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Poetic Justice As Drogba Has Last Laugh Against United

Chelsea’s Didier Drogba is a man who has a beautiful ability to make headlines, be it good or bad. This weekend, he was the victim of a shocking tackle, no, make that assault from Manchester United’s Johnny Evans. He then had the last laugh, darting across Edwin Van Der Sar in an offside position for John Terry’s late goal. Midway through the second half, a ball was lofted into the Manchester United box, it bounced between Evans and Drogba and as both men leapt to fight the cause for their team, Evans inexplicably jumped with his left boot raised and plunged his studs into Drogba’s shoulder.

At the risk of sounding like Sir Alex Ferguson, how on earth Martin Atkinson could have got a decision so wrong is beyond me. A player has jumped with his foot raised five or six feet off of the ground, thrown his foot into an opponent and gets off scott free, and the man on the ground who is clearly in pain receives a yellow card for what, holding up the game by being on the floor?  But of course, the pantomime comedy antics from Drogba just had to come out. Whilst on the floor, the Ivorian threw his legs about as if in some kind of involuntary spasm and Atkinson sheepishly signalled for the Chelsea physios. What I do not understand is why Atkinson booked Drogba if he called for the physios as therefore it cannot have been for diving. Drogba for once put up little fight against the decision so did could not have been cautioned for dissent, but let’s face it, we all raised a smirk at the sight of Drogba’s forlorn demeanour as he trudged to the sidelines with the physios. Drogba threw his arms in the air at the sight of yellow like an incredulous, grumpy infant who had been ordered to go to bed early.

After the match Ferguson routinely verbally lambasted the officials, calling the free kick which lead to Chelsea’s goal “a bad decision.” The Scot ranted “you lose your faith in refereeing, that’s the way players see it.” I begrudgingly admit he had a point. Darren Fletcher won a 50-50 tackle against Ashley Cole with neither player diving in and Cole obliged to hurl his body to the floor, legs flailing higher than any other part of his body like a gymnast hoping for extra points.  As John Terry feebly nodded Frank Lampard header past the penalty spot, Drogba was up to his usual gamesmanship tricks and scampered across, bundled Wes Brown over and threw a hopefully boot in the direction of the ball as he strayed offside. Van Der Sar in the United goal saw the ball late and really had no chance. Chelsea were 1-0 up and Drogba was smarting. Justice was done as Drogba should have been awarded at the very least a penalty 20 minutes earlier.

It is such a shame when big games are marred by refereeing decisions as opposed to moments of individual brilliance, and United appear to be gravely missing these moments from Cristiano Ronaldo. United looked toothless going forward and Wayne Rooney single handedly created three or four chances for himself. The likes of Nani and Gabriel Obetan hardly draw fear bubbling in the stomachs of opponents. Despite United’s lack of real magic going forward, they created far more than their opponents and should have won. When his team is on the up and scoring 96th minute goal, Ferguson seems more than willing to laugh and joke with officials, but when the going gets tough and his team doesn’t take their chances, it is a far more bitter pill to swallow. Atkinson evened up his decisions and quite frankly Manchester United are not ones to moan about decisions not going their way when Rooney should have scored two or three with no help from the referee anyway.

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  1. AZee

    November 12, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    You guys who claims Drogba were playing up too much theatrics must have not been hit in the chest before. A few years ago, I had a little accident while snowboarding, fell face down slamming my chest on the snow, I laid there face down, couldn’t breath for at least 30 seconds! I had so much pain I thought I broke all my ribs, all I could think of during that time was I was going to die. Then my body recovered from the initial shock, I sat down for 5 minutes, I was all good again. So I can see being kung-fu kicked in the chest could have the same effect on your body. And no, I am not a Chelski fan.

  2. USF FAN 1

    November 10, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    “Fantastic footballer, absolute c*nt.” Sounds like Ronaldo in the same breath, touche I guess.

  3. CR7fan

    November 10, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    ok first of all drogba did not get a card for diving or simulating an injury he got the card for jumping at jonny evans who was already in the air when drogba decided run at him. Evans already had his knee up in the air when drogba jumped at him. They both should have gotten yellow cards for it. evans for kicking out at drogba and drogba for charging at evans when he was already in the air. That goal also should not have been allowed. Not because drogba was offsides, but because drogba pulled wes brown down who would have been in the direct path of the ball and would have been able to block it. whoever wrote this article clearly did not watch any of the replays which clearly show all of this.

  4. cfctear

    November 10, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Has anyone forgotten about Alex Fergiuson who is i must agree one of the best managers in the world. Loves to leave his almighty feedback on a match that has gone his way but GOD FORBID anything that doesn’t!!! Then his head is so far up his own F****ing arse that he has to get the assistant manager to do the talking for him, the pompas,whiskey nosed twat thinks he’s tooooooo high and mighty to comment!!! Bad refereeing is a constant pain but that’s the way of football until they replace them with robots which ain’t gonna happen!! Sooooooooo stop your moanin and enjoy the game and the fact that all you red twats lost…..

    Chelsea 1 Man Utd 0 HA!!

  5. Hargo's Left Knee

    November 10, 2009 at 3:39 am

    Hate to ruin your analysis with, erm, the rules – but Drogba was booked for dangerous play, and the foul rightly given against him. He jumped into Evans with no intent to play the ball (watch the clip, he’s nowhere near it). In football you cannot just randomly jump into someone if you’re not going for the ball, Drogba has his back turned to the ball and looks intent to take Evans out.

    The referee should then have given Evans a red for violent conduct, but that was after the foul. So not a penalty I’m afraid.

    Fortunately Drogba was fine, as can be seen by his playing on 30 seconds later. And he feigned a fit. I guess we can only hope that one day he has a real one, so he can appreciate what it really means. Fantastic footballer, absolute c*nt.

  6. USF FAN 1

    November 9, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    You’ve pretty much summed up the scene from any soccer match I’ve ever watched Cali-Gooner, that act is exlusive to just Drogba? What are you talking about! Nex you’ll try to claim the magical healing powers of the spray can is a plot dervied by the physio’s of Chelsea!

    Bring some reality to your posts.

    • Zola612

      November 10, 2009 at 12:33 am


  7. California_Gooner

    November 9, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Drogba looks like he is shot and rolls around on the pitch for 5 minutes ….

    after 9 seconds on the sideline he is back in running full pace ….. this guy

    is the ultimate wimpy-diving forwards around.

  8. Goldberg

    November 9, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    It is clear you didn’t even watch the game (how does Nani come into the discussion?)

  9. leoabetas

    November 9, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Disappointing for result.

  10. Rizwan

    November 9, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Being a gunner, i must say it was a bad football from both sides. Both were defending. A fair result must b draw. Man utd played little better. Both bullies means rooney n drogba were awful.

  11. USF FAN 1

    November 9, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Please…Manchester United fans reacting to Drogba is a joke…You had several wonderful years of those antics with Ronaldo and were MORE then happy to have him on your team. The fodder back and forth is fun banter for sure, but let’s not forget both clubs have there fair share of this stuff going on.

    • sam

      November 9, 2009 at 4:30 pm

      thank you!!

  12. Alistair Hendrie

    November 9, 2009 at 11:42 am

    To clear a few things up…

    This piece is a feature not a report, therefore features opinion, I am sure many articles on this site feature opinion, debate is one of the beauties of sites like this.

    I am not a Chelsea or Manchester United fan, I am (sadly) a Reading fan.

    You will see I commented on Drogba’s petulant, comical reaction. I dislike Drogba as much as the rest of you and wrote “we all raised a smirk at the sight of Drogba’s forlorn demeanour as he trudged to the sidelines with the physio.”

    I am not condoning anything Drogba has done in the past, merely commenting how it was ironic how a decision that went against him (Evans) led to a controversial decision (him being offside/active in the goal) that went in his favour.


  13. Jeff

    November 9, 2009 at 11:10 am

    No comment on 2 clear goalscoring opportunities the ref got wrong in the 1st half? Rooney was through and clealy played on by Cole, but was called offside, and Valencia was brought down by Terry.

  14. John

    November 9, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Nani played?

  15. Nnanna

    November 9, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Evans should have gotten a red card for that Kung Fu attack on Drogba. It has to be the worst tackle I have seen in years..yes, its even worse than anything Adebayor did against Arsenal

  16. jables

    November 9, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Has anyone claiming Drogba was faking a seizure ever taken a metal cleat to the chest? I have, and when I went down, I was writhing around as well, because it hurt like hell. There was no added drama, in my opinion, and he was just dealing with the pain.

    Pretty equal match in terms of gameplay. Rooney had some monster looks and should have put one in the back of the net, but neither team DOMINATED the other, by any means.

  17. Tyson

    November 9, 2009 at 9:16 am

    God this website is on its deathbed another bs article full of opinion.

    You guys are supposed to report wtf happened at the match not what your opinions are thats for the people commenting to dicusss.

    This article is full of crap anyway Manchester United thoroughly dominated Chelsea from end to end and all they got for it was a screwed up decision for a free kick.

    Drogba should have got a red card for the fake seizure anybody that knows anything about seizures knows if you ever suspected anybody was having a seizure it’d be an extremely serious issue leading to short term memory loss, unconciousness and neuronal complications.

    I think he should have got a red card and been suspended for several matches. You don’t exxagerate your injuries in that manner he was faking something others might have thought could give him brain damage.

    Can you seperate your personal opinions and what happened on the match day people who don’t always get to follow football want an analysis of what took place not articles tainted heavily with the writers opinion.

    If you insist on putting your opinion into articles how about a title that mentions the score and the teams and then some analysis about the two halves, who did what, who played well, where both teams faulted etc before pouring in your own opinion overwriting the important of every other event.

    • Eric

      November 9, 2009 at 10:43 pm

      hahahahaaha i love listening to united fans talk about diving. you seem to be forgetting a certain “CR7,” as you lovingly called him. He pioneered the art of diving and writhing like he was shot with a gun. and for the record, i hate chelsea so don’t try to pull that card
      seriously united fans… stop

  18. Kartik Krishnaiyer

    November 9, 2009 at 8:06 am

    I don’t find anything Drogba accomplishes as poetic justice. We’re going to do a show on the RESPECT campaign this week for the EPL Talk podcast and Drogba most certainly will be a topic of discussion.

    Someone who is unsporting and continues to try and put ones past the official and then acts like a petulant child when he doesn’t get his way does not need to be rewarded.

    United should feel hard done by a goal standing that should not have been allowed. On the other hand, United didn’t really make much of an effort to win the game, so sometimes when you set up for a stalemate you get burned by a bad officials mistake, or in this case two successive bad officials mistakes. (the free kick should not have been awarded either.)

    • Zola612

      November 9, 2009 at 9:43 am

      When you do your show on the RESPECT campaign I trust Sir Alex Ferguson be the lead topic of discussion.

      • Kartik Krishnaiyer

        November 9, 2009 at 9:53 am

        Obviously. His comments about Alan Wiley will certainly be raised as will Wiley’s unwillingness to engage Mark Hughes in discussion while joking and laughing with Fergie.

  19. Bishopville Red

    November 9, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Amazing that you find Drogba’s foul as Justice for a penalty shot you wish to award – for an event outside the box.

    There is no card for diving. It’s for simulation. That could be simulating a foul, or simulating the extent of injury. For example, “legs flailing higher than any other part of his body like a gymnast hoping for extra points.” would be a case of simulating an injury where there was none.

    Finally, Didier Drogba, he of the perfect dive, punch of opponent and 6 game ban for vile abuse of officials and home audience, needs’ some sort of poetic justice? If Drogba were involved in a case of poetic justice, the cheating, punching, ref-abusing twat would be out of football.

    Hopeless article. Even less hope for the writer.

    • oliver

      November 9, 2009 at 10:12 am

      “For example, “legs flailing higher than any other part of his body like a gymnast hoping for extra points.” would be a case of simulating an injury where there was none.”

      Nope – that’s called trying to avoid getting stamped on by a persistent fouler like Fletcher.

      I’m not saying it was a foul (I don’t think it was) but Ashley Cole wasn’t simulating anything – he was expecting to get clobbered and got out of the way.

  20. Ganesh

    November 9, 2009 at 6:34 am

    u just stop writing such a ridiculous comments.even the chelsea manager will never support like this.u didnt saw the match as third person.u r talking like a chelsea u just shut ur …………v knw how to win premierleague.we did that for last 3 times

    • What?

      November 9, 2009 at 6:45 am

      What are you saying Ganesh? We? Who is we? You don’t play for either team. Pot…kettle. Stop it. You’re embarrassing yourself.

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