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Red-Nosed Knight At It Again

Is it me or has the Red-Nosed Knight, supposed Manager of a team from just outside Manchester brought the game into disrepute once more with his verbal assault on today's opponents Swansea City and their defender Ashley Williams after the match.

It astonishes me that time and again over the years he has been allowed to lie, cheat, bully and intimidate the opposition, match officials, the FA, the Premier League, UEFA and FIFA with his despicable comments which the paymaster Television Channel condone with affection under the heading of mind games.

Please get real. This is not mind games, it is not funny, witty, hilarious or any derivative of those adjectives. It is pure spite along the lines of who they are and that they can do what they want, including riding roughshod over every element of the football authorities.

This is a man who has been heralded for his so-called achievements, along with Jock Stein and Matt Busby as a knight of the realm. Perhaps Bob Paisley's OBE was an oversight.

This is a man who time and again has supported his footballers for elbowing opponents in the face, deliberately kicking an opponent to end his career, aiming a kung-fu type kick at an opposition supporter and who believes that the persistent assassination of opponents in the form of deliberate and on occasion nasty violent fouls are part and parcel of the game.

Today nothing went right for his team and they fielded their best available eleven and 'Only' got a draw against resilient opponents who time and again put their body on the line for their cause, something the Red-Nosed Knight's team did not do. The same ginger-haired midfielder once again was cautioned for a spiteful foul but the emphasis was on a supposed offence by Ashley Williams who 'could have killed Robin van Persie' by kicking the ball against his head as he fell to the ground.

The same Robin van Persie who is not unaccustomed to leaving a foot in himself.

His Manager's comments designed to get a professional footballer banned from the game were simply a disgrace and the fact that the FA or the Premier League will hide from taking action against him is testimony to the fact that they are scared to act against this appalling creature from the backstreets of Glasgow.

The only saving grace is that, once again he fears City creeping up on the rails. Yes they luckily beat City recently but the fear amongst his players and the inhabitants of the home counties is completely touchable. And this outburst was another example of that. With the Blue Moon now firmly above the horizon and his transfer budget spent on the Dutch striker, there is no doubt that he is fearful of his noisy neighbours once again.

Quite why the authorities tolerate this is something I have never been able to fathom. If it was Big Sam, 'Arry or the quieter likes of Hughton, Lambert or Adkins then Soho would be getting ready to swell its coffers and add some match-day sanctions. But nothing will happen to Red Nose. Deep down he is a coward. He has stated very publicy that he will do anything to give his team an advantage. This is simply just another example of that. It will make a future referee send someone off against them, it will intimidate the authorities, it will worry opposing players.

The real problem for him today was not the perceived offence. It was the fact that his forever talked-about strike force came up empty against a team he thought they would beat easily. It was the fact that his only goal came from Evra, not the world's most prolific goalscorer and yet another grass chomper. How many times did he go to ground today to seek to gain an unfair advantage. along with young, Van Persie, Rooney and just about everyone in red, you can see that this 'tactic' is something that they play for as they seek to load the free kick count around the edge of the box.

No doubt the red tinters will hail me as a bitter blue. The blinkered vision that these people have will never see the real issues, but it is not only one City author that sees it. Today the phone-ins, media commentaries and blogs are alive with comment on the state of play just outside Manchester.

The manner in which it conducts it's business is outwith the reputation of the game we love so much and it is high time that he was outwith the game himself.

all times East Manchester

TOMORROW 15h00 Sunderland, Stadium of Light, PL
Sa 29Dec 15h00 Norwich, Carrow Road, PL
Tu 01Jan 15h00 Stoke, The Etihad, PL
Sa 05 Jan 15h00 Watford, The Etihad, FAC
Su 13Jan 16h00 Arsenal, The Emirates, PL
Sa 19Jan 15h00 Fulham, The Etihad, PL
Tu 29Jan 19h45 QPR, Loftus Road

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Date:Monday December 24 2012

Time: 12:06AM

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The world of football will be a better, fairer place when this clown retires.
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24/12/2012 08:55:00

I agree, comments like his should be dealt with by the FA. He has no right to slander a player like Ashley Williams who is a real professional through and through. No way would he do anything malicious deliberately. In my opinion the referee was excellent today and dealt with this situation the proper way, yellow cards for both. That is the end of it as far as the FA go, they can't take further action because the referee has dealt with it. As far as SIR ALEX goes, he should receive a heavy fine and maybe a ban. You can't slander a player or a referee like he did, Absolutely shocking. Good luck for the season lads. grind the red hoard down. A Swansea fan.
Phil W
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24/12/2012 10:18:00

Good shout, Phil. The more I see it the more you see that RVP was taking a dive anyway, no wonder Chico gave him some assistance! I like the way your team plays except twice a year!
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24/12/2012 11:42:00

More proof that United fans and Sc*m fans are in teh same boat. Both are complete morons. #HoyNotFoy
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24/12/2012 17:18:00

Cheers for the giggle Sajit. Stupidity is just one of the things united fans have in limitless quantities.
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24/12/2012 19:01:00

not to mention another Young referee, who by all accounts had a good game yesterday, will not be allowed ant where near OT, to officiate a match while taggart is there.... as for Van Persie could have been 'KILLED' by A FOOTBALL, he better not go for any headers then, Poor little lamb....and while we are on the subject of flying 'OBSTICLES' good job David Beckham tried to get out of the way of a Boo,t kicked by you guessed it, Sir Taggart himself....the guy is a disgrace in the way he goes to the press and villifies any person who does any thing against his team, he will be remembered for what he has won but not the way he talks about other teams players not showing any respect to them, Joe Mercer, Bill Shankly, Cloughie, would never do such a thing..... that is why the man is a fraud. never mind this mind games bollox.
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24/12/2012 19:52:00

That boot was never kicked at Goldenballs CM, it was thrown straight at him.
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24/12/2012 20:07:00

He is a despicable bully and I was pleasantly surprised this morning at the media a) recognising his attempt at misdirection away from his team's performance and b) the ludicrous and bizarre nature of his claims that RvP's life was in danger. About time they called him on some of the **** he comes out with. Article in the Times was quite amusing in the way it took the p*ss out of his comments. However I doubt the FA will have the stones to deal with him despite his verbal assaults being quite out of order.
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24/12/2012 21:50:00

Spot on and then some. Taggart has covered himself in glory yet again. Horrible.
Johnny Baguette
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24/12/2012 23:40:00

The decisions and penalty appeals his team gets propelled them to more than one premier league title, anytime this coward faces a tough team, he resort to mind games and pressurize the spineless refs for decisions that are sickening to a neutral, man city and chelsea being on the receiving end on most occasions
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