One match down and the Premier League’s favorite quote machine, Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway, has already been charged with improper conduct and “bringing the game into disrepute” following comments against match officials after Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Tottenham.
Holloway’s post-match comments questioned referee Mark Clattenburg’s failure to call a foul on Spurs’ Etienne Capoue after he barreled over Palace’s Stephen Dobbie. A minute and a half later Spurs were up the pitch and Aaron Lennon’s cross hit the outstretched arm of Palace defender, Dean Moxey, who was whistled for a penalty.
The incident had Holloway beside himself for two reasons. First, he believed that if the Dobbie foul had been called, Spurs would never have had the break that resulted in the penalty. Second, Holloway explained that he “must not know what a foul is” if Moxey’s movement were deserved of a penalty.
Replays showed that Dobbie had, in fact, been fouled but that Moxey’s arm blatantly handled Lennon’s cross.
Nevertheless, Holloway claimed that he “wouldn’t have gotten that penalty at Spurs” and that lesser teams like his Eagles suffered from decisions that generally go the way of more illustrious opponents. The alleged disparity is something Holloway claims he experienced during his last managerial stint in the Premier League with Blackpool.
“It’s going to be a long, hard season for me with these people (referees). I had this with Blackpool – certain clubs get fouls and others don’t,” Holloway said. “I just want a bit of fairness. I want a foul like anyone else would have got one. I’ve got a horrible taste in my mouth after that.”
Holloway has until 10:00am ET on Friday to respond to the charges.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.