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April 2021

Leicester heading for all time record number of penalties, and the away win figures

by Tony Attwood

In its report on Leicester’s win at Tottenham, the Guardian mentions Leicester penalty five times. On the BBC Radio 4 report this morning the penalty was mentioned four times. But neither news source mentioned the real oddity of the Leicester penalty. That is that this was Leicester’s ninth penalty of the season.


Swiss prosecutors demand prison for beIN & PSG president and ex-Fifa No 2.

By Tony Attwood

The Swiss prosecution service has called for prison sentences against the president of beIN and the ex-number 2 of Fifa, Jérôme Valcke. You might recall that Untold, alone among UK publishers has been following these various stories, while the UK media utterly refuses to acknowledge that these cases are even happening.

The […]

If all lives matter, if slavery is unacceptable, what is the FA doing about Qatar?

By Tony Attwood

Qatar was awarded the World cup in 2010. Evidence that has emerged since then suggests very strongly indeed that the award was rigged. One suggestion among many is that al-Jazeera (since then renamed beIN Sports) had signed a TV contract that included a $100m fee to be paid to Fifa if […]

The Fifa / PSG / Swiss corruption cases are major news in Europe. But not in the UK. Why?

By Tony Attwood

You won’t read about it in the British press, but there is a court case going on involving a villa in Sardinia valued at 5 million euros which was offered by Nasser al-Khelaïfi, the president of PSG to Jérôme Valcke the former secretary of Fifa who was fired on 13 January 2016 […]

At least this time, the media can’t attack Arsenal

By Tony Attwood

I have several times raised the point that the media hates the question “why?” And so it seems today as none of the main news outlets in the UK are asking why the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care said that he wanted footballers to take pay cuts and thus […]

The day Arsenal broke the Premier League: the view from overseas

By Christophe Jost

I must be transparent. I do not live in the UK, I am of German and Swiss descent, work in France and Switzerland, and have lived in quite a few countries so far in my life.

Some of the countries are rich, some are poor. So my vision may be a galaxy […]

Football Broadcasters want their cash back but the clubs don’t have it.

by Tony Attwood

Premier League executives have been told it will cost them £762 million in lost broadcast revenue if the 2019-20 season fails to finish due to the coronavirus, according to The Athletic.

This sum is calculated to be the amount paid by the TV companies that contract to show games, with the […]

The problems at Arsenal: Trying to resolve the cause and effect

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By Tony Attwood

In the modern blogging world, exploring the issue of cause and effect is sometimes known as moaning – and “moaning” of course is a pejorative word. No one likes a moaner.

So what […]

Daily Telegraph presents completely false data to try and bolster FA’s case

By Tony Attwood

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Of course no one has a monopoly on stories in football, but it always nice to be a little ahead of the game. It is even better to find that in order to argue against my […]

We predicted Fifa scandal in 2015, no one believed us. Now it starts again.

By Tony Attwood

If you have been reading this site over the years you will recall my little piece on 22 January 2015:

Switzerland take a greater interest in Fifa – at last

You’ll remember because ever since I have kept on going on and on about it. It reported a change in the […]

Arguing with Zombies: how football fans allow the media to control the debate

by Tony Attwood

“Arguing with Zombies” is a book by Paul Krugman in which he points out that many aspects of contemporary debates within the worlds of politics and economics are just based on fallacies.

I thought of this because two events in my world coincided. I heard […]

What will Sky / BT / clubs do when the PL sells itself direct to fans?

By Tony Attwood

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There is no doubt that the technology is available. The Premier League could easily set up its own streaming service along the lines of Netflix and make all its matches available to view to anyone who wants […]

How supporters are being weaponised by the media; we’ve become their playthings

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By Tony Attwood

“I hate how they ‘weaponise’ us against each other with lies… Stadiums are now more hateful for it.”

Paul Ogden, a Manchester City fan, took a moment to write to Untold yesterday, and he made a […]

10 Things we Noticed about the media’s coverage of Arsenal this weekend

By Dr Billy “the dog” McGraw, chief psychologist to the journalist community, at the University College Hospital of the North Circular Road.

1, Disgruntled fans is still a story

“‘Are you serious?’ Some fans cannot believe what Arsenal are reportedly planning”

That was HITC reporting the alleged return of Arsene Wenger. Of course what one […]

In football journalism there is no race to the bottom, we’ve always been there

by Tony Attwood

There is an article in The Atlantic in which a reporter tells how she created a new identity on Facebook, clicked “like” on the official Donald Trump page, and waited to see what happen.

Now before you rush away because I’ve posted an article on Untold which should be on some fanatical […]

The 8 key questions that football journalists simply won’t ever ask

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By Tony Attwood

One of the many odd consequences of the way in […]

Why football journalists should learn from their political colleagues and start asking questions

by Tony Attwood

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It is rare for journalists to be banned by football clubs.

It has happened in a few cases in the old days when local newspapers held sway in provincial towns, and could often have sports sections that […]

Burnley’s tackling is three times as dirty as Leicester’s! Really???

by Tony Attwood

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Over the weekend I used some of the findings we had on the relationship between fouls and yellow cards; you may recall the data that shows some clubs have to commit many, many more fouls than others […]

Is Burnley v Arsenal fixed even before kick off? Here’s the evidence.

by Bulldog Drummond

If you want a game that highlights everything that is wrong with English refereeing in the Premier League, and indeed everything that is wrong with the PL and its referees, here you have it.

Burnley have committed 270 fouls this season, Arsenal 259. Not that much in it. Burnley the slightly dirtier […]

Football: With reporting like this no wonder corruption is rife

By Tony Attwood

How will Brexit affect the Premier League? See the video

When it comes down to it, there are a lot of things wrong with football.

There’s the big debate on gambling (and yes I am neither blind to the problems that gambling causes nor to the fact that in order to keep […]

Bournemouth v Arsenal FA Cup. The line ups and Arsenal injury news

By Bulldog Drummond

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Arsenal’s injury list ahead of this FA Cup game – the last game to be played before the replays start, is at the upper end of the scale. He is the table modified from details on the Physioroom web site

Player Reason Further Detail Potential […]

Why you won’t read or hear the real Arsenal news in the media today

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The transfer fiasco: an Untold exclusive

Transfers for the big spenders are not working, so why does the media want more of them? Arsenal could win the league, if only the club would listen to its critics Why […]

Evaluating The Athletic: does the new magazine have a new vision of Arsenal?

By Tony Attwood

It’s quite possible that England has never had a football magazine like The Athletic before. It is serious, it is adult, there is a lot of it, you have to pay for it, and it is online. So you read it on your “device”.

Also the articles are long – more like […]

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Does booing Arsenal really improve Arsenal’s performances? An investigation.

By Tony Attwood

“How useful is it to boo your own team?” is an article that appeared in the Guardian newspaper a few weeks after I started writing more specifically than in the past about the subject.

Of course that doesn’t mean that they have picked up the idea from Untold […]