By Tony Attwood
Football journalists can be most annoying people, and this for three reasons. They don’t tell us what’s going on, except when they do tell us and then they get it wrong. And they can’t count.
Fortunately occasionally someone emerges who while still not telling us what is going on, does at least make one stop for a moment. As with the website www.thickaccent.com which ran the headline “Rangers goalie Wes Foderingham offering match tickets in exchange of some interior designing on Facebook”.
Looking further I then found this headline…
“Pure filth from Emerson Hyndman before Jon Toral’s goal for Rangers v Partick Thistle (Video)”
Jon Toral you will remember is an attacking midfielder on loan from Arsenal. He started out with Barcelona, and spent 2014/15 on loan with Brentford, then going to Birmingham and the first half of this season with Granada.
He got 34 games with Brentford, 36 with Birmingham, only five with Granada (where there seem to have been problems) and now nine thus far with Rangers.
So that is the headline and I must say I did enjoy the headline. It is at least entertaining. I mean we know it is going to be untrue because football headlines are always untrue, but still it is different and amusingly so. When I looked at the site one reader had written in and said that it was a misleading headline because there was no pure filth in the story. Can’t please them all.
On the annoying side of things there is the issue of what happens to a story about possible match fixing a couple of days after it occurred. At the moment we have the headline “This robbery can’t happen.” And below that the article,“When Madrid got scared, the referee began his show,” said Vidal. “This robbery can’t happen in the Champions League. We felt it a lot and you start to wonder a bit. It is all about Real Mad and Bayern M.
“We wanted to go through and there’s a lot of anger in that a match of such intensity is decided by the referee. He made a lot of mistakes and knocked us out of the Champions League. When [referees] embarrass you like that, it’s really hard to take. It makes you very angry.”
That was in the Guardian, while the Telegraph remains a little more laid back with Real Madrid 4 Bayern 2 (6-3 on agg)Ref decisions take centre stage despite Ronaldo hat-trick.
But what is forgotten is the anger and outrage about the referee performance in the Barcelona v PSG match just a short while before. By removing that from the context the newspapers refuse to give us the evidence that something really might well be amiss with all this football lark. Two very high profile Champs League games where the referee’s performance appears … what shall I call it… “forgetful”. Forgetful in that he forgot what the rules said.
Worse what we now get is headlines that suggest that everything was ok with that Barcelona match. Headlines such as “Barcelona can conjure another miracle against Juventus, says Neymar” and ‘”We did it once and we can do it a second time” says Barcelona forward.’
As always of course Untold doesn’t have the machinery to prove there is something odd going on in these particular games, but it does seem that the results are getting odder and odder – and the accusations are growing by the week. Plus the fact that although the journalists won’t comment on issues of continuity they are at least being forced to make some sort of comment.
As for today’s transfer news, there is only one bit. Everyone is just repeating yesterday’s and the day before’s. Can the window be over already? Has the imagination of the media finally run it’s course? Is it over before it began?
Probably. But for completeness here is the one single new transfer story since the last roundup
He is a defender with Club Brugge and his story is all over the Metro, Mirror, TalkSport and the rest. Everton are also interested but it is Arsenal that he is coming to. Honest. I know it is true. I read it in the papers.
He has played over 60 times for Club Brugge and has a brother named Manice and is in a relationship with his partner, Evangalitsa, whom he had been dating for three years. Just in case you wanted to know.