Fri, February 24th 2006

More ‘fans’ crossing the line between passion and lunacy…

Chelsea have promised to punish any fans found to have made death threats to referee Terje Hauge in the wake of the Champions League loss to Barcelona.

Source: BBC


Related: Smith ambulance attack condemned


Thu, February 23rd 2006

MANCHESTER UNITED and Liverpool have issued a joint statement condemning the fans who attacked the ambulance taking Alan Smith to hospital at the weekend.

“These people aren’t real fans of football,” United and Liverpool said in a joint statement. “Both clubs feel the mindless actions of a few idiots should not overshadow the efforts of all involved to make sure Alan received the best possible treatment as soon as possible.

From: icLiverpool


Reports in several newspapers on Thursday claimed the ambulance was surrounded by people who threw stones and bottles at it and even tried to rock it from side to side.

Related: Liverpool fans shame at Smith chants


Wed, February 22nd 2006

Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard has tried to reduce the dispute caused by the quality of Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge pitch by saying, “Chelsea will be affected by the pitch just a much as ourselves ...We are not complaining.”

Barcelona captain Puyol also added: “There are no excuses. We are experienced enough to play on all kinds of surfaces,” but suggested that his team would be affected more.

Unfortunately, former president Joan Gaspart was less content to join his club’s line: “I don’t find it normal and I don’t think it is correct. I am sure it was done with bad intentions.”


Mon, February 20th 2006

Mourinho: “Sometimes you see beautiful people with no brains. Sometimes you have ugly people who are intelligent, like scientists”

“Our pitch is a bit like that. From the top it’s a disgrace but the ball rolls at normal speed.”


Liverpool fans shame at Smith chants

Section of the fans spoil efforts of the majority

It was a great shame to read reports of ‘Liverpool fans singing gleefully about Smith’s injury (Guardian)’ at Anfield yesterday.


Fri, February 10th 2006

Everton’s Duncan Ferguson will serve a seven match ban for his sending off at Wigan.

He has received an additional 4 match suspension for striking Chimbonda, on top of his original 3 matches for punching Scharner.

The sending off was Ferguson’s 8th in the Premiership, equalling Patrick Viera’s record.


Wed, February 8th 2006

Players’ chief Gordon Taylor offered Arsenal and England defender Sol Campbell his unstinting support.

The chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association said empathically: “Clearly he had a ‘beam me up, Scotty’ moment”.

With such an understanding attitude, I’m sure Sol won’t hesistate to contact him for help.


Fri, January 20th 2006

Chelsea are reportedly interested in buying Earls Court Exhibition Centre in a £400m deal so they can build a new stadium to replace Stamford Bridge.


Tue, January 17th 2006

Sven Goran Eriksson at Highbury

Given that Arsenal started game with 11 foreign players, and that Middlesborough were reduced to fielding a team of youngsters, what exactly was Eriksson doing at Highbury on Saturday?

Surely the England manager could have found a more useful game to watch.

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Mon, January 9th 2006

The Magic of the FA Cup

Somebody tell Ferguson

While so many lower league teams raised their games and fansí hopes, Manchester Utd once again treated the Cup with disdain.

Firstly, congratulations to all the teams who contributed to one the best 3rd rounds in recent history. From plucky efforts from the non league teams and a great giant killing by Leyton Orient, to some great perfomances from Championship teams against Premiership rivals, most notably Luton and Leicester.

While Burton rightly received enormous praise in the national media for their nil-nil draw with Manchester Utd, Alex Fergusonís choice to field a team of nobodies (again, after Exeter last season) was a huge let down. Until Rooney and Ronaldo came on as subs in the second half, it was a team youíd have been disappointed to see in a pre-season friendly and while Burton will be delighted with money spinning replay it will be a shame for the Burton players not to have been able to compete against Utdís international stars.

One has to wonder why Ferguson did it? Considering the are out of Europe and stand little chance in the Premiership, the FA Cup is their only chance for a major trophy. I cannot believe Ferguson is saving his players for the League Cup, so the depressing conclusion is that finish 2nd (or even 3rd or 4th) in the league is now more important than actually winning the FA Cup.

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