All it took was a “small minority” of Chelsea fans and a poor refereeing performance to embarrass English football for the whole world to see.
On the anniversary of the infamous Hillsborough disaster, the 96 victims were to be remembered in a one minute silence across Wembley as well as the sudden death of Piermario Morosini in a Serie B Italian game. However, a surge of boos from the Chelsea end ruined the silence in what was a token of respect.
Chelsea released a statement which condemned fans. “We are extremely disappointed that a minority, or just a few, decided to speak or sing during the minute’s silence and not respect it. We are disappointed.” Considering the size of the stadium, it would be almost impossible for a “few” fans to create as loud of a noise which was created which emphasises the humilaition the fans have caused for the onlooking global audience.
The performance of the officials were just as embarrassing in yesterday’s FA Cup semi-final clash as Tottenham Hotspur were heavily penalised on 2 occasions.
The first one being the shocking decision of the “ghost goal” which saw Spurs trail 2-0. However, when you look at the position of the referee, there is no way that he could tell if the ball was over the line as he was at least 9 yards away from the goal line and had numerous players blocking his view.
Whilst it is the referee’s fault for giving the goal when he was unsure, his decision making went downhill from there. Just 5 minutes after the goal was given, Petr Cech fouled Adebayor in the Chelsea penalty box. However, Gareth Bale capitalised from this which meant that Cech would not be sent off due to the advantage.
Yet, no yellow card or caution was given to the Chelsea keeper, despite the fact that if Bale did not score, the keeper would have been sent off!
After the controversial goal it has been confirmed that development on goal-line technology will go ahead. On the 2nd of July in Kiev, it will be decided if the technology will be allowed to proceed.
Let’s hope no “ghost goals” will be given in the 2012 Euro’s then!
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