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Blocked, Stuck And Two Smoking Weeks Wages

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BELLAMY WAS BLOCKED

New City striker Craig Bellamy appeared alongside Mark Hughes this morning at the Carrington pre match press conference with our other new signing Nigel De Jong.

He has categorically denied that he went on strike in order to secure a move away from West Ham United:

'I can't for the life of me understand where it comes from.

'Maybe in the past I have gone down routes I shouldn't have and maybe I deserved what happened. But while I don't want to disappoint too many people, this completely did not happen.

'I had a great relationship with (West Ham United boss Gianfranco) Zola and I left West Ham on probably the best terms I have ever done.'

Meanwhile, West Ham United Chief Executive Scott Duxbury has revealed that The Hammers blocked a Bellamy request to move to Tottenham:

'I made it quite clear to Craig that there wasn't any possibility of him joining Tottenham. Why on earth should we sell any player to our rivals that would strengthen their team?'

Going on to reveal that West Ham turned down somewhere in the region of six bids for Bellamy, The Hammers Chief Executive clearly doesn't appear to regard City as a rival!

We can take that one of two ways, but now it's down to Bellamy to repay the extraordinary faith Mark Hughes has shown in pursuing him.

SHAY SIGNING STUCK

The Newcastle Chronicle has reported that Shay Given's proposed move to City is deadlocked, despite reports elsewhere that the deal is done.

Newcastle's far from popular owner Mike Ashley is heavily involved in the talks and The Magpies are said to be holding out for more money from City, having been previously attempting to secure a City player plus payment deal.

Given's lawyer Michael Kennedy responded when quizzed about the situation: 'You will have to speak to the club.'

Still, it remains a case of all eyes on the Newcastle goalmouth on Wednesday night!

TWO SMOKING WEEKS WAGES

The dreadful, barrel scraping national embarrassment that is The Sun newspaper couldn't contain it's bitterness this morning shrieking: 'Man City Are A Laughing Stock!'

The reason for their hysteria was that TWO of their hacks had come to the conclusion that Robinho had the temerity to have 'breezed' back into training with a smile on his face and no disciplinary action from Manchester City following his Tenerife disappearance.

Cue Mark Hughes sternly announcing at Carrington that Robinho will be disciplined swiftly followed by a hastily modified online headline for the Sun article:

'The disciplinary procedure has to be gone through and once that's run its course then Robbie will have to face some disciplinary measures. The level of those measures will be kept private as you would expect.

'Let's make this clear. Robinho will be treated in exactly the same manner, given the circumstances, as any other player at Manchester City. Everybody knows that - there's no special case here...

'...I think if you read some of the tabloids this morning, nothing could be further from the truth with their depiction of what went on.

'One certain newspaper I've come to expect it from and it doesn't really bother me. Some of the reporting on the situation was incorrect and that's been the norm for a number of months in that certain paper.

Speaking for a fiercely determined City faithful who are sick to the back teeth of the way we and our club have been treated by 'The Street Of Shame' this past fortnight the gaffer said:

'It's been addressed, dealt with and we've got a game against Newcastle to play, that's what we're looking ahead to.'

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 27 2009

Time: 3:43PM

Your Comments

The certain rag in question should henceforth be denied all access to the club, manager and players. No accreditations for their journos, no interviews, no nothing. They will kick and scream and moan about it and there will be negative coverage, but it cannot get much worse than it already is! Fergiescum manages to treat the press this way and they are very sycophantic to the rags as a result. About time we started playing hardball as well.
fifthcolumnblue
Once again the tabloids are out to get us....theres not been this much savagery towards one subject since poor old sven. Im surprised weve not been blamed for the conflict in Gaza, the New York Plane crash and Robinho physically attacking Mark Hughes with a knife before spiiting on his corpse before he flew to Brazil.....See I can come up with Total crap aswell so maybe I can write for the Sun and Mirror
Deejayvu
We have always been fair to the press and all they do is constantly have a go at us.Given deal is a bit of a quandry, Do they want a player in exchange and is that player someone we dont want to let go of? Is it Dunney, is that why he has come out and said he is staying?
Buzz Lightyear
This is going to be a hell of a few days!!
Johnny Baguette
Bring it on!!
Tudor
What do they do with the fine money? It should go to a charity in the community? Thrillers cause?
Buzz Lightyear
The Sun toilet paper sleeze is Ian McGarry aided by Shorn Custis. McGarry was slaughtering us scandalously on Skysports on Sunday morning and then again Monday on 5live sport at 7.00pm. City fans should kick this obnoxious little turd back to his scottish slum where he crawled out from on a sad day for Fleet Street.
jackblue
I've heard similar. I think his diatribe is viewable on line, but I won't watch it. I wouldn't like to be in the press box tomorrow night.
Johnny Baguette
When they first started printing this crap I was angry that anyone could say the things they did about my club. Now having had it day after day I don't care anymore. I have promised not to read a newspaper until the window closes. I will rely on VMC to keep me up to date with the TRUTH.
Doody
Well said everyone and quite a delightful piece of crap from you Deejayvu - did I read you're from Bradford, me too, do you still live there?. Because of all the shi** that has been written can't we just pick one paper to give all our news to them, then people will know the truth. Taggart has been avoiding the BBC for ages now and he gets away with it, you never know maybe now referees won't allow a penalty against us at Eastlands or will play an extra 6 or 7 minutes injury time to allow us to equalize or score a winner! Do we have some obligation to speak to the trashloids. If we have to send a reprasentative from the club I would send out the kit man or someone from the canteen until they stopped writing the crap.
romancity
I don't read tabloids and I'm not about to start now. Let's just ignore them and stop getting hot under the collar; please, just chill out guys, ok? I've said it before and guess what, I'll say it again; if the owners want the moral high ground then they should use the advertising space on the shirt to advertise a charity.....and pay the charity for the honour. I suspect they won't but will instead use it to promote Dubai airlines or something.
kennyclementstache
sorry romancity, I was only born there...ive lived in manchester since i was yay high (imagine putting my hand to the height of my knee) im an adopted manc physically, but a true manc in every other aspect of the word.....
Deejayvu
 

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