David Moyes is strongly denying that he called his Old Trafford booing by visiting Everton supporters on Wednesday “a (expletive) disgrace” after the Internet jumped on a Twitter user’s (!!!) claims that a chance hotel meeting had the Manchester United manager seeing red at his former Toffee backers.
Moyes was booed by sections of away supporters during Everton’s historic 1-0 road win over the Red Devils on Wednesday night as Bryan Oviedo’s goal gave the Toffees their first win at Old Trafford in 21 years. A Twitter user caused a furor when he Tweeted details from a post-match conversation with Moyes at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester that detailed the Manchester United manager’s calling Everton supporters disgraceful.
Thankfully, there are plenty of voices reacting to the defeat without carrying on about Twitter. The Telegraph’s Paul Hayward wonders what can be done about the lack of high-end talent and poor collective spirit of the club, noting that Nicky Butt has said Ferguson would’ve stamped it out already. Everton (and apparently Moyes) defender Phil Jagielka says the Red Devils let down their new manager in August. Metro’s Gavin Brown said the good will for Moyes can run out at any moment.
Moyes was celebrated during his time at Everton, even earning a guard of honour before leaving for Old Trafford, but relations have soured after some brash comments in August. Moyes said that if Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United had come for Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini while he was in charge he would have to let them go because it was “right for the players.”
Certainly Roberto Martinez’s stunning start as Everton boss has added fuel to the fire, but it feels like only in the PL can such a fuss be caused by a man on the Internet, whose claims were projected worldwide. The man has already deleted his Twitter account altogether due to negative feedback.
Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal has declared “ugly” Atletico Madrid unworthy finalists in the UEFA Champions League.
Bayern was eliminated in the Champions League semifinal by Atleti on Tuesday, with Diego Simeone’s Spanish side advancing on away goals.
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However, Vidal believed Bayern were the better team in the second leg, saying Atletico played “ugly football” to get through.
Today ugly football – Atletico – played against the best football in the world. The only time they saw the ball was for the goal.
They are going to be dreaming about us right up to the final. They did not have the ball, they took on the best team in the world, they took their chances and got to the final.
The best does not always win in football, like today. They are not deserved finalists.
Bayern Munich controlled more than 70-percent of possession and had 33 shots compared to Atletico’s nine, but those stats mean little as Antoine Griezmann’s away goal was enough to send Atleti to the final.
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Atletico may not play the most attractive football, but after eliminating Barcelona and Bayern Munich in consecutive legs, it’s hard to argue anyone deserves this more than Simeone’s men.
The second leg of the Europa League semifinals kick off tomorrow, with two La Liga sides looking to make it an all-Spanish final.
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Villarreal holds a 1-0 lead over Liverpool, while Sevilla scored two away goals in their 2-2 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk.
Liverpool vs. Villarreal – 3:05 p.m. ET
Villarreal won first leg 1-0
Adrian Lopez’s late winner in the first leg has given Villarreal a slight lead, while the Spanish side did well not to concede an away goal. However, Liverpool have overcome deficits at Anfield before, including their memorable 4-3 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the quarterfinals. Emre Can is back fit for the Reds, as manager Jurgen Klopp will hope his fellow German can help the team to a cup final in his first year in charge.
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Sevilla vs. Shakhtar Donetsk – 3:05 p.m. ET
First leg ended 2-2 draw
Sevilla are looking to become the first team to win three consecutive Europa League titles as the two-time defending champions face off against Shakhtar Donetsk. Sevilla are in the driver’s seat after scoring two away goals in Ukraine, and will feel confident of advancing to the final with a great home record at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.
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LISBON, Portugal (AP) Portuguese and European police say they have broken up a cell of an important Russian mafia group that allegedly laundered money through European football clubs.
Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, said in a statement Wednesday the group identified EU football clubs in financial distress and infiltrated them with benefactors who brought much-needed cash.
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Once they were in control, the mobsters allegedly laundered millions of euros (dollars) through player transfers, TV rights deals and betting.
Portuguese and European police on Tuesday raided third-division Portuguese club Uniao de Leiria and arrested three key members of the Russian gang. Three other Portuguese clubs’ premises were searched.
Europol said the operation helped identify serious crimes in Austria, Germany, and the United Kingdom, though it gave no details.