February 14th, 2012
Have Your Say: Better Out Than In?
Yeah, it’s probably wise to protect your valuables at this point, Lukas. Images: AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ, REUTERS/Phil Noble.
Are players getting a little big for their attractively coloured boots, Kickettes?
The reason we ask is that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the various examples of players asserting themselves at the expense of their clubs lately.
We have Lukas Podolski, who is in trouble with Cologne after claiming during a recent Bild am Sonntag interview that the club “reneged on promises” they made to him. The ongoing saga of Carlos Tevez vs. Manchester City, which yesterday took an interesting turn towards the canine, and of course ‘Handshake-gate’ v3.0.
We’re not saying that if someone willingly paid us hundreds of thousands of pounds a week to do something we’re really good at (which is unlikely, considering we’re only really good at two things, drinking and shouting) we wouldn’t get a bit above ourselves, but still.
Is a responsibility to toe the line implicit in a contract with a football club that represents the people who buy their tickets every week? Is it inherently wrong to use those emotional connections as leverage? Or are players only human, and therefore entitled to use the most accessible platform (namely the press) to voice any perceived unfairness they feel? No matter how ridiculous?
What do you think? Bonus Sergio points will be awarded to all Kickettes who manage to do so without violating our comments policy.