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LIVERPOOL Balls: Will it help Mario Balotelli to better settle into life at Anfield if he is continually singled out for treatment? Balotelli could go on a PR drive following his stupid decison to swap shirts at half time with Real Madrid’s Pepe, perhaps reminding kids about the Fireworld Code (never return to a lit bathroom towel etc.).
Or he could just be allowed time and space to repay some of £16m Liverpool invested in him?
In the Times, Liveprool fan Tony Evans writes benath the headline “Mario Balotelli faces fight to rescue Liverpool career”.
TRANSFER Balls: The Daily Express has news for Manchester United fans longing for the Red Devils to finally spunk a shedload of cash on a player (it’s been weeks since the last splurge).
The Express reports:
The VIDAL DEAL IS ON
Because the media are a herd, the Mirror reads that and chimes:
Manchester United are set to finally complete the signing of Arturo Vidal…
THIS instalment of He’s No Gary Neville Is He stars former Liverpool player and manager Phil Thompson, now offering expert insight and nouse on Sky Sports. In readiness for Liverpool’s Champions’ League match against the mighty Real Madrid, Thompson told viewers:
“It’s going to be a sensational night at Anfield for the first Real Madrid game. They will up the ante, the players. Everybody will be up for it and they’ll make it difficult for Real. Liverpool will win that game. Absolutely, it happens, it’s at Anfield. It will be an incredible night, they’ll turn it on, crank up the pressure and it will be totally different.”
He’s no Gary Neville, is he.
(Liverpool lost 0-3).
WHEN Brendan Rodgers met Carlo Ancelotti before Liverpool’s home Champions’ League match against Real Madrid, a game soul caught the moment on a Vine.
Shades of Rigsby and Miss Jones:
CHED Evans: a look at the footballer who happens to be a convicted rapist (surely rapist who happens to be a convicted footballer – ed) in the media.
For those readers who don’t dislike Ched Evans for being a sex criminal, the Sun has news:
It’s Ched and the Shed:
A PAL of soccer rapist Ched Evans told last night how the star shot him with an air rifle — then offered him £11,000 to hush it up. Andrew Barnes, 25, was left in agony after Evans — behind a garage shed — blasted his thigh in an idiotic prank.
DAVID Moyes and Manchester United. Compare and contrast the role played by Sir Alex Ferguson in Moyes getting the top job at Old Trafford:
“It’s a great honour to be asked to be the next manager of Manchester United. I am delighted that Sir Alex saw fit to recommend me for the job”
THE ATLANTIC Falcons are heading to London. No. Hang on…
The Atlanta Falcons are heading to Tossa de Mar on the Spanish Costas, for fun, high-fiving, whooping, snacks as big as your face and all manner of American Football nonsense. Read the rest of this entry »
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LIVERPOOL Balls: the Sun continues to hound Raheem Sterling and, by inference, England manager Roy Hodgson, who told the Press that Sterling had not been feeling 100% to start the match in Estonia.
The Sun leads with:
Tired’ Raheem At 3am 3 Lions Party
No. Not leads the sports section. Leads the world news. This is the Sun’s biggest story:
The story is told in bullet points:
– Sunday: Roy says star’s ‘too tired’ to start for England in qualifier
– Monday: Player parties with dwarves, bearded lady, snake and Ox
IN 2005, football fans lapped up the sight of Newcastle Untied teammates Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer scrapping on the pitch. It was very entertaining. Most of us thought the fight was triggered by the players’ stupidity and unappealing natures. But Dyer explaind all to The Chronicle:
He was like ‘Give me the ball’ and I was like ‘I haven’t given the ball away, what you talking about’. Five minutes later he came again and I gave it to somebody else. And he said, ‘You never pass to me!’ I said, ‘The reason I don’t pass to you is because you’re sh*t basically’.
TRANSFER Balls: Is Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski leaving the Gunners to play for…Spurs? Well, ITV had news.
Podolski set to join Arsenal’s fierce rivals Spurs in £10m deal
MORE chatter on the Ched Evans story. The Sun features the words of Charlie Webster, a Sheffield United Patron.
Other patrons of the Yorkshire club are: Sean Bean, Chris Heaton, Dave Berry, Lindsay Graham, Glyn Rhodes MBE, Nick Matthew, Ding Junhui, Brendan Ingle MBE and Alan Hodgkinson MBE. We do not know what their views are on a range of mortal and ethical matters. Sean Bean has been divorced. Many think divorce is morally wrong. Should we care about such things?
Charlie Webster is a “TV presenter for Sky networks this includes Sky Sports News, Sky News and Sky Sports”.
She works for Rupert Murdoch, who also owns the Sun. And she tells its readers:
I WILL quit as Sheffield United patron if Ched is reinstated. I feel it is my duty to stand up to this… The sport provides role models who become our heroes. A convicted rapist is not a hero.
Stoke City’s Victor Moses v Sheffield United’s Rory McArdle: Only Referees Are Banned From Crying Foul
ARE football referees getting worse? Is’ts not an easy job. For instance, look at this incident from Bradford City v Sheffield United. Is it a foul on Stefan Scougall by Rory McArdle?
MANCHESTER Untted drew 2-2 with West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League tonight. United are a shadow of their former selves. But an away draw at The Baggies is not too shabby.
CELEBRATING a goal in a professional football match should be one of the happiest times in an athlete’s career, but tragically, this wasn’t the case for Peter Biaksangzuala.
At just 23 years old, Biaksangzuala scored for Bethlehem Vengthlang FC in the Mizoram Premier League (MPL) in the North East of India. As he turned away to celebrate, he landed awkwardly after somersaulting.
Transfer Balls: Arsenal Bid For Morgan Schneiderlin Who Wants To Stay At Southampton Or Play For Spurs
TRANSFER Balls: a look at the utter bilge presented as rumour and fact by the mainstream media. Today the Daily Express tells readers that Arsenal are “ready to revive their interest in Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin in January”.
Arsenal never did bid for the Frenchman.
The Express adds:
Arsene Wenger has money to spend and could bid £25m for the French midfielder after missing out over the summer.
How Football Reporting Works: Liverpool’s Dire ‘Martin Skrtel Is Better than Chelsea’s John Terry And Anyone At Southampton
HOW football comment works, with Liverpool FC’s Martin Skrtel – and not Chelsea’s John Terry and anyone at Southampton.
Liverpool beat QPR 2-3 in the Premier League, thanks to own goals and a barmy last few minutes of exciting, error-rich football. You might suppose that Liverpool’s defence, as with that of QPR’s, was not all that good.
The Mirror’s Oliver Holt was there. He appraised Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel:
Skrtel: 5 Weak first half tackle on Austin proof of uncertainty gripping him
SO. How did Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling mark his return to QPR in today’s Premier League match? He didn’t score in a pretty lucky 3-2 2 win for the Reds. But had he done, chances are slim that young Sterling would have bowed his head out of resprct for his former club and curbed his enthusiasm.
Sterling marked the game by posting an Instagram picture of him in full QPR kit. He added the message:
“Back to where it all started great win from the boys 3 points yerrrr boiiii.”
IS a convition for rape enough for the right-minded to dislike former Sheffield United and Wales footballer Ched Evans? Or do we need more? Do we need to know what kind of a life he is now living to really despise him?
Earlier in the day, under the cover of darkness, at 4.58am, a silver Mercedes ML 4×4 was seen pulling up outside Wymott Prison near Leyland, Lancashire.
TRANSFER Balls: Is Raheem Sterling leaving Liverpool for Real Madrid?
On June 28, the Mirror reported:
Real Madrid are preparing a raid on Liverpool for Raheem Sterling.
On September 23, the Mirror said that Sterling’s move to Real Madrid was a dead certainty:
Be afraid, Liverpool fans. Real Madrid are after Raheem Sterling and they ALWAYS get their man
DAVID Walsh writes about Ched Evens in the Sunday Times. Ched Evans is the footballer who is also a convicted rapist whose become a talking point. Newly released from prison, the Sun reported that Evans has been offered £5,000 a week to return to Sheffield United’s team.
Despite newspaper reports to the contrary, no decision has yet been made about whether or not he will be returning to Bramall Lane…
There are many who believe that if Sheffield United and all other football clubs were united in not offering Evans a route back to professional football, then the game would have made a powerful statement demonstrating its abhorrence of all forms of violence against women…
It is claimed, and not unreasonably, that Evans’ situation is exacerbated by his refusal to express remorse for a crime which ended in a five-year prison sentence… Evans continues to proclaim his innocence and if he genuinely believes that he was wrongly convicted, then how could be possibly be expected to express remorse?
Anyone who cares to read the details of the case will discover that, at the very least, Evans and his friends behaved appallingly that evening in Wales…
Yet it is hard to see how a life ban from professional football can be justified. A young woman has been through an horrific experience, Evans has spent two and a half years in prison and lost perhaps a third of his career. And his reputation. But the punishment should not go any further. A message does need to go out there but that should not mean a different kind of sentence for Evans.
He has served his time and, like everyone who comes out of prison, the hope is that he has learnt from the experience.
A statement on Ched Evans’ website says:
“Chedwyn Evans maintains his absolute innocence and his family, friends and many who know the true facts of the case believe that his conviction was a gross miscarriage of justice.”
WHOEVER could Crystal Palace fans be talking about as their side hosted Chelsea in the Premier League?
The Palace fans’ banner declared:
‘Romans dirty money is a disease that has plagued our game’
ARSENAL Balls: Are English players more loyal to their English clubs than foreigners?
Arsène Wenger answers:
“When you buy a player from Barcelona at some stage he might want to go back because Barcelona is a big club as well.”
Take that, Cesc Fàbregas, you footballing mercenary.
SHEFFIELD United have offered “rapist footballer” Ched Evans £5,000 a week to play for them, says the Sun. Before his conviction for rape, Evans hads been earning £20,000 a week at the Yorkshire club.
A “source” tells the paper:
“He’s going to be loyal to them because the club’s stuck by him.”
HOW ‘tired’ is Liverpool and England’s Raheem Sterling? Is he more or less tired than the media chatter about how he felt not on top form before the England v Estonia game?
Today the Daily Mirror has news:
Revealed! ‘Tired’ Liverpool ace Raheem Sterling has sprinted further and faster than Prem rivals
THE Sun helped the police and Government spread the lie that the 96 Liverpool fans killed at Hillsbrough in 1989 were complicit in their own deaths. It would be years before the paper apologised. The Sun was not alone in its monstering of the football fans. It was just the most egregious example of how a lie oft repeated can became ‘The Truth’.
So. That was then. Now the Sun is all new and clean.