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ive weeks after his

big-money transfer to

Manchester City, Wilfried

Bony is ready to play his

first match for the English

champions and give man-

ager Manuel Pellegrini a

selection dilemma up front.

Bony became one of the most

expensive African players of all

time when he joined City from

Swansea for a reported


28 mil-

lion (US$43 million) last month.

However, his involvement in

the African Cup of Nations with

Ivory Coast – the winner of the

tournament – meant City has had

to bide its time before playing

the Premier League’s most expen-

sive signing in the winter transfer


That moment should arrive

when Newcastle visits Etihad

Stadium for a match that second-

place City cannot afford to lose if

it is to stay in realistic contention

of catching Chelsea, which holds

a seven-point lead with 13

games remaining.

Pellegrini may be tempted to

start Bony, given the striker has

scored three goals in his last two

games against Newcastle.

City has won only one of its

last four league games at home,

helping Chelsea pull clear again

after having an eight-point lead

wiped out by the champions this


Chelsea is at home to relegation-

threatened Burnley, while the

weekend’s standout match sees

Southampton host Liverpool –

two teams fighting for Champions

League qualification.

After two months playing in

central midfield, Wayne Rooney

reverted to his usual position as

a forward for the FA Cup match

against Preston on Monday.

He found the net – albeit from

the penalty spot – to end a nine-

game streak without scoring, but

he might find himself back in

midfield for United’s trip to

Swansea today as striker Robin

van Persie is fit after an unspeci-

fied injury.

Tim Sherwood officially takes

charge of his first game as man-

ager of Aston Villa today in its

home game against Stoke. Villa

has dropped into the bottom

three and is on a five-match los-

ing run.

Four points separate fourth-

place Southampton and seventh-

place Liverpool when they meet

at St Mary’s Stadium tomorrow.

Fifth-place Arsenal is at Crystal

Palace, and sixth-place Tottenham

hosts West Ham.

Selection dilemma

for Man City

Manchester City’s Wilfried Bony



helsea are planning to invite the black man who was abused by

its supporters at a French metro station to a Champions League

game against Paris Saint-Germain this week at their London sta-

dium, for the return leg.

The offer came as Chelsea manager José Mourinho discussed the

Paris incident for the first time, saying yesterday: “I feel ashamed with

being connected with these sad things.”

A group of Chelsea fans were filmed stopping the man from board-

ing a Paris metro train on Tuesday and then chanting: “We’re racist

and that’s the way we like it.”

“We feel very sorry about it,” Mourinho said at Chelsea’s training

ground. “We want to fight it. We feel ashamed and we want to apol-

ogise to the gentleman.”

The man has been identified as Souleymane S. by

Le Parisien


“We are writing to Souleymane,” Chelsea spokesman Steve Atkins

said during Mourinho’s press conference. “We are inviting him and

his family as guests to the return leg against Paris Saint-Germain

(next month). We hope he will take up that offer.”

Across London, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who is French,

described the incident before the game as “pathetic and dreadful”,

but said eradicating racism was a wider issue.

“(It is) society’s problem,” Wenger said. “More intelligent people

than myself think about that and nobody has found a miraculous

solution. It certainly starts from childhood education and an open-

minded attitude.

Chelsea to invite

black man attacked

by fans to game