Emmanuel Adebayor, the Manchester City striker, was yesterday given a £25,000 (Dh40,000) fine and a suspended two-match ban as punishment for his goal celebration in last month's victory over Arsenal. He ran the full length of the pitch after scoring in the 4-2 win to celebrate infront of his former club's fans. Elsewhere, Manchester Untied striker Michael Owen will be sidelined for three weeks after suffering a recurrence of a groin problem during the 2-1 victory over VfL Wolfsburg on Wednesday.
Owen had been hoping for a recall to the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers later this month. The striker was forced off after just 20 minutes against the German side and will miss tomorrow's game with Sunderland at Old Trafford. Portsmouth players are expected to be paid wages owed to them in the next two days, the club confirmed yesterday. Some players were not paid earlier in the week due to "a delay in the transfer of funds" following Sulaiman al Fahim's takeover.
A statement read: "The club is currently being refinanced ... there was a delay in the transfer of funds but the lawyers have received confirmation that this will happen on Thursday." * With agencies