Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Clattenburg Chaos Continues, More Superclásico, Americans Abroad

We promised yesterday that we'd look back more extensively at the River Plate/Boca Juniors match from the weekend. Jonathan Wilson was at Estadio Monumental. Tim Vickery? We're not sure he was actually at the match, but he's in South America and has his opinion.

Morgan and Leroux do their best Maroney and Douglas.
It's Tuesday and that means we keep an eye on the top scribes around the top leagues. Phil Ball is in Spain (Golden Oldies!) . So is Sid Lowe (Bilbao's crisis deepens!) . Rafa Honigstein is in Germany (Leverkusen win at Bayern Munich!). Paolo Bandini is in Italy (poor officiating!).

Geez, Louise. This Mark Clatterburg racism charge thingy is just too weird. What did he say? Did he say anything? Louise Taylor looks at his history. This is the completely worthless youtube clip that's making the rounds. Thanks! All sorted. Anyway, here's what all the papers say. As usual, Henry Winter has a sound take on the situation. And the cops are getting involved. He denies, it of course.

OK, enough of all that rubbish. Do Americans play in Europe? You bet they do.

What's in your wallet? The Capital One Cup resumes today. There are some decent matches but the big one is tomorrow when Manchester United and Chelsea play again at Stamford Bridge. Nice. We'll look  at that more closely tomorrow. For now, James Lawton says this: Chelsea v Manchester United horrors typical of a game diving into the gutter.

The United States women have some funny Halloween costumes. We like Wambach's Top Gun the best.

Sticking in the U.S., we'll finish today with another look at the Major League Soccer playoffs. Break it down like this.

Wait! Football Weekly! That means all of this: It's controversy all the way on today's Football Weekly, and not just because Barney Ronay's in the pod on particularly pugnacious form. Also keeping James Richardson company in near-Earth orbit are Amy Lawrence and Gregg Bakowski, and we begin by discussing the goals, red cards and more in Manchester United's victory over Chelsea. Next up, it's the Merseyside derby – a game similarly replete with incident – as well as Arsenal's 1-0 win over QPR, which was only marginally less dramatic than the club's AGM, and the rest of the drama from the Premier League. Finally, we round up the action from around Europe, hear from Sid Lowe in a taxi and – definitely worth waiting for – there's Barney's zinger about Walter Zenga.



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