It's official. The transfer of Emmanuel Adebayor from Arsenal to Manchester City is now the most acrimonious in the history of football.
Forget Paul Ince's move from West Ham to Manchester United, Sol Campbell's defection from Spurs to Arsenal or Luis Figo's Barcelona-Real Madrid switch, this one tops the lot.
Why? Because players, not just fans, are now getting involved, embroiling themselves in a bitter war of words that is showing no sign of abating. Frankly, it's great stuff.
But it's also ugly. Not that it should be that way.
Arsenal fans should have been - and were - glad to be rid of a player who had lost his desire to play for the club. De-motivated player offloaded, cash pocketed (lots of it), job done. Let the fans give him some stick on his return to the Emirates, but otherwise, the club seemed prepared to move on.
Arsene Wenger said at the time: "We want to wish him well and thank him for everything he has done for the club. I wish him well, I am sure he will give something special to Man City."
That should have been the end of it. But the deep-seated hatred among his former fans has been the catalyst for an explosive sequence of events, starting with Adebayor's on-pitch antics at Eastlands and now continuing as several former team-mates, friends even, hit back.
It's one thing for fans to give a former player some stick, but it takes someone special to enrage his team-mates so much.
But that's exactly what Adebayor has managed to do, although it will never be known if he had a pre-match 'revenge agenda' or whether his stamp on Robin van Persie, poor challenge on Cesc Fabregas and 100-yard dash goal celebration were merely reactions to crowd abuse and a degree of winding up from Arsenal players.
Fabregas, who was left with a three-inch gash on his calf after that Adebayor challenge, kicks off the backlash for today: "All I tried to do when he was at Arsenal was to create opportunities for him to score. There's never been another player who left and behaved like this. I have no idea why idea why he did this. We always respected him."
Old pal Alex Song adds his two-penneth: "Once he went to City, it's true that our relationship was not what it had been before. I called him two or three times, and he didn't call back. I'm not going to force him to do it. And I'm not going to have a laugh with him when I see him in the tunnel. He disappointed me because the person I knew was not the person I met again that day."
And for good measure, Emmanuel Eboue sticks the boot in: "I've not spoken to him since Saturday because I'm disappointed in him, it was a bad thing to do. If Adebayor calls me, I'll speak with him. If he doesn't call me, that's his problem."
Adebayor of course is still protesting his innocence in the van Persie incident, despite not contesting his three-match ban, and blaming the crowd abuse he received for his goal celebration.
He also claims to have been snubbed before the game, with some Arsenal players refusing to shake his hand in the tunnel. He said: "When a man offers you his hand, you shake it. For them to act like that is a disgrace."
We'll have to wait until April for the return match at the Emirates, but in the meantime, if this kind of thing is your bag, there's plenty of potential for more fireworks this weekend when another new City recruit, Carlos Tevez, returns to his former stomping ground.
Although the Argentine will most likely have to score, whip off his shirt, stick two fingers up at the Stretford End and leave Old Trafford with Edwin van der Sar's wife to provoke the same levels of hatred that Adebayor is currently having to deal with.
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UEFA's trialling of five on-pitch officials inevitably suffered a few initial teething problems last night, at least during Everton's win over AEK Athens.
Not because a lack of communication between referee Robert Malek and his Polish team, or any technical difficulties, or indeed any other easily rectifiable problem.
No, mistakes were made at Goodison simply because referees are human. Yes, even David Ellery was (and probably still is). Malek certainly is, as are his assistants. And unless some major advances in humanoid robotic technology are made, they always will be.
It doesn't matter how many refs scrutinise play from any number of different angles, some things are always going to be missed.
Just like Juanfran's kick out at Louis Saha before the final whistle of last night's game which prompted the French striker to flap back at him and resulted in a red card.
Nor did the presence of extra officials highlight the horrendous playacting from the AEK defender as he went down like a sack of spuds, clutching his face like he'd just been raked by six of Adebayor's finest studs.
The thinking behind the idea is commendable, but unfortunately it is inherently flawed. And once again, it seems that the only solution for those who want immaculate, perfectly refereed matches are in-game television replays.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I wasn't making any comments in the press about wanting to leave or being unhappy, it was the club who wanted to sell me, yet I am being abused by the fans who once cheered me." (Emmanuel Adebayor, September 17)
"All I can say is I am a footballer and if a club like Milan are interested in me then I cannot lie to you, I am happy, because it is Milan." (Emmanuel Adebayor, May 26)
"For me (Milan being interested in signing him) must be something special. It is like a boy being told Beyonce is looking for them." (Emmanuel Adebayor, April 27)
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