Albert Einstein is widely credited with saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Of course, old Albert hadn’t reckoned with the Pope’s Newc O’Rangers’ hot-headed Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos, who has now been sent off in three different matches against Aberdeen this season, all of which have finished with – you’ve guessed it – different results: a draw, an Aberdeen win at Ibrox and most recently, a victory for O’Rangers at Pittodrie on a freezing Scottish Wednesday night.
Of course when he wasn’t figuring out that E = mc², Einstein came up with the occasional bon mot. “Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth,” he once said and it is a line young Alfredo may have quoted in his own defence, when asked to explain to his increasingly frustrated manager $tevie Mbe why he had just got his fourth red card (one of which was rescinded) of the season for an off-the-ball stramash with Scott McKenna on Wednesday night and is now facing yet another two-game spell on the naughty step.
“I think for Alfredo to go to the next level or to improve he will have to channel his aggression,” he parped, as the mellifluous strains of Phil Collins opus No Jacket Required were piped into the visitors’ dressing room. “I haven’t had the chance to analyse the incident so I can’t tell you if Scott deserved a red or whether Alfredo did. They’ve had a fantastic battle up until that point.” It was a battle Morelos was dominating, having scored two goals as O’Rangers ran out 4-2 winners to go five points ahead of Aberdeen and top of the table … if you’re one of those particularly one-eyed O’Rangers fans who folds over the bit above your team that shows the Queen’s Celtic are six points clear.
After being awarded four spot-kicks in one match last weekend, the most penalties they’ve been given since the taxman rocked up to Ibrox in 2010, O’Rangers could be forgiven for thinking they might have used up all their luck for February, but they’ve now announced they are seeking to have Morelos’s latest dismissal overturned. “A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?” asked Einstein. For $tevie Mbe, the answer is a baby-faced striker with 23 goals to his name already this season who isn’t suspended for his team’s next two games.
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Sheffield United Women’s Sophie Jones has been charged by the FA with the alleged racist abuse of Tottenham’s Renee Hector.
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FA chairman Greg Clarke has also been elected as Fifa vice-president. “If I compare what I get paid for two days a week at the FA, pro rata, compared to what I used to earn, I’ll still be earning a lot less,” he whooped.
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