Football Diary 35

Football Diary

by Patrick O’Connor

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IT was probably of little consolation to Roberto Martinez, the manager of Wigan Athletic, when referees chief Mike Riley apologised for the appalling mistakes made by officials during their 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.

Both Chelsea goals were clearly offside and at the time Martinez branded the decisions as “disgusting.”

Football Diary 34

Football Diary

by Patrick O’Connor

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COULD football be set to get its first female manager?

The subject cropped up following a BBC TV documentary entitled Sexism In Football which looked at the role of women in the game.

Football Diary 33

Football Diary

by Patrick O’Connor

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THE family of the Bolton player Fabrice Muamba have posted a picture of him on Twitter from his hospital room – a move which has provided comfort for the Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov who has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

Speaking before Saturday’s home game against Chelsea, Petrov said that he had taken strength from Muamba’s recent battle with ill-health after the player suffered a cardiac arrest during the game at Tottenham.

Football Diary 32

Football Diary

by Patrick O’Connor

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THE collapse of Fabrice Muamba on the pitch at Tottenham last week has captured plenty of headlines, both on the front and back pages of newspapers.

There has also been an enormous amount of goodwill generated towards the Bolton player from supporters of all colours.

Football Diary 31

Football Diary

by Patrick O’Connor

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INTERESTING article in the Yorkshire Post about the ‘experiment’ being carried out by Championship strugglers Doncaster Rovers.

Their chairman John Ryan has recruited agent Willie McKay to bring a host of high-profile names to the club on loans or short-term deals. The idea is that Doncaster do not pay all their wages but that the player gets put in the shop window, having lost out on the opportunity for first team football elsewhere.