Spurs have sold Younes Kaboul to Sunderland for £3m. The players is chuffed to bits:
“I’m delighted to be a Sunderland player and it’s an honour to join this club.”
Or as his agent put it in July 2008:
“Younes would not join Sunderland – even if there was an earthquake. We’ve much more interesting options. No disrespect”
Ddi the earth move for you?
Spurs have unveiled plans for a big new ground. The ground will also stage two American football matches a season for ten years. To some, the stadium’s design resembles a giant bed pan. One single tier home stand will have enough seating for 17,000 fans. It will be a “wall of sound”, says the club. But if Spurs fail to win, that sound will be the rattle of seats popping up. After all, as Spurs fan know, if you can’t win the match at least win the journey home.
At full capcity the ground will hold more fans than Araenal’s Emirates and Chelsea’s reworked Stamford Bridge.
Spurs will be the biggest team in London. Well, in terms of ground size, they will.
The Daily Telegraph says the new ground gives Spurs bragging rights over their London rivals:
Arsenal’s ground has a max capacity of 60,432, which means at 61,000, the new Spurs ground will be exactly 0.9398993910510988% bigger. Now this might not sound like a lot, but football is a game of small margins. Matches can be won and lost by fractions of a centimetre – those extra seats will make a difference.
If bigger grounds mean bigger success, can Tom explain why Newcastle United win less cups than Chelsea?
Transfer balls: Spurs have signed Toby Alderweireld from Atlético Madrid.
On June 5, the Telegraph said Chelsea and Spurs wanted Alderweireld. The clubs are “forced” to pay £14m for the player:
June 7 and Spurs don’t pay £14m for the player:
Of course, the Belgian signed for Arsenal in 2014:
Arsenal never bid for the player.
Such are the facts.
Chelsea have made a move to rent Wembley Stadium. The Blues have offered £11 million a year to use Wembley as a temporary home while Stamford Bridge is rebuilt.
If approved, Chelsea will play home matches at Wembley for two seasons from 2017.
This is bad news for Spurs, who are redeveloping their White Hart Lane ground. They have offered Wembley about £8 million a year.
Spurs’ fans are local to Wembley. That moves makes sense. But Chelsea based in north London is odd? The Blues did petition the Rugby Football Union about using Twickenham, a move that would keep Chelsea in touch with its fanbase. But that ran into problems with local residents, crowd management and council planners.
Of course, it could be argued that Wembley has been a second home for Chelsea in recent years. No longer do the club’s fans need orienteering skills and tissues to stem a nosebleed as they head north on the Metropolitan line. Spurs, however, well at least they have their memories and a ‘Tottingham’ song:
Transfer Balls: The Metro spots the “next Ronaldo”.
Who is he?
Jamie Sanderson tells his readers that the next Cristiano Ronaldo is Yannick Ferreira Carrasco. And Spurs are in for him.
Tottenham have made a £9.9million transfer offer to sign Monaco ace Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, according to reports.
Number of reports linked to: none.
Spurs, who are already believed to be negotiating with Monaco for striker Anthony Martial, have been following Carrasco’s progress closely.
Believed by whom?
The 21-year-old winger has bags of pace and tricks and has been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo in the past.
But we’ve looked and can find not single source other than Sanderson saying that Carrasco is like Ronaldo.
It’s being claimed in some sections that the offer has been rejected, but Tottenham are likely to make a new bid to do business.
In a single story we learn of a bid for player might have happened and that it might have been rejected. Maybe.
Of course Daily Expess readera know this is balls. After all, in May they head in the Express that Carrasco was heading to Arsenal:
And in summer 2014, the Express told us that Carrasco was on his way:
Such are the facts…
Transfer Balls: how much will Manchester Untied need to pay Spurs to sign Hugo Lloris?
Daily Mirror: “Manchester United transfers: Hugo Lloris given ‘verbal agreement’ on sale if Tottenham received £18m bid”
The Metro: “Manchester United ‘to make £25million transfer bid for Hugo Lloris very soon’
Such are the facts when the Metro can’t work out the difference between euros and pounds.
The story is rooted in L’Equipe, which reports that Lloris has an agreement that Spurs will sell him if a bid for €25m (£17.8m) arrives.
Transfer Balls: Are Tottenham readying a bid for PSG’s Adrien Rabiot? The Times says they are:
Tottenham Hotspur have expressed further interest in signing Adrien Rabiot, who has played in midfield for France at all youth levels but has asked to leave Paris Saint-Germain.
Rabiot is represented by his mother, Veronique Rabiot, who says her lad fancies a return to the Premier League (he was on Manchester City’s book for a short time):
“Adrien loves PSG and would love to make a career for himself there, but it’s not possible. He needs 35 games per season to continue his progression, and this won’t happen at PSG next season. I’ve asked for a transfer and it is better that he leaves. Adrien is happy when he wears the colours of PSG. If he cannot play for PSG, then his choice is the Premier League.”
Transfer Balls: time to cacth up with what has been busy transfer window for Spurs and England’s Harry Kane. Sky News has all the scoops:
May 15: “Harry Kane is not a summer transfer target for Manchester United, according to Sky Sports News HQ reporter James Cooper.”
May 26: “Harry Kane has reaffirmed his commitment to Tottenham after reports of interest from Manchester United.”
June 12: “BREAKING: Sky sources: Manchester Utd interested in signing Tottenham’s Harry Kane.”
It’s going to be a long summer of Harry Kane.
Transfer Balls: The Mirror says that Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson “tops Spurs wishlist”. The Cherries’ striker is, apparently, heading to Spurs for £12m. Well, maybe.
The tabloids love to talk of transfer lists. In recent times, the tabloids have told us other player who sat atop The Tottenham list:
The Metro in 2010: “Croatian Lionel Messi’ Mateo Kovacic on Spurs’ transfer wish-list”. (He was Mateo Kovacic – he still is).
Daily Mirror: “Yevhen Konoplyanka, who is one of the hottest properties in Ukraine football” was at the top of the list.
Spurs and England footballer Kyle Walker is in the news for something he didn’t do. Someone told someone who told us that Kyle Walker was in the news. So. We looked at Google. And this is what we saw…
The video being shared on social media features, we’re told, a dog, a woman and a bed. It has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with Walker. But a few bellends on twitter, reportedly, have tried to insult the Spurs defender by linking him to the video. Of course, they are wrong. Their claims as false as they are ridiculous. They should be easy to ignore or mock.
But Walker thinks it a good idea to respond, writing on Facebook:
I wasn’t going to comment on the rumours going around about myself and my family but as people are still talking about them, I feel I need to set the record straight. I am aware of a video being shared on social media and am disgusted by the suggestion that it’s anything to do with us. With so many young people on social media I am horrified that content of that nature has been shared so many times. My legal team are monitoring the activity surrounding this.
And with that the story is amplified and internet is full of headlines about Kyle Walker and a sick video. A few oddities who get their kicks from watching something the sane would find unplesant and others who just want to make a dumb adolescent joke about a footballer, who most likely plays for a team they don’t support, are now being ‘monitored’ by a legal team.
What they going to monitor next, claims that the referee is a w*nker?
The best reponse is from one wag who replies: “Hope his legal team are better at defending him than he is lloris”
Lloris is Hugo Lloris , the Spurs goalkeeper. And he’s not the video, either…
To Wembley Stadium for the Capital One Cup Final between Chelsea and Spurs. The once “institutionally racist” Met police have erected an electronic sign to educate the mob:
To the polcie all Spurs and Chesla fans are racists in waiting. Unless the police, those great moralisers, are there to observe, listen, record and threaten football fans will race riot.
They “may” arrest you. Or they “may” not for saying things.
What utter self-serving, moralising, top down balls.
No longer cheering for the Black Shirts, the Daily Mail is now on the side of the anti-racists. And it is disgusted and dismayed at the sight of Chelsea fans abusing a black man on the Paris Metro. The paper’s Neil Ashton laments:
“There is a greater shame here because we foolishly, naively, believed the issue of racism among our football supporters was a thing of the past.”
Is there a culture of racism among football supporters? In the 1980s there was, when black players had banana skins tossed at them and were targetted by monkey noises. But back then the police were shamelessly racist, too, as Mick Hume recalls:
Living in Moss Side, Manchester during the 1981 riots, I remember police vans cruising the streets while riot cops beat their batons on the side and chanted ‘Niggers, niggers, niggers – out, out, out!’. A veteran comrade of mine recalls being arrested in east London around the same time while carrying some Workers Against Racism pamphlets, and being repeatedly asked by the police ‘Do you like monkeys?’ and ‘Why do you live in a monkey cage?’
Racism was open. And it was delivered from the top to the masses below. Demonising blacks and Asians would bind the nation. And now the message from above is of anti-racism. And there is no better way to showcase your anti-racist credentials than by slamming football.
The Mail (number of black faces on the editorial board: nil) reports that any West Ham United fans caught singing nasty songs about Jews on the way to their side’s match at White Hart Lane will be dealt with:
West Ham vow life bans for any fans that ‘behaved in an inappropriate way’ after video emerges of anti-Semitic chant on train
No. Not illegal. No even racist. Inappropriate. When did Mary Whitehouse start running football?
You can see the video here. It’s a few men singing about their penises in public. It’s a bonding ritual, possibly homoerotic. And it is undeniably offensive.
Sam Cunningham and Christian Gysin press f9 on their keyboards and hear from Lord Ouseley, Chairman of anti-racism in football organisation Kick It Out:
“What would have happened if we hadn’t seen this footage or it hadn’t been reported?”
At I guess, I’d say ‘nothing’. Unless any victim would have complained of being abused. But they didn’t. So. Nothing would have happened.
“We need to give people the confidence to challenge discriminatory and abusive behaviour, and this can only be reinforced by action being taken by police and within football by clubs and authorities. ‘Anti-Semitism must be tackled with the same vigour as all other forms of discrimination.’”
Do we allow for context? Do we allow for the West Ham fans to argue that they were insulting Jews and not blacks or browns because Spurs are supported by the Yid Army? If they really hated Jews and not just Spurs fan Jews, would these West Ham fans support a club owned by David Gold, whose father was an East End Jew? Would they not discriminate against them?
Can it be that the elite are wrong and words do not always equate to deeds? You can think evil and not carry out evil deeds?
Of course, the song is insulting. Of course it is racist. And it’s vile. It’s meant to be. Just as chants about Victoria Beckham’s sexual preferences, the referee’s onanism, anti-gayly serenading Brighton fans with the chants “Stand up, cos you can’t sit down”, “10 German bombers” and that tune about the Munich air disaster are meant to be. They are designed to hurt.
And this song, sung by Spurs fans at Sol Campbell who moved to local rivals Arsenal, pretty much ticked every box of bigotry:
Sol, Sol, wherever you may be,
You’re on the verge of lunacy,
And we don’t give a fuck if you’re hanging from a tree,
You’re a Judas c*nt with HIV.
Did you ever hear the ditty ‘Spurs are on their way to Auschwitz’?
It’s vile. It’s ugly. But it should be legal. Because when you start banning what people can say, you also ban the ability to debate ideas publicly, like adults should do. You ban words and you end the opportunity to hold them up to scrutiny and mockery. If you ban words you let the bansturbators in – and once they stat they can’t stop.
The aim is not to say no evil – it is to think no evil. In the language of the age, you are downloading the songs onto your mind. The Chelsea fans on the carriage who did not sing a celebration of their racism have been condemned for just being there. For looking. For downloading wtong things. Their crime was having racism on their mind. Maybe.
On one football board, a Spurs fan asks for fans to stop referring to West Ham supporters as “pikeys”. After a brief debate about gypsies, travellers and race, one fan sums things up neatly, advising:
Just stick to calling people cu*ts. It’s the safest option.
Or maybe not (NSFW):
Did you laugh at that?
Were you offended?
Did you feel like calling the police?
As Lord Ouseley said:
“What can seem like harmless comments can be deemed offensive by others and lead to unwittingly reinforcing negative stereotyping, including racist ones. We will work with all our partners to ensure that education on what is and isn’t unacceptable behaviour is ongoing.”
And he wanted the police to stop Spurs fans calling themselves Yids. He knew best.
The Association of Chief Police Officers/ Crown Prosecution Service guidance tells us:
As well as tackling violence, disorder and criminal damage we will deal robustly with offences of racist and homophobic and discriminatory chanting and abuse and other types of hate crime. We recognise, as do the overwhelming majority of decent fans, that there is a place for humour in football but where the line between humour and offensive behaviour is crossed then positive action will be taken.
Who decides what is and what is not funny? Lord Ouseley?
When West Ham United fans were told not to chant that Hitler was coming to gas the Spurs fans, they responded by chanting:
“He’s coming for you, you know who is coming for you”.
Of course it is utterly offensive. But it is also witty. But is it funny?
What about the chant directed at Andy Goram, who had been the subejct of a newspaper article suggesting he was possibly suffering from schizophrenia. To the tune of Guantanamera, opposing fans sang:
Two Andy Gorams
There’s only two Andy Gorams
Short List says that is the funniest chant ever.
But when West Ham fans sang that Spurs striker “Harry Kane talks like a mong and plays like one”, BBC pundit Kevin Kilblane complained to the FA. It is a lead sports story:
That’s not a funny song. It’s weak. It’s offensive. It’s witless. But it can’t be crime. That would be madness. Becaue while I think it’s not funny, others without a sense of humour might disagree.
But we won’t get to choose wbhat we say because the elite will tell us what is and what is not funny and the police will enforce their ruling.
I’ll let John Barnes, seen in the lead photo having a banana thrown at him when he played for Liverpool in the 1980s, end this:
“Football can do nothing about getting rid of racism. Society has to [do it], through education and people understanding why they feel the way they do. Prejudice is a problem all over the world. I’m surprised when I see black people in the higher echelons of society. I know the most powerful man in the world is black [Barack Obama] but 400 years of indoctrination into thinking about a group of people as inferior is not going to change overnight. There was the human rights movement in the 1960s and yet 20 years ago we were still being racially abused – and it was accepted.”
It’s not football that’s racist. That’s just what the illiberal elite want you to believe…
Fans of Chelsea and Spurs are racist. All of them. Every single one of them is a suspected racist. The Express, Mirror and Sun all lead with the news that Spurs and Chelsea fans are suspects in race crimes. Lord Herman Ouseley, the man the Sun labels the “Race chief” calls for police to “swamp” Wembley when Chelsea and Spurs contest this Sunday’s Capitol One Cup Final.
This week we saw a video of a few West Ham fans giving full throat to their foreskins on the way to play Spurs, a club gamely supported by their vocal and self-styled Yid Army. The Mail calls them “alleged” West Ham fans in language that makes us wonder if being a football fan is now a crime.
Paul Pogba Watch: a look at the lazy media obsession with finding the ‘new’ versions of existing top footballers. Today we learn of the new Paul Pogba, which is very off when you consider that the real Paul Pogba – the old one – is 21 years old.
Today the Daily Mirror brigns news of Baubacar Djalo. He’s 18. He plays for Sporting Lisbon’s Under-19 side. Not good enough for the Sporting first team, Bubacar is, nonetheless, good enough for Spurs.
And he is… the “NEW PAUL POGBA”.
Previously in the Mirror (Jan 6 2015), we met another New Pogba:
Meet Richard Barklie, 50, of Carrickfergus, County Antrim, who was on the Paris Metro when a black man was barred from boarding the train.
Barklie is a former Royal Ulster Constabulary and Police Service of Northern Ireland officer,. He now works as a director of World Human Rights Forum.
To unite the human rights activists and organizations around the globe to protect and to promote human rights, values and global well being necessary for the creation of a better world order.
He’s one of the directors:
Belfast solicitor Kevin Winters speaks on Barklie’s behalf. He says his client did not sing racist chants. He says his client is not a racist:
“As someone who has spent years working with disadvantaged communities in Africa and India, he can point to a CV in human rights work which undermines any suggestion he is racist.”
And, well, we didn’t see him singing anything in the video. And since when is singing a crime?
The full statement runs:
“We act on behalf of Mr Barklie identified as one of the people sought by authorities investigating an incident on the Paris Metro on 16/2/15 . We contacted London Metropolitan Police today to advise that our client is happy to assist with inquiries. Pending formal engagement with police, our client is anxious to put on record his total abhorrence for racism and any activity associated with it.
”As someone who has spent years working with disadvantaged communities in Africa and India he can point to a cv in human rights work which undermines any suggestion he is racist.
”Today a senior official in the World Human Rights Forum confirmed their support for him.
”Mr Barklie is a Chelsea season ticket holder and has travelled to matches for over 20 years now without incident
”He travelled alone to the Paris St Germain match and has no knowledge whatsoever of the identities of the other people depicted in recent YouTube video releases. He wants to stress that he was not and never has been part of any group or faction of Chelsea supporters.
”He did not participate in racist chanting and singing and condemns any behaviour supporting that.
”He accepts he was involved in an incident when a person now known to him as Souleymane S was unable to enter a part of the train.
”He has an account to give to police which will explain the context and circumstances as they prevailed at that particular time.
”In the meantime pending that, he wants to put on record his sincerest apologies for the trauma and stress suffered by Mr Souleymane.
”He readily acknowledges that any judgement on the integrity of his apology will be kept in abeyance pending the outworkings of the investigation.
”Given the extremely sensitive nature of the issues engaged we urge upon all media outlets to exercise as much restraint as possible when commenting on the case.
”We accept on behalf of our client that public interest demands nothing but total indignation and condemnation from all media reporting but such reporting ought not to persist at the expense of undermining Mr Barklie’s right to a fair trial
”Tonight London Met confirmed with us that arrangements were in hand to take the investigation to the next stage.”
Or as the Sunday World put it:
Was it a “secret life”? Once upon a time a secret life would have meant you working as a spy, being gay or murdering womenm in Yorkshire. Now the guilty is secret is that you watch football.
And meanwhile…on the train to Spurs with the West Ham United fans:
But what’s odd about the Daily Mail’s take on that chanting is the headline:
Yeah. Not alleged anti-semites. But “alleged West Ham fans” – as if being a West Ham United fan is a crime; just like being a Chelsea supporter is a “secret life”.
It’s not so much racism the papers hate – it’s football fans…
Transfer Balls: Is Spurs defender Kyle Wallker heading to Manchester United?
The Indepedent says Kyle Walker is being linked with a £20m move to Manchester United.
The Daily Mail agrees. It adds:
Tottenham would be reluctant to sell and would demand at least £20million.
Transfer Balls: Arsenal target Martinez wants to play for Spurs, Liverpool and any other Italian club
Transfer Balls: a look at players linked with Arsenal, Liveprool and Spurs by the thin thread of speculation, rumour and utter nonsense.
The Daily Mirror , ever, craven in their reporting.
Arsenal news and transfers: Jackson Martinez wanted as Gunners’ marquee summer signing?
Dunno. And neither does the Mirror, which merely chimes:
Arsenal are hoping to land Porto front man Jackson Martinez as their marquee signing this coming summer, according to The Metro.
How football journalism works: the Daily Mail reports on Liverpool’s 3-2 victory over Spurs in the Premier League.
First up Ian Ladyman looks at Spurs’ second goal. He writes on Page 86 that the Liverpool complaints of offside were unjustified. He says that had Liverpool lost it would have been their own fault:
One page on and Graham Poll notes that Harry Kane was offside and it did matter:
Such are the facts in the modern media wherein everything is a debate…
HARRY Kane is the darling of White Hart Lane, or White Heart Kane, as it is dubbed. Having scored both goals in Spurs’ 2-1 win over Arsenal, Harry Kane is the talk of the sports press. And the good think about Harry is that his name makes for decent puns.
The Sunday Times gets Shakespearean:
The Star on Sunday goes with White Hart Kane:
The Independent has a cumbersome “Kane Thrashes Arsenal”:
Sunday Express: Kane and Able. That’s a Jeffrey Archer pun on the Bible’s Caine and Abel, a story of murder. Still. A pun’s a pun, right?
The Sunday Telegraph is on the same wavelength:
The Mail on Sunday win with “Hurrikane”.
Type ‘Jimmy Savile Fan Club’ into Google Maps and you find its location: Arsenal’s Emirates stadium.
This sort of thing has previous. A search for ‘Shit Hole’ sends Google map users to Tottenham Hotspurs ground:
But surely that’s where the Golden State Warriors play:
‘Huge’ Transfer Balls for Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United but not Southampton or Reading
Transfer Balls: As the January Deadline Day shuts the Daily Express tosses more balls than Rebecca Loos at a Peppa Pig Stag do:
Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Man Utd target Morgan Schneiderlin’s HUGE transfer hint
The HUGE tranfger hint is – get this – that Schneiderlin is not going to Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham or Manchester United. The HUGE transfer hint involves a club not mentioned in the headline: Southampton.
And that hint amount to Morgan tweeting: “Very happy to be back training ! Thanks to all who did help me and made me work hard to come back stronger!”
Transfer Balls: Can it be true that Spurs are ‘Tottenham Hotsplurge”, a club about to splash out £60m on three players? The Sun says it is:
With the transfer window open, Spurs fans reading the Sun‘s screamer would suppose the players are arriving now. Are they?
SPURS want to start a £60million mega-spree by landing Jay Rodriguez before tomorrow’s deadline.
Exciting stuff. They’re coming. It’s a “spree”:
Tottenham have asked Southampton about the England striker and also have their eyes on summer moves for French pair Yohan Cabaye and Aymeric Laporte.
They’re coming…in the summer (so long as no other clubs outbid Spurs and the players want to join them).
But what about Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez?
Rodriguez has been a long-term target for Liverpool and Manchester City but Spurs could step in and snatch him early. The 25-year-old’s contract runs out next season and Saints want to tie him to a long-term deal.
The Daily Mirror has transcribed Gareth Bale’s interview on Spanish radio. It wasn’t all that hard: Bale spoke in fluent English, throughout. The highlight picked out by all papers is that Bale used to enjoy watching Arsenal “a lot”. Bale, is, of course, a former Spurs player. But it’s no big shocker. Arsenal have played better and more succesful football than Spurs for so long their rivalry is largely the stuff of historical record.
For our money the highlights are these:
How are the Spanish classes going?
Well, I have classes two or three times a week and I understand more and talk more all the time.
Spurs Transfer Balls: so who are Tottenham buying this January Transfer Window? We’ve looked through the mainstream media for insight into which footballers at heading to The Lane. It turns out ther are loads of them. Grab the scattergun:
Evening Standard: “Tottenham transfer news: Spurs eye Seydou Doumbia but club are reluctant to meet forward’s £25m buy-out clause”
The Indy: “Fenerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike continues to be linked with a move to White Hart Lane after his agent claimed Tottenham remain in the hunt for the Nigeria international.”
The Indy: “Spurs enter race for £27m Manchester United target Nicolas Gaitan; Carlos Bacca deal close”
Belfast Telegraph: “Spurs desperate to land in-form striker Danny Ings”
Telegraph: “Villa face losing 25-year-old Fabian Delph for nothing at the end of his contract in the summer, but, again, Tottenham believe the Midlands club are prepared to forgo the fee they could get for the England international now in a bid to boost their chances of survival.”
Daily Express: “Liverpool LEADING Arsenal and Spurs in £5m to land ‘Iranian Messi’ Sardar Azmoun”
Evening Standard: “PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot wants Spurs loan move”
Daily Mirror: “Spurs have their eyes on a series of strikers from West Brom’s Saido Berahino to Valencia’s Paco Alcacer to long-term target Christian Benteke… Napoli’s experienced Spanish star Raul Albiol is one ambitious target.”
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The Sun leads its sports sections with an exclusive. No, make that an hyperbolic “Mega Exclusive”. Spurs are selling their best player:
It’s the January transfer window. So. Hugo Lloris, for it is he, is off this month?
TOTTENHAM are set to cash in on £25million-rated Hugo Lloris. The French No 1 will be allowed to leave for a Champions League club in the summer — even if Spurs seal a top-four spot of their own.