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Manchester United: Cheryl Cole and Adele can’t save fat Wayne Rooney from the Sun’s trolls

WAYNE Rooney has now scored 200 goals for Manchester United. Stella stuff from the best English footballer. So. How does the Sun report on that news?

The Telegraph goes for a soaring Rooney, arms outspread and smiling:

GNT1HpZh Manchester United: Cheryl Cole and Adele cant save fat Wayne Rooney from the Suns trolls

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Posted: 18th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jamie Redknapp: Chelsea’s David Luiz not good enough for Stoke but great for Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich

JAMIE Redknapp is the Daily Mail’s worst football pundit. This week, Redknapp told readers:

Jose Mourinho will have sleepless nights about David Luiz’s defending…

Luiz defends for himself with little concern for his partner. He must be a nightmare for John Terry and Gary Cahill…

…in the Premier League he is a liability for his team and too much of a maverick.

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Posted: 17th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea and Manchester United have lost a true pal in referee Mark Halsey

3995855 Chelsea and Manchester United have lost a true pal in referee Mark Halsey FORMER Premier League referee Mark Halsey  is selling his life story in the Sun and a book, and working as a rules pundit on BT Sport. Given that refs are routinely called biased and some countries have had issues with officials being bribed, Halsey comes across as bit of a berk. If he had a personal relationship with Chelsea manager Joe Mourinho, as he said, did the manager pick players the ref admires or wants to meet? Will jokes that if “Halsey stays fit United can go the season unbeaten” be rooted in something more sinister than rival fans’ bitterness at a perceived injustice? If there is one thing we  at Anorak dislike and distrust more than the official who brings you to book it is the official who wants to be your pal. Matt Dickinson is unimpressed with Halsey, writing in the Times:

It started, as perhaps these things do, with an innocent cup of tea some years ago. Mark Halsey arrived early at Stamford Bridge to officiate at a Chelsea game. José Mourinho invited him in for a chat. A few months later it had developed to full-blown hugging, with Mourinho embracing Halsey after the Community Shield. Halsey delighted in that squeeze and the whispered post-match compliment in his ear. …When Halsey’s wife, Michelle, was found to have myeloid leukaemia, the Portuguese paid out of his own pocket for Halsey and his family to stay at a five-star hotel in the Algarve. “Obviously,” Halsey said, “I wouldn’t have gone if he’d still been at Chelsea. But what can you say? He’s been an absolute inspiration.” How touching. Only a cynic could look at such a close friendship and think it brought into question both men’s professional judgment. Only a nasty sceptic could doubt a referee who thinks it appropriate to accept thousands of pounds’ worth of gifts.

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Posted: 17th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Sun says Premier League offered referee Mark Halsey hush money: newspaper did not hack his phone

THE Sun is serialising Surviving cancer, death threats and the Premier League, by former Premier League football referee Mark Halsey.

The paper trails the book by telling Sun readers:

halsey book  The Sun says Premier League offered referee Mark Halsey hush money: newspaper did not hack his phone

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Posted: 17th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Should Spurs fans say the word ‘Yid’?

yids Should Spurs fans say the word Yid?

LOTS of people say words that make others feel uncomfortable. Look at 99% of every hip hop record made in the last 30 years. People also feel funny when they hear the word ‘vagina’, which is pretty weird.

In football, Tottenham fans have reclaimed the word ‘Yid’ – an antisemetic term that was once the mainstay of rival teams, looking to put the wind up the North London club. Spurs fans now refer to themselves as the Yid Army and sing a number of songs using the Y-bomb.

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Posted: 16th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (9) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Real Madrid: media still portrays former Spurs star Gareth Bale of the trademarked fingers a simple lad

AND so it goes on, the media tale that former Spurs and Southampton FC player Gareth Bale – now working as the world’s costliest player at Real Madrid –  is a simple lad with simple ways.Today, Oliver Holt tells his Daily Mirror readers:

Bale is not a personality. He gets on with the game. Mostly, he shies away from the circus that surrounds it…

Is this the same Gareth Bale who has trademarked his fingers, who is the face of EA Sports’ FIFA 14, poses for fashion shoots and who tweets photos of himself talking up freebies:

bale twitter Real Madrid: media still portrays former Spurs star Gareth Bale of the trademarked fingers a simple lad

Posted: 16th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool: Brendan Rodgers says Pepe Reina is not telling the truth

15869858 Liverpool: Brendan Rodgers says Pepe Reina is not telling the truth

FOOTBALL Balls looks at Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and his former goalkeeper Pepe Reina. You can read what Reina think of his transfer to Napoli here.

Says Brendan Rodgers:

“He had been at the club a number of years and done well but I didn’t do anything underhand. I looked him (Pepe Reina) in the eye and told him I was thinking of bringing in another goalkeeper good enough to be No1. He accepted that at the time. When he decided he wanted to go on loan to Napoli I never got the two No1s I had wanted but I still ended up with a good goalkeeper” 

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Posted: 16th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


That’s ‘unpatriotic’: Daily Mirror’s Robbie Savage slams paper’s picture of Spurs and England’s Kyle Walker huffing nitrous oxide

WHEN the Mirror posted that image of Spurs and England defender Kyle Walker huffing nitrous oxide on his summer holidays – it was June – we were not alone in wondering if the paper had sat on the story. ‘Footballer gets off face on summer holidays’ is not a big story. But ‘England footballer facing crunch World Cup qualifying match inhales hippy crack’ is.

The Mirror then followed its shocker with a picture of Roy Hodgson looking not enough unlike Psycho Norman Bates.

We wondered is the Daily Mirror was deliberately trying to unsettle Hodgson’s England?

Mirror journalist Dan Silver thought us “idiots“:

Dan Silver: ‘Rumbled! Eng at World Cup would be disaster for sales. Oh… #idiots @TheAnorak: Mirror continues drive to undermine Roy Hodgson’s England”

dan silver Thats unpatriotic: Daily Mirrors Robbie Savage slams papers picture of Spurs and Englands Kyle Walker huffing nitrous oxide

 

Anorak: “You think the photo the Mirror chose is flattering to Hodgson?”

Dan Silver: “you think the Mirror has a campaign to undermine the England team?”

Anorak: “No. But you’re tapping into the fear factor – not quite the achtung! achtung! of old is it…”

daily mirror Thats unpatriotic: Daily Mirrors Robbie Savage slams papers picture of Spurs and Englands Kyle Walker huffing nitrous oxide

In todays Mirror, columnist Robbie Savage notes:

“Kyle Walker was naïve, and plain wrong, to inhale nitrous oxide ‘laughing gas’ from a balloon at a party. He has apologised for his mistake, the Football Association are not taking any action against him, and that should be the end of the matter. But the timing of the photograph – which caught Walker in the act - being leaked left a lot to be desired. It was clearly designed to unsettle him as England prepared for a vital World Cup qualifier in Ukraine, and it clearly affected Walker’s performance on the night…  The people who leaked that photo may have had their own motives, but at a time when everyone in England should have been pulling together and hoping for an important result on the road to Brazil, it didn’t look like a patriotic act of unity to me.

So. Did the Mirror sit on the photo or not? And what was the Mirror’s motive?

The Mirror’s editorial meeting should by interesting.

Posted: 13th, September 2013 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs: Kyle Walker is not a role model he’s just up for a laugh

17560629 Spurs: Kyle Walker is not a role model hes just up for a laugh

LAST week Spurs and England defender Kyle Walker was the subject of a huge furore about his having huffed laughing gas on his summer holidays. He did nothing illegal. Recreational laughing gas was said to be a killer, but the Daily Mail was only able to back up its claim with very shaky evidence that it was. And other sources said that getting off your noggin on nitrous oxide was no worse than binge drinking – and how many footballer had done that over their summer break?

Still, Darren Lewis writes in the Mirror, which broke the story of Walker’s chemical laugh-in:

Villas -Boas has insisted Kyle Walker IS in the right frame of mind to play against Norwich tomorrow after the controversy surrounding the Nitrous Oxide balloon.

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Posted: 13th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Racing fool shoves competitor off Yorkshire track – with cool post-crash cockpit commentary

shepsman Racing fool shoves competitor off Yorkshire track   with cool post crash cockpit commentary

BRITISH racing driver Darren Shepsman offers his post-impact summary on racing his MX5 at Yorkshire’s Croft Circuit:

Spotter: Jalopnik

Posted: 13th, September 2013 | In: Cars, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal: Aida Yespica says Ozil is too young and short for her to sleep with (photos)

IS MESUT Özil a sex mad footballer in pursuit of former Miss Venezuela Aida Yespica? In 2007, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi told Yespica, “With you, I’d go anywhere.” She did not tell him to go to Hell. Now Yespica has been linked to Arsenal newboy Özil. She says:

“Two years ago we ran into each other at a nightclub in Madrid, but I have nothing to do with his departure from Real. We never had sex. What’s true is that we exchanged phone numbers. Then one night he calls me and tells me: ‘I’m in Milan, I’ll see you?’ So I went to meet him and we went to dinner at one of the most famous clubs of the city, without hiding from the paparazzi.’ We had a fun night together, but then we went our separate ways. Today I know that he is happily engaged, am so am I. Ozil and I just had a beautiful friendship, we never even flirted. He is both younger and smaller than me! I’ve deleted his number, and he doesn’t have my number because I’ve changed it. I expect a denial on his part also: that would be gentlemanly.”

Or as the Daily Mail says:

“He is thought to have forked out £15,000 every couple weeks for a private plane, which would bring him to Yespica. El Mundo reported: ‘The early morning trips, extended to the last minute of passion, led to a down which affected his performances.’”

Did he come up short?

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4348886 Arsenal: Aida Yespica says Ozil is too young and short for her to sleep with (photos)
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Venezuelan showgirl Aida Yespicasmiles during a press conference in Rome on Jan. 12, 2007. According to reports widely carried in the Italian press on Thursday, Feb, 1, 2007, Yespica is one of the two women who former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi's wife Veronica Lario refers to in her open letter published by daily newspaper La Repubblica on Wednesday. Lario wrote the open letter to La Repubblica expressing her anger over her husband's flirtations during a VIP party last week. (AP Photo/Sandro Pace)

 

Posted: 12th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (8) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal: Mesut Ozil’s dad will sue Real Madrid’s Florentino Perez over his ‘mad passion’ for Aida Yespica

ozil and dad Arsenal: Mesut Ozil’s dad will sue Real Madrids Florentino Perez over his mad passion for Aida Yespica

MESUT Ozil’s father has threatened Real Madrid with legal action as the ugly fallout of his son’s deadline day move to Arsenal continues to stink up the place.

In case you missed it last week, Madrid president Florentino Perez was quoted as saying that Ozil was allowed to leave the club as he “wasn’t a good professional and was obsessed with women and nightlife” and that he developed an unhealthy obsession, or “mad passion” as El Mundo Deportivo put it, with Colombian supermodel Aida Yespica – and sweet Jesus, we can see how that could be an issue (and below) – that distracted him from his professional duties.

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Posted: 12th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Who needs Croatia? Alan Shearer rewrites history in his attack on Roy Hodgson’s England

7790107 Who needs Croatia? Alan Shearer rewrites history in his attack on Roy Hodgsons England

ENGLAND needed a draw art worst in the Ukraine to stay top of their World Cup qualifying group, in which they are unbeaten. So far, England have scored 23 goals, letting in just 3 – giving them the best goal difference out of all the NINE qualifying groups. They have two home matches left to be sure of qualification to the 2014 World Cup Finals in Brazil. So. It’s not as disaster. Far from it. Still brickbats have been tossed at Roy Hodgson and his team:

One naysayer is Alan Shearer, who writes in the Sun.

“When was England’s last good performance? I don’t mean result, I mean a performance that really made you sit up and think ‘We have got something good here’. I’ll tell you when it was – September 1, 2001 in Munich, Germany 1 England 5.”

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Posted: 12th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal sign a new Beckham

13188992 Arsenal sign a new Beckham

CAN it be true? Arsenal have signed the news Beckham? Yes. And no. They’ve not signed the newest David Beckham progeny: she’s called Harper and she’s very small. The Gunners have taken on David Beckham’s son Romeo on a one-year youth contract.

According to ITV Football, the 10-year-old, who is known to be a big Arsenal fan (he’s been pictured charging around in an Oxlade-Chamberlain shirt during a kickabout with his old man before) has joined the Arsenal youth academy on a development contract.

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Posted: 12th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Shinji Kagawa never did have a dig at David Moyes

17118602 Manchester United: Shinji Kagawa never did have a dig at David Moyes

DID Manchester United’s Japanese star Shinji Kagawa really “hit out at new Manchester United boss David Moyes”?

Is the style of things in Japan to attack your boss in public? The Daily Star says it is. The Metro agrees:

Shinji Kagawa dig at David Moyes bemuses Manchester United

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Posted: 12th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: let’s all laugh at Shinji Kagawa and his ‘pigeon’ English

Evil Kagawa  Manchester United: lets all laugh at Shinji Kagawa and his pigeon English

MANCHESTER United’s Japanese player Shinji Kagawa is the subject of a spoof twitter account. The Mirror’s David McDonnell has noticed it:

One of the funniest and most entertaining football parody accounts on Twitter is Evil Kagawa, purporting to be written by the Manchester United midfielder.

Among its 141,000 followers are United trio Rio Ferdinand, Ben Amos and Sam Johnstone, the account having built up a formidable following through the pigeon English of its protagonist and his laugh-out-loud take on his predicament.

Ha-ha. Let’s all laugh at the funny foreigner and his…PIGEON Ingerlish.

Oh, the irony…

Posted: 11th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal fans get new Özil replica kit for £2 and some masking tape

FOOTBALL fans are always asked to buy news shirt. One Arsenal fan, however, has updated his old top to reflect the current trend. Gooner John has decided against investing £60 on a new personalised “Özil” replica strip buy adapting the 2003/04 away strip (£1.97)with some black masking tape (price: cheap)…

1. CHEAP TOP

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Posted: 10th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Daily Mirror continues its drive to undermine Roy Hodgson’s England

AS England take on the Ukraine in a must-not-lose World Cup qualifying match in Kiev, the domestic Press focus on the manager, Roy Hodgson. The pressure is on. It always is when you’re the England manager. But what can the papers do to get behind their man?

The Sun goes for a pun

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Posted: 10th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


West Ham United’s Andy Carroll has a mental issue with his heel

ANDY Carroll adds to West Ham United’s £15m summer signing is injured. He could be out of action for four months. The Telegraph says there are “fears Andy Carroll may not play again this year”. Carroll has not played since picking up a heel injury in the final game of last season.

Poor fella.

carroll hell West Ham Uniteds Andy Carroll has a mental issue with his heel

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Posted: 10th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Nitrous Oxide laugh in: Spurs and England’s Kyle Walker is a victim of the Daily Mail’s drugs misinformation policy

16472150 Nitrous Oxide laugh in: Spurs and Englands Kyle Walker is a victim of the Daily Mails drugs misinformation policy

SPURS and England defender Kyle Walker has been pictured inhaling laughing gas from a balloon. The picture was taken last June. Is that bad? Well, taking any stimulant is not a healthy option. He won’t be doing it again.

The Sunday Mirror was aghast and thundered:

“This photograph was taken as he was recovering from an injury that forced him to miss England’s friendly double-header against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.”

Injured footballer on holiday inhales nitrous oxide. Is that a big deal? Well, it is if you sit on the picture and wait until the eve of England’s big match in the Ukraine to publish it.

Neil Ashton writes in the Mail:

‘The FA insist that Walker, who has seven caps and is expected to start against Ukraine, has not broken any laws or behaved in a way that affects his standing with the England team.”

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Posted: 9th, September 2013 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Behold! The Lionel Messi of Stevenage

THE Lionel Messi of Stevenage.  Says Stevenage manager Graham Westley after his side drew 0-0 with Tranmere Rovers:

“You might say we’ve got no out and out attacking player, but Luke (Freeman) and Lionel Messi are a similar type of player and you wouldn’t accuse Barcelona of playing without an attacking threat” 

Point made…

13518916 Behold! The Lionel Messi of Stevenage

Posted: 9th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Coventry City fans watch home matches on Jimmy’s Hill in Northampton

COVENTRY City fans seem to have decided that it’s best to watch their team from a safe distance with a restricted view. The terracing has been dubbed Jimmy’s Hill, a pun on the club’s most famous old boy.

The official version of what you are about to see is written by YouTuber fluffsta·

Coventry fans protest on the Hill at Northampton. Coventry V Colchester Utd on 8th September 2013 –   Why not come and join us for future ‘home’ games on the hill. Everybody having a few beers and food and some great natter.

Not One Penny More!

Is this the best way to protest that your team are being forced to play home games at Northampton Town’s Sixfields Stadium for the next three seasons? Coventry City went into administration in March.Don’t they need all the money they can get?

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Posted: 9th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


One Direction fans threaten to kill Aston Villa’s Gabby Agbonlahor for tackling puking Louis Tomlinson

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ASTON Villa’s Gabby Agbonlahor has been the subject of death threats on Twitter following his tackle on One Direction and Doncaster Rovers’ Louis Tomlinson at charity football match for former Villa and Celtic man Stan Petrov who was diagnosed with leukaemia.

After the forward’s challenge, Tomlinson went to the sidelines and threw up.

The One Direction fans duly moved on from threatening to murder GQ magazine staffers by threatening to murder a professional footballer:

Erica Ramirez ∞ ♥ @BelievingInMe_1 - I’ll Kill You Gabby Agbonlahor For Hurting My Man @Louis_Tomlinson

“@gabby_10 This guy hurt Louis knee. I shall hurt your face. I better hear that you apologized or I will find you, and I will kill you.”

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Posted: 8th, September 2013 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0