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DEMBA BA has revealed how player power fought back against Rafa Benitez during his time at Chelsea.

The Senegal striker arrived at Stamford Bridge from Newcastle in January 2013 in the middle of a civil war.

2John Terry and Rafa Benitez didn't always see eye-to-eye at ChelseaCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd 2Demba Ba moved to Chelsea from Newcastle in January 2013Credit: Reuters

Blues fans were unimpressed with Benitez after the Spaniard replaced the Champions League-winning Roberto DiMatteo.

And Ba revealed how skipper John Terry once stood up to the gaffer after an FA Cup semi-final defeat by Manchester City.

Ba told The Athletic: “Big players will take responsibility on the pitch but also off it when things don’t go the right way.

“I remember when we lost 2-1 to Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final, Rafa was criticising our lack of intensity after the game.

“But John Terry went: ‘No gaffer, the problem is that our training lacks intensity.’ Rafa’s training was mostly tactical, but the players wanted it to be more full-blooded.

“So the two of them had a frank exchange of views in front of everyone, and the next day, the whole team got together to talk things through as well.

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“We didn’t lose any more games after that.”

Ba retired from football last month and has since reflected on his time in the Premier League.

He said he took no pleasure in killing Liverpool’s title dream back in 2014 when he pounced on a loose ball following Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip.

And he also revealed he once had to smuggle himself into West Ham’s training ground in the boot of a friend’s car to avoid being spotted by reporters.

His career very nearly didn’t get going though as he was rejected by Gillingham and Barnsley as a skint teen begging for money to eat.

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Racehorse Dies At Santa Anita Park, 20th Such Incident This Year

ARCADIA (CBSLA) – Restiany, a four-year-old racehorse, died due to a training injury sustained on Thursday, November 25 according to state officials.

Records indicate that Restiany is the 20th racehorse to die at Santa Anita Park this year – the ninth by training fatality. Two of the deaths are listed as “unknown,” while the final nine were racing deaths.

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Restiany’s cause of death is listed as musculoskeletal by the California Horse Racing Board. Despite being in the midst of a short offseason, Restiany’s fatality occurred during training.

Still just a colt, Restiany had two first-place finishes in 10 career races. He was owned by Guy Pariente and trained by John Sadler.

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In 2019, 23 horses died at Santa Anita Park which caused an investigation by then Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey.

Santa Anita Park, located in Arcadia, ended its fall season on October 31, and is slated to begin the winter season on December 26.

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