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UEFALONA Barca Bias & ‘Big’ Club Football Corruption Must Stop

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“It is nonsense that everything is decided by a dive. I feel sad and sorry for the world of football. I’m so angry. It is a piece of pure Suarez theater. Why do we have officials behind goal if they can’t see?!”

Lars Lagerback, Norway manager

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As the mainstream media fell over themselves midweek to hail Barcelona’s 6-1 victory over Paris St. Germain as “football’s greatest ever-comeback” having been 4-0 down from the 1st leg to qualify for the next round, a growing voice of EuroSceptics in the football world were shouting about a conspiracy theory known as UEFALONA.

UEFALONA is the theory that Barcelona FC consistently benefit from a referee bias especially in The UEFA Champions League, one subscribed to by leading figures in football including manager Jose Mourinho and former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, both of whom have been on the receiving end of its injustice.

As the article title video clearly shows, several major calls for Barcelona on Wednesday night including two non-penalties awarded to the Catalan side and a stonewall penalty denied to Paris facilitated the unlikely response from a side soundly thrashed at the Parc De Princes just weeks earlier.

In the last 24 hours, it has emerged that referee Deniz Atyekin is likely to be demoted by UEFA Refs Chief Pierluigi Collina & will never referee such a high-profile clash again yet the damage and football – and financial injustice – has already been done.

Former England Captain and leading BBC pundit Alan Shearer wrote in his Coral article:

“The game between Barcelona and PSG was one of, if not the best comeback ever in European football..

but nobody has seemed to mention the Suarez dive. I don’t want to take anything from the game but don’t forget he had already been booked five minutes before that, also for diving, so he should have been sent off.”

Such bias has characterised Barcelona’s success in recent Champions League history no more so than this ‘disgrace’ (Drogba) of a refereeing performance in 2009:

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who has also been had previously said he was ‘revolted’ by the performance of the referee in his team’s 5-1 loss to Bayern Munich a week earlier said:

‘Last night’s (Barcelona) fightback has shown the importance of two main factors of this kind of games, it’s the referee and very big players,’ said the Arsenal manager.

‘That sums it up.’

It is this galling influence even by even extra officials that casts the strongest light of suspicion upon activities surrounding Camp Nou both on and off the pitch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5w9Awgla7g

Barcelona FC and its leading players are no strangers to corruption – Lionel Messi was sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud in July 2016 though has yet to serve a day in prision – and Brazilian striker Neymar & his entourage have similarly been charged with fraudulent activity over his transfer fee from his native club Santos and will be similarly handed a prison sentence soon which he, in turn, will not be made to honour.

If a club and its players are willing and able to bend rules over taxes and transfer fees, what other rules are they willing to bend and break?

Such irregular decisions are by no means limited to Barcelona FC and Spanish or Champions League football.

The recent Capital One Cup Final between Manchester United and Southampton was marred by the disallowing of a clear onside goal by Saints striker Manolo Gabbiadini early in the game which denied the South coast club an early deserved lead, the trophy and the player a historic hat-trick.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGdi921OJ_0

Southampton legendary former player and now pundit Matt Le Tissier was absolutely furious and told Talk Sport:

“The history of football shows you the bigger clubs get a lot more decisions in their favour than the small ones.

“[If (Man) United had scored] it wouldn’t have been given offside, I genuinely think that. The flag wouldn’t have gone up in the first place.”

Yet if football – the original and most beautiful game – is anything but a meritocracy decided on the field by the best players abiding by the fairest laws then we really do not have any game at all as such bias means a closed system where clubs cannot become bigger or smaller.

Instead, we have a big, corrupt business in which big moneyed clubs, effectively huge corporations, are buying players illegally, who are in turn cheating on their own finances & those same clubs and players are cheating on the pitch with official help to benefit sponsors & companies generating huge income streams off it.

If money buys decisions & cheats prosper then the soul of the game has been lost and video replay technology must be brought into the sport as soon as possible to rectify on-pitch justice and football’s true majesty once more.

Instant replay technology has been used in the NFL since 1986 – the year Argentinian cheat Diego Maradona robbed England and the late, great Sir Bobby Robson of a Semi-Final in The World Cup Mexico 1986 by punching a ball into the net – and should have been introduced into football by now.

Why such readily-available technology hasn’t been introduced in an age when the average viewer at home equipped with a SKY or BT viewing channel and access to instant replays can referee better than the on-pitch officials is anyone’s guess and rouses the utmost suspicion.

Until video replay tehnology is introduced as part and parcel of the world’s most popular sport at the highest levels then football is no longer a game but a carefully-choreographed act of aided and abetted athletic and financial corruption.

For the record, the following remains the greatest comeback in Champions League history… Happy Rafavserary at Newcastle, Senor Benitez. UEFALONA, we’re coming for your titles…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKNfwfI8wHU

 

 


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Birmingham City Fan Jailed for 14 Days for Punching Aston Villa Player

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27-year old Paul Mitchel, a Birmingham City fan has been jailed for 14 days after he plead guilt to assaulting Aston Villa midfielder Jack Graelish during the derby on Sunday.

Mitchell rushed the pitch and took a swing at Graelish when the player’s back was turned at Birmingham City’s St. Andrew’s stadium during the Championship match on Sunday.

Mitchell admitted to invading the pitch and has been officially banned from attending any football match in the U.K. for up to 10 years, and was also ordered to pay £350 in total fines.

Graelish made a statement in which he described how he was “shocked and scared” by the attack.

“I cannot help but feel how lucky I was in this incident,” he said (h/t ESPN). “It could have been so much worse had the supporter had some sort of weapon.”

“He cannot explain what came over himself yesterday morning,” Mitchell’s lawyer, Vaughn Whistance, said on Monday.

“His initial foolish intention was to go onto the pitch to whip up the crowd. He is certainly remorseful today. He is a man with a partner, they have a 2-year-old together and they’re expecting their second child.”

“This weekend a line has been crossed in terms of fan behaviour,” said a spokesperson for the FA.

“On Sunday we saw two separate incidents, at Birmingham City and Arsenal, of individuals entering the field of play and assaulting players.

“Not only is it an offence to enter the pitch, which could result in a club ban and criminal charges for the individual, but it also puts the safety of the players at risk.

“This is entirely unacceptable and we strongly condemn both incidents.

“We will be working with the clubs, the leagues and the police to discuss what collectively needs to be done to protect players and officials on the pitch.

“In addition, we have written to both Birmingham City and Arsenal to seek their observations to examine the security measures they had in place.”

Birmingham City apologized to Grealish and Aston Villa and banned Mitchell for life.

“Birmingham City Football Club would like to apologise to Jack Grealish and Aston Villa Football Club for an incident in Sunday afternoon’s derby match,” a club statement said.

“We deplore the behaviour of the individual who committed this act and rest assured he will be banned from St. Andrew’s for life. The club will also support any further punishment this individual may face in the eyes of the law.

“The club will be working with the relevant authorities to investigate all the circumstances and we will be reviewing our stadium safety procedures.

“What happened has no place in football or society. Jack is a Birmingham lad and regardless of club allegiance should not have been subjected to this — there are no excuses.

“Again, we apologise to Jack and all at Aston Villa Football Club.”

 

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Major League Soccer, Twitch Ink One-Year Partnership

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Major League Soccer (MLS) has inked a one-year sponsorship deal with popular streaming platform Twitch, per an official announcement from MLS.

Starting in March, MLS will start streaming the second season of their eMLS Cup, their esports league in conjunction with EA Sports’ FIFA franchise.

“FIFA is one of the main generators of the fans that we have” MLS Digital Senior VP Chris Schlosser said, via an official statement. “If you look at it historically – radio built baseball, television built the NFL and NBA, and the internet is building soccer.”

The partnership between Twitch and MLS could also include content outside of the eMLS Cup, featuring highlights or media produced by MLS teams, or clips of MLS games moving forward.

“We are looking to do some esports events – this is something we are taking a hard look at” DC United Chief Executive and Managing General Owner Jason Levin said, via an official statement.

“All of esports is a dramatically growing industry. It’s an opportunity to engage our current fans and connect with some younger sports fans who don’t know as much about DC United. It’s an exciting opportunity for us to grow our fanbase more than anything.”

It’s an exciting time for streaming, particularly on Twitch, as live sports such as the NBA’s G League, and MLS are starting to develop Twitch streams to help tap into the streaming market, diversify their digital content, and get more involved with esports teams and esports organizations.

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Manchester United Place Paul Pogba Contract Talks on Hold

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Manchester United is putting a hold on any contract negotiations or talks with Frenchman Paul Pogba, who is two years into a five-year pact he inked with the club when he returned from Juventus back in 2016.

Manchester United remain confident that they can convince Pogba, who has had a roller coaster run at Old Trafford, to stay with the club for the long-term future, according to ESPN FC’s Rob Dawson.

The club had hoped to engage in preliminary negotiations with Pogba, along with his agent Mino Raiola in September following Pogba’s successful stint playing in the World Cup earlier this Summer in Russie, but Pogba’s unhappiness with his situation in Manchester is now coming into play during talks.

While Pogba will not push for a move away in January 2019, he could be tempted by Barcelona next summer should they show a renewed interest in acquiring him.

Pogba’s agent, Raiola, is known for engaging in rather difficult negotiations concerning his clients and had done so during Pogba’s world record £89.3 million move from Juventus, so United was hoping to get an early start on contract talks this time around.

Per the report ESPN FC, after initial talks occurred earlier this month the plan was to step up discussions at the beginning of next season before executing the deal officially in early 2020.

Those scheduled negotiations are now being pushed back.

Per sources cited in the report, United is still relaxed about the situation with Pogba, due to their one-year option that they can fall back on which could be used to keep Pogba at Old Trafford until the Summer of 2022.

However, United is confident that they can reach a breakthrough with Pogba in negotiations prior to then.

It will be interesting to see how the lines shake up as the Pogba negotiations carry on.
OLBG.com has the latest free bets and they will surely keep monitoring the latest lines on Pogba’s future with United.

The report goes on to note that sources close to Pogba continue to insist that the cloud of uncertainty surrounding his future with the club is not designed to be a tactic to elicit any sort of pay raise.

Additionally, had executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward not refused to listen to any offers over the summer, Pogba likely would have joined Barcelona.

While Pogba is fine playing for manager Jose Mourinho this season, despite their well-documented rocky relationship in the past, he is not ruling out a move in the future.

 

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