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What to do when the defendent threatens the court? In football – nothing!

by Tony Attwood

Normally, in any European court of law, when a defendant threatens the judge or the prosecuting counsel the defendant is taken to the cells and is subsequently prosecuted in a separate case. Threatening the judge, the legal system or the prosecution counsel is considered rather a serious offence.

But of course, as […]

The Biggest Online Gambling Bosses in Bulgaria Linked to Racist Scandals

 

by Charlie William

Back in October, England faced the Bulgarian national football team at the Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia. However, the match was marked by demonstrations of vile racism, monkey chants, and paid football hooligans who, by all means, were at the stadium with the initial goal to disrupt the whole game. But […]

How all of last summer’s big spenders have all run into trouble

by Tony Attwood and a calculator.

I have been running the story that 80% of the Premier League clubs that have changed their manager in recent times are now doing far worse than they were under the old manager.

The general response to this is that this doesn’t matter, for things are SO bad at […]

Premier League referees decide rest of the world is wrong and they are right

By Tony Attwood

The PGMO, the fanatically secretive organisation that runs refereeing in the Premier League, have decided what they regularly decide – the rest of the world is getting it wrong, and only the PGMO are right.

So while the rest of football uses pitchside monitors to assist with VAR this will only happen […]

Arsenal need world class supporters to give us back our identity

By Tony Attwood

We obviously do have a crisis in the club at the moment, with endless bitching and complaining about players, management and directors, and numerous people who have had no experience whatsoever of even working in a club (let alone working in a club at a senior level) moaning, moaning and then, just […]

The shocking truth behind the plans to sack Emery as manager

By Tony Attwood

Take a look at the blogs and newspapers and you will find article after article about how Arsenal’s performance has declined this year and how vital it is for the manager to be changed.

What these self-same blogs and newspaper journalists are not writing about is how two years ago many of […]

Women’s league record crowd for Totts v Arsenal, but it could have been even greater

By Bulldog Drummond

That Arsenal Women beat Tottenham Women was not so much the main story. Nor was it that we stayed third in the league one point behind the leaders Chelsea that made the headlines yesterday. It was the crowd.

At what I suppose we now have to call […]

Modern day match fixing in football: how it works

By Tony Attwood

As I mentioned in my last little piece, match fixing in English football is never mentioned in the media. This could be because it does not exist, or because there is an agreement never to talk about it.

In the last piece I drew the comparison with the conspiracy theory that suggests […]

How the Premier League set up a system that allows match fixing to flourish

By Tony Attwood

Modern day match fixing

This story that match fixing is arranged by gambling syndicates in the Far East is the everyday tale that the newspapers tell (when they bother with it at all), and is in fact an endless retelling of the tale that was put about by the footballing authorities […]

Donald Trump, now head of PGMO, gives speech on changes being made to refereeing

By our reporter on the spot, Sir Hardly Anyone

Following from his earlier announcement, and now speaking from his home in Deadhorse, Alaska, (pictured left) President Trump has revealed more of his plans for PGMO, the ultra secretive refereeing and match controlling association in England.

To begin Mr President answered the question on everyone […]

Is the notion of transparency a problem for Arsenal Supporters?

 

By AKH

Since the start of this season, a number of Arsenal observers have commented on the performance of the Premier league team. General observations have included that there has been little apparent creativity in front of goal, instead an approach that includes much running around and passing sideways and backwards; that passing out […]

The lessons to be learned from the “Arsenal player shot in the eye” story

by Sir Hardly Anyone

Would you like to be a big time blogger bringing in a huge audience? Or maybe work for a national newspaper’s website, with tens of thousands of readers hanging on your every word?

Actually it is dead easy and you can do this in five simple steps.

1: Think up a […]

As the evidence shows, VAR is not the problem. The problem is PGMO

By Walter Broeckx

I have been calling for VAR for a long time. And I still want VAR in football. Even after recent events. Why? Because I know that refs make mistakes and I want to make sure that referees make as few mistakes as possible. And I want errors to be corrected.

And I […]

At last a national newspaper admits it – football is being manipulated.

by Tony Attwood

I have hoped it might happen for a long time – that the sheer complexity of manipulating the news surround football would ultimately lead to the voluntary self-censorship of football commentary would fall over itself. And so it has proved.

When PGMO resisted the introduction of VAR we wondered quite what they […]

Arsenal board DON’T give ultimatum to Emery. Original story a fantasy.

By Tony Attwood

The headline in the Mail read

Arsenal board give ultimatum to Unai Emery

and it became one of the most read articles about Arsenal after it was published on Tuesday afternoon.

Yet from the start there were pretty big hints as to the fact it was a fake as immediately under the […]

No foreigners here. Switzerland starts the crack down in football

By Tony Attwood

Switzerland, as of course you will know, is not a member of the European Union. It applied once, but changed its mind, and decided to continue outside the union.

As such it has no obligation to allow EU citizens or indeed citizens of any other country into Switzerland to play football, or […]

Upsetting the Arsenal cart: seeing just who has been Arsenal’s most effective manager

By Sir Hardly Anyone

The Daily Mirror has run an article with the headline “Every Arsenal manager candidate rated and slated as Unai Emery’s job remains under threat.”

As usual the headline doesn’t have much to do with the article for as it gets going the article says, “Here we look at the managers […]

Brendon Rodgers for Arsenal? Why go for someone worse than we’ve got?

By Tony Attwood

One of my arguments against changing managers over and over is that there is never any certainty that the next manager will be any better than the last one.

The focus is always on “get him out now” – as we have seen with both Mr Emery and before him Mr Wenger.

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The ten reasons why Arsenal’s campaign has gone wrong this season

By Tony Attwood

1: The attempted robbery of Ozil and Kolasinac.

I think it shocked every member of the team, Of course their hearts went out to their colleagues and friends, but there was more, because this made it clear that given the incredible increase in knife crime on Britain’s streets, following the dramatic cut […]

Football in England: something seems to have gone terribly wrong

By Tony Attwood

The German Football League has a motto: “Football, as it should be.” In its publicity materials it talks about the league being stable, reasonable and innovative.

And in many ways the German footballing authorities have a very good reason for feeling rather pleased with themselves. By investing properly at grass roots level, […]

Leicester v Arsenal: recent games, the team and yet more media bias

By Bulldog Drummond

The always entertaining (if extraordinarily eccentric and flat-earth like) Football is Fixed website seems quite sure that matters involving Leicester also involve match fixing. Sadly their policy of not telling us how they have reached such a conclusion makes it hard to spot any reasoning or logic in their drawing of conclusions […]

Leicester v Arsenal: not fixing our away form is the biggest problem

By Bulldog Drummond

So it is third against fifth, and we are the club in fifth.

Team P W D L F A GD Pts 1 Liverpool 11 10 1 0 25 9 16 31 2 Manchester City 11 8 1 2 34 10 24 25 3 Leicester City 11 7 2 2 […]

Donald Trump puts in bid to buy PGMO [report may not be 100% accurate]

 

Following the rejection of his plans to buy first Greenland and then the Isle of Wight, the American President has put in a bid for PGMO. Fortunately, Sir Hardly Anyone, our man on the spot, was on the spot. Here is his report of Mr Trump’s words in a press conference in Smackover, Arkensas.

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Is this the closest we have been to relegation after 11 games?

By Tony Attwood

Today, with nearly 30% of the season gone, the league table is not a very enticing thing to look at from an Arsenal point of view. But if you are a regular reader here you may recall that from time to time I do like to have a look at how we […]

Why no quality manager would touch Arsenal with a barge pole

By Tony Attwood

In the last two years of Arsene Wenger’s time at Arsenal there was a campaign by some supporters to get rid of him; a campaign amplified by the professional and amateur media to such a degree that it became the norm – the daily news story.

There was an assumption among many […]