The Offside Daily: Things get worse for Chelsea, Gary Neville’s derby claim and half-and-half problems
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1. Chelsea will be fined £25,000 and asked to report on three disciplinary incidents during their 2-1 defeat to London rivals West Ham over the weekend. The fine was triggered automatically as seven Chelsea players received a yellow card during the defeat – garnering six or more bookings triggers such a fine.
2. More fines for London clubs after Arsenal were fined £60,000 and warned over their future conduct after breaching regulations when completing the transfer of Callum Chambers from Southampton to the Emirates last season.
3. Gary Neville has stated his belief that the first 45 minutes of the Manchester Derby was the best half of football he had seen in the Premier League this season, later admitting that it was one for the purists and that he ‘might be the only person in the country saying this.’
4. After conceding a late goal against Southampton over the weekend that resulted in a 1-1 draw at Anfield, Liverpool vice-captain James Milner has said that the team must learn to close out winning situations in order to avoid it becoming a ‘mental problem.’
5. Johan Cruyff has thanked the media, clubs and fans for the waves of support that have been sent his way following the revelation that the Dutch legend has been diagnosed with lung cancer.
6. Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has promised to deliver on his vow to his players to buy them a pizza after they kept their first clean sheet of the season against Crystal Palace (Goal).
7. Bournemouth’s PA man can breathe a sigh of relief after a rogue tannoy announcement threatened his job following the club’s 5-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. It turns out a Spurs fan YouTube channel are to blame (Spurred on TV)!
8. Half-and-half scarves and kits? I think we can all agree we don’t like them, but they were out in force at the Manchester Derby. The half-and-half United/City kit is particularly … interesting (Joe.co.uk).
9. Probably one of the most interesting players involved in any squad in British football right now – check out David Gray for BSG Glasgow here (ESPN).
10. As if Newcastle’s 3-0 Tyne-Wear derby defeat wasn’t bad enough, it turns out they struggle to spell some of their players’ names right at times (The Daily Mirror).
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