I’m Super, thanks for asking
Mediawatch’s interest was certainly piqued by The Sun’s ‘world exclusive’ on the meeting between the ‘big five’ English clubs.
It was the words ‘secret’ and ‘clandestine’ that grated most, given that The Sun’s photos showed the five club honchos coming out of the front door of the Dorchester Hotel in central London. It’s hardly an underground lair only accessed through a trapdoor in a semi-detached house in Bury; the Dorchester is less than a mile away from Premier League headquarters.
Still, The Sun were very sure of themselves. Alongside the ‘world exclusive’ there were two Martin Lipton opinion pieces and a separate ‘Who are they?’ story on those present at the meeting.
For balance, we should at least offer a retort to each of The Sun’s big claims:
– ‘Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool all met with American billionaire Stephen Ross at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday.’
Stephen Ross didn't attend London meeting. His company Relevent organises International Champions Cup, which #MUFC have played in previously
— Paul Kelso (@pkelso) March 2, 2016
– ‘England’s five biggest clubs have held secret talks about a new European Super League.’
— PA Dugout (@PAdugout) March 2, 2016
– ‘That would benefit the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, who fear missing out this season with Leicester and Spurs – conspicuous by their apparent absence – currently filling the top two slots.’
Manchester United are understood to be strongly opposed to any breakaway from PL or CL. Story on @TimesSport shortly.
— Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) March 2, 2016
– ‘Arsenal and City would not want to miss out on a huge cash windfall either.’
Arsenal spokesperson: “We are strongly opposed to any breakaway. Not Arsenal, nor any clubs at the meeting, are seeking changes to the Premier League and European landscape and no conversations surrounding displacing the Premier League or starting a European Super League took place.”
‘In the end, too, nothing may come of this,’ is an entire paragraph of one of Lipton’s pieces in The Sun.
Not quite what your back page would have us believe, fella.
But, but you just said?
‘England’s five biggest clubs have held secret talks about a new European Super League’ – The Sun, page 56.
‘Of course, at this stage, it was just a meeting. The agenda was secret’ – Martin Lipton, The Sun, page 55.
Just make sure you get them to click through
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) March 2, 2016
First two lines of linked article:
‘Manchester United, City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool met for talks. The meeting was to discuss the International Champions Cup.’
‘Manchester United ready £27million bid for Sporting Lisbon star William Carvalho,’ reads The Sun’s headline.
‘Manchester United are looking to strengthen their squad with a summer move for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho, according to reports,’ the story reads.
The Sun have taken their lead from this story on Tuttomercatoweb. Because Italian transfer sites are always the first to know about Portuguese players moving to English clubs.
Actually, Tuttomercatoweb quote Portuguese newspaper Record as their source of the news. Except that Record said nothing of the sort.
What Record actually reported was that Carvalho could be sold for €35m, as Sporting may agree to sell below the minimum release fee. That was said to be potentially interesting for Manchester United and Arsenal.
From ‘could interest United’ to ‘United ready £27million bid’ in 24 hours. Top work.
You know you’ve made it when…
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) March 2, 2016
“Mum, I’m scoring goals for Manchester United.”
“Mum, people are talking about me as one of the stars of the next generation.”
“Mum, the Daily Mail consider me worthy of a ‘footballer goes shopping’ story.”
“Come here, son. I’m so proud of you.”
Making a meal of it
‘Jermain Defoe hoping to ease Sunderland’s relegation fears after nutritious meal as he gears up for clash with Crystal Palace,’ read the MailOnline headline at 1pm on Tuesday. Curse them for missing Mediawatch’s deadline by an hour.
‘Defoe’s meal consisted of around 537 calories and the striker will be hoping to put in an energetic performance against the struggling Eagles.’
Good to know that ‘man eats food to gain energy’ really is a news story.
‘The former Tottenham striker opted for tuna steak and a healthy portion of tagliatelle which were complimented by a side portion of tenderstem broccoli.’
Oh tuna steak, how lovely you look in that dress. Have you had your hair cut, Miss Tagliatelle?
Unfortunately, Defoe failed to score with any of his three shots against Palace on Tuesday. Burger and chips on Friday night?
“There aren’t many of us Brits left, so we [Alan Pardew and I] are not going to go against each other because if we don’t stick up for each other, we’ve got a big, big problem because there are so many foreign managers coming in – more than ever before. Us Brits have got to stick together because there aren’t many of us left” – Sam Allardyce, February 29.
“Alan would say that. Alan says they have played well when they have played badly. When have you ever heard Alan say they didn’t deserve to win? He always deserves to win and they don’t. You know what he is like, you had him up here long enough” – Allardyce, March 1.
Come on, come on let’s stick together.
No, that isn’t on there
‘Ryan Giggs: 25 of the best things he ever did’ – Daily Telegraph.
Three of the 25 are Vines Giggs inspired, another three are adverts and three more are ‘funny’ photos. We suspect the man himself would disagree with the list.
A news story introduction for our times
‘Jermain Defoe has given fans an insight into what’s fuelling his good form with Sunderland by sharing an Instagram snap of his dinner’ – MailOnline.
Recommended reading of the day
Jack Williams on League 1 America.
Jack Pitt-Brooke on Tottenham and West Ham.
Rory Smith on Marcus Rashford and young players.