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Reward or Punishment?

Last night, watching Match of the Day, it was noticeable how the presenting team praised our style of football.

Martin Keown, Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker all praised Chelsea Football Club for the style of football they are developing and saying how pleasing on the eye it was.

But, and it is a big but, you just knew they`d have a word or two to say about the Ashley Cole situation.

Listening to the mutterings, I was slightly troubled by the remarks of Alan Shearer.

Shearer, who seem sot have an opinion on everything, but then again I suppose that is what he`s paid for, reckoned that Ashley Cole should be omitted from the forthcoming England squad after his recent twitter outburst.

But what troubles me is whether Shearer sees this as a reward or a punishment, after all this is the same Alan Shearer who bowed out of international at a relatively young age!

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Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 7 2012

Time: 12:22PM

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If MOTD wants to be forum for ex-players opinions on off the pitch issues rather than showing Premier League highlights, it should change its definition. Noticeable that nobody on the programme has spoken out about Rio Ferdinand's tweet approving a racial insult of Ashley Cole. But it's not just Shearer, Merlin. Lineker and Crooks have both used their BBC positions to speak out pro Ferdinand, anti JT for months. I could write at length about the FA's sole authority to bring charges, judge on those charges and also on any appeals process. All on the basis of probability, too. Imagine if the police had the same powers? But this is JT and of course he is the devil incarnate so all is justifiable.
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07/10/2012 13:19:00

A Big reward for Us. I think.
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07/10/2012 15:43:00

That'll keep him fresh and ready
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07/10/2012 15:44:00

A solution for all. "Ban" him for San Marino to please the hating media, play him the next game, then when everyone's forgotten about this mess in February he can be given the armband against Brazil at Wembley for number 100.
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07/10/2012 15:50:00

I was reading an article from the guardian where they said that anyone using a racist slur would be sacked from there job and that chelsea should sack JT. So the media are on there crusade again they can't stand the fact that chelsea are winning. But in that article they didn't mention anything about Suarez being sacked. So obviously it is the usual biased media crap. I can't even stomach reading it anymore. The bias is just so clear for everyone to see and the article also said Ashley and JT are an embarrassment to chelsea and to England. I was more embarrassed by the verbal diarrhea of the English media.
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07/10/2012 16:07:00

@ Pantera98, awesome username. Great band!
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07/10/2012 20:02:00

Honestly speaking, I've been trying to find a something the FA could do in order to really stop the players from being total karnts since Rio insulted Cole on Twitter and I think that Shearer has hit the nail on the head. I do agree with him, a ban should be the new punishment inflicted to players who play for an FA-owned organisation. I don't want to see Cole banned, but I was absolutely disgusted to see Rio get away with a 45000 pounds fine for that choc ice tweet. The guy earns much more than that at Man U, what the hell does 45000 pounds mean to him? He goes to restaurant with 45000 pounds in arse pocket! Fines are not enough anymore, these are really easy escapes, the players earn far too much. Yes Cole may be banned for a game, but if this sort of rule can make the likes of Rooney, Rio etc suffer a little bit more then I'm all for it. Cole shouldn't have tweeted this, whether he was right or not, let it be clear. It was silly from him. But there are players who have done FAR WORSE than that and who have got away with it fairly easily.
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07/10/2012 22:11:00

i too was a little surprised at shearer's remarks. there's absolutely no chance that the fa plonkers will ban ash for an international match. no that wouldn't hurt chelsea. if anything it would benefit us, giving him a much needed rest. no, you'll find any punishment will impact on us by way of a club ban. i wish shearer were right but this isn't what's around the corner unfortunately!
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07/10/2012 22:21:00

I agree. No one called for Suarez sacking.
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07/10/2012 22:55:00

Suarez's face has lowlife cheating diving creep written all over it. You couldn't write so much on anybody's face, but Suarez's face still has it.
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08/10/2012 02:00:00

I would like to see chelsea players out of trouble with anyone and focus on the games ahead.
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08/10/2012 07:55:00

If cole is banned for England team, it is going to be good for chelsea...but bad for him bcos, baines with his current form is going to make the left back his own...
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08/10/2012 08:58:00

We have to take up this matter intelligently guys, the media sharks are at it again and this is a plou to derail our sparkling start to the season, if the FA are not cowards, then they should ban him for the two international games and not for chelsea's game, and the club should fine cole, cos his action might cost us at the long run, we don't need the FA to be on our throats as the refs and media are doing now.
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08/10/2012 09:00:00

I for one believe he should be banned. Firstly, it was so silly of him and quite impulsive to have launched that attack against both the F.A and Alan. What makes you a veteran is your ability to excersice restraint when issues like this arise as someone who has been around for a while. One wonders what they are teaching the younger players,especially the foreign ones in the club. They should be role models and emit such attributes worthy of emulation. Lets call a spade one,the least thing we need at this point is this distractions. But then, not that shearer himself is in the right position to criticize cole having benefitted from the F.A's liniency in the past. Cole also should allow other concerned parties to defend for him rather than aggravating the whole matter. National, not club ban will do, our board can only fine him some of the cashleys as a deterrent.
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08/10/2012 09:38:00

Cole has replyed him on twitter.
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08/10/2012 15:48:00

He will get the ban for sure. The way the FA is dealing with chelsea players proves it all
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09/10/2012 10:38:00


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