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Does Van Persie Suck On Humbug?

An unnamed source sent Vital Manchester City the following article:

It was interesting that Match of the Day showed footage of Robin van Persie apparently unable to look Adabeyor in the eye during the pre-match handshake on Saturday when Arsenal came to Eastlands.

It has been reported by a number of parties, and publicised on various websites, that the aforementioned Dutch star mouthed profanities at City supporters after scoring his goal. The extravagance of his sliding tackle on Adebayor was there for all to see. Had Manu not leaped like the proverbial salmon, he would have been scythed to the ground.

This is the context in which we look at VP's web-sulk on the Arsenal site. I am impressed by his erudition, and the extent of his classical learning. If he wrote this himself Arsenal certainly are standing by their promise to educate players. 'Sad and disappointed', 'mindless and malicious' - it's rhetoric that Obama would be proud of. Trial by media. Persie the prosecutor.

Humbug? Is it ok to cut a former colleague dead? To watch a vulnerable young man, with a weak grasp of English, harangued and abused by an angry crowd? To see his weakness - passion, the pain of rejection? To strike, then, as van Persie did, in a public place, with a scything tackle?

Which of us would not have reacted? We talk of these professional footballers, their vast wealth, their great responsibilities, the privileges they have. How many of us put ourselves in their shoes, and recognise the problems they face? Ade is not much older than my son.

If the Arsenal crowd, and former friends to whom he might have been expecting to turn for support, had treated him like this I could tell you how I would have felt about the incident. But I won't. I'm sure you know. Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.

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Date:Wednesday September 16 2009
Time: 10:38AM


'Weak grasp of English' - where do you honestly get this from?! Truly idiotic, he speaks better than most Mancs.
16/09/2009 10:54:00
Who do you (team) support shewore?
16/09/2009 10:59:00
Adebayor's grasp of English is pretty damn good or have you not heard him in interviews? You lot are lucky in a way because you can afford a luxury player like him & then discard him when he cannot be bothered, which will happen. He really tried for Arsenal when he first arrived & it was his workrate which started to win over all the doubters. It was only once he had such a great season that his attitude changed & I have no doubts the exact same thing will happen with your lot. I always thought he'd have a great season for Man City & it's already working out that way, after all when he actually puts the effort in he can be an excellent player as he proved on Saturday & prior to that. The trouble will be when come the end of the season he wants a pay rise & to play for Barca or AC Milan. Thats when it will all go wrong, but as I say it's not a problem for City because you can instantly buy a world class replacement but others clubs like ours (& most others) aren't in that position.
Ashburton Gooner
16/09/2009 11:09:00
You lot are beginning to sound increasingly paranoid. RvP's scything tackle was for more innocent than Ade's stamp on Cesc. It was Ade himself who set the physical tone throughout. Didn't look Ade in the eye? Were they life partners sharing an intimate moment then? As for 'Sad and disappointed', 'mindless and malicious' being rhetoric that Obama would have been proud of, it would only appear that way to those used to monosyllabic speech. I see the writer was too embarrassed to put a name to it. That's about the only thing that is understandable in the whole piece.
16/09/2009 11:18:00
How times have changed.
Johnny Baguette
16/09/2009 11:19:00
Indeed JB. I suppose you could amend the word 'How' and replace it with 'Happy' (days) lol.
16/09/2009 11:21:00
City are on a hiding to nothing over Adebayor, and they don't even see it. If Ade has a great season, he will be off, I gurantee it. If he scores 30 goals for you this season (which looks likely) then he will go to either AC Milan, Barcelona or Real Madrid, not even the "richest club in the world" can stop it from happening, just ask Man Utd. Whether we like it or not, Spain is a more desirable location to play football, and these players will leave. And if Ade doesn't play well enough to warrant a move to one of these clubs? Well you've just given £25 M on a player who isn't worth it, to your rivals.
16/09/2009 11:27:00
Times have changed indeed. The weight of expectation is falling heavily on you for the first time in many, many years. It's begiining to show on the pieces this week. For us it's nothing new, the expectation has been there for a long time. We'll deal with it. We'll see if you can.
16/09/2009 11:31:00
I love all of these armchair warriors and their crystal ball predicitions.
16/09/2009 11:34:00
P.S. Van crybaby certainly sucks on something, but I've never heard it called humbug before.
16/09/2009 11:34:00
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