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Thursday, 23 May 2013

Roman Abramovich, Luis Suarez or Odemwingie - Who is Squarefootball's Fool of the Season?

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The 2012/13 season witnessed a number of jaw-dropping decisions being made. Who will ever forget the final day of the January transfer window and seeing West Brom's want-away striker Peter Odemwingie trying to force through a move to QPR? Or how about Liverpool's Luis Suarez's decision to try and taste the Champions League by chewing through Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, and, talking of Chelsea, what about their owner sacking Roberto Di Matteo just months after winning the Holy Grail for the billionaire?

Yes, as Mr T would say, there have been a lot of fools around this season. But who has been the biggest?

In the second part of our look back at the 2012/13 season, I've asked Squarefootball writers and readers to highlight their ultimate fool. Here is what they had to say.

There was only ever going to be one man in the eyes of Bolton Wanderers fan Dave Blackburn.

"West Brom's Peter Odemwingie. He let himself and his club down with his actions. Need I say anymore?"

And Squarefootball editor Antony Melvin agrees that it has to be the madcapped tweeter.

"It has to be Peter Odemwingie. Go or don't go - but please don't beg."

And, surprisingly, West Brom fan Andy Wakeman picks his troubled striker and another controversial figure currently residing in France.

"It has to be Peter Odemwingie or maybe even Joey Barton."

However, Birmingham City fan Steve Coulter believes Roman Abramovich deserves the award.

"It has to be Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. His dream was to win the Champions League. Then he sacked the man who helped turn the dream into reality.  What a way to treat people."

And Squarefootball's Liverpool fan Dave Disciascio agrees, although the debacle at QPR isn't far behind.

"Is it possible to perennially nominate Joey Barton? Otherwise, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich would take the cake. The firing of Champions League winning manager Roberto Di Matteo was a joke, and the appointment of interim-manager Rafa Benitez continued the debacle. … wait, can Abramovich fire me too? Umm, then I quickly change my mind to Mark Hughes and his cast of bumbling signings."

And talking of QPR, The R's fan John Jaycock believes the honour should go to his chairman.

"For me it's Tony Fernandes. He is the best chairman QPR have had in years, but too trusting and naive this time around."

Elsewhere Manchester City fan Callum Rothwell thinks Michael Owen deserves the gong for "believing Liverpool will finish third next season". Well with Fergie, Rafa and Mancini all gone you never can tell.

And while we're on the subject of Liverpool. Stoke City fan Peter Holland just can't get over Luis Suarez's decision to try and take a chunk out of Branislav Ivanovic.

"What on Earth was Suarez thinking about that day? It was proper playground stuff. I'm surprised he didn't just pick up the ball and go home. There's no denying that Suarez is a great talent but his actions that day were disgraceful. I wonder if he will still be at Anfield next season?"

Suarez was also a popular choice with Newcastle United fan Matt Kilgannon.

"Of all the things to do on the pitch that was by far the most despicable I've ever seen. Then it turns out that he also did it in Holland! Suarez should be made to wear a muzzle on his return."

So there you have it. There are our contenders for fool of the season. Who gets your vote? Whatever your view, we'd love to hear from you.

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