I have also checked out a couple of match reports written by fans who are quite clearly deluded. I do expect some bias from the fans and club to themselves but with Chelsea it is beyond belief. After my brief virtual trip into these strange dark waters it is nice to be back in the comparative sanity of my fellow Evertonians and this great website (do I get a present for brown-nosing?) where the match reports, articles and fans comments do have some basis in reality.
As it is something that came up in the Carling Cup game against Chelsea and will no doubt come up again, I just wanted to clear up what constitutes a sending off for a bad tackle.
Under FIFA?s Laws of the Game a player is sent off for ?serious foul play? (page 39). FIFA?s decision 4 (page 41) states that a tackle, which endangers the safety of an opponent, must be sanctioned as serious foul play. Note, there is no mention of ?both feet off the ground? or contact having been made. Page 119 gives further guidelines for referees as to what constitutes serious foul play and there are a couple of photos for illustration. See www.fifa.com/worldfootball/lawsofthegame.html.
So, for example, it is clear that the ref was absolutely correct in sending Mikel off (but he did get a lot of other stuff wrong).
It continually irritates me (I?m past 40 so nearly everything in the world irritates me apart from kittens, puppy dogs, and pert 18 year olds) that the majority of pundits, journalists, commentators and even managers comment on the decisions of the referees without ever having read the Laws of the Game.
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1 Posted 10/01/2008 at 15:59:37
2 Posted 10/01/2008 at 16:07:00
3 Posted 10/01/2008 at 16:27:53
Im sure the Everton players have read this if not they should do, then RAM THE F****NG article down their throats when the pay us a visit at a noisey night game at goodison park.
Makes me laugh that 6000 Everton supporters can make the Journey down south for a midweek game yet they have to entice there rich wasters with very cheap travel upto Liverpool otherwise they would not have more than 1500 turn up perhaps they should concede defeat as none of there fans can make it due to a black tie do down the local conservative club!!!
4 Posted 10/01/2008 at 16:14:45
As soon as I seen Sidwell do that I thought I bet Carsley gets sent off. What annoys me though is people like Alan Smith who say there was nothing in the challenge but says Carsley was lucky not to be taking an early bath??this after about 5 mins.
I?ve never heard big nose give a decent/fair commentary whenever we?ve played but Tue night was all about Chelsea. Anyone would think he was an ex Chelsea player. I think all the banter he used to take when he played at GP obviously riled him more than he?s let on!!
5 Posted 10/01/2008 at 16:25:50
Many have already recorded their disgust of the Chelsea OS article on our site - nothing more to say, except perhaps that it might be read out to the players as part of the preparation for the second leg?
6 Posted 10/01/2008 at 16:45:02
7 Posted 10/01/2008 at 17:13:26
8 Posted 10/01/2008 at 17:41:00
I don’t expect such from a Chelsea fan boy who has clearly lost the plot, so I could care less for their opinion.
That it appeared on the offical site, and not the ignored blog of a sociopath is disappointing, but to be offended is to imply their opinion (for want of a better word) carries any kind of weight outside the most deluded of Chelsea fans.
9 Posted 10/01/2008 at 18:48:40
10 Posted 10/01/2008 at 19:33:50
11 Posted 10/01/2008 at 20:37:28
12 Posted 10/01/2008 at 20:45:15
13 Posted 10/01/2008 at 21:21:15
"Fur coat and no knickers"
They’ve got no class,no pedigree,no history,and considering the advantages their location should have afforded them over the years,they should bury their heads in shame at their record with regards to silverware.Most of their supporters should get back to bloody Twickers.
14 Posted 11/01/2008 at 01:16:20
Mourinho may have been increasingly arrogant, but at least he had some panache, now all that’s left is a soul-less shell that will, if there’s any justice at all, spectacularly self-implode and see Abramovich abandon his toy...
...hopefully encouraging some of the other mortgaged millionaires to go with him.
Then all we’d have to do is introduce Rupert Murdoch to the concept of independent journalism and line all the
leeching agents up against the wall.
15 Posted 11/01/2008 at 02:26:17
16 Posted 11/01/2008 at 02:26:52
I read other articles and all are the same. They ridicule other teams and the effort those teams put in.
I agree with those that propose to put up this article in the dressing room, hell, they should put all of them up. The sheer arrogance displayed on the site to ANY team should motivate us even more.
BTW. They cannot even list articles in the right order. If they cannot do that on a website well God help them when they go to Goodison. I hope we play them of the Park.
A purely emotional post but I have to show emotion sometime....
My guess for the second leg? We need a goal, get one. We are through if we survive ET. Chelsea sses have to get one, go forward and we get one on a break. We shut up shop and go through without ET.
COYB and I will be watching from Texas. When we win I will drink several "Boddies" imported from England!
17 Posted 11/01/2008 at 08:12:27
I have loads of great conversations in London with Spurs (especially), West Ham and Arsenal fans. Can’t remember when I ever had one with a Chelsea fan. They know nothing.
The twat article is just an example of who they are. When their corrupt owner moves on they will return to obscurity and their rightful place in the London pecking order below decent teams like QPR.
18 Posted 11/01/2008 at 09:03:31
Oh and just how biased was that TV commentator. A clear penalty for Joe Cole who had dived into the box. Even the replay showed that he wasn’t touched and he still wouldn’t have it. Thank goodness for the good sense of Peter Reid.
19 Posted 11/01/2008 at 09:09:53
20 Posted 11/01/2008 at 10:18:11
21 Posted 11/01/2008 at 12:11:23
Everton’s first semi final in years was summarised in just a few lines on the bottom of the page.
See www.teamtalk.com for a paticularly bad example of biased journalism.
22 Posted 11/01/2008 at 12:13:06
Picking up on the "Biased Sky" points abouve, I couldn’t agree more. I was astonished at the clear bias throughout the match, especially from the summariser, whoever he was.
23 Posted 12/01/2008 at 00:02:25
I also think that the decision to send off Mikel was spot on, if that was an Everton player he’d have also gone straight off.
24 Posted 12/01/2008 at 04:57:17
And about that biased article on the Chelsea FC website, well, that’s a joke. It is so biased it’s not funny.
I’ll be watching the 2nd leg from down under in Australia, watching Chelsea getting their asses kicked by us Toffees. COYB
25 Posted 12/01/2008 at 22:46:26
Either Chelsea don?t bother reading whatever he writes before putting it on the website, assuming it will be fantastic, or they don?t care that this article smacks of unprofessionalism on their part (coming as it does without a disclaimer, as made clear above).
Either way, total wankers. Looking forward to the atmosphere at Goodison even more for the second leg.
26 Posted 15/01/2008 at 14:41:42
You have NO idea how much my kids are willing us to beat them or their life will be misery down here.
COYB - do it for the kids!
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