe and Thierry Henry in the MLS.

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8:54pm Sun 13 Jul 14

John Steed says...

well done that man, irrespective of what the refs opinion is.
well done that man, irrespective of what the refs opinion is. John Steed
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10:12pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Cory and Trevor says...

Sign him up Sami, the boy belongs here even if his phone doesn't
Sign him up Sami, the boy belongs here even if his phone doesn't Cory and Trevor
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11:27pm Sun 13 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

What a d!ck.
What a d!ck. stevo!!
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7:14am Mon 14 Jul 14

gazzamagoo says...

Where in the referee's handbook does it say that taking selfies must not be included in any goal celebrations? If it caused a delay in proceedings then fair enough but if it was done as quickly as any other celebration then he shouldn't have been booked.
Where in the referee's handbook does it say that taking selfies must not be included in any goal celebrations? If it caused a delay in proceedings then fair enough but if it was done as quickly as any other celebration then he shouldn't have been booked. gazzamagoo
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9:00am Mon 14 Jul 14

Take it Personally says...

stevo!! wrote:
What a d!ck.
pot, kettle, black
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: What a d!ck.[/p][/quote]pot, kettle, black Take it Personally
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9:27am Mon 14 Jul 14

tykemison says...

I would not describe 15 goals as prolific!!
I would not describe 15 goals as prolific!! tykemison
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11:17am Mon 14 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

gazzamagoo wrote:
Where in the referee's handbook does it say that taking selfies must not be included in any goal celebrations? If it caused a delay in proceedings then fair enough but if it was done as quickly as any other celebration then he shouldn't have been booked.
But it DID breach the rules, so the ref was right to book him.

You even acknowledged that " If it caused a delay in proceedings then fair enough "

*facepalm*
[quote][p][bold]gazzamagoo[/bold] wrote: Where in the referee's handbook does it say that taking selfies must not be included in any goal celebrations? If it caused a delay in proceedings then fair enough but if it was done as quickly as any other celebration then he shouldn't have been booked.[/p][/quote]But it DID breach the rules, so the ref was right to book him. You even acknowledged that " If it caused a delay in proceedings then fair enough " *facepalm* stevo!!
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1:27pm Mon 14 Jul 14

gazzamagoo says...

stevo!! wrote:
gazzamagoo wrote:
Where in the referee's handbook does it say that taking selfies must not be included in any goal celebrations? If it caused a delay in proceedings then fair enough but if it was done as quickly as any other celebration then he shouldn't have been booked.
But it DID breach the rules, so the ref was right to book him.

You even acknowledged that " If it caused a delay in proceedings then fair enough "

*facepalm*
Nowhere does it say taking the selfie caused a delay in proceedings does it?
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazzamagoo[/bold] wrote: Where in the referee's handbook does it say that taking selfies must not be included in any goal celebrations? If it caused a delay in proceedings then fair enough but if it was done as quickly as any other celebration then he shouldn't have been booked.[/p][/quote]But it DID breach the rules, so the ref was right to book him. You even acknowledged that " If it caused a delay in proceedings then fair enough " *facepalm*[/p][/quote]Nowhere does it say taking the selfie caused a delay in proceedings does it? gazzamagoo
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1:39pm Mon 14 Jul 14

FatherTed11 says...

Moron..
Moron.. FatherTed11
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1:57pm Mon 14 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

gazzamagoo wrote:
stevo!! wrote:
gazzamagoo wrote:
Where in the referee's handbook does it say that taking selfies must not be included in any goal celebrations? If it caused a delay in proceedings then fair enough but if it was done as quickly as any other celebration then he shouldn't have been booked.
But it DID breach the rules, so the ref was right to book him.

You even acknowledged that " If it caused a delay in proceedings then fair enough "

*facepalm*
Nowhere does it say taking the selfie caused a delay in proceedings does it?
The very fact that he ran to the dugout, took a phone off a team-mate, and posed for the selfie shows that the re-start was delayed. The ref deemed it 'excessive'.

HTH
[quote][p][bold]gazzamagoo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazzamagoo[/bold] wrote: Where in the referee's handbook does it say that taking selfies must not be included in any goal celebrations? If it caused a delay in proceedings then fair enough but if it was done as quickly as any other celebration then he shouldn't have been booked.[/p][/quote]But it DID breach the rules, so the ref was right to book him. You even acknowledged that " If it caused a delay in proceedings then fair enough " *facepalm*[/p][/quote]Nowhere does it say taking the selfie caused a delay in proceedings does it?[/p][/quote]The very fact that he ran to the dugout, took a phone off a team-mate, and posed for the selfie shows that the re-start was delayed. The ref deemed it 'excessive'. HTH stevo!!
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12:20pm Tue 15 Jul 14

gazzamagoo says...

stevo!! wrote:
gazzamagoo wrote:
stevo!! wrote:
gazzamagoo wrote:
Where in the referee's handbook does it say that taking selfies must not be included in any goal celebrations? If it caused a delay in proceedings then fair enough but if it was done as quickly as any other celebration then he shouldn't have been booked.
But it DID breach the rules, so the ref was right to book him.

You even acknowledged that " If it caused a delay in proceedings then fair enough "

*facepalm*
Nowhere does it say taking the selfie caused a delay in proceedings does it?
The very fact that he ran to the dugout, took a phone off a team-mate, and posed for the selfie shows that the re-start was delayed. The ref deemed it 'excessive'.

HTH
It doesn't say any of that anywhere. You're assuming. All celebrations delay the restart and nowhere does it say this one delayed it any more than what's usually allowed for goal celebrations.
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazzamagoo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazzamagoo[/bold] wrote: Where in the referee's handbook does it say that taking selfies must not be included in any goal celebrations? If it caused a delay in proceedings then fair enough but if it was done as quickly as any other celebration then he shouldn't have been booked.[/p][/quote]But it DID breach the rules, so the ref was right to book him. You even acknowledged that " If it caused a delay in proceedings then fair enough " *facepalm*[/p][/quote]Nowhere does it say taking the selfie caused a delay in proceedings does it?[/p][/quote]The very fact that he ran to the dugout, took a phone off a team-mate, and posed for the selfie shows that the re-start was delayed. The ref deemed it 'excessive'. HTH[/p][/quote]It doesn't say any of that anywhere. You're assuming. All celebrations delay the restart and nowhere does it say this one delayed it any more than what's usually allowed for goal celebrations. gazzamagoo
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6:48pm Tue 15 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

gazzamagoo wrote:
stevo!! wrote:
gazzamagoo wrote:
stevo!! wrote:
gazzamagoo wrote:
Where in the referee's handbook does it say that taking selfies must not be included in any goal celebrations? If it caused a delay in proceedings then fair enough but if it was done as quickly as any other celebration then he shouldn't have been booked.
But it DID breach the rules, so the ref was right to book him.

You even acknowledged that " If it caused a delay in proceedings then fair enough "

*facepalm*
Nowhere does it say taking the selfie caused a delay in proceedings does it?
The very fact that he ran to the dugout, took a phone off a team-mate, and posed for the selfie shows that the re-start was delayed. The ref deemed it 'excessive'.

HTH
It doesn't say any of that anywhere. You're assuming. All celebrations delay the restart and nowhere does it say this one delayed it any more than what's usually allowed for goal celebrations.
"It doesn't say any of that anywhere."

Let's examine the report, shall we?

REPORT: "He told The Argus it was all planned with a substitute holding a smartphone on the sidelines in case he scored. "

ME: The very fact that he ran to the dugout, took a phone off a team-mate.....

No difference between the two statements, seeing as the dugout/technical area is located on the sidelines around halfway, and the image is clearly taken alongside the crowd. Substitutes are not permitted to loiter outside the technical area, so his team-mate will not have been standing at the side of the goal in the hope that he scored there. Therefore, he ran from the goal area to the touchline at the halfway-line to procure the phone.

REPORT: “One of the guys here at Sporting had texted me the night before saying I was going to score and there would be a phone waiting if I wanted to do it.”

ME: took a phone off a team-mate, and posed for the selfie

No difference between the statements. The phone was taken off someone else and used to take the selfie (it's a term for a picture taken by oneself of oneself).

REPORT: the referee, did not see the funny side and booked him for excessive celebration.

ME: ...posed for the selfie shows that the re-start was delayed. The ref deemed it 'excessive'.

You accepted that any celebration delays the restart. This one delayed it beyond what the ref deemed a reasonable time.

So, you're wrong.

HTH
[quote][p][bold]gazzamagoo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazzamagoo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazzamagoo[/bold] wrote: Where in the referee's handbook does it say that taking selfies must not be included in any goal celebrations? If it caused a delay in proceedings then fair enough but if it was done as quickly as any other celebration then he shouldn't have been booked.[/p][/quote]But it DID breach the rules, so the ref was right to book him. You even acknowledged that " If it caused a delay in proceedings then fair enough " *facepalm*[/p][/quote]Nowhere does it say taking the selfie caused a delay in proceedings does it?[/p][/quote]The very fact that he ran to the dugout, took a phone off a team-mate, and posed for the selfie shows that the re-start was delayed. The ref deemed it 'excessive'. HTH[/p][/quote]It doesn't say any of that anywhere. You're assuming. All celebrations delay the restart and nowhere does it say this one delayed it any more than what's usually allowed for goal celebrations.[/p][/quote]"It doesn't say any of that anywhere." Let's examine the report, shall we? REPORT: "He told The Argus it was all planned with a substitute holding a smartphone on the sidelines in case he scored. " ME: The very fact that he ran to the dugout, took a phone off a team-mate..... No difference between the two statements, seeing as the dugout/technical area is located on the sidelines around halfway, and the image is clearly taken alongside the crowd. Substitutes are not permitted to loiter outside the technical area, so his team-mate will not have been standing at the side of the goal in the hope that he scored there. Therefore, he ran from the goal area to the touchline at the halfway-line to procure the phone. REPORT: “One of the guys here at Sporting had texted me the night before saying I was going to score and there would be a phone waiting if I wanted to do it.” ME: took a phone off a team-mate, and posed for the selfie No difference between the statements. The phone was taken off someone else and used to take the selfie (it's a term for a picture taken by oneself of oneself). REPORT: the referee, did not see the funny side and booked him for excessive celebration. ME: ...posed for the selfie shows that the re-start was delayed. The ref deemed it 'excessive'. You accepted that any celebration delays the restart. This one delayed it beyond what the ref deemed a reasonable time. So, you're wrong. HTH stevo!!
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7:12pm Tue 15 Jul 14

gazzamagoo says...

Sub's ARE allowed to loiter outside the technical area, to warm up for example.

As you say the phone was ready, so no delay there.

The ref, as you say booked him for excessive celebration not delaying proceedings.
Sub's ARE allowed to loiter outside the technical area, to warm up for example. As you say the phone was ready, so no delay there. The ref, as you say booked him for excessive celebration not delaying proceedings. gazzamagoo
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10:41pm Tue 15 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

gazzamagoo wrote:
Sub's ARE allowed to loiter outside the technical area, to warm up for example.

As you say the phone was ready, so no delay there.

The ref, as you say booked him for excessive celebration not delaying proceedings.
"Sub's ARE allowed to loiter outside the technical area, to warm up for example. "

That isn't deemed as loitering by FIFA. Warming -up is allowed, hanging around with a mobile phone isn't.

FIFA's guidance for the technical area states

" the coach and other occupants of the technical area must behave in a responsible manner"

Handing out mobiles that cannot be taken onto the pitch comes under that.

"As you say the phone was ready, so no delay there."

Whether it was 'ready' (In a suitable state for an action or situation; fully prepared) or 'ready' (made suitable and available for immediate use) the fact remains that its operation following his hike to the touchline was deemed' excessive' by the ref, a point you accepted sometime last week, it seems.

FIFA's guidance on excessive celebrations is as follows:

"While it is permissible for a player to demonstrate his joy when a goal has been scored, the celebration must not be excessive.
Reasonable celebrations are allowed, but the practice of choreographed
celebrations is not to be encouraged when it results in excessive time-wasting and referees are instructed to intervene in such cases"

OED 'choreograph' - "Plan and control (an event or operation)"

From the report:

"“One of the guys here at Sporting had texted me the night before saying I was going to score and there would be a phone waiting if I wanted to do it.”

The ref saw that a phone was presented and believed it had been planned, given that mobiles are not part of standard kit.

So, he booked him for breaking the rules on 'excessive' celebrations.

I love proving people wrong ;-)
[quote][p][bold]gazzamagoo[/bold] wrote: Sub's ARE allowed to loiter outside the technical area, to warm up for example. As you say the phone was ready, so no delay there. The ref, as you say booked him for excessive celebration not delaying proceedings.[/p][/quote]"Sub's ARE allowed to loiter outside the technical area, to warm up for example. " That isn't deemed as loitering by FIFA. Warming -up is allowed, hanging around with a mobile phone isn't. FIFA's guidance for the technical area states " the coach and other occupants of the technical area must behave in a responsible manner" Handing out mobiles that cannot be taken onto the pitch comes under that. "As you say the phone was ready, so no delay there." Whether it was 'ready' (In a suitable state for an action or situation; fully prepared) or 'ready' (made suitable and available for immediate use) the fact remains that its operation following his hike to the touchline was deemed' excessive' by the ref, a point you accepted sometime last week, it seems. FIFA's guidance on excessive celebrations is as follows: "While it is permissible for a player to demonstrate his joy when a goal has been scored, the celebration must not be excessive. Reasonable celebrations are allowed, but the practice of choreographed celebrations is not to be encouraged when it results in excessive time-wasting and referees are instructed to intervene in such cases" OED 'choreograph' - "Plan and control (an event or operation)" From the report: "“One of the guys here at Sporting had texted me the night before saying I was going to score and there would be a phone waiting if I wanted to do it.” The ref saw that a phone was presented and believed it had been planned, given that mobiles are not part of standard kit. So, he booked him for breaking the rules on 'excessive' celebrations. I love proving people wrong ;-) stevo!!
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7:07am Wed 16 Jul 14

gazzamagoo says...

stevo!! wrote:
gazzamagoo wrote:
Sub's ARE allowed to loiter outside the technical area, to warm up for example.

As you say the phone was ready, so no delay there.

The ref, as you say booked him for excessive celebration not delaying proceedings.
"Sub's ARE allowed to loiter outside the technical area, to warm up for example. "

That isn't deemed as loitering by FIFA. Warming -up is allowed, hanging around with a mobile phone isn't.

FIFA's guidance for the technical area states

" the coach and other occupants of the technical area must behave in a responsible manner"

Handing out mobiles that cannot be taken onto the pitch comes under that.

"As you say the phone was ready, so no delay there."

Whether it was 'ready' (In a suitable state for an action or situation; fully prepared) or 'ready' (made suitable and available for immediate use) the fact remains that its operation following his hike to the touchline was deemed' excessive' by the ref, a point you accepted sometime last week, it seems.

FIFA's guidance on excessive celebrations is as follows:

"While it is permissible for a player to demonstrate his joy when a goal has been scored, the celebration must not be excessive.
Reasonable celebrations are allowed, but the practice of choreographed
celebrations is not to be encouraged when it results in excessive time-wasting and referees are instructed to intervene in such cases"

OED 'choreograph' - "Plan and control (an event or operation)"

From the report:

"“One of the guys here at Sporting had texted me the night before saying I was going to score and there would be a phone waiting if I wanted to do it.”

The ref saw that a phone was presented and believed it had been planned, given that mobiles are not part of standard kit.

So, he booked him for breaking the rules on 'excessive' celebrations.

I love proving people wrong ;-)
I love making numpties spend ages typing something I'm never going to read on the internet :)
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazzamagoo[/bold] wrote: Sub's ARE allowed to loiter outside the technical area, to warm up for example. As you say the phone was ready, so no delay there. The ref, as you say booked him for excessive celebration not delaying proceedings.[/p][/quote]"Sub's ARE allowed to loiter outside the technical area, to warm up for example. " That isn't deemed as loitering by FIFA. Warming -up is allowed, hanging around with a mobile phone isn't. FIFA's guidance for the technical area states " the coach and other occupants of the technical area must behave in a responsible manner" Handing out mobiles that cannot be taken onto the pitch comes under that. "As you say the phone was ready, so no delay there." Whether it was 'ready' (In a suitable state for an action or situation; fully prepared) or 'ready' (made suitable and available for immediate use) the fact remains that its operation following his hike to the touchline was deemed' excessive' by the ref, a point you accepted sometime last week, it seems. FIFA's guidance on excessive celebrations is as follows: "While it is permissible for a player to demonstrate his joy when a goal has been scored, the celebration must not be excessive. Reasonable celebrations are allowed, but the practice of choreographed celebrations is not to be encouraged when it results in excessive time-wasting and referees are instructed to intervene in such cases" OED 'choreograph' - "Plan and control (an event or operation)" From the report: "“One of the guys here at Sporting had texted me the night before saying I was going to score and there would be a phone waiting if I wanted to do it.” The ref saw that a phone was presented and believed it had been planned, given that mobiles are not part of standard kit. So, he booked him for breaking the rules on 'excessive' celebrations. I love proving people wrong ;-)[/p][/quote]I love making numpties spend ages typing something I'm never going to read on the internet :) gazzamagoo
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11:23am Wed 16 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

gazzamagoo wrote:
stevo!! wrote:
gazzamagoo wrote:
Sub's ARE allowed to loiter outside the technical area, to warm up for example.

As you say the phone was ready, so no delay there.

The ref, as you say booked him for excessive celebration not delaying proceedings.
"Sub's ARE allowed to loiter outside the technical area, to warm up for example. "

That isn't deemed as loitering by FIFA. Warming -up is allowed, hanging around with a mobile phone isn't.

FIFA's guidance for the technical area states

" the coach and other occupants of the technical area must behave in a responsible manner"

Handing out mobiles that cannot be taken onto the pitch comes under that.

"As you say the phone was ready, so no delay there."

Whether it was 'ready' (In a suitable state for an action or situation; fully prepared) or 'ready' (made suitable and available for immediate use) the fact remains that its operation following his hike to the touchline was deemed' excessive' by the ref, a point you accepted sometime last week, it seems.

FIFA's guidance on excessive celebrations is as follows:

"While it is permissible for a player to demonstrate his joy when a goal has been scored, the celebration must not be excessive.
Reasonable celebrations are allowed, but the practice of choreographed
celebrations is not to be encouraged when it results in excessive time-wasting and referees are instructed to intervene in such cases"

OED 'choreograph' - "Plan and control (an event or operation)"

From the report:

"“One of the guys here at Sporting had texted me the night before saying I was going to score and there would be a phone waiting if I wanted to do it.”

The ref saw that a phone was presented and believed it had been planned, given that mobiles are not part of standard kit.

So, he booked him for breaking the rules on 'excessive' celebrations.

I love proving people wrong ;-)
I love making numpties spend ages typing something I'm never going to read on the internet :)
Does that include numpties who are so clever they make you look a fool?

I'd keep that quiet if I were you.
[quote][p][bold]gazzamagoo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazzamagoo[/bold] wrote: Sub's ARE allowed to loiter outside the technical area, to warm up for example. As you say the phone was ready, so no delay there. The ref, as you say booked him for excessive celebration not delaying proceedings.[/p][/quote]"Sub's ARE allowed to loiter outside the technical area, to warm up for example. " That isn't deemed as loitering by FIFA. Warming -up is allowed, hanging around with a mobile phone isn't. FIFA's guidance for the technical area states " the coach and other occupants of the technical area must behave in a responsible manner" Handing out mobiles that cannot be taken onto the pitch comes under that. "As you say the phone was ready, so no delay there." Whether it was 'ready' (In a suitable state for an action or situation; fully prepared) or 'ready' (made suitable and available for immediate use) the fact remains that its operation following his hike to the touchline was deemed' excessive' by the ref, a point you accepted sometime last week, it seems. FIFA's guidance on excessive celebrations is as follows: "While it is permissible for a player to demonstrate his joy when a goal has been scored, the celebration must not be excessive. Reasonable celebrations are allowed, but the practice of choreographed celebrations is not to be encouraged when it results in excessive time-wasting and referees are instructed to intervene in such cases" OED 'choreograph' - "Plan and control (an event or operation)" From the report: "“One of the guys here at Sporting had texted me the night before saying I was going to score and there would be a phone waiting if I wanted to do it.” The ref saw that a phone was presented and believed it had been planned, given that mobiles are not part of standard kit. So, he booked him for breaking the rules on 'excessive' celebrations. I love proving people wrong ;-)[/p][/quote]I love making numpties spend ages typing something I'm never going to read on the internet :)[/p][/quote]Does that include numpties who are so clever they make you look a fool? I'd keep that quiet if I were you. stevo!!
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