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The Week That Was

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

This time last week there were all sorts of rumours bouncing around the internet about John Terry’s bed-hopping antics. Freewheeling bloggers were off the leash posting libellous hearsay about England’s captain. We’ll not go into detail; Google is your friend.

Of course it was oh-so tempting to stick the tales in last Friday’s The Week That Was but since we’re scared of libel lawyers, and didn’t fancy breaking the super-injunction imposed by a High Court judge, we let it be.

Sod’s Law though that as soon as we posted The Week That Was, sans Terry rumours, the injunction was lifted and Fleet Street (or more accurately Wapping and Canary Wharf) went into meltdown and whipped itself into a good old moral frenzy.

After the initial flood there’s been a drip, drip of stories inspired by Terry’s affair involving Eidur Gudjohnsen and Wembley boxes. It’s never a good sign when Max Clifford’s sniffing around either, unless you’re selling the story of course.

Here at the FSF we’ve had plenty of journalists asking our views on whether Dad of the Year 2009 Terry should continue as England captain. To be honest fans’ views are so diverse on the subject that we’ll let Mr Capello make up his own mind.

There’s an interesting choice of alternatives though – Rooney, Cole, Gerrard, Ferdinand and Lampard are, injury aside, the only dead certs to start for England when fit. Giving Beckham the captaincy would be seen as a step backwards and he’s not likely to be on the pitch much in South Africa anyway. No controversy from that lot then!

The troubles at Pompey continued (of course) with convicted Israeli fraudster Daniel Azougy seemingly at the heart of the club’s day-to-day transfer activities. It really inspires confidence doesn’t it? Meanwhile manager Avram Grant was seen visiting a brothel, apparently incognito in a Pompey tracksuit emblazoned with the initials AG. Genius! We hasten to add though, he only had a massage. Not that he could afford much more given Pompey’s recent track record on paying staff.

The Observer also ran an interesting feature on Sunday looking at club debt and asking a range of football industry ‘experts’ how things could be fixed. Across the board there seemed to be a general agreement that tighter controls and regulation were required. Apart from Harry Redknapp and Andrey Arshavin’s agent.

Oh, we almost forgot, there was actually some football this week too, we turned into Heat magazine for a little while there. Jermain Defoe’s hat-trick at Elland Road caught most of the headlines but as it was his third treble of the season it didn’t feel that special.

On the other hand Palace’s Danny Butterfield grabbed three in six minutes to keep the Wolves at bay in what has to be one of the most amazing goal sprees we can remember. Butterfield hadn’t scored for a year and only had seven goals in 252 appearances before he turned into the greatest footballer in the world for six minutes.

The World Cup is drawing ever-nearer too and Senegalese-American superstar Akon has jumped on the bandwagon. The auto-tune crooner’s effort isn’t to our tastes, primarily because it’s a bit rubbish, although he obviously has his fans given Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba appear in the video.

Fifa were pretty quick off the mark to deny Akon’s song was in anyway official though and we tend to think they’re telling the truth since there’s a few howlers in there. Andrey Arshavin makes a brief appearance (Russia didn’t qualify) and the Union Jack is used throughout. Because Great Britain is obviously 100 per cent behind the Three Lions…

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