Friday, 20 May 2016

Anti City bias

STEVE PARISH’S LETTER RECENTLY PRINTED IN WHEN SATURDAY COMES

Most fans think referees are biased against their team. Some think they don’t get a fair deal from TV coverage, but it’s rare for that bias to be openly admitted.
            When BT Sport covered Manchester City’s Champions League quarter-final victory over Paris Saint-Germain, Jake Humphrey told his summarisers that, having often been critical of City, “We should quite rightly praise City – hard as it is”. His after-the-event excuse was that he was inviting comment from Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes.
            That just points up how stupid it was to have “co-commentators” or “pundits” on the game who were naturally hostile to the only English team left in the competition. It’s not as if they are either articulate speakers or otherwise talented pundits able to put their own prejudice apart (Gary Neville managed it).
As Paul Scholes seemed keen to do as much damage to City as he tried to do to City players during Manchester derbies, it’s hard to argue that there is no anti-City bias.
Steve McManaman was on the BT team too. He played briefly for City, remembered mostly for being very good at pointing where the ball should go, but being useless when he got it. He spent a lot of the match looking for empty seats in a sell-out stadium (and found some in the corporate section). Missing from the line-up was Danny Mills, who for some reason is bitter about being paid by City for not playing during long injury breaks, and being useless when he did play. It seems to be a theme that the only ex-City players they can find have some sort of grudge against the club.
            All this may reflect the media generally where some of the coverage is barely disguised racism about the owners but most stems from the allegiances of reporters, noses put out by City’s “oil-fuelled” disruption of a cosy cartel. Even the FA tweeted congratulations to Liverpool on reaching the Europa League semis, but nothing the night before for City.
            But more worrying is the ubiquitous presence of David Gill at the FA and UEFA and FIFA. How can someone so connected with Manchester United, and still a director, not have a conflict of interest? Why does financial fair play deal with wealth but not debt, or football clubs incorporated in offshore tax havens, e.g. Manchester United in the Cayman Islands?
The European Assembly report a few years ago that supported FFP was gleefully picked up by the English press – but not the bit that said members of football’s ruling authorities should not also hold senior posts in a club.
Of course, this sort of paranoia about an “agenda” against one club, extending to refereeing decisions (hello, Mark Clattenburg) and hostility from the game’s governing bodies, may be a common experience – but that revelatory moment on BT Sport confirmed that indeed they are out to get us.

22 comments:

  1. We went from being heroic failures to serious contenders overnight and this upset the status quo and ergo the football establishment. The media darlings,aka the 'big four' were threatened, something had to be done. If anyone doubts the real reason FFP was dreamed up check the dates of the first discussions. Clattenburg as I recall was rested the week after the Spurs game so someone agreed with us apart from every referee in the world.Although Pellegrini succeeded to some extent to have us revert to our former incarnation the schadenfreude will be turned up a notch next season 'Pep' some of his toughest battles will be off the pitch.

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    1. Whilst on the subject of Pellegrini........ I am already reading and seeing City fans stating that as time passes he will be looked back on as a success and with affection by City fans. I have a different view - if the incoming manager can replicate the level of success at his previous two clubs, years from now people will hardly remember Pellegrini.

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    2. Pellegrini has left with a whimper from me, just like he's had us playing this season. It has just been such a dull season, that nobody seems at all arsed that he's gone. I read today that inside City sources( ha ha) say that the board are said to be fuming about this season, and if Pep had rejected us Pellegrini would've been sacked. And of course it then went on to say that Pep has an unlimited transfer budget this summer.

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  2. Comical that no paper, press, etc were willing to take united to task on their stating an attendance of 74,000 against B'mouth. I thought that they'd got the figure the wrong way around, but even 47,000 might have been over stating the turn out.

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  3. They would only have been afforded the benefit of it being a one off due to the circumstances of the postponed game anyway.

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  4. i refuse to watch bt sport because of the obvious bias,all the ex scum players,i will listen to the radio,if not attending. fuck em.

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  5. Despite claims of paranoia etc. we all know that bias in the media is a reality and are aware of the reasons why. I have never really known the best way to respond to this - if we complain does it give the impression they are getting to us - if we ignore it, will it just continue or maybe even get worse - or do we acknowledge it as a reality and use it collectively as a team, a club and supporters to build a siege mentality? To date we seem to have adopted a charm offensive to try to counter it but this hasn't got us anywhere.

    It shouldn't really matter but I'm already hearing some of the misconceptions, negative spin and downright sh*te being repeated to me by fans of other clubs as statements of fact so it looks like they are being widely accepted. Does this matter? No, because so what? it's better than being "everybody's second favourite team" but playing crap whilst losing to Wycombe Wanderers. On the other hand, yes because it will mean that kids will continue to buy rag, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal kits, bags, pencil cases, etc. etc directly aiding our rivals because they have been poisoned against us.

    I suspect the only answer is a prolonged period of success meaning that a whole generation will grow up accepting us as a big club and this will equate to a larger supported base, our former players will become pundits and Champions League success will mean that it is City who are putting money the way of the TV companies, rather than the traditional 'Big Four'.

    So, like everything else, the main thing is what happens on the pitch, get that right and everything else will follow in time.

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  6. Which is exactly why I wanted us to concentrate on winning the PL year after year, doing what United did in their period of dominance. Instead, our owners concentrated on the CL. Fair enough, they pay the piper I suppose.

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  7. Tonight after the BBC news, the female announcer said "We have more football tomorrow when England take on Turkey at Wembley." Was it a genuine error? Or was she given the announcement to read by a fan of the former big 4 who don't want to give us any recognition at all?

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  8. I don't think there is anything to be constructively done about the agenda from a media perspective - we just need to win games and still remain cheerful cheeky chappies for 20 years and we'll be treated nicely. Understand that United have the aura they do because of Munich and Busby. 20 years of post-Busby drift brought them down to being an ordinary team with a back-story and it took the raft of 90's kids they lucked into, to bring back their aura. We'll get similar kudos if we keep being very successful but remember it took Chelsea many years of major European success to get the shirt penetration they have in Uzbekistan. Africa is full of kids wearing Chelsea shirts with Drogba on the back and even Arsenal Adebayor shirts are common. We will get there but we have to reach a level of consistent success on a global level and one year of getting to the CL semis by hitting a line of least resistance won't cut it. The trick is to get there and still be seen as cheerful, cheeky chappies.

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  9. No doubt we can now expect a tirade from the media about how united have behaved disgracefully towards their manager - a man who has just won the FA Cup and lost out on a Champions League place only on goal difference. No? You cynical lot!

    Much more likely is a stream of 'pundits' explaining to the world just why he had to go, why he just wasn't good enough for a club of their stature da de da de da .......

    This will be followed by the fawning lackeys telling us all that united have now got the best manager in the world, how he guarantees trophies etc. etc. (personally I think the eye gouging, sh*te spouting ego maniac and the rags are a perfect match, but that's just me)

    And just for a moment consider how all of the management changes at City have been portrayed in recent years. Bias? Who could possibly think that!!

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  10. Actually the press I've seen on the United issues has been a case of laughing at what is just a total PR fuck-up on United's part. When the winning of an FA Cup is almost a throwaway item on sports news dominated by The Arrogant One arriving at the swamp, you know things haven't worked well. I assume that it wasn't their intention and that they planned on completing the negotiations with Morinho and moving to an announcement to the stock markets Tuesday or Wednesday having given Van Gaal a few moments of glory before saying "Cheers Louis". Either on the agents side (in which case the club hierarchy will be pissed at Morinho before he even starts) or on United's side (in which case there'll be an internal witch-hunt. Either way - a win.

    Quite a lot of "but can he really still cut it?" stories too. We are in for a hell of a Summer on the transfer front as the cream of the crop have to choose between high wages but no CL football and a classy manager (Chelsea), Europa League and a manager whose star just might be fading (United) or CL football and a manager whose reputation is as the best coach in the world. If you're high quality, arrogant, need no training, you head for the money. If you're high quality, young and hungry and want to be the best in the world, where do you go?

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  11. United players celebrating their cup win by singing songs about us. I haven't heard which one, but it says a lot about the club from the top down. I can understand their fans' attitude toward us, but you'd think players would be above that. Why us, why not songs about Liverpool as I thought the scousers were their main rivals now

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  12. So what was the song "We were even more shite than you" ? If truth be told Mourinho was appointed within days of being sacked by Chelsea as he and Utd are a match made in hell.

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  13. Couldn't agree more....about them being a match that is. Still not sure what the song was although I'll wager they weren't doing the Yaya/Kolo song

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  14. Saw it on facebook. It was their version of 'This old man' with the line which I first heard in the 60s. Not exactly original, then,with the line 'Why don't City fuck off home'?
    Just shows how obsessed they are with us. Mourinho is good fit. An obnoxious turd at an obnoxious club!

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    1. Just to add, but then, none of their songs are original are they? They have no new songs (when they DO sing, that is). The Bournemouth fans got it right.
      'One-nil, and you still don't sing'. Don't know which gave me the biggest laugh: that, or the Dippers getting done by Sevilla! :D

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    2. Just to add, but then, none of their songs are original are they? They have no new songs (when they DO sing, that is). The Bournemouth fans got it right.
      'One-nil, and you still don't sing'. Don't know which gave me the biggest laugh: that, or the Dippers getting done by Sevilla! :D

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  15. The rag football writers (they're not journalists, who have scruples) are circling their wagons around the club.
    I've just heard on talkShite, one of the Custis brothers denying that the club had briefed against LVG, "they're not that kind of club". The leak probably came from maureenio, such behaviour is right up his street.

    If we think the media have an agenda against us then it will be confirmed this season once the Machiavellian one has the press on his side.

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