“This sport is stupid anyway,” says US paper after defeat

How the New York Post responded to the US exit from the World Cup.

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The Murdoch-owned New York Post amused us all with the jubilant headline "US wins 1-1" after the national team held England to a draw.

But, with the US losing 2-1 to Ghana on Saturday and crashing out of the tournament, they've since had to change their tune.

Unfortunately, "This sport is stupid anyway" isn't a line that's likely to console any Englishman. We're all still more likely to echo Bill Shankly's claim: "Football isn't a matter of life or death, it's much more important than that."

Hat-tip: Bad Journalism.

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George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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