If you thought doping was the only issue in European Football, you’d be very wrong.
Our opponents for tomorrow’s mega Champions League game; Olympiacos, are at the centre of some very real accusations that surround match fixing.
Head of UEFA Disciplinary dealings (LOL); Emilio Garcia, let Olympiacos into Europe’s premier competition, despite Marinakas (owner and President of Olympiacos) being formally accused of match fixing by a Greek magistrates (along with 33 others!).
It’s not like UEFA haven’t acted before. They dropped Fenerbache sharpish last year after they were accused of similar wrong doings (and were later prosecuted).
Mr Platini looks like he’s got more to answer for than simply taking a bonus payment 9 years late.
The whole setup in world football is rotten. When a FIFA referee is having his bakery bombed because he won’t play ball with match fixing, you really do worry what else is going on.
You also wonder why we’re in a situation where we have to play this game tomorrow? What’s to say the ref isn’t dodgy tomorrow? What’s to say some form of cheating won’t occur to blight us?
WE have no safeguards.
UEFA should be protecting the game from any suspicion. When players are on the record saying things like…
“It’s incredible what we encountered with referees at Panathinaikos.
“Once a ref told one of my team-mates: ‘If you don’t like the decisions tell your president to pay us.’ It was a game in which a penalty was not awarded in our favour.
“Daniel Pranjic went to the ref to complain and the ref, putting his hands to his mouth so no one else could hear said: ‘Tell your president to pay.’ We looked at each other and burst out laughing.
… you need to be sending a party of officials to shut the game down. Investigate what’s going on. Rip out the cancerous bits. Start again.
I can’t believe Arsenal’s chance of Champions League qualification rest on beating an allegedly corrupt team away from home.
Anyway, great journalism from Kastrinakis from The Sun. It’s truly shocking.
Jeremy Wilson reckons we’re in for a treat against the Greeks on Wednesday… Callum Chambers in the midfield. That’ll be exciting. A round peg in what could be a round hole. At least we know he’s a talented footballer. If he drops a killer performance, we could be looking at this seasons version of Francis Coquelin… if he f*cks up, we could be out of the Champions League.
No pressure. None at all.
I’m confident. He has a good frame, he’s fairly fast for that position and he’s good technically. I don’t think he’s looked good in defence. He’s played like a bit of a dunce at times, but he’s only young. Hopefully midfield will be more suited to him and hopefully he has the guts to own that position.
The same article suggests Arsenal are interested in loan solutions in January. You really have to wonder why. Surely we should be looking to fill the gap? There’s a major tournament next summer and you just know that’s a ready made excuse for finishing the summer with zero signings.
Right, more tomorrow. Have a good one!