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    Media Thread - 2019/20

    Okay, a lot to parse there. I bow to your superior knowledge on the origin of the phrase sportswashing. First time I ever heard it was in regard to us. So... The central thrust of your little mini-thesis is a bit of a rail against à la carte ethics. That's fair enough. Please note though that...
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    Media Thread - 2019/20

    Leaving aside that I have been here for 15 years (and also that I am not entirely convinced you know what agitprop actually means), this is Bluemoon, not Rawk. Disagreement is allowed.
  3. M

    Media Thread - 2019/20

    Good for you.
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    Media Thread - 2019/20

    Firstly, genuine thanks for such a considered response (and, indeed to everyone else). You main three arguments are (a) the possession of constitutional position (if it is of sufficient rank) provides the individual with immunity from criticism of acts committed in the name of that position...
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    Media Thread - 2019/20

    I completely agree. There's no doubt that we are the whipping boy.
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    Media Thread - 2019/20

    Sorry but this isn't unsubstantiated. There ARE human rights concerns around Abu Dhabi and our owner IS connected to the regime. Those are the facts of the matter. I know we aren't owned by Abu Dhabi; that technically and legally we are at arm's length from the regime but there's no point in...
  7. M

    Media Thread - 2019/20

    A lot of our savings is invested in shoes also. Safer than gold, apparently...
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    CAS judgement: UEFA ban overturned, City exonerated (report out p603)

    Not only that but David Gill and everyone at Manchester United Football Club will also want a speedy resolution. "For the good of the game," don't you know...
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    CAS judgement: UEFA ban overturned, City exonerated (report out p603)

    You're quite correct about theSthe Captains podcast. Is the Off the Ball circus still on the radio with a second hand set of clowns, then? Show how high profile it is, if so. I'm deeply involved in sport and it's simply never spoken about. I'm fairly confident that they were shown the door...
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    CAS judgement: UEFA ban overturned, City exonerated (report out p603)

    Not that popular. It was on one of the independent national radio stations to begin with but got taken off the air. There was much weeping from the presenters' buddies in the written media, at the time but to no avail. The show simply wasn't up to scratch. In fact, it only came to be vaguely...
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    CAS judgement: UEFA ban overturned, City exonerated (report out p603)

    I thought the judge in Portugal issued an order that nobody anywhere could use the hacked emails? Did I not read that in the CAS verdict? Obviously, Der Spiegel are based in Germany and not Portugal but does anyone know if that order might have a bearing on how these latest allegations might be...
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    CAS judgement: UEFA ban overturned, City exonerated (report out p603)

    It's a particularly revealing message too: 'How dare UEFA allow evidence [that effectively cleared City of wrongdoing]!?' they ask. Never once allowing for the fact that the purpose of the hearing was to establish the truth, rather than say a process of vilification.
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    CAS judgement: UEFA ban overturned, City exonerated (report out p603)

    It does! For my money, this is one of two extremely important -but so far, unreported - things in the verdict. The other being that the Leaked Emails were in fact "fruit of the poisonous tree". Only there was no proof that UEFA themselves hacked City [and they were acting on information now in...
  14. M

    Media Thread - 2019/20

    Not sure if this is the correct thread (apologies if not) but isn't it sadly predictable how the narrative, from earlier in the year, that "City signed up to the rules and should be held accountable, blah, blah, blah..." hasn't been reversed to UEFA also signed up to the same rules and clearly...
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    Best/Worst performances of the decade

    Given that United were the champions and hadn't lost at home in about two years, were squeezed out by the narrowest of margins that year and won it again, the following year, David Silva's display in the 6-1 is probably the greatest individual performance in Premier League history, let alone, of...
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    Will heading a ball ever get banned in football?

    I'm sure that the weight of the ball has to be a factor but I suspect that it's not the most significant one. As best I can understand it, the issue is the human brain sloshing about and impacting against the skull that does the most damage. Any repercussion from the impact with the ball, being...
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    Media Thread - 2019/20

    I was out for a few scoops in Limerick, last night. Munster are playing in Thomond Park and I met up with a reporter mate of mine who is in town to cover the game. Some of his media colleagues were in our company. Some were sports journos, some not journos at all but work in media and were just...
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    David Pizarro

    Decent loan signing. I seem to recall someone on here highlighted how he went as berserk as everyone else after the Aguero goal, even though he wouldn't have been eligible for a medal. So, maybe a decent fella too.
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    Mourinho announced as new Spurs coach

    Like I say, I do see where you are coming from but (and admittedly, I didn't express this, first time around) I think the biggest problem that Spurs team have had hasn't been a lack of ability or desire, on or off the pitch. It's been an air of petulance when things go against them. This is also...
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    Mourinho announced as new Spurs coach

    I know what you're saying but that's a lot of ifs that Spurs need to go their way, to be fair.
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