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No More Bat-Cech, Says Petr

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06:  Petr Cech of Chelsea looks on during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Chelsea FC and Valencia CF at Stamford Bridge on December 6, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Petr Cech of Chelsea looks on during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Chelsea FC and Valencia CF at Stamford Bridge on December 6, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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There's a story floating around about Petr Cech accepting the blame for his mistake against Wigan Athletic that cost Chelsea two points on Saturday, but that's not particularly interesting - it was a mistake, they happen, it was pretty clear whose fault it was, and now everyone can move on. Waaaay more interesting than a goalkeeper admitting that a goalkeeping blunder was in fact 'his bad' is news about Cech's batman outfit. Specifically, that it's being retired:

After an agreement with the doctors, I don't have to use [the mask] in the Tottenham game.

-Source: Cech's official website via Sky Sports.

Cech has, of course, been wearing a facemask since breaking his nose in a collision with Ashley Cole during Chelsea's 1-0 win against Blackburn Rovers last month, and the team's had mixed results under the Bat-Cech regime, losing against Liverpool and Bayer Leverkusen but ripping off a spell of impressive victories as well. Ultimately, as fun as it was to make Robo-Cop and Darth Vader jokes, I'm glad to see the mask go. Anything that interferes with a goalkeeper is bad news, no matter how unintrusively it might have been designed. If Cech wants it off and the doctors allow it, off it goes.