English Premier League News: No PSG Move for Evra, PFA Propose Pitch Nettings, Warning for Balotelli

Updated: December 12, 2012

Tensions filled the hotly contested Manchester derby between Manchester United and Manchester City on English Premier League. Spotlights went to players Patrice Evra, Mario Balotelli and Rio Ferdinand, who all figured in Sunday’s thriller.

Evra Denies PSG Transfer


Patrice Evra, 31 and one of Manchester United’s seminal back line figures, denied that he is planning to move to Ligue 1 big-spenders Paris Saint-Germain, saying that he is happy to play for the Old Trafford club.

Evra’s career in United turned him into one of the most formidable left-backs in the game. His contract is bound to expire in 2014, and United’s policy of keeping players above 30 years old to one-year contracts has triggered speculations on his future.


Roberto Mancini Tells Mario Balotelli to Straighten Up Performance


Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini asked Mario Balotelli to get serious with his job after the striker fared poorly as a starter in Sunday’s derby. The Italian started for 52 minutes, but faced subsequent substitution from Carlos Tevez.

Amidst the rift between Balotelli and Mancini, the Italian manager continued to stand firm to his decision not to sell the striker during the upcoming winter transfer window. He said that the striker has a strong potential to become one of the best goal scorers in the world.


Rio Ferdinand Coin Injury Leads PFA to Propose Pitch Netting Installation


The Professional Footballers’ Association is currently thinking of a move to use pitch nettings to prevent angry fans from hurting footballers on pitch. PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor noted that such could prevent incidents similar to Rio Ferdinand’s coin-pelted injury.

Jamie Redknapp, Daily Mail pundit, added that it is equally important for players to keep their discipline on the pitch as they celebrate victories. He noted that players have to stop taunting fans in order for them to avoid provocation through pitch invasions and tossed objects.