Monday, February 12, 2007

Our silent Sunday

Well, it promised to be a strange weekend and so it turned out. Watching Fiorentina take on Udinese at a deserted Artemio Franchi had its usual surreal atmosphere. The game without fans is rubbish.

Not that I can complain about the result but, just the same, I think Roberto Mancini has a point. After his Inter side beat Chievo in front of no supporters he said it would be just as well to stop the championship now. It certainly seems a fundamental flaw to play some games in front of fans, some in front of season ticket holders and others in front of nobody at all.

Biggest shock of the weekend was probably Empoli's away win at Palermo. Maybe the Sicilians were still recovering from the terrible events of a fortnight ago. Just the same, their form has nose-dived and it gave the little Tuscans the fourth Champions League spot for the time being.

8 comments:

TrentToffee said...

There are a couple of interesting articles in todays timesonline that are worth a read. The first offers an interesting take on Capello :

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/european_football/article1369007.ece

The second follows on from Maccarone's farewell blast aimed at Maclaren. This one is the funniest :

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/columnists/article1368687.ece

Enjoy :0D

TrentToffee said...

Cobblers ! They appear to be chopped. Here they are again.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/
football/european_football/
article1369007.ece

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/
columnists/article1368687.ece

TT.

ginkers said...

Nice one, liked the Danny Mills piece in particular. Shows the beauty of live radio...

martinobhoy said...

I remember all those years ago having a closed door game thanks to Rapid Cheats of Vienna.

It is such a strange feeling knowing that your team have a home game and you cant go.

ginkers said...

It looks as if the Viola will be playing in silence again this weekend. Away to Catania, almost certain to be no fans at that one too.

Spangly Princess said...

apparently a few hundred Viola gathered outside the stadium and made their presence felt, which is touching

Spangly Princess said...

heard. not really felt. christ am losing my english.

ginkers said...

Those Viola men are crazy. They probably made their presence felt too. I hope at least the season ticket holders can get in for the Empoli game. Cesare Prandelli reckons we lose 30% of our force without the fans behind us!