World Football Gossip Roundup: Fan Violence, Redknapp, Cassano, Nick Powell
It's a mixed bag of emotions today in the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup.
Anger, regret and shame surround Poland and Euro 2012 after an ugly incident of fan violence on Monday.
Meanwhile, confusion reigns White Hart Lane as Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp sorts out his future. And optimism abounds at Old Trafford after Manchester United's signing of a promising youngster.
All those stories are inside, along with updates on Antonio Cassano, Thiago Silva, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Mathieu Debuchy.
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Fan violence marred Euro 2012 on Tuesday as rival Polish and Russian fans clashed outside the stadium ahead of their match in Warsaw.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Polish sports minister Joanna Mucha was "ashamed" by the violence.
Redknapp on Brink?
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Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is said to be set for showdown talks with club chairman Daniel Levy.
Redknapp's current contract has one year left, but contract talks have stalled. The Independent reports that Redknapp and Levy will meet Wednesday "to discuss whether [Redknapp] still has the full backing of the Spurs hierarchy."
Redknapp, who took over as Tottenham manager in 2008, has rejected reports that he has resigned (per ESPNSoccernet).
The Guardian, however, is reporting that Levy is currently deciding whether or not to sack Redknapp. Everton's David Moyes is mentioned as a "strong candidate" to potentially succeed Redknapp.
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Italian striker Antonio Cassano has apologized for his remarks about homosexuals.
On Tuesday, Cassano said: "Queers in the national team? That's their business. But I hope not." (Per The Guardian.)
Later Tuesday, he released a statement, apologizing and saying his words had been misunderstood.
Read the full statement at BBC.
United Sign Teenager
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Manchester United have completed the signing of highly rated teenager Nick Powell from freshly promoted League One side Crewe Alexandra (per The Independent).
Powell, an 18-year-old attacking midfielder, scored 16 goals in all competitions last season for Crewe.
United paid £4 million for Powell, who has signed a four-year contract.
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Silvio Berlusconi (pictured, front right), the owner and president of AC Milan, is reportedly admitting defeat in the Thiago Silva transfer situation.
Silva, a 27-year-old Brazilian defender, has attracted the interest of big-spending French club Paris Saint-Germain. With AC Milan's finances in turmoil, a deal is looking increasingly likely.
"Our financial situation is bad. There is nothing I can do about Thiago," La Stampa (cited by Goal.com) quotes Berlusconi as saying. "I have been offered €46 million."
Berlusconi thrice has served as Italian prime minister, most recently from 2008-'11.
Sigurdsson to Liverpool?
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Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is set to join Liverpool in a £7 million deal, according to the Daily Mirror.
Sigurdsson, 22, joined Swansea City on loan in January and earlier this month was reportedly set to sign permanently for the Welsh club.
That changed, however, when Liverpool hired Swansea's Brendan Rodgers to be their new manager.
According to the Mirror, Sigurdsson will not join Liverpool until meeting with Swansea's new manager.