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Chelsea cleared over Gary Johnson sex abuse – but what of his lawyers?

Chelsea did not break any Premier League rules in their dealings with former player Gary Johnson, the former player who claims he was sexually abused by coach Eddie Heath as a member of the youth team in the 1970s. When …

Posted: 23rd, December 2016 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Manchester United’s Rashford To West Ham; Payet to Arsenal; Draxler to Liverpool; Virgil to Manchester City?

West Ham United are, says the Daily Telegraph, keen to transfer Manchester United squad members Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford to their goal-shy team. It’s an “ambitious” bid, says the paper. No kidding.

Failure to lure either of them …

Posted: 22nd, December 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Liverpool, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: Wenger to PSG is back on

Good news for those Arsenal fans who can’t abide Arsene Wenger. The Sun leads with news that Paris Saint-Germain want the Arsenal manager to lead their brand. The French are “confident” of getting their man, having failed in two previous …

Posted: 22nd, December 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United balls: Mourinho stays for 10 years (win, lose or bore)

The Mirror says Manchester United want Jose Mourinho to remain at Old Trafford for ‘TEN MOUR YEARS”. United want Jose to “stay for the next decade”. Given that Mourinho has never remained at any club for longer than three years, …

Posted: 21st, December 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Griezmann to Manchester United for £60m but Chelsea offer more

Transfer balls: The Sun leads with news of Manchester United’s £60m bid for Atletico Madrid’s Antione Griezman. It’s an exclusive. But we’ve read of Grizeman heading to United before: here, here and here.

The Press have also told …

Posted: 21st, December 2016 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Media Balls: Liverpool and Everton contest boring derby full of blood and thunder

How was the Liverpool derby? Liverpool won the match 0-1 thanks to very late goal from Sadio Mane. The Liverpool Echo says it was terrific.

As Everton’s shell-shocked players trudged off at the end of another crushing derby defeat some

Posted: 20th, December 2016 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Draxler and Reus to Arsenal

Transfer balls: a look at the football transfer gossip. The BBC says Arsenal want to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus if they fail to commit Mesut Ozil or Alexis Sanchez to new deals.

Reus was once the name on very …

Posted: 20th, December 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal’s pussycats beaten by Manchester City’s pluck, luck and lions

Arsenal lost to Manchester City in yesterday’s battle of the Middle Eastern Airlines – Etihad 2, Emirates 1 – and look well set to secure 4th place, a slot they’ve occupied so many times you wonder when the Premier League …

Posted: 19th, December 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Manchester City, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal: Ozil ball watching against Manchester City (video)

Football used to be a funny old game. Nowadays it’s just a moneymaking machine. Just take Mesut Ozil, the Arsenal player the Gunners bought for £42.5m Is he hungry? Is he desperate to win? The talk has been all about …

Posted: 18th, December 2016 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United balls: Jose orders team to toughen up by stripping in the cold

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says it’s thanks to him that a few Manchester United fans who made the trip to West Bromwich Albion’s The Hawthorns ground went home wearing an extra layer of clothing. Jose says of the shirts …

Posted: 18th, December 2016 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: Sanchez is happy to deliver an ultimatum

Amid all the guff about Alexis Sanchez being offered £400,000-a-minute to play in a Chinese shopping mall, Arsenal’s 27-year-old forward says he is very happy in North London.  So he’ll sign a new deal and stay at the club? “It …

Posted: 17th, December 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United cheat Zlatan Ibrahimovich adopts the classic non-denial denial

More on cheating footballers in the form of Zlatan Ibramovich, who in Manchester United’s Premier League match at Crystal Palace handled the ball in the build up to the visitors’ first goal. Having pushed the ball towards Paul Pogba in …

Posted: 16th, December 2016 | In: Back pages, Key Posts, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United pundits antagonise Liverpool

More on the news that when a Manchester United fan who hates Liverpool lays into a Liverpool player as part of his job as a Sky TV pundit, the Liverpool manager might get a tad miffed. And so it is …

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


Manchester United’s Gary Neville enjoys piling the pressure on Liverpool’s Karius

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville  – “I suppose it came from jealousy through my childhood – jealousy, hatred, passion for your own club. You don’t want them [Liverpool] to win anything” – has been criticising Loris Karius, the Liverpool …

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


Hull City’s Snodgrass cheats Crystal Palace and issues classic non-apologetic apology

Cheating footballers are the gift that keeps on giving. The latest is Robert Snodgrass, a nominatively determined snide Dickens would thought a little too figurative. Having thrown himself to the ground and taken the resulting penalty, opting to score and …

Posted: 11th, December 2016 | In: Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Media balls: Xhaka’s missing elbow costs Arsenal against Stoke

Media Balls – a look at biased football reporting. Arsenal beat Stoke City 3-1 in the Premier League. Stoke’s goal, the first of the match, came via the penalty spot. Should it have been a given? Should the Arsenal player …

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


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp should thank Cook for revealing Bournemouth plot to attack Karius

When Bournemouth beat Liverpool 4-3 in the Premier League, the winning goal came via the slippery hands of Reds’ goalkeeper Loris Karius, who spilled the ball into the path of a grateful Nathan Aké.

Speaking to TalkSport, Bournemouth’s Steve Cook …

Posted: 10th, December 2016 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


One Watch: Mouinho is ‘The Frozen One’

One Watch: a look at media corruptions of Jose Mourinho’s self-billing as The Special One. Yesterday, Mourinho’s Manchester United were in Ukraine for a Europe League match they won 2-0.

Chris Wheeler begins his report for the Daily Mail: …

Posted: 9th, December 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Media balls: soft Manchester United players get it in the neck

Manchester United players show Daily Mirror readers “the most modern football thing you’ll see today”. More modern than Atletico Madrid’s new stadium being named after a chain of Chinese cinemas? The new gin bar at Fulham? The clickbait balls …

Posted: 9th, December 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: Ozil and Sanchez are ‘completely committed’ as agents and tabloids talk up their worth

Arsenal transfer news is all over the tabloids. With just 18 months remaining on there respective contracts, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Oil are haggling for new deals and lots more cash. Are they going or staying? The media knows nothing, …

Posted: 9th, December 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Arsenal trigger bidding war as Chelsea and China chase Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal forwards Alexis Sanchez is on his way to Chelsea. Maybe. The Mirror leads with news that should Arsenal fails to give Sanchez the massive pay hike he wants, Chelsea will dip him, his dog, his mum and his house …

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


Making an ‘ordeal’ over Matt Le Tissier’s naked massage

Former Southampton FC “legend” Matt Le Tissier is the latest name linked to the stories of historical sexual abuse in football. Le Tissier claims he was given a “naked massage” by former youth team coach Bob Higgins. The Sun says …

Posted: 7th, December 2016 | In: Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Media balls: Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino to Arsenal for £82m plus £1

Hard cheese, Arsenal. The Mirror leads not with the Gunners’ terrific 4-1 win over Basel, a win that means Arsenal top their Champions’ League group, but with news that Liverpool have inserted an “anti-Arsenal clause” in Roberto Firmino’s new contract.…

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


Media balls: BBC blamed for Manchester United and Manchester City hype

In “MANCS FOR NOTHING”, the Mirror’s Dave Kidd looks at how Manchester United and Manchester City have failed to live up to the hype.

“Remember all that Pep Guardiola v Jose Mourinho hype,” he begins. We do.

“Remember how Manchester …

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


One Jose Mourinho: every variation of ‘The Special One’

On June 2 2004, Jose Mourinho arrived at Cheslea FC. “Please don’t call me arrogant,” he told the Press, “but I’m European champion and I think I’m a special one.”

And so he became The Specual One. And where that …

Posted: 5th, December 2016 | In: Back pages, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0