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English Premier League season's controversies



Terry, Cole top sexcapade list

TERRY, COLE TOP SEXCAPADE LIST

The Chelsea and England skipper was caught playing away with underwear model Vanessa Perroncel, a former partner of ex-teammate, Wayne Bridge.

This infidelity cost Terry his captaincy of the England team. It was also revealed that the Chelsea man had got the underwear model pregnant and then arranged for her to get an abortion. Terry's wife, Toni, agreed to give him "one more chance" in the hope of salvaging their marriage.

Chelsea topped the infidelity list with defender Ashley 'Love Rat' Cole was dumped by wife Cheryl Cole for serial cheating. An on-field injury in March also put an end to most of his season.

PORTSMOUTH IN FINANCIAL MESS

In October, the Premiership placed a transfer embargo for Portsmouth's failure to repay other clubs for signings. The club failed to pay their players for the first time and revenue authorities filed a winding-up petition.

Their share of broadcast money was used to partially pay off debts, and it helped lift the transfer embargo. In February, the club found its fourth owner, Nepalese Balram Chainrai but unable to settle debts of around £ 100m, the club filed for bankruptcy.

They were docked nine points, thus confirming their relegation. The club's current debts have been revealed at £119m. Still, there's a FA Cup final left to play.

'THAT BOOT-LICKING MORON!'

Former Red Devil Carlos Tevez enjoyed a heated exchange with Old Trafford favourite Gary Neville after inspiring Manchester City's win in the Carling Cup semifinal in January.

The United captain made a one-fingered gesture at Tevez and the South American used a hand signal of his own to indicate Neville should shut his mouth.

Later in an interview, Tevez called his former teammate a "bootlicker" and a "moron" for his comments about the Argentine before the game.

The FA took notice and the two players were given a warning that they would face disciplinary action if they continued with the feud.

UNITED JUST CAN'T SEE RED


The red and gold campaign took Manchester by storm as supporters demanding the ouster of the Glazer family, the American owners of the club, for dumping a debt of £700 million on the world's biggest football ditched their official red jerseys and took to wearing the colours of Newton Heath - the name Manchester United went by in the 1890s.

The momentum was with the protesters after old favourite David Beckham, now with AC Milan, donned their colours after a game at Old Trafford. You can expect the name 'Red Knights' - the consortium preparing to take over the club - to dominate headlines in the off season.

ADEBAYOR'S FOOTSIE AT ARSENAL

After a tumultuous departure from Arsenal for Manchester City, Emmanuel Adebayor sought to leave his mark in the EPL meeting between his former and present employers.

It was the Gunners players who suffered, after Adebayor raked his studs across Robin van Persie's face, stamped on Cesc Fabregas and slapped Alex Song and a indulged in provocative goal celebration.

Van Persie later accused his former teammate of trying to hurt him deliberately, while Adebayor justified his goalmouth celebrations by saying that emotions took the better of him. The former Arsenal striker received a three-match game ban.

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