WITH wonderful comic timing, referees’ chief Mike Riley met a delegation from Manchester City yesterday to discuss Pep Guardiola’s concerns over heavy tackling.
This just 48 hours after the champions of England had opted not to tackle the Premier League leaders at all.
Far from being battered by dangerous challenges, Guardiola’s sainted City are being waved on their way to the title like some sort of carnival float.
Chelsea began the end-of-season guards of honour approximately one month early at the Etihad on Sunday — and during an actual match.
Antonio Conte sent out his team without a centre-forward and told them to play walking football. Audley Harrison football. It was Pacifism.
Appeasement. Utterly pathetic.
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