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    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    You have to be quite a deluded United fan not to realise that they (and to a lesser extent the other big clubs) have been treated favourably by referees for decades now. Not because of some refereeing conspiracy, just that perhaps even subconsciously, they would rather screw over smaller clubs with less influence than the big boys if they aren’t sure. Today’s penalty seems a classic example - at best Duffy brushes Fellaini’s leg on the way through, at worst does not touch him at all - but Friend loses nothing by giving it as Brighton will win anyway and he avoids being the subject of Mourinho’s attempts to foist the blame on anyone but himself.
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    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Second time he has kicked out at someone slready, after Demarai Grey on the opening day. Truly abject from United, that very soft penalty makes it a very flattering scorline when a two or three goal margin would have been fair.
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    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/european/la-liga-usa-games-new-york-chicago-miami-premier-league-international-a8494401.html La Liga is going to host at least one match a year in the US for the next fifteen years. That is a depressing move - I expect it will be Getafe/Leganes vs Sevilla/Valencia to mitigate the impact whilst still being a good draw, but I feel very sorry for both sets of fans.
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    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    To be fair that was his hattrick to win the game in the last minute of injury time too. That everybody ran to him rather than Rooney is quite telling though. Hard to blame the DC United players when Rooney came in mid season, was immediately given the captaincy and earns what Acosta (who appears to be one of their better payed players) does in a year within in a week and a half.
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    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    City releasing shirts celebrating beating us again
  6. Broad unplayable as soon as his place in the side looks under threat, again. Will be interesting what happens if Stokes is back for the next test. Heartening to think I could have done Rashid’s job just as well this match.
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    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Wagner at Huddersfield proved it is possible to have success playing a high intensity style in the Championship, though it must be a concern given Bielsa’s ability to burn any side out. That is a great bit of business for Schalke. With Sane coming in, I doubt Kehrer would have been first choice anyway. From Heidel’s comments, it seems like Thilo had verbally agreed a new contract but not signed, and refused to renege on his agreement - which meant PSG had to pay the fee for a player with four or five years left.
  8. Given the weather forecast, I can't see how England would bat again if they declare now. Either India would survive without reaching 270 or England would bowl them out to win.
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    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    So Ligue 1 rights have expired on BT and will not be renewed. From a couple of years ago where the other four big leagues on UK TV - with a top quality review programme and Bundesliga highlights on free to air - to just one now, no highlights and barely any other competitions that don’t feature PL sides. Even Football League highlights kicked out onto some nonentity channel that still broadcasts in 4:3. That’s what pumping more and more money into the Premier League bubble, and the resultant need to pretend it is the be and end all of football, does.
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    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Quite the start to Bielsa’s reign at Leeds. They have been all over Stoke, who have kept the vast majority of the side that were too good on paper to go down, and are a goal up after 15. Then again his Lille side thrashed Nantes 3-0 on opening day last year and that turned into a disaster.
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    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Nice freekick. Must be nice to be the top team in the city. Could be there a while given how shaky HSV looked.
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    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Yes, that was meant as a joke about how his agent’s rather lofty estimation of his ability hasn’t been shared by managers and sporting directors around Europe. Meyer will probably do well at Palace if played as a deep lying midfielder, but it was only ever going to be midtable PL clubs who would be interested in a non-elite player on those wages.
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    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Strange move for a world class player who could play for any club in Europe. That figure seems about right for Pulisic the player, but way too low for his brand. Even if Abramovic didn’t want to pay that much, Nike could come to some agreement as they could stump up most the money and still make a profit off the shirt sales.
  14. I am skeptical about whether Rashid's selection is the right one on sporting grounds, but there is a rather sinister edge to the criticism he has been getting. He is being portrayed as the villain who is screwing over all the county players by stealing their test place and getting some rather personal criticism for it, when it should really be Smith and the other selectors as they're the ones who chose him. Also, you cannot be largely okay with Buttler getting back in the side solely on the back of his white ball form and then treat Rashid's call up as the death knell of county cricket.
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    Pictionary 41: Summer is coming

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