Lampard snubbed by Chelsea as club refuse to
acknowledge record AND edit out glowing praise from Cech
12:12 GMT, 14 January 2013
12:45 GMT, 14 January 2013
Frank Lampard has been dealt a remarkable snub by Chelsea after scoring the goal which took him outright second on the club’s all-time scoring list.
There is no mention of him moving to 194 goals to surpass Kerry Dixon on the official website and an interview in which Petr Cech praised the 34-year-old has been edited to cut out mention of the midfielder’s ‘loyalty’, ‘importance’, and being ‘as good as ever’.
Snubbed: Lampard moved into second place on Chelsea's all-time scoring list on Saturday
An interview with Lampard is available
online but in it he refers mainly to the cold conditions at Stoke and
the team’s performance in the 4-0 victory.
Meanwhile, in a separate article, Cech is quoted as saying: ‘Frank had a very good game and could have added another of his trademark goals because he had two chances inside the box, and I think everybody had a fantastic game.
‘Frank may not start every game but if he plays he plays well with his quality and his experience.’
On his way: Lampard is set to leave Chelsea when his contract expires at the end of the season
The goalkeeper’s further acclaim on Lampard, and his service to the club, from the same interview with reporters is omitted.
‘I have known him for a long time,’ Cech
also said. ‘He has been a fantastic player for the club. And, of
course, he has stayed for years at the same club. Bad times, good times –
mostly good times – but that shows the loyalty of the player.’
Cech added: ‘Is he as good as ever The team have changed, and so has his age, but he is still important.’
Sealed with a kiss: Chelsea beat Stoke 4-0 at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday
Mention was made of Lampard equalling Dixon with a goal at Southampton in an earlier piece, so this latest development seems even more peculiar. Rafael Benitez was equally muted in post-match discussions on the England midfielder's feat, preferring instead to praise Brazilian Ramires.
Lampard is eight goals behind all-time top scorer Bobby Tambling but will only have the rest of the season to try to catch him as Chelsea have made clear they will not offer him a new deal.