So, surprise surprise, Wayne Rooney can add his name to the list of men that have cheated on their wives. I have absolutely no doubt that this is none of my business. Yet this story is being waved in my face as if it is conclusive proof of this existence of God.
In no way can I condone the actions of Mr. Rooney etc., but this really is not of grand importance in terms of what happens at our football club. What is crucial to Manchester United isn't it the papers this week.
Extra! Extra! Read all about it!
Whisper, whisper, keep it quiet.
News of the World – Blight on society.
We live in a deeply flawed world if the newspaper responsible for the illegal phone-tapping of members of parliament and the royal family is allowed to blackmail the country’s best footballer in the year of a World Cup.
We’ll have a look at some facts about the Rooney story that are being skirted over. Firstly, whilst the alleged affair was taking place he was playing like a demon for the team. He has been in a dip of form for 6 months now, including an atrocious World Cup, and that period of time dovetails precisely with the period the News of the World were threatening to publish the story.
That’s right kids, the newspaper which is now subject to a parliamentary inquiry about phone taps was threatening the national side’s best player in World Cup year. Once again, I cannot defend the actions of Mr. Rooney. However, I suspect that if your marriage was under threat from hysterical national scrutiny through the media, you had just had your first young child and the nation had pinned his hopes upon your shoulders - you could be forgiven for having a tough day at the office.
Prior to the 2006 World Cup Sven Goran Eriksson was tricked and filmed into giving some fairly honest opinions on his squad by an English newspaper. Want to guess which one it was? Eriksson was booted firmly and politely out of the door.
It has emerged quietly this week that Murdoch newspapers have a worrying level of influence over Her Majesty’s Metropolitan Police. It has been reported that a Home Office inquiry into the police’s investigation would have ‘offended the Met’.
What? The Police would have been upset if the country’s newspapers were open to honest investigation of illegal activity?
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That doesn’t sound right to me at all. Instead, the whole world is lining up to condemn Rooney, Terry et al for being terrible human beings. With no disrespect to the readers of this column I highly doubt any of you are free from sin. The difference is that our lives our not splashed across the newspapers adding to the totals of emotional misery in this imperfect world.
Who is being brought to account here? Andy Coulson’s career is in severe jeopardy, and he will soon join the annals of well-known scapegoats. Fabio Capello, a man with an impeccable management record is now being portrayed as a clown and Rooney a lecherous working-class beast. Rupert Murdoch reclines somewhere on a chaise-lounge and sips another cognac.
Meanwhile in Manchester, millions of pounds of fan’s money is being used to subsidise the debts of American businessmen. Meanwhile in Africa, people are starving to death by the minute.
Wayne Rooney! Wife Cheat!
Do me a bloody favour.
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