Ugly Side Of Sport

Posted: 26.08.06 in Blogging

This week, we have seen how ugly sport can be. Ben Thatcher’s “foul” on Pedro Mendes resulting in the hospitalisation of the Portsmouth player; and the huge row in cricket involving the Pakistan Cricket Board, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Darrell Hair and the ICC. In fact, the demands of Darrell Hair were quite astounding. I watched the ICC’s press conference and the Chief Executive seemed equally bemused. Anyway, they say these things come in threes, and on tonight’s BBC Look North, some revelations came to light.

As part of Newcastle United’s tax commitments, it has been decided somewhere that more details than anticipated should be revealed – including payments made to players’ agents. And the figures are unbelievable. One agent, representing a player known only as “Silver”, demanded a fee of £775,000 from Newcastle United for the negotations in renewing his client’s contract. Other agents requested in excess of £250,000 to facilitate transfers.

The item on Look North made clear that no wrong had been made by the rules of the game, but it also raised questions as to whether fans would be happy that their matchday programmes are being spent on short stout bald men with cigars… as the stereotype goes…

  1. dave says:

    If you ever get a chance, read George Grahams book who explains what goes on with agents.

    If you remember he got caught taking two massive bungs.

  2. Steve says:

    Thanks for the tip.

    Completely irrelevant, but I really enjoyed reading Stuart Pearce’s autobiography, Psycho, which was written a few years before he retired from playing football. It covers his rise into prominence, his relationship with Brian Clough, and his near-death experience in a Rover whilst playing for Newcastle United. Interesting read…!

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