April 5th, 2011

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United risk losing Rooney for longer after striker is charged by FA!!

Manchester United will fight the Football Association and risk losing Wayne Rooney to a three-game suspension in an attempt to avoid the forward being banned for next week’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City as a result of his foul-mouthed rant into a television camera.

Wayne Rooney  - Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney charged by Football Association for foul-mouthed goal celebration
Senior figures at Old Trafford, led by manager Sir Alex Ferguson, are understood to be furious at the severity of the punishment facing Rooney, who has until 6pm on Tuesday to respond to a charge of using offensive, insulting and/or abusive language, which carries a two-game suspension, issued by the FA following his expletive-laden reaction to a cameraman after scoring his hat-trick goal in United’s 4-2 victory at West Ham.

Having aimed his aggressive outburst directly at the camera during Sky Sports’ live broadcast of the fixture, the FA believes that it had no option but to deal quickly and decisively with Rooney. The player’s swift apology afterwards is unlikely to affect the outcome.

With Rooney being charged less than three weeks after Ferguson was hit with a five-match touchline ban following his criticism of referee Martin Atkinson, United believe the charge to be further evidence of their perception that the club are subjected to more stringent penalties than their rivals simply because of their profile as England’s most powerful club.

The FA’s decision to charge Rooney has been supported by Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, however.

“The charge is fair enough. I don’t remember Bobby Charlton doing that when he scored, or Jimmy Greaves,” Redknapp said. “I don’t know why some of these young footballers are so angry with the world. They get hundreds of thousands of pounds a week. I respect him greatly as a player, but he is a silly boy for what he did. I don’t know why he did it.”

Despite the anger within Old Trafford at the FA’s action against Rooney, the club have decided to accept that he will be banned, but plan to challenge the severity of the penalty in an attempt to turn the two-game ban into a one-game suspension.

Ferguson and United chief executive David Gill are to discuss the avenues open to Rooney on Tuesday morning.

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Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year nominees!!

Charlie Adam's brilliant debut season in the Barclays Premier League has been given the ultimate seal of approval by his peers after he was voted onto the six-man shortlist for PFA Player of the Year.

The Blackpool midfielder, whose goalscoring exploits have given Ian Holloway's side a real chance of beating the drop, is a serious contender to win the prestigious award, which will be announced at a gala dinner on Sunday, April 17.

Tottenham's Gareth Bale, West Ham captain Scott Parker, Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri, Carlos Tevez, who has been the driving force behind Manchester City's bid to qualify for the Champions League, and Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic are Adam's five rivals.

United have provided the PFA Player of the Year for the past four years – Cristiano Ronaldo (2007 and 2008) was followed by Ryan Giggs then, 12 months ago, Wayne Rooney - and Vidic will be hoping to uphold Old Trafford's recent tradition.

It is the nomination of Adam that really captures the imagination. At the start of the campaign, it would have taken a leap of faith to envisage any Blackpool player being considered consistent enough to share exalted company. 
But the Scotland international's form has demanded views be reassessed and his stylish performances have had scouts flocking to Bloomfield Road - he was the subject of bids from Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa during the January transfer window.

Adam, 25, is valued in the region of £12million by Blackpool after scoring 10 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions.  His elegant passing has won him an army of admirers.

The same is also true of Spurs winger Bale and he has a serious chance of becoming the third man since the inception of the awards in 1974 to be named both the Player and Young Player of the Year.

Only Ronaldo (2007) and Andy Gray (1977) have achieved that distinguished feat. Yet this is the first season in more than a decade when there has been no candidate who has towered over the rest.

For that reason, the ultra-consistent Parker's claims to be West Ham's first winner of the award are just as solid.

Also in the running to double up is Nasri, who has been Arsenal's most consistent performer. His team-mate Jack Wishere, Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, United winger Nani and Seamus Coleman of Everton are the other contenders for the Young Player gong.


Player of the Year?

Gareth Bale
Charlie Adam
Carlos Tevez
Nemanja Vidic
Samir Nasri

Young Player of the Year?

Gareth Bale
Seamus Coleman
Joe Hart
Jack Wilshere
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AC Milan ace Pato all but confirms relationship with Barbara Berlusconi

AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato has all but confirmed his relationship with the daughter of Italy PM and club patron Silvio Berlusconi.

There have been reports that the striker is seeing Barbara Berlusconi and these were effectively confirmed last night at San Siro when she was cheering on from the stands.

“Who did I dedicate the goals to? Well, you all saw who...” he said in a Press conference before waving away further questions.

“I also dedicate it to everyone who is always here in the stadium to cheer on Milan even when things haven’t gone well.

“I am very relaxed and try to give my best in training and on the pitch. It’s important to put in the same effort for the less prestigious matches, as they are worth three points too.

“I scored two goals and am very satisfied, as we won and are top of the table. We win together and lose together, so we are all happy.

“We were unable to do what we wanted to in Palermo, but we did against Inter. There are still seven rounds to go, so we must keep pushing for the Scudetto and hopefully the Coppa Italia too.”

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