Posted by irresponsibility
“People were worrying more about what people were wearing and where they were going out, rather than the England football team. That then transposed itself into the team… there were paparazzi everywhere, our families were there… it was like a circus.” Interim England captain Rio Ferdinand on the team’s ignominious exit from the 2006 World Cup
The England football team hasn’t won a major tournament 1966. As you can see, this is not their fault. Whose is it? Women’s, of course: “We became a bit of a circus in terms of the whole Wag situation,” quoth Ferdinand. (“Wag” = tabloid shorthand for ‘wives-and-girlfriends’.)
Before anyone starts feeling sorry for Rio let’s remember that he gets paid £94,000 per week to play football. His girlfriend doesn’t. Still, good thing under new England manager Fabio Capello “the idea of families being present with the side at a major tournament seems inconceivable.” Heaven forfend the delicate, easily distracted football players should have to cope with the unreasonable inconvenience of other human beings.
If only ‘blaming other people for shit that’s my responsibility’ was a competition sport… England would definitely win something there.