Adrian Mutu has always been a class act. At times it has been class A but thatÃ¢ÂÂs another story as they say.The Romanian may have cleaned up his recreational activities but he still canÃ¢ÂÂt help getting up peopleÃ¢ÂÂs noses.The players of Catania certainly think heÃ¢ÂÂs a dope for indulging in a piece of showboating last Sunday.Mutu had already scored a scorcher to put the Viola ahead and with minutes remaining took us all back to a time when it was de rigueur for some long-haired winger, shirt outside his shorts, socks around the ankles run down the clock by leading some lumbering full-back on a merry dance.However, such non-conformist behaviour comes at a price in the macho world of Serie A and MutuÃ¢ÂÂs wiggle of the hips and little dance over the ball had the opposition descending on him like a pack of Roman youths spotting a Swedish pack-backer at the Spanish Steps.Pushing to the front of the queue was CataniaÃ¢ÂÂs troll-like captain David Baiocco who felt that his very manhood had been called into question.Ã¢ÂÂYou canÃ¢ÂÂt go around taunting players like that,Ã¢ÂÂ he bleated. Ã¢ÂÂHe needs to have more respect.Ã¢ÂÂEven MutuÃ¢ÂÂs team-mate, Dario Dainelli weighted in with a none too subtle: Ã¢ÂÂI would have head-butted him if he had done that to me.Ã¢ÂÂ However, the former Chelsea bad-boy has heard it all before and no doubt he will be up for some more high jinx if he gets another opportunity to play keep-ball against AS Roma this weekend.ItÃ¢ÂÂs doubtful either he will be able to kick a habit of a lifetime even if heÃ¢ÂÂs up against another wind-up merchant in Francesco Totti.The thumb-sucking Roma captain taunted Juventus Igor Tudor mercilessly after the Romans racked up four goals a few seasons ago that the defenderÃ¢ÂÂs nerves were so shot to bits that he hardly ever figured for the Bianconeri again.Mutu has already claimed heÃ¢ÂÂs better than the Roman man and faster over 20 metres but then again when was the last time we have seen Totti jog, never mind run 20 metres.You have to admire Mutu, he has had to put with a fair share of racist chants and was even called Ã¢ÂÂa crafty gypsyÃ¢ÂÂ by Palermo president Maurizio Zamperini after he scored a goal when a Palermo player had gone down injured. Like Totti, Mutu feels that his superior skill enables him to indulge himself when the fancy takes him and it just might be the turn of the Roma defence to feel like right charlies come Sunday.
Ten thousands of starlings have gathered near the estuary, seen from the motorway, on the borders between England and Scotland. Their number swelled to 50,000 by the arrivals of more escaping RussiaÃ¢ÂÂs serious cold. The gathering of the clever little birds paints patterns across the sky as they move and circle and dip, as one, changing shape, losing sections only to rejoin.