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1. Chelsea or United?

2. It`s now been two and a half months since the Birmingham match and I think I read about Gallas` sit in on an almost daily basis (largely due to reading arseblog), six days on since Rio Ferdinand kicked a female steward and the story seems to have died completely. Surely kicking a woman is worse than kicking an advertising hoarding?

3. In his post match rant, Ferguson expressed his fury that a penalty could be given in such a big game (no matter how blatant it was). Why did he not express this sentiment after William Gallas` handball at Old Trafford was, quite correctly, deemed a penalty?

4. Ferguson also explained that it could not have been handball by Carrick as he was facing his own touchline. What?????

5. On March 22nd, Ferguson said, "'We are talking about introducing this into the grass-roots level, respect for the referee. It is absolutely correct. We tell them to shake the hand of the referee after the game, when it is finished. It is sometimes difficult but you have to do it.' Yet on Saturday assistant Carlos Quieroz appeared to usurp the party line after United conceded a penalty for the first time this season, "We are not in the FA Cup final because of a bad decision when we should have had a penalty against Portsmouth. Against Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday, there should have been three penalties but only one was given. Something is wrong with football.' In the words of Led Zeppelin, communication breakdown?

6. Given that Grant has surpassed Mourinho`s last league campaign and Champions` League campaign, will people accept that, despite not being as obnoxious/marketable as Jose, he is still a good manager?

7. Grant`s fiercest critics contend that his squad have got results in spite of him, yet blame him for the dire football Chelsea play. So do Chelsea`s players take their cue from Grant or not?

8. Will people accept that, having helped himself to thirty goals this season, Adebayor is probably not bad?

9. And do the people who dismiss that feat with "anyone could score thirty goals for Arsenal with that service" not remember the forward line of this time last year? (Baptista and Aliadiere).

10. What`s the deal with Edelman? Does Fiszman think he`s crap? Does Wenger think he`s crap? Has Kroenke made him redundant? Or is Dein lurking in the shadows?

11. Did Derby fans really think winding Adebayor up was a good idea?

12. Did Rafa Benitez really think winding up Didier Drogba was a good idea?

13. Where was Steven Gerrard on Wednesday night?

14. Don`t get me wrong, I fully admire Lampard`s courage and it is right it should be applauded. In no way do I believe Lampard or his family courted the attention, but why was similar fuss not made about Bacary Sagna and Dirk Kuyt, both of whom have endured personal tragedy this season?

15. This week clubs will reveal to their fans how to obtain quick visas for entry to Moscow. Now, this is a question I asked a few weeks back when Arsenal were still interested in the competition, but seriously, given that Russia was awarded the Final two years ago, why the **** didn`t UEFA sort this eons ago?

16. Cardiff City have known for thirty years or more that winning the F.A. Cup would not grant them access to European competition. But the F.A. characteristically caved to their whingeing. Now, Darren Purse receives a red card for a two footed lunge, which would result in a three match ban that precludes him from the Final. So who do Cardiff appeal to? The Welsh F.A of course, and guess what? They overturned it. So is the English F.A. admitting that the Welsh F.A can decide who plays in the English F.A. Cup Final, but the English F.A. can`t? (Is this footballs` answer to the West Lothian question?)

17. Alan Curbishley said last week that it would be an 'injustice' if the title were to escape United and that, if they won it, he would 'raise a glass' and toast Ferguson: blooding some youngsters on Saturday then Alan?

18. Robin van Persie will miss Sunday`s game as a precaution. A precaution for what?

19. Is it me or has Johan Djourou dyed his hair red? (Going for the Malcolm X look?)

20. Where will you celebrate our unlikely title win?LD.

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Friday May 2 2008
Time: 12:09PM


Is it possible that Q2 and Q14 have the same answer?
02/05/2008 12:37:00
1. C$KA. They are playing at home. 2. Hoarding 3. Rhetorical question 4. no comment 5. a touch of hypocrisy I'd say. 6. actually, it has become bloody obvious that ANYONE can manage Chel$ki 7. a question for Red Rom 8. Not necessarily. 9. see 8. 10. no idea 11. obviously not 12. rafa can only wind up in debt 13. according to reports on the pitch. still looking for live witnesses though. 14. I refuse to comment 15. not interested 16. see 15 17. I'll skip this one 18. Dutch FA need healthy players. it is the duty of the clubs to provide, pay, and nurse them. 19. As long as he plays good, he can do as he pleases. 20. according to question 17, our chances went from a strong 5% to a uncertain 0,01%.
02/05/2008 12:45:00
Damn right 2 and 14 have the same answer.
Little Dutch
02/05/2008 13:40:00
LD I concur but being one the the very rich fat cats what was said by The boss on Would dearly love to know before the buffoons spoil what was really said. You must have a telly in your office glued to that?? Can you help please pretty please.
02/05/2008 15:18:00
1. neither; but I do think it would be a major comedy if Grant got Chelsea a CL trophy. Here we have a consensus that demands a brilliant, experienced tactician to win major trophies. If Grant wins the CL—a man who doesn’t even hold all the proper credentials to manage a football club, a mediocrity who’s never achieved much of anything—it would throw out our deeply held beliefs about the need for the likes of “brilliant tacticians” like Mourinho and show that the football gods have a deeply twisted sense of humor. / 2. not when you’re a Frenchman who plays for Arsenal kicking the poor English advertising board, nor when you’re when an Englishman kicking a silly woman who got in his way of showing his grit and character. / 3. to repeat, Gallas is a Frenchman playing for Arsenal misusing the ball for cheating purposes whereas Carrick is an Englishman showing the ball his grit and character. 6. he’s not special enuf and he doesn’t set women’s hearts on fire (tho Mourinho’s charms have always been lost on this female, he reminds me too much of two really obnoxious Portuguese uncles of mine) / 8. no, because he ain’t Torres or Henry or Berbatov or Rooney or Tevez or Benjani or Messi or Cronaldo or Dinho (or zidane, the original ronaldo, maradona, cruyff, puskas, pele…) / 11. and 12. hmm, you’re suggesting a confluence of reasoning ability between Rafa Benitez and Derby fans, which means Rafa is just as smart as your suicidal Derby fan / 14. see answers to question #2 and #3 – Englishmen own the copyright on “grit” and “character”. No foreigners understand these concepts. / 15. I guess I’m naïve but I’ve been shocked to see the extraordinary level of incompetence about this. The final is a couple of weeks and they’re working on this NOW??? I’ve never had illusions about UEFA but sheesh! / 16. thank goodness someone pointed this out! Over here in the US Cardiff City has been painted as some kind of poor wittle victim because of that old rule. / 17. the fact that a PL manager can publicly spout such sycophantic fawning over an upcoming opponent and not get properly trashed in the media is yet another measure of how Ferguson holds English football in complete thrall. 20. Where will you celebrate our unlikely title win? - at a very rowdy Brooklyn bar!
02/05/2008 15:44:00
Question #21: is it possible anymore to win a trophy in major int'l tournaments without being cowards? Given yesterday’s UEFA cup results, I almost feel like giving up entirely the major tournaments in Europe. The CL rewards anti-football as a matter of course now. But it was still possible to see some adventurous, positive football in the UEFA cup tournament. Last season we had the incredible Sevilla-Espanyol final, which made the Milan-Pool borefest look like the testament to cowardice that it was. I was looking forward to a Bayern-Fiorentina final. Now we have the depressing prospect of a Zenit-Rangers final. Almost everywhere you turn now only cowardice on the pitch gets you trohpies. It’s what got Man United into the final after all. Thank god for the Copa Libertadores, where managers and players have the balls to go for it.
02/05/2008 15:53:00
I love Malcolm X
02/05/2008 16:52:00
Jaelle how is the Zenit performance from yesterday cowardice? There is no way you could of seen the game and have that opinion. A small club from Russia taking down the giants of Bayern Munich 4-0!!! Bayern have a couple of players, that themselves cost more than the whole Zenit squad. The Zenit performance yesterday was heroic not cowardice.
02/05/2008 17:19:00
Jaelle-you're being unfair to Zenit. They beat Leverkusen in the QF by a similar margin away from home. I've watched a few games of theirs and they are quite a good side. Dont know about the Rangers game though.
02/05/2008 17:54:00
Zenit are fooookin' Sweeeeeeeet!
02/05/2008 18:19:00
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