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Guardiola's Class Is Admirable

Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola asked UEFA to overturn the red card of Darren Fletcher so that United's midfielder would be able to play in the Champions League final against his own team.

Guardiola, once a brilliant player in Fletcher's position, also hinted that a deal could be done: United should agree to let Alves and Abidal play while we could field Darren.

"I`d like to see all of them play in the final, that means Fletcher, Abidal and Dani Alves," Guardiola said.

"We should see if we are able to make some kind of agreement with Manchester United. Fletcher got a touch on the ball and as far as Abidal is concerned, the foul given against him was not a foul. They should both be allowed to play."

I like the man's class: he could have talked about his own player only but he clearly, unambigously stated his belief that Fletcher should play, too. This is admirable ahead of the biggest game of his short coaching career.

As for the deal, I'm all for it but leave Alves out of the picture. He more than deserved his yellow card which rules him out of the final - he should have been booked for wrestling down Malouda in the box, too...

Unfortunately, UEFA are unlikely to sanction any such deal - but at least they'll probably be fair. As I see it, neither will play or both, there's no middle ground in this case.




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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 10 2009

Time: 9:19AM

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There is absolutely no way Alves should be allowed to play - he got exactly what he deserved. Abidal was unlucky in the decision that went against him, but in truth got away with pulling drogba down in the area as the last man - he should have conceeded a penalty and been sent off then. Fletcher is the only completely innocent victim in my opinion and I think we will miss him, but if its a trade off I would rather none of them played.
tuscan3000
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10/05/2009 11:26:00

Fletcher and Abidal should participate at the final, but sir Alex mentioned that Abidal and Alves shouldn't be allowed to play in Rome..
Leonax
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10/05/2009 13:14:00

Uefa would have no problem letting abidal play if fletcher didnt had to miss the final aswell.. I'm sure of it! Uefa are sons of bitches! By the way what you guys think of Ronaldos reaction today?? Is he signalling his way to Madrid or is he just incredible stupid and childish ? maybe both ??
Rune3k
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10/05/2009 15:49:00

Rune3k, maybe second.. he shows that he wants to play everytime.. it seems to me that he is trying to score more goals to become again a favourite for Ballon D'Or.. but his behaviour is disgrace..
Leonax
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10/05/2009 16:34:00

ye prolly
Rune3k
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10/05/2009 18:39:00

WATCH OUT FOR ANY DODGY NORWEGIAN REFS!
merlin
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10/05/2009 19:36:00

I wonder if Thierry Henry will show up for this final..
Englishman-in-NY
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14/05/2009 19:44:00

 

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