No, The Sun, Liverpool fans did not ‘mock Origi’s manhood’

Date published: Thursday 24th October 2019 12:03 - Sarah Winterburn

Stand by your manhood
Liverpool won 4-1 in Belgium on Wednesday night but never mind that, some Liverpool fans had mocked-up an image of Divock Origi with a giant penis so The Sun – never shy of piling on Liverpool fans – lead on that furore rather than the actual football. Which is fair. But as you might expect, they make something of a mess of their coverage. It is of course incredibly important to cover racism in football, but it is also incredibly important to cover racism in football with some sensitivity and understanding of the subject.

‘FURIOUS Liverpool have slammed their fans for unveiling an obscene, racist banner depicting Kop star Divock Origi.

‘Uefa are poised to hit the club with a misconduct charge over the explicit flag – mocking Belgian striker Origi’s manhood.’

Sorry, what? The banner is not offensive because it ‘mocks’ anybody’s ‘manhood’. That’s not how racism works. Nobody actually thinks Origi has a penis down to his ankle. Except maybe The Sun’s Charlie Wyett.

Perhaps the words ‘perpetuating racial stereotypes’ are just too confusing for Britain’s best-selling newspaper? Which is odd as they really should be experts on the subject.


You’ll never walk (off) alone…
Talking of racism in football, The Sun’s Neil Custis is keen to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer credit (as always) for standing up to racism in football.

Of course, the real story would be if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was planning to completely ignore Uefa’s three-step protocol.


“He is the biggest talent in the world right now but it’s important that he stays at Dortmund to continue his development, because here he can play in the Champions League,” is what former assistant coach Jorg Heinrich has told Goal this week about Jadon Sancho.

Did Heinrich mention any particular clubs he should snub? Of course not. Does that matter? Does it balls.

‘Jadon Sancho told to snub Man Utd transfer in favour of staying at Borussia Dortmund’ – Mirror.

‘Liverpool news and transfers LIVE – Sancho told to snub Reds, Haaland linked, Arsenal wanted Fabinho’ – Liverpool Echo.

‘Jadon Sancho told to snub Huddersfield Town after goalless draw with Middlesbrough’ – Mediawatch.


Quote, unquote
Headlines on MailOnline on Thursday morning:

‘Manchester United ‘reach £130,000 agreement with Real Zaragoza to sign Spanish wonderkid Mateo Mejia’ after impressive spell in U18s side following his summer arrival at Old Trafford’

‘Rodrygo and Federico Valverde ‘lead the Real Madrid renovation plan’ as Spanish press hail Brazilian as better than Vinicius Jr’

‘Tottenham ‘send scouts to Brazil to watch Gremio starlet Everton Soares as Mauricio Pochettino eyes January swoop for former Arsenal target’

So far, so ‘according to reports’. But then there’s this…

‘Mauricio Pochettino ‘looking to inject energy into Tottenham squad with Max Aarons, Nathan Ferguson and Bruno Fernandes ALL on his radar in January”

Mediawatch stands with Mail journalist Adrian Kajumba, who wrote his own, sourced piece about Tottenham’s January plans, only to see his employers sell it as a chop job. Some habits are obviously hard to break.


Keeping up with the Jones’
We could spend all day raging about the trend of using quotes from ‘fans’ on Twitter to drive traffic to supposed ‘news’ stories. It’s everywhere.

‘Arsenal fans think Ozil has ‘finished Emery in one tweet’ after pair’s tense training ground chat’ is the latest example on The Sun. It’s infuriating and it’s shit. But it’s just about okay as long as it’s signposted.

But then you get this from the Daily Star website:

‘Roberto Firmino almost provides ‘greatest assist you’ll ever see’ in Liverpool vs Genk’

And that quote – ladies and gentlemen – is not from Jurgen Klopp, Firmino himself or even from a pundit, but from an unnamed person on Twitter.

‘”Nearly the greatest assist you’ll ever see from Firmino,” said one.’

One what? Person? Fan? Bot?

Well, the irony – presumably entirely lost on Star man Sam Meade – is that he has accidentally quoted Goal’s Liverpool correspondent Neil Jones.

Oh and Neil Jones’ Twitter following is roughly four times that of Daily Star Sport.


Conjugal visit


CHO, CHO young
‘Chelsea star Hudson-Odoi again proves immense potential… but he’s got a long way until he reaches role model Sterling’ – The Sun.

He’s 18.


X Factor
‘Jorginho reacts to Michy Batshuayi’s winner against Ajax with x-rated celebration’ – Mirror.

Pretty sure that momentarily tickling a man’s balls through his shorts is basically a 12.


Recommended reading of the day
Jacob Steinberg on Christian Pulisic

Grace Robertson on Liverpool’s Andy Robertson problem

Daniel Taylor meets King Kazu (£)

Recommended listening of the day

The new Planet Football podcast, The Broken Metatarsal, featuring Alex Brooker and Graham Stack on episode 1. 

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