Posts Tagged ‘football’

The latest hot topic in the footballing world right now is racism. We have Luis Suarez being found guilty of using insulting words with reference to race, and just this evening it is alleged that Oldham FC footballer Tom Adeyemi was racially abused by a member of the Liverpool crowd during tonight’s FA Cup game between Liverpool and Oldham. I should stress that this is only an allegation, coming mainly from Twitter, and mainly from a particularly odious (in my opinion) reporter in the name of Ollie Holt, who writes for the Mirror. (more…)

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Late last week, newspapers ran with the story of John Terry’s alleged affair with the forner fiancee of former Chelsea team-mate and good friend, Wayne Bridge. This was after Terry had attempted and failed to gain an injunction preventing the story from being broken “in the interests of privacy”. John Terry is the captain of Chelsea and England, and a major role-model for young people following football. Should people in his position be behaving like he has? How much of it is really in the public interest? There are parallels with Tiger Woods’ alleged infidelity, the difference being that here there is more than one wronged party.

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Mark Hughes was today released as manager of Manchester City by its Saudi owner, Sheikh Mansour, with the reason cited as “not achieving set goals and targets”. In the same statement that announced Hughes’ departure, Roberto Mancini and Brian Kidd were announced as his replacements. Mancini takes over a squad that is very expensively assembled (summer signings ran to £220m) and should be very talented.

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Another weekend of gripping Premiership action, and more results that weren’t quite what was expected. Spurs beaten at home by Stoke, Wolves snatching a draw with Villa, Birmingham beating Sunderland, and Hull and Portsmouth sharing a point. There was one expected result, that of Chelsea beating Blackburn, but I doubt anyone really saw Blackburn conceding five goals in all. It’s been another fascinating Saturday in the Premiership, with more games lined up for Sunday which promise to be corking.

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