| Nov 10, 2012

Man City unbeaten, but uninspiring

by Christopher Davies

Roberto Mancini is the last unbeaten manager in the Premier League this season. Manchester City is only two points behind leader Chelsea, yet rarely does a day pass without a new row, controversy, showdown talks or transfer speculation engulfing the Italian. The beat reporters ...

| Nov 3, 2012

Another week, another Chelsea row

by Christopher Davies

Sometime in the next week the Football Association must decide who it believes — four English-speaking match officials or a player whose mother tongue is Portuguese and whose English is far from fluent. It is no exaggeration to say this is arguably the most ...

| Sep 29, 2012

Terry's legacy tainted by scandals

by Christopher Davies

Four Games. Chelsea’s John Terry was handed “just” a four-game ban and a fine of £220,000, while Luis Suarez of Liverpool was given eight matches and a £40,000 fine for the same offense involving a racist slur. Where’s the consistency, asked Planet Twitter? We ...

| Sep 22, 2012

Shameful elements grab spotlight

by Christopher Davies

Last weekend it was handshakes, now it is chanting. The sad thing about English football at the moment is that too often football is taking a back seat. Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, met with his Premier League counterpart, ...

| Sep 15, 2012

Hillsborough report confirms truth

by Christopher Davies

It is like blaming the passengers for an aircraft crash or the audience if a theater’s ceiling collapsed. Twenty-three years after 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives during the F.A. Cup semifinal against Nottingham Forest, a report by the Hillsborough Independent Panel confirmed what ...

| Sep 7, 2012

Motivation needed for Moldova match

by Christopher Davies

Roy Hodgson’s main concern as England begins its qualification program for the 2014 World Cup finals on Friday is that Moldova will be seen as a walkover. Over-confidence is understandable if unprofessional. Moldova is rated 137th in the world by FIFA and 47th out ...