Tag Archives: FA Cup

Babel faces FA action over tweet

10 Jan

Liverpool’s Ryan Babel has been charged with improper conduct by the FA after criticizing referee Howard Webb on Twitter. Babel posted the following on his Twitter account following Liverpool’s controversial 1-0 loss to Manchester United in the FA Cup:

“And they call him one of the best referees? That’s a joke. SMH.”

Webb awarded Manchester United a penalty in the first minute (!) after Dimitar Berbatov was supposedly taken down by Daniel Agger in the box.  If it takes you three steps to go down, you’re diving. Just throwing that out there. Check the clip out for yourself.  Webb also sent off Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard half hour into proceedings. Again, I think it was a dubious call as both Gerrard and Michael Carrick were sliding in for the ball from the same angle and both players went in with studs up. 

It’s a little absurb for the FA to take action against Ryan Babel for what he tweeted, especially after he apologized (via Twitter of course).  Babel removed the offending tweet and posted ”My apology if they take my posted pic seriously.  This is just an emotional reaction after losing an important game. Sorry Howard Webb.”  Why can’t the FA take it at face value for what it was? Doesn’t the FA have better things to worry about than Twitter? Like diving?

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Chelsea wins FA Cup

15 May

Chelsea won the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over Portsmouth at Wembley today. The Blues claimed a domestic double after also taking the Premier League title a week ago. Who else but Didier Drogba scored the game-winner on a free kick in the 59th minute. Portsmouth had missed a chance to take the leads moments earlier after Kevin Prince Boateng saw his penalty saved by Petr Cech. Frank Lampard also missed a penalty late in the game.

Portsmouth gave Chelsea all they could handle and it was an excellent game all around.

Chelsea, Portsmouth clash in FA Cup final

15 May

Can Chelsea win the double? Or can Portsmouth end a tumultuous season on a fairy tale note? Action starts at 10 a.m. ET on Fox Soccer. (Personally, I’m pulling for Portsmouth after all the crap they went through this season.)

Portsmouth relegated, headed to FA Cup final

12 Apr

In a crazy weekend for Portsmouth, the team was officially relegated after West Ham’s win over Sunderland.  A day later, Portsmouth scored two goals in extra time to clinch a 2-0 win over Tottenham in a crazy FA Cup semifinal.  Pompey will face defending FA Cup champion Chelsea in the final.  Chelsea knocked off Aston Villa, 3-0, in the first semifinal.

I really hope that Portsmouth stuns Chelsea to win their second FA Cup in three years.  After all the crap the team has gone through this year, it’s time that something positive happened for them and their fans.   Although an FA Cup final can’t take the sting completely out of relegation, it at least helps soften the blow.

Poor Portsmouth

17 Mar

Portsmouth has been docked nine points after going into administration.  The club is now 17 points from safety and barring a miracle, will be relegated to the Championship. They are now 14 points behind Hull and Burnley who sit above them with nine games remaining. (Nine games?!  That’s all that’s left of the season?! Wow, did not realize that.)

It rather sucks that the players and fans are penalized for the ownership being terrible and that there is no punishment for the people who actually put the club in this situation.  I hope they win the FA Cup, so there’s at least a little bit of positivity to come out of this season.

(And according to my manager mode on FIFA10, Portsmouth is top of the Prem table in 2011-12.  So there’s always that.)

Liverpool fail again

13 Jan

Liverpool was bounced from the FA Cup after a 2-1 loss to Reading in today’s third round replay.  The Reds held a 1-0 lead for 90 minutes, but that wasn’t good enough.  Reading converted a last second penalty (although I haven’t seen it yet, I’ve heard it was dubious) to send the game to extra time, where they promptly added a second.  Liverpool had no answer as Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres had both been taken off by this point.  To make matters worse, Gerrard supposedly picked up another groin injury.  In other words, COMPLETE FAIL.

And I’m back…

6 Jan

Howdy everyone!  Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!  I’m back at the computer now so here’s a quick rundown of things that have happened recently…

  • Liverpool managed to win two Premier League games in a row…but then were held to a 1-1 draw with Reading in third round of the FA Cup.  If the Reds can win the replay, they will play Burnley in the next round.  Amazingly enough, Liverpool is only four points out of the top four, so if they can actually put together a string of wins, they will be back in the hunt.
  • Manchester United was bounced from the FA Cup after a 1-0 loss to Leeds.  That just makes me smile.
  • The transfer window is open again, which means more rumours and heart palpitations.  There haven’t been any big signings as of yet, but there’s clearly still time.  As far as Liverpool goes, Rafa Benitez has supposedly been restricted to loan signings.  Defender Andrea Dossena is said to be signing with Italian side Napoli and Andriy Vororin is also likely on the way out.
  • Snow has been making a mess of things over in England.  Today’s Arsenal/Bolton game has been postponed due to the white stuff and several other contests have also had to be rescheduled. (Meanwhile, there’s two feet of snow on the ground here and somehow life continues as normal.  But I digress..)
  • Landon Donovan has made his way across the pond for a two and a half month loan with Everton.  It seems like just enough time for him not to accomplish anything, but hopefully he’ll get some time and be able to make an impact.
  • In other US soccer news, former wunderkind Freddy Adu has just signed an 18-month loan deal with Greek club Aris.  Here’s hoping he can make a lasting impression, something he’s failed to do just about everywhere else he’s played.
  • It’s official: it’s a World Cup year.  Only 155 days to go.