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Thatcher apologises to Mendes

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Manchester City can confirm that Ben Thatcher has personally written a letter to Pedro Mendes to apologise to him following the tackle in the match last night.

Chief Executive Alistair Mackintosh has this morning telephoned Portsmouth's Chief Executive Peter Storrie to enquire about Pedro's health. The two clubs share an excellent relationship and everyone at Manchester City, especially Ben himself, wishes him the very best.


Ben Thatcher says: "Immediately after the game I tried to find out how Pedro was. I have written to him today apologising for what happened."


The Club does not condone such action and the matter has been dealt with internally by Stuart Pearce.

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James expected to return tonight

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Former City keeper David James has spoken out ahead of his expected return to the City of Manchester Stadium with his new team Portsmouth tonight.