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The Sun apologises to Joe Hart

  • 18 April 2013 08:28
  • Posted by @markbooth_mcfc

Joe Hart has received an apology from The Sun newspaper after an inaccurate story concerning the goalkeeper was reported this week.

England’s no.1 was accused of parking his car in a disabled bay for two hours but it has since emerged that the car in the photograph didn’t belong to him.

The apology reads: “In a story ‘Hartless’ (April 15) we stated that England goalie Joe Hart left his Bentley in a disabled bay for two hours while he took his girlfriend to Nando’s.

“We were mistaken and now understand that the Bentley photographed does not belong to Mr Hart and he was unconnected with its parking in any way.

“We regret this inaccuracy, are happy to set the record straight and apologise to Mr Hart.”

Elsewhere, City’s narrow win in the FA Cup final dress rehearsal over Wigan dominates the headlines you’re waking up to this morning.

A ground out win, so often touted as the base diet of champions, or a fortunate, undeserved victory? It depends whether you’re a glass half-full or half-empty kind of person, it seems.

Indeed, most of the column inches were dedicated to Wigan Athletic for their plucky, but ultimately fruitless, sense of adventure at the Etihad Stadium.

Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail summed up the mood surrounding a lethargic game which always felt a bit after the Lord Mayor’s show in his match report for the Daily Mail.

“If Manchester City and Wigan play like this at Wembley next month, the FA can make the kick-off as late as they want — we’ll all be asleep anyway,” Wheeler said.

“As dress rehearsals go, it has to be said this did not augur well for the Cup final. Carlos Tevez may have salvaged a rather fortunate victory for City with the game’s one moment of true quality, but as a spectacle it was something of a lost cause.”

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Roque Santa Cruz has taken a step towards deciding on his next port-of-call according to reports this morning which suggest he could be hooking up with Clarence Seedorf at Brazilian Serie A outfit Botofogo.

The Paraguayan striker, now on loan at Malaga, has also attracted interest from Flamengo but his agent revealed that Botofogo are in pole position.

"Talks were very good, Botafogo are a very serious club. The player is excited about the possibility," Lima told Lancenet.

"We are negotiating with Botafogo but we can't say if the deal will work out in the end."

Roque’s contract at City comes to an end in the summer.

Elsewhere, City are said to be weighing up a move for AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng.

“The 26-year-old, who struggled to make a first-team breakthrough during two years at White Hart Lane, shone at Portsmouth and earned himself a surprise move to Italy,” reads the story on the TalkSport website.

“He's become a key player at the San Siro, but with just one year left on his contract speculation over his future has started to grow.”

“And according to sources in Italy, City have already made preliminary enquiries over the Ghana international.”

That’s all for today, remember that we will have news of any completed deals in or out of the Etihad Stadium first this summer here on mcfc.co.uk.

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