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Grasshoppers players 'blackmailed' into giving their shirts to fans - president

Ulrich Forte, Grasshoppers
Grasshoppers coach Uli Forte said he would stay with the club for next season.

The president of fallen Swiss giants Grasshopper Zurich said he was "blackmailed" by the club's own fans on Sunday after they had demanded the players' shirts once Lucern had taken a 4-0 lead in their Swiss Super League clash.

Angry Grasshopper supporters threatened to storm the pitch after their side conceded a fourth, forcing a match involving the team to be called off for the second time in two months.

If the result is confirmed by the Swiss Football League disciplinary commission, the 27-times...

 By PA Sport

West Ham held to draw in Romania as Sassuolo win in Europa League playoff

Mark Noble converted a penalty as West Ham managed a draw.
Mark Noble coverted a penalty but West Ham settled for a draw in Romania.

West Ham suffered more jitters against Astra Giurgiu as they were held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Europa League playoff on Thursday.

The Hammers, bidding to reach the group stages for the first time, looked set to take a 1-0 lead back to the London Stadium next week thanks to Mark Noble's penalty on the stroke of half-time.

However, Romanian champions Astra, who beat Slaven Bilic's side in last season's qualifiers, stunned the visitors again when sub Denis Alibec hit a late equaliser.

In...

 By Chris Wright

FC Zurich goalkeeper Anthony Favre in horrendous fail against Grasshopper

Sunday saw Grasshopper take on near neighbours FC Zurich in the 245th installment of the Zurich derby.

Home side Grasshopper were 1-0 down inside the first eight minutes. However, they only had to wait another three minutes until they were absolutely gifted an equaliser by their bitter cross-town rivals.

For reasons unbeknownst, Zurich goalkeeper Anthony Favre decided to ignore the rapidly approaching Grasshopper attackers and continue messing around playing short balls back and forth with his defenders.

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Philippe Senderos signs for Swiss club Grasshoppers

Signing Philippe Senderos is just a small sign of Aston Villa's malaise.
Philippe Senderos will try to reinvigorate his career in Switzerland.

Former Arsenal and AC Milan defender Philippe Senderos has returned home to Switzerland to join Grasshoppers.

The Zurich club says the 30-year-old Senderos has signed a six-month contract.

Senderos was a free agent since agreeing with Aston Villa this week to terminate his contract after falling out of favour. He is seeking to revive his career and international selection chances ahead of the European Championship.

 By PA Sport

Everton complete Shani Tarashaj signing from Grasshoppers

Everton have signed forward Shani Tarashaj on a four-and-a-half-year deal from Grasshoppers.

Tarashaj, 20, will be loaned back to the Zurich club for the remainder of the season to allow him to complete his national service.

No fee was announced by Everton but they have reportedly spent £3 million on the Switzerland under-21 international.