August 10th, 2012
Good Week/Bad Week: Tatts, Tardiness & Beard Trimmers
Images: Instagram, AP Photo/Manu Fernandez.
How did we avoid talking about Timmy Cahill’s switcheroo to the States?
It really makes you wonder what we actually do all day, doesn’t it?
Across The Pond: Well, better late than never, as they say. Mr Cahill has already made his debut for NY Red Bulls, putting in a decent 45 against that most exotic of opposition: Spurs. Timmy has reportedly signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Red Bulls, and is looking forward to playing with fellow EPL veteren, Thierry Henry. So would we, Tim. So would we.
Mea Culpas: Shockwaves are resonating through the football world after Jose Mourinho admitted it “was wrong“ to poke new Barca coach Tito Vilanova in the eye last season. It takes a special something to admit fault yet still avoid apologising to UNICEF or any referees.
Good Ink-tentions: Timing is everything in football, so we have chosen to interpret Danny Agger’s decision to have ‘YNWA’ (You’ll Never Walk Alone) tattooed across his fingers at a time when Manchester City are flirting with him, as a statement of his intent to remain at Anfield. Whether his gesture will matter to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, whose eyes are clearly on the large fee City would have to pay for him, remains to be seen.
Eric. Unnecessary. Image: AP Photo/Keystone, Urs Flueeler.
Ups n’ Downs: Having clawed their way back to the top after years of off-pitch shenanigans, Juventus’ fortunes took another blow this morning when it was announced that their coach, Antonio Conte, is to be banned for ten months. Conte allegedly had knowledge of, but didn’t report, match fixing during his Siena tenure. Serie B clubs Grosseto and Lecce have been excluded from the league next season in the same case.
Unkept-ness: Eric Cantona turned up at the Locarno Film Festival yesterday, sporting a large, unkempt beard. We all love Eric (and big furry things), but there’s a line. And right now, it’s covered in hair.
Crude Commentary: Port Talbot Town midfielder Daniel Thomas has been arrested after a homophobic message was sent from his Twitter account to Olympic diver Tom Daley. Both the club and the player have apologised unreservedly, with the club stating Thomas had been the victim of a “misguided” prank. He was released on conditional bail pending further enquiries.