Premiership Review: What a Season!
Finally, the English Premiership's season is over!
Such a breathtaking competition should have gone on and on, but this would have meant the exclusion of recently promoted clubs like Cardiff City and Crystal Palace. A good number of things happened that twirls the mind and challenges fans on how crazy this global sport can be. From Chelsea complaining about Mark Clatternburg's handling of their 3-2 defeat to the dominance of eventual champions Manchester United, the recent campaign was all a flurry of episodes and controversies.
Here are my picks for the most entertaining and controversial moments in the 2012/2013 EPL season:
5. The Mancini-Balotelli Fight
Probably one of the most memorable incidents. Mancini and Balotelli were involved in a bust-up after a harsh challenge by Balotelli on Scott Sinclair during training. Mancini was not amused and ended up holding Balotelli's collar with the player doing likewise to his boss. Balotelli later went to AC Milan where he is doing quite well. Maybe they better suit his personality!
4. Chelsea v Clattenburg
The Blues were leading by four points over Manchester United, and victory would have been equally good. It would have stretched their lead over the eventual champions to seven points .However, luck in its simplest form was not on their side that day.
Referee Mark Clattenburg was heavily criticised by Chelsea supporters for the dubious decisions he made on the pitch. Torres was given a red card after he allegedly dived. Chelsea fans were not amused at all. However, they had nothing to grumble about after Ivanovic was sent off for a clip on goal-bound Nani, but soon, Torres followed.
Chicharito's goal, which television replays showed to be from an offside position, added the icing to the cake. John Obi Mikel was fined for inappropriate language torwards Clattenburg. The points had gone!
3. Sir Alex Ferguson's Retirement
We can not leave this one out. The whole world was shocked at the announcement, especially those from the red half of Manchester.
Arguably the best manager in the history of the sport was retiring. Manchester United shares on the New York Sock Exchange fell significantly. It symbolised the fall of a mighty reign full of success. After the home game against Swansea, the gaffer delivered his speech to the Old Trafford faithful. Tears were shed, but they were soon wiped away as the club lifted its record 20th Premier League title.
2. Manchester City v Wigan Athletic
This could easily fit into the first place. Media reports had predicted a possible clash between a Manchester United parade and that of Manchester City, with the Red Devils celebrating the Premier League championship and City the FA Cup.
How wrong that was!
There was never going to be a parade for Man City!
Roberto Martinez's Latics went to Wembley labelled as underdogs, but they had different ideas. Substitute Watson's stoppage time header secured the Cup to the relegation strugglers, and that was the sort of plaster chairman David Whelan needed after breaking his leg in the 1960 FA Cup final against Wolves.
1. The Suarez Bite
Here it is! The greatest of all moments in the EPL, and unsuprisingly, it involves Luis Suarez.
The man seems to be a born troublemaker. This incident occured in the 2-all draw between Chelsea and Liverpool at Anfield. Replays clearly showed Suarez sinking his fairly large teeth into Branslav Ivanovic's arm. The referee did not see the incident, but Ivanovic showed him the marks. Suarez was subsquently given an ten-match ban by the FA.
He is now on his way to Real Madrid. Monitor him; he should not sink them again into the likes of Messi or Xavi!