Georgios Samaras is backing Stephen Ireland to put his off-the-field problems behind him with the help of his City team mates.
The striker has spoken out in support of the Irish international midfielder, with the pair having become good friends since Georgios’ arrival at City in 2006
Georgios exclusively told MCFC.co.uk: “What Stephen did was wrong, but he’s a good person and he does not deserve to have everyone against him. I think he needs the support of all his team mates in the dressing room at the moment, and he needs to know we are on his side.
“Stephen and I are good friends, I hope he can focus on football now and keep improving for the club.
“Family is the most important thing in the world. Sometimes you can do stupid things, you travel a lot in football and everyone misses their family. We all make mistakes, but he needs to focus on his game now. He’s young, and he deserves a second chance.
“Everyone at the club is giving him a lot of support, and I hope we can all help him move forward.”