After the cup final raised barely a smile – Chelsea winning the trophy after the dullest final I can remember, the only interesting thing going on in the football world is the continued garbage that the tabloids print as ‘newsworthy’.
I often wonder what it takes to be a columnist in such a paper. Take Harry Harris, who comes up with twenty outrageous ‘exclusives’ a month (which is a wonderful synonym of ‘lie’, or more accurately ‘complete pile of fabricated donkey crap’), and then proclaims himself as a clairvoyant when the only one with a nugget of truth in it comes to fruition. He surely isn’t such an idiot that he believes what he is printing, is he? Surely when these columnists see a full interview and then completely distort it, deliberating taking things out of context, they know exactly what they’re doing?
And surely, deliberate lies in a newspaper should be fought against more strongly?
Unfortunately, we live in a world where ‘I hope X stays’ is printed as ‘X will leave, as revealed in our EXCLUSIVE interview’, and a mate’s cousin who met a random guy who’d spoken two words to a pissed footballer once, five years ago, is considered a reliable source.
Then, there’s just transparent rubbish. Take the ‘latest’ story about Gallas, from the back end of last week. Ignoring the obvious, that these quotes are from a couple of months ago, can you spot the other flaw in the story?
Gallas also claimed Arsenal’s punishing pre-season programme left him exhausted following the World Cup and cited that as the reason for his own injury plagued campaign.
“When I came back from the World Cup, I wanted a month off to give myself a rest,” he said. “Clubs need to change their perspective on this matter.
“It is better for them to let their players rest for three weeks after a big international tournament rather than playing them and seeing them get injured and be out for three months. That is what happened with me last season.”
World Cup Final – 9 July 2006
Gallas joins Arsenal – 31 August 2006, over seven weeks later. Not during pre-season. Not in that month he wanted off. So exactly what part of that was a dig at Arsenal?
Moronic reporting at its very best.