The situation Cesc Fabregas finds himself in at Arsenal is akin to a “kidnapping” and the English club should allow him to return to Barcelona, the mayor of his home town was quoted as saying on Friday.
Fabregas, 24, has made no secret of his wish to return one day to the club he left as a 16-year-old in 2003 but has stopped short of publicly demanding a transfer. “We want him to come right away, he is experiencing a kidnapping,” Estanislau Fors i Garcia, the mayor of Catalan town Arenys de Mar where Fabregas grew up, was quoted as saying in Barcelona-based daily Sport. “If the English are so honourable they should behave properly,” he added.
Benfica face intriguing CL opener
Paris: Portuguese giants Benfica face an intriguing Champions League third qualifying round tie after being drawn on Friday against the Turkish side Trabzonspor.
Tranzonspor, who finished runners-up in Turkey last season, have been implicated in a massive match-fixing scandal that has also taken in champions Besiktas and another of the country's biggest clubs, Fenerbahce.
Sadri Sener, the president of Trabzonspor, has been arrested in connection with the scandal, but was released on Tuesday on the condition that he remains in Turkey.
UEFA released a statement earlier this week insisting that it was down to the Turkish federation to deal with the issue. But if the investigation provides evidence of collusion in the match-fixing scandal, then Trabzonspor (and Besiktas) could face exclusion from the competition.