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No Shame

by | 25th, November 2004

‘THE Sun knows no shame – and it’s even prepared to use the conviction of the football fan who racially abused Dwight Yorke at the weekend to boost its own profile.

‘Do I quite like red’

So, when Jason Perryman (banned from football for five years for making monkey chants) sits down to write a letter of apology to the Birmingham striker, the Sun is by his side to dictate.

“I want to apologise to you personally,” he writes, “and through the Sun because it is the biggest selling newspaper and I want to get my message across to as many people as possible.”

Not only that, but today’s Sun comes with a fantastic free magazine featuring all your Christmas TV…

And was it only a few short months ago that the Sun branded England captain Michael Vaughan “guilty” of betraying the country’s cricket fans?

Now, it appears that Vaughan and his team have refused to get on a plane to Zimbabwe “after The Sun was banned from covering the tour”.

Of course, if the country’s biggest selling paper isn’t there to get the news across to as many people as possible, what’s the point of playing?

However, it’s hard not to agree with former England captain Nasser Hussain, who writes in the Mail that the time has surely come to abandon the tour once and for all.

Even the ICC, which has so far shown all the backbone of a particularly spineless invertebrate, must recognise that there is nothing to be gained from playing.

No-one could accuse Arsenal of not having backbone – the trouble is that they have a little too much on occasion and last night Lauren and Patrick Vieira became the 55th and 56th players to receive red cards under Arsene Wenger.

The duo were sent off in the second half of the Gunners’ 1-1 draw against PSV Eindhoven – a result which means they need to win their last match to be sure of qualifying for the next round of the Champions’ League.

However, PSV manager Guus Hiddink points the finger of blame not at the Arsenal players but at the manager.

He accused Wenger of winding up his own players by moaning constantly to the fourth official about the Dutch tackling.

What he – or any other manager – ever hopes to gain by whingeing at the one official who has no say on what goes on on the pitch is beyond us.

But one person who can take a break from all that is Harry Redknapp, who resigned yesterday as manager of Portsmouth and left the club in tears.’

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