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West Ham and Chelsea fans give the 1980s a bad name

The good news is that if the 1980s have returned to West Ham, as one BBC pundit says they have, the team might win a Cup. The bad news is that fans might leave the club’s ground in a St …

Posted: 27th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United balls: injured Eric Bailly finds God’s unwilling to save his 2016

Manchester United fans can read in the Mirror that their team’s defender Eric Bailly is injured and will not play again in 2016. Readers are told: “MANCHESTER UNITED are on red alert with the fear of Eric Bailly being out …

Posted: 26th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Rodrigo Bentancur is the Uruguayan Manchester United missed

Transfer balls: the saw Rodrigo Bentancur, 19, is not heading to Manchester United. The Uruguayan is off to Juventus, who bought half his rights for £6.7m.

The Sun says the Italians got fist dibs on the “Argentine player” when they …

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


Harry Redknapp’s wife Sandra in freak car accident – Daily Mail digs up old horrors

Harry Redknapp was dropping his wife Sandra in Westbourne, a suburb of Bournemouth, when her coat got caught in the door of his Range Rover. The Indy says  the 69-year-old [Sandra] “screamed with agony on the pavement after being dragged …

Posted: 20th, October 2016 | In: News, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: Ivan’s pay eclipses all

Money in football is always a news story to get people angry and agitated. The BBC says Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis will face “intense questioning from shareholders” over his salary .

The BBC says he earns £2.65m a year. …

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


Manchester United’s Anthony Martial says he didn’t refer to ‘Anthony Martial’ in ‘fake’ Daily Mirror interview

Did you see the Anthony Martial interview in the Daily Mirror? The Manchester United player did, tweeting:

 

anthony martial daily mirror

 

In “Anthony Martial insists Manchester United fans haven’t seen him at his best yet”, the Mirror’s Chris Hatherall shares Martial’s …

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


The myth of racism in football and a need to trial The Rooney Rule

The Daily Mirror’s headline is unequivocal: former Manchester United and Aston Villa striker Dwight Yorke is a victim of racism. The headline states: “YORKE: I’m Being Held Back By Racism.”

 

Jose Mourinho cat

 

To further drum the point home, the Mirror

Posted: 18th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United bore Liverpool with Mourinho’s media ‘masterclass’

Last night Liverpool and Manchester United bored the watching public to their second 0-0 on Premier League history. Manchester United were unambitious, carrying 35% possession, their lowest total in a Premier League match since Opta began recording this data in …

Posted: 18th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, Key Posts, Liverpool, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: former Liverpool star Mascherano in tumultuous Barcelona deal

Transfer balls: Are Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano, formerly of Liverpool and West Ham United, and Brazil’s Neymar heading to the Premier League? The media has been full of news and views that both want to play in the PL.

Sky Sports …

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


Rewriting history of make Mourinho the scourge of Liverpool

In readiness for Liverpool v Manchester United – now horribly billed ‘El Classico UK’ – the Sun’s Man Neil Custis is here to praise United boss Jose Mourinho.

‘JOSE MOURINHO is desperately trying to rid Manchester United of the memories

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


Transfer balls: Arsenal gazump themselves in Ozil contract talks

Transfer balls: Will Arsenal keep Mesut Ozil beyond his contract, which expires in 2018? The media has been chattering about this for months.

Today Sky Sports says Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger “believes challenging for titles” will “convince” Ozil to sign …

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


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


The Ched Evens interview: the role model explains everything

Sat with his fiancée, Natasha Massey, and two dogs, footballer Ched Evans – not a rapist – talks to the Sunday Times about his ordeal.

He says:

“This has never been about me as a footballer but [about me] as

Posted: 16th, October 2016 | In: Broadsheets, News, 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


Liverpool move to lower footballers’ obscene wages

Liverpool are keen to prevent the “too much, too young” culture that infects professional football by bringing a wage cap for younger players.

The Telegraph says Liverpool will not allow a footballer age 17 or under to earn more than …

Posted: 14th, October 2016 | In: Liverpool, Manchester City, Money, News, Sports | 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