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Issues in the game

  • 11.11.13
    McClean rumours cause another social media explosion Issues in the game | Comments Off
    James McClean played no part in Wigan's 1-0 win over Yeovil Town on Sunday. No explanation had been given prior to kick off and rumours exploded that the Irish winger had been dropped and sent home due to his refusal to wear a poppy on his club jersey for the game. Following the game, Wigan boss Owen Coyle denied the reports that absence was to avoid the issue over refusing to wear the Remembrance Sunday poppy on his shirt ­just as he did last season. “He took a knock and has a dead leg," Coyle said. "He wasn’t fit enough to play, ...
  • 02.27.13
    The Serie A hierarchy still not taking the issue of racism seriously it seems Issues in the game | Comments Off
    For the second time this season, Inter Milan have been fined as a result of racial abuse by a small portion of their fans aimed at rival striker Mario Balotelli. The first incident occurred just a little over a fortnight ago as Inter took on Chievo at the San Siro. Twice in that game certain supporters sang songs that contain racist lyrics against Balotelli. Inter were fined just €15,000. "I was told about it because I couldn't make out clearly what they were saying. I'm very sorry about that," club president Massimo Moratti told inter.it. "I'm very sorry and I really hope ...
  • 11.27.11
    R.I.P. Gary Speed Issues in the game | Comments Off
    Like many, I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Gary Speed. He was a player that nobody ever said a bad word about. But more importantly, he was a husband and a father and he leaves behind two young sons. Football journalist Andy Mitten tweeted today about how he interviewed Speed at his home in the summer and more than anything he spoke about his love for his family. He said he left the room admiring the man. Football has lost one of it's good ones, many have lost a great friend and sadly a family ...
  • 11.17.11
    Blatter's babbling lands him in hot water….again! Footy thoughts, Issues in the game | Comments Off
    Every now and then I like to put up a video of the odd blooper - a player missing an open goal, a player making a ridiculous dive or even a spectacular own-goal. But one of the biggest idiots in football in recent times must be FIFA President Sepp Blatter. If I was ever in any doubt of his idiocy, he has certainly earned this title with his comments this week. Asked whether he thought racism on the pitch was a problem, Blatter told CNN World Sport: "I would deny it. There is no racism" before suggesting a simple handshake would ...
  • 05.31.11
    Blatter, Barça and Ireland lift a cup. Champions League, Issues in the game, Republic of Ireland | Comments Off
    It was an extraordinary weekend of football. We may aswell start with the Champions League final and what a glorious display Barcelona put on. The powerful midfield duo of Xavi and Iniesta combined with the attack-minded David Villa and Pedro not to mention the genius that is Messi proved to be far too much for Sir Alex's men. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/1TX0sEWurO8" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] Watching the game, there could have been more goals. The first 20 minutes of the second half was really telling the story of how Barça play. In control and completely taking posession - the extra goals that followed ...
  • 05.12.11
    When supposed fans take the beauty out of the beautiful game in Scotland Issues in the game | Comments Off
    When Neil Lennon received death threats before a Northern Ireland match against Cyprus in August 2002, it was enough to make the Lurgan man call time on his international career. And rightly so. What's the point? However, what he has endured as Celtic manager in recent times beggars belief. In January of this year, a package containing bullets addressed to Lennon was intercepted at a sorting office in Antrim. Then, just last March, a parcel-bomb was intercepted at a post office in Kirkintilloch, around eight miles outside Glasgow. It was addressed to Lennon at Celtic's training ground. It was initially thought ...
  • 05.05.11
    Tackling football's biggest taboo Issues in the game | Comments Off
    Sports stars such as Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas, English cricketer Steven Davies and Cork hurler Donal Óg Cusack have all come out as gay. The one thing in football that is certainly taboo. But why? Flying to the Barcelona - Madrid tie recently, I read an interesting article about Swedish footballer Anton Hysén, son of former Liverpool player Glenn Hysén, had come out as an openly gay professional footballer. "A club might be interested in me and then the coach might change his mind if he finds out I'm gay, but that is his problem not mine." said ...