AC Milan fan protest hits home for chief exec Galliani

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As fans gathered to voice their displeasure at AC Milan’s shockingly poor season, chief executive Adriano Galliani reflected.

With the Rossoneri sitting in the bottom half, he agreed with the protestors by calling this season “disappointing” but also pleaded with the fans to not overreact.

He said the protests “hurt” and reminded fans that with the most consistent European record in Serie A’s recent history, missing out on Europe for a year “wouldn’t be the end of the world.”

AC Milan currently sit in 11th position, 10 points out of a European position, 12 points back of local rivals Inter in fourth position, and 20 points shy of Napoli in the last Champions League slot.  They fell 4-2 yesterday to Parma at the San Siro for their fourth consecutive defeat.

Speaking on the protests, Galliani said, “It hurts, especially as people ought to remember the journey of this squad.” Pleading with fans to back the team, he continued, “I am disappointed and it’s certainly not pleasing to see the fans against the team and part of the club, but I continue smiling.”

Prominent supporter group Curva Sud issued a scathing statement on Friday calling out Galliani along with striker Mario Balotelli, who has at times been a cut above the rest and others has been mentally absent altogether.

In addition, a section of the supporters group refused to attend this weekend despite owning season tickets, leaving a section of the stand empty for the Parma match.

It would seem they didn’t miss much.

Following the match, Milan manager Clarence Seedorf met with a small pocket of fans and spoke to the media, saying “These are delicate situations with people who have this club in their heart, both on and off the field.”

“Super computer” predicts final Premier League standings

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With eight games gone and 30 to go in the Premier League, now is the time that those preseason predictions start to get revised and new knee-jerk picks are made.

[ MORE: Klopp’s 10 best quotes ] have run the numbers through their “super computer” — how big is this thing? To me, it’s the size of several rooms… — and the intriguing table will surprise many.

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Manchester City will win the title, pipping Arsenal to the crown, while Manchester United will finish in third and Chelsea will recover to finish fourth. At the bottom, only Bournemouth will be relegated out of the newly promoted teams, while it is looking bleak for Sunderland and Aston Villa.

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Click on this link via talkSPORT to see the points tally for each team, as it promises to be a tight race for the title and against relegation.

Predicted final Premier League table

1- Manchester City
2- Arsenal
3 – Manchester United
4- Chelsea
5- Liverpool
6- Tottenham Hotspur
7- Everton
8- Southampton
9- Crystal Palace
10- West Ham United
11- Swansea City
12- Stoke City
13- Leicester City
14 – West Bromwich Albion
15- Newcastle United
16- Norwich City
17- Watford
18- Bournemouth
19- Aston Villa
20- Sunderland

After defying quit calls, Blatter mediates between FAs

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ZURICH (AP) After defying pleas from FIFA sponsors to quit immediately, President Sepp Blatter is continuing regular business at soccer’s governing body, presiding over a dispute between football federations on Tuesday.

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Palestinian Football Union president Jibril Rajoub told The Associated Press: “Blatter is functioning well and in a good mood with common sense, a sense of humor.”

According to Rajoub, Blatter ruled at Tuesday’s meeting with Saudi Arabia’s federation that a decision to force the Palestinians to play a World Cup qualifier at a neutral venue was “invalid.”

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FIFA’s World Cup committee initially ordered the Oct. 13 game to be relocated from the West Bank to neighboring Jordan after the first leg was played in Riyadh.

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Rajoub says FIFA has now agreed to postpone the fixture until a resolution is found.