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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Transfer window ~ AC Milan gags Mario Balotelli with good behaviour clause

Indian Premier League got mired in controversies.  On Sunday, the Pro Kabbadi League, which made the likes of Anup Kumar, Rakesh Kumar and ManjeetChhillar emerge household names, came to a close.  There are some youngsters too, and one among them is  17-year-old MohitChhillar, cousin of Manjeet.  In the finals 2015, U Mumba defeated Bengaluru Bulls.

Miles away, the start of the new Premier league season makes news of 110 signings in the  transfer window – enough to field 10 teams.Liverpool have been involved in the two transfers with fees in excess of £30m. Raheem Sterling left Anfield for £49m to join Manchester City in what has so far been the biggest deal this summer. Shortly after Brendan Rodgers’ side met Aston Villa’s £32.5m minimum release clause to sign Belgian striker Christian Benteke. Manchester City are confident they have finally agreed a deal to sign the former Chelsea midfielder Kevin  De Bruyne from Wolfsburg for an initial €74m (£54m).  It is stated that De Bruyne will fly to England on Thursday for his medical and is expected to be officially unveiled as a City player on Friday.

In Contracts, a  morals clause or morality clause is a provision within instruments of the contract which curtail, or restrain, or proscribe certain behaviour of individuals or part(y)ies to the contract.A moral clause within contracts used as a means of holding the individual or party(s) to a certain behavioural standard so as not to bring disrepute, contempt or scandal to other individual or party to the contract and their interests. It attempts to preserve a public and private image of such a party to the contract. Commonly proscribed activity include the use or abuse of alcohol, the use of illegal drugs or narcotics or illegal or illicit sexual activity.

AC Milan [AssociazioneCalcio Milan], is a professional Italian football club based in Milan, Lombardy.  Milan was founded in 1899 by English lace-maker Herbert Kilpin and businessman Alfred Edwards among others.  With 18 officially recognised UEFA and FIFA titles, they are the second most successful club in the world in terms of number of international titles, together with Boca Juniors and Real Madrid C.F., and behind Al Ahly SC with twenty titles. Milan's home games are played at San Siro, also known as the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. The stadium, which is shared with long-lasting city rivals Internazionale, is the largest in Italian football, with a total capacity of 80,018.  The owner of the club is former Italian Prime Minister and controlling shareholder of Mediaset Silvio Berlusconi. The club is one of the wealthiest and most valuable in Italian and world football.

The club, its signing and a new clause are making news.  The club's chief executive Adriano Galliani based the clause on regulations which are applied to people who serve in the Italian air force. The incumbent must not damage the image of the club and his Twitter, Facebook and Instagram posts will be closely monitored.He will be banned from extravagant haircuts and clothing, from smoking and from visiting nightclubs and must turn up on time for training. His drinking will also be limited.

It is - Mario Barwuah Balotelli, an Italian footballer who plays as a striker for A.C. Milan on loan from Liverpool and the Italy national team.  He started his professional football career at Lumezzane and played for the first team twice before having an unsuccessful trial at FC Barcelona, and subsequently joining Internazionale in 2007. Balotelli earned his first cap for Italy in a friendly match against Côte d'Ivoire in Aug 2010. He has since amassed over 30 caps and represented his country at UEFA Euro 2012 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, helping them reach the final of the former.

Reports state that Mario Balotelli will have a good behaviour clause inserted into his contract with Milan which will ban extravagant haircuts and clothing and commit him to a healthy lifestyle.   Italian sports daily Gazzettadello Sport said on Wednesday that the club's chief executive Adriano Galliani had based the clause on regulations which are applied to people who serve in the Italian air force.The 25-year-old, repeatedly criticised for his poor work rate, is set to return to Milan a year after leaving for Liverpool, where he had a dismal season.

He underwent a medical in Milan on Tuesday ahead of an unexpected loan move, although the deal has not yet been officially confirmed. Balottelli has used Facebook, though, to bid goodbye to Liverpool’s supporters. The striker’s first spell at Milan was relatively successful and uneventful with a respectable scoring rate although there were some misdemeanours. He lost his temper in front of the cameras after one performance was criticised by Italian television pundits, telling his interviewers that they did not understand football and throwing his microphone down.He was also booked for making a vulgar gesture at Cagliari supporters, served two three-match bans and was caught smoking in the toilet of a train by a ticket collector. However, these incidents paled in comparison to some of his antics at Manchester City earlier in his career, where he famously set fire to his house after letting off fireworks in his bathroom.

After paying so much, the club only wants him to fire in the ground and not outside !

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

27th Aug 2015.

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