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Manchester City Star Robinho Implicated in Sexual Assault

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Robinho’s tenure in England keeps getting better, for those quasi-humorously writing about it.

West Yorkshire Police arrested the 25-year-old Brazilian, over allegations of “serious sexual assault” Jan. 14 at the Space nightclub in Leeds.

Robinho cooperated, and was released “pending further inquiries.”  He returned to training and was in the lineup for today’s match against Newcastle.

The arrest comes a day after Robinho returned from an unauthorized jaunt home to Brazil, for which he was fined the maximum £320,000.  His trip was not a coincidental flit of fancy.  His birthday was on Sunday.  He also had expressed frustration about City’s failure to land Kaka.

Rare for a Brazilian footballer, Robinho is known to like the ladies.  At an October 2007 party for the Brazilian National Team party, he reportedly asked a subordinate to bring him 40 condoms.  Presumably, (or hopefully) the sheaths were not entirely for his personal use.

Robinho’s involvement in the assault case is unclear.  What is clear is that, despite performing well on the pitch, 12 goals in 19 appearances, he’s not the happiest camper at Eastlands, and the club hasn’t been particularly enamored with his antics.

Unfortunately for both, he will be at City for a while.  No club, in this economic climate, will approach his £32.5m transfer fee.  No club will pay nearly £160,000 per week salary.  Such is the folly of paying top dollar.

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Tuesday Headlines: City Blame Milan for Failed Kaka Transfer

6275067Manchester City believe AC Milan spoiled the Kaka transfer by going public. (101 Great Goals)

Manchester United’s new home shirt. (EPL Talk)

Arsene Wenger doesn’t want to talk about winning the title, which is convenient because everyone knows they are out of the race. (Arsenal Mania)

Can Hoffenheim continue their dream season without Ibisevic? (Unprofessional Foul)

Manchester United have only come from behind in a second leg once. (Chickendinner)

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Kaka Stays With AC Milan, Rejects Record Manchester City Bid

16578kakaIt’s not all about the Benjamins, nor, apparently, is it all about the Elizabeths.

Brazilian star Kaka rejected Manchester City’s £500,000 per week offer to stay with AC Milan, thwarting what would have been the largest transfer in the history of international football.

“After Saturday’s game many people showed me their support,” Kaka said.  “I have received drawings by kids trying to convince me to stay.  It was wonderful.  I remember when I left Sao Paolo some fans protested against me, here they all stand by my side instead.  I’m currently celebrating this decision at home with a couple of friends.”

Milan had accepted a £91m bid for the 26-year-old and allowed Manchester City to negotiate.  Despite Manchester City offering to triple his salary – he’s already currently the top-paid player in Serie A – Kaka would not agree to a transfer.

Manchester City called off the deal, convinced Kaka would not reconsider.

Stirred into a froth, Sky Blue supporters must content themselves with Craig Bellamy.

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AC Milan Reject £91m ($132m) Offer from Manchester City for Kaka

200px-kaka061115Manchester City made a record-breaking £91m ($132m) bid to AC Milan for Brazilian star Kaka.  Milan rejected it.

The transfer would have trumped the record £46m paid by Real Madrid to Juventus for Zinedine Zidane in 2001.  Reports indicated Manchester City were willing to offer Kaka £500,000 per week, roughly three times the current top salary in the Premier League.

Kaka’s agent said the 26-year-old would have spoken to Manchester City, should the club have agreed to a fee with A.C. Milan.  Though, Kaka expressed his wish to stay with the Rossoneri.

“What happens will be decided by Milan.  I will be here until they don’t want me here,” Kaka said.  “As long as my aims are the same as the club’s aims, I would like to remain here.”

Rejecting the offer was sensible for Milan.  Kaka is irreplaceable, even a palatable replacement could cost £30m.  Milan receives a minimum of about £40m for playing in the Champions League next season, far more likely with Kaka than without him.

Because Kaka has a ten-percent fee clause, £9.1m of the transfer money would have gone directly to him.

UPDATE: The deal may not be off after all.

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Monday Headlines: West Ham Reject Man City Bellamy Bid

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West Ham rejected a £9.2m bid from Manchester City for Craig Bellamy.  Just what City needed, another short attacking player. (The Guardian)

Diego Maradona’s cigars cost Chelsea some sleep before the Man U match. (Off the Post)

A La Liga Match was delayed by snowballs. (101 Great Goals)

A German fan livens up a dull friendly. (The Spoiler)

Many of the world’s biggest stars will be coming to New York in June for a Charity match. (Goal)

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Headlines: £400,000 for Theo Walcott?

theo-walcott_01NBA teams are not the only ones awaiting the Summer of 2010.  Theo Walcott, unsigned beforehand, could leave Arsenal for just £400,000. (The Daily Express)

Robin Van Persie is a darts aficionado. (Off The Post)

ADug will give Mark Hughes time to rebuild City’s squad. (Man City Blog)

Arsene Wenger will only bring in players of “a special class” in January.  If only he had such requirements for his starting XI… (The Guardian)

Manchester City and Inter Milan could swap Brazilian wastrels. (The Daily Mail)

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Sunday EPL Results: The Deuce Runs Loose on Chelsea

156202256_22681c61afNewcastle 1 – 5 Liverpool: Liverpool emphatically guaranteed they will be title leaders by Christmas.  How bad does your defense need to be for a team playing two holding midfielders and leading the line with Dirk Kuyt to score five goals?  That is with Shay Given’s brilliance maintaining reason.

Fulham 2 – 2 Chelsea: Clint “Deuce” Dempsey played up to his nickname, dueling Frank Lampard to a stalemate in the West London derby.  Chelsea had more chances, but did not use them.  Scolari’s men have taken just 10 of their last 21 possible points.

Blackburn 2 – 2 Manchester City: I flipped this one off with about five minutes remaining.  Oops.  Daniel Sturridge and Robinho in injury time spoiled a competent performance from Big Sam’s boys.  City are two points above the relegation zone and Blackburn are two points below.

Arsenal 1 – 0 Portsmouth: It was one-nil to the Arsenal, but there wasn’t much to sing about.  The Gunners managed just one goal against Portsmouth’s porous defense, and that was from a defender.  Far from the beautiful game, Arsenal’s current group plays with neither invention nor competence in any facet of the game.  Relegation candidates Portsmouth have lost four straight.

West Brom 2 – 0 Tottenham: Tottenham succumbed from two late goals, but West Brom’s victory over the ten-man side was deserved.  Harry Redknapp, bizarrely, questioned the ref’s competency while admitting the penalty call. 

Everton 3 – 0 Sunderland: Without a healthy striker, Everton needed goals from midfield.  Fortunately, that midfield contains Cahill, Fellaini and Mikel Arteta, scorer of two early goals in this match.  Ricky Sbragia’s deal at Sunderland is now permanent.  Unfortunately, his salubrious effect may not be.

West Ham 2 – 1 Stoke City: West Ham scored a resilient victory, coming back from an early goal.  They were aided by Stoke City, who dropped to ten after Ricardo Fuller saw red for taking a shot at his own captain, Andy Griffin.  

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Boxing Day Premier League Results

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Boxing Day is rough for all and, generally, Premier League defenders are not excepted.  With lapsed concentration get slapped haphazardly around the area, with goals raining in from every direction to the delight of spectators (See Chelsea 4 -4 Aston Villa).  This year, alas, only Manchester City and West Ham received the memo.

The Citizens stormed out of the relegation zone, beating Hull City so badly they looked as if they had met Joey Barton outside a McDonalds.  Robinho was fancy, but effective bagging a brace and imposing his flourish on an overmatched Hull defense.  The drubbing was so bad, Phil Brown refused to let Hull return to the dressing room.  Mark Hughes retrieved some of his pride after the loss to West Brom, but dousing the burner under his bottom after one match would be hasty.

West Ham won just their second Premier League victory in their last 13 matches, but it was impressive.  Carlton Cole and Craig Bellamy penetrated the casual and sloppy Portsmouth back line.  How does a team coached by Tony Adams concede nine goals in three matches?  Perhaps, they were too busy packing.

Arsenal drew Aston Villa 2-2 in the tastiest tie of the day, leaving Villa a three-point advantage for fourth place.  Martin O’Neill’s men comprehensively outplayed every Arsenal partisan on the pitch, except the goal post.  Arsenal then, inexplicably, went 2-0 up.  William Gallas gave away a legit penalty in the 65th minute, and Zat Knight, of all people, knocked in an injury-time equalizer.  Both sides could have won.  Both could have lost.  It was the fairest result.

United were big in Japan, and Carlos Tevez was just big enough to score the late winner against Stoke City.  United have scored just three goals in their past five Premier League matches, however they have not conceded and earned three 1-0 victories.  Given Liverpool and Chelsea’s inconsistency of late, Man U could be title favorites if they pick up their games in hand.

Liverpool’s Robbie Keane can be dangerous on a hot run, which he appears to have hit.  His two second-half goals in the 3-0 win against Bolton, as well as his equalizer last weekend against Arsenal have kept Liverpool on top of the table, shocking since this was their first December victory in all competitions.

The other contenders, Chelsea, earned their first home victory since Nov. 1 with their 2-0 defeat of West Brom.  Drogba received the central role, and scored his first league goal since March after three minutes.  Trim, reliable Frank scored in first-half injury time.  Chelsea put the game away.

Wigan vanquished Newcastle 2-1, with Ryan Taylor again tormenting the barcodes.  Approximately 80,000 combined people witnessed Tottenham – Fulham and Sunderland 0 – Blackburn 0.  They went home profoundly bored.

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Sunday EPL Results: Brought to You By Howard Webb


Arsenal 1 – 1 Liverpool: Contrasting styles produced an expectable stalemate.  Howard Webb, as he seemingly intended, was the belle of the ball.

West Brom 2 – 1 Manchester City: How much longer can Hughes last?  Will Kaka, Buffon and Fernando Torres handle playing in the Championship?

Newcastle 2 – 1 Tottenham: Duff’s late winner pushed Newcastle toward Europe.  Does any neutral not revel in this match being a relegation six-pointer?

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Portsmouth Accept £20m Bid for Lassana Diarra From Real Madrid

lassan-diarraPortsmouth midfielder Lassana Diarra likely will move to Real Madrid, after the club accepted a £20m bid for the 23-year-old Frenchman.

The former Chelsea player moved to Arsenal in the summer of 2007, but left for Portsmouth in the winter after becoming the victim of Mathieu Flamini’s ascendance.

Madrid initially bid £9m for the player, but Portsmouth held firm for £20m.  Portsmouth’s debt and pending sale, probably decided their acceptance.

If the deal goes through, it’s an excellent, if a bit pricy, signing for Real Madrid.  Diaara’s a versatile, skillful midfielder and can fill in for his unrelated namesake Mahamadou Diarra.

Manchester City had rumored interest in Diarra.

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