By Walter Broeckx
There are trophies and there are non-trophies. And the difference is rather easy to see.
When Arsenal win something it is a non-trophy. When other teams win something it is a trophy.
Just look at how the media reports different trophies.
BBC Sport on 10/08/2014 at 16:52: FT Arsenal 3 – 0 Man City – Cazorla, Ramsey & Giroud goals win the Community Shield for Arsenal. And a picture of Arsenal players celebrating a goal. With no caption in the picture.
Very dry. Community Shield. No mention of a trophy. And don’t dare to name it as a trophy as you will get the usual moaners saying things like: the CS isn’t a trophy. Never has and never will be. For me it is a trophy. The least of the trophies that can be won, but it IS a trophy.
Let us move on to the next year.
BBC Sport on 02/08/2015 16:50: FT Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea. #afc retain the #communityShield thanks to Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal. And a double picture. A celebrating Oxlade-Chamberlain and a picture of loser Mourinho in track suit (noticed the suit yesterday?) pointing at something in the distance.
Again very dry. Community Shield. No mention of a trophy.
Let us move on to yesterday. Same media outlet.
BBC Sport on 07/08/2016: What a start for Jose Mourinho! (yes exclamation mark needed of course) One competitive match as #mufc boss, one TROPHY. Just the start? #LCfc 1-2 #MUFC.
Oh and there was also a picture. With celebrating MU players in it. And strange but this time the BBC found it necessary to put a caption in the picture. I quote “WINNERS” Manchester United win the Community Shield.
Now I must admit it was me that changed the word trophy in the original message from the BBC in to TROPHY in the paragraph before last.
But I did this to show you the difference between the way the Community Shield is being talked up when a team other than Arsenal win it. In two years with Arsenal winning it, the BBC succeeds in not naming it a trophy and it sees no need to call the Arsenal team “winners” in the picture. As if calling Arsenal players winners is something that cannot be done.
But when their darling Jose wins it suddenly it is a trophy and his team has to be called winners. Fair enough for me, MU has won a trophy this season. Mostly thanks to the work of Van Gaal who won the FA Cup last season. For Jose it was easy to win something in his first match but if it wouldn’t have been for Van Gaal hadn’t won it. I know it is not done but most credit should go to Van Gall who had to play five or six matches to win that trophy that allowed Mourinho to win something in his first competitive match.
Untold has been showing the different treatment of the media this summer in several articles from Tony and Drew. Articles that should have opened even the eyes of those who are blinded by the media. Those who ignore them are incurable I think and will swallow anything the media shoves down their throats. Poor souls.
And now I wonder how those who called me names for considering the Community Shield a trophy will react? I am pretty sure that it will not take long before they will come out with sentences like: “See changing managers does work as Mourinho immediately won a trophy with United.” And other sentences like that considering the CS as a trophy of course.
The problem is that many follow the media without taking the time to think about it or look at how the media report certain events and the differences on how they report it. We all have seen in history how media manipulation has led to the most appalling events. I am not willing to even compare those things with the way Arsenal are treated as this would be completely unfair for those who have suffered in the past and those who are now suffering and will suffer in the future.
But the media should get their act together. I think the BBC is getting its money mostly from the UK tax payers and therefore it should remain neutral in reporting the same event for different teams. If they consider the CS a trophy they should consider it a trophy each year no matter who wins it and call it like that.
Anyway as I am not a UK resident I don’t pay for the BBC and so maybe I shouldn’t get worked up about it but the fact that most UK Arsenal fans do pay for it and have to swallow the BBC propaganda I think Untold must speak for them.
Meanwhile those who called me names for celebrating the CS as a trophy for two years could change their view on the CS. If the good old beeb calls it a trophy who are they to not call it a trophy?
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