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The season is almost over and the title is won, but the barbarous sect purporting the Campaign Against Chelsea refuse to relent in their persecution of the club.
Battling bravely in the face of unjust suspensions and a grotesquely unfair penalty famine, our oppressors’ efforts to derail the club on their course for success failed miserably, yet the events that unfolded at the Hawthorns last night proves their intentions have not altered.
Our trip to West Brom was earmarked by the great Jose Mourinho as a match to test many of our fledgling superstars in the heat of Premier League competition – his commitment to the development of young players highlighted in the fact that no fewer than four academy graduates were selected to watch the game from the bench – but the nefarious scheming of referee Mike Jones scotched the Special One’s plan.
In what was an undoubted sycophantic attempt to win favour with the FA head honchos driving the campaign against our esteemed club, Jones moved to send off Cesc Fabregas for retrieving the ball following a fracas.
The events preceding the dismissal were equally outrageous, with Baggies centre-back Gareth McAuley launching a brutal assault on an innocent and unsuspecting Diego Costa, whose acts of self-defence sparked confrontation between both sets of players.
As the ugly scenes continued, Jones was set upon by an enraged gaggle of West Brom players, demanding action be taken against the heroic Costa, when Fabregas, who had stayed clear of the skirmish, kicked the ball back to referee Jones so play could be restarted.
The path of Fabregas’ pass then feathered into the head of opponent Chris Brunt, prompting the Baggies’ disgrace of a captain Darren Fletcher to retaliate with a disproportionate degree of violence, pushing our lauded playmaker in the chest with enough force to floor a weaker man.
Jones chose to ignore this heinous act, focussing instead on brandishing his red card in the face of our protesting player.
Fabregas was merely trying to explain the painstakingly obvious – he couldn’t see Brunt.
The personalised mask he wears – out of complete necessity, it is important to add – to protect a broken nose suffered many months ago clearly obscured his vision.
Besides, had West Brom conducted themselves with dignity and not crowded the referee, this whole unsavoury episode could’ve been avoided.
What is most disturbing, however, is the tracksuited Chelsea youth witnessed all of this unfold from their seats on the bench; who knows what psychological damage this may have caused.
Despite this merciless mistreatment of our players, the Blues confirm they will be fulfilling their final fixture of the season, where a free-money 21/50 says we shall overcome Sunderland.