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Thursday, 20 August 2009

Blake overshadows Burnley's historic win with accidental 12th man revelation

Burnley secured a magical win over Manchester United last night courtesy of a Robbie Blake volley, but the goal hero's dedication to the '12th man' at Turf Moor last night has shed light on the shady side of the Clarets' recent success.

The FA's highly popular 'Season of Crazy Shit' has so far seen the unrealistic appointment of former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson at Notts County, teams regularly scoring between five and seven goals and now the humbling of a global superpower by the ninth biggest team in Lancashire.

But Burnley's celebrations may be short-lived as match-winner Blake's declaration that "at home we have an extra man on the pitch," has sparked an FA investigation.

"Obviously Blake's just tried to make a heartfelt, albeit cliched, dedication to the supporters, but we decided it would be highly unprofessional if we didn't check this out," an FA insider told us.

"So we stayed up through the night watching every Burnley game from last season. What we found surprised us all - they did seem to have 12 men on the pitch.

"I'm not entirely sure where we go from here, but it certainly sheds some light on how such an unremarkable side were able to earn promotion and beat the second best team in Europe."

Manchester United maestro Sir Alex Ferguson is unlikely to sympathise with Burnley although the economical Scot has been known to field just 10 men instead of 11 by treating Rafael and Fabio as separate players when they are clearly the same man.

1 comment:

  1. Ha, wonderful. My mum's a Burnley supporter and as such vehemently denies any wrong-doing.