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Manchester United’s Mourinho insults Liverpool boss Klopp and makes it all about him

Ahead of the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United the temperature is being cranked up. In the Times, we read “Klopp antics are mocked by Mourinho”.  The paper says United manager Jose Mourinho has “ridiculed” Liverpool’s Jurgen …

Posted: 17th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Media balls: eight reasons Burnley scored a penalty at Southampton

Media bias: a look at monocular football reporting. when Southampton beat Burnley 3-1, the away team’s goal came via the penalty sport. Should it have been given? What was it given for? The reporters reveal all:

Daily Star: “Definitely …

Posted: 16th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal v Swansea balls: Xhaka’s mad red card, Walcott’s cruel misses and Swans pride

Media Balls: a look at reporting on Arsenal v Swansea City in the Premier League. Arsenal won the pulsating game 3-2.

Arsenal’s Xhaka was given a straight red card in the 70th minute for a cynical trip on the half-way …

Posted: 15th, October 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs Balls: all hail the newest new Messi

Have you seen the ‘New Messi”, a player the Sun dubs “Mini Messi” after the brilliant Barcelona player? He’s called Marcus Edwards. He’s 17. And he plays for Spurs. Well, Spurs reservers because this new Messi isn’t good enough play …

Posted: 15th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, Sports, Spurs | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gareth Bale and the obscenity of a £350,000-a-week tax bill

Is Gareth Bale obscene? The only comment beneath the Times’s article on the likeable Wales and Real Madrid player says he is. The story is that “Bale expects Real to match Ronaldo’s £750k a week.” The comment says: “Obscene amounts …

Posted: 15th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ched Evans: The witch-hunt continues

Former Sheffield untied footballer Ched Evans is innocent. You might not like him. You might think him a scumbag, a low-life or hard done by. But one thing he is not is a rapist. A conviction for rape was quashed …

Posted: 15th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, News, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea balls: Antonio Conte sacked and not sacked

Did you read the news that Chelsea are all set to sack Antonio Conte, their manager? It’s nonsense. He isn’t being sacked. The Sun has confirmed that Conte is not being sacked by Chelsea:

Antonio Conte sacked: Chelsea boss’ future

Posted: 14th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: The Sun creates a Gareth Bale to Manchester United out of nothing

Is Gareth Bale moving to Manchester United? No. We told you he was staying at Real Madrid. Every story you ever read about Bale wanting to join Man United is wrong. Stories like these from the Sun in recent days:…

Posted: 13th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United prepare to sell Wayne Rooney – the symbol of ineffectual English football

Much chatter over Wayne Rooney’s future. The BBC says, Manchester United “could look to offload captain Wayne Rooney, 30, in the summer”. They could. Or they could not.

The BBC adds that getting rid of Rooney “may” mean United paying …

Posted: 13th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool: The Sun fails to Watch Henderson

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is subjected to the Sun’s “Hendo Watch”. The paper kept a constant eye on the likeable and hard-working Henderson as he captained England in Slovenia.

Facts:

The Liverpool midfielder led from the front..

But it was

Posted: 12th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool’s James Milner is the English footballer who plays like a German

Becauae Germans are good at taking penalties, when one of them says an Englishman is the ‘best penalty taker ‘ he’s ever seen, we take notice. The penalty king is none other than Liverpool’s James Milner, who hasn’t missed any …

Posted: 12th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool balls: The Reds made a huge mistake buying Jordan Henderson

We love peculiar job titles in football. Chelsea have “loan player coaches“. QPR have “kit monitorers”. Liverpool used to have “director of football strategy”. What that means is unclear. But at one point the man with …

Posted: 12th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


List: every Premier League manager’s favourite team

Much hoo-ha over the appointment of Manchester-based referee Anthony Taylor for the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United. The idea is, presumably, that Taylor will favour Man United over their rivals? Or maybe he’s a diehard United loyalist …

Posted: 12th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United balls: Agent Pogba fails to land Griezmann and Memphis Depay rejected croissants

Manchester United fans looking for news have been treated to a welter of clickbait balls today. We’ll round-up a few gems – and save our favourite for the end.

Metro: “Agent Pogba: Man Utd fans get excited as star …

Posted: 11th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: BBC clickbaits Manchester United fans with moves for ‘Manchester City’s’ Isco

More BBC Transfer Balls as the State broadcaster tells readers to its website – and why doesn’t the BBC just publish a newspaper?  – “Manchester United target Isco has hinted he may leave Real Madrid at the end of the …

Posted: 11th, October 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports, Spurs | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Celtic heap pressure on their young protege Karamoko Dembele as Manchester City circle

Transfer Balls spots a story about a trade in underage flesh. The BBC says Manchester City want to sign 13-year-old Celtic “playmaker” Karamoko Dembele. Dubbed a wunderkind, earlier this month Dembele made his debut for Celtic’s Under-20 team, playing …

Posted: 11th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Media balls: Arsenal’s Granit is better than Man United’s Rooney but not a ‘capable’ as Southampton’s Steven Davis

Who are “The 50 best players in the Premier League”? You could decide this with transfer fees, goals scored, goals conceded, where a player polled in the PFA awards and the Football writers’ awards, FIFA 17 ranking and any number …

Posted: 10th, October 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, manchester united, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Chelsea want to sell Hazard, Manchester United offered £170m for Neymar, Arsenal re-buy Higuain

Transfer balls: a look at football reporting. The BBC says Chelsea are looking to cash in on Eden Hazard, the player once billed as the “new Lionel Messi”. The BBC says Chelsea will tie a big bag of cash to …

Posted: 10th, October 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Chelsea, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Manchester United should have no regrets over Burnley’s Mike Keane heading to Chelsea

The BBC says Manchester United are “kicking themselves”. No, not because one of their myriad sponsors has slapped own a big wad of cash and told them to. They are kicking themselves, says the BBC, because they failed to add …

Posted: 8th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: Wenger quits, stays and torments tabloids and the FA

Is Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger all set to be the next England coach? No. Yesterday he told media it is “very important” that the FA appoint an Englishman for the job.

The Mirror leads with Wenger’s words:

 

wenger arsenal

 

Just …

Posted: 8th, October 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Howard Gayle and ‘Digger’ Barnes: When Liverpool FC rejected racism

Howard Gayle was the first black footballer to play for Liverpool. The State wanted to reward Toxteth-born Gayle for footballing whilst black and working with the anti-racism charity Kick It Out with an MBE (Member of the Order of the …

Posted: 7th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, Books, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Arsenal fight to keep Bellerin, Ozil and Sanchez and Man City go shopping

Is the Premier League a video catalogue for Manchester City’s shoppers? Manchester City invested £175m on new players in the summer – and they have another £150 to buy some more.

As ever, the first port of call on the …

Posted: 7th, October 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


BBC trolls Liverpool and Arsenal fans with clickbait headline news

The BBC website is the font of all knowledge. It might as well be a newspaper. But instead of opting to compete in the open marketplace, the BBC news site consumes and rules. On today’s BBC football pages, for example, …

Posted: 7th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: Wenger ‘leaves’ on the strength of a ‘hint’

The BBC says Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has “hinted” manager Arsene Wenger’s contract “may not be renewed at the end of the season”.

Turn that around and it means he said nothing has been decided and Wenger’s contract may …

Posted: 7th, October 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Gareth Bale gets £91m to ‘snub’ Manchester United

Gareth Bale is not heading to Manchester United. The BBC says Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have agreed new contracts to remain at Real Madrid. Bale has been offered £91m to keep playing for Real and reject Manchester United’s advances.

The …

Posted: 6th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0