Chelsea manager José Mourinho was clearly not happy with the performance of referee Chris Foy, who had sent off who of his players (Willian, Ramires) as the Blues suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss at Aston Villa. Before full-time had been blown at Villa Park, the Blues’ boss was in the stands, having but shown from the sidelines while seeking an explanation for Ramires’s late red card.
After the match, when Mourinho sought explanations from Foy, he was left similarly frustrated, a mood that carried over into “the Special One’s” post-match interview. Electing to withhold his thoughts rather than invite a fine, Mourinho had no problem outlining the reason he was so being tight-lipped. You can’t criticize officials without drawing the league’s attention, and since all of his reactions would cast doubt on Foy’s decisions, Mourinho demurred.
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There’s little doubt he has reason to complain about Willian’s dismissal. There was nothing about the attacker’s second half foul that deserved a card. That it was the Brazilian’s second yellow only highlighted the inanity of Foy’s decision.
Ramires’s foul, however, was one of the most dangerous plays we’ve seen this calendar year. There was little question the midfielder deserved to see straight red, a judgment that will bring a three-match suspension. Next week against Arsenal, Mourinho will be without two of his Brazilian midfielders.
With Manchester City overcoming Vincent Kompany’s early red card to win 2-0 at Hull, Chelsea’s chief title rivals are within six points of the top. They also still have three matches in hand.
Here are Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux, who called today’s match in Birmingham:
City Football Group appears on the verge of adding to its global outreach, and it’s next destination looks to be in Spain.
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The group of investors, which are known for controlling Premier League side Manchester City, are reportedly nearing a deal to purchase a partial stake in Spanish club Girona — which is set to make its La Liga debut in 2017/18.
CFG is said to be gaining a near “50 percent” stake in the club, with the rest of the club owned by Media Base, a company owned by Pep Guardiola‘s brother, Pere.
Over recent years, CFG has vastly expanded its ownership outreach and currently has a stake in five clubs around the world, with Girona set to be the sixth.
MLS side New York City FC, Australian A-League side Melbourne City FC, Japan’s Yokohama F. Marinos and Club Atletico Torque in Uruguay are all part of the CFG enterprise, alongside Man City.
The “Iron Man” will keep up his amazing journey with the New York Red Bulls, after signing a new deal with the club on Wednesday.
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Goalkeeper Luis Robles has extended his contract with the reigning Eastern Conference champions, as the American continues to raise his consecutive starts streak, which stands at 157.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed in the club’s release.
Robles joined the Red Bulls back in 2012 after playing in Germany, and the shot-stopper hasn’t missed a start ever since.
Minnesota United has had its shares of ups and down in its debut MLS season, but the Loons are on the verge making an exciting young signing.
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ESPN FC is reporting that Minnesota will sign Hearts winger Sam Nicholson from the Scottish Premier League on a deal that makes him a Loon until 2019.
The young attacker is expected to join the MLS side when the summer transfer window opens on July 10.
Nicholson, 22, has played with the Edinburgh side since his youth days, and made his senior debut with the club in 2013. During his time at Hearts, Nicholson scored 16 goals in all competitions for the team.
Last season, Nicholson missed 16 matches due to a significant knee injury.
According to the report, Scottish sides Rangers and Aberdeen were also among those interested in acquiring Nicholson, while English Championship clubs Bristol City and Barnsley also reached out about the attacker.
Scott Parker has announced his retirement from soccer after a stellar 20-plus year career in England.
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The 36-year-old spent almost the entirety of his career in the Premier League, and played with seven teams during his time on the pitch.
“I believe now is the right time to move on to the next chapter in my life and career,” Parker said in a statement.
“I feel incredibly honoured and proud to have enjoyed the career that I have and I’ve loved every moment of it.”
Parker began playing with Charlton after coming up through the team’s youth academy, before completing a move to Chelsea in 2004.
Throughout his career, Parker also spent time at Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham, before finishing up at Fulham this past season.