To add insult to injury, the FA have today proceeded to charge Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti following his red card on Sunday for protesting when the Blues second goal was ruled out by VAR.
I’m sure that very few Everton supporters are surprised to hear this. After all we’re well used to the FA’s selective application of its rules where the Blues are concerned.
Remember the retrospective suspension of Oumar Niasse for alleged ‘diving’ to win a penalty a few years ago? I can’t think of any other player who has faced a similar charge since then although there must surely be quite a few good candidates?
As for Sunday’s incident, it seems that although Ancelotti was obviously very angry, all he actually did was ask referee Chris Kavanagh exactly why the goal was disallowed and there’s no indication he used abusive language or swore.
I highly doubt that had Ole Gunnar Solksjaar or for that matter Jurgen Klopp done a similar thing, it would have even resulted in a card.
So now the Blues boss has a few days to respond to the charge, if he chooses to do so. I hope he doesn’t and from what Ancelotti has said he’s not too bothered about a touchline ban either. He seems very comfortable watching the match at Chelsea from the stands and in Duncan Ferguson he has a more than capable deputy.
The Italian has handled the whole situation with his usual composure and class and his passionate and robust response to the injustice of what happened, has only strengthened his bond with the Toffees supporters.
I really hope that we don’t have any more VAR decisions that prove even more costly later in the season, but if past history is anything to go by, I’m sure we will.
Moving on from all this dross, another Napoli player linked with the Blues in January, is again rumoured to be on the club’s radar.
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We recently reported that the Toffees were one of several Premier League clubs supposedly interested in again bidding for the Napoli defender Khalidou Koulbaly come the summer.
This time it’s the Naples club’s Brazilian midfield enforcer with the most un-Brazilian name, Allan. Reports originating in Italy say that he’s still very much on Ancelotti’s wish list, especially as he’s out of contract then and so his transfer value is falling.
These stories keep popping up and while there’s no certainty any of this is grounded in reality there does seem to be a recurrent theme where the Brazilian midfielder is concerned.
If he did sign he would make a slightly strange midfield combination alongside another Brazilian with an English-sounding name, Bernard. Imagine Allan and Bernard starting together!