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Stemming from initial disciplinary action of suspending Liverpool forward Luis Suarez 8 matches, FIFA officials have decided to up the ante and spread the punishment across the entire team.
Select Liverpool players have been forced to record a holiday video, wishing all of their fans a “Happy Christmas.” In what looks to be the most painful two minutes of these player’s lives, Luis Suarez, Glen Johnson, Dirk Kuyt and others do their best to pretend to care about anyone besides themselves. No word on whether the players were threatened with physical force or if the team simply threatened to take away the snacks on the team bus for the next road trip.

Not to be outdone, English rivals Arsenal did their best to make a horrible Christmas greetings video of their own:

Which one is worse? Leave your comments below.

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Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas has tried to quash speculation he will join Barcelona this summer by insisting he is “very happy” at Arsenal, but at the same time left the door open for a move away from the club. Fabregas moved to clear up the current situation after teammate Bacary Sagna said that the former Barca youth team player was more desperate than ever to return to Camp Nou. The 24-year-old suggested that his future was in the hands of Arsene Wenger.

“I am an Arsenal player. I have been very happy for eight years and I am very happy. I am not thinking about football right now, just about my holidays,” Fabregas said, currently on a break in Ibiza with Barcelona stars Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique. There have been no decisions. The truth is that it doesn’t always depend on the player and at the moment I don’t know anything. I am very happy where I am. Anything else would be speculation that is untrue. You can never say never in this life as so many things happen that you can never predict. He [Arsene Wenger] is the boss, the one who makes the decisions. You should ask him. I was injured at the end of the season and I haven’t seen him for about six weeks.”

Fabregas’ only trophy with the Gunners is the 2005 FA Cup, and he said that it is only understandable that he has a hunger for silverware.

“A player who is not frustrated at not winning titles is either lying to himself or lacks ambition,” he said. “There is a good team and a good manager and one of the most faithful fan bases in Europe. With those I believe we can make progress and one day win an important trophy.”

However, Barcelona’s interest may depend largely on bids for Alexis Sanchez and Giuseppe Rossi. With Arsenal expected to demand £40 million for Fabregas it is unlikely the Catalan giants could afford all three.

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Bacary Sagna claims Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas wants to join Barcelona this summer – and hopes Samir Nasri will stay at The Emirates. Fabregas has once again been linked with a return to the Catalan club, where he came through the youth ranks before signing for the Gunner in 2003.

Barca have failed to sign their former player in each of the last two summer transfer windows, but Sagna believes it could be a case of third time lucky for the Catalan club.

“I can say it’s true that Cesc wants to go to Barca,” the right-back told former Paris Saint-Germain coach Luis Fernandez on France’s RMC radio station. “Fabregas wants to return to his country of birth, to his city, where his family are; he wants to play for one of the best teams in the world, Barcelona, and that’s understandable. At the moment, however, he is still Arsenal’s captain.”

While Sagna believes Fabregas may leave London, the defender is hopeful Nasri will stay at the English club.

“Samir is happy at Arsenal, but I don’t know what the best thing is for his career,” he said. “He has been one of the best players in the team this season and he is one of the symbols of this team. I hope to find him there when we return for (pre-season) training.”

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