Here’s a simple way to tell if you’ve just made a horrible throw: when the person you’re aiming at doesn’t even notice. If your toss is so off line that it doesn’t even reach the radar of your intended target, just forget about it. Move on and pretend it didn’t happen, which is pretty much what everyone in this stadium did.
Clearly, this fan learned to throw from the guy after the jump.
Fabrice Muamba is said to be showing small signs of improvement since he collapsed on the field the past Saturday.
The Bolton midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest during a match against Tottenham and remains in intensive care.
Bolton released a joint statement with the hospital, saying:
“He is showing small signs of improvement. His heart is now beating without the help of medication and he is also moving his arms and his legs. However, his long-term prognosis will remain unclear for some time.”
Muamba has received an outpouring of support from teammates and competitors alike.
Bolton’s match against Aston Villa on Tuesday has been postponed as they are slated to continue playing this weekend.
Aston Villa have agreed a £9.5 million deal with Wigan for winger Charles N’Zogbia and are close to completing the move. Wigan had rejected Villa’s bid of £9 million for the former Newcastle player. But the two clubs held further discussions over the weekend and are believed to have reached a compromise figure of around £9.5 million.
New Villa boss Alex McLeish needs a new winger after the departures of Ashley Young and Stewart Downing to Manchester United and Liverpool respectively this summer. He will take nothing for granted after failing to sign N’Zogbia when Birmingham boss last summer. N’Zogbia will hold talks over personal terms in the next 24 hours and undergo a medical before signing what is expected to be a five-year deal.
He would be likely to have to wait to join up with Villa’s first-team squad. McLeish’s team are currently on a pre-season tour of Hong Hong and N’Zogbia does not have the required work visa.
Given had struggled to knock Joe Hart off his perch as first-choice goalkeeper at Eastlands and failed to make a single Premier League appearance last season. The 35-year-old Republic of Ireland international will be available for Thursday’s friendly fixture against Walsall at the Banks’s Stadium and for the club’s participation in the Barclays Asia Trophy next week.
”Aston Villa is a huge football club and I’m really excited to be joining,” Given said. “I’m looking forward to training and playing with the players here. They’re a good bunch of lads, very talented and I know several of them already which will help. Everyone knows that I didn’t play enough football last season, so I’m really pleased that I’ll be able to put that right here. Hopefully, this move will get me back to where I was before in the Premier League, which is where every player wants to be playing. Obviously, I’m also excited to be working with Alex McLeish and it’s going to be a fresh start for everybody at the club this season. It’s also a new challenge and one I’m eager to embrace. My aim is to impress the Aston Villa supporters with my performances and I can’t wait really to get started.”
Liverpool has confirmed on its official website that it has agreed a fee with Aston Villa for winger Stewart Downing. The Anfield side was understood to have had a 15 million pound offer for the England international turned down earlier this summer, but has now come back with an increased bid to land its man.
New Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish wanted to keep Downing after losing Ashley Young to Manchester United within days of becoming manager. Apparently Arsenal tried to reel in Downing, but he wanted to head to Liverpool more, making Villa discuss his transfer with Anfield. It seems Liverpool will continue to add Englishmen to their ranks, after the arrival of Andy Carroll and the summer acquisition of Jordan Henderson.
Aston Villa have turned down a second bid from Liverpool for England midfielder Stewart Downing, according to reports. Downing, 26, has two years left on his contract, but has told the club that he is not willing to extend his deal after watching the likes of Ashley Young leave for pastures new this summer.
Liverpool’s initial bid for the winger was £12 million, but they have returned with an offer closer to £15 million which has reportedly been rejected again by the Villa board, as they are looking for closer to £20 million in order to rebuild their squad ahead of the new season. Villa’s Player of the Year last season, Downing’s form in the Premier League has been impressive and the Reds are keen to bring him to Anfield, possibly offering David Ngog, who rejected a part-exchange role in Liverpool’s acquisition of Jordan Henderson from Sunderland, as a makeweight in any deal.
Negotiations for the transfer of Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam are also believed to be ongoing, although the Seasiders are reportedly holding out for at least £9 million.
The UK’s largest operator of casinos will sponsor the shirts of Aston Villa for the next two seasons. Both the home and away shirts of the English Premier League side will feature the logo of Genting Casinos through 2013.
“We are pleased and excited to be partnering with Genting and we are looking forward to benefiting from their position as a leading international corporation in the leisure and hospitality industry,” Villa CEO Paul Faulkner said. ”The fact that Genting has strong local connections in addition to its international dimension makes this a good relationship for the club and we anticipate that it will work well as we embark on a new chapter for Aston Villa.”
Based in Birmingham, Genting runs more than 40 casinos throughout the UK and is part of the larger Genting Group, one of Malaysia’s largest multi-national corporations.
“We have been associated with Birmingham since the 1970s and look forward to strengthening our relationship with this great city,” said Genting executive deputy chairman Peter Brooks. So this sponsorship is a natural fit and marks an important milestone in Genting’s development as we continue to expand our presence both within the UK and internationally.”
Partnership plans include mutual support of each other’s activities both locally and abroad.
Ashley Young has undergone a physical at Manchester United and could complete a switch to Old Trafford by the end of the week. The Aston Villa winger’s representatives held talks with the Premier League champions earlier this month, and personal terms were agreed before he jetted off for vacation.
He is expected to finalize a five-year deal with United, who are hoping to make an announcement by the weekend. Young’s future has been the subject of intense speculation for some time, with a series of sparkling performances last season reportedly attracting the interest of several clubs.
As well as starring for England on several occasions, he continued to enhance his reputation with Villa during an impressive campaign. Young’s fine form could not help Villa finish higher than mid-table and he admitted at the end of the season that he wanted to play in the UEFA Champions League. The 25-year-old now looks set to get his wish with Manchester United set to win the chase for his signature.
Ashley Young, 25, is set to sign for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side after he returns from holiday, ending his four-year spell in the Midlands. The Aston Villa winger has long been linked with a move away from the Birmingham outfit and is rumoured to have turned down a new contract at Villa Park. The fee for the England international is thought to be around £16 million and he looks set to follow compatriot Phil Jones as United’s second high-profile capture of the transfer window, although the deal for the defender has hit a snag over price.
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce, who spent eight years as a player at Man Utd and is also trying to buy three of United’s players, told ESPNsoccernet:
”Ashley Young is a terrific signing for Sir Alex. There are not too many naturally good wide players these days, and Young is one of the best, so he will naturally enhance the United team. But the fact that United are willing to spend big money, at record levels in one go for the club, shows what Manchester United are all about, they are continually evolving. They have lost Paul Scholes, and know Ryan Giggs cannot go on forever, but they never stand still, and the way Sir Alex is going about his business at the moment show that he means business. Once again Manchester United will be the benchmark for the new season. Can anyone catch them… well, I would doubt it.”
Young scored seven goals in 34 Premier League appearances last season, in addition to scoring twice for Fabio Capello’s England team.