ABOUT DAMN TIME
After Liverpool scored their late, late, late, late, late, late, late, late, late, late winner against Newcastle United on Wednesday, an army of chippy Toon fans understandably took to Social Media Disgraces to simmer, watch and generally vent the collective spleen over all injustice. After seeing their new record signing Alexander Isak’s second stunning goal ruled out for inexplicable offside after the curtain raisers at Stockley Park got busy with their rulers and fixing the squares, they were angered when Fábio Carvalho them home. winner in the eighth minute of the five minutes of added time shown by the fourth official.
Concerns about legal technicalities that were conspicuously absent suddenly became apparent when their club was the subject of a successful rebuild by
Saudi Arabia the Public Investment Fund last October, they were wondering why the referee could let the game go on for so long. While he was busy imitating Nick Pope by pretending to have a cramp, mocking his report and constantly tying and reversing his shoes in the referee’s dressing room, Andre Marriner was finally on hand to explain his given early in the morning after everyone has gone home.
Despite a frank exchange between the opposition benches after the late winner, Newcastle manager Eddie Howe took what must have been a Tyson Fury-esque penalty on the … er, chin. “It’s a cruel game, these things happen,” he said. “I am very frustrated with that last action. Someone else needs to tell me if we should still be playing; I do not know.”
Although Howe may not have known it, Jürgen Klopp had a fair idea and the Liverpool manager expressed that he felt, in the end, justice had been served. “It was hard to take,” he said when asked about Newcastle’s time-wasting. “Everyone wants to see a football game and when it’s interrupted it often is [not nice for anybody]. In the end I was very happy when we got that last corner and Mo [Salah] and Fábio did it superbly. It was the perfect response to what happened.” As their team coach slowly trudged 173 miles back to St James’ Park, Newcastle’s players might not agree.
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STATEMENT OF THE DAY
“[We are] surprised to learn of the latest attempts by Africa’s most senior football representatives to intervene in an ongoing criminal prosecution” – Fifpro responds to the head of Africa’s football governing body publicly supporting Gabonese FA president Pierre-Alain Mounguengui, who accused of covering up widespread sexual abuse.
“It’s a good thing that Manchester City only managed one hat-trick yesterday, otherwise it would have been a case of not seeing the Forest for all three” – Peter Ó.
“I think two extra points for a team in sixth place in the Premier League is worth at least £5m, in which case Fábio Carvalho paid his transfer fee back against Newcastle. Antony’s load on his plate before he gets 34 points back for his new team” – John Weldon.
“I see that The Fiver has put off letters passim (Fiver letters passim), which put off the day’s postponing letter, which led to more posts being put off, some of which certainly should have been adjourned. Thank you.” – Steve Malone.
“Cup games when both sides are trying to lose must fall into the category of games we would all be better off without (Fiver letters passim). Birmingham v Wolves in the FA Cup, January 2012, was a classic of the genre. Birmingham had completed a League Cup/relegation double the previous season and had already won eight Europa League games on top of their Championship workload, by this point. Wolves were in love with McCarthyism, to survive in the Premier League the only interest. What happened was ‘the worst game in the history of football’ and a helping hand from karma across the country as Wolves went down, the Blues stayed down, and had to play a replay on anyway” – Phil Russell.
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NEWS, YEAST AND BOBS
Antony has joined Manchester United to complete his €100m move. “Playing under Erik ten Hag at Ajax was perfect for me and my development,” he said. “This is an incredible moment in my career to join one of the most iconic clubs in the world.”
Across town, Manuel Akanji has signed a five-year contract with City, joining from Dortmund.
Some quick-fire deadline day moves: Jack Stephens has gone down the A31 and A338 on loan to Bournemouth; Douglas Luiz could be Arsenal-bound after Aston Villa agree fee for Wolves’ Leander Dendoncker; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will earn some money selling Arsenal after Chelsea and Barcelona agree a deal; and Leicester to charge Reims £15m for Wout Faes.
W1lly Boly is Nottingham Forest’s 285th signing of the summer. “It’s something unique [situation], in terms of the number of players coming in, but that was always part of the plan,” manager Steve Cooper said. “Hopefully when the window closes, the squad we’ve put together can be as good as we want to be.”
In the meantime, Forest are pushing themselves down after a brave 6-0 at the hands of Manchester City, that Erling Haaland cannot be bargained with, cannot be reasoned with, does not feel pity, shame or fear. And won’t stop… ever.
Arsenal have now made it five wins from five after their 2-1 win over Aston Villa, four from five. “If I stood here and said I wasn’t worried you’d look at me like I’m from another planet,” said Steven Gerrard.
After hearing from his players after the 0-0 draw at Bournemouth, Bruno Lage wants Wolves fans to remain patient. “We’re not starting that well but I think we’ll finish in a good position this year,” he said.
And Yoshimi Yamashita, one of three women who will be the first female referees to officiate at the World Cup for Human Rights, hopes to inspire young girls, but is tight-lipped about Qatar’s record on gender equality. “There are hardly any female referees in the Middle East, so I would like to see that change,” she said.
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