Another weekend ends with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table — they really are very good this season, aren’t they?
In an attempt to maintain some semblance of football’s normal routine, here’s Seven Things you might have missed from the football this week…
1 The exact opposite of social distancing
Jack Grealish looked have claimed the crown for most irresponsible footballer of 2020 but Kyle Walker has given him a run for his money after breaching social distancing rules for hosting what many are describing as a ‘sex party’.
The Man City defender invited sex workers to his house for a get-together hours before posting a message on social media encouraging his followers to abide by social distancing in order to protect the NHS and save lives.
Walker has offered an apology and expressed regret for his actions while City are set to conduct an internal disciplinary hearing in response.
Not the first error in judgement we’ve seen from a City defender this season.
2 *makes got-the-ball gesture with hands*
Jack Wilshere seems to be keeping himself sharp by playing a form of one-on-one against his wife. He’s not holding back either, check out this tackle (see below)…
He wants to be careful flying into challenges like that, he could cause an injury… to himself.
3 First he scores in a World Cup quarter-final, now this…
Harry Maguire has reportedly asked his team-mates to donate 30% of their wages to local hospitals and health services.
The noble gesture comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock asked Premier League footballers to ‘play their part’ and agree to a pay cut.
Many players have expressed a desire to help their local communities during these testing times and Man United’s gesture is expected to trigger similar action from fellow Premier League clubs.
Hancock would do well to note that, financially speaking, footballers have generally acted with great generosity since the coronavirus pandemic forced the country into partial lockdown.
It’s the some of the owners he needs to address…
4. Carra calls it as he sees it
Jamie Carragher has criticised Liverpool over his former club’s decision to furlough non-playing staff.
The Sky Sports pundit believes the move is a ‘poor’ one and suggested his ex-employers have lost the respect and goodwill they had built up in recent weeks.
Spurs, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Norwich have also taken advantage of the government’s job retention scheme.
However, while the Cherries and the Canaries generate relatively low incomes for Premier League sides, Liverpool are one of the richest clubs in the world.
The Reds made a pre-tax profit of £42million last season.
The champions elect confirmed they will top up staff wages to counteract the reduction in earnings, but most believe they, like Spurs, have utilised the scheme unnecessarily.
More than that, many fans believe the decision is not in line with the club’s beliefs and historical ethos.
5. “What’s our seat number?”
Have you seen the model for a stadium with a capacity of a million people? Click here if not.
The design is supposedly the brainchild of an unknown Mexican architect but we suspect they were not entirely serious when they thought it up.
For a start, what kind of view does the person in row quadruple-Z have and how long does it take them to get to their seat?
Secondly, who needs a stadium that big? Thirdly, imagine the queues for the train after the final whistle.
6. He’s not the man they thought he was at home
Mark Viduka nearly had his reputation among Leeds fans ruined by Elton John. I’ll just give you a moment to process that sentence.
The Australian striker, who scored 72 goals in 166 appearances for the Yorkshire club, has revealed that he met Man United officials in the early 2000s to discuss a possible transfer between the fierce rivals.
While in Manchester, he attended an Elton gig and was invited backstage to meet the man himself.
Viduka said he was starstruck by the pop icon and started babbling about his meeting with United as a result.
Later that night, Elton dedicated a song to his ‘friend Mark’ who was in Manchester ‘to make a big decision’.
“S**t, I’m thinking,” Viduka told ESPN, “please don’t say anymore.”
Luckily, Elton didn’t go any further and the news of Viduka’s meeting never materialised.
He chose to remain loyal to Leeds, only departing when s**t hit the fan at Elland Road some years later.
If music goes tits up then Elton can always bag himself a job at Sky Sports News.
7. Pick that one out
We finish once again with a golden oldie.
This latest rewind comes from the Joan Gamper Trophy, which is the lavish name Barcelona give to one of their annual pre-season friendlies.
AC Milan were the guests of honour in 2010 and a 37-year-old Filippo Inzaghi stole the show with an outrageous volley.
This angle shows the technique required to score such a goal…
- Ronaldinho’s toe-poke against Chelsea is a massively overrated goal
- Would the star of the 2014 World Cup be able to revive his career in the Premier League?
- Remember when Bolton assembled their own Galacticos for free?
‘Til Monday when we meet again, cheers then.