Ball get's 'a moment' of respect - shame on you Chelsea

Last updated : 26 April 2007 By Paul Lagan
Now I realise Chelsea are a busy club, what with fighting for three more trophies and all.
But the least they can do is mark the passing of Alan Ball with the due respect he deserves - he did win us the World Cup for crying out loud.
Chelsea are planning to honour Ossie's great mate with what their website calls "a moment's respect" before tonight's clash with Liverpool.
Look, Ball was not a Chelsea player, I know that - but Ossie will be turning in his grave at the prospect of just a moment being passed to remember his mate who died yesterday of a heart attack.
They even said Ball won the World Cup in 1996 - shoddy.

Chelsea's statement in full is: "Chelsea Football Club would like to add our condolences to those being sent to the family and friends of World Cup winner Alan Ball.

Ball, the youngest member of England's 1996 team, has died of a heart attack aged 61.

He was a very good friend of Chelsea legend Peter Osgood, the two having teamed-up as players at Southampton, and Osgood became youth team coach at Portsmouth when Ball was manager at Fratton Park.

In more recent years, Ball attended Ossie's 2005 benefit dinner at Langan's in London's West End and his friend's funeral in March 2006.

There will be a moment's respect to Alan Ball before tonight's kick-off against Liverpool."

Boo... shame on your head Chelsea....