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Muntari to 'clean up his act'

Recently Harry Redknapp had said Sulley Muntari would have to improve his disciplinary record - Muntari has 'vowed' to do so reports bbc.co.uk.

Our club record signing said 'I guess sometimes I go in hard, rough and late. But in relation to what I experienced last year I don't want to do it again.

'I just want to behave like a serious professional and help the team.

'I cannot be sitting in the stands every week because of suspension so I will just do my home work well, play well and fair without getting cards and suspensions'.

Italians do not really like the physical side of the game too much do they, so although I do not know the exact details of his cards last season, what are viewed as 'hard, rough and late' in Italy could be viewed as just 'another challenge' in the Premiership.

Yep, he will need to cut out unnecessary cards - if he was picking these up anyway? - but we do not want him turning into a player that tip toes around. A bit of extra bite, so long as it is fair is exactly what we want to see from Muntari - and more!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 3 2007

Time: 10:47AM

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This is all good as long as he's prompted to forget about going easy on the likes of Joey Barton.
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03/07/2007 10:52:00

:) i cannot really seeing his game alter too much - and from what i have seen of him why should it? italians cannot handle the physical side of the game. most - but not all - in this lge can...
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03/07/2007 10:57:00

It will be how the refs see his game. He is another new player to the prem, the refs won't know anything about him so he will get away with some & not others. Hopefully any suspensions he gets will coincide with the Africa Cup!
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03/07/2007 11:15:00

Say hello to the new Mick Kennedy.
The Rabbi
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03/07/2007 12:42:00

Storagematt, you say he may get away with some initally, but all the papers saying "Muntari to clean up his act" might give them a clue about his style! Still, I like the idea of his ternasity anyway!
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03/07/2007 13:26:00

I hope he's not one of them moody types
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03/07/2007 14:38:00

CC. What is a hard yet fair tackle & what is a hard yet dirty tackle can come down to the refs view & the opposing players reaction. Some he'll get away with & some he wont!
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03/07/2007 15:17:00

does anybody actually know how many cards he got last season?
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03/07/2007 19:04:00

3 reds and 12 yellows i think?
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03/07/2007 19:36:00

Not to worried about him serving a couple of bans, midfield is one position we are well covered in
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03/07/2007 20:43:00

We need a bit of steel in midfield, Hughsey tries to do it and Davis has in the past had a go like at Fulham two seasons ago. Pedro need an enforcer to give him the time and room that make him a class act. Sulley needs to put his foot in and give us that extra dimension so go for it mate and provided you give us 100% everyone will be fine with him. Also if Arnie arives from Rennes he will need looking after while he matures so Sulley can do that as well.
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03/07/2007 20:56:00

Agree with Owen, if we have too much flair we can get bullied out of a game.
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03/07/2007 21:06:00

3 resd and 12 yellows in Italy...unles they are for things like spitting, they are of the opinion of the referee, and so, i can see that being reduced substantialy. and at wost, we do have plenty of backup in that area.
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03/07/2007 21:35:00

Just a shame Thatcher got religated, still can always hope for a cup tie
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03/07/2007 21:42:00

Yes, I was going to suggest telling him to forget about discretion when playing Thatcher as well as Barton before I remembered he'd been relegated (couldn't happen to a nicer bloke). Who knows, someone might be foolish enough to purchase him during the summer (Derby/Brum, who knows).
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03/07/2007 23:34:00

Seems Man City have a habit of inheriting thugs with the latest addition disgraced former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin.
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04/07/2007 07:00:00

Did we need another midfielder? Quote from the Sun: ARNOLD MVUEMBA is poised to become Harry Redknapp’s next signing after ARNOLD MVUEMBA is poised to become Harry Redknapp’s next signing after Portsmouth agreed a £2.5m deal with Rennes. French midfielder Mvuemba, 22, spent half of last season on loan with Pompey and scored at Watford in one of his seven appearances.
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04/07/2007 07:28:00

So maybe Muntari can spend half a season sat in the stand, in fact he can be sat there with 3 or 4 others from midfield and still not affect the team. Perhaps Arnie is a closet striker. New tactics maybe, play 6 midfielders and attack in a swarm. The first new tactic/formation since Ramsey dispensed with wingers in 1966.
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04/07/2007 07:33:00

Hey, this isn't a prelude to losing GON to middlesborough is it?
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04/07/2007 07:39:00

the finish against watford was that of a closet striker wasn't it mate... i think mvuemba has been the final part of the midfield jigsaw we have been looking at all summer - we might not need another midfielder but i think he has always been destined to arrive... o'neil will go nowhere though, but it will spell the end for davis?
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04/07/2007 08:49:00

He sounds like a slightly more skilled Richard Hughes.
The Rabbi
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04/07/2007 09:19:00

Christ, at £7m I hope he is slightly more skilled than Richard Hughes (with a similar workrate thrown in).
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04/07/2007 09:34:00

i would agree mate - as much as i like hughes i would hope that muntari is several times the player he is after we paid £7m...
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04/07/2007 12:17:00

Maybe we're getting seven Richard Hughes in one with Sulley Muntari, which I can only think would easily exceed three red cards and however many yellow cards he got last season. Certainly keep referees busy.
The Rabbi
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06/07/2007 10:52:00


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