The publicly displayed discontent within the ranks of the Chicago Fire organisation reached a new low this weekend.
Earlier this season, the club’s website writer blasted fans for their public discontent at the owner.
However yesterday’s events may have topped that.
Another Chicago Fire Club writer Jeff Crandall used his twitter account to comment on the Bakary Soumare handball incident which lead to a Sounders penalty in the 29th minute of the match in Seattle.
With an admirable honesty, Crandall tweeted:
“Upon further review, that was a pretty bad handball.”
The player involved did not take it well and astonishingly replied to Crandall:
“Upon further review you are pretty f*** terrible at what you do”
adding @JefeCrandall so it appeared on the writer’s twitterfeed. The 27-year-old Malian emphasised his point by adding the hashtag #muppet for good measure.
A minor twitter explosion ensued with Jeff Krause, host of @FirePodFC and a contributor to Fire Confidential, defending Crandall, tweeting:
“So, opinion of a certain player changed tonight. Low class move. Also, inaccurate.”
Dan Gaichas on the highly respected Windy City Soccer site wrote:
“It was bad enough seeing Bakary Soumare have a rubbish match. It was worse when he sent out this tweet directed at the Fire’s own website reporter Jeff Crandall after the match.”
Soumare’s tweet was quickly deleted and according to Krause’s twitter feed, Crandall will not make any public statement.
There are two sides to this question. Crandall was very honest in assessing his club’s match and that is very refreshing in a league where club writers had a tendency to churn out band propaganda that treats their readers as if they don’t know what they just watched.
Crandall admitted his side had conceded a penalty kick and not tried to sugarcoat it with deflection or a veiled attack on the officiating.
On the other hand, Crandall and Soumare technically are work colleagues and it could be argued that Crandall could have been less honest and more supportive.
There are other clubs having far worse seasons than Chicago Fire, yet they seem to be the one descending into internecine warfare. Sunday’s results went their way and the Fire still have a decent chance of post-season play.
But not if they are f*** terrible at what they are about to do!