No sooner was the Chelsea ban on transfers announced than BBC Radio 5 rushed out an interview with an ex-KGB player who linked this case with the Eduardo case. It was one of the most sickening pieces of anti-Arsenal propoganda yet launched in the media war on Arsenal.
Chelsea are banned from signing new players until 2011, Eduardo is banned for two matches. What I want to do is show the difference, and then give a mention to the boycott that I and my company is making of Amazon.
The FIFA attack on the KGB in Fulham is not a one-off.
Switzerland’s FC Sion have been done in a similar way over Essam El Hadary and the transfer of Matuzalem from Shakhtar Donetsk to Reak Zaragoza was investigated, as with the move of Philippe Mexes from Auxerre to Roma.
But Chelsea are in a different league, and the surprise is that the punishment was so extraordinarily lenient. Chelsea are serial tapping up offenders. We may just about remember Cole – tapped up from Arsenal. Then Frank Arnesen from the Tiny Totts, when Arnesen was suspended by the Totts in June 2005 for expressing a desire to move to the KGB and being photographed aboard one of Absent Abramovich’s yachts as the Totts went for big time compensation. (Rather amusing all this because Arnesen is considered by many to have been one huge disaster area).
There was also the Mikel case where no one knew if he was playing for the KGB or the IOU.
So FIFA have got fed up and have hit the KGB – which of course is nothing like Eduardo, where the case comes up in isolation. Arsenal have today issued a stunning attack on UEFA’s competence:
“We strongly believe that the decision taken is deeply flawed and not based on any forensic review of the video evidence available.
“There are obvious errors and inconsistencies in Uefa’s judgment and we intend to appeal.”
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And then onto pathetic Amazon.co.uk Along with others I have emailed Amazon to tell them how annoyed I am that they are selling downloads of the Pedophile song. They have failed to reply, so I am doing what I told them I would do. Asking everyone to boycott Amazon. It won’t make much difference to such a conglomerate, but it is a moral point. Until they remove that chant from their shop, no dealing with them at all. If you care to join me in this, then so much the better. You might even care to write and tell them.
Normally I end by making a rather childish comment about how this article or replies to it will soon appear on Team Talk. This time, I’d love the bit about boycotting Amazon to appear on Team Talk and anywhere else. Any other blogger reading this, maybe if you share my view, you might like to follow this line and encourage your readers to stop using Amazon.
Finally, finally, an apology from the Daily Mirror, who today ran an extraordinary story about Bendtner and how other clubs have put in bids for him which he turned down.
A Spokesman of the Mirror said, “We would like to apologise to all our readers for the Bendtner story which appeared today. Readers will know the Arsenal player has previously had to go to the Press Complaints Commission over what we have said about him, and we were forced to issue a sniveling apology. We never intended to write about him again, and in fact were due to run our normal “Fabregas is going to Barca” story, today, as we do each Thursday. But somehow the wrong story slipped in. We apologise and can assure our loyal readers that “Fabregas to Barca” will be back next week as usual.”
(c) Tony Attwood 2009. Except the bit about Amazon.
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