Mario Balotelli and Patrick Vieira Set to Feature in New Documentary on Racism in Football

Italy striker Mario Balotelli is one of a number of stars involved in a soon to be released French documentary on racism in football. 

The documentary, titled ‘Je ne suis pas un singe’ (I am not a monkey), was made by Marc Sauvourel and former AS Roma and Leeds United midfielder Olivier Dacourt. 

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The programme, which will be shown on Canal+ on January 6, features interviews and segments with the likes of Balotelli, his current Nice manager and former ?Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira and ex-?Barcelona star Samuel Eto’o.

In an early released clip, Balotelli comments on the racial abuse he has received over the course of his career, including in his homeland of Italy.

The former ?Manchester City and ?Liverpool striker says (as quoted by ?Football Italia): “I have nothing against monkeys. In fact, I can 100 per cent tell you that monkeys are more intelligent than them (racists).”

The documentary comes at a time when there have been a reported rise in racial incidents involving fans of Premier League clubs, with Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling and Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang victims of sickening racism in recent weeks.

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The Chelsea fan accused of alleged racist abuse of Sterling has been interviewed by Scotland Yard detectives in recent days, whilst the Tottenham supporter responsible for throwing a banana skin at Gabon striker ?Aubameyang was handed a fine and four-year ban from football.


Barcelona Considering Sassuolo Manager Roberto De Zerbi as Ernesto Valverde Replacement

?Barcelona are weighing up potential replacements for manager Ernesto Valverde, whose contract at the Nou Camp expires in June 2019.

Despite Valverde leading Barcelona to a double of La Liga and Copa del Rey last season, many fans have never really warmed to the former Athletic Bilbao boss and it is unclear whether he will be offered an extension to his current deal.


According to Corriere dello Sport (via ?Sport), one manager that ?Barcelona are considering as a possible replacement for Valverde is Sassuolo boss Roberto de Zerbi, who is known for an exciting, attacking style of play.

De Zerbi nearly moved to Spain last summer as he had reached a preliminary agreement to become the new manager at Las Palmas before judicial problems saw the appointment fall through.

De Zerbi has great potential but his CV is significantly weaker than Valverde’s, so it would be a risk to replace the seasoned Spaniard with the inexperienced Italian.

His first Serie A job at Palermo lasted just 13 games, losing every home match and winning just one away game before he was sacked.

Last season, De Zerbi took over as manager of Serie A newcomers Benevento after they had lost their first nine matches of the season. He failed to save them from relegation but earned a respectable 21 points and was praised for his tactical approach.

As a player, De Zerbi spent most of his career in Italy, most famously at Napoli between 2006 and 2010, though it was with CFR Cluj in Romania that he won the only major honours of his career.


‘Don’t Need Him’: Barcelona Supporters React to Philippe Coutinho’s Disappointing Recent Form

?Barcelona supporters have hit out at Philippe Coutinho after he has continued to underwhelm for the Blaugrana during the 2018/19 season.

Coutinho joined Barcelona for a colossal £142 million in the 2018 January transfer window after establishing himself as one of the world’s best attacking midfielders with Liverpool. Since then he has been a first-team regular with Barca, but his form has taken a dip this season, having scored just five goals in all competitions.

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Following his substitute appearance against Celta Vigo on Saturday, plenty of disgruntled ?Barca supporters have been venting their frustrations on ?Barcaforum about the Brazilian’s lacklustre performances.

User ‘Sorin’ wrote: “How many times did this guy needlessly spin like a headless chicken instead of giving a simple pass that would have advanced the attack way better? That’s not an issue with his position, it’s an issue with his head.

“Just a reminder that this guy has cost us 160m and came as a bonafide superstar. Meanwhile the work in progress and the much blamed ?Dembele has been our second most decisive player.”

Meanwhile ‘xXKonan’ claimed: “[Coutinho] Doesn’t have the pace and work rate is questionable there as well. He often complicates things with the ball and doesn’t have any chemistry with Alba whatsoever.”

Finally ‘Messigician’ declared: “Don’t need him. Dembele is faster, has a higher ceiling, and is building team chemistry.

“What can Coutinho do Dembele can’t on the wing? Stupid stupid decision buying Coutinho.”

Fans have also been decisive on Twitter, with some regretting the purchase of the Brazilian superstar:




Whilst Coutinho is struggling at Barca, Liverpool seemed to have kicked on ever since he made the move over to Spain. His former employers are currently sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League table having gone unbeaten in their opening 18 matches.


Barcelona Confirm Star Defender Samuel Umtiti Set to Return On December 30 Following Injury Troubles

?Barcelona have been handed a significant fitness boost with the news that star defender Samuel Umtiti is set to return later this month.

The Frenchman has been absent with a knee problem which has limited him to making just eight appearances for the La Liga champions this season, with summer signing Clement Lenglet largely taking his compatriot’s place in defence.

However, the former Sevilla star has generally failed to offer the level of consistency which Umtiti provides at the heart of Barcelona’s back line. According to an update on ?Barcelona’s ?official website, Umtiti will return on December 30 under a conservative treatment plan.

The Frenchman has not featured since Barcelona drew 1-1 away to title rivals ?Atletico Madrid last month – a game in which Umtiti was only just returning to action after suffering from the same knee problem.

The 25-year-old suffered a similar setback once more and has yet to return to the first team fold at the Camp Nou over the course of the Catalan giants’ last seven games.

Barcelona have been in fine form during that period, winning six and drawing one of those outings, most recently recording a 2-0 victory at home to Celta Vigo in La Liga, courtesy of strikes from ?Ousmane Dembele and ?Lionel Messi.

Despite not having struggled in Umtiti’s absence, the return of a player of the Frenchman’s stature will still come as a huge boost to Ernesto Valverde’s ranks.

The defender is an automatic first choice when fit and the club have confirmed that Umtiti will continue rehabilitating his knee under a conservative treatment plan after being evaluated by the club’s medical services.

Barcelona’s victory on Saturday was their last outing of 2018, with the Catalan giants now enjoying a winter break before returning to action away to Getafe on the first weekend of the New Year.


Barcelona Reportedly Preparing Move to Beat Real Madrid to Signing of Man Utd Star Marcus Rashford

?Barcelona have reportedly made a stunning move to steal a march on arch rivals Real Madrid in the race to sign Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford.

The 21-year-old struck the first goal of the new Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era for United during the Red Devils’ 5-1 win over Cardiff City in the Premier League on Saturday, arrowing home a smartly taken free kick to send his side on course to victory.

The England forward’s stock has continued to rise, despite the series of problems at Old Trafford this term. According to the ?Express, ?Rashford’s status as one of the brightest young strikers in Europe has attracted the interest of ?Barcelona, who will seek to beat ?Real Madrid to his signature.

Los Blancos are also said to be keen on luring Rashford to La Liga, along with Italian giants ?Milan, with the United forward’s future at Old Trafford seemingly uncertain. Rashford had been in the thick of troubles under Jose Mourinho this term.

However, unlike a number of the more senior ?United stars whose careers have stalled under the Portuguese, Rashford remains very much one for the future, despite his regular first team involvement already to this point.

Barcelona are said to have ramped up their interest in the Englishman recently and would apparently be particularly keen on making a move should rivals Real Madrid take their interest further.

The La Liga champions are said to be acute to the potential of missing out on Rashford to their greatest rivals – an outcome which Barca are apparently keen to avoid, should he become available.

Rashford is also said to be of interest to Milan, with the Serie A giants apparently keen to bring a marquee signing to the San Siro, despite already possessing Gonzalo Higuain and Patrick Cutrone in their forward ranks.

Barcelona, meanwhile, are widely said to be on the lookout for a long-term replacement for star striker ?Luis Suarez, with the Uruguay superstar now 31 and struggling for consistent fitness this season.

United, however, also boast Romelu Lukaku, ?Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial in their strike force. With Rashford having scored just four Premier League goals so far this term, the Englishman could face increased pressure for his place under Solskjaer’s management.