Talking Balls: the ‘family rift’ that unites Manchester City and Chelsea fans
Football Balls: a look at football journalism in the mainstream Press.
The Daily Mail’s Joe Bernstein looks at the Premier League match between Stoke City and Manchester City. The Citizens won 4-1. Stoke’s goal was scored by Peter Crouch. In his “MATCH ZONE” column, Bernstein writes:
“Crouch Gem Causes Family Rift”
The story is that Peter Crouch’s mother is a “stuanch Manchester City supportter who is very keen to see them overhaul Chelsea in the title race”.
This is given as the reason she’d have enjoyed Crouch’s goal that tied the scores at 1-1.
The headline-making “FAMILY RIFT” is because “Crouch’s father Bruce is a lifelong fan” of Chelsea – “so would have been firmly behind his son.” It’s more of a bond.
So. That rift is because both Peter Crouch’s parents love it when he scores. So, er, no rift at all, then.
Such are the facts in the Mail‘s MATCH ZONE.