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Smalling: Chelsea Shouldn’t Have Had Pen

After being denied a penalty for handball by John Terry in the box, Manchester United conceded a penalty at Stamford Bridge when Zhirkov went down in the box under a challenge from Chris Smalling.

After the game, Ferguson criticised the referee and was handed a ban and fine. However, both Chelsea players and manager agreed that the ref got the match defining decisions wrong.

Smalling has today reaffirmed that the referee got it wrong but won’t be dwelling on that when returning to play Chelsea in the Champions League this week.

“I still don’t think it was a penalty and that I was hard done by,” said Smalling. “But you get those in your career and what’s important is how you react. I’ve managed to be involved, play games and keep my momentum going. I don’t feel I’ve got anything to prove.”

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  1. mattbw7 says:

    Thats the spirit Smalling, cos you’ll get plenty of those decisions as a UTD player, one more thing don’t fucking swear!!!

  2. YorYor says:

    No one’s blaming him as well… no normal human being could move in such a body posture, unless he was on skates or had thrusters on/in his feet.

  3. smurf says:

    notice how the media went on & on about it, if it had been us with a dodgy pen 2 win the game they would still be banging on about it now the abu twats. talk scouse have been crying about rooney since saturday lunch time -trying to stir up the fa-anything to stop 19

  4. manutdthebest says:

    good one, Smalling.. and your immense improvement!

  5. Real AB says:

    Every one knows that wasn’t a Penalty and no one ever blamed Smalling for that. The lad has a great spirit and a great start to his Man Utd career. Hope he builds on it, don’t just blow it away like Evans did.

  6. mattbw7 says:

    Re the FA has there been any news re Toures failed drug test, just thought it was worth a mention regarding the speed they are employing over the Rooney swearing and handling Rios missed test, what gives, what fucking what!!!

  7. Mozza79 says:

    @mattbw7 Last I heard they were waiting for the results of his B sample before taking action.

  8. Dazbomber says:

    Rooey could say he has torrets and tell them al to f#*k off you bunch of c##ts, bast##ds tw#~s

  9. Dazbomber says:

    That should have read Rooney fucking twating I phone, sorry for sw

  10. Dazbomber says:

    That should have read Rooney fucking twating I phone, sorry for the out burst

  11. zapruder77 says:

    Funny how the BBC have fail to mention this…maybe its because they have spent ALL w/end trying to stir up as much trouble as there naughty little school boy mentality will allow them over someone SWEARING!?! Maybe the beeb should stick to LYING about “Weapons of mass destruction” and warmongering instead.

  12. zapruder77 says:

    That last post was O/T BTW ;)

  13. mattbw7 says:

    Yeah I get that Mozza79 but how long does it take, I mean I don’t recall it taking this long for Olympic athletes and football does follow the same testing criteria, I fear there will be some fudge that will probably see him banned till the end of the season, where if the FA & PL where aligned with WADA it would be a two year ban as they make no allowances for how the banned substance arrived in your system. To be honest I don’t want to see any player banned for two years, all I’m trying to get at is the feeling if this was a UTD player the result and ban would have been issued by now, christ I need to take my anti paranoia pills but I’m sure someones put poison in them, cos they are out to get me you know.

  14. FULLARD says:

    This lads done exceptionally well in his first season but i still can’t help but be excited about Rio’s return. But i think the one player returning that will help us most is Ando. His driving forward runs and passing will deliver that sense of urgency that we’ve been lacking in the middle of the park. Plus he always seems to play well at Stamford Bridge.

  15. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    The main reason I hate the British media is that they see only what they want to see. If fans like us do that, then it is OK, because that is what we are supposed to do. But one look at the more intelligent posters in this blog would tell you that many United fans call it fair and square. We tell that Gerrard should not have been sent off for that foul, that Vidic should’ve been given a red etc.

    What is frustrating is that anti-United bias from everyone except United fans. They tell United get every decision going for them but hardly spend time on important decisions going against us. While decisions do go in our favor in certain matches, there are an equal no. of decisions going against us in important matches.

    I guess that is what is called ABU but I want to take a bunch of kittens and puppies and kill them each time someone justifies his United hate by saying we are favored by the referees.

    @YorYor, How can someone blame him at all? He was actually trying to avoid as much contact as possible in that scenario which was the best thing to do. As for Smalling, it is really amazing to see that these players coming in to United have such strong and mature heads on their shoulders. The same can be said for Hernandez and even the Da Silva twins off the field.

    That is testament to the amount of time SAF (and United in general) spends personally with these players to get their characters and mentality right. That is why so many United players are so respected off the field because they live such impeccable lives as role models. And that is one of the main reasons why Manchester United is the best club in the world and considered an institution for footballing and life lessons.

  16. CedarsDevil says:

    Morning all true REDS

    Any idea what time the FA will announce their 3 match ban for Rooney?


    Toure’s B sample has been sent to Libya for testing, just waiting for the crisis to be over before they get the results and then the FA would meet for a few months to decide the punishment

  17. CedarsDevil says:

    As far as Smalling is concerned, do not worry mate Atkinson will not be the ref this time round

  18. MG says:

    Morning Cedars you Devil you :)

    I thought Rooney was going to get banned for three years and be thrown into primary school for rehabilitation ;)

    As for Smalling – can he carry this on till the end of the season? – because I think if he can things will happen :)

  19. CedarsDevil says:

    Morning MG

    Re Rooney, I suppose 3 years will be deemed ‘fair’ by the British media

  20. FULLARD says:

    hahahaha MG, thats brilliant.

    As for Smalling like i said before he’s done fantastic. But sustaining his performances is a big ask for a young and inexperienced lad like him. Even Vida lost the plot a little bit at the weekend and having Rio back will calm everyone down a bit.
    I’m expecting Evra to have a blinder against Chelsea I think he might feel he has something to prove after being replaced by a 37 year old winger!!

  21. CedarsDevil says:


    We do not have a 37 year old winger mate, we have a new young left back and his name is Giggs!!

  22. FULLARD says:

    I’d rather him than a can of Heinze

  23. Gorse Hill Red says:

    To be honest you can’t blame the ref here. He knew it was a sending off for Ruiz and he knew it was never a penalty. But when his bank Swiss Bank Account is filled with dirty illegal Roubles he felt compelled to give decisions Chelski’s way.

    Exactly the same will happen at OT as it did last season when we saw one of the most blatant off sides go unnoticed by the linesman who was too busy counting his Roubles.

  24. mattbw7 says:

    Thats the thing now Gorse Hill Red, we are now talking about Chelsea games with regard to wondering what blatant decision will go against us, pretty bad its come to that but it cant be ignored, watch the FA drag the Rooney thing out and then guess what banned for 1 match for either the FA Cup semi or the Arsenal or Chelsea league game.

  25. King Eric says:

    This lads a proper United player. Well done Chris.

  26. King Eric says:

    matt – Thats it though mate. We ARE called fucking paranoid for saying there is an anti United agenda.

  27. wayne says:

    that was as close to a fixed game by a ref as you can get so many awful decisions favouring one side,the chelsea cunt should have got a yellow for diving

  28. denton davey says:

    FULLARD @ 8:58: “This lads done exceptionally well in his first season but i still can’t help but be excited about Rio’s return. But i think the one player returning that will help us most is Ando.”

    Dammit man, I usually post to disagree BUT I can’t find anything wrong with those sentiments. Smalling has done “exceptionally well” – and that was NOT a penalty since Zhirkov ran over his already-planted leg – but Rio is still a class-above. When fit – alas, not so frequently nowadays – he’s the best central defender in the world – indeed, the best defender who isn’t named “Maldini”.

    Anderson’s presence provides a kind of energy and drive that the usual Scholes/Carrick pivot negates. UTD are simply a better attacking force when Anderson is on song – although I do wonder whether his absence hasn’t provided that kind of “opportunity” that WayneBoy has grabbed with both hands since he has returned to the first team in the new year. Clearly, having an attacking midfielder like Anderson/WayneBoy changes the match’s dynamic – in much the same way that having an out-and-out poacher like Chicharito does.

    What’s really encouraging is that – with the exception of perma-crock Hargreaves – we might finally be seeing this year’s incarnation of TheLads getting healthy and finding form together. Like WayneBoy said, “our season starts now”.

  29. denton davey says:

    Balaji @ 9:10: ” it is really amazing to see that these players coming in to United have such strong and mature heads on their shoulders.”

    It is NOT amazing; “character” seems to be one of the key issues that SAF rates when he recruits new players. Some of them – Anderson’s antics spring to mind – might be “immature” but their drive and never-say-die attitudes are hallmarks of a FergyPlayer.


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