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  1. Media / Press

    This was the story Sterling highlighted: I hadn't put 2 + 2 together about the press fawning over Sterling this season until now. Him speaking out certainly did change the way they cover him. A bit like the press's kid gloves treatment of all things Liverpool for the last 30 years since the Sun's report on Hillsborough.
  2. Eden Hazard

    Sob. An absolute star.
  3. Media / Press

    I watched that documentary this week. It was a real shock for a network that normally pays so little attention to Liverpool FC to decide to do a big feature on a decade when they were so successful ;-). My reaction to the programme was exactly the same as yours, Ham. Heysel was put into the context of Milllwall and Chelsea fans running riot, while stressing the poor state of Heysel's terracing. Plus the LFC fan made it clear he felt Juve fans started the trouble. So all in all Liverpool fans were pretty blameless and a bit unlucky. And like you, I was struck by the same fan glorying in the fans' ingenuity at getting into games without tickets. And yet it is the most disgraceful slur to suggest any of them did so at Hillsborough. Still, it was a watchable programme that linked Merseyside's football dominance to the political, economic and social turmoil the city went through back then.
  4. Media / Press

    The Guardian report today on a West Ham fan being convicted of racially abusing Son. They include the following: They obviously didn't have the space to write that lip reading experts told the police and the CPS "they believed Mr Wing had shouted "Manc c***" not "black c***"."
  5. Taking The Pee Out Of Liverpool (For Khobar)

    From the Guardian comments on their Liverpool match report today. Has to be a piss-take, surely:
  6. Media / Press

    In a feature on CHO, in which he condemns racist abuse of players, the Guardian has today written: Which rather proves the point I made above.
  7. Taking The Pee Out Of Liverpool (For Khobar) They'll be charging Fabinho soon, I expect. Give the FA a day or too. We have no reason to doubt their consistency in approaches to player simulation.
  8. Media / Press

    How did Salah's goal beat Hazard's to win goal of the month? I know it's a public vote, but the studio pundits normally add an opinion after the result comes in. Salah's was a great strike (by someone who is generally a poor striker of the ball), but we see shots like that fly in literally every week. Hazard's against West Ham was a freakishly good solo goal of a quality that few players could match.
  9. Media / Press

    Coincidentally, the BBC used the word in their headline after JT's acquittal. And I think your memory is playing tricks if you recall the magistrate's verdict as a character assassination. He gave him quite a sympathetic write-up and called him a credible witness. The link is on the above BBC page.
  10. Media / Press

    The point I am making is that 'cleared' is used in everyday English as a synonym for acquitted or let off without charge. It may not be a legal term but that is what it means in practice. JT was cleared of racially abusing Ferdinand and Colin Wing has been cleared of racially abusing Sterling. It is not ridiculous to say so - it is perfectly normal to use the term. Both of them had an allegation (in JT's case, a charge) against them. Now they don't. In everyday English, that means they have been cleared of the allegation/ charge.
  11. Taking The Pee Out Of Liverpool (For Khobar)

    Ranking last in a list of CBs that includes Terry, Carvalho, Gallas and Desailly is hardly a cause for shame, though!
  12. Media / Press

    Can't agree with all that. The Terry case was 100% based on lip reading, and his defence team therefore failed to have the lip reading evidence ruled inadmissible. If it had been, the trial would have been stopped on day one. He was cleared - or found not guilty , if you can't accept that he was cleared - because there was doubt about whether his use of the words FBC were aimed at Ferdinand or used in a denial, as JT claimed. There was a big argument over the word used before FBC - was it 'a' or 'you' - and I remember the lip reading witness being unable to decide as Mikel obscured the crucial words used before FBC, so it was impossible to establish the true context of JT's words. [Obviously the FA couldn't care less about context and decided JT was guilty of using the words FBC, and took his initial denial of kneeing Sanchez up the arse as proof that he was a liar]. This mattered because saying 'you FBC' is undeniable abuse, but (I never called you) a FBC is not, so the fact that expert lip reader couldn't be sure was instrumental in his acquittal. Just as with Colin Wing, there is no lip reading evidence (or witness testimony) that any racial epithet was used, so there is no case against him. I am still unaware of The Guardian reporting that the police/ CPS have found no grounds for charging him. They seemed unwilling to publicise the fact, which is telling.
  13. Taking The Pee Out Of Liverpool (For Khobar)

    Are they also calling for Mane to be banned for shoving the Barca player in the face? Or is UEFA already looking at that incident that the ref missed?
  14. Manchester United 1 Chelsea 1

    Leicester looked excellent against a useless Arsenal. I am not at all confident about beating them. (But then I am never confident about this team beating anybody. How can you be?)