Owners, referees, Ballon D’or

Leeds United fans must wonder when everything will be alright again. If its not the coming and going of managers, this time it’s the owner. Italian Massimo Cellino has been disqualified from owning the club due to failing the League’s fit and proper ownership test. Paper work that had been acquired by the League had shown the Italian to be guilty of tax evasion. He had received a heavy fine from the Italian court back in March. This had lead to the Football League blocking his takeover. This was over ruled by an independent QC. Some might now be saying ‘we told you so’. Of course it doesnt end there as the Italian, it is likely that he will appeal this decision. Should he lose, he will be back in March when the punishment will have been served. That of course will help neither the club or the fans who just want to see football being the centre of the club news and not ownership battles or manager sackings. It is a sad time for Leeds United who found themselves relegated from the Premier League in 2007 and plunged into administration. This is a club of course that had seen a few glory days under the management of Don Revie in the 1960’s and 70’s.

Man City were robbed of an early penalty opportunity after Sergio Aguero was brought down in the area. The referee though was having none of it and opted to show the Argentinian a yellow card for simulation. It would seem that maybe past history was on the mind of the official when he made that decision. Sadly though it should be the moment in the match that the referee makes his decision on. It would of course have been no different to that of one Luis Suarez who often found himself missing out on legitimate free kicks and penalties all because of his diving intent.

It’s the start of December and in football that means its Ballon D’or time or more commonly known as the Messi & Ronaldo club. Cristiano Ronaldo is the current holder as we wait to hear the announcement. Last year Franck Ribery came third ending the Spain & Barcelona dominance for the previous three years. The third place for the 2014 award is likely to go to Manuel Neur of Bayern Munich and Germany. It will be the first time since 2002 that a German has finished in the top three, back when it was the World Footballer of The Year. That year was also a German goalkeeper in the form of Oliver Kahn, who also played for Bayern Munich. With Messi still only 27 and Ronaldo 29, it would appear only an injury to either player would prevent them battling for the top honour.

Newcastle United find themselves without keeper Tim Krul for six weeks. The Dutchman suffered ankle ligament damage in pre match training. The Toon’s good start has seen them rise to ninth despite the regular discontent from the fans. The injury to Krul is also one of the last things that Pardew requires as he already has several key players out with injury. Interesting times lay ahead for Magpies.


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