Madrid ‘FIFA’ ban saga continues/Mundial Mornings

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News that Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid would be handed
hefty transfer bans from FIFA, broke out into the mainstream Spanish media on this
week.


The recent media fiasco has created confusion amongst the twitter
world, although Real and Atleti deny that FIFA or the Spanish FA has been in
contact with them over the issue and that it’s all a media blow up.

Real Madrid released this statement on Wednesday regarding
the issue:

 "The cited information is completely false, as
evidenced by the fact the Spanish Football Federation have denied to different
media sources that Real Madrid are implicated in any irregularity in the
signing of minors”.

Spanish Atleti press officer Juan Jose Anaut also spoke on
behalf of the other half of Madrid.

“We have not received any notification by FIFA or by
the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) regarding the reports that are
circulating in the Spanish media,” Atletico press officer Juan Jose Anaut
said. “We want to state that we have cooperated with FIFA at all times.


All the drama comes after Barcelona were handed a 14 month
ban which they are currently serving. The ban restricts them from signing
players until January 2016 although it doesn’t seem to be hindering the league leader’s
performance at all.

Not so Super Mario

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 When Mario Balotelli signed for Liverpool in August, there
was great expectation that he would be a perfect placement for Suarez. 

The hype
from his arrival was quickly short-lived, after proving to be a massive flop
and another waste of money for Liverpool.

Mario was substituted in the 65th minute against
Hull City on the weekend after only touching the ball once after half time. For
a man that was signed for £16m and £90,000-a-week, he is simply not good
enough. He has only scored one goal in the premier league season and has failed
to make an impact on Liverpool’s Champions League endeavors.

Its highly likely Liverpool will be forced to sell the
Italian, begging the question. Where to now for Mario?

How ULTRAS played a massive part in Milan’s change of
ownership

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Milan’s ultras came out with this new pre game TIFO demanding change, Italian words read- “Basta”, “enough”.

All season we have seen a lackluster AC Milan, full of fan frustration
and fury towards current president Silvio Berlusconi. Yesterday the club
approved the balance sheet showing €91.3m losses for 2014, generating another planned
fan protest for Milans last game against Genoa.

They have gone from Italian giants to Italian minnows. Milan
lost to Genoa 3-1, a score line which would have been unheard of five years
ago.

The protests from Milan’s ultras have sparked a change, with
president Berlusconi in talks with several Asian buyers over the takeover of
Milan.

Transfer Talks or Chinese Whispers?

Real Madrid has less than 48 hours to make a decision to
sign Mexican striker, Javier Hernandez.

After a run of amazing performances against Italy’s biggest
clubs, Torino are set to be the next victim to the transfer market. Young left
back Matteo Darmian is on the cusp of a 10 million dollar transfer to either
Arsenal, Barcelona or even Manchester United.

After missing the opportunity to buy Di Maria last summer,
PSG will be hoping to snap up Maria for 45 million. This comes after the
Manchester United marquee player told media that he wanted to stay in
Manchester.

Goal.com have reported that Tottenham are willing to offer
Andros Townsend or Benjamin Stambouli in part-exchange for Southampton
midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.

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By ARI CHARILAOU

Ari Charilaou