Benteke spent one unsuccessful season as a Liverpool player, was widely branded a flop, while the majority of fans were relieved when he was quickly sold on at only a minimal loss and were largely happy to see the back of him. Benteke owes Liverpool absolutely nothing, but it is increasingly ingrained in most modern players that celebrating against a club you used to play for is the ultimate taboo. And it's just plain stupid.
This week was a strange but exciting one for me. I found out that I have been awarded a third Olympic Medal, following the retrospective ban of another athlete. To win a third Olympic medal is extremely special for me and all my family. To be able to say I am a three-time Olympic medalist really is an amazing achievement. On the other hand, no one in athletics likes to hear of further drug abuses, as it only serves to undermine the sport we love. It really put into focus for me this week what sport is all about.
Dementia has a profound impact on people living with it and their families and, shockingly, is the only one of the top ten leading causes of death we can't prevent, cure or slow down. Society needs to wake up to the scale and urgency of this condition now, before it's too late. That's why me and Sir Geoff Hurst, my dear friend and former team-mate, are fronting the charity's latest campaign and urging the British public to come together and unite against dementia...
Throughout my career I am someone who has made mistakes and owned up to those mistakes and tried to learn from them. I intend to do that here. I accept that this is one more mess I got into because of my own behaviour. This episode has brought home to me that just as I had to face up to the need to get help to deal with alcohol abuse, and with anger, so now I need to get help for my issues with gambling, and I will do so.
No club has a divine right to be in any division but the evolution of the game over recent years and particularly the financial disparity may just have taken the Premier league out of reach for many clubs.
The day of reckoning is here! In front of a rumoured 90,000 crowd. Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko will go to war in the heavyweight division in one of the most eagerly awaited fights in years at that weight. The world will genuinely be watching this one, Even Americans who are notoriously luke warm over European fighters seem interested. As Joshua himself says, now Americans are coming to the UK to watch fights, not the other way around.
The simple fact is, any united fan born in the late eighties has known nothing but success for many years and it is tough to see this fall from grace. But United we stand, we have been through worse times before us 80's born were alive and we bounced back then, and we will bounce back this time. Bring on Celta Vigo and bring on the Europa League.