Monday, 11 May 2009
Shame on Zola!
Has Zola been visiting the same optician as Arsene Wenger, or perhaps it is just that he spent too long at Chelsea, or maybe his Italian roots are showing through? One thing is for sure, his defence of Di Michele's blatant simulation on Saturday does him, the club and football in general no credit at all. The smiling Italian is quoted as saying that Davide di Taking The Michele did not deserve to be booked for diving after missing the sort of chance 'Arry's wife is famous for tucking away.
"I don't think he looked for it," said Hammers boss Zola. "The referee booked him, but he just lost his legs and lost his balance."
Oh yes, and that made him throw his arms in the air and appeal for a penalty did it? When he felt one ankle collide with the other, yards away from Reina's legs, he genuinely thought the Liverpool keeper had tripped him did he? Come off it Gianfranco, pull the other one, it has the Bow Bells tied to it!
And before anybody leaps in with, "He is just defending one of his players", we don't want to see this in our game, and I certainly don't want the boys in Claret and Blue sinking to the level of the Drogbas and the Ronaldos. Leave the cheating to the big four lads, if we ever win something, I want us to win it honestly!
I hope it was just a mad moment from Zola, a throw away comment issued because he was caught off guard. If so, he should now put the record straight. I have drafted a simple statement for him to issue below.
"Although it appeared to be simulation, I would ask everybody to remember that Di Michele has been playing like a complete clown in recent weeks. The routine of tripping himself when through on goal, then throwing himself through the air with arms stretched wide, was simply part of the circus act. In future he will appear with Coco across the back of his shirt and in big red floppy boots stretching a yard out from his ankles. It is hoped these might enable him to get a foot on the ball inside the penalty box, even though he appears frightened to actually run into it over the course of a game!"
Or alternatively, Zola could just come out and say, "The dive and appeal were disgraceful and we do not want to see that sort of cheating at Upton Park. I apologise for Di Michele's actions and have decided not to sign him for next season as a result."
Posted by Hammersfan at 16:30