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Football Is A Cipher For All Social Ills: Kevin Pietersen Is Lucky He Plays Cricket



WRITING in the Times, Rory Smith looks at Kevin Pietersen and how football isn’t allowed to be a sport but seen as cipher for social ills:

Picture the scene. On the back of a particularly disappointing World Cup, one of the most gifted English footballers of all time is told, in no uncertain terms, that he will no longer be required by his national side, no matter what sort of form he is in. For almost a year, he holds his silence, keeping the game’s omerta under considerable legal duress.

Then, when he finally speaks, he lacerates almost everyone he came into contact with over the course of his decade-long international career. He lays bare a dressing room culture poisoned by gargantuan egos, riven by cliques, where younger, less experienced players are ruthlessly intimidated by senior professionals, but at the same time reveals a host of his own mistakes, his disinterest, his sensitivity, so easily confused with self-absorbed vanity.

He does not quite use that vintage Partridgean phrase – “needless to say, I had the last laugh” – but the whole memoir comes across as a brazen act of self-apologism, designed to skewer the reputation of his enemies and bolster his own self-image. It is a sordid, distasteful business, made worse when it emerges that factions within the Football Association were keeping a dossier of his behaviour, applauding his goals at the same time as sharpening a knife to plunge into his back when the moment comes.

And then imagine the tone with which each tawdry detail would be revealed and swallowed. Imagine the think-pieces in the newspapers about football’s rotten soul and the diatribes about these unimaginably wealthy young men who seem to encapsulate everything that is wrong and classless and twisted about modern society.

Imagine the disdain. Imagine the phone-ins detailing how football has lost its common touch, how detached it has become. Imagine the clucking Surrey dinner parties in which footballers are proscribed as awful, repugnant beings, not the sort of people you would wish to be associated with at all. Imagine the subtext of us and them, of old money and new, of Persimmon estate and council estate.

Kevin Pietersen has a book out. You might have noticed. What you will not have noticed is the phenomenon described above. You will not have noticed the issues he has raised being used to tar the image of all cricketers. You will not have noticed the creep into using the Pietersen case as a cipher for something more. You will not have noticed the subtext that these are rich, spoiled young men, and that they would handle their money and fame an awful lot better if only they were a little better educated.

This is because cricket – and rugby, and the Olympic disciplines – are not held to the same standards as football.

He’s spot on.

Read it all – it’s worth the entrrance fee…

Posted: 8th, October 2014 | In: Sports | Comment

Kevin Pietersen Shoots His Mouth Off At Everyone



CRICKET, to the uninitiated, has always seemed perfectly quaint and polite. Of course, cricket fans know that within the sport is some of the most brutal trash-talking, ego maniacs and a lot of heavy drinking.

Even the ever-so-English David Gower, who played the grinning straight man on panel show They Think It’s All Over, was a lunatic. In 1991, he went for a joy-ride in a Tiger Moth biplane after they’d been dismissed in a match, before posing with his plane in the papers the next day. Even though his captain, Graham Gooch was apoplectic with rage, it didn’t stop Gower, during the fourth Test at Adelaide, walking out to the crease to the tune of Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines.

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Posted: 6th, October 2014 | In: Sports | Comment

Kevin Pietersen wins libel damages against Specsavers after they implied he was a cheat

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ENGLAND batsman and general talented poser, Kevin Pietersen, has accepted a large but undisclosed amount of money for libel damages after a Specsavers advert implied he may have tampered with his bat during this summer’s Ashes series against Australia.

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Posted: 8th, October 2013 | In: Reviews, Sports | Comment

Kevin Pietersen v Andrew Strauss: doos and don’ts

WANT to know why cocksure England cricketer Kevin Pietersen isn’t playing for England? Well, one paper claims his tweets have come to light. The Mail says South African-born Pietersen tweeted that England’s South Africa captain Andrew Strauss was a “doos”. The Mail tells us:

In Afrikaans the word literally means ‘box’, but it has a slang application of ‘dumb cunt.

The paper says Pietersen most likely the messages to South African players AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn.

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Posted: 19th, August 2012 | In: Sports | Comment

Test Match Special Discusses Kevin Pietersen Pulling On A Rubber: Audio

ON BBC radio’s Test Match Special the talk has moved on from Brian Johnston’s cakes to rubbers. Jonathan Agnew is ruminating on the subject of Kevin Pietersen’s grip.

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Posted: 8th, June 2011 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Is Shane Warne Behind The Pietersen v England Fiasco?

Rumours abound that the reason KP walked was because he wanted old Hampshire buddy Shane Warne to take over from the now-deposed Peter Moores as head coach of England. The ECB were never going to go for that.

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Posted: 9th, January 2009 | In: Sports | Comment (1)