Sir Alex Ferguson
“We made a decision simply because he gets terrible abuse here. We don’t want to subject him to that.”

David Moyes
“Maybe he (Fergie) was making sure everybody realises that if you play for Manchester United, you have to conduct yourself in a manner and our football club doesn’t really care who you are.”

David Beckham
“Sir Alex Ferguson knows more than me and definitely knows more than anyone about his players. He has obviously made a decision [based on] what is best for him and for his team.”

Tim Cahill
“For me, it has to be family first. Football is not an issue in comparison. It’s only a game and Wayne has to look after himself. I love football to bits – and the Evertonians here know how much I love it – and Wayne is a great professional. But it is family first.”

And finally, what does 50 Cent make of it all?
“I’ll make sure that if Wayne comes here and we party that he doesn’t get into any trouble. Clearing his head while his wife gathers her thoughts will be good. They can have talks with clear minds. I’m never going to excuse the behaviour of a man who doesn’t treat his woman right but I understand. Man, we’ve all been there. When the dollars roll in, the women start rolling in as well. When you have a good woman at home you should say no but it’s not that easy.”