Something From The Weekend: Glasgow Rangers; Djibril Cisse; Barking mad
The Good, The Bad and The Odd
James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics since June 2007. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties (I made the tea once), supervising workies and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Europa League, being a Tottenham Hotspur supporter. He cites Brian Sears and Ledley King among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Burnley v Hull City. On a good day.
Monday 26 March 2012
The Good: Glasgow Rangers
Gers' fans have suffered in recent months, seeing their team surrender a whopping 15-point lead over Celtic while wondering whether the club would even make it to the end of the campaign as financial troubles bit hard at Ibrox. Yesterday's Old Firm match threw up the nightmare prospect of handing their neighbours the title on home turf, but Ally McCoist's side responded with a vibrant showing, surging into a three-goal lead – albeit against nine men – eventually winning 3-2 to give Glaswegians of a blue persuasion a sliver of joy. Even Neil Lennon, also sent off, can afford them that, surely.
The Bad: Djibril Cisse
"Save our season" was the cry sent out by QPR to the flame-haired Frenchman when he moved to Loftus Road in January, but it has been an SOS of a different kind that the human cockatoo has provided. Saturday's dismissal at Sunderland was Cissé's second in five matches for Mark Hughes' side – with the forward notching in his three other outings. His record in five matches reads: Scored, sent off, scored, scored, sent off. SOS indeed...
The Odd: Barking mad
Players berating officials has long been the bane of football, but authorities in Brazil have hit on a novel way of solving the issue. As Caxias players harangued a linesman who changed his mind to award a contentious goal, riot police came on to the pitch, with one police dog deciding to mete out his own justice, biting the striker Vanderlei's leg. He was eventually able to continue, while the protests, unsurprisingly, died down.
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