A grand gesture

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Hola. Hope you are well.

Following on from my last blog post, I must mention that I’ve not heard from any cheerleaders, them’s the breaks. Although I won’t fully rule it out.

Quite a lot has happened in the world of football since my last blog post, including Mario Balotelli fast becoming one of my favourite current players. Not only for his ability to simultaneously wind up both the Man Utd fans and players at the final whistle of the FA Cup Semi by firstly kissing his badge towards the Utd fans and then winking at Rio Ferdinand, but because he is a genuine character.

Ok, I’m not too keen on him throwing darts at youth team players but most of the stories that surround him are pretty much legendary and there’s a somewhat child like innocence to him. For example, he’s previously drove his car into an Italian women’s prison and when the policed rightly asked him, “why?”, he said, “because he wanted to see what it was like inside”. Or when he was stopped in his car by the police and they found £7500 on him, on being asked, “why have you got so much money on you”, he replied “because I’m rich”, which in many ways is the perfect answer.

Anyway, his latest reported incident, apparently came after he went to a casino and won £25000. On leaving, he saw a homeless man he recognised and gave him £1000 of his winnings. I’ve no idea what the homeless man did with the money, I can only assume he used it wisely, but it has made me think I should dig out my tattiest clothes and head up to Man City’s training ground.

Someone else in football who could be described as being a bit different (but more malicious) is Joey Barton. He came out in a French football magazine and claimed to be the best English midfielder in the country. He also claimed that Gareth Barry is a ‘teacher’s pet with a good agent’. I’m not sure what that makes Joey Barton, maybe the kid who’s constantly getting excluded and heading for a stay at Her majesty’s pleasure. The strange thing about this story is that it appeared in a French magazine. I can’t imagine Joey Barton is a big draw in France. I can’t imagine having Joey Barton in their magazine in any way boosted their sales, although I may be wrong. If you are French and a big Joey Barton fan feel free to let me know, cheers.

In other things that have happened since my last blog post, Spurs got knocked out of the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid. They were effectively out after losing the first leg away 4-0. They weren’t helped by the fact Peter Crouch got sent off after 15mins for 2 bookable offenses and Aaron Lennon had to pull out of the game just before kick off, with what was originally described as a sore throat. Firstly, what striker gets sent off after 15mins for 2 tackles? Gary Lineker went a whole career without getting booked, yet Crouch couldn’t get  to 16 mins before picking up two yellows. And what kind of weak excuse is a sore throat for pulling out of such an important game, that wouldn’t have even got me out of PE back in the day, nevermind an away leg at the Bernabeu.

Over at Arsenal, Stan Kroenke wants to buy the club outright. I was reading about how the share buy-out would work. Apparently Arsenal have a few major share holders including Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith. Seeing this written down, did make me think, could she have the poshest sounding name in football? Feel free to let me know of equally posh sounding names in the game.

And Finally… the big story that’s currently making the news in general and in football in particularly is the story surrounding Imogen Thomas and an unnamed Premier League footballer. If you believe the papers it would appear that if you are a Premiership footballer and you’ve not at some point attempted to acquire a super injunction, you are letting down your profession. Shame on you, pull your finger!

Til next time, stay safe!

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2 Responses to “A grand gesture”

  1. Sir Alex Says:

    It’s a shame more premiership footballers don’t follow the example set by Ryan Giggs. Unlike so many of his peers, he doesn’t shamelessly seek out publicity and you never see his name in the newspapers linked with some tawdry scandal or other. He is just a model pro who quietly gets on with things behind closed doors, away from the media spotlight, in the privacy of his own home or whatever hotel he may be staying in.

    What’s more he has a genuine affinity for his country and loves everything Welsh with a real passion. His hard work and dedication to the game are such that at 37 he has the stamina of a man half his age and his ball skills show no sign of sagging. Although reaching the twilight of his career, with his impressive trickery and insatiable appetite, the Welsh wizard is still right up there.

    Long may he continue banging them in.

    • theviewfromthetrevor Says:

      Hi Mr Ferguson. Thanks for your comment, it’s always nice to hear from an existing Premiership manager. I am however a little surprised that you used this forum to praise Ryan Giggs. I had a look back at the topics I wrote about in this blog and they included Balotelli, Joey Barton, the Arsenal takeover and Imogen Thomas and the unnamed Premier league player, no where amongst the above could I see a connection with Ryan.

      Anyway, keep in touch

      Julian

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