The Arsenal striker stood with his arms crossed in the “Wakanda forever” pose, honouring the Marvel character’s fictional homeland.
The perception of how men should act and look has rather moved on – if a bit slower in football than elsewhere.
The insistence that statues of players actually look like their subjects shows the perennial conflict between visionary artists and the baying mob.
The clubs are clearly struggling. I was shocked when they only managed to give retiring chairman Richard Scudamore £5m as a parting present. Cheapskates.
The Chelsea manager’s name has become a punchline for abject powerlessness.
The proper record for getting thrashed in an official match is held by Bon Accord of Scotland, who were stuffed 36-0 by Arbroath in 1885.
The game is suspended in a hormonal state similar to that of a fifteen year old boy.
Almost one in five adverts during last year’s World Cup were for betting firms. Nearly 60 per cent of clubs in England’s top two divisions have the name of a gambling firm on their shirts.
A Snickers, going to the loo and listening to the raffle over the PA…
In my day, the scorer got a quick handshake from the captain, then players returned to the centre. Now it’s like an orgy.
Chants at The Den highlight football’s long-standing problem with racism.