Top sporting April Fools jokes

April Fools’ Day can be a tough ordeal for even the most ardent of supporters, sifting through the morning’s news unable to put faith in any particular sources.

To help alleviate any paranoia and also help determine fact from fiction, we’ve collaborated a few of the best April Fools jokes from the sporting world.

Did you fall for any of them?

The Daily Telegraph’s official Twitter feed revealed today that FIFA president Sepp Blatter has invited Qatar to play at Euro 2020, in a stunt designed to help develop footballing culture.

England coach Roy Hodgson is apparently welcoming the idea – saying it gives England the chance to check out “the heat and the sand”.

Wayne Rooney has been 'pictured' by the Daily Star showing off a new tattoo - a Liverpool crest on his right arm.

What will Manchester United fans have to say about this?

The real star of the World Cup 2014 - referees’ vanishing spray -  will be given a new look for next season.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has struck a lucrative sponsorship deal with Gillette to provide vanishing spray from the 2015/16 season.

The question remains – will the vanishing spray be the best a ref can get?

Premier League arch-rivals Arsenal and Chelsea have struck an agreement to build a new Ashley Cole statute to honour one of their greatest servants.

The statue, designed by award-winning Norwegian sculptor Olaf Lipro, will feature Cole dressed half in Arsenal red and half in Chelsea blue and will be on display in Regent’s Park – a precise location equidistant between Stamford Bridge and the Emirates Stadium.

MasterCard, official sponsors of the 2003 Rugby World Cup, have decided to retire the pin number ‘2003’ in honour of England’s Rugby World Cup triumph in Australia.

Winning captain Martin Johnson – ever the humorous type – said that: “pin security is not to be taken lightly.”

Arsenal and Puma have teamed up to create the world’s first ever left-footed football. Puma say the new ball will “increase the accuracy, power and precision of a left-footed player.”

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin added: “It’s a bit tricky to use on your right foot but it instantly improved my left foot.”

Finally, claim Arsenal are to take ex-One Direction heartthrob Zayn Malik on trial. Now that we would like to see!

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