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Thursday, February 23

CHelsea need to buy Mike Riley from United

Quality ref for that Chelsea/barce game - he got the red card wrong and should have awarded 2 penalties to Barcelona. Anyway he has defended his red card he gave Del Horno with the following statement.


  • A tad incoherent, yet ultimately, while Hauge didn't get the straight red right, he certainly made up for the 3 yellow cardable offenses that Del Horno committed. If not the law itself, the intent of the law against dangerous conduct was served.

    I'd have been really irritated if that red had been shown against an Arsenal player the night before, so I don't doubt that the Smugster is not a happy boy. I think Simon's hit the nail on the head. With a squad as strong as what they currently have, Kenyon should concentrate on buying refs from here in. Sound idea.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 2:41 PM  

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    By Blogger gooner71, at 2:45 PM  

  • Good Tongue in cheek commentary in the Fiver. Specially like the bit about chickens come home to roost for the Smugster.

    What the Fiver knows about the high arts can be written on a table dancer's G-string. So when Jose Mourinho accused Barcelona of being a city awash with "theatres of high quality" - a jibe at Lionel Messi rolling around like a pig in swill after being karate-kicked by Asier Del Horno last night - we leaned backwards in our chair and asked our high-browed, frilly-laced friends on the GU Arts desk for their verdict. They insist Madrid's theatre scene boasts "more gravitas" than Barca's - but point out that Authur Miller's A View From The Bridge is currently playing at the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya. Spooky, eh? Oh.

    The Fiver's view from the Bridge, for what it's worth, is that Del Horno deserved red for a challenge higher than Richard Pryor in his hell-raising 80s prime, while Messi should've been given yellow for his part in a scene that resembled the final act of a bad school production of Romeo and Juliet. Still oblivious to that blatant late shove by John Terry that should have resulted in a penalty for Barcelona, referee Terje Hauge today insisted got nothing wrong. "I feel it is important to see the situation live. When you see it in slow motion, you can be fooled," he told TV3. "The red card was a key moment for how the match would develop ... but I have got a good feeling myself."

    Messi also spent the day reliving last night's trauma. "I got past Arjen Robben and Del Horno charged at me with bad intent," he sobbed. "Luckily I see him coming and I jump because if not he would have hurt me much more. I did not fake anything." Except the comical roll at the end, of course. In the old days, when men were men, both players would have probably got up and shook hands. The fact that they instead looked furtively at the referee before screaming in agony speaks volumes for how football is going. And Jose Mourinho, the man who's turned play-acting and cheating into an art-form with Porto and Chelsea, has only himself to blame.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 2:45 PM  

  • Personally I think he got the red card wrong Simon. Did you see the speed and height he ran in at? Watch where the ball is at the time. What is his intention at the time? Regardless of whether it was a red or not though, its amazing the balls Mourinho has that he can come out accusing Messi of diving (ok he gave it an extra roll or two) after Robben's behaviour against Liverpool. Hope they get hammered in Barcelona.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 9:19 PM  

  • Funny enough john, I saw it a few times again yesterday and its true that Del Horno misses the ball, its not moving fast at all so perhaps it was intent, he swipes at something, possibly Messi. Still think a red is harsh as its so subjective but he should have been booked for an earlier bad challenge though had that happened, chances are this one wouldnt have...

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 10:07 AM  

  • Sorry - I misspoke - I meant:

    "Personally I don't think he got the red card wrong Simon"

    But you might have figured that out from the rest.

    Hey - what would be the last game you would want Arsenal to play this weekend after the highs of Wednesday? Bolton away? Blackburn away must be a close second? Will be interesting to see how they do against the thugs of Blackburn.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 10:43 AM  

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