City sign German charged with car theft

Maurizio Gaudino signed for Manchester City last night after leaving Germany, where he has been charged with car theft and fraud.

Even in today's sleaze-riddled transfer market this deal stands out, City snapping up a player who was arrested just a week ago in Frankfurt and suspended by his club, Eintracht, for the offence that has shocked German football.

City have taken Gaudino on a six-month loan, after which they will have first option to buy the 28-year-old midfielder for £1.5 m. Bernd Holzenbein, Eintracht's general manager, flew to Manchester to conclude negotiations personally and the player will make his debut against Newcastle United in the Coca-Cola Cup replay tonight.

The sight of the Toon Army should not faze Gaudino, who was arrested last week by police after appearing on a television chat show in which he had been roller-dancing with Katrina Witt, the German ice-skater.

Gaudino was confronted in the dressing-room, where police claim he confessed to being a member of a crime ring who stole expensive cars in a double-edged ploy. The cars were later sold in the east, while the owners also claimed insurance money.

Gaudino was suspended by his club and the transfer to Manchester had to be rubber-stamped by the state authorities. The player will answer those charges at a later date.

Hristo Stoichkov, the Barcelona and Bulgaria striker, has been voted 1994 European Footballer of the Year by the France Football magazine. The award is based on journalists' votes in 49 European countries. Stoichkov polled 210 points.

Second and third places went to members of Italy's World Cup final side: the Juventus striker and last year's award winner Roberto Baggio, with 136 points, and the AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini, with 109.

EUROPEAN FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR: 1 H Stoichkov (Bulgaria, Barcelona) 210pts; 2 R Baggio (Italy, Juventus) 136; 3 P Maldini (Italy, AC Milan) 109; 4 T Brolin (Sweden, Parma), G Hagi (Romania, Barcelona) 86; 6 J Klinsmann (Germany, Tottenham Hotspur) 43; 7

T Ravelli (Sweden, IFK Gothenburg) 21; 8 J Litmanen (Finland, Ajax Amsterdam) 12; 9 M Desailly (France, AC Milan). D Savicevic (Yugoslavia, AC Milan) 8; 11 F Baresi (Italy, AC Milan), M Preud'homme (Belgium, Benfica) 7; 13. E Cantona (France, Manchester United), M Laudrup (Denmark, Real Madrid), Y Letchkov (Bulgaria, SV Hamburg), K Balakov (Bulgaria, Sporting Portugal) 4.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - Spanish Speaking

£17000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - German Speaking

£17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - Japanese Speaking

£17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you are fluent in Japanese a...

Recruitment Genius: Graphic Designer - Immediate Start

£16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

Day In a Page

Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'
10 best statement lightbulbs

10 best statement lightbulbs

Dare to bare with some out-of-the-ordinary illumination
Wimbledon 2015: Heather Watson - 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Heather Watson: 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

Dustin Brown

Who is the German player that knocked Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?
Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Damien Martyn: 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Australian veteran of that Ashes series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test