The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Muamba, Wigan, Edinburgh, Morosini and Chelsea Fans

On this week’s review section we congratulate Hearts, Hibernian and Wigan and we smile at Muamba’s release from hospital but are sad at the death of Italian player Morosini and are amazed at the behaviour of Chelsea Fans

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On this week’s review section we congratulate Hearts, Hibernian and Wigan and we smile at Muamba’s release from hospital but are sad at the death of Italian player Morosini and are amazed at the behaviour of Chelsea Fans. You can listen to these and other stories on our weekly podcast and can find explanations of key vocabulary in bold below.

Good

Good news for Patrice Muamba as the Bolton midfielder left hospital only a month after collapsing on the pitch in an FA Cup quarter-final match against Spurs. Remarkably he has made a full recovery after his heart stopped for over 70 minutes. Good news also for Premier League side Wigan as they defeated Arsenal 2-1 away from home, which coming straight after their first-ever victory over Manchester United five days earlier means that the north-western club may survive the drop yet again. Good news too for Edinburgh as both of the top clubs from the Scottish capital made it to the finals: Hibernian beat Aberdeen while Hearts snatched a victory in controversial circumstances against Celtic. The final in May will be the first time an Edinburgh derby will feature in the Scottish Cup final in 118 years.

Sad

Sad news indeed from Italian football as Livorno player Piermario Morosini died while playing for his club in Serie B last weekend. The 25 year old collapsed in the 31st minute and failed to recover from a suspected heart attack. The former Italian under-21 player was on loan from Serie A club Udinese and his death lead to all games in Italy being postponed. Very sad indeed.

Ugly

Last weekend’s FA Cup semi-finals coincided with the 23rd anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster and before both games, FA officials wanted a minute’s silence to remember the victims. On Saturday the minute’s silence was observed but on Sunday some Chelsea fans sang during the silence leading the club to release a statement saying the club ‘is extremely disappointed that a very small minority of fans embarrassed the club today by not honouring the moment’s silence before kick-off’. Pretty ugly indeed.

Vocabulary

collapsing: Falling down dramatically (usually because of something serious)

survive the drop: To not be relegated

snatched a victory: They won the game in controversial circumstances

suspected: People thought it might be

was on loan: His contract is with one club but he plays temporarily for another

coincided with: The same date as

 

 

 

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