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Chelsea, Evra, Racism and FA – Case Today

Patrice Evra is set to appear in front of the FA today to resolve the brawl that occurred after last season’s 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge. Mike Phelan, Gary Neville and Carlos Tevez, amongst others, have all given statements to support the story that Chelsea groundsman, Sam Bethell, made racist comments in Evra’s direction.

Bafflingly, Chelsea have defended the groundsman, with no proof other than his word against that of several well respect United representatives, and now are up on a charge themselves.

No doubt Evra will be in hot water, as regardless of what is said to him, the FA won’t see that as an excuse for throwing punches. On the upside, if the FA don’t bottle is, Chelsea should also find themselves in trouble.

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  1. Eujen says:

    we know what will happen.
    chelsea will get off with a small fine.
    evra will be banned for 8 months.

  2. Vincent West says:

    In my opinion Evra wouldnt be banned but at the same time its difficult to see how hard the FA can come down on Chelsea.

  3. wiuru... says:

    Another chance for the FA to flex its shiney arsed flab. In addition to te 8 months ban ,they will give Patrice community service assisting Bethell repair the ground he damaged.

    Its a frigging joke . ill be surprised if there is any justice.

  4. Sam says:

    fuck, they ignored what scolari said about mike dean after the arsenal match which was similar comments (about the same ref) as to which fergie said. That with john terry’s non red card doesn’t fill you with confidence. Maybe evra will have to pay the poor groundsman compensation for being black and in his way while he was trying to work.

  5. Tom F says:

    One law for United, one for the rest.

    It’s funny because outside of football, people in high places such as members of the government get away with things that the common man wouldn’t..

    Yet in the Premier League, it’s all about making an example out of the best Manager in the business and then never following it up.

    Fergie would pay his fines week in week out rather than let the FA gag him.

  6. Oooodz says:

    I’d be very surprised if Evra got banned. A fine I suppose. I don’t see why both sides don’t just leave it. Whats done is done its not like it was done in the middle of a match.

  7. suhayl says:

    True Sam…scolari got off scott free with his comments. would SAF have???????? no no no.

    As for our pat…yep he’ll probs be banned until 2010…whilst the rboys will get a tepid slight gentle tap on the wrist..please dont do it again..thankyou chelsea. Bastards


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