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Mokoena: It Was an Accident

Aaron Mokoena and Blackburn Rovers has suffered since the South African broke Arjan Robben's foot in 2005. The Axe still maintains it was an accident and Jose Mourinho was out of line with his comments.

In February 2005 as Chelsea pushed on for their first Premiership Title and Rovers battled, quite literally for their Premiership lives, Aaron Mokoena broke the foot of Arjan Robben in a challenge in the early stages of the match. Chelsea won that battle, thanks to Robben's early strike and ultimately the Premiership as a result but the attack from Mourinho in his post match interview has stayed with, and haunted Rovers ever since.

At the time we were far from, and still aren't angels but the attack from Mourinho has been very hard for Rovers to recover from, with so many still labelling Rovers with the same "bully boy" label which we did have then, and to some degree rightly so. We never went in with the intention of hurting players but we roughed them up as it was a case of needs must at the time.

Mokoena, who does have a hard way of playing the game has always insisted that he never intended to cause such an injury to the Dutch International and still feels Mourinho was unfair in his comments after the game:

"It was an accident. It's part of my game being hard and tough; that's how I play and I can't change it.

"But I'm not there to hurt players, and I'm not there to destroy players' careers either.

"I'm there to get stuck in, and that's me. That's how I play."

So many still cannot, or will not accept there is more to Rovers than the label they have but I've basically gone beyond trying to make people aware of this. However, the Axe feels Sunday is the perfect stage for us to show the footballing world that we can play football, as we often see.

He added:

"We are a team that wants to play football. The coaching staff encourage us to play that way."


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 10 2007

Time: 1:22PM

Your Comments

I maintain my feelings that a player wouldn't intentionally go in to hurt another (unless he is Roy Keane of Alf Inge Haaland!) so the Axe didn't intend to cause the injury to Robben. Mourinho helped cause the label we have as so many listen to and worship what he says as gospel. I like Jose but think it is maybe time some started listening to his more recent thoughts on Rovers, which are more in line with our style of play now.
Hughes Da Man
Jose should know when to **** up at times, when things dont go his way he always has someone of thing else to blame! The challenge was hard but not to hurt the player and it was a surprise that Robben was tackled as he's usually in the air long b4 the player is there, as great a player as Robben is and ur wouldnt wish that any player get injured!! As for Joses' comments on bully boys he should take a look at his players and his style of "lump it up front" football, which works effective enough but really no where near the football that Arsenal, Utd and Liverpool and even Rovers ( had to get that in ) play on their day. To get the debate on this started I think Chelsea's huge pot of money has only landed them over paid, prima-donnas most of them with hughely inflated reputations and egos. I rate Terry and Cole ( Joe ) as the ones that give Chelsea something different
Clint
Mourinho is a passionate man, Sparky would have reacted similarly I feel but maybe not have quite started the witch hunt that the Special One did. I personally REALLY like Mourinho, think he is a genius adn WILL go down as one of the GREATEST ever football managers but do wish he would think before he spoke sometimes, but as I say he's a passionate man. As for Chelsea, I genuinely also like them, think they have some of Europe's, if not the World's best players. It's easy to say the money has brought them success, it's easy buying the all stars but you still have to get them playing together. Some are over paid prima-donna (not mentioning any names Mr Ashley Cole!) with massivly inflated repuatations and egos but others are just world-class performers getting paid a fortune which people object to, but if they (Chelsea) want to pay it they'll take it.
Hughes Da Man
 

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