Premier League - Paper Round: Cancer jibe sent to star's mum

Mon, 05 Sep 08:55:00 2011

Manchester City's top executive hit the back pages on Monday over an email sent from his email account to City star Nedum Onuoha's mother ridiculing her cancer.

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The Sun reports that Dr Anthonia Onuoha, who is the defender's agent as well as his mum, received an email from the account of City chief executive Garry Cook joking about her severe cancer.

Cook has strenuously denied sending the email, which appeared to be intended for Brian Marwood but was instead sent to Dr Onuoha. Cook has claimed that he was on holiday in South Africa at the time the message was sent, and that it came from a member of staff at the club who hacked his account as a practical joke. An internal investigation is under way.

The player's mother's had originally emailed Marwood, with Cook copied in, about a contractual dispute between her son and the club, reading at one point: "My body might be ravaged by cancer and ongoing chemotherapy but, thankfully, my intellectual and mental capacities remain fully functional. I fail to see where any of the explanations you have offered justified the exclusion of any aspects of Nedum's Manchester City's contracted terms and conditions."

The reply to Dr Onuoha, which came from Cook's email address, started off greeting Marwood, and read: "Brian, Ravaged with it!!....... I don't know how you sleep at night. You used to be such a nice man when I worked with you at Nike. G"

Regardless of who wrote the message the player's mother was not very happy, and she has written to the FA demanding action.

"When I opened up my e-mails and saw the message, it was the worst day of my life, even worse than being diagnosed with cancer," she told The Sun. "I couldn't understand how anybody could behave like that. I just cried and cried for hours."

Elsewhere, Andy Carroll dominates the back pages following public criticism by Fabio Capello about his fitness - or rather his lack of it.

"Fab tells Carroll: Shape up or else", runs the headline in the Daily Mirror, one of the few times you'll see them share a headline with The Times, while the Daily Mail is more reserved with its "Fabio wants more focus from Carroll".

Only the Daily Star manages to make 2+2=47 as they come up with, "Fab tells Carroll AGAIN: Cut out booze," which they run alongside some very old quotes criticising the young striker's drinking.

Sticking in the England camp, the main rumour circulating in the papers today is that Frank Lampard is expected to start for the Three Lions against Wales at Wembley, with the Daily Telegraph reporting that Capello is fearful of losing Scott Parker and Gareth Barry to suspensions for the final qualifier in Montenegro. Both need one more yellow card to miss that match.

The transfer window might have closed but free agents can still be signed, and the highest-profile player in that category right now is El Hadji Diouf, the combative Senegalese midfielder who was recently handed a six-figure pay-off to leave Blackburn. Sven Goran Eriksson is now keen on bringing him to Leicester, according to the Mirror.

And finally, the Daily Mail reports that Sky Sports' were so worried about the safety of their new number one pundit Gary Neville that they hired a bodyguard to look after him during the England-Bulgaria match on Friday.

Neville's punditry performances so far this season have been so bad as to make Ortis Deley look like David Dimbleby, and in doing so have apparently made him a hate figure. In the end, however, the man-mountain of a bodyguard had little to do except take the snaps for fans who wanted their picture taken with Red Nev.


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