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Bellamy faces the first axe

sports Updated: Aug 16, 2010 22:52 IST

Craig Bellamy could be about to become the first high-profile casualty of Manchester City's pursuit of a Premier League title.

Bellamy looks to have played his last game for City after falling out with manager Roberto Mancini in the latest bust up in a series marking the 31-year-old striker's career.

Normally, that wouldn't present a problem to a player whose talent outweighs his reputation enough for a long list of clubs to become interested every time he is available for a transfer. But these are not normal times.

New league rules mean that City must name a 25-man squad by Sept. 1 and City's huge wealth means it has an unprecedented amount of control over Bellamy's future. Mancini will not pick him but City can afford to leave Bellamy on the sidelines or subsidize his wages while loaning him to the club of its choice.

Five Inter Milan players in award list

Nyon, Switzerland: European champion Inter Milan has five players named on a 12-man shortlist to be UEFA's Club Footballer of the Year.

Nominations announced Monday from Inter include Netherlands playmaker Wesley Sneijder and Argentina striker Diego Milito, who scored both goals in the 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the final. The German champions are represented by Netherlands winger Arjen Robben.

Celtic lose money


Celtic has reported pretax losses of 2.13 million pounds ($3.32 million) for last season after failing to reach the lucrative Champions League or win any trophies. The team’s turnover dropped 15 percent for the year ending June 30 and bank debt increased to 5.85 million pounds ($9.11 million) after a qualifying loss to Arsenal left the Scottish power in the less prestigious Europa League.