I haven't laughed so much in quite a while, what a fantastic finish to the Chelsea Barca game last night, I can't stop smiling this morning, thank you very much Mr Iniesta!
As you may have gathered I am not a big Chelsea fan and last night showed precisely why. Of note in the first leg Barca had a genuine 'stonewall' penalty not given, while Ballack should have been sent off for a second yellow when he cynically chopped down a Barca player in a very dangerous position. The Barca players didn't lose their rag, they didn't feel the need to surround and swear at the referee.
In the second leg Chelsea were a bit unfortunate with the odd decision, however virtually all of their penalty appeals were for non penalties. The Drogba dive was no penatly, the Eto'o handball was clearly not intentional, their best case for a penatly was the Pique handball but even that was debatable. It must also be remembered that the Abidal sending off was clearly an error, Anelka tripped over his own feet.
Luckily football won the day, Chelsea did defend well, however the side that tried to play the football has triumphed and that is a good thing. Ballack's barracking and almost rugby tackling of the referee was an absolute disgrace on its own, he should have seen red. The behaviour that followed from Drogba, Terry et al was amongst the worst behaviour I have ever seen from footballers on the football field. Drogba's pathetic performance can be viewed here, Terry was aggressive as always and the poor ref apparently needed a police escort out of the country in the early hours of the morning, Chelsea fans are such lovely mild mannered people aren't they.
One of the most amusing parts of this whole episode is that quite a few Chelsea fans are so deluded that they believe other supporters feel empathy for their position. I feel no empathy for these pathetic morons. The club should have the book thrown at them by UEFA, they should be banned from Europe for a season, they have already been warned repeatedly by the FA as regards their intimidation of officials, this is a new low even for them and that's saying something. Losing with dignity is not something Chelsea are capable of, their club has very little class, just because they can throw around blank cheques they think they can bully people and demand exactly what they want. Chelsea are the epitomy of the lack of class and sportsmanship, and the greed that we need to stamp out of the modern game. My heart bleeds, it really does.