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Manchester United manager was furious after match against Tottenham
Rarely do professional footballers make public statements that zigzag anywhere near political engagement - so the appearance of West Ham's Matt Jarvis on the cover of Britain's best-selling gay magazine, Attitude, and his attempt to address homophobia, one of the beautiful game's last remaining stigmas (in 21 years of the Premier League not one footballer has come out), is to be welcomed. Here we select five other pros who have used their profile to political effect.
24 April: Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea (agg 2-3); Champions League semi-final second leg
England new boy turns down Ivory Coast offer to join squad for January tournament
Roberto Di Matteo today challenged Chelsea to prove they could “move on” from the Didier Drogba era in tomorrow's clash at Arsenal.
When Andre Villas-Boas studies the West Bromwich Albion team sheet today, he will be only too aware that there is one player itching to prove a point to him. Romelu Lukaku.
Shinji Kagawa scored his first goal for Manchester United as the Red Devils picked up the Chevrolet China Cup after a 1-0 victory over Shanghai Shenhua.
Wembley specialists revel in striker's exploits as officials face trial by camera again over disputed goal
Birmingham City 0 Chelsea 2
Fan's view: If Rafa is appointed, he may be reshaping the team to a half-empty Bridge
Roman Abramovich told Chelsea's playing squad what he expected of them in a private meeting at the club's training ground yesterday just minutes after he had personally sacked Andre Villas-Boas, who finally paid the price for the team's desperate run of form.
Chelsea 3 Bolton Wanderers 0
Win a bottle of champagne
Man for man marking from the Stadio San Paolo
Napoli 3 Chelsea 1
Napoli 3 Chelsea 1