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Daily Mail Attacks Manchester City’s Joe Hart And Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere For Following Its Health Tips

by | 16th, July 2014

England's Charlton brothers, Jack (l) and Bobby (r), relax at a pre-tournament function Date: 26/06/1966


HOW football journalism works, with the Daily Mail’s Neil Ashton. Before the World Cup, on May 20, 2014, England were at the Grove Hotel for the Lions and Roses dinner. The charity event hosted by the England Footballers Foundation “raised £362,000 in a night for charity… and even Premier League stars were surprised at that amount of money!”

One bidder paid £10,000 for a round of golf with Manchester City’s Joe Hart and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney. Ashton notes:

In an era when it is so easy to casually criticise the players, this event, in football parlance, could be described as ‘a leveller’. Every member of that squad, from captain Steven Gerrard and vice-captain Frank Lampard to Southampton trio Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Luke Shaw, understood their roles and responsibilities.

Ashton adds:

They sat on tables of 10 and were allowed, with the permission of the head coach Hodgson, a glass of wine or a glass of beer with their meal. They behaved impeccably.

And then England got kicked out of the World Cup. Ashton’s Daily Mail bought paparazzi photos of Joe Hart in a Las Vegas Jacuzzi with a smoking Jack Wilshere . Knives came out. Ashton had an update:

Wilshere is holding a cigarette and a cigar in the pool, puffing away without a care in the world. His career is threatening to go up in smoke.

A ciggie can ruin your career just ask Jack Charlton, Jimmy Greaves and lots of other England “heroes”  what smoking did for them. the marketing-led bilge is that players are “role models” whose every action is a call to action aped by impressionable kids.



Bolton Wanderers captain and centre-forward Nat Lofthouse, who scored both his team's goals, is given a drink from the FA Cup by manager Bill Ridding in the dressing room at Wembley after Bolton had beaten Manchester United 2-0 in the Cup Final.



Just as the nippers will buy fizzy, sugary drinks peddled by Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker’s fatty crisps, they will think smoking is ok. Footballers are no longer parts of the society they live in but a breed apart whose every action must further the moral code and keep the proles in check. Just as one bigoted comment will lead to a race riot; a cigarette will set the health movement back decades .

Ashton then sticks his knife between

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