Dirty Tackle

  • John Terry is The Referee Whisperer

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day ago

    Swansea defender Chico Flores was sent off in the 16th minute after getting booked twice in quick succession for poor challenges on Willian and Andre Schurrle, helping Chelsea to a 1-0 win they desperately needed to keep pace with Liverpool in the Premier League title race.

    Through this incident Chelsea captain John Terry discovered that he has a gift. One that has nothing to do with sticking any of his body parts inside a box.

    From the Guardian:

    Asked about his part in the Flores incident, Terry said: "I just said, 'It's a second yellow for me'. He gave him one a couple minutes before on the halfway line and that one just outside the box is probably even more a yellow than the other one. Fair play to Phil [Dowd], the ref, it was a big decision to make and I thought he made the right one and credit goes to him for that."

    Yes, John Terry is apparently The Referee Whisperer. Though Phil Dowd could have reached the same conclusion regardless of Terry's trusted and totally unbiased opinion, perhaps the veteran defender has stumbled upon a mystical talent that allows him to subtly influence the minds of match officials with his words.

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  • Boy named Rooney Scholes denied chocolate easter egg due to potential copyright violation

    Ryan Bailey at Dirty Tackle1 day ago

    The mother of a three-year-old boy named Rooney Scholes ran into trouble this week when a chocolatier refused to write his first name on a chocolate Easter egg through fear of Wayne Rooney suing for breach of copyright.

    Let's all just bask in the ridiculousness of that sentence for a moment before continuing.

    Life-long Manchester United fan Jo-anne Scholes — who has cats named Cantona and Berbatov and a 16-year-old boy coincidentally named Anderson — has spoken to the press after the Thorntons chocolate store in Bury refused to write "Rooney" on an egg in chocolate icing. This is due to the fact that many superstar footballers globally trademark their names to avoid being associated with unofficial merchandise,  but also to disappoint small children on religious holidays.

    The Manchester Evening News reports:

    The mum-of-four said: “It’s just pathetic that they wouldn’t let a child have his name on an Easter egg for fear of upsetting Wayne Rooney. I can’t imagine Wayne Rooney would care less.

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  • Marital drama leads to spurned handshake and a volatile Sampdoria-Inter match

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle2 days ago

    Maxi Lopez and Mauro Icardi were friends and teammates at Sampdoria last season. Then Lopez's wife, model Wanda Nara, had an affair with Icardi which has turned into a new relationship now that her marriage has ended. Icardi moved to Inter this season and though Lopez said the situation hurt him a great deal, he didn't hold a grudge, saying "at the end of the day nobody died."

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