Al Ain's Ryan Babel embroiled in sexism storm on Twitter

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Twitter fight: Babel.

Al Ain forward Ryan Babel was involved in a Twitter argument on Friday night which saw the former Netherlands star accused of sexism after several inappropriate comments to his female adversary, including telling her to ‘stay in her lane’.

Babel, who is no stranger to controversy, made remarks about the girl’s anatomy before questioning the right of women to comment on footballing issues.

His comments drew a furious response from many on the site prompting the Dutch international to continue his rant about the need to be a role model and Twitter trolls. He then appeared to hand out his personal phone number to would-be tormentors.

It is not the first time that Babel has drawn unwanted attention to himself on Twitter, having been fined by the Football Association for posting a mocked-up photo on his Twitter site of the referee Howard Webb wearing a Manchester United shirt in 2011 while still a Liverpool player.

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Babel had previously been fined by his club for revealing that he had been dropped for a game against Stoke on the website.

His latest conflict appeared to refer back to his days at Liverpool, having posted an article referring to former manager Rafa Benitez, now of Real Madrid. When challenged over his ill-feeling to the Spaniard, Babel then responded to the girl in question with his insulting remark.

It remains to be seen what view employers Al Ain take of the incident which has since been picked up by international media.

Babel has so far made three appearances for The Boss, scoring earlier on Friday night in his side’s cup victory draw with Al-Jazira.

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Sow set to join Al Ahli for record €17m

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Moussa Sow scored 60 goals in three seasons for Fenerbache.

Fenerbahce have announced that a €17 million (Dh70m) deal has been struck with Al Ahli to bring Moussa Sow to the Arabian Gulf League.

The announcement came from the Turkish team’s Twitter feed on Friday and included pictures of a clearly emotional farewell between Sow and the Fenerbahce President Aziz Yildirim. 

Fener sporting director Guillano Terraneo was quoted as saying: “You were also a very important player for our project. We did not want you to leave, but that’s life.

“I wish you success. I tried very hard to keep you, but you want to go.”

That statement was followed by one from Sow, who said: “I want to thank everyone who supported me. I’ve had a lot of experiences in my career but Fenerbahce has been the best.

“I had many beautiful moments here. The crowd always supported me.”

Al Ahli are yet to officially confirm the transfer but the Senegal international would be ineligible for the rest of the 2015 AFC Champions League campaign as the registration deadline passed last month.

 

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Lima heads Al Ahli to 1-0 AFCCL quarter-final first-leg win

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Lima (#9) celebrates his goal with teammates.

UAE forward Ahmed Khalil has warned his Al Ahli team-mates from taking their foot off the gas pedal after they claimed an important 1-0 away victory at Naft Tehran in a tension-fuelled first leg of the AFC Champions League quarter-finals.

A second-half Lima header saw Ahli end Naft’s unbeaten run at home in the competition and was enough to give the Red Knights the advantage heading into the second leg at the Rashid Stadium in Dubai on September 16.

“We did well today. Tehran were tough but we tried to close all gaps and didn’t give them much space,” said Khalil. “Thankfully we won but we must focus on the second leg and not rest on our laurels. We shouldn’t underestimate them. The job is far from over.”

Naft, who are enjoying their first-ever Champions League campaign and are the only debutants to make the knockout stages this season, had the better start as a 23,000-strong home crowd cheered them on at the Azadi Stadium in the Iranian capital.

Alireza Ezzati could have put the hosts in front in the 18th minute when a Vahid Amiri header landed at his feet right in front of the goal but he misfired over the bar.

Payam Sadeghian was wreaking havoc in the Ahli box but his 22nd minute dive did not fool Japanese referee Minoru Tojo who denied him a penalty.

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The visitors finally hit their stride on the half-hour mark with their first real chance coming through Ismail Al Hammadi, a hat-trick hero in Ahli’s 8-1 drubbing of Fujairah in their Arabian Gulf League opener last week.

Khalil perfectly set up Al Hammadi on the edge of the box but the UAE striker’s effort rose over the bar.

Just before the break, Naft’s Vahid Hamdinejad wasted a huge chance which prompted a swift Ahli counter-attack, masterminded by Everton Ribeiro, who sent over an inch-perfect cross to Lima. But the new Brazilian signing inexplicably headed wide as the first half ended in a stalemate.

Three minutes after the restart, Sadeghian latched onto a slick pass from Amiri but his low effort from outside the box went wide. Tensions rose between the two sets of players and the referee had to intervene more than once to break up small brawls.

 

The deadlock was finally broken in the 62nd minute when Habib Fardan headed a Ribeiro corner to Lima, who crouched to head home from close range.

Late substitute Ossama Assaidi almost made it 2-0 in the 95th minute but Naft ‘keeper Ali Reza Beiranvand parried his drive from outside the area.

Ahli team director Abdulmajeed Hussein said facing an Irani side is typically a difficult experience and was happy the Dubai club left Tehran with a lead.

“We’re used to facing hostility when we come here. We heard terrible curse words from the Iranians in the stands today but our players responded with their football,” said Hussein.

“We had a slow start in the first 30 minutes, playing away, in front of all these spectators but then we managed to get into it.”

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