May 7th, 2009


~paaaanic on the streets of londonnnnnnn~

Chelsea rage at referee for not giving them four penalties

Norwegian's performance 'the worst I've seen', says Hiddink
'He's the one who should face the consequences,' says Terry

The Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink argues with the referee after his side's Champions League defeat to Barcelona.
Photograph: Mike Egerton/Empics Sport

Didier Drogba faces potential Uefa sanction after furiously confronting the referee, Tom Henning Ovrebo, as the officials departed the turf at the final whistle last night as Chelsea's departed the Champions League crying conspiracy over the Norwegian's erratic display.

The Premier League side were already aghast that a quartet of impassioned penalty appeals had gone ignored by the referee when, having led the tie from the ninth minute courtesy of Michael Essien, the hosts conceded to Andres Iniesta in the third minute of stoppage time. That was the visitors' only shot on target and there was still time for a fourth appeal for a spot-kick to be rejected, prompting Chelsea players to surround Ovrebo and Drogba, substituted 18 minutes from time, to sprint from the dug-out to scream abuse at the officials.

Stewards and the Chelsea manager, Guus Hiddink, attempted to pull the striker away from the officials, only for Drogba to turn to a television camera crew on the pitch and shout: "Are you watching this? It's a disgrace. It's a fucking disgrace." That was broadcast live on air, prompting an apology from the broadcasters, though it is understood that a trio of senior players subsequently confronted Ovrebo again once he had entered the tunnel.

Drogba – who was booked for his protests out on the pitch but could face more serious sanction for prolonging his abuse of the officials – apparently slapped the wall in front of the referee in his frustration, with John Terry believed to have voiced the concerns of Chelsea's players by suggesting Uefa had been anxious to avoid a repeat of last season's all-English Champions League final.

"People are making suggestions, but it's difficult to prove things," said Hiddink. "Conspiracy is a very tough word and you have to be able to prove it. But when you analyse things closely, then I also start thinking ... I cannot say if Uefa would not like another all-English final. What I'm sure about is, in big games like this, you need top-notch referees who have lots of experience in the big leagues in Italy, Spain, England and Germany.

"Players make many mistakes, coaches make mistakes, referees make mistakes. That's why we speak about giving them the benefit of the doubt. But if you have seen three or four situations waved away, then Ovrebo's performance was the worst I have seen. At this moment, I'd have to think a lot if I have seen worse. The overall feeling is one of being robbed and one of injustice. That's why it was so hot and angry."

Chelsea were incensed that Ovrebo ignored Daniel Alves' first half foul on Florent Malouda – he awarded a free-kick just outside the box – and a tug by Eric Abidal on Drogba, but also by two handballs by Barcelona players inside the penalty area. Gerard Pique's on Nicolas Anelka's flick was most blatant, though Samuel Eto'o leapt with his arm in the air to block Michael Ballack's shot deep into stoppage time at the end.

The referee is understood to have told the Uefa match delegate after the game that he made "significant mistakes" over the course of the game.

Pique later conceded that the ball had struck his hand. "The referee decided it wasn't a penalty, and sometimes it's wrong," said the former Manchester United centre-half, who will now confront his former team-mates in Rome. The visiting manager Pep Guardiola also stated that he could "understand Chelsea's disappointment with the performance of the referee".

"In this game we had six or seven penalty claims waved away and that is astonishing," said Terry. "Why did we get a referee who has officiated in 10 games in the Champions League in his career? To be given the Champions League semi-final, that's not good enough. It's down to Uefa to be strong. They should say: 'These are our four best referees, they are going to be refereeing the two home and two away legs.' He simply wasn't good enough.

"All we want is a fair playing surface. Not one player made one mistake in the two legs. The referee has made four or five or six big errors and now we're out the competition. The word conspiracy is maybe the wrong one. It's difficult when players are so high on emotion after a game. People are saying we shouldn't have reacted the way we did but the fact is that six decisions went against us. For the ref not to give one of them is unusual."

Drogba, sent off in last season's final in Moscow, faces the prospect of a further ban now for his reaction at the end, though he gained support from his team-mates in the aftermath. "I'm fully behind Didier and the way he reacted," added Terry. "But the fact is the referee is the one who should face the consequences, not Didier."

"This referee was bought. I do not know if he is a referee or a thief. There are no words to describe the person that was on the pitch here," Bosingwa told RTP after the game.

"We are all sad, but we have to raise our heads high again. There is nothing to say about Barcelona's goal, but there were penalties that were not awarded."

On the performance of the man in charge of the game, the Portugal international added, "The way he refereed the match was not the most correct one. He should never referee again."



LILY ALLEN has never been shy in coming forward but her latest rant is going to take some beating.

Lil has taken a pop at VICTORIA and DAVID BECKHAM as well as her old foe CHERYL COLE and her footballer husband ASHLEY.

To borrow a term from the beautiful game, they all get the hairdryer treatment.

Goldenballs and his wife definitely aren’t going to be on the London lass’s Christmas card list this year.

Lil says: “The Beckhams are sickening. Everyone knows Victoria is a monster. I’d rather shoot myself between the eyes than be a WAG.”

And I’m sure the former Spice Girl’s new shoot for Emporio Armani’s latest underwear range will do little to soften her stance.

Asked what she thinks of GIRLS ALOUD beauty Cheryl Cole, Lil spits: “She is just a bitch. She represents everything I hate. She is stupid, superficial and as ugly outside as inside.”

And there was I thinking they’d put their feud behind them.

Hubby Ashley fares little better and is accused of “soiling” football.

The chart-topper seethes: “He is the worst, he disgusts me. He jumps on everything that moves.

“I am not criticizing just to criticize, but I have met him several times. He is revolting.”

Everyone following so far? Good, because there’s more.

The entire British footballing establishment, it seems, isn’t up to the singer’s exacting standards.

he thunders: “It’s ridiculous, I hate it. Footballers aren’t there to show off in London, but to play football.

“Mind you, they are probably too stupid to understand that. Especially the English ones.”

Footballers, she concludes, “go out everywhere they can find alcohol for too much money and sex for nothing.”

But, after all that negativity, Lily does have something good to say about her beloved Fulham FC.

She says: “Fulham play football like I play my music — out of passion. Not for fame, sex, money, Ferraris and free entry into nightclubs.” lol WHAT

Lil’s loose lips have been the source of a fair amount of controversy throughout her career.

But she’s been very well behaved when dealing with the UK press recently, keeping her ranting down to a bare minimum.

Maybe she should have thought twice about opening up to obscure French footie mag SoFoot.


yeah its the sun i know but this is good shhit.

Pep Guardiola praises JT for being awesome, which we all already knew.

Pep Guardiola has praised John Terry for his behaviour after last night's Champions League semi-final second leg.

The Barcelona coach saw his team progress to the Final after Andres Iniesta's 93rd minute winner, following a string of Chelsea penalty appeals that were turned down. understands that despite the disappointment, the captain responded with grace, going into the Barcelona dressing room and shaking hands with each member of playing and coaching staff. It was an act of sportsmanship for which Barca applauded him out of the room, as Guardiola explained:

'I want to thank John Terry for coming into the dressing room and congratulating us,' said the Spaniard. 'He's a true gentleman.'


I love you, Captain Chavtastic. THERE'S ONLY ONE JOHN TERRY!
basking in the glow

he's been out for six weeks, how have i lived that long?!

Bayern Munich Forward Miroslav Klose Set For Bundesliga Return

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have received some good news from the treatment table. Highly rated attacker Miroslav Klose has returned to full match fitness after a spell on the sidelines.

The 30-year-old sustained an ankle injury in Bayern's 3-0 home victory against Bochum about six weeks ago and the striker had been sidelined ever since due to the injury.

Bayern Munich have had trouble finding the net without the former Werder Bremen star, as the Bavarians usually opted to play with just one striker during Klose's absence.

Italian hit man Luca Toni has expressed his dismay with this situation on several occasions and the former Fiorentina player will be delighted to see his partner in crime return to the pitch this weekend.

Bayern Munich face relegation candidates Energie Cottbus this Saturday and Klose will probably start the match from the bench after his six-week lay-off.


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(gifs by bunnysayboo obvs


My Mom used to collect animated gif images related to football. I've been saving some too and inspired by this post here I go, starting with Djalminha and Mostovói because its funny and I love Aleksandr Vladímirovich Mostovói (he was one of my footballer-crush during my youth ^^).

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Feel free to spam me with your favorite gif images in the comments. I'll happy with that ;)


Edit: a dead link is fixed now!