He's been chucked in a pool fully clothed, had his shoes tied to the ceiling and eggs smashed over his head. Yet Bernardo Silva is happy to be the victim of his Manchester City team-mates’ pranks. Apparently, Silva is the favourite target for the Blues' practical jokers because of his questionable dress sense. The Portugal international midfielder takes it in good heart and the pranks underline the Crazy Gang-type spirit of the dressing room, which helped them win the title last season in record-breaking fashion. “It’s alright,” smiled the game-for-a-laugh Silva. “We have fun. I like to enjoy every day and have fun in the training sessions to have a good atmosphere. “With the amazing atmosphere around the Manchester City dressing room, it’s really good to go out to train every day.” Silva’s fellow Portuguese speakers, Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus and Ederson, are some of the pranksters, but the ringleader is French — his old … [Read more...] about Why Bernardo Silva doesn’t mind being No1 target for Man City team-mates’ pranks
Wilfred Ndidi is backing his Leicester City team-mates Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy to help England win the World Cup. Nigeria bowed out despite the efforts of City trio Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa, but Ndidi now believes it will be the Three Lions that will go on to lift the trophy. “Since all the African countries are out of the tournament, I tip England to win the World Cup,” he told the Guardian and a corporate event in Lagos. Read More Maguire, Vardy and England at the World Cup Ndidi had overcome injury to take part in the World Cup and all three will now be given additional time off before they return for pre-season training. They are three of 12 players who have not travelled to Evian-Les-Baines in northern France, where City are stepping up their pre-season preparations. England face Croatia in Moscow on Wednesday bidding to reach their first World Cup final since 1966. … [Read more...] about Wilfred Ndidi is backing his City team-mates to rule the world
Police in Merseyside say their investigation into the attack on the Manchester City team bus continues and they are treating the incident ‘extremely seriously.’ The coach carrying City’s players was pelted with bottles and other missiles as its way through the streets near Anfield ahead of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Liverpool in April. Liverpool were this week fined €20,000 by governing body UEFA for ‘the throwing of objects’, ‘acts of damage’, ‘crowd disturbances’, and ‘the setting off of fireworks’ around the game. They were fined €6,000 after fireworks were set off and throwing objects at the second leg at the Etihad, when the team they made it through to the semi-finals, before eventually losing to Real Madrid in the final. The City team coach was damaged and left with a shattered window meaning it was not fit to drive them back and a replacement vehicle had to be scrambled. Police … [Read more...] about Merseyside Police say they are still investigating attack on City team bus
Liverpool have been fined 20,000 euros (£17,500) by UEFA after their supporters threw missiles at the Manchester City team coach ahead of the Champions League quarter-final at Anfield. City's bus was damaged on the way to the stadium for the first leg on April 4, which Liverpool won 3-0. City were understood to be unhappy with the fact their planned route was advertised by Merseyside Police. They also believed their entourage should have been given greater protection by the authorities. UEFA could have ordered Liverpool to play their next home Champions League game behind closed doors but have instead chose to fine the Anfield outfit. The punishment encompasses four charges Liverpool faced under article 16 of UEFA's disciplinary regulations which relate to setting off fireworks, throwing of objects, crowd disturbances and acts of damage. Liverpool were also fined 6,000 euros (£5,270) for the setting off of fireworks and throwing of objects during the second leg at the Etihad … [Read more...] about Liverpool hit by UEFA fine after Man City team coach incident
Six weeks after the Anfield attack on the Manchester City team bus, Merseyside Police have made no arrests in connection with the incident. The Blues' team bus was subjected to a barrage of bottles, bricks and pyrotechnics as it approached the ground, ahead of the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool on April 4. The coach was damaged to the extent that another one had to be brought into ferry the players home after the match. Liverpool FC vowed to do all in their power, in conjunction with the police, to bring the culprits to justice. And Merseyside Police said they would be reviewing CCTV and bodycam footage to try to identify anyone throwing objects. They also appealed for the public to to send them footage, especially of anyone throwing objects at the bus. Two police officers were injured in the incident, suffering cuts and swelling after being struck by objects hurled by fans. A spokesman for the force said that no arrests have yet been made but … [Read more...] about How is the investigation into City team bus attack going?