May 6th, 2009



Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson hopes referee Roberto Rosetti will admit it was an error to send off Darren Fletcher against Arsenal.

The Italian official gave Fletcher a straight red for fouling Cesc Fabregas in the box in United's 3-1 Champions League semi-final second leg victory.

It means he will miss the final unless the referee decides he made a mistake.

"In respect to the referee he might look at it himself without anyone asking him," said Ferguson.

"You can see the ball has moved in a different direction but we shouldn't ask him. He's competent and fair enough to look at it himself possibly. Apparently, you can't appeal and if that's the case it's disappointing for the boy.

"Darren's one of the most honest players in the game and to miss the final is a tragedy."
Uefa can rescind the red card if requested to do so by referee Rosetti, though such instances are very rare, according to BBC sports news correspondent James Pearce.

He said: "Uefa will receive the referee's report on Wednesday. In theory, he can say in the report that he made a mistake and Fletcher should not have been sent off.

"Normally that would only happen with a case of mistaken identity but Uefa says he would be able to admit the error, so Fletcher will only know for definite if he is suspended from the final when the referee submits his match report."

Arsenal manager Arsenal Wenger also insisted the red card was "very harsh" after television pictures clearly showed Fletcher played the ball cleanly.

However, it would now take an unprecedented decision by Uefa to earn Fletcher a reprieve from suspension for the final on 27 May.

The incident was the only sour note for United on the night as they outplayed the Gunners to seal a 4-1 aggregate win and book their second successive Champions League final.

United arrived at the Emirates Stadium holding only a slender 1-0 lead from last week's first leg, but United scored twice in the first 11 minutes through Park and a stunning Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick to put them firmly in control.

"We got a good start and that made the difference," said Ferguson. "The two quick goals knocked the wind out of their sails and wherever you play teams can't recover from that."

Arsenal tried to force their way back into the game but were floored by Ronaldo's second of the game after the hour.

"I thought they couldn't handle Ronaldo. That made a big difference," added Ferguson.

United now face the winner of the tie between Chelsea and Barcelona with the London club holding a slender advantage going into the second leg at Stamford Bridge after a 0-0 draw in Spain.

Ferguson though feels the hunger of his players to win the competition makes whichever team they face a moot issue.

"We should have this cup more times than we have," said Ferguson. "This is another opportunity for us to do so.
"I think we have the quality, the energy and the ambition to do it. It's a hungry team and when the chips are down they don't let me down."

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to the reff.

Dirk Luis

Come on City!!!

Jamie Carragher
 is hoping Manchester City can do Liverpool a huge favour when they face United in their local derby at Old Trafford on Sunday.

"We can only look after ourselves and we've been saying that for a while now," said the centre-back. 
"We're in great form and have to keep that going until the end of the season and see what happens. 
"It's in United's hands, it's up to them to throw away. But Man City or Arsenal could do us a favour. 
"Manchester City are in great form at the moment and Arsenal might have something to prove if they are knocked out of the Champions League, so they can definitely get something against United." 

Skipper Steven Gerrard, who returned against Newcastle after missing the previous four games with an adductor injury, added: "We'll keep fighting all the way to the end. 
"Manchester United have a big Champions League game in midweek and hopefully Man City can do us a favour next week. But being realistic, we know they are still favourites." 

The red side of Liverpool is with the blue side of Manchester on Sunday.
  • msreds

Relive It

Leaving biased comments aside, I think Manchester United did pretty good. Especially Ronaldo's free kick and their 3rd goal. That 3rd goal was really something. If only Arsenal played better, I wonder why they didn't play like they did with Liverpool. I mean Arsenal was unstoppable during that match, why didn't they play like that with United? But they tried, I know they did. I feel for Fabregas, I think he was really trying not to punch any of the blue-men-shirt hehe. Was Arshavin injured my fellow fans? Eventhough I said all these nice things about United, doesn't mean I still don't hate them, believe me I do. But when a team is good, I won't deny it. That's just not how I roll ;-)

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the good, the bad and the classy

Xabi Alonso is a doubt for Saturday's trip to West Ham - though both Javier Mascherano and Fernando Torres should be fit.
Alonso left the field on a stretcher last weekend following a high challenge from Newcastle's Joey Barton.

The Spaniard was followed into the treatment room by Mascherano, who was substituted with a twisted ankle.

"Xabi is the main doubt for the weekend," Benitez told "He has been working and hopefully he will be better in a few days. He is improving but we have to wait.

"We'll have to check him for the weekend because it is more serious than Mascherano's injury."

Fernando Torres is in line for a return at Upton Park after missing Sunday's 3-0 win with a hamstring problem.

"He is training with the physios and maybe tomorrow he will start training with the rest of the team," added Benitez. "I think he will make the weekend."

Meanwhile, Torres is likely to travel with Spain to the Confederations Cup in South Africa next month, but Benitez is hopeful his star striker will have plenty of recuperation time during the summer.

He said: "We have to work together with the fitness coaches and also the doctors of Spain during the summer and hopefully it will be okay for him."

Who is gonna come hunt down Joey with me???

Also, from RAWK:
"seen xabi and dr waller coming out of the back exit of fazakerley hospital in monday afternoon , xabi was walking unaided but had a protective plastic cast on his leg , i shouted are you ok xabi he said hopefully and give me the thumbs up ."
the shield

Arsenal fan hangs self after loss to Man U

(oops, already mentioned here in an earlier thread)

A Kenyan fan of English football club Arsenal has hanged himself after his team's defeat by Manchester United.

The north London club was beaten 3-1 in the European Champions League semi-final second leg on Tuesday evening.

Suleiman Omondi, 29, who was watching in a bar in the capital, Nairobi, was incensed by the club's poor showing.

He left at half-time after arguing with a Manchester United fan and was found hanging from a rope in his house, still dressed in an Arsenal shirt.

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Cescgate &#39;08


Ronaldo meets Wolverine

Hugh Jackman visits the Brazilian supastaaa at the Corinthians training camp. Ronaldo gives him a fancy shmancy customized Corinthians jersey while he gets a cheap looking screenprinted Wolverine movie shirt -- the type you get for free when you buy a 24 pack of Budweiser

It's not awkward at all :)

Spotted this at Dirty Tackle & Sky News

Dirk Luis

Ferguson relatives hurt in car crash

Sir Alex Ferguson's former daughter-in-law and step-grandson have been seriously injured in a road accident.

Nadine Ferguson, 30, ex-wife of Sir Alex's son Darren, was airlifted to hospital in Manchester after the crash near her home in Cheshire on Tuesday.

Mrs Ferguson's 10-year-old son was treated at Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool, where he was said to be "very serious, but stable".

His six-year-old sister was treated for minor injuries at Leighton Hospital.

"Their mother was taken to Wythenshawe Hospital where her condition is serious," a Cheshire police spokesman said.

'Private matter'

Mrs Ferguson's black Vauxhall Corsa was in collision with a Ford Fiesta on Trap Street, Lower Withington, Macclesfield, at about 0825 BST.

Mrs Ferguson is separated from Sir Alex's son, Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson, 37.

A spokeswoman for Manchester United said: "This is a private matter for Sir Alex and his family."

On Tuesday evening, Sir Alex watched Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-1 in the semi-final second leg of the Champions League.

I hope they are all ok and recover soon.



Nicky is Sorry for Getting Caught in his Man Panties, But We Aren't


Nicklas Bendtner apologises for trousers-down-at-nightclub incident

Arsenal forward helped into car, pants on display, at 4am
'My actions were an error of judgment and something I regret'

Nicklas Bendtner has apologised for his behaviour following Arsenal's Champions League defeat to Manchester United. The Denmark international striker, 21, was pictured leaving a London nightclub at 4am this morning with his belt undone and jeans pulled down before being helped into a waiting car.

Bendtner, who was a second-half substitute in Arsenal's 3–1 home defeat to United, accepts it was "an error of judgement" to go out partying after such a crushing loss. "I love this club and was so disappointed to lose against Manchester United last night," Bendtner said in a statement.

"Reaching a Champions League final is one of my biggest dreams and getting knocked out was a massive blow. However, no matter how disappointed I was, it does not excuse my behaviour later in the evening.

"I may be young, but my actions were a poor error of judgment and something I deeply regret. I want to apologise to the club and the fans for letting them and myself down. I cannot change the past, but will learn from my mistakes.

"Tuesday night is behind me now and I want to use my energy to fully focus on our three remaining games this season – starting with Chelsea on Sunday."


put your hands up for dirk kuyt

Dirk Kuyt today assured Liverpool fans it is only a matter of time before their long wait for a 19th League Championship is brought to an end.
The Reds are on the tails of frontrunners Manchester United in this season's title race, though time is running out with just three fixtures remaining.

Whatever the outcome this term, Kuyt is adamant the Rafalution is progressing at such a rate that it won't be long before Alex Ferguson's men are usurped.

"I've been here three seasons now, and we've progressed every year. It's only a matter of time before we win the league," said the 28-year-old, who has scored 14 goals so far in 2008-09.

"The team has stability, it's clicking, and if we don't win anything this season we definitely will next year.

"This is the best team I've played in. We beat Madrid home and away, United home and away, Chelsea home and away, plus we got a good result at Arsenal. We can compete regularly now with any side in Europe."

Liverpool travel to West Ham on Saturday tea-time knowing only a victory will do if they are to stand any chance of overtaking United, who are three points clear with a game in hand.

Kuyt added: "United are not playing at their best level in the league, but not playing at your best level and winning games is a great quality.

"By contrast, we're now playing at our best level of the season. Everybody is fit - it's great to have Stevie back from injury. As I say, we are playing our best football.

"We always fight to the end. It is something that is embedded in this club, it is a great quality of the team.

"You have to BELIEVE. We always believe and if we can keep winning, who knows what might happen?"

I love him so much :D
There isn't a Dirk tag? :O
Ab Fab Patsy


And a Sarah & Ana spam post ;)

First up



1. Gonzalo Higuain is going to do a €50 million swap with Inter Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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1. Iker apparently has a new lady friend.

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Now, some pictures

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Bendy endorses Emporio Armani!

From the Daily Wail - After an humiliating defeat that ended Arsenal's European dreams, striker Niklas Bendtner could be forgiven for wanting to drown his sorrows.

But the night ended in even more embarrassing fashion for the 6ft 2in Dane when he was escorted from nightclub Boujis at 4am with his trousers falling down.

The 20-year-old was escorted out of the young royals favourite haunt in South Kensington by a burly doorman with his trousers in disarray exposing his black pants after Arsenal's 3-1 Champions League semi-final defeat by Manchester United.

He had appeared as a late substitute during the match at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in north London.

A source said: 'Nicklas was with a group of friends inside the club, and just seemed to want to wind down after his match. But for some reason, his belt was undone as he left at 4am and his pants started to slip.

'He was trying to grab them to pull them up, but one of the bouncers was more concerned about getting him into his car, so virtually dragged him in despite his struggles.'

And by the time he got into his waiting car, the trousers had fallen to his knees and the waistband of his Emporio Armani underpants could be seen.

It was some might say, the icing on the cake after a night which saw Arsenal's dreams of European Cup glory go up in flames.

The Danish striker clearly wanted to erase the memory of defeat, but it appears he may have gone too far judging by the calamitous state he emerged from the club in.

UPDATE - Nicky Apologises

From the BBC - Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has apologised for his behaviour after being pictured leaving a London nightclub at 0400 BST on Wednesday.

"I may be young, but my actions were a poor error of judgment and something I deeply regret," said the Dane.

"I love this club and was so disappointed to lose against Manchester United," Bendtner said in a statement.

"Reaching a Champions League final is one of my biggest dreams and getting knocked out was a massive blow. However, no matter how disappointed I was, it does not excuse my behaviour later in the evening.

"I want to apologise to the club and the fans for letting them and myself down.

"I cannot change the past, but will learn from my mistakes. Tuesday is behind me now and I want to use my energy to fully focus on our three remaining games this season - starting with Chelsea on Sunday."

Awww poor Nicky!

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