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S P O R T S
Arsenal 'frustrated' by ban
Sylvinho - Robinho
Gunners consider next move
happy at City
following Eduardo verdict
A 'deeply frustrated' Arsenal cial website read: "The club is
have confirmed the club are disappointed with Uefa's deci-
considering their next move sion to suspend Eduardo for two
after Eduardo was handed a Champions League matches
two-match European ban by starting with Standard Liege on
Uefa. 16th September.
Uefa announced Eduardo's pun- "We have been informed that we
ishment for "deceiving the ref- will receive a 'reasoned deci-
eree" on Tuesday after an sion' from Uefa by Thursday of
alleged dive during last week's this week. Once we receive
UEFA Champions League clash Uefa's rationale, we will make a
with Celtic. decision on the next steps.
The Croatian was awarded a "We have been deeply frustrated
penalty by referee Manuel by the perfunctory and appar-
Gonzalez which he scored from ently arbitrary process that Uefa
to help Arsenal on their way to a has followed in this instance.
5-1 aggregate victory. "We believe it is imperative that
Following accusations that Uefa's explanation for its deci-
Eduardo deliberately conned the sion provides clear and compre-
official, Gunners boss Arsene hensive standards that will be
Wenger strongly stressed his consistently enforced.
views that a ban should not fol- "It is also critical that Uefa pro-
low. vides specific details of the
However, Arsenal now have
Eduardo for Arsenal's and Olympiakos.
processes it plans to adopt in
three working days to appeal
Champions League group Perfunctory
reviewing all games under its
against Uefa's decision to ban
matches with Standard Liege A statement on the club's offi-
Richard Dunne's proposed move
to Aston Villa from Manchester
City is yet to be finalised.
The Premier League have said
that the deal cannot be 'ratified'
at the moment.
The £6million deal has been all
but completed, but Dunne may
now have to wait until
Wednesday before he officially
becomes an Aston Villa player.
New Manchester City signing spoke to him after I arrived last
There were some reports claim-
Sylvinho insists his countryman week.
ing that Dunne was not happy
Robinho is happy at the club and "He told me he is really happy.
with his pay-off from City -
rubbished rumours linking him He is enjoying it because he has
which was delaying the move,
with a return to Spain . scored so many goals.
but it now appears that all the
The striker was mooted to be the "He is one of the top players in
documents were signed and sent
subject of a last-gasp bid from the world and it is really impor-
to the Premier League before the
Barcelona ahead of the transfer tant to him how the club is mov-
deadline at 5pm on Tuesday.
be confirmed, despite the delay, window closing on Tuesday but ing forward, how it is changing.
As such the deal is expected to
within the next few days. such a deal was rejected outright "He is really happy that the club
by Barca manager Pep has now got Adebayor and
Federer & Nadal
Guardiola. Tevez, because that helps him a
The Brazilian international has lot.
had to make do with constant Different level
rumours linking him with a "It puts the club on a different
enjoy quick wins
move away from Eastlands fol- level, and it does the same for
lowing his £32.5million arrival Robinho. He is one of the best
from Real Madrid just over a players in Brazil and plays for
year ago. the national team, so this kind of
Roger Federer and Rafael
Jamie Carragher has hit back He said: "We have taken a bit The 25-year-old was reportedly help will be really important to
Nadal were in good form
at those who have written of criticism and rightly so unsettled after close friend him."
as both enjoyed straight-
Liverpool out of the Premier because we haven't made the Elano left for Fenerbache in the Sylvinho refused to compare
sets wins at the US Open
League title race so early on in best of starts. summer and suggestions over Robinho with his former Barca
the season. "But no one can ever write us his future arose again when team-mate Lionel Messi but did
World number three Nadal
The Reds came in for heavy off. Ourselves and Manchester manager Mark Hughes left him declare that the former Santos
swept past Richard
criticism after losing two of United, not just in this league on the bench for the trip to youngster was among the top six
Gasquet in round one on
their opening three games of but probably anywhere in the Portsmouth at the weekend after players on the planet.
his return to Grand Slam
the new top flight campaign. world, are the best at coming some sluggish displays so far "I don't like to compare players,
But Rafa Benitez's side back from deficits and win- this season. or clubs or coaches," he added.
The third seed, who missed
showed character to bounce ning games. However Sylvinho, who signed "In the world there are five or
Wimbledon with tendonitis
back at the weekend as they "At Bolton , the lads showed from Barcelona last week, insist- six different players who are at a
in both knees, powered to a
twice came from a losing posi- what great character we have. ed that the arrival of Carlos high level and Robinho is one of
6-2 6-2 6-3 victory to set
tion to beat Bolton Wanderers "It was so important to get Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor them.
up a match against
3-2. those three points, especially had reaffirmed Robinho's belief "Messi is amazing and is enjoy-
Germany's Nicolas Kiefer.
Defender Carragher concedes with the international break that City were heading in the ing the best time in his career at
And Federer, playing his
Liverpool have made a slow coming up." right direction. Barcelona . He had an amazing
second-round match, beat
start but has reminded the The Merseyside club, who fin- "This club can help Robinho a season and was one of the best
Germany's Simon Greul 6-
doubters of his side's ability to ished second last season, are lot," he told the Manchester players in the final in Rome.
3 7-5 7-5 in the night ses-
mount a comeback time and eyeing a first league title since Evening News. "I didn't speak to "He is at a different moment in
time again. 1990. him before I came here, I just his life."
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