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Mario Balotelli and Robinho dance during AC Milan"s win over Barcelona

VIDEO: Balotelli and Robinho do the Harlem Shake (sort of) as Milan beat Barca

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

23:56 GMT, 20 February 2013

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UPDATED:

00:01 GMT, 21 February 2013

It had to happen. When Mario Balotelli, Robinho and some of their friends were pictured dancing wildly during AC Milan's match against Barcelona on Wednesday night, someone was going to do it.

It's the craze that's been sweeping the world over, after all. So now you can watch Balotelli and Co lose it set to the Harlem Shake music.

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Shake it: Mario Balotelli and Robinho (right) go wild, while the former's girlfriend looks unimpressed

Shake it: Mario Balotelli and Robinho (right) go wild, while the former's girlfriend looks unimpressed

... but she musters a smile eventually as Milan party

… but she musters a smile eventually as Milan party

He was cup-tied for the clash at the San Siro, so was forced to sit on the sidelines – although he seemed to be making the most of his time out.

His girlfriend Fanny Robert Neguesha didn't look too impressed, but eventually mustered a smile.

Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari did the damage for Milan to ensure he wasn't missed.

Somebody took the footage of Balotelli dancing and put the now ubiquitous soundtrack in the background.

VIDEO: Balotelli and Robinho do the Harlem Shake

Mario's former Man City colleagues, not to be outdone, had a Harlem Shake of their own.

The club’s staff and first-team players such as Edin Dzeko, Joe Hart, James Milner, Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards, Scott Sinclair and Aleksandar Kolarov got involved, even if the latter didn't look too enthused.

VIDEO: City do their own Harlem Shake

AC Milan 2 Barcelona 0: Kevin Prince Boateng scores the winner

AC Milan 2 Barcelona 0: Forza Pompey! Former Premier League stars Boateng and Muntari strike with Messi off the pace

PUBLISHED:

21:36 GMT, 20 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:11 GMT, 20 February 2013

AC Milan took a surprise first-leg lead in their Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona.

While Barca top the Primera Division by 12 points, Milan lie third in Serie A – but Kevin-Prince Boateng's controversial opening goal set the Italians on their way at the San Siro.

And Sulley Muntari's superb second put Massimiliano Allegri's side firmly in the driving seat ahead of March 12's return leg at the Nou Camp.

Here we go: Kevin-Prince Boateng, (left) celebrates after opening the scoring

Here we go: Kevin-Prince Boateng, (left) celebrates after opening the scoring

Double trouble: Sulley Muntari celebrates after firing home the second goal

Double trouble: Sulley Muntari celebrates after firing home the second goal

Muntari flashed an early shot over the bar from long range for Milan.

Philippe Mexes made a vital cleaance
at the other end to prevent Jordi Alba's cross reaching Pedro Rodriguez
and though the same defender then handled Dani Alves' delivery, Pedro
had already been flagged offside.

Stephane El Shaarawy's poor touch saw a
good chance slip away but resulted in a corner, taken by the prolific
young striker, from which Boateng shot just wide.

Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati
held Xavi's well-struck 30-yard drive and El Shaarawy tracked superbly
to the left-back position to break up another Barca attack.

Appeal: Barcelona wanted a free-kick for handball in the build up but Boateng did not care

Appeal: Barcelona wanted a free-kick for handball in the build up but Boateng did not care

Takeaway: Muntari's goal means Milan have a 2-0 lead to bring to the Nou Camp

Takeaway: Muntari's goal means Milan have a 2-0 lead to bring to the Nou Camp

Mexes collected the first yellow card
for tripping Lionel Messi and as Barca pressed, Riccardo Montolivo
prevented Pedro's backheel reaching Cesc Fabregas.

Boateng's cross eluded a sliding El Shaarawy before a goalless half petered out somewhat.

Sergio Busquets was booked early in
the second period after fouling Giampaolo Pazzini, moments before the
controversial opening goal.

Montolivo's shot took two deflections,
the second off the raised arm of Cristian Zapata, before Boateng fired
low past Victor Valdes. Gerard Pique was booked for protesting to
Scottish referee Craig Thomson.

Off the pace: Lionel Messi struggled to make any impact

Off the pace: Lionel Messi struggled to make any impact

Patched up: Carles Puyol was erratic as Barcelona struggled

Patched up: Carles Puyol was erratic as Barcelona struggled

Messi blazed an uncharacteristically
wayward free-kick high into the stand before Andres Iniesta almost
charged down Abbiati's clearance in the six-yard box.

Valdes saved Pazzini's acrobatic
volley but at the other end, Iniesta fizzed a drive a foot or so wide
and Xavi curled a free-kick just over.

Head to head: Cesc Fabregas, is fouled by Boateng

Head to head: Cesc Fabregas, is fouled by Boateng

Ecstasy: Boateng celebrates after firing past Victor Valdes and in to the corner

Ecstasy: Boateng celebrates after firing past Victor Valdes and in to the corner

Rolling around: Messi (left) and Daniel Alves (right) lie on the pitch

Rolling around: Messi (left) and Daniel Alves (right) lie on the pitch

But it was Milan who found a second
goal with nine minutes remaining as substitute M'Baye Niang and El
Shaarawy combined to set up Muntari, who gave their beautiful approach
play the classy finish it deserved.

Carles Puyol, sporting a huge sticking
plaster on his forehead after a clash with Pazzini, headed Xavi's
corner wide as Barca sought an important away goal.

But it was in vain, with Milan in fact
having the best chance during five minutes of stoppage time as late
substitute Bakaye Traore wasted a three-on-two break.

Rough and tumble: The best player in the world could not help his side as they stumbled to a 2-0 defeat

Rough and tumble: The best player in the world could not help his side as they stumbled to a 2-0 defeat

That'll do: AC Milan's coach Massimiliano Allegri looks on as his team put on a show

That'll do: AC Milan's coach Massimiliano Allegri looks on as his team put on a show

Fun night: Mario Balotelli smiles, next to his girlfriend, model Fanny Robert Neguesha

Fun night: Mario Balotelli smiles, next to his girlfriend, model Fanny Robert Neguesha

Balotelli with his model girlfriend

Stephen Kelly set for Reading switch but Martin Jol insists Fulham will make no more January sales

Kelly set for Reading switch while Jol admits he is still chasing Huddlestone

By
Sam Cunningham

PUBLISHED:

17:01 GMT, 11 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:01 GMT, 11 January 2013


On the move: Fulham defender Stephen Kelly

On the move: Fulham defender Stephen Kelly

Martin Jol revealed defender Stephen Kelly is having a medical at Reading today – and that he is interested in Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone.

Kelly was a main part of Jol's team last season but has struggled for games this campaign. Fulham have received a fee for the transfer but the club would not reveal how much it was.

If the move goes through the defender will become Brian McDermott's third signing in the January transfer window. Last month he said he was targeting two or three players the club could afford that had Premier League experience and Kelly fits that mould.

Jol said: 'It's a permanent deal. We won't lose any other players. It's one single player who could go in this transfer window. Kelly is the only one.

'I thought it was good for him because he wanted to play. Last year he played all the games almost so I thought it was good for him to talk to Reading and they decided to take him and he decided to go there. I never say never but the players I want to keep here will be here after the 31st.'

Jol is still keen to strengthen his squad in the transfer window and clearly sees Fulham's midfield as an area he needs to improve.

On the radar: Martin Jol is still tracking Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone

On the radar: Martin Jol is still tracking Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone

He is still interested in defensive midfielder Derek Boateng who is at Ukrainian club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and also Tottenham's Huddlestone, whom he has monitored for years.

The 56-year-old added: 'Over the last six years I had an interest in Tom Huddlestone, but he was injured and then went to Stoke. I think he failed a medical there but I am not sure, so he went back to Spurs.

'If Tom is fit, he is always in the back of my mind but as I told you before, I won't speculate on names. I can't say Tom is not on my list because I like him.'

Sepp Blatter claims racism won"t be solved by running away like Kevin-Price Boateng and AC Milan

Racism will not be solved by 'running away' like Boateng and Milan, claims Blatter

By
Adam Shergold

PUBLISHED:

12:23 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:35 GMT, 10 January 2013

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has urged players not to leave the pitch in protest if they are subjected to racist abuse, saying 'running away' is not a long-term solution to stopping discrimination.

It follows the actions of AC Milan player Kevin-Price Boateng, who led his teammates off the field after being abused during a friendly with Italian lower league club Pro Patria last week.

Boateng was highly praised for his protest, including by Blatter, but the football chief warned that a repeat in the future would not make the problem go away.

Not a solution: FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Kevin-Prince Boateng's protest (below) was not the right way to stamp racism out of the game

Not a solution: FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Kevin-Prince Boateng's protest (below) was not the right way to stamp racism out of the game

Protest: Kevin-Prince Boateng leads his AC Milan teammates from the field after being subjected to racist abuse

'If you remember the Boateng problem and him running away, I made a comment on that and I still have the same feeling – it was good what he has done in order to give this impact by saying: “Listen – look at what has happened,” Blatter told Sky Sports News.

'But it can't be the solution because you can never solve any problem in your life – in your private life, in your public life, wherever – by running away.

'This is now to day “Listen, if you don't take care of our sport, we will do it.” It was a warning, but it can't be the solution.'

Protest: Boateng wears an

Protest: Boateng wears an “AC Milan against racism” t-shirt before the Serie A match with Siena last weekend

Blatter went on to make some vague promises about calling a meeting to discuss the problem of racism in the game.

He said: 'What we shall do now – and I am thinking about this – we shall make a kind of summit or discussion with all the actors concerning discrimination and racism.

'There must be a lot of solidarity and understanding that we have to eradicate it. But it can only be done if all the actors are participating, and actors are also the spectators.'

The full interview with Sepp Blatter will be shown on Sky Sports News HD Special Report at 7.30pm on Monday

Kevin-Prince Boateng could quit AC Milan after race row

I'm ready to go: Boateng considers quitting Italy for good after racial abuse

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

11:31 GMT, 5 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:31 GMT, 5 January 2013

AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is considering his future in Italian football in the wake of a racial attack which prompted him to walk off the pitch during a friendly this week.

Boateng, a Ghana international, was followed off the pitch by his team-mates at fourth-tier side Pro Patria after several players were racially abused.

The 25-year-old has been publicly back by Milan, with president Silvio Berlusconi insisting his players would always walk off the pitch if they are subjected to further racist abuse.

Quit threat: Kevin Prince Boateng says he is not afraid to leave AC Milan

Quit threat: Kevin Prince Boateng says he is not afraid to leave AC Milan

Boateng has, however, revealed he could be forced to turn his back on the Serie A club after telling Germany's Bild newspaper he is now considering whether to leave Italy during the current transfer window.

'It's not something which you can just shake off,' he said.

'I will sleep on it for the next three nights and then sit down with my agent Roger Wittmann next week.

'We will have to see if it's really worth carrying on playing in Italy.'

The Italian FA responded to the incident by announcing they would conduct an investigation while Boateng, who is contracted at San Siro until 2014, has received widespread support from around the football world.

Kevin Prince Boateng

Kevin Prince Boateng

Final straw: Boateng admitted he had endured enough racist abuse and wanted to make a stand

The midfielder said he was 'proud' that his team-mates had joined him in boycotting the the match. Boateng revealed also that the chants started before the game commenced, but after 26 minutes, he had had enough.

'I could hear the first monkey calls after five minutes when I was on the ball,' he said.
'At first, I didn't think anything of it, but then it happened over and over again. I went to the referee and told him that if I hear it again, then I'd quit.

'He tried to calm me down. When it started again in the 26th minute with the monkey calls, then I thought 'that's it, I'm not carrying on'.'

I'd do it again! Boateng insists he would leave the field in a Champions League clash

I'd do it again! Boateng insists he would leave the field in a Champions League clash

Boateng told CNN yesterday that he would walk off the pitch again should he face further racist chants – despite FIFA and UEFA warning players against that action.

Boateng said he wanted to send out a message that racism would not be tolerated.
'It's easy to just turn a blind eye; taking action is more difficult,' he added.

'I would have done the very same thing had it been a Champions League match against Real Madrid – and I will always do it.

'I was angry, sad, shocked. For things like this still to happen in 2013 is a disgrace, not just for Italy, but for football in the whole world.

'I wanted to send out a signal to the whole world that things cannot go on like this.

'We need to open our eyes. Enough is enough. Racism has no place in football.'

VIDEO Boateng leads AC Milan teammates off the pitch on Thursday

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Fulham keen on Alexander Madlung and Derek Boateng

Fulham keen on defender Madlung and midfielder Boateng in January window

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 30 December 2012

Fulham are hoping to conclude a deal for Wolfsburg defender Alexander Madlung.

The 30-year-old former Germany man is out of contract in the summer and has failed to agree new terms.

Target: Fulham are keen to sign Alexander Madlung from Wolfsburg

Target: Fulham are keen to sign Alexander Madlung from Wolfsburg

Fulham are also hopeful of agreeing terms with Dnipro midfielder Derek Boateng, 29.

Reading are keen on Nancy winger Lossemy Karaboue. The 24-year-old has also attracted interest from Aston Villa.

Fulham close on 2m Dnipro midfielder Derek Boateng

Fulham close on 2m-rated Dnipro midfielder Boateng

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UPDATED:

22:41 GMT, 6 December 2012

Fulham have revived their interest in Dnipro midfielder Derek Boateng.

A loan deal for the Ghana
international fell through on August 31 but Fulham are looking to make
the deal permanent for around 2million next month.

Talks: Fulham target Derek Boateng

Talks: Fulham target Derek Boateng

Boateng's representatives were understood to be at the club's Motspur Park training ground on Wednesday in a bid to iron out the terms.

Boateng, 29, signed a four-year contract when he joined Dnipro for around 4.8m from Getafelast year but former Tottenham coach Juande Ramos, now in charge of Dnipro, is ready to sell.

Fulham"s Clint Dempsey rejects West Ham

Dempsey rejects West Ham as Fulham's bid for Dnipro's Boateng falls short

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UPDATED:

00:03 GMT, 15 August 2012

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West Ham have failed to lure Clint Dempsey, 29, from Fulham, who have had a bid for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk’s Derek Boateng, 29, rejected.

American international Dempsey is in demand but clubs have yet to come up with the fee that Fulham believe is suitable for the 29-year-old.

Destination unknown: Dempsey

Destination unknown: Dempsey

He was outstanding last season but the fact he is training away from the first team reflects a breakdown in his relationship with the club.

His contract has 11 months to run but Fulham have valued him at 9million.

Liverpool have made no secret of their desire to sign him and would offer players such as Charlie Adam but the Scot is reluctant to leave Anfield.

Jack Rodwell out to impress Roberto Mancini

Rodwell out to impress Mancini after completing 15m switch to champions City

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UPDATED:

09:06 GMT, 13 August 2012

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Jack Rodwell has admitted the hard work starts now after the youngster completed his move to Manchester City.

After signing a five-year deal that could eventually net Everton 15million, Rodwell immediately headed off on England duty.

However, he must now impress manager Roberto Mancini enough to be involved when City begin their Premier League title defence against Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

New boy: Jack Rodwell has completed his 15m switch to Manchester City

New boy: Jack Rodwell has completed his 15m switch to Manchester City

'The hard work starts today as I start to help contribute to the club winning more silverware,' Rodwell told the club's official website.

'The season has already started well and I relish the opportunity of playing with some of the best players in the world and continuing my development.'

Rodwell has been earmarked as a player of promise for some time.

Unfortunately his career has stalled due to a succession of injuries that have hampered his progress and meant he goes into this week's game with just two international caps to his name.

Jack's the lad: Rodwell leaves had a three-hour medical on Sunday

Jack's the lad: Rodwell leaves had a three-hour medical on Sunday

However, he has played a full part in Everton's pre-season programme after being forced to miss the Olympics.

Rodwell will wear the number 17 shirt vacated by Jerome Boateng when he joined Bayern Munich last year.

Not that Rodwell will be getting carried away by the words of Mancini, who has warned his newest recruit not to expect too much too soon.

'He is a good player,' said Mancini.

'He is young and this is the first time he is at a club that plays to win. It will be different for him.

Come and join me: Roberto Mancini is a big fan of Rodwell

Come and join me: Roberto Mancini is a big fan of Rodwell

'But in a couple of years I am sure he will be a top and stronger midfielder.'

Rodwell's arrival comes just 48 hours after Mancini vented his frustration at sporting director Brian Marwood over the lack of new arrivals this summer.

'I said I was unhappy (on Friday),' he said.

'It is normal. Every manager is unhappy with one week to go and you haven't bought any players.

'I hope we are working and maybe this week or in 10 days we can do something about it.'

Chelsea 0 AC Milan 1: Fernando Torres returns but Urby Emanuelson hits winner

Chelsea 0 AC Milan 1: Torres makes Blues return but Emanuelson has the last word

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UPDATED:

07:41 GMT, 29 July 2012

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Fernando Torres made his Chelsea return in Miami – but the 50million man could not stop the Blues from ending their US tour with a defeat.

The Spain international played 30 minutes of the clash against AC Milan in the Sun Life Stadium – home of the Miami Dolphins – his first appearance of the Blues' pre-season.

But Urby Emanuelson's second half-strike was enough to condemn the Blues to their second consecutive Stateside defeat ahead of their flight home.

Challenge: Frank Lampard is held up by match-winner Urby Emanuelson

Challenge: Frank Lampard is held up by match-winner Urby Emanuelson

Match facts

CHELSEA: Cech; Ivanovic (Hutchinson), Terry (Cahill), Luiz, Cole (Ferreira); Mikel, Lampard (Essien), Meireles (Marin); Hazard, Ramires (Malouda); Lukaku (Torres)

AC MILAN: Ameila; Antonini (Abate); Bonera; Yepes (Acerbi); Mesbah; Traore (Constant), Flamini (Montolivo), Ambrosini (Nocerino); El Shaarawy, Emanuelson; Boateng (Valoti)

ATT: 57,748.

The big Chelsea team-news came from
the bench, Fernando Torres making his first appearance on the Blues
team-sheet since helping Spain win Euro 2012.

Chelsea's final game of their US
pre-season tour got off to an uneventful start, with either side
struggling to gain the early advantage.

John Terry had the first real effort
of the encounter, firing a difficult half-volley from the edge of the
box from Branislav Ivanovic's header in the eighth minute.

Hazard showed a glimpse of his
32million worth in the 11th minute as he easily ghosted past Bakaye
Traore and Luca Antonini in the box before his fierce strike was
deflected wide for a corner.

On the run: Mario Yepes and Mathieu Flamini combine to stop Romelu Lukaku

On the run: Mario Yepes and Mathieu Flamini combine to thwart Romelu Lukaku

The searing Miami heat was not
conducive to a fast, free flowing game – and it certainly showed as both
sides seemed happy to merely go through the motions during the opening
25 minutes.

Traore sent a long range effort wide
of Petr Cech's post in the 27th minute as AC Milan upped the tempo of
their play ever so slightly before Urby Emanuelson nearly played former
Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini through.

Emanuelson missed the first real
chance of the match in the 34th minute, firing over from 12 yards after
being sent clear through by Kevin-Prince Boateng with just Cech to beat
as the first-half ended goalless.

Di Matteo made just one change at the
break, Marko Marin replacing Raul Meireles, allowing Hazard to take a
more central role in the second-half.

Hard-fought: Ramires goes shoulder-to-shoulder with Emanuelson

Hard-fought: Ramires goes shoulder-to-shoulder with Emanuelson

And the Italian manager's heart was in
his mouth just seconds after the restart as Daniele Bonera left the
Belgian holding his ankle in pain with a mistimed challenge.

Jon Mikel Obi then saw his long range
effort comfortably saved by Marco Amelia as the European champions
started the second period with much more zest.

But Milan responded, Cech being forced into a good low save from Emanuelson after the Dutchman was found by Flamini.

Romelu Lukaku and Hazard combined to
set-up Frank Lampard, whose 25 yard strike was again well held by Amelia
in the 54th minute.

Di Matteo made a treble substitution
in the 60th minute, bringing on Torres – whose introduction was greeted
with huge cheers – Paulo Ferreira and Gary Cahill.

Pain game: Branislav Ivanovic suffers in the heat

Pain game: Branislav Ivanovic suffers in the heat

Milan coach Massimilano Allegri made
four changes of his own, with Antonio Nocerino, Francesco Acerbi,
Ricardo Montolivo and Ignacio Abate all came on.

David Luiz glanced a near post header
from Lampard's corner over in the 68th minute, but it was Milan who took
a deserved lead a minute later.

Emanuleson burst clear of the Chelsea defence before squaring to Stephan El Shaarawy, whose shot was well saved by Cech.

But the Holland international coolly stroked home the rebound from close range to put the Serie A side a goal up.

Substitute Mattia Valoti came close to
doubling Milan's lead in the 75th minute – but his clever effort from
deep inside the box was saved by Cech.

Hazard blasted a free-kick from the edge of the box high and wide in the 86th minute as Chelsea searched in vain for a leveller.