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Thursday Hoddle of Coffee, Soccer News and Links, March 2, 2017

Gazza had a rough day.

Real Madrid CF v UD Las Palmas - La Liga Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Despite having what is, by their standards, a thoroughly mediocre campaign so far, Barcelona was top of the table in La Liga when Real Madrid kicked off yesterday against Las Palmas. Gareth Bale did his part to make sure they stayed there, picking up his first red card since joining Madrid and his first sending off since 2008 when he saw red against Stoke while playing for us in the Premier League.

The good news for Madrid is that, once again, they managed an improbable comeback to secure a result, drawing 3-3. That said, the refereeing performance left much to be desired... again. Over at Villarreal USA they’re saying it’s time for La Liga to take a closer look at the refereeing situation in the Spanish top flight. For regular La Liga watchers, I’m curious what you think. Is it as bad as our friends at Villarreal USA say? I don’t watch enough La Liga to say so I’d like to hear what y’all think.


Luis Enrique is leaving Barcelona at season’s end.

Hamburg to fans: Stop pissing all over the stadium please?

The relegation race has been thrown wide open.

League Two side Leyton Orient, the club where Harry Kane scored his first league goal, is facing liquidation if they don’t pay a tax bill by late March.