November 2nd, 2012

Would You: Swap Spots With Roberto Di Matteo?

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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?

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13 Responses to “Would You: Swap Spots With Roberto Di Matteo?”

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  2. sohbet says:

    ve been there to support my team, and Rod is a total legend! Also it's so nice to read all the nice comments about Celtic, I am so proud of them! Not only that i cannot believe i got to see Barca! Bringing

  3. night of my life!! So happy to have been there to support my team, and Rod is a total legend! Also it's so nice to read all the nice comments about Celtic, I am so proud of them! Not only that i cannot believe i got to see Barca! Bringing

  4. click here says:

    I also want to complain about the referees in FA Cup. I think they are very partial towards some of the teams. This will kill the thrills of the game. FIFA must take care of this problem if they want to stay back with their fans.

  5. gigi says:

    See, that's the thing I was wondering about. If you honestly believe one of your players was racially abused, should you not stand up for him even if one of your other players was accused of a similar thing? Doesn't Mikel deserve justice? Or should he pay a price for being on the same team as Terry? Hmmm. Oh well, Terry got his comeuppance, so I guess the higher ups at Chelsea want to see it happen to someone else as well?

  6. bertaboo says:

    i have so many feelings about all this that i can hardly even begin to organize my thoughts.
    in response to your question, i say why not? i fail to see why he shouldn't support his players, i also don't understand why so many people are so quick to dismiss these claims as fake. what he says happened could have and it also may not have, but that's not something anyone just watching the game can determine. i think rdm along with the other managers commenting on the situation are in a position of power, they will have an affect on how this will ultimately play out. there seems to be some kind of dialogue opening about what can be done to avoid these situations in the future and what the appropriate manner to handle them is, so there are positives that can be found in this mess. im rooting for everyone to go about resolving this matter in a classy and respectful manner. if rdm handles the current situations with class and with the intention of getting matters resolved while keeping his team focused and successful then i think he would be leading a campaign he can be proud of. it sounds tough, but sure.

  7. anon says:

    "Chelsea- standing up to racism since Sunday"

    • Leigh says:

      Yeah that lasted about 3 days after one of their supporters was caught on tv making monkey gesture and noises towards Danny welbeck on Wednesday night. How a club can say they want to fight racism yet have John terry as captain and supporters making racist remarks is beyond me.

  8. Utd Girl says:

    Cry me a river, RDM! Ugh stop pointing fingers when your own house isn't even remotely clean! If the accusations about the ref were true, that is a shame, but let's not forget about the biggest douche in football, John Terry! I'm sorry Blues fans, I hate your team! I admire Cech and Fernando Torres and Juan Mata, but wow as for the rest, I really just don't care. Most of you probably hate Man Utd too which is fine with me. Not here to please anybody!

  9. Deb Stimson says:

    Geez Kickette, you let me down. I for sure thought this article was in reference to his close interactions with the players. lol

    But, given the actual article above, I don't think any manager wants to deal with all the drama that's Chelsea's had to deal with this year. That being said, I think Roberto is doing fine with all the hoopla. Coaches have to have thick skins in order to succeed. Me personally? I could never do it. lol

  10. canada says:

    All things considered? He coaches a football team and is paid a fortune to do so. All of that other stuff just goes with the territory. He has nothing to complain about.

  11. rachael says:

    I don't think I would want to be in his shoes right now and the whole situation could really blow up in his face if Clattenburg is found innocent of Chelseas claims the club is risking its reputation and credibility on this one. However if it is true RDM has every right to protect his players. I fail to see how AF can say whats the truth he wasn't on the pitch so he will look a fool if clatenburg is in the wrong. I can see this one running on for a while.