The capacity that some people have for hypocrisy never ceases to amaze me. In a week when the shameful England rugby team have crashed out of a World Cup in disgrace, half of the country is up in arms about Wayne Rooney misplacing one kick in anger. The lack of perspective required to endorse these standpoints boggles the mind.
The problem seems to be one of expectation. I am not entirely sure why Wayne Rooney, a talented footballer, should be required to behave with the restraint of Mother Theresa, the dignity of a monk and the patience of a saint when members of other national teams can get drunk and arrested and jump off ferries without much being said about it. If somebody can explain this, the comments section is below.
I expect Wayne Rooney to be Wayne Rooney, a talented footballer who gets frustrated when he doesn’t get things right. This seems to me a sign of somebody who is striving to have high standards for themselves. The fact that he loses his temper from time to time makes him, well, human.
The reality is, that as a player and as a man, Rooney has made exceptional progress under scrutiny most of us cannot even imagine. He has my support and respect for this. Those who castigate him for the sending off against Montenegro are invited to prove exactly why they are without sin.
There are others in football this week whose expectations don’t bear a huge resemblance to real-world goings-on. Unsurprisingly, these preposterous chirps are emerging from Liverpool football club where their new financial big-wig would like to instigate the death of the highly successful Premier League. Ian Ayre’s brilliant idea is for clubs to negotiate their own television subscriptions as opposed to the current, fair, collective agreement.
There is no doubt that football needs financial reformation, but that reformation should be borne out of the ideal of equality. Ian Ayre’s proposal is merely in the interests of improving Liverpool’s flagging finances. His position is understandable, but breathtakingly short sighted and more than a little selfish. United and Chelsea are already on the record as saying they would not back such a proposal. We need five more clubs to reject it out of hand.
The Liver Birds are our opponents this weekend and this is where my expectations get a little foggy. We have had a torrid time of late at Anfield and I feel as though it is our turn to get a result. By the same token, it is also City’s turn against us and they are next week’s adversaries. This could be an interesting week for us United fans.
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