June 14th, 2012

The Grudge Report: Apologies, Attacks & Intervention Attempts

Image: Claudio Villa/Getty Images.

We might spend our time pretending that the world consists only of hot footballers, their lovely partners, ridiculous cars and the odd llama, but sometimes, shit happens.

Let’s just get the latest crappy news out of the way now so we can press on with the pretty and/or woolly.


- Antonio Cassano dumped all over our growing fondness for him and his nummy progeny Tuesday by answering a perfectly reasonable question in the following manner: “Queers in the national team? That’s their business. But I hope not.” He has since issued an apology, claiming that he “…only said that it was a problem which was nothing to do with me and I don’t let myself express judgments on other people’s choices, which should all be respected.”

- UEFA is to investigate allegations of racist chanting by Spanish fans during their team’s 1-1 draw with Italy. The matter was drawn to the officials’ attention by Spanish fans who reportedly attempted to intervene when monkey chants were directed towards Mario Balotelli.

- On the other hand, Russian and Polish fans were too busy fighting one another to abuse any players during their teams’ tie on Tuesday. This bad behaviour from Russia’s supporters came only four days after the national team had to pay the price for their fans attacking stadium stewards.

- And finally, Wayne Rooney had a haircut. You might think we’re making light of some serious issues by adding this, but honestly? This list is made up of things we do not want to see in football. Unfortunately, Wazza’s new ‘do falls is flirting heavily with that category.

Image: REUTERS/Nigel Roddis.



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9 Responses to “The Grudge Report: Apologies, Attacks & Intervention Attempts”

  1. Agnes Wonka says:

    Why Wayne? Why?

  2. Rosie says:

    Why anyone thumb you down, I don't know. I sincerely hope that it wasn't due to your comment about being gay not being a choice. I know members of the Kickette Army argue with their fellow soldiers over teams and football, but I don't like the idea of any of us (or anyone) condoning true hatred and discrimination.

    I would, however, argue, that professional athletes in ALL sports need to speak out loudly and vehemently against hatred, whether it's homophobia, racism, or sexism.

    • Sara says:

      Exactly!!! The respect tag on their shirt means nothing! I am glad other footballers like Marchisio spoke up to defend gays after the bashing from Cassano! Such a macho sport that is! That being said, it's terrible to know that there are 2 closeted homosexuals in the team and that they apparently live a public heterosexual life for the public. Now that is just sad and wrong and frustrating. It's cause of close-minded people like Cassano that these footballers have to lead such a miserable existence,not only for them but they have to live in a lie.

      Somehow I have an idea who those footballers might be… …One has a family name starting with P, the other with M. Go figure.

  3. laligaforladies says:

    There was also reportedly racist chanting directed at Czech cutie Theodor Gebre Selassie by Russia fans on Day 1 :( Also, although they are a few out of many, I am ashamed of my fellow Spain fans for their actions. I believe it's much better to cheer for our own players than to taunt our opponents. But if they must insult Balotelli, I can think of several ways to do it that have nothing to do with race.

  4. Elle says:

    Wayne needs a new set of hair plugs. The middle's already thinning.

  5. black widow says:

    ahh, bless. now that roo actually HAS hair, who can fault him for wanting to play around with it a bit? after all, he's got to have something to do whilst he's suspended …

  6. Roji Blanca says:

    i canr believe professional like cassano can make such irresponcible statements to the press. tsk tsk..
    and wazza looks even more like gazza now.. and that can only be a good thing. ;)

  7. littlemissfoggy says:

    I read an article that actually tried to compare Wayne to David Beckham with his new hairstyle. Um, no.

    • Tashinka says:

      It's one of the most horrid pictures of him I've ever seen. And he's not particularly photogenic to begin with. I wonder if he let his kid do it?