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State Of Emergency

Manchester City Football Club is in crisis. A crisis few of us could have believed remotely possible 3 months ago...

It's impossible to find the words to explain away an 8-1 drubbing to any side at this level. To his credit Sven Goran Eriksson has faced the music, but his players, who showed a frightening ability to throw in the towel before at Chelsea let him down appallingly today. Over half of them must never wear the shirt again.

One thing is for sure. Few Premier League managers would hold on to their jobs after a result like today's, whatever the divisive, destabilsing, demoralising atmosphere that has been allowed to persist unchecked at the club.

We understand at Vital MCFC that the Fair Play European place could also have gone following Richard Dunne and the relentlessly awful Sun Jihai's cautions. Fulham did not pick up a booking at Pompey.

Brace yourselves, Blues. There have been some bad days in our history but we have seen them through. All hell could break loose in the next few hours and days. We are going to need every ounce of that MCFC resilience to see this through.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 11 2008

Time: 6:50PM

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what happened lads - 8 goals shipped at Middlesbrough - wow!
Johnny Baguette
Jb we were 8 points ahead of Fulham, in this league, fulham which shows 36 games played, Fulham had 2 players booked at their last match and we had none. it is still in the balance
Buzz Lightyear
Stay tuned guys and gals. Once UEFA publish their final standings re the Fair Play' award we'll be one of the first (hopefully) to let everyone know if City actually quailfy for next seaons UEFA Cup competition.
There are also points for positive play, I personally think Fulham have got it and we once again have blown it against Boro. This is twice we have missed out playing them.
Buzz Lightyear
Tudor where do they publish them, they will have to wait for the refs report
Buzz Lightyear
Red cards are 3 points and a yellow is one, but i can.t tell how they mark the rest. we may have had a good marks from the Liverpool game and may have been farther infront of Fulham for them to catch us. but 8-1,IF this was the players show of strength for Sven god knows what the score would have been if the players had been against him.
Buzz Lightyear
For starteres keep an eye on - newsnow, google news or yahoo.
I would have to say I am speechless, but I am more worried about the fair play league than how many goals we lost by.
Buzz Lightyear
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Apologiers for the above but the urge got the better of me!!
I didn't know you could see my desk. lol
Buzz Lightyear
Crowd behaviour also counts lads. Our visiting fans went berserk.
Johnny Baguette
The UEFA Fair Play competition for the 2007/08 season began on 1 May 2007 and finished on 30 April 2008. Only associations having played a minimum of 34 matches have been taken into account. This cut-off is defined as the total number of UEFA games divided by the number of national associations. Now does that mean only those games played between those dates to determine which Country headed the table or does it mean thats it? Did the competition end on 30th April or do these last two games count?
Buzz Lightyear
Keep an eye on the official site lads. Statement coming.
Johnny Baguette
Last two games count as I understood it. Two cut off points. Surely Fulham would give up Europe today considering their result?!!
Johnny Baguette
Even so JB, you can only lose a max of 5points for that. and if we were encouraging the team throughout the game we may not lose the whole 5 points. If the away fans are few in number that element is not taken into account and Fulham are not noted for their away support.
Buzz Lightyear
I think Sven is gone, but if we are to lose him then we need a replacement fast
Buzz Lightyear
I fear the worst Buzz. The fabs were tearing up seats and chucking them at the pitch. In these days of hysterical journalism and overkill the FA won't want to be sending "armageddon touting fans" into Europe.
Johnny Baguette
JB, send us a text when you hear something. Match wasn't available on P2P - probably a blessing. What a bad day! Chests out for Monday to take the cr*p.
Barney Daniels
OK OK the wine is getting the better of me. Have we qualified for the UEFA Cup or not?
I'm going off Thai Rollers calculations in the Forum, lads. (check them out) I think we're out of the Euro running. Anyway, the shower of *****e that represented us today would not win any qualifier, nevermind a pointless Asian tour match!
Johnny Baguette
To back up the comment from Buzz - pasted this from UEFA site: Minimum 34 matches The UEFA Fair Play competition for the 2007/08 season began on 1 May 2007 and finished on 30 April 2008. Only associations having played a minimum of 34 matches have been taken into account. This cut-off is defined as the total number of UEFA games divided by the number of national associations.
Barney Daniels
Hear hear Barney, rumours will now go into overdrive along with the *****take. Have to face it down as ever. Will txt the moment we know the story.
Johnny Baguette
I'm watching with a beedy eye..
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Hope you are right Barney. I understood teh first cut off point was for the associations. It rolled on to the end of the season for the teams. We need something to lift us all and fast. Phil Scolari to agent: "Er, no thanks...."
Johnny Baguette
Bugg*r! I understand from the City site match report that the decision to send Dunne off was well dodgy. Will that help?
Barney Daniels
Check out those stasts in the forum that ran through todays game mate. It was wafer thin close between us and mild mannered Fulham.
Johnny Baguette
Eriksson post match comments: It was embarrassing - Er Yeah!
Barney Daniels
I expect MC will appeal the red card against Dunne.
There is a man awaiting the resolution
city 81
Can confirm the nomination from the FA is based on the full 38 games. We were slightly ahead of them (Fulham) before Liverpool game. They had 2 bookings that weekend and we had none. It's going to be close. Cheers our "players."
Johnny Baguette
Last News : Shinawatra say there is no final game will play in City of Manchester Stadium if did not give us qualify card to play in UEFA Cup next season, From now he will close the Gates and lights of the stadium !
city 81
Says it all, city 81!
Johnny Baguette
JB, Yes, There must be a principle of barter. :))
city 81
Sven out! MC
Something will give today.
Johnny Baguette
I wouldn't bet on it JB

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