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WHEN Manchester City went on tour to Real Madrid, the local police managed to behave badly. David Dubas-Fisher filmed the argy-bargy. He called it: The Ghost of Franco Returns to Haunt Manchester City.
Hey. It’s not like Abu Dhabi, is it. Franco would have like it over there.
Langauge is NSFW.
STOKE City manager Tony Pulis is not only the force that binds an entire city and helps sickly children, he is the paragon of English football. Following his die’s defeat to Chelsea, Pulis opined:
“Ivanovic’s one in the first half is laughable and the lad Oscar, who’s a fabulous player. This is England. We’re playing in England, we’re not playing in Europe. And we can’t watch people just fall over and not talk about it. That’s the disappointing thing. We should highlight it and keep highlighting it and keep highlighting it. There are certain players in the Premier League who have got a reputation and referees know that if you touch them then they’ll fall down or go down as quickly as they can.
“The people that do it, just keep highlighting it, keep showing it, because it’s a part of the game that I don’t think we should stomach and we don’t talk about enough.”
THE new Scouse-friendly Sun’s report on the Liverpool v Manchester United match is illuminating. The game was the first Liverpool home match since the official report proved the police had lied over Hillsborough, forcing the Sun to apologise for its willing and compliant broadcast of those lies.
Whereas the Daily Mail led with “Halsey suffers sick abuse”, news that the match’s referee has been targeted by footy fans hoping he and his wife die of cancer (he is surived one brush with the dread disease; she has been diagnosed with it), the Sun leads with a “VICTORY FOR FOOTBALL”.
Whereas other papers looked at the few numbskulls who stirred up old hatreds -
“Much to warm the heart, but idiots ensured this was not a unifying event” – The Times.
“No escape: Anfield day of reconciliation marred by fans’ taunts” – The Daily Telegraph.
“Defeat and chants tarnish a celebration of justice”- The Guardian.
WHO is the best champagne podium squirter in Formula One? No contest. It’s Mark Webber:
McLaren driver Jenson Button of Britain left, and Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany spray champaign after during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, March 18, 2012.
Desperate is redefined…
TO the Argos vs.Roughriders matchup at Rogers Centre on August 10/07. Ashley never did sue…
“I am today announcing my retirement from international football. I am making this statement today in advance of the hearing of the FA disciplinary charge because I feel the FA, in pursuing charges against me where I have already been cleared in a court of law, have made my position with the national team untenable.
“I now look forward to playing for Chelsea FC and challenging for domestic and European honours.”
HOW did the match between Liverpool and Manchester United go? Did the fans reacts well to Alex Ferguson’s call for peace and harmony? Well, United were fortunate to win 2-1. No-one called anyone a “negrito”. But on twitter @RobbyWallis had much to say. One idiot from millions of sane people who think death is not to be celebrated and mocked symbolises nothing. Unless you want it to:
Says Stan Collymore as he forwards the tweet to his followers: “Should never be allowed anywhere near Anfield.Pure filth.”
LIVERPOOL host Manchester United in the first match between the pair since the State admitted that its had fitted up the 96 who died. Will the fans chant about the death at Hillsborough and the Munich air disaster, when 23 people were killed – including half the United team – using them as the ultimate weapon to hurt? We football fans like our humour to have edge and bite. But chants about these two mass loses of human life are not funny
The game ended with a 2-1 win for United.
SS LAZIO have always been branded as racist or fascist. Not too long ago, Paulo Di Canio gave a straight-arm salute from the Lazio pitch and publicly defended himself by saying “I am a fascist, not a racist”. Of course, very little was done to remedy this.
Lazio were also the club of Benito Mussolini. “Il Duce” even built the ground the currently play in. And when Di Canio gave his shameful salute during the Rome derby of 2005, Mussolini’s daughter was in the crowd and chirruped; ”What a delightful Roman salute!” after the game, adding: ”I was deeply moved. I will write him a thank you note.”
SO, an armadillo it is.
Not the most obvious choice for Brazil’s World Cup mascot, but then the nut had already been by Crystal Palace’s legendary P. Nut, and the connotations of the word “Brazilian” are hardly suitable for a family-friendly cuddly toy.
Anyway, it’s all for a good cause – raising awareness of an endangered species – and it’s not as if other country’s efforts haven’t had their own idiosyncrasies.
England 1966: World Cup Willie
Mike Pyle reports:
Mr Cooke and his family feared the worst after they reported the Bengal cat – whose uncle is owned by former Arsenal footballer Thierry Henry – missing on January 17, 2007.
“For the second time in a week, justice is done on Merseyside.”
96 Liverpool fans cleared of any blame in their own deaths… A Premier League goal…
THE relationship between Manchester United and Liverpool has always been a tricky one. Like sparring, feuding brothers, a deep rooted respect is often translated to burst noses and enough bickering to make even the pettiest human cry.
Over the years, both sides of this near-derby has seen some pretty unsavoury words shared. Of course, it makes for a fascinating spectacle, but Sir Alex Ferguson has just about had enough of it and wants the tasteless chanting that has marred matches between the two, to stop.
SIR Norman Bettison. He’s the chief constable who likes to protest his image, accused of manipulating his Wikipedia page to say nice things in a nice way. He was the chief inspector in South Yorkshire police at the time of the Hillsborough disaster (surely State-encouraged mass manslaughter? – Ed). He’s on the cover of the Sun, his face appears amid the headline:
Families of the 96: top cop must go
This is the:
Hillsborough Report Row
Fury at defiant chief’s comments
What is is to be on the side of the angels for the trusty Sun, the paper that for 23 years sided with the State and libelled the dead. Its editor at the time, Kelvin MacKenzie, never resigned amid considerable fury. Indeed, no-one at the Sun did. No-one resigned from the Sun’s its parent group, News International. Indeed, the Sun’s sister title, the News of the World (now dead – and I for one miss it), went on to spy on people, including Milly Dowler, the murdered child. No-one at the top resigned for any of that.
YOU can see the horror of the Hillsborough disaster here. Below are photos of some of the people who took on the Establishment. They fought for the 96 victims. They won. The minority view was right. Now it’s time to go after the liars who libelled the dead and portrayed the grieving as fools. Few things bring a tear to the eye: 9/11 and 7/7 are two. But Hillsborough, especially for any football fan who went to the match in the 1980s, is different – blessedly, there were no barriers at Arsenal, but we were still scum to be corralled and poked into our brutalist pens. The victims were abused and cheated by their own country. Their loved ones’ dignity is phenomenal:
THE 96 Liverpool fans who died at Hillsborough in 1989 had their names besmirched by the police and the media. Finally, 23 years later, Sun editor Kelvin Mackenzie has apologised for the Sun‘s coverage.
In the face of massive evidence that the police lied to protect themselves and people died who could have been saved, Mackenzie apologises.
We’ve been her before. In 2007, MacKenzie said on BBC1′s Question Time that he had only apologised for reporting as “TRUTH” the lie that Liverpool fans had been masters of their own fate – “Some fans picked the pockets of victims. Some fans urinated on brave cops” – because Rupert Murdoch had told him to.
WILL the family and loved ones of the 96 Liverpool FC fans who died as a result of events on 15 April, 1989, know the truth? No, not the Sun’s version of “THE TRUTH”. This is the truth shorn of police, government and media lies. Today, the Hillsborough Independent Panel releases its final report into the horror.
Hillsborough inquest coroner, Stefan Popper, said the dead died from “traumatic asphyxiation”. He said 94 people died on the day before 3:15. (Two people died later in hospital.) Only, sources say at least one, Kevin Williams, might have been breathing after 3:15. His mother, Anne Williams, claims Kevin was still alive at 16:00.
We will now see the medical records. Could nothing have been done for the dead after Popper’s “cut-off” time of 3:15? It’s hard to believe that’s the case, especially when so many who were injured recovered.
HARD cheese on Andy Murray. He wins the US Open and not a single British newspaper bothers to hold the back page, front page or a small section between the classfieds to herald his achievements. And that includes the Sun, which despite leading with a “THANK YOOOOO…to your Olympics and Paralympic heroes”, begins its sports pages with the stella news that Stoke City’s Peter Crouch “refused to be on standby for Euro 2012″.
What else does the Sun say on sport? This is the paper that brought readers: “Boorish football needs to get the Olympic message” (Steven Howard), “Our Olympic heroes have humiliated arrogant footballers” (Hunter Davies) and “How vile football is back”, by Rob Beasley.
HOW’S life at Bournemouth FC. Answer: interesting. Club chairman Eddie Mitchell (yep, him) has added Harry Redknapp to his kitchen (fitters ) cabinet. Redknapp is volunteering as an “advisor”, offering help to manager Paul Groves and assistant Shaun Brooks.
“They have both worked with him before and I think there’s only person who would be able to get on that coach tomorrow without Paul and Shaun rejecting the idea, and that one person is Harry.”
THE London 2012 Games closing ceremony was a joy. Good and game of Coldplay to perform the muzak, selflessly allowing everyone else to enjoy the show, notably he contraptions created by the Mutoid Waste Company, Prince Edward arriving in a Bugsy Malone-style gangster car (fact: custard pies are his favourite teatime treat), Lissa Herman’s rendition of God Save the Queen, which in spite of being warbled in the manner of those pre-football game US anthems was stirring, Rihanna wearing some clothes and the crowd, who were brilliant…