By Bulldog Drummond
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An interesting snippet of news in between our coverage of the Liverpool! game. Chelsea applied for their FA Cup game at Middlesbrough to be played behind closed doors, because they couldn’t sell tickets. They said that the sporting integrity would be protected by such a measure.
The Guardian are reporting that “their request for Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final at Middlesbrough to be played behind closed doors after causing exasperation and disbelief in Downing Street with their desperate push for permission to sell tickets.
“There was widespread incredulity,” the paper added, and, “Middlesbrough said the suggestion was “bizarre and without any merit.” The government “accused Chelsea of blurring their priorities with the club up for sale and Friday’s deadline for bidders to submit proposals drawing closer.”
It would appear that the PR department at the department has either gone on holiday, been sacked, or given up on an impossible task or indeed are deliberately undermining the club for reasons that have not become clear at this point. Ah well.
But to check on how this is being seen elsewhere one must take also a peek at the venerable Telegraph.
Chelsea forced into embarrassing climbdown after Government and Middlesbrough fury over FA Cup ticket row runs their headline which leaves little doubt as to where they stand. They then add “Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson says the words ‘sporting integrity’ and Chelsea ‘do not belong in the same sentence.”
Time now to look at the tackles, fouls and yellow cards for the Liverpool! match.
These figures look quite close, but when we take into account the fact that Liverpool have played two more games than Arsenal we can see that is not the case. So here are the figures per game
Thus we can see that Arsenal make one more tackle per game, but commit two more fouls per game, and get a fraction of a yellow card more per game.
So numbers are close but let’s consider also, as we always do the all-important ratios.
Liverpool, as we might expect, can commit more tackles before getting a foul, can commit more tackles before getting a yellow card, but commit fewer fouls before being picked up for a yellow.
But we should say the differences throughout are small, which makes a bit of a change compared with the numbers we normally see.
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