The petition “Prevent Mike Dean from refereeing another Arsenal game” now has almost 90,000 signatures. Please sign up if you agree.
Watching newspapers jump left and right as they try to work out which way the bandwagon is rolling is never an edifying site, but it can on occasion be amusing – in a gallows humour sort of way.
The size of the response to the “Prevent Mike Dean” petition has clearly taken those who notice such things by surprise. The Guardian has remained measured throughout, the Mail has had enough and has started writing about Sir Alex F Word, the Independent is blowing hot and cold and doesn’t know who to support, and the Telegraph has swapped sides commenting…
Elsewhere they have run
- Costa’s behaviour was a betrayal of the sport
- Diego Costa betrayed football with his deplorable actions for Chelsea against Arsenal
- Dark arts employed by the Chelsea striker left a bad taste in the mouth and have deservedly resulted in a violent conduct charge
- Diego Costa faces three game ban after being charged with violent conduct in Arsenal game
Matt Law, the paper’s Football News Correspondent even had a headline last night…
Spanish forward must answer charge for behaviour against Arsenal, but referee Mike Dean will take charge of Premier League match this weekend
Along with several other papers the Telegraph notes that
Arsenal defender Gabriel has also been charged with improper conduct for his behaviour after being sent-off for a kick on Costa, while the Gunners have simultaneously submitted claims for wrongful dismissal and excessive charge over the Brazilian’s dismissal.
But referee Mike Dean has not received any punishment for his performance at Stamford Bridge, as the Premier League confirmed he will officiate the game between West Ham United and Norwich City this weekend.
Here’s the exact quote: “Everyone knows Diego and this guy likes to cheat a lot and put the opponent out of his game. That happened in the game, but he’s a really nice guy. We’re proud to have him, like the other players, and we’re happy to win this game today.”
Arsenal are appealing Gabriel’s three-match ban on a charge of violent conduct (heel flicking) citing the case of Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic, who was dismissed after the tackle by Barnes of Burnley earlier this year. Matic has his ban reduced from three to two. Whether the FA do the same will show us how far the FA is willing to go to protect and aid Chelsea in this affair. According to the Telegraph “Chelsea released a statement after that process [re Barnes] claiming to be “appalled” that the ban had not been reduced to one game.”
The FA has considered going after Arsène Wenger on the grounds that he said Dean was naive in the match, and the fact that has not happened suggests the FA is now in the business of damage limitation in the affair. They know the media will very quickly lose interest in the petition, since it is not part of their agenda and is in the control of fans (something that horrifies the media unless they can laugh at the supporters for being silly, or patronisingly pat them on the head).
Meanwhile the Telegraph has relegated the advert for H. Redknapps article ” Diego Costa is a streetfighter that every manager would love in their side” to a side bar – but still have it available as they wait to see where this will all play out. They also are still running “Seven photos FA must see that prove Diego Costa got away with it at Stamford Bridge”.
It is of course a dreadful mess all round, caused not just by the way Chelsea approach the game of football by using Costa as they do, and defending him (which is even worse) but by the fact that they operate within a football system which is under assault from all sides. Indeed without even thinking about it I can real off a list of organisations that are hardly helping our enjoyment of football…
1: Fifa – not really much need to say more
2: The FA – self-serving, morally and financially bankrupt, the destroyers of grassroots football. Even Sport England won’t deal with them.
3: PGMO – either utterly corrupt or utterly incompetent. The very notion of a secret society running our referees is repugnant.
4: The PGMO supporting media that utterly refuses to investigate what is wrong with the idea of a secret society running the refereeing in the Premier League.
5: The UK government for backing the FA and allowing it to kill grassroots football.
And all that before I get to Barcelona’s child exploitation, state aid for West Ham’s stadium and the failure to investigate the Man City deal, Chelsea for its use not just of Costa but the loan system, Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan for building football clubs in different jurisdictions to enable a global transfer system outside the transfer system… It goes on and on.
Still on every new depressing day there must be something to make one smile. Here’s today’s headline…
I’m so very sorry to hear that.
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