You’ll never believe this, but both Manchester managers have stood their ground in this drama about City’s post-match celebration after their 2-1 win over United at Old Trafford. Initial reports say that Jose Mourinho went into the visitors’ locker room to protest loud celebrations, and he was confronted by multiple players. The end result is that apparently a bottle of milk was thrown at Mourinho(?) and Mikel Arteta has a cut on his face. The FA has opened an investigation into the matter, but Pep Guardiola has remained tight-lipped about it while still defending his team:
“I am the guy who encouraged each other to celebrate. What happened, happened. We will make statement to the FA. I am not going to comment about that. Celebrations weren’t too much.”
In case you missed it, the MLS counterpart of “the hot stove“ is heating up now, as Atlanta United is in the final stages of acquiring Midfielder Darlington Nagbe from the Portland Timbers. Portland will. according to ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle, get $750,000 in general allocation money, $300,000 in targeted allocation money, and an additional $500,000-$600,000 in incentive-based compensation. That is the largest deal in MLS history, and Portland will also get an international roster spot from Atlanta. This is a pretty big move for a very good, albeit inconsistent, player.
This is pretty cool: Real Madrid want to thank their fans for their support, and will cover the cost of tickets to the FIFA Club World Cup. Real Madrid is preparing for the semifinal of the tournament against hosts Al Jazira in the United Arab Emirates, and said in a club statement that once a fan collects their tickets, they will be notified of how to receive a refund. While the Club World Cup is not given a lot of attention, Madrid are attempting to win their second straight, which no one has ever done before, and this is a pretty neat thing to do for their supporters while doing so.
Paulo Dybala, star of Italian club Juventus and called by some “the next Messi,“ has been told by Juventus Vice-President Pavel Nedved to sort out his private life and focus on football after he has experienced a dip in form. The Argentine has just one goal in eight games, and was out of the starting lineup when Juve drew against Inter on Saturday. Nedved also said that Massimiliano Allegri, manager at Juventus, is not being particularly hard on Dybala, since he treats everyone equally. He also hopes, like many Bianconeri do, that Dybala will be back in form for Juventus’ Champions League clash with Tottenham in the round of 16.
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