20 15. Swansea City – There’s little hatred towards the Swans. Although this celebration by Bafetimbi Gomis is arguably one of the most cringe-worthy the Premier League has ever seen. 1. Chelsea – Chelsea offend everyone. Their fans, their money, their captain, their miserable stadium it’s hard not to detest the Blues if you’re a rival. But Chelsea fans will tell you it’s just jealousy. 20 20. Bournemouth are the least hated club! Click the arrow above, right, to see the full ranking of every Premier League club on how much they are hated by their rivals, from worst to first! – The likability of Eddie Howe and his players means the Canaries have come in as the least hated club in the Premier League. Scroll down for an explanation of the poll that produced these rankings. 20 18. Burnley – The Clarets don’t really offend, but as with every club, there’s always some that despise their fans. Blackburn? 20 17. Watford – Recently promoted to the Premier League after an eight-year absence, the Hornets haven’t yet caused too much upset. The club’s treatment of Quique Sanchez Flores, who left at the end of last season, did upset some, though. 20 20 4. Manchester City – Money, money, money. As with Chelsea, the Citizens have bought their way to the top and there’s plenty of resentment over their recent success. 14. Middlesbrough – Should the Boro, who have been very active in the summer market, settle quickly in the Premier League, they could rise in the table. 20 10. West Bromwich Albion – West Brom have become that club that are a bit ‘meh’, seemingly existing to tread Premier League water. The appointment of Tony Pulis may have annoyed a few rival fans, though. 20 20 20 20 13. Hull City – The stand-off between the club’s fans and owner hasn’t been a good advert for the Tigers. And these little flags are a bit Chelsea. 11. Crystal Palace – The Eagles’ uninspiring style of play and fairly dreadful stadium has done little to aid their standing with their rivals. And Alan Pardew isn’t the most popular of figures in the top flight. 20 20 16. Southampton – The Saints are fairly inoffensive. But if they continue to do well in the Premier League, they could start to really frustrate their rivals. Intense rivalry is what makes the Premier League great.Of course there’s an unspoken respect between clubs, but it’s the hatred felt towards one another that makes us love the drama that comes with English football.Taking such hatred into consideration, a national newspaper survey asked 10,000 fans from across the country which sides they detested the most.And the results are in… take a look at the league of hate table by viewing the slideshow above. 5. Arsenal – Even some Arsenal fans can’t stand the club at the minute. 8. West Ham United – There are few images worse than David Sullivan and David Gold stepping out of their Rolls Royces or helicopters for absolutely any club event. Not to mention being gifted a huge new stadium by the tax payer. 20 20 20 6. Tottenham Hotspur – Look at the glee Chelsea took in ending Tottenham’s ‘title challenge’ last season. And then there’s Daniel Levy squeezing the pennies out of every deal. 7. Stoke City – No amount of ex-Barcelona players seems to have changed rival fans’ views of a cold wet night at Stoke. 20 20 19. Leicester City – After their fairy tale success last season, what is there to hate about the Premier League champions? Perhaps a little envy and this photoshopped image of Gary Lineker. 20 3. Liverpool – History lessons, ‘this year will be our year’ and so on. As for ‘Anfield is not in England’, just because it’s full of Norwegian day trippers, you might want to check your geography… 12. Everton – Any club that labels themselves ‘The People’s Club’ is setting themselves up for a knock or two. What are all the fans of other clubs? Aliens? 20 2. Manchester United – If the Red Devils werent detested enough by their rivals, the arrival of the equally unbearably arrogant Jose Mourinho has only decreased their popularity. 9. Sunderland – Again, it’s the fans that have offended their rivals the most. Credit where it’s due, they know how to wind the opposition up.
TWO Romanian men involved in a sophisticated Easter European crime gang have been sent to prison.Ioan Barbuc (25, pictured above) and Andrei Cecan (32), both with an address at Glenoughty Close, Letterkenny, were jailed for a variety of offences, including forgery and ID theft, after appearing at Letterkenny Circuit Court. Judge John Aylmer described as ‘a forgery workshop’, the scene detectives happened upon when they raided the address at 7.30am on April 16, 2019.Fiona Crawford BL, prosecuting, said officers from the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau and the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation were involved in an investigation into an Eastern European organised crime group.Detective Sergeant Michael Galvin said the front door of the premises was lying opened when officers arrived at the house, in which were three Romanian males.“The house was full of such documents,” Det Sgt Galvin said.A large amount of electronic devices, documents pertaining to ID fraud and items of electronic equipment used in ID fraud were found.“This was a professional and organised criminal operation of a sophisticated nature and one designed for international criminal purposes,” Judge Aylmer said.Barbuc and Cecan were arrested and brought to Letterkenny and Milford Garda Stations.Charges were not brought against the third man in the house. Barbuc was charged with possession of a stolen UK driving licence. He was also charged with possession of a forged Romanian national ID card and of possessing articles – laminate paper and photographic paper – which had been designed or adapted for the making of forged documents.Barbuc spoke through an interpreter to plead guilty to all of the charges.Cecan was charged with possession of a stolen Irish passport and public services card. He was further charged with having a false Romanian driving licence and a false Romanian ID card.Cecon pleaded guilty to the offences.Cecan – who has been in custody since April – told Gardaí that he had brought the Romanian ID card from a ‘friend of a friend’ for €200 on the black market in Dublin.The Romanian driving licence and the Romanian ID card, which bore names other than Cecan’s, both bore the defendant’s picture. The Irish passport and public services card were stolen in Dublin in March 2018.Det Sgt Galvin said that there was a ‘more senior individual involved in this criminal network’. Andrei Cecan (North West News Pix)Barrister for Cecan, Mr Sean McGee BL, said his client came from a ‘very ordinary family’ in Romania. He said that a ‘bright new future’ had come up on the horizon for Cecan, who was living rough in London when he ran into an individual who was involved in fraudulent activity.“He saw that as a way out,” Mr McGee said. “He found himself in a difficult situation and he chose the wrong path.”Cecan’s role was described by Judge Aylmer as being ‘less serious’.“Nevertheless, he supported this enterprise for the purposes of his upkeep,” Judge Aylmer said. Cecan, a single man, has previous offences in Germany, Netherlands, England and Northern Ireland for a range of crimes such as theft, attempted theft, fraud including swindling, possession of articles for use in fraud and making false representation in order to make a gain.Judge Aylmer sentence Cecan to 16 months imprisonment and the term will be back-dated to April 16, 2019.Barbuc was sentenced to two years and 10 months with his term also back-dated to the date of his arrest. Following their release, the men will be deported to Romania and be excluded from re-entering Ireland for a ten-year period.Men jailed after ‘forgery workshop’ discovered in Letterkenny was last modified: November 10th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Andrei CecanFiona Crawford BLIoan BarbucJudge John AylmerletterkennyLetterkenny Circuit CourtRomania