Ramos blind spot?
What is it about the water in North London? Ask Arsene Wenger to comment on a contentious incident concerning one of his players and the Frenchman will nearly always state that ‘he didn’t see it’. Now it seems his opposite number at Spurs has been similarly affected. After substituting Robbie Keane during the defeat to Manchester City, the Irishman cursed his way to the touchline as was less than respectful when handed his tracksuit. Ramos claimed that all this passed him by. But you can bet your bottom dollar that the Tottenham boss was all too aware of what went on. Keane might well have a hangover this week not directly related to St Patricks day.
The Leicester boss Ian Holloway has apologised to fans who may have heard him fire off a few expletives to a supporter who gave the Foxes manager a verbal blast during the nil – nil draw with Bristol City. Holloway wears his heart on his sleeve and being in charge of a struggling team it’s perhaps understandable that he let rip when being called an idiot from the stands. As it happens, most of the home supporters agreed with him and told the abusive fan to sit down and belt up. And following their impressive 4 – 1 win away to promotion chasing West Brom this past weekend, I wonder who feels the bigger idiot now?
Spanish must take action
What have Juande Ramos and the Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Armando got in common? Answer, they’ve both been injured by bottles thrown by supporters at Real Betis. Ramos, then the manager of Sevilla, was knocked out last season during a Kings Cup game at the Manuel Ruiz de Lopera stadium. The match was abandoned and the remaining 33 minutes were played at another ground. Betis were also handed a 3 match stadium ban. But that punishment doesn’t seem to have the desired effect after Armando was injured in a similar fashion this weekend. Although the perpetrator was immediately held and will be prevented from watching Betis again, the Spanish FA must take action. If stadium bans don’t work, then they should hit the clubs where it hurts most – in the points column. Let’s see if they, like a few undesirable fans, have the bottle.
Best gig of the week
Surely this prize must go to Fabio Capello’s assistant Franco Baldini who undertook a 10,000 mile round trip to assess the form of David Beckham who played all 90 minutes of a charity game for LA Galaxy against FC Dallas. What did Baldini learn? Not much probably. But he did wonders for his Air Miles balance.