More footballers behaving disgracefully, this time from Division One’s Bristol City. David Partridge, Bradley Orr and Steve Brooker will all be spending time in one of the British Government’s comfortable hotels for their part in a brawl outside a nightclub in Bristol last October. Partridge has a two month booking whilst the other two have a four week stint in the Prison team. Clubmate Scott Brown will do 100 hours of Community Service. They may yet be joined by Ben Thatcher for his recent assault in the Manchester City v Portsmouth game. The FA have apparently decided that Manchester City’s punishment is sufficient according to reports but The Old Bill have yet to take the same view. I find it curious that the press think the FA will not take further action. I know that the disciplinary process is weak but even the FA could not possibly believe that Thatchers six match suspension by his club is sufficient. He has to miss roughly double that amount. Should Thatcher go before the Beaks, he could quite easily end up with two or three months inside, close to what you or I would get if we laid out some unsuspecting punter with our elbow in our local.
Meanwhile David Moyes is threatening to sue over allegations that he forced Wayne Rooney out of Everton. A writ has apparently been issued against The Daily Mail and his lawyers are reading Rooney’s autobography to see if they need more to be issued. Chelsea are also considering suing over allegations of a rift between Kenyon and The Setubal Suedehead, the latter reported by several newspapers to be furious that William Gallas was sold behind his back. Curious idea that, given that Mourinho had already consigned Gallas to the reserves before Arsene Wenger came riding in on his White Charger to rescue the poor lad from his £90k per week hell. Quite why the two Chelsea men are so sensitive on this issue needs some explaining. To my mind, that they are considering suing would indicate that there is a problem between them. It reminds me of the infamously weird Harry Redknapp / Clive Woodward Press Conference to prove that they were good buddies and could work together only to end up convincing everyone that the opposite was true. Given that football is an industry that thrives on rumour and using the press, it would have been better for Chelsea to let this one drop and just get on with their jobs. However, in true Chelsea media attention-grabbing style they could not do so and have put themselves in the position whereby if they do sue, everyone looks on incredulously trying to work out how and where the reputations of Kenyon and Mourinho were besmirched or if they don’t sue, everyone assumes there is a problem and that it is only a matter of time before one or both leaves. Mourinho is in my opinion likely to be first out of the door but I think it will be onto a bigger club, e.g. Barcelona or maybe Juventus in two years time, or else onto the Portugal job.