Kudos Sepp Blatter. As the head honcho of FIFA who personally witnessed the aberration that was the no goal decision in the England match, I fully expected him to come out and cover his own back. It would’ve been no surprise if Blatter had released a press statement reading like so – “Well, the ball may have crossed the line, but Matthew Upson? I mean, Capello, what the fuck? So you’re losing 4-1. And you bring on… Heskey? His scoring record is worse than Susan Boyle’s on the moon! You daft Italian twunt. PS Fifa rock”. But, Sepp has come out and apologised for the error. Fully apologised too, not that bullshit “Sorry, but it was still your fault” apology. “Personally I deplore it when you see evident referee mistakes but it’s not the end of a competition or the end of football, this can happen. The only thing I can do is yesterday I have spoken to the two federations [England and Mexico] directly concerned by referees’s mistakes. I have expressed to them apologies and I understand they are not happy and that people are criticising”. Fair play to Sepp.
Fair play is more than can be said to the German goalie Manuel Neuer. He has admitted deceiving the referee after seeing Frank Lampard’s shot cannon off the crossbar and over the line in Sunday’s match. Now, call me an idealist but maybe he could’ve put his hands up and told the ref the ball crossed the line instead of trying his best to con him. I went to a match between Nottingham Forest and Leicester, two fierce rivals. Forest were 1-0 up at half-time when a Leicester player had a heart attack in the changing room, and the match was abandoned. When the rematch was played, Leicester let Forest score a goal straight away. It wasn’t asked for, or compulsory – it was a good sporting gesture. There was also this from Paulo Di Canio, which won him both fair play awards and respect from all followers of football:
Again, this may be the dreamer in me, but why couldn’t Neuer have displayed the same sportsmanship as Leicester and Di Canio? Neither of those games were on the scale of a knockout World Cup match, but really, what’s the difference? When it comes down to it, all examples were just one team versus another. Neuer had a huge chance to show the world that football is more than money and deception and winning whatever the costs, whatever morals you leave on the sidelines. But he chose not too. Whenever I’m with people who slag off football for being corrupt and bloated and overhyped, players and officials like Neuer make it harder to defend the sport I love the most. People like Neuer let down the game, the fans, and most blatantly, themselves. Manuel Neuer, join Thierry Henry, Diego Maradona, Rivaldo and all the other players who may have winners medals, but have fuck all integrity.
Sorry for the morality rant.
One of these days…
I mean, seriously. I said yesterday I don’t understand art. To me, this car is art. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. It’s an incredible fusion of automative engineering, state-of-the-art technology and mind-blowingly beautiful design. It brings together the best of human aspiration, talent and achievement, from so many different fields. I’d love to own one. One day, Mcleod. One day.
However, these are my new wheels:
*It’s bigger in real life. Honest.
I’m gay for The Cure at the mo. What a tune:
There is a very real part of me that wishes that music was like it was in the 80’s, both the trends and the way it was discovered. Nowadays it’s so easy and fashionable to make an MP3 in your bedroom, and whack it on the internet. There is so much crap out there it’s unreal! At least back then, you knew if a band were signed, they were good. And the music – The Cure, The Smiths, New Order, Duran Duran, Culture Club, Visage, Ultravox, Genesis… now it’s Scouting For Girls and Jack Johnson. Balls to that.
My thoughts exactly
In other news:
-After watching Love The Beast, I have a new found respect for Eric Bana.
-Bye bye Cristiano, you vain egotistical douche.
Right, bloody hell. Bedtime again. Cheery bye ballsacks.