Chelsea bury head in sand

Last updated : 23 December 2008 By Paul Lagan

Why do Chelsea continue to treat their supporters with contempt?
Following the boys' back-to-the-wall point gained in last night's 0-0 draw at Everton, Chelsea's PR people refused to let Scolari or media-savvy Ray Wilkins attend the mandatory post-match press conference.
Quite why they took this extraordinary decision is beyond most right-minded people's comprehension.
I can only think they wanted to get out of Liverpool as soon as possible and pretend the night never happened.
If they don't say anything , then it will all go away - a bizzare burying their heads in the sand way of operating their business.
Captain John Terry was correctly sent off for a lunging tackle on Leon Osman in the 35th minute.
Chelsea then proceeded to display brilliant composure and maturity to hold off Everton's attacks for the remainder of the game.
Chelsea are second in the Premier League, a point behind Liverpool.

In any modern business proper public relations would dictate that you make the most of every opportunity. Chelsea had a wonderful chance to demonstrate maturity, humility and nerves of steel.
They could have sent shock waves to their other title challengers by stating the loss of Terry showed just how good and resilient and determined this team is.
But no, they decided to act in the most petulant way - if they had owned the match ball they would have taken under their arms and stormed off.
Roman Abramovich's advisors must sit him down and talk him through what his happening to the club in his name.
If this is his policy, it's misguided. I don't believe it is.
Chelsea cannot expect supporters at home and abroad to be treated with contempt for long.
Chelsea's domestic reputation is in tatters.
Their behaviour last night does nothing but to add to it - it must change.