News in brief

No room at the inn for the Irish FA, and transfer news…

Plus, some back-patting for this little chap… presumably

Lionel Messi 

Like a spotty teenage asthmatic wearing his dad’s suit, standing outside a nightclub in the rain, literally begging the bouncers to let him in even though he has no proof of identification, the Irish FA have apparently been pleading with Sepp Blatter to please let them be in the World Cup. Please. Like most bouncers, Blatter’s answer appears to be a rather firm “no, sod off”.

“Naturally they were unhappy with what happened and asked very humbly whether they could be team number 33.”

Tomorrow should see Lionel Messi snagging the Ballon d’Or, beating off stiff competition from the shortlist of ten, which includes: Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto’o, Steven Gerrard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andres Iniesta, Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Xavi. The last two Englishmen to win the thing were Michael Owen and Kevin Keegs.

In the zany world of transfers, Ancelotti has left everyone gagging for breath, after declaring something about how he won’t be signing anyone in January, even with the window soon to slam down on quivvering Chelsea fingers.

And club rebels Nani and Babel have been blessed/cursed with rather mixed fortunes, with Sir Alex Ferguson insistent that he won’t be letting Nani leave – despite some suggestive coughing from Milan and Benfica. Whilst Ryan Babel – currently the recipient of the Benitez silent treatment – isn’t wanted by the men in shorts at Bayern Munich.

Does a spell in lonely exile await the gobby Dutchman?

4 responses so far
  • Kobe Bryant // November 30, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    haha, lionel messi beating off ronaldo

  • Gerry Fitzpatrick // November 30, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Its the FA of Ireland not the Irish FA. There is an Irish FA IFA, but they run footbal for our good friends in Northern Ireland.

    Yes its the Peoples Front of Judea or the Judean Peoples Front, I know, but that the way it is.

  • Darren // December 1, 2009 at 7:18 am

    The Irish FA really need to get over themselves. If every team who had a dodgy decision got a pity place in the world cup, there would be 200 teams playing. And it’s very convenient that they forgot the penalty against Georgia … don’t see them demanding a replay for Georgia.

    Here – watch Robbie Keane turning down a penalty that no-one else in the stadium saw except for the referee:

  • Guy Lafleur // December 1, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Shut up you whiny irish wankers.
    Even the notorious moaners in italy didnt bitch that much when they got robbed by an offside 8 years ago at the WC.

    Life is a bitch, so suck it up and be men about it.
    And the hand ball was karmic payback for that phantom PK.

    No is going to miss nor does anyone care about the irish especially their sad football team.

    The WC already added 8 mediocre teams this year, there is enough crappy teams.
    Better luck next time.

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