As Arseblog has already said, Phil Brown and Sam Allardyce are good friends. They worked together at Bolton Wanderers, they appeared on Goals on Sunday together and no doubt both bought their bluetooth handsets at the same time.
And since last night there’s been all kinds of stories flying around. The Times have been stirring with a video which they believe shows Fabregas spit in Ballack’s face when we played Bayern in the Champions League a few years ago. I remember watching the game and seeing replays at the time and it was clear back then Michael Ballack was trying to get Cesc booked by pretending he got spat in the face. Straight after he got up and didn’t wipe anything off his face – let’s not make any mistake here, if Ballack got spat in the face he’d be wiping it and showing the spit to the referee.
But there’s nothing like a grainy YouTube video to sway the idiots.
â€œI categorically deny that I spat at anybody after the match. I have never done this in my whole career on the pitch, so why would I do it when I am not even playing?
â€œI can understand the frustration of losing a game to a dubious goal, that has happened to me many times in my career as well. But this is not the fault of me or any of the Arsenal players.â€
And to be fair, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Cesc spit while playing football. Ever. And I watch a lot of Arsenal games.
Riquelme on the other hand is a different story. When he was about to take that penalty against Lehmann in the Champions League I saw him spit 15 times. I actually counted.
But on the other side, Phil Brown has been made to look quite stupid. Many (if not all) of his accusations against Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have been found out to be completely false. He is quoted as saying that he wasn’t surprised that Arsene Wenger didn’t shake his hand since he didn’t when Arsene refused to when Hull beat Arsenal earlier in the season at the Emirates. Although this picture would suggest otherwise.
And on this post-match interview with the BBC, he says that he saw Cesc Fabregas spit Brian Horton and goes on to say ‘whether it’s at his feet, his face, his body, it doesn’t matter…’ What the hell does that mean? Apparently there’s also discrepancies with his stories – saying he saw the spitting incident just off the pitch, and then inside the tunnel. Cesc must have been busy!
But it’s funny how all the disgraceful antics of Blackburn Rovers have been forgotten.
Firstly the shocking and diving ‘tackle’ by El Hadji Diouf. That was so bad it’s untrue – and the worst thing about it all is that 4 days on it’s completely forgotten. How can the FA not look at that and issue any kind of punishment? The ball was nowhere near Almunia at that point and to be quiet honest we’ve seen less serious incidents punished retrospectively.
If anything it was worse than the Eduardo tackle, and it’s clear that Diouf flew in and intended to hurt the player. And if we’re on the subject of spitting…
Then there was the dive from Morten Gamst Pedersen. Now when I saw the reply I admitted I actually laughed – it was that ridiculous. And the fact he got up and put his hands in the air asking for a penalty made it a million times worse.
It should will be one of the ‘hilarious’ clips played around the world for years to come.
But obviously because of Phil Brown being a c*nt all these things are now just a distant memory. I’m just glad Almunia is still walking.