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Did Gareth Barry play a two-card trick at Chelsea?

13/02/2015  Comments (4)  jump
Recalling a similar incident involving Alex Nyarko 15 years ago, David Prentice ponders whether Gareth Barry's late booking at Chelsea was cunningly planned to avoid a two-match ban.

As things stood heading into the closing minutes at Stamford Bridge, the midfielder was sitting on a 10th yellow card and facing two games out. His dismissal for a late trip on William negated the booking, however, and his tally of cards for the season reverted to nine.

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John Gee
1 Posted 13/02/2015 at 09:09:02
As a left footed defensive midfielder, would Barry have naturally been closer to Willian before he took the shot?

We'll probably never know.

If Barry is vital to the team then this was an intelligent move and, perhaps, shows more of a willingness to play the percentages rather than hoping it all be well in the end. I don't buy it though.

Eric Myles
3 Posted 13/02/2015 at 11:15:56
He's always giving away stupid needless free kicks so probably not pre-meditated.

If it was he should be hung drawn and quartered for losing us the game.

Mike Childs
4 Posted 13/02/2015 at 22:01:49
I'm more worried that GB did pull this move (does fit his MO) than Rom's comments the kid has a bigger mouth than heart. If ever they balance we will reap twice what we payed for him.
Philip Yensen
6 Posted 14/02/2015 at 08:47:22
God help us if Barry is our major worry. He is a marked man. most of the fouls heÂ’s been booked for are repeated by other players on both sides without punishment. Time to give Oviedo, Besic, McCarthy Naismith the reigns.

If Marallas wants away, so be it, but put him alongside of Lukaku and tell the pair of shits to prove they are good enough for us or any other team.

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