Kompany NOT certain to return for Man City in Sunday’s derby, says Pellegrini

first_imgManuel Pellegrini has refused to guarantee Vincent Kompany a return to the Manchester City starting line-up for Sunday’s Manchester derby.Kompany has recovered from a calf injury but was only named on the bench against Sevilla on Wednesday night as City claimed a dramatic last-gasp Champions League victory.He was also a substitute in the weekend win over Bournemouth having reportedly upset Pellegrini by playing for Belgium against his wishes during the recent international break.Pellegrini insisted that there is no rift between him and the 29-year-old after the 2-1 win over Sevilla, but he admitted his captain is not certain to start against Manchester United at Old Trafford.“We have a lot of different things to think about for the next game,” said the Chilean.“Vincent is just coming back from a long injury that kept him out for a month, and it was probably a risk to give him the responsibility to play in this important game.“Tomorrow we will start thinking about the derby and we will see the way the players recover.”talkSPORT has live and exclusive national radio coverage of Manchester United v Manchester City on Sunday, kick-off 14:05 Manuel Pellegrini with Vincent Kompany 1last_img read more

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Manchester City reported to UEFA after fans booed the Champions League anthem

first_img1 Manchester City fans Manchester City have been reported to UEFA over their fans’ continued booing of the Champions League anthem.Disciplinary proceedings will now be opened by the European governing body and a charge could follow if it is deemed the club have a case to answer.It is understood the matter was reported by a match delegate after the anthem was jeered by home fans prior to City’s Champions League victory over Sevilla at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.UEFA is now obliged to consider the matter but this is standard procedure and it does not necessarily mean the club will be hit by sanctions. City have not commented following the development.City fans have regularly booed the Champions League anthem over the past year in protest at the financial fair play punishment meted out to the club by UEFA in 2014.City were fined £49million, hit with a transfer spending cap of the same amount and forced to limit their Champions League squad last season to 21 players rather than the regular 25.Their disgruntlement with UEFA grew when a match against CSKA Moscow in the Russian capital last October was ordered to be played behind closed doors because of the behaviour of home fans. A number of City fans had already paid for tickets, travel andaccommodation and felt they were being unfairly punished.An organised boycott of the anthem was arranged in conjunction with Bayern Munich fans, who had a similar issue over a game in Moscow, prior to a game against the Germans last December. Both sets of supporters turned their backs during the anthem.City manager Manuel Pellegrini this week refused to criticise supporters over the matter.The Chilean was asked before the Sevilla game if the continued booing might be affecting his players in creating a negative atmosphere before games.Pellegrini said: “I think we always have in the Etihad the atmosphere we need in Champions League, Capital One Cup or Premier League. We always feel the fans are behind the team and they always support us a lot.“I don’t think the atmosphere is lower than what we need. It is a good atmosphere.”last_img read more

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