After his hopes of leaving French Ligue 1 side OGC Nice dashed in the summer, Mario Balotelli’s season has taken another hit following a controversial fallout with manager Patrick Vieira on the touchline in Sunday’s 0-0 stalemate at Guingamp. Vieira made Balotelli the subject of his third substitution after 75 minutes when he decided to reshuffle his attack in search of that elusive goal which the Italian failed to provide as he looked disinterested and peripheral throughout the encounter. However, the Italian striker didn’t take kindly to being replaced, refusing first to shake his manager’s hand before he angrily confronted him on the touchline, calling him names. Yet this morning the 28-year old has been on the receiving end of stern criticism by Italy coach Roberto Mancini
The International Cheer Union has received provisional recognition from the International Olympic Committee. The ICU will receive $25,000 to fund training the future cheerleading cohorts. They will have the next three year recognition period to apply for additional grants and funds. Then they can apply for full inclusion in the official Olympic games. "Cheerleading is a sport with growing popularity. It has strong youth focus," said IOC sports director, Kit McConnell to the BBC. Steph Malfatti, the Dragons Cheer captain at the University of Westminster in London says, "it shouldn't even be a question of whether it's a sport." Miss Malfatti who is on one of England's national cheer teams goes on to say, "More than 10 countries have national teams that compete at a level most
London's upcoming mayoral election in May might not be as close-run a thing as first thought, but it could be that football fans will have the final say. Politics and Football: A History Football has long been a bastion of English pride. From celebrities to your average man in the pub, all corners of society gleefully grasp at the pride and respect that supporting a club can bring you. Being a fan means more than just following a team. It is an unequivocal and unwavering belief in seemingly pointless weekly rituals. And it is this faith that makes announcing your allegiance so inviting to politicians. From Tony Blair's love of Newcastle to Alastair Campbell's vociferous following of Burnley, it is hard to resist the temptation football provides. Unfortunately, this desperate need to
Luis van Gaal fuelled the internet fire on Sunday after falling to the ground in apparent protest of perceived play-acting on the part of Arsenal players. Though the Dutchman has been on the receiving end of the fans' anger following a run of disappointing results, Manchester United's manager displayed the lighter to side to his character during his team's win over rivals Arsenal. Late into the second half at Old Trafford, Van Gaal began berating the fourth official, as Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger stood nearby. As if to display his displeasure at the proceedings on the pitch, Van Gaal threw himself to the ground, stretching out his arms as if asking a question of the officials. The response on social media was as immediate as the roar of laughter from the crowd. Gary Lineker tweeted...
As the team line-ups for the FA Cup match flashed up on the pub's screen, the group of friends hollered. The benches were primarily made up of young players they'd never heard of: Macey, Robertson, Aluko? There was no point in even remembering their names, as they would surely be discarded for flashier foreign talent in the months and years to come. This is English football after all, right? This coming June, however, may well change football in the UK in a big way. As Cameron hurriedly sealed his deal in Brussels, ensuring in the process that "references to ever-closer union do not apply to the United Kingdom", the European Union referendum date has been set and the battle for votes has already long started. With campaigns on both sides vying desperately to convince the public, it is
Jose Mourinho has indicated he is ready to return to management in an interview with Sky Sports, following his sacking as Chelsea manager last December. He prefers to stay in England, due in part to his family enjoying London life. Mourinho may return to football management sooner than first thought, following his surprise departure from Chelsea earlier in the season. His aim is to remain in England, partly because of his family. "When my kids were young, we could move and experience different countries and in my case, different clubs and different football, but there is a moment when they need some stability." Indeed, his children play a big role in his thought process, "They are 19 years old and 16 years old, and with university and their football, they need some stability." "
Mesut Özil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were on target as Arsenal's title challenge was reignited at Bournemouth on Sunday. Prior to Özil's 23rd minute goal, the Gunners had not scored a Premier League goal for five hours of playing time. Because of this, the North London team have fallen behind surprise rivals Leicester. Next weekend sees the two teams square up in a match that could go some way to deciding who lifts the trophy this coming May. Speaking after the game, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger highlighted the importance of the win against Bournemouth, "It was three difficult points but three very important points for us because we had not won for a while." He went on to explain that Leicester are the team to look out for in the coming weeks, "Leicester have made a big im
Arsene Wenger has denied reports that have linked Chelsea captain John Terry with a move to London rivals Arsenal, despite admiring the defender's leadership qualities. Wenger's comments follow Sunday evening's news that Terry will not be offered a new one-year contract with the Blues. The Arsenal manager feels that the player represents Chelsea to such an extent that he would be unable to play for another Premier League side. "If he wants to play longer, I am sure he will play for Chelsea." In a surprise move, it was Terry himself who first broke the news, though the decision seemed to be unplanned. Speaking to the media after Chelsea's 5-1 hammering of MK Dons at the weekend, Terry stated that he had asked for clarification on his future at a meeting earlier in the month.
Jose Mourinho's angry comments following Chelsea's defeat to Leicester City have increased the pressure on the beleaguered manager. In his post-match interview after the 2-1 defeat to the highflying Foxes, Mourinho raged against his own players, and claimed that the players had "betrayed" him. The manager, who is no stranger to controversy, went on to accuse the Leicester City ball boys of being a "disgrace to the Premier League". Rob Harris, senior sports reporter for the Associated Press, believes that the comments prove Mourinho is beginning to create a divide between himself and the club; "The outburst was a strange diversionary overreaction." Pressure has been building on Mourinho following a recent run of poor results, with the team suffering the greatest number of losses
Chelsea will once again face Paris Saint Germain in the first knockout round of the Champions League, following the draw for the last 16 in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday. The draw saw just three English clubs take part, due to Manchester United's early exit at the hands of Wolfsburg last week. Manchester City were drawn with Dynamo Kyiv in what seems to be a reasonable tie for Pellegrini's side. In stark comparison, Chelsea and Arsenal were drawn against heavyweights PSG and Barcelona respectively. Recent results have seen Chelsea remain in a precarious position in the lower half of the Premier League table, and the prospect of facing the French champions in a Champions League tie will have done nothing to alleviate the pressure on Mourinho. Chelsea played PSG in the competition last