"If it had been one or two balloons then it would not have been a problem. But the point is that there were 20 or 30 balloons, all more or less in the same place, and the referee should have
stopped the game to sort it out."
-- Manchester City coach Sven-Goran Eriksson
, who is protesting his team's 2-1 FA Cup loss to Sheffield United because its first
goal came after the ball evaded defender Michael Ball
when it deflected off a balloon. (The