Chinese fans round on ‘rat’ Tevez after holiday barb

first_img0Shares0000Carlos Tevez missed half of Shenhua’s CSL games injured, out of form or out of shape, and when he did play he failed to justify his hefty pay cheque, scoring four league goals © AFP / Chandan KHANNASHANGHAI, China, Jan 17 – Furious Chinese football fans branded Carlos Tevez shameless and “a rat” on Wednesday after the Argentine striker described his ill-fated spell at Shanghai Shenhua as a “holiday for seven months”.The 33-year-old struggled for form and fitness during a disastrous stint in China, where he was among the best-paid players in the world on a reported weekly salary of 730,000 euros. He brought his Chinese nightmare to a premature end when he returned to Boca Juniors earlier this month and on Monday joked with Argentine television channel TyC Sports: “It’s fine because I was on holiday for seven months.”That prompted an outpouring of anger on Chinese social media, with fans of a number of Chinese Super League (CSL) clubs rounding on the man often disparagingly labelled “very homesick boy” in the Asian country.“Football hooligan, please get your arse out and never return to China again. Scum,” wrote one on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter.“I wonder if there is anyone more shameless than him,” added another.Tevez missed half of Shenhua’s CSL games injured, out of form or out of shape, and when he did play he failed to justify his hefty pay cheque, scoring just four league goals.As well as hitting out at Tevez, whose previous clubs include Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus, Chinese fans also said Shenhua should take same of the blame.“After looking at Tevez’s interview my heart as a Chinese football fan is again deeply hurt,” wrote another on Weibo.“While we are chasing Tevez like a rat crossing the street, China’s (football) managers should also do some good self-reflection.”In contrast, Tevez has been warmly welcomed back for his third stint at Boca and has a supporter in Argentine great Diego Maradona.“He filled Santa’s sack with dollars and came back to Boca,” Maradona was quoted as saying by Argentine TV earlier this month.Shenhua, who are keen to draw a line under the Tevez fiasco, declined to comment.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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No Ozil! Arsenal’s Champions League line-up v Dortmund picked by Adrian Durham

first_img1 1 Has Arsene Wenger got the bottle to drop Mesut Ozil?That’s what talkSPORT Drive presenter Adrian Durham is asking.“He’s paid £42million for a skilful footballer, but one who was always keen on clocking off mid-season,” he said in his Mail Online column. “Bringing him to the Premier League where there is no winter break was always risky.”Adrian believes Ozil is being carried by his Arsenal team-mates, just as his Germany colleagues did in the World Cup.“Arsenal’s full-backs go forward, they need protection,” he added. “There’s more chance of Joey Barton refusing to talk about himself than there is of Ozil tracking back.”Ahead of the Gunners’ Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund, we asked Adrian to name an Arsenal starting XI without the World Cup winner.There are concerns over Calum Chambers, with the £16m summer signing struggling with tonsillitis and if he is ruled out, manager Arsene Wenger can call upon right-back Hector Bellerin. This is despite the 19-year-old having just one Arsenal appearance to his name.Wenger, though, claims Bellerin is not fazed by the pressure. “He’s quick and his final ball is good. He lacks a bit of experience but he’s very dangerous,” he added.Adrian Durham’s Arsenal XI v Dortmund without Mesut Ozil: Adrian Durham thinks Arsene Wenger should drop Mesut Ozil Agree or disagree with this line up? Leave a comment below.And tune in on Wednesday 17 September at 4pm for something of an Arsenal special on talkSPORT, as Arsenal fan Piers Morgan goes head-to-head with Adrian Durham on the Drivetime show. Listen here.last_img read more

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