Archive for December 19th, 2017

Antoine Griezmann ‘tapping up’ scandal as Atletico Madrid report Barcelona to FIFA over alleged illegal transfer approach

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Atletico Madrid have reported Barcelona to FIFA over an alleged illegal approach of striker Antoine Griezmann.

The Catalans’ pursuit of the French forward has become increasingly public, with director Guillermo Amor admitting in a recent interview that contact had been made with the player.

And that has stung Atleti into action as the Rojiblancos bid to hold on to their star man.

“If Bartomeu met with Griezmann’s family as the newspapers say, then there may well have been an approach,” Amor said.

Atletico told Reuters: “Atletico Madrid have presented a complaint about Barcelona for repeated contact between Barcelona, the player and his people.

“Griezmann has a long contract and this cannot be permitted, while the club also considers it could affect the competition [La Liga] in which Barcelona are currently top and Atletico are second.

Manchester United are also interested in trying to lure Griezmann to Old Trafford, but it is Barca who are seemingly in the box seat in the race for the 26-year-old.

Former Manchester United midfielder Liam Miller is ‘determined and battling hard’ to beat cancer

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Former Premier League footballer Liam Miller is “determined” to beat cancer.

John Hartson, who played alongside Miller at Celtic, provided an update on the 36-year-old’s battle with the disease after speaking to him on the phone.

Last month, messages of support flooded in for Miller after it emerged he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Now, Hartson, who played with Miller between 2001 and 2004 before the midfielder left Celtic for Manchester United, has told how the ex-Ireland international is “battling hard”.

On Twitter, he wrote: “Just off the phone to Liam Miller.. he has a big fight on his hands, and is feeling determined and battling hard through this horrible period of his life.”

“We send him our prayers and strength, and hope that Liam can get back to a normal way of life.”