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    Kurt Zouma The cat kicker

    Seems Zouma has incurred the wrath or Khan having been seen booting his cat on social media. Should he be banned for a couple of games. The fans supposedly chanting 'That's how your cat feels' after he got a knock made me chuckle. Kurt Zouma was booed by both sets of fans as the controversy over the West Ham United defender’s cruelty to his pet cat overshadowed this victory for David Moyes’ side. The big question the manager faced before the game was whether Zouma would play, given his recent exposure on social media as a man who appears to find abusing an animal funny. Many were calling for the player to be subject to disciplinary measures, but Moyes decided to pick him. Asked before kick-off by BT Sport’s reporter whether he had considered dropping him, the West Ham manager replied: “No, because he is one of our best players.” But his words provoked an immediate backlash on social media. Clearly when the alternative is Issa Diop and the points are of vital importance, morality is not an issue at the London Stadium. Still, it meant Zouma was subject to the court of public opinion. And when he came on to the pitch, praying to a higher force – presumably asking that no one films round his house again – he was roundly booed from all sides of the stadium. His every touch was greeted with derision. And when he tussled with Joshua King and was left clutching his ankle, squirming on the turf, the Watford supporters delivered a chant not previously heard at a Premier League match: “That’s how your cat feels.” Kurt Zouma cries out in pain Credit: GETTY IMAGES On Tuesday night, one of West Ham’s sponsors, Kissimmee, said they would re-evaluate their relationship with the club in light of the furore. On the pitch, West Ham are not letting the chance of qualifying for the Champions League go without a fight. As Manchester United stumbled at Burnley, they showed admirable determination to see off a Watford side whose latest new-manager bounce lasted all of one fixture. Jarrod Bowen was once again the man to thank, his goal the difference between the sides. Advertisement For Moyes, points have long been the things that matter. Particularly as they offered demonstrable relief after spending much of the last 24 hours obliged to wrestle with one of the more unexpected byways of his management career: a case of animal cruelty. “I was really disappointed when I saw the video,” Moyes said of his player’s behaviour. “It’s really out of order, something we didn’t expect from Kurt. The club have taken all the actions they can do, behind the scenes. But my job is to pick the best team I possibly could, find a way to get three points for West Ham. “There will be people who will be disappointed at that and I understand that totally. “I am someone who cares a lot about my dogs and horses and all the people I am connected with. I have spoken to him and we will move on as much as we can. “We wanted to get this game out of the way and we understand nobody will be pleased about it. It is a poor situation.” Watford had spent much of the season up until now being the cat the rest of the division kicked. But Roy Hodgson loves a clean sheet and has clearly brought a bit of organisation to Hertfordshire. From the start, his team looked disciplined, structured and physically committed. Advertisement It did not help West Ham’s attempts to break down the Watford resolve that their radar appeared initially awry. In the opening exchanges both Declan Rice and Bowen passed straight into touch when they assumed their full-back was overlapping. And Watford had chances on the counter. When Rice, pouring forward as is his wont, was stopped in his tracks by Tom Cleverley’s smart tackle, the visitors broke quickly. The ball was played to Hassane Kamara, whose cross found Juraj Kucka. Unfortunately he headed wide when he should have scored. But the jeopardy was always there for Hodgson. As when, in a rare moment of West Ham fluency, they almost found a way past the Watford resolve. Dribbling across the visitors’ box, Bowen deftly slipped in Said Benrahma, whose shot was superbly saved by Ben Foster. The ball rebounded to the West Ham winger, he had another go and this time hit the post. But if West Ham are ever in doubt there is always a simple solution: give the ball to Bowen. Midway through the second half, the substitute Manuel Lanzini did just that, playing the forward in just outside the Watford area. He simply strode on and shot at goal. A cruel deflection off Samir wrong-footed Foster and West Ham were ahead. Advertisement “To concede the goal from such a large deflection is always tough on a team,” said Hodgson. Bowen nearly doubled his contribution a few moments later when he hit the post after a dazzling run. Watford tried to respond. It needed a Rice block as King shaped to shoot; and Cleverley then fed King, who charged forward and returned the ball. Off balance, Cleverley ballooned a shot over the bar. It was Watford’s last chance. And it meant Zouma could go home with three points in his pocket. Not that the cat will be pleased to see him.
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    Wolves (H) - Sun 22nd May 2022 (4:00pm)

    You see this is why I havent been on here for a number of weeks, the type of poster who tells others what to think and instead, only 'my' view counts. Listen, I didnt see the flare get thrown from our fans and mentioned what I saw. If the flare came from our fans first, then I agree, whoever threw it should be looking at a lifetime ban. Ive repeatedly said I see the domestic cups as distractions. Why should I 'appreciate them' given that? Im happy other people had the opportunity to see the wins at Wembley. But, you'll never convince me playing extra games and 120 minute finals doesnt have knock on effects on player performance and ultimately winning or losing the PL and CL titles. Angry? Have you listened to the podcast yet? I really dont get why you have yet again singled my post out despite many others expressing similar views. Your post at 9:25, which I read through first before posting my thoughts, isnt that different yet I didnt take issue with it.
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    PODCAST: Liverpool 3 Wolves 1 - Match Reaction

    Agreed. Im at that end of the ground in the SKD Upper. The cheering deffo started below me in the corner, just about as far away from the wolves fans as you can get in that part of the ground. We were going 'what's going on?' because loads around me were on their phones saying it was still 3-2.
  4. I dont often get worried about fixtures but this one does worry me. We're running on fumes and have some injury concerns. The Sport Science Department said of the 2019 final that if Spurs had scored first, they considered the team didnt have enough in the tank to have come from behind to win. This team has a dont know when beaten attitude. Madrid always seem to spawn results in this competition. We're going to need to be perfect to win this. Going to pens will see me hiding behind the sofa I think!
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    PODCAST: Liverpool 3 Wolves 1 - Match Reaction

    'The fucking useless bottling twats!' Spot. Fucking. On. Dave.
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    Biggest knobhead journalist

    Got to be fat cunt Samuel for me. Ive heard the rumour one of his adult kids works for city which is why he gives them an easy ride. But it's the cunt's philosophy that owners should 'be able to pump' as much money into their club as they want and starting the trend of calling historically trophy winning clubs 'legacy' clubs compared to 'new' money clubs like city and a lesser degree, chelsea during the Abramovich era. It probably hasnt dawned on the cunt that Bayern dominate the Bundesliga not because the owners pump as much money into the club as they want but that the club has far more money going into it than any other Bundesliga club. It almost amounts to the same thing, most money by some distance results in domination.
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    Mohamed Salah

    Would love Mo to sign his contract here but I think he's 75 / 25 in favour of moving on. If he puts in his old self performance on Saturday, Im bracing myself for Real to come in with a bid now they have missed out on both Haaland and Mbappe. They'll want to make a headline signing for the summer.
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    Wolves (H) - Sun 22nd May 2022 (4:00pm)

    Thoughts about the game and events: The boys have been exceptional this season. We've won 2 trophies, took a 3rd to the last day after being 14 points behind them in January and have another go for big ears on Saturday. Im pleased people who attended both cup finals had a great day out but I cant help feeling the distraction of the domestic cups have left the team running on fumes. It's only the fact this group of players dont know when they're beat that keeps them going. Thiago has really made us tick this season but his injury \ fitness record is a big concern. He just kicked the ball yesterday and his hammy(?) went 'ping' and not for the first time. Keita isnt up to it here. He loses his man, doesnt track back enough and is too easily knocked off the ball. Despite his detractor(s), Hendo is a leader of men and the best player to Captain this team. Im absolutely gutted at events yesterday. My heart said we'd win the title, not city but my head said they'd do it. We can each point to a number of League games that have cost us number 20: The lost away at Leicester despite having a pen and being on top for most of the game. The draws home and away v Spurs, the draw away at Brentford and the loss at West Ham. For me, it's the West Ham game. We allowed Alli to get bullied and at least 2 of their goals were clear and obvious errors. But the stars aligned for city as well. I dont watch many of their games but fuck me, how they got away with that clear and obvious penalty shout at the shite is beyond me. While the shite would still have had to score the resultant pen (stop sniggering!) they'd at least have been in the conversation over the result if it had been awarded. How many times were city made to play a Saturday 12:30 kick off after an international break or, midweek European tie? They didnt get to any cup finals that went to 120 minutes but if they had, it would have been interesting to see if they'd have been made to play on a Tuesday night immediately afterwards. Sporting integrity? Fuck right off. I hate it in the ground when people cheer the score against Villa. Just my preference as I think it can affect the players. Love Stevie but he can fuck right off with his 'my players gave their all' shite. No Stevie, they shit the bed at being 2-0 up, that's what they did. Conceeding 3 goals in 6 minutes, yeah, we know where that's going but there's no way a PL team should be collapsing like that. I find it bizarre Stevie played a debutant keeper, who is so shite even the shite got rid. Martinez was said to have been a doubt for their midweek game against Villa yet played. He didnt look ropey or ill so dont understand why he didnt play yesterday. Never underestimate a defences understanding with the regular keeper in front ofthem compared to a debutant. Would Martinez have made a difference? Who knows when you have the shite Mings in your defence. If Stevie comes calling for Joe, Jurgen should tell him to fuck off. Why did he take Coutinho off after he scored, was he injured or something? But it's the trend of teams that play city, isnt it? I read someone call it that ourselves, chelsea, spurs and united know how to play these twats, the rest just role over. Newcastle, pulled their tripe out against us for 93 minutes recently. Against city they conceed 5 with 3 of those being in the last 10 minutes. Wolves yesterday, went eyeballs out with us all game yet their recent midweek game against city, conceed after 3 minutes, equalise then conceed another 4 in 90 minutes. Speaking of Wolves, their 'fans' can fuck off. I hope no one was hurt by that flare deliberately thrown into the lower Main stand corner. At least they wont get 6 points and a +12 goal difference on a plate next season now Burnley got relegated. I dont think if we'd been winning yesterday and them 2 down would have made city collapse further. Sorry, just wishful thinking in my view. But the bottom line is we went into yesterday's game depending on Villa to do us a favour. It was just too big an ask. As Jurgen said before the 19/20 season, we needed to be perfect. We were close to it but not close enough. To win the title next season, still a big ask in my opinion, we need to be perfect. That means getting in front of city and staying there because there arent enough teams in the PL who you can rely on to take points off them when it gets to the wire. I dont expect any other clubs' fans to be cheering for us. But I find it bizarre they cheer for city. Wonder if they'll still be doing that if city win the next 3 or 4 PL titles?
  9. Roman Abramovich has put Chelsea up for sale by inviting potential buyers to bid for the club this week. Telegraph Sport exclusively revealed on Monday that Chelsea owner Abramovich will receive bids for the club and Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss has since confirmed he is one of the parties who has been given the opportunity to make an offer. It is understood that potential buyers have been contacted by an American-based merchant bank, claiming to be in charge of the sale of Chelsea. Chelsea have not responded to the claims of Wyss or the belief that the club is now for sale. Interested parties are thought to have been told that Abramovich wants around £4 billion for Chelsea, but sources close to the process believe that he can only expect to receive bids in the region of £2bn. Abramovich has previously turned down offers worth £2.2bn for Chelsea, while the club’s debt to him is £1.51bn. Advertisement Telegraph Sport knows of at least three parties interested in buying Chelsea, with Wyss claiming he is one of four potential buyers to have been contacted. It is understood that parties have been encouraged to make their best bids by the end of this week, with Abramovich now under huge pressure to sell Chelsea. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has resulted in calls for Abramovich to be sanctioned, despite claims he has offered support to peace talks between the two countries. The 55-year-old’s spokesperson has not responded to reports he is selling his properties, including his mansion in Kensington Palace Gardens. Abramovich has attempted to distance himself from Russian president Vladimir Putin, but, speaking to Swiss newspaper Blick, Wyss said: “Like all other oligarchs, he (Abramovich) is also in a panic. Abramovich is trying to sell all his villas in England. He also wants to get rid of Chelsea quickly. I and three other people received an offer on Tuesday to buy Chelsea from Abramovich. Advertisement “I have to wait four to five days now. Abramovich is currently asking far too much. You know, Chelsea owe him £2bn. “As of today, we don't know the exact selling price. I can well imagine starting at Chelsea with partners. But I have to examine the general conditions first. But what I can already say: I'm definitely not doing something like this alone. If I buy Chelsea, then with a consortium consisting of six to seven investors.” https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2022/03/02/roman-abramovich-puts-chelsea-sale-swiss-billionaire-hansjorg/
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    Mohamed Salah

    Maybe it's because Im feeling like dogshit but there's a few too many past tense comments by Mo in these reports whether they are in the Echo or elsewhere. Recently we've heard some positive comments about him staying while his form has been less than stellar yet here we are, 2 goals against the mancs and it's 'something else' now. Is he wanting sole control of his image rights? As a fan, I really dont have a clue what he wants from Liverpool.
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    little things that annoy the shit out of you

    Fucking hell, woke up this morning feeling shit and Ive got the lurghy (no, not that one). Dont know whether Ive caught it from my mate who'd given it to his wife and when she was talking to me before we went to L4 on Tuesday or, a bit of a chill after doing a near 25 mile bike ride on Wednesday. Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck.
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    Mohamed Salah

    So what the fuck is it about if it's not all about the money? Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah says his Anfield contract impasse is not all “about the money” as he continues to raise doubts about his long-term future at the club. Salah and Liverpool have failed to agree on an extension to his current deal, which expires in the summer of 2023. The Egyptian is seeking a contract in line with the highest-paid Premier League players and his latest comments, given to Four Four Two magazine, make it clear the situation is no closer to being resolved. Asked if he was sure he will remain at Liverpool beyond next season, Salah said: “I don’t know, I have one year left. I think the fans know what I want, but in the contract it’s not everything about the money at all. So I don’t know, I can’t tell you exactly. I have one year left and the fans know what I want.” Salah will turn 30 this summer and has been offered a significant package in line with Liverpool’s budget which would make him one of the highest-paid players in Anfield history. Liverpool, however, have limits as to what they are prepared to pay. They are not inclined to shift their policy in order to give their stars as much as or more than the highest-salaried players at Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain, where the long-term financial resources seem to be limitless. Club owners Fenway Sports Group recognised at the start of last season that several key players were heading towards the final two years of their contracts and needed a renewal. Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson and Alisson Becker extended last summer. So too did captain Jordan Henderson after a brief disagreement about his terms. Salah scored twice in Liverpool’s 4-0 demolition of Manchester United on Tuesday Credit: REUTERS It was clear midway last season, however, that Salah did not believe his offer reflected his status and the first in a series of strategically placed and occasionally cryptic interviews followed which raised doubts as to whether he will sign another contract. None of those interviews, whether in Marca, AS or elsewhere, have had the required effect. The latest remarks come with Liverpool in the midst of a season in which they are chasing an unprecedented quadruple. If the impasse is not about money, there is a lack of clarity from Salah as to what the issue is. It certainly cannot be Liverpool’s ambition, their trophy-winning potential or how highly Salah is valued by his coach, Jurgen Klopp, within a team in which he has become a Kop legend. Liverpool will hope Salah will find the prospect of leaving Anfield unbearable as his contract continues to wind down. On the positive side, both sides want a resolution, Salah repeatedly insisting his intention is to stay at Anfield to break goalscoring records. “This club means a lot to me – I’ve enjoyed my football here more than anywhere, I gave the club everything and everybody saw that,” said Salah. “I’ve had a lot of unbelievable moments here, winning trophies, individual goals, individual trophies. It’s like a family here.” https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2022/04/22/mohamed-salah-says-liverpool-contract-deadlock-not-money/
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    My god, they really are insufferable, arent they? They are the ones to make it all about themselves with their 'Look at us, we're the only ones offended by this. Why are you?' Talk about ashamed of nothing, offended by everything!
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    The New IPTV Thread

    Im thinking of jibbing off Sky because my discount is coming to an end again and likely to go back up to £96 a month. I want to keep watching the footie and access to F1 races live. So, talk to me about IPTV! To watch PL, CL and F1 via IPTV legally, am I effectively going to be paying a similar amount to an IPTV service as that for a Sky Sports package? Put another way, to watch the same, erm, cheaper, do I have to use a not legal IPTV app? Had a look at that Nanomid set up but it says it doesnt have any content andyou have to install your own playlist of channels? Well how do you 'find' the channels you want to make up your playlist?
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    Thiago Alcantara

    Load of nonsense but not surprise what you repeatedly spout about Henderson. Jurgen must be severely short sighted not to agree with you, eh? Absolutely bizarre, he was very impressive in the first half and Klopp wouldnt have kept him on if everyone else was on another level. Flagged a bit in the 2nd but nowhere near as bad as his constatnt detractors make out.
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    Other Football 2021/22

    Well who'd have thought? I mean their cunt fans were only singing about the s*n and murderers on Tuesday night.
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    Other Football 2021/22

    chelsea still have a game in hand and still 5 points ahead of spurs and arsenal so still pretty safe bet for finishing in the top 4. The cunts have one eye on the cup final and will be taking it relatively easy until then.
  18. How embarassing for Schteve, working as the number 2 to the man who was his number 2 at Twente.
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    Abramovich reportedly puts chelsea up for sale

    I am the only one who thinks it is bizarre chelsea fans, with all their recent history of racist abuse, railled against the Cubs owners buying them, as they were considered 'racists' due to historical comments?
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    Everton (H) - Sun 24th Apr 2022 (4:30pm)

    I think we'll twat these not just into next week but next month.
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    The shitness of modern football

    Load of shite, it's just for tv viewers. Bin it off before it starts.
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    Other Football 2021/22

    Im ever the optomist Ronnie but if Im absolutely honest, I dont know where city would drop points in their remaining games. It is going to be a truely unexpected event. Fucking West Ham and Leicester aways have cost us massively and the thing is, both those defeats were utterly avoidable.
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    Thiago Alcantara

    Thought the boy was phenomenal last night, he was at the centre of everything. It's really hard to pick the best player out of that performance as everyone was excellent but I think he shaded it. Was really concerned when he seemed to fall on his arse stretching for a ball late in the 2nd half then started signalling to the bench he wanted to come off. I know Jurgen has said it was because of his ripped shorts(?) and hope he just had a numb bum and nothing more serious.
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    Man Utd (H) - Tue 19th Apr 2022 (8:00pm)

    The mancs are lying cunts. There's been no Munich chants at Anfield for 30 years. If they're saying we sang anything Munich related last night, they're cunts.