Giovani Becali Goes “Nuts” at Bucharest Poker Tournament

We’ve long been seeing the confluence of poker and soccer. But some of the football people just don’t quite get it yet … the whole gentleman’s game component. Outbursts are not uncommon in poker — but there’s an understanding, whatever you do, don’t mess with the chips … and if you’re gonna come to blows take it away from the table so you don’t slow down the action as authorities come to arrest you.

Check out what happened this weekend at the World Poker Tour’s stop in Bucharest. Football agent Giovani Becali was playing, but supposedly got frustrated at another player hogging the masseuse, and somewhere along the way lost it — throwing chips in the air and cocking his arm as an invitation for the altercation to come to blows:

This was the biggest poker tournament in the history of Romania — so having a brash Romanian sports agent playing seemed a great fit. But after seeing the video of Becali’s spitting in a sportscaster’s face, I can only imagine what it might be like doing a bust-out interview with him.

Earlier this year, Becali got into it with Fiorentina management over his public courting of Man City for his client Adrian Mutu.

My Sturridge Don’t Cost A Thing…Or 7M

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So, looks like Daniel Sturridge may cost Chelsea a pretty British Pound. The Professional Football Compensation Committee ruled that the east Londoners owe Manchester City 3.5M for the July 2009 transfer and that number could balloon up to 7M if Sturridge reaches certain milestones.

Apparently, the two sides failed to reach an amount on an initial fee, and, as a result of Sturridge’s age, City is now due compensation.

That makes sense…

Tevez to Sir Alex: “You Scurred”

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That’s right folks, Carlos Tevez claims Manchester United be scurred to play Manchester City.  In a recent interview, the Argentine striker continued his war-of-words against his former squad and, in particular, Man U manager Sir Alex Ferguson:

“Ferguson is history for me but I know that he is scared of playing against us,” Tevez told Globoesporte. “It’s dangerous for Ferguson’s objectives and for him to criticise Manchester City.”

Here’s some more kind words from Willow to A-Ferg:

“[Manchester City manager] Mark Hughes is only focused on his work and the team, he doesn’t get involved in the negotiations,” Willow said. “He has been a football player so there is a big difference in the way he treats each player.”