I thought I had seen it all until I was pointed towards these comments below by Sunderland fans.
At first I thought they were having a laugh, being ironic, but no – a good number of Sunderland fans honestly think there was some big conspiracy going down at St James Park on Saturday.
Apparently…Yohan Cabaye and Alan Pardew had decided to do their best to save Newcastle United.
The ‘evidence’ amounts to Pardew saying pre-match he hoped his old club stayed up, plus Yohan Cabaye having his penalty saved by Karl Darlow.
Honestly, some of these comments below by Sunderland fans, you just couldn’t make them up.
Cabaye’s penalty wasn’t the best but Karl Darlow made a superb save after guessing which way to dive…not having received telepathic messages from the Frenchman before he took it,
The knackers making the conspiracy comments obviously won’t have watched the Newcastle game.
If they had they would have seen a well motivated Palace side dominate the first half and only saving tackles, blocked shots and fine saves by Darlow keeping United in the game – ironically Yohan Cabaye was one of those who saw an excellent powerful (on target!) shot turned away by the Newcastle keeper.
Pardew obviously had them wound up for this game and also, the visitors were timewasting from the first minute. If Newcastle had ended up with only a draw then survival chances would have taken an all but fatal hit.
Anyway, enjoy the paranoia of these Sunderland fans via one of their top message boards Ready To Go:
‘Deliberately kicked it at the keeper. Pathetic. Should be ashamed of himself.’
‘Kicked the ball like a 7 years old girl. Shameful.’
‘The fa should investigate that incident. Need to get lawyers for you on the case. Cadbye (ED: Their spelling!) that was a f***ing disgrace .’
‘He is right footed and if I’m not mistaken took it with his left foot.’ (ED: He took it with his right.)
‘He grappled the ball off Delaney (their usual taker). Then he whispered to Darlow before taking the penalty with his left foot.’ (***Cabaye has already scored 4 penalties for Palace this season!)’
‘Cabaye placed it nice and softly into the keeper’s hands.’
‘I’d launch a match fixing probe on that game, absolutely stinks to high heaven that result.’
‘Good, saves me the job.’
‘Let’s hope the b——-d gets one in the cup final and misses when it matters to him the garlic sucking Geordie apologist.’
‘Anyone with sense should have back the scum to win. The opposition manager practically said he wanted to lose man.’
‘Combined with Pardew’s absurd comments in the build up it looks stinky. And in most things in life even if there is no intention it is how things look that leaves an impression.’
‘Still looks dodgy as f***, whatever people think.’
‘Trust me it was soft and kicked straight to the keeper. You’ll struggle to find a worse one this season.
‘Serious, that f*** (Pardew) will be sitting round quaffing champers in a posh restaurant tonight with his old Newcastle stooges laughing his botoxed face off.’
If he has ever took one that bad before then okay, he is just really bad at penalties.
If you can’t show me one that bad taken previously, then he cheated.’
‘IF the keeper knew he would kick it that direction, he made it impossible not to save it.’
‘I’m not saying cabye deliberately missed, I’m saying it’s not inconceivable.’
‘A simple Google search bring up his penalties this season. Not once does he do a 2-step run-up and always goes for the corner (generally the top one), with pace. Dodgy as f***.’
‘If he missed completely that’s just too obvious, so he made it easy for the keeper to save.’
‘Christ man. 12 pages, CIA involvement, 3 bans. Embarrassing stuff by some on here tonight. The frenchman missed a pen get over it.’
‘You’re so naive if you don’t think it happens. We’re all human, even multimillionaire footballers, there’s no comeback on them, as it’s so difficult to prove one way or another.’
‘The moment we went 1 down I knew the ashley/pardew arrangement would kick in, palace no longer needed that point.’
‘Pure cheating. Clearly told the keeper where he was putting it.’
‘Palace fan here. Sorry guys.
First half we totally dominated, 2nd half we never turned up, but they did nothing bar a great free kick.
I agree Cabaye shouldnt have taken the penalty, he’s sh*t at them. We should have won, they were sh*t.’