After a day’s break, Headlines is back, and it’s all kicked off since our last article. Chelsea have had a manager go, and a manager come in, much to the disapproval of some fans. However, I will not be talking about the manager’s job at Stamford Bridge here, as that will be discussed in a column that is half written already, and will be posted later tonight, hopefully.
So what else do I have for you today?
The Football Association has cleared referee Mark Clattenburg of using “inappropriate language” towards Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi.
But Mikel, 25, has been charged by the FA with misconduct following his involvement in the incident.
Clattenburg said it was “truly frightening” to have faced the prospect that his career might be over.
Following the match at Stamford Bridge on 28 October, the FA interviewed Clattenburg, Mikel and several other Blues players before reaching its decision to clear the official and charge the Nigerian.
“It is alleged that in or around the match officials’ changing room at the end of the fixture, Mikel used threatening and/or abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour,” an FA statement read.
Mikel has until Friday, 30 November to respond. Chelsea have indicated he will not deny the charge but will request a hearing to “explain the mitigating circumstances”.
And you though Chelsea wouldn’t be in the headlines apart from the manager’s job, didn’t you? Finally, this ridiculous saga which, unfortunately, will probably tarnish Mark Clattenburg’s career is over. I still don’t understand how it has took this long to come to the conclusion, that a Barclays Premier League official has not been racist to a player. The fact that there are three other officials listening to what Clattenburg says through his microphone, and all three not hearing what Ramires thought he heard, should have been case closed.
Chelsea FC should not have gone public with this claim, because it will follow the official around throughout his career. It was simply the club looking to gain some popularity after the whole John Terry/Anton Ferdinand affair, so they decided to point fingers elsewhere. Anybody who thought there was a slight chance of Clattenburg being a racist, I throw this point at you. If he said it, why would he only say it to Mikel? There were Manchester United players that are the same skin colour/race, and I’m sure people like Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Young and Luis Valencia were all moaning at the referee, so why didn’t he say it to them too?
The fact of the matter is, as we’ve all known since day one, Mark Clattenburg is not a racist, and this extraordinary hate campaign against him fuelled by Chelsea FC can stop, finally.
England manager Roy Hodgson says his side must work on their technical ability – and that the younger generation can help improve things.
Hodgson admits England’s work with the ball at Euro 2012 was sub-standard, and that he is reliant on the “20 to 22-year-olds” in the squad to change it.
“We accept that the game is getting a lot faster, we need pace in the modern game, we need technique,” said Hodgson.
“In some of the younger players coming through, we have got these qualities.”
Roy Hodgson, you’ve just cracked it. For years, England fans have been waiting for the influx of talented youth players to get through to the senior set up. Fabio Capello claimed he would do it and ,apart from a few exceptions, he didn’t. Roy Hodgson is a clever man, and knows that England are not going to win the World Cup in 2014. Simply put, we are not good enough. Despite Zlatan’s amazing one man show last week, England should be beating sides like Sweden, if we were still a World Class side. Hodgson knows that this qualification group and the subsequent, hopefully, FIFA World Cup should be used to build a young, exciting and talented squad that can challenge for glory at the 2016 Euros and the 2018 World Cup.
The players are there. Jack Wilshere, Kyle Walker, Tom Cleverley, Wilfried Zaha and Steven Caulker are all proof of young players shining in the Premier League, or soon to be shining in Zaha’s case. Let’s not forget that players like Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young, Theo Walcott, Gary Cahill and Joe Hart will still be in their prime by 2016, so the future is exciting already. England players have always had individual talent, but have never been able to gel as a team. Spain are so glorious because they’ve all played together since a young age. Roy Hodgson knows that’s what the Three Lions need to put in place. Lets get behind Roy and the team.
British quartet Gareth Bale, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand and John Terry have been named among 20 defenders on the shortlist for the 2012 FIFPro World XI.
David Luiz, Patrice Evra, Branislav Ivanovic and Vincent Kompany are the other Premier League players to be nominated by fellow professionals.
Four defenders will be selected for the team, which will be announced during the Fifa Ballon d’Or Gala on 7 January.
Nominees: Jordi Alba (Spain and Barcelona), Gareth Bale (Wales and Tottenham Hotspur), Giorgio Chiellini (Italy and Juventus), Ashley Cole(England and Chelsea), Dani Alves (Brazil and Barcelona), David Luiz(Brazil and Chelsea), Patrice Evra (France and Manchester United), Rio Ferdinand (England and Manchester United), Mats Hummels(Germany and Borussia Dortmund), Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia and Chelsea), Vincent Kompany (Belgium and Manchester City), Philipp Lahm (Germany and Bayern Munich), Marcelo (Brazil and Real Madrid),Javier Mascherano (Argentina and Barcelona), Pepe (Portugal and Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Spain and Barcelona), Carles Puyol(Spain and Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Spain and Real Madrid), John Terry (England and Chelsea), Thiago Silva (Brazil and Paris St-Germain).
The one thing that caught my eye as I read this story, is that FIFA class Gareth Bale as a defender. Bale has been one of the Premier’s League brightest attacking players over the past three seasons. He has tore defenders apart from his left wing position, and will be probably offended to be seen as a defender anymore. Do FIFA think he is a very attacking full-back or something? Very weird.
That’s all for today folks in terms of headlines, but check back to Football News Crazy later on tonight or in the morning, for a column that talks about the pressure job that is managing Chelsea, and if you have any opinions on the highly controversial issues talked about in this article, feel free to comment. Enjoy Europa League Thursdays, and tune back in for Headlines tomorrow.
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