Category Archives: Sports

The sale of Chelsea FC – a referendum on what doesn’t matter

Forest Gump winning the Best Picture Oscar in 1995 over Pulp Fiction and Shawshank Redemption seemed scandalous at the time, and it becomes more perplexing as time passes. Despite being nauseatingly sentimental, it has moments, and lines that have attained … Continue reading

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My manifesto to save football from itself

It’s fitting that a significant section of society and its institutions should begin to emulate the behaviour of the government it elected. Still, while too many did, most didn’t vote for Boris Johnson. And no wonder, even before being elected … Continue reading

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By ratifying the Saudi takeover of Newcastle United the Premier League has lost control over its future

Back in August I wrote that the Premier League’s blocking of the Newcastle takeover was arbitrary, cruel and inconsistent, given they’d already let another sovereign wealth fund belonging to a country with a questionable human rights record buy Manchester City … Continue reading

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The Premier League Preview 2021/22

The European Championships are over. Mercifully no more players collapsed with cardiac issues and Italy saved us from a tidal wave of insufferable English triumphalism, which, with a win, would finally be liberated from the embarrassment of perpetual failure. The … Continue reading

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Black Mirror’s jumped the shark with Euro 2020

During the group stages of the European championships I was only half watching. Thanks to a slew of games compromised by negative tactics (even adopted by the likes of the Netherlands and France), a ridiculously bloated and therefore watered down … Continue reading

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