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Arsenal Balls: Kick Mourinho And The Moralisers Out Of Football

by | 19th, July 2014

JOSE Mourinho says Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere is setting children a bad example. The Chelsea manager notes:

“What football players do, millions and millions are watching, lots of kids are watching.”

Well, no. Wilshere was in a hotel pool in Las Vegas. Millions of kids were not watching. One adult paparazzo lens leering at the footballer in his swimmers was.

Mourinho adds that the kids looking in will start thinking…

“…if a top football player can smoke then I can smoke and it is not a problem.”

Not a problem? Given the acres of newsprint dedicated to Wilshere’s puff, not a problem looks like a massive problem. In reporting on Mourinho’s views, the Mail  (which bought the photos of Wilshere on holiday), thunders:

The Gunners midfielder was photographed smoking and behaving outrageously during a holiday in Vegas.

Outrageous? A legal fag in the open air is too bad to be allowed? Were you outraged? Was anyone sane outraged that a young man smoked a cigarette? Had he been taking LSD then outrage would have been the predictable emotion stirred (followed by curiosity).

But this is Wilshere’s second time with tobacco. After the first time he was captured on camera, the player confessed in a full press conference:

“I’m not a smoker, I don’t smoke 10 a day or whatever as people have been ­saying. It was a mistake and I’ve learned from it. It’s tough.”

Learning meant smoking not outside a UK nightspot, rather in a US resort famed for hedonism.

Sir Alex Ferguson has offered some perspective on the evil weed:

“In England, it’s a rare thing to see a player smoking but, all in all, I prefer that to an alcoholic. The relationship with alcohol is a real problem in English football and, in the short term, it’s much more harmful to a sportsman. It weakens the body, which becomes more susceptible to injury.”


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