When Nani was harshly sent off in the Champions League against Real Madrid last season one furious Manchester United fan dialled 999 to report the crime; and although Arsenal supporters have no justification in complaining with the same voracity, there remains a nagging feeling that Wojciech Szczesny’s sending off against Bayern here — and Fifa’s controversial guidelines for referees — robbed us all in some way or another.
Thu, 20 Feb, 2014
‘Widespread support for Thomas Hitzlsperger from the football community’ ran the headline on one website yesterday, after the former German international and Aston Villa, West Ham and Everton man came out as gay in a newspaper interview.
Thu, 09 Jan, 2014
Tom Henning Ovrebro, the Norwegian referee who was blamed for Chelsea’s Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona in the 2009 semi-final, would be happy to take charge of their European semi-final clash in a fortnight so he can “correct the bad impression from the past’’.
Fri, 06 Apr, 2012
DAVID LUIZ, the forgotten man of Chelsea’s January transfer spree, ensured it wasn’t all about Fernando Torres as Chelsea scraped past Bayer Leverkusen in their opening fixture of the Champions League; but the Spaniard did at least set up both goals to provide a glimmer of hope that his own luck is about to change.
Wed, 14 Sep, 2011
IF Roman Abramovich is looking for scapegoats for Chelsea’s disappointing season and a painful Champions League defeat against Manchester United — and of course he is — then maybe it is time to look in the mirror and consider his own part in the way the club has disintegrated over the last 12 months.
Thu, 14 Apr, 2011