So ‘Unreliant’ Robin has spent his third night in custody in Rotterdam following an allegation of rape. I’m not sure what to make of that, so I wonâ€™t try to make anything. As far as I’m concerned he’s innocent until proven otherwise; it would be unfair to assume anything other than that at this time. Unfortunately, even if the allegation is 100% unfounded, he’ll be tainted by it for some time to come â€“ but I suppose he’ll just have to get used to that. If he is guilty, well that’s another kettle of fish entirely.
There is some other news: Pires might have to be sold if he doesn’t agree a new deal (the brinkmanship continues), while Chelski have decided not to appeal their Â£300,000 fine and 3-point suspended sentence following their illegal approach of Cole. Trying to wriggle out of it didn’t work, did it. Something along the lines of “it’s a fair cop, guv” would have been nice, but I guess that’s too much to ask.
And in the High Court, Deino has been giving evidence in a case over Gilberto’s transfer â€“ and has become embroiled in a ‘tap-up’ scandal of his very own. Of course, the press would dance round the maypole if they found we had tapped up Bert, but judging the story as I’ve seen it already, there’s nothing doing there.
In the long distant past, summers used to be for transfer rumours.