The authorities and the media blame us fans, but they are the ones who are culpable



By Tony Attwood The 10 really important topics people never talk about in football. It is all about how one looks at the world.   We can read the story of the convicted thief who steals food because his children are starving and blame the government and our social system for their poverty, or we can …

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 it …

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 money …

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



Untold Videos Our videos explore some of these issues in depth – do take a look   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 is a …

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



By Tony Attwood Untold Updates videos We’re back with our videos – do take a look   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 point, one …

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 law …

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 Mr Krugman being interviewed on the radio …

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



By Tony Attwood Untold Updates videos We’re back with our videos – do take a look   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 to …

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



Untold Updates videos We’re back with our videos – do take a look   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 point that …

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



Untold Updates videos We’re back with our videos – do take a look   For advertising enquiries contact Snack Media at 0207 272 7582 or email Tom@Snack-media.com For all other issues please contact Untold Arsenal at Tony@schools.co.uk =============== By Tony Attwood One of the many odd consequences of the way in which football journalism works in England …

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



by Tony Attwood Untold Updates videos We’re back with our videos – do take a look   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 were …

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



by Tony Attwood Untold Updates videos We’re back with our videos – do take a look   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 to …

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 Follow the video on Untold Gooner News 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



Untold Updates videos We’re back with our videos: do take a peek at Untold GoonerNews 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 does high …

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 …

You want to see media bias and inaccuracy? Try this.



Untold Updates: We’re continuing to experiment with our video commentaries: do take a peek at Untold GoonerNews And we’ve finally made progress on viewing this site on mobile devices.  Click on an article, give it a second or two to load and click on “Show simplified view” at the bottom of the page.   by …