Droy was my hero

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  1. Taking The Pee Out Of Liverpool (For Khobar)

    It was shown about midnight last night - recorded - not sure how long it lasts. On my list to watch soon
  2. Coronavirus COVID-19

    I misread this as being permanent when I saw it on the unread list of posts. Can women's football survive if the sponsors back out next season?
  3. Favourite Chelsea Matches

    I'm catching up with you after the 2012 FA final I watched before. Suspensions and injuries so a very different team. But I watched the full 3h17 mins from Chelsea Tv available here. not some 30 min version :) And sang one Step Beyond at the end. For anyone who was there (or just at home or in the pub) there is about 50 mins after the penalties showing all the team celebrations. Mikel, Bosingwa, Lampard and the two CBs, Luiz and Cahill, were terriffic. But Cech and Ashley Cole were the standout performers. To be fair to BT, Bertrand did not do a great deal in his 65 mins. Mata was quiet and Kalou was precisely as I remember him, Torres looked great when he came on to replace him, and promptly won us our only corner (taken very well by Mata and.....!!) Have to admit I watched the celebrations more closely than the match. All the suspended players there from JT to Ivanovic, all in their kit. You hardly see JT. When Lampard is called as match day captain to lift the trophy he gets JT alongside him to lift it together, but within seconds Bosingwa has grabbed it off JT. JT lies low until 50 mins after the match has finished and someone finally hands him the trophy on his own in front of the Blue crowd. Instead of 10 respectful paps following players and cup around suddenly there are 40 of them crowding right around JT. 20 secs later he passes it on to Cech and 30 paps disappear having got the shot they came for. idiot (McNulty). It was a brilliant goal, he scored his penalty but he had previously given an extra-time penalty away which Cech saved. He was very good in defence for their 20 corners but his attacking contribution was almost entirely the goal from our single corner. A classic moment in football, and a classic sign off by Drogba on a superb Chelsea career (never expected to return). Not a great game though by Drogba's standards. IMO not one of Drogba's best 10 performances for Chelsea, and McNulty counts it as one of the top 10 by any player at any club in 20 odd years.
  4. Official: Callum Hudson-Odoi Signs New 5-Year Contract

    Yes - I hadn't spotted that. More equivocal - quite a bit more. A police statement read: “Police and London Ambulance Service were called at 3.53am on Sunday, May 17 to a report of an unwell woman. When emergency services attended, a woman reported that she was raped. She was taken to hospital. A man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of rape.” (the Sun) But that is still talking about the initial arresting moment. Not the rationale for setting bail. Or whether the claim was repeated or retracted later or the next day by the woman involved (I imagine she is entitled to a long think before making a definitive statement). We still have no news of what the police were thinking after 4am on Sunday morning.
  5. Official: Callum Hudson-Odoi Signs New 5-Year Contract

    I'm not sure it has been "picked up" yet. There is no charge, and no newspaper has asserted there is an allegation. They have not moved from the Sunday claim that he was arrested following an incident and a Saturday night claim. We are a long way short now of a rape allegation, let alone a case or a charge. That is why club and player are refusing to discuss it. Best thing we can hear on this topic is silence.
  6. Official: Callum Hudson-Odoi Signs New 5-Year Contract

    Good luck Man City with Etihad PSG have hotel chain Accor as their sponsor (Qatar iA own 10%). Emirates are another vulnerable company. https://www.givemesport.com/1516260-the-top-10-teams-with-the-most-lucrative-kit-sponsorship-deals-in-world-football
  7. Favourite Chelsea Matches

    More games up on Chelsea TV Bayern Chelsea CL final 2012 https://www.chelseafc.com/en/videos/v/2020/02/22/full-match--chelsea-v-bayern-munich---champions-league-final-201-Rxd283ajE6Rrpkgz_agtLhsBYYRYQGob 8 years on a day or so ago. over 3 hours long including final celebrations. Also the 2010 Double winning FAC final against Portsmouth https://www.chelseafc.com/en/videos/v/2020/03/22/fa-cup---chelsea-v-portsmouth-2010-dkbTJjajE62fZdxT7DZV2kwnMiQWeEEy The totally bizarre Ajax comeback https://www.chelseafc.com/en/videos/v/2020/05/12/full-match-v-ajax-EhgYiOdR Since when did ref decisions ever go our way? Even correct ones? And a 30 look at the 2018 FA final against Man U. https://www.chelseafc.com/en/videos/v/2020/05/12/full-match-v-ajax-EhgYiOdR I'll let you know the results after I watch them :)
  8. Coronavirus COVID-19

    I think you are still living in the imaginary world where there are only a hundred or so virus spreaders in the country (all who jumped off planes from China or "abroad") and if we can use contact tracing to track them down we can open up again. Contract tracing is a blatant tool to re-assure people that the government is doing the best it can, not an effective measure to prevent the virus. Truth is there will be an unlockdown and there will be a second wave. The only thing in doubt is the level of risk that involves. IMO it is an acceptable risk compared to the additional economic chaos. And it seems most governments have reached that conclusion, they are just waiting for the right timing.
  9. Official: Callum Hudson-Odoi Signs New 5-Year Contract

    If there is no legal fall out yet, the club can only be silent, it would be wrong to comment on an allegation that has not happened. Likewise the sudden withdrawal of "he is innocent" statements from sources connected with CHO, suggests to me that some rash person has been reminded that you don't deny thinks that have not been asserted.
  10. Official: Callum Hudson-Odoi Signs New 5-Year Contract

    "There was a rape claim when the police were called" is very different to "there remains an outstanding rape allegation", something the press have never written (yet). My guess is that the press know more than we do, but the fact that he was released on Police bail is positive for CHO. Right now, unless he gets charged there is little negative the press can write
  11. Official: Callum Hudson-Odoi Signs New 5-Year Contract

    Any sign of a pre-planned attack and CHO never leaves the Police station until he appears before a court with a charge. He wouldn't get bail before the jury decision. The Police returned to look at the flat, which I am sure is standard procedure. I think we all found him at the turnstiles. Squeeze the kid through and give us a quid (or was it 2 bob then) We have all thought about hitting a cabbie at some point in our lives. And I dare say a few cabbies have thought about hitting me. No surprise if Dennis the Menace crossed the line there (I suspect he comes from a long long line of cabbies).
  12. Official: Callum Hudson-Odoi Signs New 5-Year Contract

    That is fair. Though I think we have been discussing the ultimate likelihood of a successful prosecution, not how the police and CPS should be dealing with it in the short term. My interpretation of it all is that rape was initially claimed either in the phone calls for police and ambulance or once the Police arrived. I agree that whether that only an initial claim or whether that claim is still being made is an unknown for us, and relevant to what happens next. For me the mention of a rape claim early on, the early knowledge of the timing of the incident, and what seems like journalists calling neighbours rather than the reverse all point to an early leak by someone in Police or 999 services. The lack of any follow up info is hopefully simply the absence of anything worthy of payment (like an intent to charge). Anything that would kill the story is not going to be published.
  13. Coronavirus COVID-19

    Never mind the standard goal by the big CF, look who got the other two. Seems to have had a great game. I definitely missed that one. Alan Mayes. Some of my (very many) favourite players there. Droy, Borota, Bumstead, Walker
  14. Official: Callum Hudson-Odoi Signs New 5-Year Contract

    What we don't know and would make a difference: The lady's profession for certain When was CHO released? Sunday morning, afternoon, Monday? Who has been feeding texts to the media - and in particular does the lady have an accomplice sharing info (possibly implying a set up) - or not. The nature of the illness. In setting Police Bail, were the Police investigating a sexual offence or simply lockdown breaking. And the Police seemed to have leaked a fair bit, which makes me feel that we might have heard more if the situation were really bad for CHO. If I were CHO's press agent, or say his brother, that would be me leaking the conversation. But I get your point, if CHO was arrested it is unlikely that it could have come from his phone. Indeed - if I recall the bouncer's evidence was simply rejected as false in the end, but only by the courts, not the media. A rather similar event happened to his father. Indeed. Doesn't the club have a more discreet agency they could put him in touch with? (said only semi-facetiously - I 've been saying for 2 seasons the only problem with CHO is his agents). I think we know why there are low conviction rates. One is that proving anything beyond reasonable doubt is impossible in an incident between two disagreeing witnesses without evidence of violence. I know many victims don't come forward. But then for many crimes there is no named accused either. The other is that the CPS generally don't take cases to court without high probability of success, but they the bar is lowered substantially for rape cases. I don't think there is a simple solution. What I would say is that like diving in football, simulators (wrong word probably) need to be punished. I have no idea about this case, but the media's bland avoidance of the fake charges on Assange and the blatant conspiracy to charge Salmond of the SNP is very harmful to legal process. See above. The threshold for the CPS to bring burglary cases to court is also very high - no one knows who did it. What is unusual about rape is that victims can often name the actor if they choose.
  15. Official: Callum Hudson-Odoi Signs New 5-Year Contract

    Surely his early release and no need to report till mid - june is good or as good as anyone could expect. As I understand it, Police bail does not necessarily mean they have evidence to charge. And there is no way they close a rape allegation case within a month. It is not clear whether he was released on Sunday or today.