Rooney and co just don't know better

2011-04-06 00:00

I HAD every intention to start this column by congratulating Liverpool on racking up a big number against their former manager Roy Hodgson.

But guess what?

The mighty Reds went and did what only they can — and somehow contrived to lose 2-1 to the mighty West Brom.

I mean, every other week I am cornered by over-zealous colleagues who are Liverpool supporters through and through.

You have to understand, these are folks who go way back with the club.

One even wears a Liverpool watch, and I am sure if he has children, they are named Bill Shankly — regardless of whether it’s a boy or girl!

They eat and drink Liverpool, but sadly their diet has consisted of more pap than anything concrete!

I am getting bored of writing about the dreaded Reds, and their latest “nearly” comeback.

But with the cricket finally over — and wasn’t it nice to see a good, happy team win the day for a real sporting legend — I mean Sachin Tendulkar, of course, and not the svelte young Indian model who attained fame by saying she would strip if her team won.

No one knows whether the deed was done, but Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s fresh haircut suggests that things got rather heated in the late hours of that (un) dressing-room party.

But enough of naughty whispers, there is important business at hand.

Tonight sees Manchester United and Chelsea meet in the Champions League again.

Expect a fair few tackles to fly in, and do not be surprised if Wayne Rooney is not the only one caught mouthing obscenities.

It has baffled me why Rooney’s rather usual behaviour has made such headlines this week.

He misbehaved — as usual — and the English press is surprised?

Heck, if anyone in England thinks this behaviour will alter the actions of youths in that country, they are as naive as a Proteas coach.

Rooney is a shining example of what the youth in England is like.

He hasn’t grown up; he has just beome ridiculously wealthy on the back of his exceptional talents.

But no amount of money buys you class. He is what he is, and the FA threatening to ban him is a serious case of barking up the wrong tree.

They will have to be banning every Drog, Nic and Harry just now.

Etiquette is not a word that exists in the English game — not least because half the combatants can’t spell it.

So, tonight, do not be surprised if you see John Terry and company hound the referee, harass the opposition and generally act like a breed they call yobs over there.

My best mate, when he feels like delving into Afrikaans, calls it ‘gam’. I am not too sure what that means, but the noise it makes on the back of my throat tells me all I need to know. They are what they are — and we watch them!

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