The UEFA Champions League’s Racial Black Eye

The struggle over racism has been going on for quite some time and will continue to do so for quite some time in the future. This is absolutely no excuse, but it does happen and even in settings as fantastic as the UEFA Champions League. Well, racism has reared its ugly head again with the abuse spewed during a match at Manchester City’s Yaya Toure by fans in Moscow.

It happened during the match between Manchester City and CSKA Moscow when the crowd started directing “monkey chants” at Toure, a player from the Ivory Coast. During the match Toure urged the officials to take action but they failed to do so. This inaction has left the league with a significant black eye over the whole debacle.

What makes the matter worse is that there was action taken by UEFA Champions League in 2009 that provided guidelines on what should happen when incidents like this happen. It gave officials the power to stop or abandon games in progress due to racial threats or other threats that jeopardised the safety of the players against the crowd. It outlined a simple three-step procedure that officials were to follow.

Why Rules Are Important

The problem in the Toure situation was that the protocol was not followed. The match continued even under the pressure of racist chants. Now to date it should be noted that no UEFA Champions League match has ever been abandoned, but they have been delayed, which is the second step of this protocol.

Manchester City is expected to take legal action against the league for failing to follow procedure. This will undoubtedly leave a black eye on the league. Hopefully it will be for the better though. Maybe this is what it will take to make the officials monitor the situations like this one more closely.

The End Result?

The UEFA has ordered that CSKA Moscow’s home stadium be partially closed as punishment for their next match, against Bayern Munich on November 27. The UEFA is also under pressure to deliver on its stance against racism, as it has been criticised in the past for being too lenient.

The incident has forced Russian soccer authorities to defend their readiness to host the 2018 World Cup, as black players say that they may boycott the World Cup if Russia does not take steps to stop racist abuse by its fans.

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No matter where, no matter when, there is nothing to beat watching football live

It was not too many years ago that watching any form of live football match, either NFL Australian rules, soccer, or even rugby you had to be at the match to drink in the atmosphere. While most of these football matches were televised but rarely live. The best that the soccer fans could expect were recorded highlights with most matches being shown later in the evening or maybe the next day.

However, as communication technology progressed, it became much more common for live football matches to be screened on television. Once again there were limitations because not every match could be screened live and the choices were limited to the top teams and major matches only.

While this was definitely some kind of progress it still really did not suit the average football plan who want to watch their favourite team when they were playing and not just occasionally, but every game that they played in.

To fill the breach, cable companies began to appear. The companies specialized in broadcasting all sports and especially football. Because of their wide coverage facilities, they could offer a wide choice of every kind of football, and usually from a local spectrum. At long last, football fans felt that the cable companies were indeed the answer and from now on they can watch their favourite team on their television at home. That meant not having to turn up at the local ground in all kinds of weather or travel even sometimes abroad to watch them play.

Their enthusiasm began to be dampened when they began to take notice that the cable television bill was slowly mounting up to frightening proportions. For that reason it did not take too long before the loyal football fan was slowly moving back to square one and only allowing themselves the luxury of watching the football team perform during the important games. Going to a football game or even having a cable subscription is not cheap, so a good way to not to think about the money all the time is get a fast loan.

That was until whole new development came on the scene and that was the opportunity to watch live football on the computer and at extremely competitive cost.

Instead of paying a monthly fee to the cable company as well as various one-offs, when a particularly important match comes up, football fans from all over the world can now watch their favourite team play on the home computer, and all for a one-time fee. A fee that they can usually recover after two months, while the cable companies can only watch and wonder where their clients have all disappeared to.

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European Club Soccer ends the season making football news

No matter what type of football you prefer the one thing for sure is that it is always in the news. With most of the soccer seasons in Europe drawing to a close, the league champions named and the domestic cup trophies awarded. All that remained was for the two major European Club Championships to decide. The first took place around ten days ago, with an all Spanish final as Athletico Madrid defeated Athletic of Bilbao by a three-goal margin.

Most of the football news channels were represented on Saturday evening, May 19th. They were there to cover the final of the European Champions League. The final, was held in the Allianz Arena in, Munich in front of sixty thousand fervent football fans. Most of these fans were rooting for the home club Bayern, who had got there after surprisingly defeating real Madrid in the semifinals.

An even bigger surprise was the appearance of London club, Chelsea in the final. Chelsea started the season in a state of transition and went through yet another tremor, when halfway through the season, their Billionaire manager Roman Abramovich sacked yet another manager, André Villas-Boas. Villas-Boas was the eight managers to fall victim to Abramovich’s impatient hunger for success since he took over the club in 2003.

The young and in-experienced Portuguese was sent packing with a large severance payout to be replaced by his even more inexperienced assistant Roberto De Matteo, who had been a much loved player at the club but had no success at club level. When De Matteo was called upon to take up the reins at Stamford Bridge, it was obvious that he would be holding down a job just at the end of the season till a more experienced and successful club manager could be brought in to take the job.

For whatever reason, the moment the likeable Italian took control of the club, things began to turn the corner. In almost the first match, Chelsea succeeded in turning around a two-goal deficit to defeat Napoli, of Italy. They saw off a strong Benfica side to go into the semi-finals against what appeared to be holders; the then seemingly unbeatable Barcelona, with probably the best footballer in the world Lionel Messi in their ranks as well as a host of other highly talented, mostly Spanish players.

Chelsea shocked the football world by defeating the Catalonians over two legs to go through to the final against Bayern. With captain John Terry and a few other key players suspended for the game it was expected the Bavarians would prove to be too strong. However, on a dramatic night, it looked impossible to separate the two teams over normal time and even when the match went into extra time.

As the almost inevitable penalty shoot out approached, it looked like Chelsea would have had to endure the same fate as they had in their last final against

English rivals Manchester United, where they lost largely, thanks to Terry missing a penalty.

Against the Germans at home, who never lose penalty shoot-outs, it looked like the end of the road for De Matteo and his boys. However in the biggest bit of football news of the season, it was Chelsea who prevailed as their iconic striker Didier Drogba steeped up to slot home the decisive winner after Peter Chech, Chelsea’s goalkeeper had saved two penalties to cause an Abramovich a real head scratcher for next season.

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