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Weekend Preview- March 8 & 9

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , on March 7, 2008 by kemgooner

Liverpool vs. Newcastle- March 8, 3pm GMT

Liverpool comes into this match after thrashing West Ham midweek, with Fernando Torres getting a hat trick. Newcastle on the other hand have lost seven matches in a row, and are still looking to get that first win under manager Kevin Keegan.  Liverpool have a fully fit squad except for the long term absentees Daniel Agger and Steve Finnan, and should have no problem beating a Newcastle side three points out of relegation.

Manchester Utd vs. Portsmouth-FA Cup- March 8, 12:45 pm

Machester Utd advanced to this stage in the knockout competition by beating their league rivals Arsenal 4-0. Portsmouth will not be a pushover, and have done well on the road this season in the league. They are coming off of a 3-1 loss to Everton, and their last FA Cup match was a 1-0 win at Preston.

Wigan vs. Arsenal March 9, 4pm

Arsenal are looking to open up a four point lead over Manchester United in the premier league, and should be able to playing against a struggling Wigan side which are just two points out of the relegation zone.  Arsene Wenger has called on his team to repeat the performance they put in against AC Milan in the Champions League, and while they are without Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott who were injured during the week, they should still have enough quality to get all three points.

Real Madrid vs. Espanyol – March 8, 7pm

Real Madrid are looking to avenge their Champions League loss to Roma by continuing to open up a lead in the standings.  Espanyol will not be a an easy team to beat though, unless Real Madrid are able to get back to their form from the beginning of this year.  Espanyol’s form has dropped some from the start of the season, but they are coming of a win against Valencia which will give them confidence that they will be able to beat Madrid.

Napoli vs AS Roma – March 9, 2pm

Roma sit only six points behind Inter Milan now, and would like that to stay that way as they visit Inters conquerors.  Roma are getting back on form after struggling some after winter break, and will be on a high after their historical win against Real Madrid.  Napoli will be looking to take advantage of any let off and take three points from another top Italian team.

Other Matches to Watch this Weekend

Barcelona vs. Villareal – March 9, 8pm

A must win for both teams, this will surely be an entertaining contest.

 Stuttgart vs. Werder Bremen – March 8, 2:30pm

Last year’s champions against this years hopefuls, Bremen must win in order to keep up with Bayern Munich.

Lyon vs. Bordeaux – March 9, 8pm

Number 1 vs. Number 2 in France, Bordeaux hopes to come out with a share of first place.

PSV Eindhoven vs Ajax – March 9, 1:30pm

Its num. 1 vs. num. 2 in Holland as well, as Ajax hopes to cut into PSVs lead.

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AC Milan vs. Arsenal: A masterclass in football

Posted in AC Milan, Arsenal, Football, sports with tags , , , , , , on March 6, 2008 by marooner

One of the most beautiful exhibitions of football you will ever be likely to see was executed on Tuesday night in the first knockout round of the Champions League. The victim was an unlikely AC Milan side, current holders of the prestigious title, yet struggling to keep the pace this season in Serie A, even with names like Kaka, Pirlo, Maldini, Nesta and the young Pato (among a whole host of impressive talents) to boast. It took eighty-four minutes of slick, fluid football from their opposition for Milan to come undone- at none other than the cage of intimidation that is the San Siro- but when it happened it felt as if only the smallest degree of justice had been served for the travelling side’s hard work. The executors of such magnificent football? Arsenal.

Dismissed early on in the season as being a team of ‘kids’, criticised for trying to walk the ball into the back of the net, discredited for their absence of English players and ultimately disregarded as a top-four-finisher at best, who might finally fall below the apparent ‘emergence’ of their bitter North London rivals, Tottenham… All these qualms, much like their Italian opponents, fell apart on Tuesday night.

Arsenal stole the show in all areas of the pitch. Playing the four-five-one formation Arsene Wenger’s lately grown rather fond of in the Champions League, with Alexander Hleb sitting in the hole just behind Emmanuel Adebayor, ultimately it was Arsenal’s midfield which truly bossed the game. Cesc Fabregas and Mathieu Flamini, in particular, had the best of nights. Statistics from the match showed that Fabregas covered seven and a half miles in just ninety minutes, while Flamini covered over eight. Hardly surprisingly. The two of them were truly ubiquitous; while Fabregas drove forward and kept looking for that goal which seemed to threaten at all times, his partner in crime hung back, his presence overwhelming Milan’s renowned attacking force. The Frenchman had Kaka- hailed the greatest player in modern football, and with good reason, too- in his pocket virtually all night. There was a period of ten or fifteen minutes in which Arsenal sat back slightly and allowed Milan to see more of the ball, win a few corners and exert their presence- but Arsenal’s defence was outstanding, and when the brief period of Milan dominance ceased, it was hard to see how the result could go any other way.

And yet, when the goal finally did come- a low, fierce shot from Cesc Fabregas, thirty yards out- it was almost as if the goal had been dreamt. Silence engulfed the predominately AC Milan-filled stadium while Fabregas stormed, wide-eyed, towards the man who justly put faith in the young Spaniard two years ago in a series of Champions League fixtures already hugely reminiscent of Tuesday night’s glories. Memories flashed of the then-eighteen-year-old ‘kid’ sliding the ball past Buffon in a piece of vintage Arsenal class. Two years later, and he is back to storming down a pitch that he had, for the past eighty-four minutes, owned. One-nil Arsenal, and it would take two unlikely Milan goals in ten minutes to undo Arsenal’s blissful performance.

But if another goal was going to come, then it was inevitable that it would belong only to Arsenal. Theo Walcott, brought on with twenty minutes left to play for the yellow-carded Emmanuel Eboue, showed a mere glimpse of why Arsene Wenger splashed out on a virtually unknown sixteen-year-old more than two years ago. It’s been a long and, most likely, frustrating journey for the English starlet, who turns nineteen in less than two weeks, but one in which the road seems to be widening. Two minutes into stoppage time, Walcott made a bursting run down the right flank, shrugging off Kaladze to square the ball in to Emmanuel Adebayor, who promptly slid the ball home, scoring his first Champions League goal, and securing Arsenal- and an English team’s- first ever victory against AC Milan at the San Siro.   

It would be foolish now to begin hailing Arsenal near-definite favourites to steal the double, to go on and win both the Champions League and the Premier League. Let’s not get carried away. A host of strong, talented European teams still remain in the competition, and all is still to fight for back at home. Yet, after a series of disappointing results in the domestic league, beating AC Milan with such relentless class may well give the team the boost needed to achieve their very obvious capabilities. Wenger himself commented prior to the match how he thought his team had forgotten how good they were; perhaps this was the victory they needed to remind them.

And maybe the pundits were right when they said you can’t win anything with kids. But if the same side who pulled apart Milan turn up for the rest of the season, then Arsenal will only be looking to win things with men.

Arsenal v Aston Villa

Posted in Arsenal with tags , , , , , , on March 3, 2008 by kemgooner

Saturday March 1st Arsenal met Aston Villa in a premier league match that may be one of the most important of the season. Arsenal were coming off of a disappointing draw to Birmingham in which striker Eduardo was injured and were in a poor run of form in general. Aston Villa on the other hand had everything to play for on Saturday and were looking for a result to strengthen their chances of European football.

Once the match started it was clear that it was not going to be an easy match for either side, with Villa’s defence doing well to keep Arsenal from getting to many good chances, and then hitting them on the counter with the speedy Gabriel Abonglahor causing the Arsenal defence some problems. These problems were magnified in the 27th minute when a cross came in from the left side and Philippe Senderos hit it into his own net.

As the match continued it looked less likely that Arsenal would score as they seemed to lack the directness needed to break down the Villa defence, and were still getting caught on counter attacks by Villa. Many times it seemed like Villa might grab a 2 goal advantage. In the 58th minute Arsenal substituted Nicklas Bendtner for Abou Diaby, who was pretty useless the whole match. This moved Theo Walcott, who had a decent match, to the wing and paired Bendtner and Emmanuel Adebayor upfront.

Injury time was closing in and still there was no Arsenal goal, though they were begining to get Villa under more pressure. Mathieu Flamini shot had good shot go wide, and then Arsenal used two more substitutes, Gilberto Silva and Denilson coming in for Flamini and Senderos. Denilsons first touch of the ball resulted in a harsh foul and yellow card for Villa captain Gareth Barry, who had a wonderful match other then that incident. Adebayor headed another opportunity over the bar in the 84th minute and it seemed Arsenal were getting desperate, pushing more players up the pitch. Arsenal were able to get alot of pressure off corner kicks at the end, but none of them were taken well and failed to deliver a good chance to score.

Into stoppage time the game went with the score still 1-0 and with all the Arsenal pressure Villa were almost able to break and seal the match, but Isaiah Osbourne was called offside, and then given a yellow card for time wasting. Then in the last seconds of the match Arsenal finally were able to deliver, with Adebayor heading down a cross for Bendtner to hit in the back of the net. With a point rescued Arsenal were able to keep a 1 point advantage over Manchester United in the league, and maybe they received the wake up call they needed to get them ready for the Milan match Tuesday, and the rest of their league campaign.

Again, the final score: Arsenal 1-1 Aston Villa.

Weekend Preview

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 29, 2008 by kemgooner

Premier League

Arsenal v Aston Villa

Arsenal face a very good Aston Villa team in what is a huge match for them to keep ahead of Manchester Utd in the title race. Arsenal are now down to only one experienced striker after the injury to Eduardo last week and Robin van Persie’s continued absence, so either Theo Walcott or Nikolas Bendtner will be pairing Emmanuel Adebayor up front or the 4-5-1 formation will be used, with Alexander Hleb most likely playing in the hole behind Adebayor. Tomas Rosicky is also out along with Kolo Toure, but aside from that Arsenal should be at almost full strength. Aston Villa are coming into this match after two consecutive wins and are going to be pushing hard for victory themselves to help keep their Europe dream strong.

Players to Watch

Emmanuel Adebayor-Arsenal-Adebayor is the leading scorer for Arsenal and is most likely the team’s best shot at getting on the score sheet. After to somewhat disappointing scoreless matches he will surely be looking to get back on the score sheet.

Gabriel Agbonglahor-Aston Villa-the speedy Villa striker already has 7 goals and will be looking to add to his total at the Emirates.

West Ham v Chelsea

Chelsea will have a tough task defeating West Ham away from home, but we all know if anyone can grind out a result, its Chelsea and they will be looking to rebound from their Carling Cup defeat last weekend.  If Chelsea loses this match and Arsenal and Utd win they will fall 12 points behind first place and will most likely be out of the race. Chelsea have a full strength squad and fans will probably be wondering who Avram Grant will be playing in this match, after leaving Michael Ballack, Joe Cole, and Salomon Kalou on the bench last weekend.  West Ham are looking to get their first win against Chelsea in 6 matches and are coming off a 1-0 win away to Fulham. Bobby Zamora and Henri Camara are both in contention to be in the squad after coming back from injury.

Players to Watch

John Terry-Chelsea- the Chelsea captain is going to be a key player in stopping the West Ham attack and leading the team to victory, and it’s going to be interesting to see how he will do as he is still coming back from injury and had an alleged fallout with manager Avram Grant.

Freddie Ljungberg-West Ham- West Ham is going to be relying on Ljungberg’s experience to help lead the attack on the Chelsea defense, his runs and crosses could be the key to grabbing a goal.

Everton v Portsmouth

In what is looking to be an exciting encounter in the race for European football fourth place Everton take on seventh place Pompey.  Both teams are coming off wins, Portsmouth a 1-0 victory over Sunderland and Everton a 2-0 win against Manchester City.

Players to Watch

Yakubu-Everton- Harry Redknapp has said that the Everton striker is back to his best, and he will have to be in order to help Everton to victory against a Pompey side that has an impressive away record.

Niko Kranjcar-Portsmouth-the Pompey midfielder is going to have to be on top of his game in order to change the result from the last time Pompey visited Goodison Park, which led to a 3-0 defeat.

La Liga

Atletico Madrid v Barcelona

This match seems to be the biggest match of the weekend in Spain, as Atleitico look to regain form after a string a disappointing results while Barcelona are looking to keep up their good run and gain more points on Real Madrid. As of now it is not sure whether Kun Aguero will be fit for Atletico, which would be another blow to an already injury hit side still missing goalkeeper Leo Franco and midfielder Simao.  Atletico captain Maxi Rodriguez has come out in an interview and spoken about how important the match was, stating that “we have to come out to look for the game using our heads, without getting thrown off. They have players that can make things complicated for you at anytime, so we have to be strong, united, and patient. “He also stated that the team does not depend on Sergio Aguero to win. Barcelona, while having relatively good form coming in from the league, will want to make up for their disappointing midweek draw to Valencia in the Copa del Rey and get back to the form that crushed Levante 5-1.

Players to Watch

Kun Aguero-Atletico Madrid- whether he plays or not it will surely have an impact on Atletico’s ability to win this match, whether Maxi says they don’t depend on him or not.

Lionel Messi-Barcelona-Messi is always a threat for Barcelona, and he scored the last time these two teams met, in which Barca won 3-0.

  Recreativo Huelva v Real Madrid

This usually would not be one of the biggest matches of the weekend, but with Madrid’s loss to Getafe anything seems possible in this match. While it is doubtful that Madrid will fail to gain three points again, Huelva will surely come into this match with the confidence that they too can get a result, especially after their 1-1 draw with Valencia at the Mestalla as their last result.  The return of Robinho to the Madrid squad is a welcome return, while Sneijder, Salgado, and Marcelo are back in training but don’t seem quite ready to rejoin the squad. Guti and Cannavaro, who both picked up niggling injuries in the match against Getafe, were also in training are working hard to be fit for the match Saturday. Madrid has beaten Huelva five out of the seven times they have faced each other previously.

Players to Watch

Sorrentino-Recreativo Huelva- the Huelva goalkeeper will surely be under a lot of pressure facing Madrid’s relentless attack and if they are going to earn a result he will have to be on top of his game, and then some.

Robinho-Real Madrid-the Brazilians return will be a boost to the already dangerous Madrid attack, and it will be interesting to see how fit he is in preparation for Madrid’s huge Champions League clash with Roma.

Serie A

Roma v Parma

Roma will be looking to get a win this weekend at the Stadio Olimpico after their frustrating midweek draw with Inter. Parma currently sit 14th in the league and are coming into this match full of confidence after a big 2-0 win against Udinese. Roma while being back to full strength attack wise, will be playing without three key members of their defense, Juan and Marco Cassetti are both seem to be out due to injury, though Juan might be able to return, and Philippe Mexes is suspended after picking up two yellow cards against Inter.

Players to Watch

Francesco Totti-Roma- Totti seems to be gaining form after being plagued with injury and sickness, and after his goal against Inter it wouldn’t be hard to see him scoring again, especially since he scored twice when these teams met earlier in the season.

Cristiano Lucarelli-Parma-the veteran Italian goal scorer will be one of Parma’s best chances of grabbing a goal.

 AC Milan v Lazio

Milan could have grabbed fourth place during the week, but because of their draw to Catania they are still in fifth. However, because Juventus and Fiorentina are playing each other a win would go a long way to get them into position for European football. Lazio are coming off a win, but will not gain confidence from the fact that they have not won in the San Siro (against Milan), since 1989. Milan may choose to rest some players in anticipation for their Champions League match Tuesday, but they still have to play a strong enough squad to produce a victory.

Players to Watch

Pato-AC Milan- Pato scored a great goal midweek and will be looking to add to his total for the season.

Tommaso Rocchi and Goran Pandev- Lazio- between the strike partners are 17 goals, and together they will be looking to punish the Milan defense for any mistakes and both are more than capable of producing a moment of magic.

Juventus v Fiorentina

The match of the weekend in Serie A, this match will prove the legitimacy of each team’s European hopes. Juve are coming off a draw in the Torino derby, and a loss to Reggina and need to get back to their winning ways in order to challenge Roma for second, while Fiorentina are coming off a 1-0 win to Livorno and are looking to stay ahead of AC Milan. Both teams have a trio of key players out, with Fiorentina missing Mutu, Semioli, and Liverani due to injury and Juve missing Zanetti, Chiellini, and Nedved.

Players to Watch

Giampaolo Pazzini-Fiorentina- with Mutu out, the scoring responsibility falls on Pazzini’s shoulders and if Fiorentina are going to get points Pazzini will have to be on top of his game.

Alessandro del Piero-Juventus- while Trezeguet is the leading scorer for Juve, del Piero also has 11 assists to add to his 11 goals and will likely have a hand in any goal Juve are to score this weekend.

German Bundesliga

Schalke 04 v Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich currently have a four point lead over second place Werder Bremen but have let challengers off the hook recently with draws to Bremen and Hamburg. Schalke look to get their big week off with a win to gain momentum to take to Portugal.

 Werder Bremen v Borussia Dortmund

Werder Bremen is hoping to gain ground on Bayern, but will have to play without play maker Diego who is suspended. Dortmund is looking to keep of their good form and continue moving up through the standings.

French Ligue 1

Lille v Lyon

Lyon is only 3 points in front of Bordeaux and need to win to keep that lead intact. They also are looking ahead to a Champions League match midweek and a trip to Old Trafford.

Portuguese Liga

Sporting Lisbon v Benfica

While Porto has all but wrapped the title, this match still promises to entertain, as both teams will be fighting for a place in Europe next season.

Don’t just blame Taylor, blame the system

Posted in Arsenal, Football with tags , , , , , , on February 26, 2008 by kemgooner

My first reaction to the challenge of Martin Taylor on Eduardo in the match Saturday was that of pure outrage.  Rage mainly directed at Martin Taylor for the tackle which had him sent off.  After having three days to think about the incident, which has been on my mind more than the two points dropped, though it has become clear to me that there is a far more upsetting issue behind the scenes in the mentality of the English media and football culture in general.

Somehow, through the twisting words of the media and others in the sport, Taylor has become more of the victim then Eduardo.  People are complaining about the comments that Arsene Wenger made after the match in the heat of the moment, or about the actions of William Gallas, and some even have the audacity to say that the tackle was barely worthy of a yellow card.  To me this is ridiculous, and it shows how much dislike there is out there for Arsenal.  I believe that Taylor went into that tackle with intent, not to horribly injure Eduardo, but to just give him knock, show him how rough the match was going to be. This is after all what there manager has said there plan was for the match, and is how teams play Arsenal all the time. Their basic motto is, well if you can’t play the ball, kick the player and we have seen this time and time again. It is what wrecked Abou Diaby’s ankle in the past and now has happened to Eduardo too. And the pundits call it “English passion”.  I’ll tell when you really would see some English passion, if that had been some foreign player pulling that tackle on Rooney. It would be like the situation after Beckham was injured and the press were calling for Duscher to be banned from Europe. The hypocrisy is astounding, but it still continues.

The only way for the FA to try and rectify this whole thing is to ban this type of play for good, and that would start with showing Taylor a hefty ban from football. Then they have to continue to implement the same penalty in the future. Managers and players must learn that playing football does not involve going into matches with the mindset to kick your opponent across the park.  Will they do this? I guess we can only wait and see, but if they don’t it is basically a guarantee that this same type of thing will happen again and another players career will hang in the balance.  It doesn’t surprise me that a player like Benzema has come out and said that when he leaves Lyon he wants to play in Italy or Spain. It also wouldn’t surprise me if more young players do the same in the future unless a change is made. Why would they go to a league where players can make career threatening tackles and be seen as a victim? Unless the FA does something, the league heralded as the best league in the world will be looked at as a league for thugs.

So you can blame Martin Taylor for the tackle on Eduardo, but blame the system in which he has been raised, coached, and seen as a victim for brainwashing him into thinking it was what needed to be done.

Ac Milan vs. Palermo

Posted in AC Milan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2008 by beutyskooldpout5

Ok I’m going to try and write this in a non-biased way…Oh hell who am I trying to kid? I’m going to be about as biased as a person can be. YAHHOOOO! I’m so happy we won. Ok now that we got that out of the way on to the game.

Palermo nearly made me throw up when they scored…I actually found out from a blog that Bresciano scored 9 minutes into the game, and then I had to relive the horror of watching it happen on TV. How that happened is beyond me…I still can’t believe they scored that early in the game…and that Kalac (Super Kalac) didn’t do a thing about it just watched it go right past him. For a minute I was having flash backs to the days when Dida was in goal, then I had to remind myself that it must have been just an error in judgment and maybe just maybe he couldn’t do anything about it. But then watching the replays realized that he could have saved it but maybe he thought he couldn’t?

The ref surely was legally blind. You want to know why? Because there was no way that someone that could see would just let a foul like Guana did go, or the handballs once by Barzagli and the other by Migliaccio.

Ambrosini then tied it up sliding a cross from Oddo into the left hand bottom corner of the net. And all seemed to align itself in the universe again. We stayed pretty much in possesion of the ball until the last few minutes of half time where we set up camp in Palermo’s box, and I thought we were going to be breaking out the smores, hot chocolate, and ghost stories.

At half time Kaka (kakito mio) who picked up an injury to his knee was subbed out for Gourcuff (or Cuffy as I like to call him). Who I was glad to see get some playing time. I swear that kid everytime he plays gives 180% of heart and soul…Now if only he was nurtured the right way he would probably be able to do something with all that heart and soul that he’s got to give…But ole Carletto seems to only play him once every turn of the century.

Pato (Patinho mio) made some of the Palermo players look like fools. He definetly was worth what we spent on him. Now I know that he didn’t score a goal…but he plays well deep and is all over the place unlike Gila who stands up top like a flag pole and refuses to move. Pato played his butt off today.

Amauri looked very good today almost like he was adutioning for a spot on the milan rooster, to bad we closed him down every oppurtunity he had. And what the hell are milan waiting for he’s expressed interest in us snap the dude up come on Uncle Fester (Adriano Galliani) and Berlu we know you like to spend money on brazilians!

Anyways Inzagol came on in the 73 minute for Gilardino…YEAH THAT’S RIGHT GILA AND NOT PATINHO MIO (Pato). Before Gilardino was decided to come off I sat with baited breath to see who Carletto would take out and have to say I was happy with his choice. And thank god for Inzaghi and Cuffy (gourcuff) came on beacuse it was thank to them that we managed to grab that game and throw it into our bags moving on up to tie with the Viola.

NEXT STOP THIRD PLACE, HERE WE COME JUVE!!!!

Now from the bottom of my heart and all the milanisti out there, our thoughts are with Eduardo da Silva from Arsenal, who suffered a bad bad injury to his left leg yesterday in arsenal’s game against Birmingham City, we wish you the best and hope for a speedy and great recovery.

View from a neutral side: Arsenal v. Birmingham

Posted in Arsenal with tags , , , on February 24, 2008 by redsmanu

Arsenal vs. Birmingham City is not a match soon to be forgotten, that’s for sure. Although I did not see the full match and although I am an avid Manchester United supporter, I have some thoughts to share about everything that happened.

First, the match itself: After being reduced to ten men, Birmingham were bound to be finished off by the angered, shaken Arsenal team. This, however, did not turn out so. Shockingly, Birmingham went ahead through a well struck McFadden free-kick in the first half, which I found to be a nice goal and a welcome surprise for me as a Manchester United fan. However, my joy was short-lived as Theo Walcott scored twice for the Gunners to put the men in red one ahead. Arsenal’s painful matchday was worsened when Gael Clichy carelessly jostled down Parnaby inside the penalty box and the kick was given by the referee. McFadden netted his second goal and the Gunners were left in disarray. While I do not find myself the biggest fan of Arsenal, I do understand with sympathy the actions of captain William Gallas as he relentlessly attacked the advertisement board and was almost reduced to tears at the end of the match. Manager Arsene Wenger had a few sharp words toward Taylor, only justified by the terror which his team underwent during the 90 minutes in hell at the Blues’ stadium. It is understandable that he was upset and I do not think that he should be shunned or blamed for this by the media or fans of the opposition.

The biggest issue of the match was, of course, Eduardo’s injury. The tackle, at first look, did not appear to be more malicious than any other. After all, worse tackles have been seen that ended in a yellow card and an apology. However, it was clear that this challenge was different.  It was sickening to see Eduardo carried off the pitch on a stretcher and the looks on the players’ faces were filled with agony. In the end, this was something that put a black mark on the match and I cannot blame the players or staff for being completely distraught, as I myself would have been totally stunned if this happened to anyone on my own team. On the positon of Martin Taylor, I do not believe that any lifelong bans or other ridiculous punishments are in place. He went into the challenge with the intention to let Arsenal know that Birmingham were present, not to injure one of their influential players. Martin is hardly a player who you would call malicious…he’s no Gennaro Gattuso, no Fred, no young David Beckham. A three to five match ban is reasonable and for him to be left alone would also be nice, as he is most likely sick to his stomach as we speak, knowing that he unintentionally put a player’s career in jeopardy. Think if he was on your team: would you want him to be verbally abused for the rest of his playing career for one unfortunate tackle? I for one wouldn’t…

I would like to close by saying that I hope Eduardo can return as soon as possible and that he keeps a positive attitude and believes in himself. I believe he can return and while I do not support his team, I do support him as a player and a man.