11.31 – David O’Leary has branded Ashley Cole a “conman” after Birmingham’s Aliou Cisse was sent off yesterday. TV replays showed that Cole actually kicked Cisse rather than the other way around. Personally, I think Ashley needs to be a bit careful from now on, as he’s already gaining a rather unsavoury reputation as the Greg Louganis of football. I’m sure he’s not deliberately trying to get players booked and sent off, but he should realise that if he jumps 3 feet in the air every time he’s tackled, it makes it hard for referees to judge the severity of the challenge. If it continues, he might find himself bracketed with the boy who cried “WOLF!”.
UPDATE: Ash denies “diver” slur.