Archive for January, 2014

The perfect storm

January 21, 2014

Hola. Hope you are well.

Since I started writing these blog posts I’ve written about many controversial incidents (and not all of them involved Luis Suarez or John Terry) but none of them had all the ingredients necessary to cause the perfect storm. This all changed on 28th Dec 2013 when Nicolas Anelka celebrated his goal against West Ham by doing a quenelle gesture.

I’m not going to get into what Nicolas did but instead focus on how it ticked all the boxes to be the mother of all football controversies.

  • Firstly it involved someone who is somewhat an outsider.
  • It involved someone has a beard.
  • It began with something that initially appeared to be insignificant.
  • It involved something that people didn’t know about at the time .
  • It allowed everyone to become experts in a short space of time.
  • It enabled people to be retrospectively offended.
  • It overlapped into cultural issues. eg how is the quenelle viewed in France, as a gesture against the establishment or one that is anti-Semitic.
  • It crossed over into politics, with the French minister for sport describing his actions as “shocking” and “disgusting”.
  • There was a denial, with Anelka saying he was not racist or anti-Semitic.
  • It spilled over into the world of finance, with West Brom’s main sponsor Zoopla announcing they would be ending their association with the club at the end of the season.
  • And finally there was an FA ban, in this case a minimum of 5 matches.

Feel free to let me know if you think something was missing, in regard to making it the complete controversy. You can contact me via the comments button or on Twitter @viewfromthetrev

Til next time, stay safe!

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Thatcher or Pietersen

January 12, 2014

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It’s safe to say Kevin Pietersen divides opinion. Just this week Michael Vaughan described him as a ‘genius’, whilst Phil Tufnell said he was a ‘good player’ but not a great one.

Then there were reports that Andy Flower wouldn’t continue as England’s head coach if Kevin Pietersen remains in the squad. This was denied by all parties. Yet if there was any truth in it, it wouldn’t be the first time he’s fallen out with an England coach. Remember Peter Moores?

On the back of the above story, Pietersen tweeted that he was committed to England and wants to be involved in the next Ashes series in 2015. Yet there are still those people who believe he has more than one eye on the IPL.

Despite not being at his best during this Ashes series, he was still England’s leading scorer, yet there are cricket people who feel the best way for England to move on is to ditch Pietersen.

Then there is the question of how popular he is with his team-mates, he did after all have to be reintegrated into the squad after sending those ‘provocative’ texts about Andrew Strauss to some South African players. Yet he does have his supporters most notably Darren Gough and Shane Warne both former team-mates.

All this makes me think that with Mrs Thatcher no longer with us, Kevin Pietersen has become the most divisive person in the country. Which begs the question Mrs Thatcher or Kevin Pietersen? You can cast your vote via the comments button or on Twitter @viewfromthetrev

Ps. The more observant amongst you will have noticed that this football blog post has nothing to do with football what with it being about cricket. Normally service will resume shortly.

Til next time, stay safe!

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Jobs for the Moyes

January 5, 2014

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You didn’t have to be a genius to think that David Moyes would struggle after taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson, which can be proven by some of things I said about the appointment in a blog post back in May 2013.

Below are extracts from the blog post in May 2013, titled My Tribute to Sir Alex

I think the biggest honour Man Utd could have bestowed upon him (Alex Ferguson), would have been to retire the position of manager. Although some (not me of course) may suggest appointing David Moyes as his successor goes some way towards this.

It appears from the outside that Moyes got the job because “He’s cut from the same cloth”, which basically means he’s Glaswegian.

The appointment of Moyes does seem slightly odd, especially when you consider the Wigan manager has won more major trophies than the new Man Utd manager. It’s also odd in light of the fact, that Alex Ferguson knew he was leaving at Christmas, a time when Pep Guardiola was still on the market. To many Pep would have been closer to the calibre of manager expected to walk through the doors at Old Trafford. By appointing David Moyes, it’s almost as if the Glazers have gone for a cheaper option, one that is used to working within the confines of a budget. I’m sure this wouldn’t have crossed the minds of the Glazers.

I’m sure if Moyes were a foreign manager, who’d won no major trophies and had no pedigree in Europe, the press would have ridiculed his appointment, but for some reason, these minor details have been pretty much ignored.

Til next time, stay safe!

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Have you ever had to pretend to be someone else?

January 2, 2014

Happy New Year. Hope all is good with you.

I ended up going to a Premier League match over the Christmas period. Due to illness I ended up using a season ticket that belonged to a senior citizen.

I wasn’t 100% sure I would get in, because despite having a few grey hairs I don’t look like I’m a pensioner. I was even less sure when my other-half rang the club asking how much it would cost to upgrade from a concessionary ticket to an adult one. During her conversation with the staff member she gave him the number on the season ticket. So when I put the card into the machine at the turnstile I thought it would set off all manner of alarms, but thankfully my paranoia never came to fruition.

So for one day I pretended to be an OAP. Feel free to let me know when you’ve pretended to be someone else or filled in for someone. You can contact me via the comments button (or on Twitter @viewfromthetrev).

Ps For those desperate to know, it would have cost me £38 to upgrade.

Til next time, stay safe!

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