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Quotes of the Week: Balotelli deserves a lot of slaps

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"Balotelli is just selfish. He deserves a lot of slaps, Balotelli does not play for the team, only for himself. He is an egotist, who thinks the world revolves around him. Guys like Balotelli deserve lots of slaps rather than pats on the shoulder." — Paulo Di Canio on Mario Balotelli. Di Canio of course always avoided controversy during his career.

"(Paul) Pogba signed for Juventus a long time ago as far as we're aware. (It) is disappointing. I don't think he showed us any respect at all, to be honest. I'm quite happy that if they carry on that way, they're probably better doing it away from us." - Sir Alex Ferguson is not entirely sure where Paul Pogba's future lies, but is fairly confident it's not at Old Trafford.

"I personally have had a great season but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days." - Robin van Persie makes it perfectly clear it is not his fault Arsenal did not win anything last year while revealing he won't sign a new contract. But….

"I love the club and the fans, no matter what happens." — So it is all okay after all.

"I've not spoken with him. I've spoken with every other player and said, 'Look, that is the requirement we look for'. David, being the ultimate professional that he is, I'd very much be surprised if he said he wouldn't want to be on that standby list." - David Beckham: on the standby list for a GB squad featuring such luminaries as Craig Dawson and Jason Steele, according to Stuart Pearce.

"If I was playing, we'd win, no doubt about it." — Pele, in his typically modest style, answers who he thinks would win between his 1970 Brazilian side or the current Spanish team.

"¡¡¡GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!! ¡¡¡GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL DE ESPAÑA!!! ¡¡¡GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL DE TORRES!!!"  Our Spanish Eurosport-Yahoo! colleagues are definitely not bored of winning yet. And their Euro 2012 final matchcast was a masterpiece of repeating vowels.

"Football is my life. My life would mean nothing without football." - It is a good job Andres Iniesta is pretty good at football then.

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It is not easy being Andy Murray at Wimbledon

"Subconsciously, I'm probably pretty stressed out right now, but I try not to show it.  Obviously, the pressure is there, if I thought too much about it, it would become too much, but if you shield yourself and listen only to those around you, you can manage. And they give you the confidence you need." — Andy Murray on the unique pressure that goes with being a British contender at Wimbledon.

"I asked Andre (Agassi) what I have to do. I asked if he could help me. If I had a chance, I would have asked everybody, there were a lot of top players sitting there (in the Royal Box). But Andre was sitting close so that's why I asked him. He knows how to beat Roger and how to play on grass (so I thought he would be my best bet). He said (something back) but it did not really help me because it was two sets too late. If we had played best of seven or nine or 11 (sets) ...." -  Mikhail Youzhny on the desperate measures he went to during his straight-sets defeat to Roger Federer at Wimbledon.

"I don't really like to look back in history because every time you step on the court it's a new story. You kind of write your own history every time." — Poetic stuff from Victoria Azarenka.

"We got a call yesterday. Someone had taken him, obviously got fed up with him and left him in Wimbledon Park." — A pigeon-scaring harrier hawk  is forever, not just for a few days during Wimbledon. Owner Wayne Davis talked of his relief after being united with Rufus, the hawk employed to scare pigeons in the skies over Wimbledon.

"I had no idea. All the people start to clap and scream. I was like, What's going on? I even smiled. I was, like, 'okay, they want to see a good match'. Then in the gym after the match, when I was cooling down, my coach came, and he's like, 'Did you know that you did not lose a point?' I was like, 'Really?' It was incredible." - Yaroslava Shvedova reveals she did not even realise she had blitzed through the first set of her Wimbledon match against Sara Errani without conceding a point. We suspect Errani might have had an idea though.

"It is with great sadness that I must report that, due to the injuries she sustained, Maria has lost her right eye. Maria's care and the wellbeing of her family remain our priority at this time. Her family are at the hospital and we are doing everything possible to support them." -  Marussia F1 team principal John Booth reveals the sad news that test driver Maria de Villota lost her right eye after treatment following her testing crash on Tuesday.

"What saddens me so much is that we have not only lost a hugely popular and colourful character, but one of our most exciting and explosive young batsmen. A player who could make the game look deceptively easy, a player who was surely destined for the highest reaches of the game, and a player, whose authority and elegance at the crease reminded so many of his father." - England and Wales Cricket Board managing director Hugh Morris said the game had lost an "extraordinary talent" as Tom Maynard was laid to rest in his home city of Cardiff.

"Probably Italy, to be honest. I'm not a fan of Italy although I'm not sure why. I think the language barrier gets on your nerves a little bit and you can't order a pizza in Italian so that frustrates me as well!" — Eurosport spent 60 seconds with Wales captain Sam Warburton and found that he is unlikely to be having his honeymoon in Venice.

"We realise it is too late for men synchronised swimmers at London but we would like to have a serious discussion with the IOC after the Games as there is no reason why there can't be gender equality in all sports." - Stephen Adshead, manager of the Out to Swim Angels synchronised swimming team that was set up three years ago, who says it is "blatant inequality, and unfair" that there is no male synchronised swimming at the Olympics.

"I've had a pretty good career. To do it at 36, I feel like I have a lot of years ahead of me. I've had a number of good years in my career so far, and I feel like I've got a lot more ahead of me. It feels great to get to 74 wins and obviously pass Jack. It's something I'm very proud of." - Tiger Woods has set his sights on Sam Snead's record number of US PGA Tour wins after going second on the all-time list with victory at the AT&T National.

"I'm like Forrest Gump. When they told him to run, he ran. Today, my team-mates told me to win. And I won." - Cycling prodigy Peter Sagan explains a bizarre celebration gesture he said was an imitation of Tom Hanks's stride in Forrest Gump after winning his second stage of this year's Tour de France.

"For me, seeing the target and not seeing the target doesn't make any difference. When I look down the range at the target all I can do is try to distinguish between the different colours. If I couldn't see the colours, now that would be a problem." - Im Dong-hyun of Korea is blind, but that hasn't stopped him being one of the favourites for archery gold at the London Olympics.

"If Usain was to be really focused and committed on cleaning up his technique he could probably run 9.4 seconds but he would have to do some major training and adjustments in the way that he runs. I think he can do whatever he wants to do. If he gets to the starting line healthy, at his best, everyone else at their best, he wins every time... he's that good." — Michael Johnson still thinks Usain Bolt can be the star of the Games despite his recent defeats to Yohan Blake at the Jamaican trials.

"She [Lynsey Sharp] must be so pleased and proud. Her and her team will all be celebrating, and I wouldn't want to take that away from an athlete. If I was to appeal and be successful, I'd have to do it at the expense of her, and I wouldn't appreciate somebody doing that to me. I wish her the best of luck, and obviously I will train hard and I owe it to myself to get something out of the rest of the year." - Jenny Meadows on why she won't appeal being left out of the Great Britain 800m Olympic team.

"I'm quitting." - Marilyn Okoro is less classy, although she later deleted this tweet aimed at selectors after her own omission.

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