Leicester City chairman Milan Mandaric said: “This will not hurt football, I’m proud of the players and happy we did it.” He added: “The idea came from the whole club – we all like to win games but morality and fairness is also important. “It was a difficult situation, but it was the right thing to do.”
Leicester boss Gary Megson said: “I had a chat with Forest manager Colin Calderwood 20 minutes before the kick-off to explain what we had in mind but it was kept very quiet until just before the start.” Calderwood added: “Leicester felt it was the correct thing to do and I must admit it took us back a little bit to start with. But it was an honourable gesture and I would like to think that football in general has come out of the game as the winner. I think the crowd took it in the spirit it was intended.”
And even more funny – the Forest keeper now holds the record for the quickest goal scored in the Carling Cup!
This video shows something that is a bit of a rarity at the moment: Kasper Schmeichel conceding a goal. But here he is Peter’s little boy aged six conceding a sloppy goal in the Old Trafford tunnel. City fans will love the sight of him decked out in his Man United kit! Steve Bruce’s son Alex, currently playing at Ipswich, is the man who beats him at his near post.
Is this fair? In any other job, Heinze would be allowed to hand his notice in. Heinze has vowed to “carry on like a professional” and is continuing pre-season training with Manchester United. Previously United chief executive David Gill said “He is a contracted player for two years and unless we receive an offer which is acceptable to us as a club, he will remain with us,” he said. Gill says that before Liverpool revealed their interest, he verbally informed Heinze’s agent that United would not be prepared to sell him to any of their three major domestic rivals. That conversation is thought to have been recorded, and if so, could feasibly be used as evidence if the matter ended up in court.
Alex Ferguson has suggested that it is a case of an agent unsettling a player saying “I think that if we could take away the agent’s role in this I don’t think an awful lot is wrong with Gabi’s position at the club,” said Ferguson. “We’ve looked after Gabi very well. He had his cruciate knee operation and we looked after him. We let him do his rehabilitation in Spain, which he wanted and I think he’s delighted at how we’ve treated him. We’ve conducted ourselves in a way that suited Gabi perfectly.”
I think this, alongside the Tevez affair, highlights the problems in football. It would seem that football isn’t a free market and the Bosman ruling was only the start of opening up the market for players to work in. Do you think that it’s unfair that Heinze’s move to Anfield is facing such opposition or is it fair enough that Manchester United don’t want to lose a talented player to a rival?
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This is a player making his first move to the top-flight with no guarantee that he won’t be back in the Championship within a year. It would be nice to see some more of the hefty cheques from contract re-negotiations and signing-on fees at Premiership level filtered down the leagues. Is this a matter for each player’s conscience or should our top-flight multi-millionaires be forced by the FA to share a percentage of their signing-on fees with cash-strapped lower league teams?