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Stephen Lee being investigated over match-fixing allegations

Lee has 'case to answer' as World Snooker Association investigate match-fixing allegations

is ongoing.'

The rules that Lee will face a hearing over relate to betting, specifically providing information that 'is not publicly available” and deliberately influencing “the outcome or conduct of a game or frame'.

FULL WPBSA STATEMENT

As a result of the referral by the Gambling Commission on 5th October 2012, Nigel Mawer the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the WPBSA, launched an investigation into alleged match fixing by Stephen Lee in relation to matches at the Malta Cup 2008, the UK Championship 2008, the China Open in 2009 and the World Championship 2009.

The WPBSA has gathered a large amount of material from the Gambling Commission, West Midlands police and third parties in relation to these allegations. This has been a complex investigation where the material has had to be traced, recovered and re-evaluated with regard to the WPBSA rules.

The available evidence has now been considered and in accordance with the Disciplinary Rules, the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee has decided that there is a case for Stephen Lee to answer in relation to a breach of the WPBSA Members Rules. These alleged breaches relate to four matches at the Malta Cup 2008, two matches at the UK Championship 2008, one match at the China Open 2009 and one match at the World Championship 2009.

The case will be heard at a formal independent hearing arranged by Sport Resolutions UK at a date to be arranged.

Stephen Lee is currently suspended from competition and Jason Ferguson, the Chairman of the WPBSA, has decided that the suspension will remain in force until the conclusion of the hearing or hearings and the determination of this matter.

The investigation into the suspicious betting in relation to Stephen Lee's Premier League match with John Higgins on 11th October 2012 is ongoing.

1. WPBSA Members Rules and Regulations (2008-9): Section II

2.8 A Member shall not provide to any other person any information relating to snooker or billiards which that Member has by virtue of his or her position within the game and which is not publicly available with the intention that it be used by the other person for or in relation to betting.

2.9 A Member shall not directly or indirectly:

2.9.1 solicit or attempt to solicit any person (whether a Member or not) to enter into any arrangement (whether or not in return for payment or any other form of remuneration or benefit);

2.9.2 agree or attempt to agree any arrangement (whether or not in return for payment or any other form of remuneration or benefit); or

2.9.3 accept or receive or offer to receive or give or offer to give, payment or any other form of remuneration or benefit, in connection with influencing (in any way) the outcome or conduct of a game or frame (or any other part thereof) of snooker or billiards.

Manchester City and Spurs face battle to sign Fernando Llorente in January

City and Spurs face battle to sign Llorente in January as club insist striker will not be sold

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20:46 GMT, 18 December 2012

Athletic Bilbao president Josu Urrutia has reiterated the Primera Division club have no intention of selling wantaway star striker Fernando Llorente during the January transfer window.

The Spain international's future is uncertain after announcing this summer he would not be signing a new contract with Athletic once his current one runs out at the end of the season.

A host of clubs across Europe, including Manchester City and Tottenham, are interested in the 27-year-old but Athletic intend to make any interested parties wait until next summer to get their man.

Hot property: Fernando Llorente is wanted by a host of clubs across Europe

Hot property: Fernando Llorente is wanted by a host of clubs across Europe

Wants out: Llorente is hoping to quit Bilbao

Wants out: Llorente is hoping to quit Bilbao

Athletic are hoping Llorente can still have an impact on the field before he leaves as Marcelo Bielsa's side attempt to recover from a poor start to the season.

Urrutia told reporters today: 'I've a feeling these decisions will not please everyone, but I think they are the most beneficial for Athletic.

'We've taken our decision and at the moment we're sticking to it. He's an important player, he's shown that, and the team is more competitive with him. We hope that he continues to score important goals from now until the end of the season.'

Llorente was the joint-leading Spanish goalscorer in La Liga last season with 17 goals but has only played a bit-part role this term following his decision to leave the Basque outfit.

Athletic won just two of their opening nine Primera Division matches and were knocked out of the Europa League – a competition they finished runners-up in last season – at the group stage.

However, they have climbed up to 12th in the standings following back-to-back wins over Celta Vigo and Real Mallorca in the last fortnight.

Manchester City told Daniele De Rossi won"t be sold in January

Man City told to forget about De Rossi as Roma say midfielder won't be sold in January

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15:42 GMT, 18 December 2012

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15:42 GMT, 18 December 2012

Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi will not be sold in January under any circumstances, according to club president James Pallotta.

The future of the 29-year-old has been the subject of intense speculation ahead of the January transfer window, with Manchester City and big spending French club Paris St Germain among the interested parties.

The Giallorossi vice-captain has endured an unsettled season under new Roma boss Zdenek Zeman, struggling to fit into a 4-3-3 formation and missing a significant number of Serie A games through suspension and injury.

Staying put: Roma insist De Rossi won't be sold in the January transfer window

Staying put: Roma insist De Rossi won't be sold in the January transfer window

But Pallotta insists De Rossi has a key role to play as the capital club strive to finish in the top three and qualify for the Champions League. He told Corriere dello Sport:

'We have absolutely no intention of selling De Rossi. We have not had any contact from anyone and we have not received any offers. It is just speculation.'

De Rossi signed a five-year contract extension at the Stadio Olimpico in February to become the highest paid player in Italian football on an estimated wage of 10million euros per year. Roma stabilised an inconsistent start to the season to reach sixth place on the back of four straight wins, but Pallotta is clear that a Europa League berth will not suffice.

'We definitely intend to qualify for the Champions League,' he added. 'If we don't, we will be extremely unhappy.'

Barcelona to play in Catalan colours next season as region pushes for independence

Barcelona to play in Catalan colours next season as region pushes for independence

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10:25 GMT, 17 December 2012

Barcelona are to wear the colours of the Senyera, the Catalan flag, on their away kit next season.

It comes as political parties in favour of Catalonia becoming an independent state gain an ever greater influence in the region's parliament as they push for a referendum in 2014.

The gold and red striped strip for the 2013-2014 season is already reportedly in mass production and will be popularly received by many supporters.

Of course, the new home shirt will be the traditional blue and red stripes.

Kitted out: Proposed designs for the 2013-2014 Barcelona home and away shirts. The away one is in the colours of the Catalan flag

Kitted out: Proposed designs for the 2013-2014 Barcelona home and away shirts. The away one is in the colours of the Catalan flag

Both feature a different corporate sponsor – Qatar Airways – after the club signed a five-year, 125m deal with Qatar Sports Investments.

The decision angered some fans as the club has only previously carried the logos of charities, such as UNICEF.

The news that Barcelona, who are nine points clear of Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga after beating them 4-1 on Sunday, would wear the colours was announced on La Diada, the Catalan national day on September 11.

Charitable: The current kit, worn here by Lionel Messi, features the logo of the Qatar Foundation

Charitable: The current kit, worn here by Lionel Messi, features the logo of the Qatar Foundation

Identity: Catalan flags and pro-independence banners are a common site at the Nou Camp

Identity: Catalan flags and pro-independence banners are a common site at the Nou Camp

And now kit manufacturers have unveiled the first designs, which have been warmly received by players, fans and politicians as Barcelona has always been a powerful symbol of the region's identity.

Following a snap election last month, Catalan President Artur Mas promised that the people would be consulted on independence within the next four years.

His centre-right CiU party lost seats but remain the largest bloc in the parliament, while the left-wing separatist ERC party won 21 seats.

Both are in favour of independence, but there are doubts whether the two can work together.

VIDEO: The Catalan flag is formed in a mosaic at the Nou Camp

Robbie Keane wanted by Aston Villa, Norwich and QPR

Aston Villa, Norwich and QPR Keane on bringing Robbie back to Premier League

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06:42 GMT, 10 December 2012

Robbie Keane is being chased by Premier League trio Aston Villa, QPR and Norwich who all want the LA Galaxy forward on loan this winter.

Keane was instrumental in Galaxy's MLS Cup victory two weeks ago and could be available until the start of the American soccer season in March.

Yanks for coming: Keane has won the MLS Cup in consecutive years

Yanks for coming: Keane has won the MLS Cup in consecutive years

However, the former Tottenham striker has has no plans to move back to the Premier League at the moment, but that will not stop the interested parties from trying to tempt him back.

Keane wants to use the time between seasons to recover from the injuries he has sustained inn recent months, according to reports in the Mirror.

The 32-year-old scored three goals in seven games for Aston Villa in a similar arrangement at the beginning of this year.

Keane, whom Harry Redknapp managed at Spurs shone in his first full season with LA Galaxy, scoring 22 goals in 34 games and winning his second MLS Cup in David Beckham's final game in the USA on November 20.

Villa thriller: Keane scored three goals in seven games while on loan

Villa thriller: Keane scored three goals in seven games while on loan

Spurs players can have "2 or 3" Christmas parties – Andre Villas-Boas

Christmas parties are fine… have two or three! AVB tells Spurs players to get in the festive spirit

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16:58 GMT, 5 December 2012

Manager Andre Villas-Boas has reversed predecessor Harry Redknapp’s ban on Christmas parties at Tottenham, insisting he is happy for the squad to have 'two or three' this winter.

Redknapp prevented his players from having a party three years ago after his team lost to Wolves just four days after Robbie Keane had organised a secret and raucous trip to Dublin.

Redknapp’s new team QPR will also not have a Christmas party this month, but Villas-Boas is happy for his players to let their hair down.

I wish it could be Christmas every day! Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas certainly appears to be in the festive spirit

I wish it could be Christmas every day! Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas certainly appears to be in the festive spirit

Party time: Spurs defenders Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Kyle Walker in training in Enfield on Wednesday

Party time: Spurs defenders Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Kyle Walker in training in Enfield on Wednesday

'We will try to have two or three (parties),' Villas-Boas said. 'It’s normal. It’s part of our group spirit.

'I don’t think it will affect performances. We will try to gather the group, to have dinner together and go on from there.'

Villas-Boas has looked increasingly relaxed in recent weeks with his team playing some of their best football of the season.

The Londoners earned their third straight Barclays Premier League win on Saturday when they defeated Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage.

The win moved Spurs up to fourth in the table – behind Chelsea on goal difference – and tomorrow they have a very good chance of progressing to the knockout stages of the Europa League.

In training: Andre Villas-Boas

Feeling the cold, chaps AVB (above), Jermain Defoe and Clint Dempsey (below) wrap up warm on Wednesday

Jermain Defoe

Clint Dempsey

Having won the competition with Porto in 2010, Villas-Boas is determined to make sure Spurs progress by avoiding defeat against Panathinaikos.

UEFA are considering scrapping the competition and replacing it with an enlarged Champions League, but the Portuguese thinks that would be a crazy idea.

'It’s difficult for me (to accept),' Villas-Boas said. 'We lost the Cup Winners’ Cup and you miss it.

'Most clubs are in a difficult financial situation. Increasing the Champions League means you have to remove the name “Champions” out of it as it would not make any sense.

'I think it would be an unpopular decision, certainly for me it would be a disappointment.'

Glove affair: Tom Huddlestone in training ahead of their Europa League clash with Panathinaikos on Thursday

Glove affair: Tom Huddlestone in training ahead of their Europa League clash with Panathinaikos on Thursday

Spurs will be confident of overcoming Panathinaikos tomorrow.

The
Greek side snatched a lucky draw in the reverse fixture two months ago
and their current poor form means they sit 16 points adrift of domestic
league leaders Olympiacos.

Villas-Boas
intends to rotate his team for the final Group J clash, with No 1 Hugo
Lloris expected to make way for Brad Friedel, who has had to sit out the
last five games despite being first choice at the start of the season.

Villas-Boas rebuffed an attempt by Blackburn to sign Friedel as a player/coach after Lloris assumed the No 1 spot at Spurs, and made it clear today that he wants to hang on to the American for the rest of the season.

'Brad has been excellent, I spoke to him and he has been such an important player for us,' Villas-Boas said. 'Rotation has not been because of performances.

'Both goalkeepers’ performances have been excellent. It gives me the ability at any time to throw a different keeper into the game.

'I don’t know anything about (Blackburn’s bid). We are trying to hold onto our best assets and Brad is certainly one of them.'

The game has come too soon for long-term injury victims Scott Parker and Benoit Assou-Ekotto, but they could return for next weekend’s game against Swansea.

'They have both been out for some time but we have to be sensible with the situation,' the former Chelsea boss added. 'Parker is an amazing player and it is a big boost for us.'

Gareth Bale, who suffered a hamstring injury at Fulham, is out of Sunday’s game at Everton but should return for the match against the Swans.

Chelsea Mark Clattenburg fiasco: Ron Gourlay should resign – Jonathan McEvoy

The enemies of football are now pariahs of the Premier League… Gourlay should pay with his job for this

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23:45 GMT, 22 November 2012

For a cabal that has found it easy to spread so much insinuation and so many insults about so many innocent parties, Chelsea cannot bring themselves to utter the one appropriate word.

Sorry was not to be heard in the wind howling down Fulham Road last night. It was as predictable an omission as it was sad.

The FA had found the club’s accusation that referee Mark Clattenburg called John Mikel Obi a ‘monkey’ did not stand up to scrutiny. All logic and instinct had told us that the minute the claim was made on October 28 following Chelsea’s acrimonious defeat by Manchester United.

No evidence: Chelsea's claims about Mark Clattenburg have proved to be unfounded - but they won't say sorry

No evidence: Chelsea's claims about Mark Clattenburg have proved to be unfounded – but they won't say sorry

Sky TV had failed with all 20 of their cameras to pick up the racial slur. The other officials cleared Clattenburg of wrongdoing. Chelsea had a record of intimidation and arrogance.

What is more, Clattenburg speaks with a Geordie accent. Anyone who has spent time in a Newcastle pub will tell you how those tones can be faintly indecipherable to English ears let alone to a Brazilian, namely Ramires, who thought he heard the insult despite the backdrop of a noisy stadium. Ramires’ recollections were translated for the rest of the team by David Luiz, another Brazilian. Mikel, the supposed victim who has good English, did not hear the word monkey spoken.

Despite all this — and after the shameful saga of John Terry, Chelsea’s totem, calling Anton Ferdinand a black **** — the club were going public within hours about Clattenburg’s supposed crime. They also claimed Juan Mata was called a ‘Spanish t***’, an accusation later withdrawn.

Nasty episode: The John Terry race row with Anton Ferdinand brought shame onto the club

Nasty episode: The John Terry race row with Anton Ferdinand brought shame onto the club

Why did they not keep quiet while they considered if a complaint was worthwhile That is a question for Ron Gourlay, the chief executive. A second question for him is: will you resign after this fiasco
Harsh Hardly. This is a club drunk on its own oxygen and wealth.

Take Rafa Benitez’s unveiling as the ninth manager of Roman Abramovich’s nine-year reign. He is the latest pawn in a billionaire’s game where normal employment rights — like reward for success — do not count because he can afford to override them.

No wonder the men on the pitch and in the boardroom adopt such high-handedness when the boss sets such a rebarbative example.

The litany of modern Chelsea’s bullying of referees is without parallel in British football.

Remember him Referee Anders Frisk (second left) was forced into retirement by death threats

Remember him Referee Anders Frisk (second left) was forced into retirement by death threats

The crime sheet goes back as far as February 2005, when the then manager Jose Mourinho accused Anders Frisk of collusion with Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard during Chelsea’s defeat at the Nou Camp that saw Didier Drogba sent off. Chelsea were charged with inappropriate conduct and Mourinho was banned from the touchline. Frisk retired after receiving death threats.

Mourinho was cast as an ‘enemy of football’ by UEFA referees’ committee chairman Volker Roth.
Since then the wrath has been incited not just on the continent but also closer to home. Chelsea have gone from the enemies of European football to the pariahs of the Premier League.

In November 2006, Graham Poll sent off Terry as Chelsea lost to Tottenham for the first time in 16 years. Terry accused the referee of changing his explanation over why he had shown the red card.
The delightful Ashley Cole chimed in, saying Poll had warned Chelsea players he wanted to ‘teach us a lesson’. A fortnight later, Chelsea withdrew the accusation and Terry was fined 10,000.

Who could forget this Ref Tom Henning Ovrebo was subjected to vile treatment from Chelsea fans

Who could forget this Ref Tom Henning Ovrebo was subjected to vile treatment from Chelsea fans

Who could forget this Ref Tom Henning Ovrebo was subjected to vile treatment from Chelsea fans

Fast forward to May 2009, when Norwegian Tom Henning Ovrebo turned down four Chelsea penalty appeals. Admittedly, it was a shocking refereeing performance but not as wayward as the reaction of Drogba and Jose Bosingwa, who both turned on Ovrebo at the final whistle. Drogba screamed ‘It’s a f***ing disgrace’ into a television camera. Ovrebo was still being subjected to vile emails from Chelsea fans as late as this spring.

Last October after that infamous game against QPR, Chelsea were fined 20,000 for failing to control their players. Drogba and Bosingwa were dismissed in the first half. Manager Andre Villas-Boas called it a ‘very poor display’ — by the referee, that is, not his players.

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Sound familiar Chelsea retracted claims about comments by Graham Poll back in 2006

So back to Chelsea’s weasel words in response to the FA findings. They said: ‘Chelsea FC has a duty of care, as do all employers, to act responsibly when such allegations are reported by employees.’

It smacked of the usual one-eyed, self-serving nonsense that fails to acknowledge a wider obligation to football itself or the lightly trampled reputation of a blameless referee.

We are Chelsea. We snarl and we smear. Who says we should say sorry

Celtic 2 Barcelona 1: World"s reaction

From 'The Great Wall' to the 'greatest night of my life', Sportsmail sees how the world reacted to Celtic beating Barca

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10:25 GMT, 8 November 2012

Celtic's win over Barcelona will live long in the memory of all those who bore witness to it, be them the 60,000 inside Parkhead or the millions watching around the world on television.

Those who tuned in did so, no doubt, expecting a spirited defiance from the hosts against a tide of Catalan brilliance.

What they saw, though, was something altogether more outstanding, as Celtic stood firm against wave after wave of attack, and twice catching the more illustrious opponents. As birthday parties go, the Bhoys 125th will take some beating.

Incredible: Celtic pulled off one of recent history's biggest shocks by beating Barcelona

Incredible: Celtic pulled off one of recent history's biggest shocks by beating Barcelona

The Great Wall: Spanish media pays tribute to Celtic's goalkeeper, Fraser Forster

The Great Wall: Spanish media pays tribute to Celtic's goalkeeper, Fraser Forster

As Spanish newspaper Marca noted, 'Again, it was the formula of Chelsea', referring to the Blues shut-up-shop against-all-odds Champions League semi-final victory in May.

On their website, Marca carried a brilliant summary of the atmosphere inside the stadium, hailing it as 'the 12th man'.

The piece, by Arch Bell, started: 'There is perhaps no greater home pitch advantage in all of football than a Celtic home match at Celtic Park as Barcelona learned the hard way in their Wednesday night Champions League defeat 2-1.'

For the most part, though, Celtic's stunning achievement was relegated to the inside pages of the national press, replaced instead by reflections on Real Madrid's draw with Borussia Dortmund a day earlier.

In a small box in the bottom corner, Marca opted for 'Derrota de Guinness' (Defeat of Guiness), while AS again referenced the counter-attacking style of the victors.

Only El Mundo Deportivo truly gave the game prominence, hailing the hosts' goalkeeper Fraser Forster as 'La Gran Muralla' (The Great Wall).

But you didn't need the papers to gauge the shock and awe that was sweeping across Europe.

Barcelona's official Twitter account, @fcbarcelona, gave begrudging praise to their opponents, writing: “Congratulations to @CelticFC for well-earned victory a day after their 125-year anniversary. #FCBLive”

Others seemed to think the night could signal the end of Barcelona's reign in Europe.

Former Fulham and United States striker Brian McBride (@BMcBride20), said: “Barcelona needs to figure out another way to attack…because right now teams know how to beat them.”

Others focused on Celtic, and rightly so.

Celtic 2 Barcelona 1

Celtic 2 Barcelona 1

Celtic 2 Barcelona 1

Shay Given ‏(@No1shaygiven) wrote: 'Amazing result for @celticfc congrats to every1 connected to the club. @FraseForster was on fire again.'

Former Celtic boss Kenny Dalglish (@kennethdalglish) suggested the win was only the second greatest night in the history of the club, behind the European Cup win in 1967.

He wrote: 'What an unbelievable result for Neil Lennon and all at Celtic. Only Lisbon beats it. The noise was deafening.'

Another
former favourite, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink was in the crowd enjoying
the birthday celebrations before the match, and John Hartson
(‏@JohnHartson10) wrote: 'One word brilliant!!'

Jason
Roberts (@JasonRoberts30) added: 'Woke up feeling inspired by what I
witnessed last night with The MIGHTY CELTS…Saturday can't come quick
enough…'

Helping hand: Madrid based newspaper Marca carried a special feature on the crowd

Helping hand: Madrid based newspaper Marca carried a special feature on the crowd

However, the final word belongs to those involved.

Kris Commons ‏(@kcommons15): 'Quite simply the greatest game I've ever been involved in!!'

Joe Ledley (‏@joe16led) 'Got to say I know ever player says it but today was the best atmosphere ever… Thank you.' He earlier wrote: 'Boomtown greatest moment of my life! We have just beaten the best team ever!'

Victor Wanyama (@VictorWanyama): 'The best moment of my life beating Barca.'

The most popular image doing the rounds in the aftermath of the match was a snapshot of the match statistics from Sky TV.

Dry your eyes mate: Pictures of Rod Stewart crying after the match flooded social networking sites

Dry your eyes mate: Pictures of Rod Stewart crying after the match flooded social networking sites

Most commenting on them were struck by the record-breaking possession stats – 89 per cent in the Spaniard's favour, with 955 passes compared with Celtic's 166.

But it was an incident off the field that became the most talked about thing on Twitter, that of Rod Stewart's tears. An animated Gif quickly becoming the biggest trending image on the site.

Soon, too, people began to see the funny side with a number of comedy pictures doing the rounds, a selection of which can be seen below.

It was that sort of result.

Celtic 2 Barcelona 1

Celtic 2 Barcelona 1

Gianni Paladini resumes Birmingham City takeover talks

Paladini resumes talks over potential Birmingham takeover

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22:06 GMT, 27 October 2012

Gianni Paladini has resumed talks with Peter Pannu over his potential takeover at Birmingham City – and the Italian is hoping to work around ownership rules that would block his purchase.

The former chief executive of Queen's Park Rangers has re-opened negotiations following an aborted bid to purchase the Championship club last month.

In talks: Gianni Paladini looking to take over at Birmingham

In talks: Gianni Paladini looking to take over at Birmingham

Paladini is looking to broker a deal
with the St Andrew's club's Chinese owners, a difficult task as they
have set a hefty price.

The Italian is trying to secure the
Championship club for a total package of around 25m but of more
interest to Football League officials will be his involvement.

The authorities contacted
Nottingham Forest when it became apparent last summer that Paladini
might be linked to the purchase of the former European Cup winners from
the estate of late owner Nigel Doughty.

However, it appears that a third
party is fronting the latest offer in a deliberate attempt to put
distance between the former agent and his designs on the Championship
strugglers.

A source said: 'Paladini's move is deliberate and will test the new Football League rules to the full.'

Other interested parties are also
eager to strike a deal but are waiting until owner Carson Yeung's trial
for money-laundering has been completed.

The one unknown is the financial state of the club's parent company, Birmingham Inernational Holdings Ltd.

It remains in severe difficulties and any potential collapse could spark a fierce war for control.

Paladini is aware that he has
rivals and is keen to tie up a deal with Pannu, recently appointed as
chief executive of BIHL, before Yeung's trial or the surface of any
other problems with the holding company.

Juventus and AC Milan keen on Manchester United winger Nani

Italian giants Juventus enter race to sign United winger Nani

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09:28 GMT, 18 October 2012

Juventus are set to go head-to-head with AC Milan for the signature of Manchester United winger Nani.

Milan are at the head of the queue to sign the out-of-favour Portugal wide man, and are keen to sign the player for a cut-price 12million.

On the move: Nani is wanted by both Juventus and AC Milan

On the move: Nani is wanted by both Juventus and AC Milan

The 25-year-old, who featured in
Portugal’s 1-1 draw with Northern Ireland on Tuesday, looks almost
certain to leave Old Trafford next year as talks over a new contract
continue to stall, with Juve ready to sound out the player via third
parties, according to Goal.com.

Despite having played over 200 times for the United since joining in July 2007, Nani has struggled to earn a regular spot in the starting side this season.

It is believed that Ferguson is prepared to part with the winger but is keen on receiving a figure in line with the 20m he originally shelled out for the then 20-year-old five years ago.

Juventus currently sit top of the pile in Serie A after six wins from the opening seven games, with the Nani camp seemingly viewing the Turin-based club as an ideal next destination for the player.