james debate
james debate

Saturday 16 February 2008

I'm sure i'm not the only one who sees them all the time in the media, but latey there are one or two idiots who every time i hear from them I can not believe the high positions they hold in this industry. So without further ado I present to you Idiots in the World of Football.

Specifically I feel moved to comment on two men in particular. Both idiots for different reasons: one for being a bigoted mussolini-esque windbag and the other just for being a nonce. I speak of course of Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA, and Mark 'Lawro' Lawrenson of the BBC.

Let us begin with Blatter. Aside from the basic accusations of corruption as well as incompetent mishandling of a player dying during a match and absurd sexist remarks, this is a man who's racism diffuses through every decision he makes. 

An outspoken critic of the English and English football, he was a major proponent in the movement to ban English teams from European competition. His comments on English teams and managers range from the idiotic comments on how the premiership is 'bad for football' to his most recent outburst on how 'abusive' the english proposal to play games abroad is. Let's just be clear, I hate this proposal, i think it is preposterous and completely skews the integrity of the league, but at the same time it's impossible to listen to Blatter's reasoning for his views without rolling one's eyes a little bit. The truth is that he would love the German league to be played abroad, just that nobody cares about it. What really grates though is this brilliant idea that because of said proposal England shouldn't be given the world cup in 2018... riiiight... i fail to see the link and i'm sure i'm not the only one. The whole thing smacks of opportunism. Blatter was aching to find a reason to put England's world cup bid in doubt and this was it.

What is really amazing is how this man has managed to keep this position throughout all the controversy and criticism. It can surely be seen as a sign of the outdated archaic organisation and management of FIFA and its affairs that this behaviour is tolerated. Just as the G14 has disbanded and the old establishments come crashing down around it, the calls keep coming in for the heads of the English FA, but first we must surely call for a much needed shakeup of FIFA, and for this old dinosaur to pack it in and move on.

On  a lighter note we come to Lawro. He is simply awful, an annoying and foolish commentator who knows bafflingly little about football for such a legendary player, as anyone who's ever heard him commentate a match can attest to. He reminds me of a parrott, who's been trained to speak and will just pipe up with random comments regardless of their meaning or appropriateness. I don't think quoting him here would do justice to his hilarious comments, but let's just say there are a few facebook groups dedicated to them.

I think the only reason the BBC keep him on staff is that there must be a lot of fans who relish the opportunity to tune into a match just to slag off his ineptitude.

Have a good weekend everybody

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