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In this week’s review of the footballing action we focus on Swansea’s rise, Inter Milan’s unbeaten run and a bad week for Real Madrid’s Pepe. You can listen to these and other stories on our weekly podcast and can find explanations of key vocabulary in bold below.
Nine years ago this week, Welsh side Swansea City were bottom of the fourth tier in English football; bottom of the whole league – that’s 92nd out of 92 teams, while Arsenal were top of the Premier League. Yet last weekend Swansea came from behind to beat The Gunners 3-2 to move into tenth place in the Premier League. It was also good news for Italian side Inter Milan as they defeated their rivals AC Milan – a 6th consecutive win that sends them up into fifth place – six points behind leaders Juventus.
Yet again poor behaviour by a player in the clasico match between Real Madrid and Barcelona has made the news and this time it concerns Portugal international Pepe. The Madrid defender feigned injury in the first half when challenged by Fabregas but it was his stamp on Lionel Messi’s hand that has drawn most criticism against the player. Even the home media in Madrid have condemned him and so it looks like Pepe will be receiving a ban for his actions.
Bad news for Swiss side Neuchatel Xamax as they have been expelled from the Swiss Super League after falsifying legal documents according to the ESPN website. The Swiss team, and in particular their chairman Bulat Chagaev, have been no strangers to controversy recently and had already been deducted 8 points by the Swiss FA – an ugly story from Switzerland.
the fourth tier: The lowest division in England’s professional game – now known as The Second Division
The Gunners: The nickname of Arsenal
feigned injury: Pretended that he was hurt
have condemned him: The press have criticised him heavily
have been expelled: The team has been kicked out
falsifying: Not telling the truth, giving incorrect data or information
had already been deducted: Had lost points for another previous problem