Emmanuel Adebayor has effectively gone on strike at Manchester City by failing to show up for training having been left out of the club's pre-season tour.
The forward is likely to be fined at least two weeks wages -- £330,000 in total -- and may be in breach of contract, after failing to show at Carrington yesterday. He was also absent for a scheduled training session last Saturday.
City are refusing to be held to ransom by players bought in on expensive salaries two years ago.
The relationship between player and club is becoming poisonous, with Adebayor claiming last week that he was considering bringing a constructive dismissal claim against the club, having heard of his omission from the United States tour from a secretary.
Though Craig Bellamy, Wayne Bridge and Jo have all resumed training at a club which clearly wants them out, along with goalkeeper Shay Given, whose move to Aston Villa is progressing, City will not take a hit on their balance sheet by letting them go cheaply.
And, because of the exemptions put in place by UEFA's Financial Fair Play (FFP) system, they will not jeopardise their chances of complying with the break-even rules by sitting any them in the stands next season.
Under Annex XI of FFP rules, the wages of any player whose contract was signed before June 2010 does not count towards the profit or loss figure which UEFA will take into account when considering if a club is eligible to play in Europe.
Adebayor (pictured below left), Bellamy, Bridge and Given all fall within that category.
The FFP rules stipulate that in the first three-year period, clubs will be allowed to lose up to €45m (£41m).
Meanwhile, ESPN will kick off TV's live coverage of the new Premier League season with the game between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James' Park on August 13 (5.30). Last year's equivalent game saw the Magpies come back from 4-0 down to secure a draw.
Sky Sports will show two games the following day -- Stoke City v Chelsea (1.30) and West Brom v Manchester United (4.0). Their live Monday night coverage will begin the following night and will feature newly promoted Swansea's trip to Manchester City.
Other early season live games being covered by Sky include Arsenal v Liverpool and champions Manchester United v Arsenal in August, while September sees the mouth-watering clashes of Tottenham and Liverpool at White Hart Lane and Manchester United welcoming Chelsea to Old Trafford. (© Independent News Service)