Chelsea and Villa deserve credit for reaction to Petrov’s diagnosis heaps praise on Aston Villa for putting on a battling display despite losing 4-2 to Chelsea on Saturday

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Chelsea and Villa both deserve credit

The game at Villa Park on Saturday was about far more than just a game of football and both sides deserve a lot of credit for how they handled the situation.

Stiliyan Petrov’s leukaemia is a reminder of the more important things in life and a lot of credit must go to Villa and the way they performed without their club captain.

Less than 24 hours after the news broke, neither side probably wanted to play the game but the Villains matched a buoyant Chelsea side for the most part.

It may not be the right time to mention it but Villa are still far from safe in the Premier League this season – however, the way they put together a strong showing proves there is plenty of fight in them yet.

For Chelsea, the improving Fernando Torres is a real boost for the run-in and the way both sides handled a potentially awkward situation was a credit to the Premier League.

Wenger fighting a losing battle against Uefa

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has been charged with improper conduct in relation to the second leg of his team’s Champions League tie against AC Milan back in March, making their exit from the competition just that little bit worse.

Wenger has received a three-match ban and has been fined £33,000 for confronting Slovenian referee Damir Skomina at the final whistle, but will appeal the decision.

The Frenchman is renowned for his criticism of referees, and has made controversial statements when decisions have not gone Arsenal’s way before.

Wenger has history with Uefa as well, as this is the third ban he has received within the past year.

In March 2011, Wenger was banned for one game and fined after criticising the referee after his side’s clash with Barcelona, where key striker Robin van Persie was harshly dismissed for continuing to play despite not hearing the whistle.

And in August, when his side overcame Udinese in the Champions League qualifiers, Wenger was again banned and fined for contravening his previous ban which prevented him from contacting his bench.

So while he is set to argue his case, his previous history looks like going against him.

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