Footytubeblog 6 days ago
The Football Association’s red card appeals process has been under the spotlight more than ever before this season and is yet to do itself justice, let alone the justice of teams and players who have suffered from its various outcomes.
For many years it has been an ambiguous process without much transparency or, on many an occasion, a lack of consistency and common sense.
This season we have witnessed that at its very best – or worse – its decisions have had a big say in the outcome of some Premier League action.
The appeals panel is made of three ex-referees who are sat in separate rooms and handed passwords to secure websites upon which they can see the incident in questions.
If all three of them make a judgment that they would have sent the player off, then the player is charged or his red card stands. In the event of the panel not coming to the same agreement, then no action is taken, or the red card is rescinded.
So on the day the FA asked three ex-referees to give their verdicts on the clash between Yaya Toure and Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Craig Bellamy vs Jonathan de Guzman, where on earth did they pick up these so called ex-officials? Power League? The local park? The waiting room at Specsavers?
Agreed, the decision to charge Craig Bellamy for his off-the-ball assault on Swansea’s Jonathan de Guzman was the correct one. But, the decision not to charge Manchester City’s Yaya Toure for kicking Norwich striker van Wolfswinkel in the back did not make sense.
That means that one, if not all three, of the ex-referees on the panel believed Toure’s kick was not a red card offence, despite it clearly being an act of malice from the Ivorian.
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Footytubeblog 1 week ago
It’s perhaps a bit unwise to ask Arsenal fans to be patient with anything given the frustrating run of eight years without a single piece of silverware to boast about.
After going so long without much cheer and having to sit through transfer window after transfer window while Arsene Wenger failed to spend the hundreds of millions he reportedly has in his transfer kitty, it’s no wonder Arsenal fans are becoming more and more impatient with anything that keeps them waiting.
The £42.5million arrival of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid on Transfer Deadline Day was initially hailed as the transfer to end all trophy droughts – it had all the hallmarks of a signal of intent from the club.
The German’s first five or six games were very impressive, particularly his first two where he managed three assists.
But the Gunners’ record signing has faded away in the last couple of months and has put in a couple of lazy, lackluster and sometimes disinterested performances that have understandably angered the Arsenal faithful, who had pinned the hopes of a Premier League trophy firmly on his head.
But is it right to expect Ozil to be at his very best for every game? Admittedly, he earned his reputation during his time at Real Madrid where he was playing alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric. So it isn’t just the need to adapt to a new pace and style of football in the Premier League, but also to a side where he’s arguably the big fish for once, rather than the small one.
Given his huge price tag and the fact he’s Arsenal’s record signing, you can forgive him for feeling a little under pressure to deliver exactly what Arsenal want.
Araz 1 week ago
1. Refusing The Title Race
Mourinho has repeatedly written Chelsea out of the title race, constantly stating that they are a team in transition and therefore not in the race. This ploy might have seemed like a good way to take pressure off his players early on in the season but any team sitting on top of the league and only 11 games left to play is in the title race, regardless of what their manager covers his eyes with. The whole world can see the league table but meanwhile Mourinho is seeing something else as the veil of his mind games becomes so thin it may only be fooling himself. Will he still deny they are in the title race if Chelsea actually win the league?
2. The Spat with Wenger
When Wenger validly pointed out that the reason why Mourinho and many other managers were stating they were not in the title race (despite the blindingly obvious and contradictory statement made by the humble league table), was that if you never admit to being in the race you'll never have to admit to having lost it. Mourinho spat the dummy out with his response calling his counterpart a "specialist in failure". The unbiased observer can only conclude that Mourinho lost his cool with this remark, and also lost the spat with Wenger 1-0.
3. Exiling Mata to Man United
Eyebrows were raised when twice winner of the player of the year award at Chelsea was off loaded to potential (but maybe distant) future title rivals Manchester United. Whilst we can see why Mourinho couldn't fit Mata in to his new plans for his wide midfielders, it seems crazy to sell such a deadly weapon to someone who will use it against you.
4. Letting Lukaku Go
Chelsea are the lowest scorers in the top 4 and at the current rate they stand to finish their season on 69 Premier League goals. Whilst that wouldn't be a historical low for the Blues, with a little more fire power they might be running away with the league right now. Which makes the loan departure of Lukaku, who bagged 17 goals and 7 assists last season, even more confusing.
5. Outcasting Ashley Cole
Before Mourinho arrived, Cole was, and probably still is, regarded as one of the best left backs in the world. With Chelsea keeping 3 clean sheets in their first 5 games Cole suddenly lost favour. Azpilicueta has played well in his place but there is something very confusing about ditching one of your best assets in order to shove a natural right-back in to his position. Obviously Jose knows something we don't but as far as the stats are concerned Chelsea have kept 6 clean sheets in the 12 games which Cole has appeared in and 8 clean sheets in the 15 games Azpilicueta has played a major role in. Nothing gained, but something valuable potentially lost.
6. The Increasingly Unhappy One
Most recently Mourinho accused the press of being a disgrace for recording a conversation he had, in which he lampooned his current crop of strikers and suggested Eto'o might be 300 years old. He suddenly appears to become unaware of the fact that this is what the press do for a living, and he is not exempt from the game because he is the Special One. Instead of holding his hands up and tightening his lips, he went on the offensive against a rattle snake that he'd do well not to step on.
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Footytubeblog 2 weeks ago
Sunday’s 2016 European Championships qualification draw threw up a generous route to the Finals for England.
The decision to increase the number of teams competing at the latter stage of the tournament from 16 to 24 means all of the top seeds should have no trouble with qualifying.
And that will apply to Roy Hodgson’s side, who have drawn San Marino, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovenia, Switzerland in Group E.
The only real threat, if any, will be Switzerland, while Slovenia are an improving footballing nation who have the potential to provide more sterner competition than the likes of San Marino and Estonia.
For years we have consistently had to compete in tough qualifying groups in both the European Championships and the World Cup. And although we almost always qualify, there seems to be a sense of panic and uncertainty at some stage along the way.
So it seems a little bit unusual that the FA is reportedly unhappy, or disappointed, with England’s comparatively easy qualification group.
Their feeling is that they will struggle to sell out Wembley without the inconvenience of a glamour tie, although the last time we had a real glamour tie in a qualification group was when we played Germany in the run up to the 2002 World Cup Finals.
The likes of Ukraine, Poland, Croatia and Montenegro have admittedly given us some tough games in recent years, but they are arguably no more glamorous than the prospect of facing Switzerland.
As a result of the FA’s unhappiness at being handed an easy draw, they will be looking to arrange ‘glamour’ friendlies with some of the World’s best sides in an attempt to recoup the predicted loss in gate receipts during qua ... MORE
Footytubeblog 3 weeks ago
Sunday’s clash between Everton and Tottenham was dubbed a genuine six pointer, with both clubs going head to head for that much coveted final Champions League place.
This certainly wasn’t a classic, with both sides looking like Premier League minnows rather than the heavyweights they supposedly aspire to be. Spurs manage to claw out a narrow victory thanks to a composed finish from Emmanuel Adebayor mid-way through the second half; a result fans will no doubt cherish but one that they perhaps shouldn’t be too carried away about.
This was honestly one of the worst Spurs performances against a non-title challenging side that I can remember. Sloppy on the ball and massively outgunned in the middle of the park, if Everton had the clinical Lukaku at their disposal this could have been a totally different game. The reality though was that they didn’t, and Everton were just as blunt in the final third as a totally off colour Spurs side. Leon Osman had the chances to put the toffees 3 or 4 up inside 10 minutes, and with the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal on the horizon there is a definite cause for concern at Spurs.
People often say to be successful you have to win when you aren’t playing to the best of your abilities and Spurs did that this weekend. But this isn’t a one-off, Spurs have been below par for the last few weeks and the performances if anything seem to be getting worse, is Sherwood actually as clueless as everyone is trying to make out?
You would struggle to argue that Sherwood won any sort of tactical battle at the weekend, the 1-0 victory as much to do with luck than any sort of judgement. His decision to play 3 in midfield was perhaps a prudent one given Everton’s midfield strengt ... MORE