posted by Rich Hughes at
3/25/2006 09:08:00 PM
Saw that as well. "It's football, yes I controlled it so take the goal away from me. I work for the manager".
By Chris P, at 10:04 AM
I hope the FA do him, BBC's website has a link to this somewhere - well worth watching.http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/c/chelsea/4848966.stmHe admits he cheated, he admits he does it sometimes - how can the FA not charge him???? Twat.
By Simon Burke, at 9:59 AM
He did not admit he cheated. He stated "the ball comes to me, I can do nothing, it's like that". So while he appeared to acknowledge that it hit his hand, we really inferred it.
By Chris P, at 11:04 AM
I beg to differ Chris:After the match Drogba admitted he had handled the ball. He said: "Yes, it was handball, but that's part of the game. "If City had done it, nobody would have mentioned it, but everyone is out to make a big mess about Chelsea." Drogba was then forced to quickly make a retraction in his post-match interview after admitting he dived. "Sometimes I dive, sometimes I stand," he said, before adding: "No, I don't dive." He clearly retracts his earlier statement and has admitted to handball (not the end of the world but a player got sent off protesting it). So what did we infer?
By Simon Burke, at 11:10 AM
I stand corrected Simon
By Chris P, at 11:47 AM
Drogba dribbles better than Steve Nash.
By George Cuddy, at 12:49 PM
Good luck getting the FA to take action on this. What I fail to see is whether it's really in anyone's interest to take this issue out of the control of the referee.As a gooner, it occurs to me that with Pires and Reyes and even from time to time, Freddie, censuring Drogba is the thin end of the wedge. A similar thought might run through Busby's mind when considering how the Gelding's conduct will be scrutinized. Same goes for Kewell at Liverpool.It would be better to let Drogba have it from the stands and the papers every flipping time he steps on the pitch. He doesn't seem to be too hard a nut to crack and maybe if he experiences the type of revulsion that's been Robbie Savage's little acreage to plough for most of his poxy career, he might stop cheating. That or piss off somewhere else. Maybe someone could work up some scurrilous variation on the Becks song... "Drogba is a diver..."
By gooner71, at 2:43 PM
Maybe Eric Cantona can kidnap him and make him watch juga bonita or whatever it's called.Abramovich was in attendance and would approve of doing whatever to win. Chelsea will not censure him.His first goal, though, was class.
By Chris P, at 3:02 PM
I would do nothing over the handball. Thats football. Simon is just still bitter over 86. Diving I would crack down on but its tough because a ref needs to be 100% sure before he books a player for it. Maybe the FA would have a panel that review controversial diving incidents just like they do off the ball incidents or bad tackles. It will only take a coulpe of guys to get a 5 game ban to sort it out.
By TheBusbyBoy, at 11:38 AM
I quite agree with you John, get a post game panel of 3 to look at an incident and go back and give a one game ban for a dive considered unanimously by the panekl - it will lead to an ugly controversial year but long term it will improve the game a lot. An Argentine mate of mine here hates divers too and thinks it will never change - we both agreed FIFA have to do it globally if this is to be effective. Fining players seems to make no difference, definitely a ban of some sort. FIFA though are so gutless and slow moving that it will take a long time to institute.
By Simon Burke, at 12:07 PM
Looks like they are taking our advice Simon:http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=363800&cc=5739&campaign=rss&source=soccernetI would start with a 3 game ban for anybody that can be proven on video to have dived.
By TheBusbyBoy, at 11:43 AM
I dont know John, looks like they arent taking our advice, FIFA ruling out retrospective action when I hope they actually take some!
By Simon Burke, at 11:57 AM
Well at least they are at least talking about a panel being setup. I don't care too much about retrospective action. Lets start with a clean slate.
By TheBusbyBoy, at 12:11 PM
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