Are The FA Doing Chelsea Favours?

The FA don’t do much to help us when it comes to winning friends and influencing people do they?

I mean what sort of decision was that yesterday?

I’m sure there’ll be plenty of supporters laughing their arses off while the back-slapping is still no doubt ringing around the boardroom, but has such a one-sided verdict really done Chelsea as many favours as they think?

The FA Regulatory Committee’s verdict on the ‘Battle at the Bridge’ found both Patrice Evra and Chelsea guilty as charged and yet Evra comes out of it with a 4 game ban and a £15,000 fine whilst Chelsea end up with a fine of just £10,000 more. Because that’ll really hurt them, right?

Now I’m sure I won’t be the only one to suggest the outcome weighs heavily in Chelsea’s favour. But I suppose the question is why would a Chelsea supporter be bothered about that? Well, I suppose because I never really trusted Bethell’s version of events in the first place. As I previously suggested, it was obvious he was deliberately winding up the opposition before the fighting broke out and rather than deal with an employee bringing embarrassment on the club, Chelsea decided to support him. So is this really their idea of good PR or did they have another motive for it?

As far as I can see, they did. You see, there were racist undertones and clearly no club would want to be associated with anything quite so distasteful. So Chelsea, in their wisdom decided that a full show of support would somehow prove nothing out of order was said – after all, they wouldn’t dream of having that sort of thing at the club would they? Or at least I think that was their general idea.

However, like I said at the time, I think this was a pretty misguided attempt to distance themselves from any allegations of racism. And yet surely a more appropriate way to deal with the whole sorry mess would’ve been to distance themselves from Bethell himself? After all, his conduct was definitely a sackable offence anyway? Surely that would’ve shown that they genuinely find this sort of thing unacceptable? Because from where I’m sitting, irrespective of the why’s and wherefores, top clubs just wouldn’t have employees thinking it’s ok to throw their weight around and gob off at visiting players.

As it is, because Chelsea couldn’t even get their act together over a groundsman’s contract (something they were found guilty of although not penalised for), Bethell has walked away from the whole thing.

And as for Chelsea’s reputation – well, the players have been accused of thinking they’re above the law before, not least of all after John Terry’s red card was rescinded this season – will the FA’s disparity in punishment’s yesterday have helped on that score?

I severely doubt it and so we can count on a backlash.

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7 Responses

  1. […] this Chelsea fan’s take on the Evra incident. Author: Scott the Red   Filed Under: […]

  2. “The Chelsea Blog”? Written by thick Mancs by the look of it. Distance themselves from Bethell? When he was unjustly accused of racism. That’s the spirit of the Blitz, isn’t it. Arsehole.

  3. Written by Mancs why? Because I don’t think Chelsea should condone their groundsmen fighting with visiting players? We’re supposed to be a top club, I just think we should act like one. At the end of the day this isnt one of our players, its just a Millwall supporter who cuts the grass, I dont understand why anyone would even want him associated with Chelsea, much less defend him. If you think the FA have got it right then fair play, I just don’t think this whole incident or the outcome have done us any favours.

  4. So how do you know that there were racist undertones? How do you know he was deliberately winding up the opposition before the fighting broke out?

    “After all, his conduct was definitely a sackable offence anyway?” So when the players get into the exact same fracas on the pitch every second weekend you’ll be the first one to ask for their sacking?

  5. Chelsea D- You really bring out the worst in people! Even when you criticize Chelsea, people get pissed off and scream at you for it. Hehe.

    Farty Foulke- Name calling won’t make you many friends.

    CP- Evra claimed there was racism involved. Regardless of whether or not he was telling the truth, the claim alone indicates racist undertones. The article is just rehashing that point and obviously Chelsea D doesn’t know 100% if racism was involved or not. You just called out Chelsea D for an assumption, now you are making your own. A racial fracas happening every 2nd week? Maybe I’m being naive, but I don’t buy it.

  6. Lol Spektral, what can I say? can I help it if I keep forgetting we’re perfect? 🙂

  7. What utter rubbish? Tell me again why is Bethell’s version of what happened less believable than Evra’s? Is it because he’s not a rich, spoilt, arrogant footballer? So he’s some poor sod groundsman who MUST be lying and is a bloody racist?

    The FA has found him innocent of racist charges and CCTV footage has proved that it was Evra who initiated the attack. Words might have been exchanged but who is to say it wasn’t Evra who started the shyte stirring?

    Btw, Evra has admitted to charges of attacking Bethell, not the other way around. And he also claims he didn’t hear any racist comments. So unless Evra’s a bloody naive and too stupid to lie that he was the victim, admitting to the charges hardly makes him the victim here.

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