November 2nd, 2012
Would You: Swap Spots With Roberto Di Matteo?
Note: This post is not intended for the purpose of inciting a heated debate on racism. Please stay on topic and keep your thoughts, comments PG-13 and non-attackful if you even care to share them.
For those propped up against their beds’ headboards, blissfully spooning their duvets and unaware of the outside world, Chelsea lodged a formal complaint with the FA against referee Mark Clattenburg last Sunday for what they believe was a racist insult aimed at John Obi Mikel during that day’s match versus Man United. While the club’s second complaint involving Juan Mata has since been dropped, Clattenburg’s already been relieved of this weekend’s duties – due to “scrutiny” said the FA – and the Metropolitan Police are now concurrently investigating the matter.
At the centre of this particular row stands a defiant Roberto Di Matteo. All in a week’s work, he’s been busy on three fronts: calling for everyone in the sport to fight discrimination at any cost, raising concern about the refs preferential treatment of certain clubs in the BPL and ordering SAF and other critics of his to zip it.
Complicating his hectic schedule further are rumours of a supposedly nasty backroom encounter between a few of the Blues’ staff plus players that apparently ended with one person threatening to “f*cking break” Clattenburg’s legs that (as far as our knowledge goes) remain in yet-to-be-proven-or-refuted circulation.
All in all, this “extraordinary” situation presents an interesting query if not dilemma: Knowing what’s unfolded before Di Matteo these past few days, would you trade places with him? Would choose a life that guaranteed global success, influence and wealth if you’d also have to navigate through the murky waters of racism, professionalism (see also: criticism of yours, potential disgracing of otherwise esteemed colleagues) and public bickering with grown men a few odd weeks every year of your tenure?
Is RDM’s deal one you’d gladly take, all things considered?