Perhaps referee Chris Foy shouldn’t referee Chelsea matches anymore.
That was the proposal set forth by Blues manager Jose Mourinho after a number of decisions went against his side in their 1-0 loss at Aston Villa on Saturday.
The match saw Foy red card two Chelsea players, Willian and Ramires, and send Mourinho to the stands late in the match. Willian was shown two yellow cards, the second of which came in the 68th minute after a nudge from behind that many felt fell short of yellow card requirements. Less controversially, Ramires was issued a straight red after he fell studs down on Karim El Ahmadi following a sliding challenge by the Villa midfielder.
The Ramires incident sparked furor on the sideline and Foy showed Mourinho to the stands after the manager entered the pitch along with others to diffuse the situation.
“Maybe it’s helpful that the [Premier League referees’] committee doesn’t send him [Foy] to our matches,” Mourinho said.
“I don’t have the right to request [that]. It’s just I think they have to analyze the situation and see if every time he has Chelsea — or not every time — but many times he has Chelsea and problems are there, I think maybe it would be a good decision.”
Mourinho went on to note that his players had issues with Foy’s appointment when it was announced last week. “The players were speaking about it during the week. They have a reason.” The reason, although not noted, was believed to be the 2011 defeat at QPR when controversially sent off Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba. Mourinho was not the manager at that time.
The Chelsea boss continued: “I never care who the ref is. I don’t want to know. But during the week the players were speaking about the situation and I think from now on the next time we have Mr Foy I have to work my people in a different way.”
It remains to be seen if Mourinho will be penalized for his actions on or off the pitch on Saturday. Rule E3 requires managers not to leave their technical area and says that if a breach has occurred, that manager can be fined between $13,300 and $19,951 depending on the severity. Two match touchline bans can also be handed out for language deemed abusive to referees.
Leicester City’s UEFA Champions League campaign may have ended without a trophy, but the Premier League side pipped the European champions in the bank account.
UEFA announced on Friday that Leicester City earned $96,167,125 during the Champions League run that ended in the quarterfinals, the farthest of any Premier League club. Real Madrid, the back-to-back champions, earned a slightly less $95,385,679. Much of the difference comes from TV rights deals in England, which pays out more to teams compared to the TV rights deal in Spain.
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Juventus, the Italian giant, earned the most of any club in last year’s Champions League, making a whopping $129,965,357, mostly thanks to the TV rights again.
Dare to Zlatan? It could be only a couple of months away.
That’s according to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, who said the veteran striker could return from his torn ACL before the end of the calendar year.
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“Zlatan is here, he’s working here and under our control,” Mourinho told reporters. “He’s working as you would expect so, so, so hard. But he’s not to be back in the next week or next couple of weeks. Do I believe he’ll be back in 2017? Yes, I do. But it’s just a feeling.”
The big Swede scored 28 goals for Man United last year in all competitions, proving that he’s still got it at the age of 36, but it’s going to be tough for him to find his old form coming off an ACL injury at such an old age. After suffering the injury last April, it’s been a long road to recovery for Ibrahimovic.
However, with the play of Romelu Lukaku up top, Ibrahimovic would only play from time to time, which could help in his recovery both from the knee injury and just the general recovery between games.
Brazilian National Team coach Tite has decided on calling up a full-strength squad for November’s upcoming friendly matches in Europe, including four Manchester City players in his 25-man squad.
Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho, Danilo and Ederson all made the squad as Tite looks to develop more chemistry among his side ahead of the 2018 World Cup, which Brazil breezed into after Tite took over in 2016.
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Luckily for Manchester City and the other European-based players in the squad, Brazil’s friendly matches will be played in Western Europe. The Selecao first faces Japan in Lille, France on November 10 before taking on England at Wembley Stadium on November 14.
The call-ups may be a tough pill for Guardiola to swallow though. As of Friday, Manchester City has 17 games remaining in the calendar year, and surely he would prefer for some of his starters to get a two-week break in November to preserve some energy instead of play in friendly matches.
On a night when UEFA unveiled a new campaign for respect, there wasn’t enough of it shown both on and off the field.
Everton has followed up on UEFA opening up disciplinary proceedings against them by banning a fan from Everton matches after the fan was seen to punch at an Olympique Lyon player in the second half of Lyon’s 2-1 win at Goodison Park.
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“Club Officials have reviewed the footage of an incident that occurred in the 64th minute of the game against Olympique Lyonnais where supporters towards the front of the lower Gwladys Street End became involved in a confrontation between players,” Everton said in a statement. “We have identified one individual whom action will now be taken against. This will include a ban from attending future Everton fixtures and the Club registering a formal complaint with Merseyside Police.”
The video below shows a fan – amazingly, holding onto a small boy in one arm – throwing some punches at Lyon players after a fracas on the field.
The punch and ban is yet another dark moment for Everton, which has just one point from its first three Europa League matches and sits in 16th place in the Premier League with eight points from eight games.