• England Sevens ‘revealed’ their innovative use of Ostrich eggs instead of balls
  • Forest Green Rovers ‘unveiled’ their new vegan-inspired carrot and broccoli kits 
  • Referees are set to use a new contactless booking system, according to reports
  • Sportsmail rounds up the best and worst of this year’s sporting April Fools 

Daniel Matthews For Mailonline

In the world of fake news and alternative fans, football fans must remain vigilant.

But as they woke up with groggy-heads and puffy eyes on a Saturday morning, supporters could be forgiven for taking a second glance at some of the stories doing the rounds.

Because it is, of course, April 1, meaning everyone and your dog is hopping on the Banter express in the direction of cheap laughs. Here Sportsmail rounds up the best and worst of this year’s sporting April Fools.

How the pitch at Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena will look for the visit of Augsburg this Saturday
How the pitch at Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena will look for the visit of Augsburg this Saturday

How the pitch at Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena will look for the visit of Augsburg this Saturday

The Bundesliga used their different timezone to their advantage, starting the fun off in the early hours with the news that clubs would be allowed to paint their pitch in their team colours for one weekend only.

England Sevens, who are ranked second in the world, meanwhile lifted the lid on the training secrets to their success. 

Ahead of the HSBC London Sevens, the likes of Tom Mitchell and Alex Davis revealed how they have replaced balls with Ostrich eggs to improve their hand-eye coordination. Cracking.

Elsewhere, National League high-flyers Forest Green Rovers unveiled new broccoli and carrot print kits for next season, leaving some fans steaming.

Under the hashtag #GrowHardOrGoHome, the club introduced a fully vegan menu in October 2015. And the new kits – made from sustainable materials including hemp and bamboo – ‘reflect that plant-based ethos.’

Forest Green Rovers launched their new vegan-inspired kits ahead of the 2017/18 campaign
Forest Green Rovers launched their new vegan-inspired kits ahead of the 2017/18 campaign

Forest Green Rovers launched their new vegan-inspired kits ahead of the 2017/18 campaign

Meanwhile, England captain Wayne Rooney sent shockwaves through football by confirming he was to make a cameo at Wrestlemania on Sunday ahead of completing a summer move to WWE.

The Manchester United captain has been linked with a move to MLS and China. But, according to Goal, he told the WWE’s official website: ‘It’s always been a dream of mind to be a wrestler’. 

If Rooney does hang up his boots, he could miss out on a few free slices of pizza, however, after it was confirmed Pizza Hut had signed a £24million deal to become England’s new sponsors.

England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is set for a move to wrestling
England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is set for a move to wrestling

England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is set for a move to wrestling

As part of the deal, the Italian food giants are set to launch a new England-based menu featuring The Extra Large PeppeRooney…or at least that’s what the Sun’s esteemed reporter Dom Ino would have you believe.

Meanwhile, referees are set to join forces with Mastercard and launch contactless bookings as a means to make sure players pay their disciplinary fines, the Independent reports

There have been initial teething problems, mind. Referee Rolf Lapios said of initial trials: ‘So far the only issue we’ve had is football players trying to escape punishment by running out of the referee’s contactless range. This is clearly a fruitless and childish response, but one we should be able to iron out in testing.’

Here’s some you may have missed…

Witty clothing brand Jacamo launched a new Germanified England kit which is ‘guaranteed to bring success’. 

Everton forward Yannick Bolasie announced he has agreed to become the new manager of DR Congo.

The forward is currently sidelined with a long-term knee injury and the 27-year-old confirmed he will turn his hand to coaching during his spell out. 

Clothing brand Jacamo unveiled the new England kit which is 'guaranteed to bring success'
Clothing brand Jacamo unveiled the new England kit which is 'guaranteed to bring success'

Clothing brand Jacamo unveiled the new England kit which is ‘guaranteed to bring success’

Everton forward Yannick Bolasie announced his latest career move on his twitter page
Everton forward Yannick Bolasie announced his latest career move on his twitter page

Everton forward Yannick Bolasie announced his latest career move on his twitter page

Meanwhile, Paddy Power released footage of the world’s first successful seahorse race, as ‘the company announced it will sponsor the new equine-aquatic sport’.

Thai energy drink company Carabao joined in, too, announcing their new ‘Kantebao’ sugar-free drink.

‘Half the size, twice the energy,’ they claimed.

Carabao - the Thai drink company - have launched their new Kantebao extra-energy drink
Carabao - the Thai drink company - have launched their new Kantebao extra-energy drink

Carabao – the Thai drink company – have launched their new Kantebao extra-energy drink

And did you spot our April Fools?

You didn’t think you’d get away that easily did you? Who spotted our story about  plans for Premier League clashes to begin at 9.30am  by our infamous reporter Earl Ikivov? We try, we really try.

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