Shocker – “Abedi Pele was HIV Positive and that’s how we got him” – ex Marseille boss Bernard Tapie Reveals

Bernard Tapie – middle – with Basile Boli (left) and Abedi Pele (right) after the 1993 Champions league final in Munich

Former president of French club Olympique Marseille Bernard Tapie has revealed how his club succeeded in signing the African prodigy Abedi Ayew Pele in 1987 from Mulhouse at the expense of rivals AS Monaco – by deploying a bizarre strategy that worked well.

Pele was the subject a transfer saga as the principality club and Tapie’s Marseille competed in the market for the signature of the Ghanaian playmaker and Tapie knew the only way his club was going to win the battle was to deploy a master plan that Pele had AIDS.

Speaking to journalists at Le Monde , Fabrice Lhomme and Gerard Davet last Friday, Tapie said with Pele scheduled to undergo a medical test at AS Monaco, he , conspired with an official of AS Monaco to concoct a falsehood that the Ghanaian player was HIV positive as that will end Monaco’s interest in the player.

“You know what, I told the player (Pele) that when he arrives at Monaco for the medical examination , he will be asked to take a blood test which is done for African players but that he should not agree, that he should tell them he cannot support the blood test. At the same time I conspired with an employee at AS Monaco who was a known figure within the club and instructed him to fabricate a falsehood that the player was HIV positive. You know we escaped beautifully and the plan worked well . He told me we (Monaco) didn’t take Pele because he is HIV positive”

Marseille were now free from the Monaco competition and went on to sign Abedi Pele the next day and the African genius would help them to lift the Champions league title in 1993.

“Its like that , you have to win” said the 74-year old Tapie.

The once controversial football figure also revealed that Valium was put into the drinks of the Marseille manager Raymond Goethals that calmed him to the extent that he allowed single players on the team to go out with girls at the hotel the day before a game will be played.

“I am ashamed of myself but we have to accept what we are, with the good and the bad,” Monsieur Tapie added.

Tapie’s Marseille were stripped of a Ligue 1 title in 1993 for allegedly fixing a league game against Valenciennes before their Champions league final versus AC Milan which the French side. Marseille later suffered demotion in France due to the match fixing as Tapei himself was slapped with a 2-year prison sentence for financial irregularities.

Tapie’s revelations go on to confirm public perceptions that the game is never a clean sport and serious things happen behind the scenes that could only come to public knowledge by some of these disclosures.

Source: Sportsworldghana.com

The World’s Most Expensive Footballers with Morata as a New Entry

 

Alvaro Morata will become the most expensive Spanish footballer ever as well as the eight-most expensive footballer overall after Real Madrid accepted Chelsea’s £70.7m bid.

10. Zinedine Zidane, 2001

From Juventus to Real Madrid for 75.1 million euros.

9. Ángel Di María, 2014

From Real Madrid to Manchester United for 75 million euros.

8. Álvaro Morata, 2017

From Real Madrid to Chelsea for 80 million euros.

7. Luis Suárez, 2014

From Liverpool to Barcelona for 81 million euros.

6. Romelu Lukaku, 2017

From Everton to Manchester United for 85 million euros.

5. Neymar, 2013

From Santos to Barcelona for 85.4 million euros.

4. Gonzalo Higuaín, 2016

From Napoli to Juventus for 90 million euros.

3. Gareth Bale, 2013

From Tottenham to Real Madrid for 91 million euros.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo, 2009

From Manchester United to Real Madrid for 96 million euros.

1. Paul Pogba, 2016

From Juventus to Real Madrid for 105 million euros.

Emmanuel Adebayor reveals how his family stopped his Real Madrid move

The 33-year-old has now revealed that he would have had a longer stay at the club but for his family who prevented him.

Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor has disclosed that he failed to seal a permanent move to Real Madrid in the summer of 2011 were it not for a letter his late brother sent the Spanish club.

The former Arsenal striker joined the La Liga giants on loan from Manchester City in January 2011, scoring five goals in 14 La Liga appearances under Jose Mourinho while helping the club lift the Copa del Rey.

The 33-year-old has now revealed that he would have had a longer stay at the club but for his family who prevented him.

“It’s a tough one, it’s a difficult one,” Adebayor told the BBC regarding his relationship with his family.

“Today, I think I made the right decision to go public because what I have been through.

“People say yes, you have to keep it for yourself yes. I did everything to stay in Real Madrid but because of my late brother I couldn’t stay there because he sent a letter, an official letter from Adebayor’s family to the club that they shouldn’t keep me.

“I am not saying that is why they didn’t keep me but it can be part of it.

“My mum is saying I have never given her $200. People that I don’t know, I have bought houses for them. I bought cars for them so my mum cannot say certain things, my family cannot say certain things,” he added.

Update: One Dead in Kotoko Team Bus Crash as Coach in Critical Condition as well

The assistant equipment officer of Kumasi Asante Kotoko has died after the team bus rammed into a stationary truck at Nkawkaw in the Eastern region Wednesday.

The deceased, Kofi Asare died Thursday morning according to sources.

The captain of the Porcupine Warriors Amos Frimpong, Baba Mahama and defender Ahmed Adams sustained severe injuries and have been rushed to the Holy Family Hospital at Nkawkaw for treatment.

The coach Steven Pollack and his assistant Godwin Ablordey were trapped in the mangled bus and took close to an hour for fire personnel and the police to cut the bus to rescue them.

Most of the players, according to Agoo FM’s Y. Yeboah, sustained injuries on the forehead and other parts of their bodies.

“The accident occurred around 9:45pm when the team bus ran into a stationary vehicle.  Personnel on the bus are generally fine. Some are however receiving treatment at the Holy Family Hospital, Nkawkaw.

“With great difficulty, Management is entreating supporters of the club and the general public to stay calm and pray for our personnel. A full statement on the incident will be issued in due course,” the club said on its official website during the wee hours of Thursday.

The team was returning to their Kumasi base after a mid-week game against Inter Allies in Accra. They lost 1-0.

UAE Para-athlete died when metal throwing cage fell on him

Para-athlete Abdullah Hayayei died after a metal throwing cage fell on him during training.

The United Arab Emirates thrower was training at Newham Leisure Centre for the World Para-athletics Championships in London.

Majid Rashed, vice president of the UAE International Paralympic Committee, confirmed “the throwing cage collapsed on the athlete’s head”.

Hayayei, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene at 17:20 BST on Tuesday.

The Health and Safety Executive and police are investigating the incident, which was witnessed by some of Hayayei’s team-mates and UAE staff.

“I can say the throwing cage collapsed on the athlete’s head – but how that happened, we can not say,” Rashed said on Wednesday.

The IPC said two of the athlete’s personal coaches were present but were not involved.

Hayayei, a father of five, was preparing to compete in the F34 class at the Championships.

“He was ambitious, he wanted to win medals for his country and for his family. He had a lot of dreams within the para-sports movement, ” Rashed said, adding that the UAE team will still compete in London.

“The athletes were very close to Abdullah, they trained in the same centre in the UAE. It’s really very difficult for all of us but we promised ourselves that we are going to continue and we are going to win something for Abdullah, bringing the best performance from the athletes.

“We are working with the athletes to get them in a better situation, obviously today will be better than yesterday, tomorrow we believe will be even better for them.”

The Metropolitan Police said emergency services “were called shortly after 17:00hrs on Tuesday… to reports of a seriously injured man at Newham Leisure Centre”.

It added: “At this early stage, it is believed the man was struck by a metal pole which formed part of training facilities at the centre.”

IPC president Sir Philip Craven said: “We are all truly devastated by this tragic news and the passing of Abdullah.”

Hayayei made his Paralympic debut at Rio 2016, finishing sixth in the javelin F34 and seventh in shot put F34.

London 2017, which starts on Friday, was to be Hayayei’s second World Championships. At the 2015 event in Doha, Qatar, he finished fifth in the discus F34 and eighth in shot put F34.

He was set to compete in the shot put, discus and javelin F34 events.

A moment of silence will be held in honour of Hayayei during Friday’s opening ceremony at London Stadium.

 

Football star Messi weds childhood sweetheart after 25 years of Dating

Lionel Messi said “I do” to childhood sweetheart and mother of their two children Antonella Roccuzzo on Friday in his Argentine hometown Rosario, where footballers and celebrities gathered for the “wedding of the century.”

Following the private ceremony, the couple appeared happy and relaxed as they walked a red carpet before hundreds of journalists at a hotel and casino complex, Roccuzzo donning a tight, mermaid-style gown by Spanish designer Rosa Clara.

The couple’s children Thiago, four, and Mateo, one, had front seats at the ceremony attended by some 260 guests, including Shakira and her husband, Messi’s teammate Gerard Pique, and numerous footballers such as Messi’s Barcelona strike partners Neymar and Luis Suarez.

Argentine media called it the “wedding of the century” for Rosario, the gritty northern port city where Messi, 30, and his bride, 29, met when the player was nine years old.

Former Barca and current Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas was in attendance, along with Argentina and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.

Roast gizzards

The party was to be a respite for Messi from his legal woes. A Spanish court last month rejected his appeal against a tax fraud conviction.

Brunette bride Roccuzzo wore a white, curve-hugging dress with a deep sweetheart neckline and embroidered straps by Rosa Clara — a Spanish designer who has dressed actress Eva Longoria and Spain’s Queen Letizia.

The wedding was held at 2200 GMT in the City Center casino, which stands right next to a crime-ridden slum run by drug gangs.

The civil wedding ceremony and party were all slated to take place inside the venue, and the guests will be lodged there too.

The feast will reportedly feature Argentine delicacies such as roast gizzards.

Uruguayan pop bands Rombai and Marama plus singer Karina, Aguero’s wife, will perform at the reception.

There were also rumors that there would be singing by Shakira, the Colombian diva famous for “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Whenever, Wherever.”

Shakira had recently denied rumors that she would miss the wedding due to a quarrel with Roccuzzo.

Humble couple

Messi and Roccuzzo live in Barcelona where he plays, but still return regularly to Rosario for vacations.

He moved to Spain when he was 13 to join FC Barcelona, but the couple kept in touch.

Messi has gone on to win the top Ballon d’Or award five times and is widely regarded as the world’s best footballer.

But various old friends of the couple in their home city said the bride and groom are humble folk who have never forgotten where they come from.

“They are the love of each other’s lives,” Messi’s childhood friend Diego Vallejos told AFP.

Instead of wedding presents, they have asked for donations to a children’s charity.

Leo and Anto

The couple have reportedly spent the past two weeks in Rosario with family, but have kept out of sight of the reporters who have invaded the city.

Rumors circulated of bachelor and bachelorette parties, but the only evidence that emerged was a photo, posted by ex-Barca goalkeeper Jose Pinto, of Messi enjoying a barbecue with a few friends.

Some friends of Roccuzzo have shared pictures of her relaxing with relatives.

On the eve of the wedding, a festive atmosphere reigned in the Las Heras neighborhood where Messi grew up.

“We will celebrate,” said Damian Lugoni, 27, a local sausage sandwich vendor.

“I wish good luck to Leo and Anto, who is just as simple and nice as him.”

“We are all happy for them,” said Lisandro Urteaga, an artist who was called in to paint a mural of Messi in the neighborhood for the occasion.

“Let him celebrate the way someone like him deserves. He is a real example as a human being — although when he plays football he doesn’t seem to be from this planet.”

Discover The Latest Richest African Soccer Players In 2017

Footballers are generally well placed financially. They are leading celebrities with regard to their luxurious and lavish lifestyle. These legends of football make envy all the youth of the continent

Here are the richest African soccer players in 2017:

1. Samuel Eto’o

 The Cameroonian striker plays for the Turkish club of Antalyaspor. Aged 35, he is the richest and most decorated African player of all time.

Samuel has scored over 100 goals in five seasons with FC Barcelona, ​​and is also the record holder in the number of appearances of an African player in the La Liga.

The former Indomitable Lions captain was the highest-paid player in the world when he moved to Anzhi Makhachkala, where he earned 20 million euros ($ 25 million) a year after taxes.

Eto’o is now one of the richest footballers in the world. He is the richest footballer in Africa with a net worth of $ 95 million.

2- Didier Drogba

He is the top scorer, and former captain of the national football team of Côte d’Ivoire.

Drogba is best known for his career in Chelsea, during which he scored more goals than any other foreign player. He is currently the fourth top scorer of the club of all time. “The Drug” was also named African footballer of the year twice. He won the award in 2006 and 2009. Didier’s enormous fortune is impressive, considering that he did not win a jackpot before his transfer to chelsea, but after having had various lucrative contracts.

The striker now plays for a D2 club in the US and his fortune has a net worth of $ 90 million.

3- Yaya Touré

Touré is a professional Ivorian footballer who plays as a midfielder for the Premier League club Manchester City. He is the former captain of the Ivory Coast national team. Its net worth is close to $ 70 million.

The 34-year-old is one of the best players in the world. He has also been elected African Footballer of the Year 4 consecutive times. The experienced midfielder helped Côte d’Ivoire qualify them for victory in 2015; And he also helped City win his first league title after 44 years.

4 Emmanuel Adébayor

Togo’s top scorer had well-paid contracts in various clubs where he played in the English Premier League. While in the city of Manchester, the striker earned $ 268,000.

Adebayor helped Togo qualify for the 2006 African Cup of Nations, scoring 11 goals in the playoffs, more than any other player in the African qualifiers. The Togolese who is an attacker for the Turkish club of Istanbul Büyükşehir, has set up projects in Togo and across the continent.

His net worth is $35 million.

5- Michael Essien

 

The Ghana midfielder was the most expensive African footballer in history when he was transferred to Chelsea in 2005.

The Ghanaian was a great success in Chelsea by winning the Premier League and the Champions League among others, and would have earned $ 5 million a year. The 34-year-old now plays for the Indonesian club of Persib Bandung, and has a net worth of $ 25 million.

 

Coach Kwesi Appiah names Black Stars squad for USA and Mexico friendly; Dede Ayew and 6 others dropped

Coach Kwesi Appiah has announced his final Black Stars of Ghana squad to play USA and Mexico in a double-header friendly.

Deputy skipper Andre Ayew and his brother Jordan Ayew have been excluded from the squad with Daniel Amartey of Leicester City.
Two Ghana Premier League stars Daniel Darkwah and Asante Kotoko goalie Felix Annan have been dropped.
Torino midfielder Afriyie Acquah and Thomas Partey have also been excluded from the squad.
In-form Gershon Koffie of MLS side New England Revolution has been handed a call-up with Kwadwo Poku and Mohammed Abu
Below is the Ghana squad for Mexico/USA friendlies
Goalkeepers
Richard Ofori (Wa All Stars) and Addo Joseph (Aduana Stars)
Defenders
Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew), Nicholas Opoku (Berekum Chelsea), Lumor Agbenyenu (Munich 1860, Germany), John Boye (Sivasspor, Turkey), Rashid Sumalia (Al Gharafa, Qatar), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA), Jerry Akaminko ( Eskiserhispor, Turkey), Samuel Sarfo (Liberty, Ghana)
Midfielders
Mohammed Abu (Columbus Crew, USA), Isaac Sackey (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Ofori Ebenezer (Stuttgart, Germany), Winful Kwaku Cobbinah (Hearts of Oak), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), Thomas Agyepong (NAC Breda, Holland)
Attackers
Asamoah Gyan (Al Alhi, UAE), Majeed Abdul Waris (Lorient FC, France), Raphael Dwamena (FC Zurich, Switzerland), Kwadwo Poku (FC Miami), David Accam (Chicago Fires), Gershon Koffie (New England Revolution)

FIFA Slaps one-year ban on Samuel Inkoom for Greediness

Ghana defender, Samuel Inkoom has been handed a one-year ban by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) for breaching agreement with a player agent.

Samuel Inkoom, who represented Ghana in both the 2010 and the 2014 FIFA World Cups and is currently registered for the Bulgarian club FC Vereya, is to serve a ban on taking part in any football-related activity.

The FIFA statement reads “The ban will last for one year or until Mr Inkoom pays the total outstanding amount owed to his former agent, should this occur before the one-year ban has elapsed.

“The origins of the case involve a decision passed by the Bureau of the Players’ Status Committee on 19 March 2014 regarding a contractual dispute, according to which Mr Inkoom was ordered to pay the players’ agent Andy Evans an amount owed to the latter based on the representation agreement between the two parties. The decision was taken on the basis of the FIFA Player’s Agents Regulations in force at the time (2008 edition).*

“On 15 December 2014, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee decided to sanction Mr Inkoom with a fine of CHF 20,000 for failing to comply with the decision of the Bureau of the Players’ Status Committee on the basis of art. 64 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code. The player was also granted a final period of grace of 180 days to settle his debt upon failure of which the creditor – Mr Evans – would be entitled to request that a one-year ban on taking part in any football-related activity be imposed on Mr Inkoom.

“Mr Inkoom appealed the FIFA Disciplinary Committee’s decision at CAS but the appeal was dismissed and the decision of the Disciplinary Committee confirmed in full.

“Following the expiry of the final deadline granted, Mr Evans requested that the one-year ban be imposed on Mr Inkoom in accordance with the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee. The relevant parties, including the Bulgarian Football Union, which has been requested to implement said ban, have been informed accordingly.”

Former Newcastle Midfielder, Tiote, Dies, Aged 30, After Collapsing During Training

Former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has died aged 30 after collapsing duringtraining in China, a spokesman for the player has announced.

In his seven years at United the Ivory Coast player made over 150 appearances, including three last season.

He joined Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises in February.

“It is with deep sadness I confirm that Cheick Tiote sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training,” said spokesman Emanuele Palladino.

“We cannot say any more at the moment and we request that his family’s privacy be respected at this difficult time. We ask for all your prayers.”

Born in the Ivory Coast, Tiote was part of the Ivorian squad that won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

He began his professional career in Belgium with Anderlecht in 2005 before moving to Dutch side FC Twente, where he made 86 appearances and won the Eredivisie league title in the 2009-10 season under manager Steve McClaren.

Tiote, a defensive midfielder, then signed for Newcastle in 2010 for £3.5m.

In February 2011, he scored a memorable goal as Newcastle United came back from 4-0 down to draw with Arsenal in the Premier League.

He joined Beijing Enterprises Group FC for an undisclosed fee in February 2017.

‘A true professional and above all a great man’

A statement from Newcastle said: “We are devastated to have learnt of the tragic passing of Cheick Tiote at the age of just 30.

“The thoughts of everyone at Newcastle United are with Cheick’s family, friends, team-mates and everyone connected with the clubs he represented.”

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez said: “It is with great sadness that I have this afternoon learned of Cheick’s death.

“In all the time that I have known him, he was a true professional, dedicated and above all, a great man. Our hearts go out to his family and friends at such a sad time.”