There’s something about Jose
Hated in Spain, loathed in Italy, but adored in Britain – what is it about Mourinho that makes him our special one?
|Friday 7 June 2013|
No thank you for the matchday music
The fashion for blaring out pop songs is killing the real source of stadium atmosphere: the noise of the fans.
|Thursday 30 May 2013|
The worst insult in football: ‘plastic’
Abusing the other team’s fans for being fake is fun. But the demand for football authenticity is a mug’s game.
|Friday 24 May 2013|
Palace, get over
Some Palace fans are quaking at the thought of promotion to the Premier League. They should grow a pair.
|Tuesday 14 May 2013|
Remember, Fergie is for football, not for life
The tributes to Sir Alex Ferguson from United fans were fitting. The outburst of Fergie-mania in the media and politics was fatuous.
|Friday 10 May 2013|
Palace v Brighton: it’s more than a game
With the teams’ ferocious rivalry, the Championship playoff semi-final will be tastier than a family bucket of KFC.
|Friday 3 May 2013|
Football is no place
for the thin-skinned
Britain's football terraces are an ironic and offensive foul-mouthed carnival. If you don't like it, well, tough.
|Thursday 2 May 2013|
My outrage over ‘racist’ Reginald D Hunter
In the ridiculous storm over the comedian’s act at the PFA awards dinner, the real joke is on football’s Zero Tolerance zealots.
|Thursday 25 April 2013|
What should we do about Suárez? Laugh.
The Liverpool striker’s bonkers bite had football’s moralists foaming at the mouth, yet it was classic entertainment.
|Friday 19 April 2013|
Is this the return of hooliganism? No.
The fighting involving Millwall and Newcastle fans last weekend was notable because it's now so unusual.
|Friday 12 April 2013|
Di Canio: let’s salute freedom of conscience
So what if the new Sunderland manager has a weird attitude to fascism? It’s his ability to do his job that counts.
|Tuesday 2 April 2013|
Saving footie fans from their inner fascist
The increasingly unhinged moral crusade against racism in football is anti-prole loathing dressed up as high liberal principle.
|Friday 22 March 2013|
England: still waiting for the Chosen One
The travails of would-be messiahs Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney raise awkward questions for English football.
|Friday 15 March 2013|
It’s official: Aussie sport has gone soft
The once all-conquering Aussie cricket team has dropped four players for not handing in their homework. WTF?
|Friday 8 March 2013|
Football fans, let’s burst this authoritarian ‘bubble’
Why is there so little liberal outrage over the ‘bubbling’ of fans by police, when it assaults both justice and freedom of movement?
|Thursday 28 February 2013|
Oscar Pistorius: when good metaphors turn bad
It is bad for sport when we turn athletic stars either into role models for society or symbols of evil.
|Friday 22 February 2013|
Let’s order that
taxi for Wenger
Wenger had plenty time to turn Arsenal’s fortunes around and put an end to Gooner whinging. Now, time’s up.
|Thursday 21 February 2013|
Treating football fans like vermin
A football cop’s admission that he sees his job as ‘pest control’ sheds light on the elite’s attitude to fans.
|Wednesday 20 February 2013|
Piggybacking the Pistorius tragedy
Even before the body of Reeva Steenkamp had been cremated, various moral entrepreneurs were milking her killing for political ends.
|Friday 8 February 2013|
They call him Cashley, but he don't care
Ashley Cole is accused of being a greedy, Cheryl-cheating swine. But, to his credit, he has never courted popularity.