They say that what goes around comes around and this certainly appears to be the case with Chelsea. They are a team that have consistently been at loggerheads with referees throughout the season, bringing the game into disrepute on several occasions and showing no remorse after the event. How Avram Grant had the audacity to claim that Ashley Cole deserves credit for apologising for his ill-timed lunge on Alan Hutton is beyond belief! Should we give the petulant brat a medal for an overdue apology?
Anyway, the Blues appear to have received their comeuppance by having their game with Everton scheduled to 17th April, less than 72 hours after they play Wigan. This is an unfortunate precedent, although it’s doubtful that even many neutrals will have sympathy with a club who have done their level best to be hated throughout the country. The Daily Star report the club’s resultant bleating on the matter.
“We believe the decision to hold the match on Thursday, April 17 undermines the sporting integrity of the competition.
“It gives our rivals for the title an unnecessary competitive advantage at a critical time of the season, with more recovery time from their previous match and preparation time for their next fixture when we have to play two games during the same period. Secondly there has been no consideration given to our fans, who will be presented with serious travel, work and other issues.
“Lastly, the decision sets a dangerous precedent in changing match days still further when fixture congestion does not exist and when a sensible solution regarding other television matches that weekend was suggested.
“Football has benefited greatly from the backing of TV and Chelsea as much as anyone else. However, this decision is one step too far and we reserve all rights on our position.”
It’s extremely doubtful that anything will change regarding the fixtures and it will certainly provide Chelsea with plenty of ammunition should they slip up in the title race against the Toffees. However, they are fortunate enough to have a big enough squad to cope with the upcoming games, while Everton seem less concerned by the fixture pile-up.