After a day to let the occurrences #EpicSunday settle in, it is time for the renewal of the EPL Talk “Daily Ticker.” This makes the site your one-stop-shop for all things Premier League. The day’s news is all here, along with recaps of undermined matches and other happenings around the world of football. A new feature will include my Daily Rant, which should stir up passionate debate amongst you, the readers.
Stamp the Stamping Out of Football:
Mario Balotelli proved that he has no character this past weekend, as he attempted to harm Spurs midfielder Scott Parker with his boot. The controversial Italian’s effort on goal led to him being caught off balance in his side’s win at the Etihad, thus the striker landed awkwardly, however, without a shadow of a doubt, an attempt was made by Super Mario to kick Parker in the head. Shockingly, the FA is attempting to take action against the iPad addicted forward.
Richard Jolly Addresses Balotelli in his latest column.
Not be out done by his teammate, Joelon Lescott could be looking at a four match ban as well. The Englishman threw his elbow into counterpart, Younes Kaboul’s face in City’s victory. What appeared to be accidental, was shown by video replay to be a clear attempt to injure the Kaboul. Needless to say, Balotelli and Lescott were lucky to be on the pitch after 90 minuets.
Not EPL related, but an important issue nevertheless. It will be interesting to see how Pepe’s case influences the English FA. The Spanish FA dropped charges against the ball-winning midfielder on Monday. Real Madrid’s Portuguese midfielder stomped on Lionel Messi’s hand in their 1-2 loss in the first leg of their Copa del Rey showdown. Video evidence will put the RFEF in hot water, as Jose’s man looks down to step over the little Argentine, and purposely steps on the Barcelona star, causing Messi to roll over in pain.
Premier League News:
Frank Lampard will not play against QPR when the two London outfits meet in the FA Cup, due to a calf injury. Lamps has been spotted with bandages around his left leg, as a small tear to the muscle in question has been confirmed by the team’s medics. The Chelsea man suffered the injury in the Blues’ match against Norwich at the weekend.
Robin van Persie claims that himself and manager Arsene Wenger have a sturdy relationship after the #10 displayed his outrage and disbelief that Alexander Oxlade-Chamberlain would be replaced by Andrei Arshavin. Just when the 18 year old could have helped Arsenal to victory, Wenger took the player off due to a high amount of lactic-acid in the player’s system. Arshavin was clearly a poor replacement for the Ox, as his dreadful defending led to Danny Welbeck’s 81st minute winner for Manchester United.
The man who revived Tottenham Hotspur from the bottom of the Barclays Premier League to Champions League football is being tried for not paying up his fair share to the government. His time at Portsmouth has come into question, as ex-Pompey chairman Milan Mandaric, allegedly dropped a cool $295,000 in a Monaco bank account. According to reports, the two were stuck behind bullet-proof glass today, so at least Redknapp is invincible, unlike his team’s form under pressure.
Carols Tevez is still wanted by A.C. Milan.
Queens Park Rangers have failed to reach an agreement with Sau Paulo prodigy Henrique. The Brazil U-20 was not granted a work permit, due to the fact that he has not yet been capped by his country
African Cup of Nations:
Stateside, we have no legal access to the competition, which has sent shockwaves across the football world. To the day, host countries Equatorial Guinea and Gabon have pulled off stunning wins, while Zambia defeated a highly confident Senegal side, which includes Newcastle’s Demba Ba. The Ivory Coast got by Sudan with a 1-0 victory, as the “Golden Generation” had a rough start on their journey towards silverware. Yesterday, Tunisia defeated Morocco 2-1 in a western African derby. Today’s action features the Black Stars of Ghana facing Botswana and Mali taking on Guinea, before the 2nd round of the group stage commences.
The Daily Rant:
Surprise, surprise, my first victim is Mario Balotelli, and I’m sure if he were reading this piece, he would ask, “Why Always Me.” Well, Mr. Anti-Bully, you are the most hypocritical, insane player in all of English football. Antics are one thing, but negativity is another. A recent comment on the site criticized EPL Talk for not writing positive articles on Manchester City. However, are writers supposed to encourage stamping on the head of the industrious Scott Parker, or should we applaud him for arrogantly standing at the spot with his arms spread, after he scored a goal, he should never have been on the pitch to finish. The explosive striker (pun-intended) is only hurting Manchester City. He has taken away from the clubs integrity. Now below, I am sure all the City backers will respond by saying, who cares what he has done off the field, but rather that he has scored at important times against United and Spurs. However, Mario Balotelli is a professional footballer. Note that the word professional is in the job description. Is attempting to harm others adequate behavior? I think not. If I were to do what Balotelli has done at my school, I would never walk into that building again. City has talent. They do not need Balotelli. He is a virus. So City supporters, are you ready to bite the bullet and focus on long term success and a happy squad, or do you maintain the speeder is your savior?