Oh, the irony. Just days after Eduardo’s blatant dive for Arsenal against Celtic went unnoticed by the referee, Celtic’s Aiden McGeady received a second yellow of his own for diving as his team beat Hibernian 1-0. Celtic manager Tony Mowbray rather weakly blamed “tiredness” for McGready’s fall, and pinned the reasoning for the referee’s action on the events of the past week.
“He has skipped past the first tackle, he has carried on and skipped past the second tackle, and then he sees another tackle coming. Is it a dive? Never in a million years,” Mowbray claimed. “A dive is when you try to influence the referee and throw your arms up. If the Eduardo situation had not blown up nationally, then 99 times out of 100, or even 100 times out of a 100, never would a yellow card have been shown.”
- “Oops! EPL refs apologize for sending Wenger off,” headlines Sports Illustrated. Except they haven’t, though it is true the League Managers Association have said they spoke to referees’ boss Keith Hackett, who apparently said they would. “I’ve spoken to Keith Hackett and he fully recognizes the situation was an error and an apology will follow to Arsene Wenger,” League Managers Association chief executive Richard Bevan said yesterday.
- Meanwhile, Wenger stirred further controversy by implying Manchester United’s Darren Fletcher was only on the pitch to disrupt Arsenal’s play with deliberate fouls. “I have seen a player who plays only on the pitch to make repeated fouls,” Wenger said.
- The Global Game has a must-read piece on the tragic death of South African women’s international Eudy Simelane, with further coverage from Jennifer Doyle at From A Left Wing calling for greater activism from the sport’s governing bodies to raise awareness about homophobia in the sport.
- Two Hundred Percent looks at the financial mismanagement of Bournemouth, and argues for tighter regulation in the Football League.
- The inaugural WPS season closed with an exciting all-star game, as the best of WPS downed Umea IK 4-2 in St. Louis. Look for Chicago Red Stars President and CEO Peter Wilt to offer his report card on WPS’ season here on Pitch Invasion later this week.
- The New England Revolution revealed their fifteenth anniversary logo this week. While that’s a nice idea, surely they could have put more time into it than letting their latest intern have a go at it on their lunchbreak armed with a copy of MS Paint?
- EPL Talk looks at the rebirth of World Soccer Daily as the subscription and internet only service World Football Daily. I’ve been avoiding this controversy recently as there’s more than enough out there on Steven Cohen’s comments about Hillsborough and the campaign by Liverpool supporters to get him off the airwaves, but to reduce this to a matter of media interest for a moment, it will be interesting to see if the venture succeeds.
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