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Joey Barton arrested

joeybarton.jpgManchester City star Joey Barton has been arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage following an alleged argument with a taxi driver in Liverpool earlier this month.

“I can confirm a 24-year-old man from Widnes was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage and assault,” said a spokeswoman for Merseyside police. “He has been bailed until May pending further inquiries.”

Barton is no stranger to controversy. He was fined by the Football Association after baring his bottom at Everton supporters in October and  fined six weeks’ wages by Manchester City for stubbing a cigar out in the eye of young City team-mate Jamie Tandy at a  Christmas party.

He was also sent home from a pre-season tour of Thailand after becoming involved in a brawl with a teenage Everton fan.


Makaay vs Kaka (Champions league Quarters)

champstrophy-copy.jpgAC Milan have been paired with fellow European heavyweights FC Bayern Münich in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after today’s draw in Athens, host city of this season’s final.

Milan and Bayern met most recently in the first knockout round of last year’s competition when the Italian side won 5-2 on aggregate.

The other matches see PSV Eindhoven and Liverpool FC pitted together once more following their group-stage games in the autumn, while AS Roma face Manchester United FC, and Chelsea FC take on Valencia CF. The ties will be played on 3/4 April and 10/11 April.

If Chelsea and Liverpool advance, they will take part in a repeat of the 2005 all-English semi-final won by the Reds.

The final will be staged at the Olympic Stadium on 23 May.

Liverpool knockout holders Barca

Livlivpool.giferpool FC withstood a late barrage by FC Barcelona to book their place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals as the 2005 winners ousted the holders on away goals, despite Eidur Gudjohnsen bringing the visitors a 1-0 victory at Anfield. With the aggregate scores level at 2-2, Liverpool’s first-leg success proved decisive and kept the five-time champions dreaming of another triumph.

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