There were those pointless rumours doing the rounds that Chelsea could’ve faced being docked points, for their role in the cringeworthy ‘handbags’ that happened away at the Etihad Stadium.
Of course, because the FA are such a redundant and weak governing body, a minimal fine of a few thousand quid was handed out to the Blues and the Citizens – no surprise, though, given that racism is deemed less serious than a poppy, by FIFA.
So England get fined £35k for the poppy. Lazio got fined £32.5k for racist abuse. That in a nutshell is FIFA & UEFA. Not fit for purpose
However, if the FA want to try and save face, then they must hand a points deduction to Antonio Conte’s side for a Christmas present that the Blues have launched.
There really is no limits to the lengths that our football clubs will go to, to try and squeeze a few extra coins from us.
You almost feel like the design process goes:
“Honestly, this lot will buy anything.”
“But…but it’s dried grass.”
“Trust me. Put it on a plaque, whack a price on it and we will be able to sign Marco Reus off the sales.”
Chelsea aren’t alone, though, in taking fans for a ride. Check out the state of some of the gifts some poor sods will be unwrapping this Christmas.
Arjen Robben’s all-time XI includes two former England internationals
GK) Manuel Neuer
No arguments here. 'Keeper, sweeper and better than Oliver Khan. Image Source: Twitter
RB) Philipp Lahm
Can just about play in any position. Leader of men. And with a trophy cabinet as big as any, the German has got to be included. Image Source: Twitter
CB) Sergio Ramos
One of the great centre-backs of the game; and could even be in the running for the next James Bond villain. Image Source: Twitter
CB) John Terry
Captain, leader, plonker. Image Source: Twitter
LB) David Alaba
Hmmm... good player, yeah, but would have had Ashley Cole when the Dutchman played with Cole at Chelsea. Image Source: Twitter
DM) Mark van Bommel
Very, very underrated player. As reliable as anything; but the sort of player who you'd always get as a Microstar Power Pod... really annoying. Image Source: Twitter
RM) Thomas Muller
Cracking goals to game ratio, but please pull those socks up. The German looks like the village people from Shrek. Image Source: Twitter
AM) Wesley Sneijder
What a player Sneijder was. Shame the Dutchman shied out on coming to the Premier League. Image Source: Twitter
AM) Frank Lampard
England's greatest ever midfielder. Paul-I-can-hit-a-tree-Scholes acted like a coward with his international career, and Franky Lamps was far more efficient finding the net than Stevie G for country. Image Source: Twitter
LM) Franck Ribery
Spends more time injured than playing. Class on his day, but just over 100 goals in 350ish appearances for Bayern is a poor return for a player of his status. Image Source: Twitter
ST) Ruud van Nistelrooy
Ruuudddddddd. Mr Cool. Mr Clinical. One of Holland's and Man United's greatest No. 9's. Image Source: Twitter