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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

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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

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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

Richard Kingson claims he was offered bribe for Ghana defeat

Ex-Wigan keeper Kingson claims he was offered bribe to throw World Cup match

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12:09 GMT, 10 September 2012

Ghana goalkeeper Richard Kingson has claimed he rejected a $300,000 (187,000) offer to throw a World Cup match in 2006.

Kingson, 34, explained that the bribe was to ensure his country lost 2-0 to the Czech Republic in the group stage.

He admitted to weighing up the options before deciding against accepting the offer.

Bribe: Richard Kingson claims he was asked to throw this match in Germany

Bribe: Richard Kingson claims he was asked to throw this match in Germany

Kingston said he 'got confused by weighing the options of getting richer by $300,000 after that match, whereas all that I would get in the event of a Ghana victory would be much less – just $3,000'

'In the 2006 World Cup in Germany, we were about to play Czech Republic. /09/10/article-0-0B7701D400000578-886_468x286.jpg” width=”468″ height=”286″ alt=”Former glories: Kingson played for several clubs in England” class=”blkBorder” />

Former glories: Kingson played for several clubs in England

'My wife said: “Richard, I love you not because of your money, so don’t get tempted by this offer to lose your dignity and credibility”.'

Goals from Asamoah Gyan and Sulley Muntari saw Ghana beat the Czechs 2-0. They went on to qualify for the knockout phase, in which they were beaten 3-0 by Brazil.

Clarence Seedorf says farewell to AC Milan after a trophy-laden decade at the San Siro

Seedorf says farewell to AC Milan after a trophy-laden 10 seasons with the Rossoneri

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UPDATED:

18:29 GMT, 21 June 2012

AC Milan have agreed to sign Chievo defender Francesco Acerbi and Genoa's Guinea midfielder Kevin Constant, but Clarence Seedorf is leaving after 10 years with the Rossoneri.

Milan, who lost their Italian league title to Juventus in May, are swelling their ranks having let several of the old guard leave the San Siro, including Gennaro Gattuso, Alessandro Nesta, Filippo Inzaghi, Gianluca Zambrotta and Mark van Bommel.

Fond farewell: Seedorf

Fond farewell: Seedorf

Seedorf, who won the Champions League in 2003 and 2007 with Milan to notch up four winners' medals in total, joined the band of departures – but did not reveal where he is going amid reports he will join Brazil's Botafogo.

Superb servant: Seedorf

Superb servant: Seedorf

'I am leaving after 10 fantastic years – they were intense years, so many seasons passed by so quickly like everything that's great in life, the 36-year-old Dutchman told a news conference.

'I thank everyone, truly everyone. What emotion. I will let you know soon about my future. I am taking my time. I have lots of offers.'

It is understood that Seedorf wants to play on for another two seasons elsewhere before returning to Milan as part of the staff.

Massimiliano Allegri's side have drafted in Fiorentina's Riccardo Montolivo and Nancy's Bakaye Traor for next term but with Mathieu Flamini set to be released, another midfielder should arrive before the season's opener in August.

Milan also said in a statement that the midfielder Sulley Muntari has had surgery on knee ligament damage and is expected to be fit in five or six months.

Peter Storrie wants Portsmouth return

Former Pompey chief executive Storrie open to return to crisis club

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UPDATED:

14:23 GMT, 29 March 2012


Open to return: Peter Storrie

Open to return: Peter Storrie

Portsmouth's former chief executive Peter Storrie has expressed his desire to return to the club.

Having assumed the role in 2002, when Pompey were struggling in the second tier, Storrie played a part in guiding the club to the Premier League the following year.

In 2008 came the pinnacle of Portsmouth's success as they won the FA Cup for the first time since 1939. Within two years, however, they became the first Premier League club to enter administration.

Undeterred by the travails of his
previous involvement at Fratton Park, Storrie is keen to go back to the
club who are sitting second-bottom of the npower Championship and once
more in administration.

'My wife would say never in 100 years but my heart tells me yes,' the 59-year-old told BBC Sport.

'The criticism I've received hasn't been
from all the supporters. I've had a lot of support from people who
understand what happened.

'At the end of the day, you can only do what the owners ask you to do.

'I brought the club a lot of success.'

That success started in 2003 when Portsmouth finished top of what is now the Championship under the management of Harry Redknapp. The former West Ham boss led them to a 13th in the Premier League but left in November of the following season for south-coast rivals Southampton.

Crisis club: But Portsmouth beat Hull 2-0 on Tuesday night (above)

Crisis club: But Portsmouth beat Hull 2-0 on Tuesday night (above)

His return in December 2005 came just before the arrival of Alexandre Gaydamak, whose financial backing allowed Redknapp to strengthen the squad and guide Pompey to safety.

Gaydamak continued to plough funds into the playing staff, with the likes of Sulley Muntari, Niko Krancjar, John Utaka, Jermain Defoe and David Nugent commanding fees totalling over 30million.

The investment facilitated cup success with the 1-0 win over Cardiff at Wembley in 2008 and also enabled the club to embark on its maiden voyage into European football in the 2008-09 UEFA Cup.

But when the well ran dry and Gaydamak's support was withdrawn, the club's future was thrown into doubt as ownership changed hands three times in one tumultuous season, which ended in relegation.

Despite acting as a key protagonist in bringing in two of Portsmouth's failed owners, Al Fahim and Ali Al Faraj, Storrie distances himself from any responsibility.

'I did all the checks you can do – more checks than the league did – and it all came out that they were multimillionaires and the club would be safe,' he said.

Insistent: Storrie (above with Sulaiman Al Fahim) claims he played no part in the club's downfall

Insistent: Storrie (above with Sulaiman Al Fahim) claims he played no part in the club's downfall

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'How do you know when you can't get to the bottom of it'

While Al Fahim's credibility as the chief executive of a high-profile business in Abu Dhabi seemed assured, the same could not be said for Al Faraj.

'I still don't know if he exists,' Storrie added. 'I'm told by his representatives that he exists and I dealt with them personally, as did the Premier League.'

Last year Storrie was acquitted on charges of tax fraud in relation to the transfers of Amdy Faye and Eyal Berkovic to Portsmouth, but, despite all the upheaval, Storrie has fond memories of his time there.

'I had eight of the most enjoyable years of my life at Portsmouth. It's a fantastic club,' he added.

'There is a potential development scheme there and the club has already proven it can hold its own in the Premier League. There's no reason it can't do that again.

'I just hope there is somebody out there to take the club forward.'

Portsmouth in race to raise 1.8million – Michael Walker

On the road: Pompey's chimes in tune, but the clock is ticking

They banged the drum for Portsmouth for 90 minutes at London Road on Saturday.

That bloke with the bell was there as well. You could hear him. 'Play Up Pompey' was sung with gusto by the 1,276 fans who paid 18 to squeeze through Peterborough's cranking blue turnstiles and warm themselves on the tiny terrace with Portsmouth's first win in these parts since 1968.

'Is There A Fire Drill' they sang to dispirited home fans leaving their 3-0 defeat early. It was a Pompey party atmosphere on the terraces, but then, it goes without saying that Portsmouth do not win 3-0 away from home every week.

Three and easy: Portsmouth romped to away-day glory over Peterborough

Three and easy: Portsmouth romped to away-day glory over Peterborough

There was even a chirpy ditty about Harry Redknapp. That took you back. In a week when Portsmouth were given their latest winding-up order due to 1.8million owed to the taxman, the chant was a reminder, on an FA Cup weekend, of where Portsmouth were less than four years ago – and who Portsmouth were less than four years ago.

They finished eighth in the Premier League; they won the FA Cup 1-0 against Cardiff at Wembley. Visits to London Road were part of the past, so it was thought. Now liquidation looks as serious a possibility as administration.

David James, Glen Johnson, Sol Campbell, Sylvain Distin, Hermann Hreidarsson – that was the big, experienced and wage-heavy back five at Wembley.

John Utaka, Pedro Mendes, Lassana Diarra, Niko Kranjcar and Sulley Muntari – that still reads like a gifted midfield.

Former glories: Portsmouth won the FA Cup in 2008 after beating Cardiff in the final

Former glories: Portsmouth won the FA Cup in 2008 after beating Cardiff in the final

And scorer Kanu was up front. No wonder they won the Cup – that team might do OK in the Premier League today.

Hreidarsson left for Coventry City earlier this month, but Kanu, who joined Arsenal in 1999 and Pompey in 2006, remains at Fratton Park. He is 35 and injured, but he is a link to that team, the only one.

Link to the old school: Pompey veteran Kanu

Link to the old school: Pompey veteran Kanu

Michael Appleton, the manager who replaced Steve Cotterill in November, may need Kanu soon. One of the obvious ways to raise the 1.8m owed to HMRC is to sell players and there were covetous managers at London Road on Saturday witnessing Portsmouth's impressive display.

The transfer window closes at 11pm tomorrow night and there are offers for at least three Pompey players on the table from other Championship clubs.

A difficulty for buyers may be getting quick and clear responses. Sacha Gaydamak was allegedly the owner of Portsmouth when they won the Cup, though some said it was his father, the controversial Alexandre.

Hong Kong businessman Balram Chainrai became the fourth owner in a year when he took over in 2010 and he technically owns Ports-mouth FC. But there is a parent company,

Convers Sports Initiatives (CSI), headed by Vladimir Antonov. CSI has gone into administration, but the club haven't – yet.

Administrators, however, are on the premises so to speak – as, apparently, is football agent Phil Smith. Got all that

The HMRC deadline for their 1.8m payment – money that well-run clubs budget for – is February 20.

There is a scenario that sees Portsmouth failing to meet that deadline, being placed in administration and docked 10 points by the Football League.

A cynic could consider that more, not less, likely after the 3-0 win at Peterborough. Had Pompey lost, a 10-point deduction would leave them bottom of the Championship.

After the victory, losing 10 points could leave them fourth bottom on goal difference and in with a fighter's chance of avoiding relegation. Winning points has made losing them more palatable.

This is where Portsmouth have got to in 2012. In the circumstances the supporters' loyalty is all the more admirable.

There is hope and a plan that the next ownership of the club will involve them in some role. It is a situation we have become all too familiar with, clubs run recklessly, then reliant on fans for a bail-out.

The relationship between them and Appleton and the players was visible at London Road. Amid the bewildering detail of the financial chaos sucking at the very existence of the club, that was something for the travelling fans to cling to on the long dance home to Fratton on Saturday night.

Gary gunning for Spurs

Gary Smith started his job at Stevenage by making history on his first day. It's all downhill from here. Smith is an interesting appointment to succeed serial texter Graham Westley, who departed for Preston.

In charge: New Stevenage boss Gary Smith

In charge: New Stevenage boss Gary Smith

An Arsenal schoolboy, Smith was a player at Wycombe under Martin O'Neill in the 90s. He was managing the Colorado Rapids before Stevenage.

Smith had gone to Colorado for
Arsenal to set up an academy – Arsenal and the Rapids are partners due
to Gunners' shareholder Stan Kroenke owning the Rapids.

Smith
quickly progressed to manager and they won the MLS in 2010, against the
odds. Smith, 42, had another Wycombe figure, Steve Guppy, alongside him
in America and they were both at Broadhall Way on Saturday to see
Stevenage reach the FA Cup fifth round for the first time in their
history by beating Notts County.

The reward is tantalising – a home game against Tottenham, the team Gary's father Roger played for!