Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Keane got muzzled

Roy Keane of Manchester United has had his MUTV interview censored by the club because of its strong criticism of the club and players. That’s what happens when you fall back into a dictatorial ownership structure folks. Thank the Glazers again: To hell with the ability to speak your mind.

The show was recorded at United's training complex on Monday and the Irishman laid in to half the team with some harsh words. I hope he laid into Alan Smith: does this kid do anything else except scream and yell at anyone who fouls him or referee that books him?

MUTV, which has lost many subscribers since the takeover, aired action from the junior team instead.

You can thank the smarmy Chief Executive (read: Glazer lap dog) David Gill this time. Wasn’t he the guy that ‘felt your pain’ and promised to quit United if there was a Glazer takeover? Well, like all team players he towed the company line with the good ‘ol “detrimental to the team” crap. Oh and Alex Ferguson also said he didn’t want it aired (looks like his are the only strong words allowed), when questioned, choosing instead to say:

"That is the great thing about football -- we have had a few days to recover from a bad result and hopefully we can put things right tomorrow," –Ferguson

Is that the great thing about football? Hmmm, I’ve missed that one for years; I thought the great thing about football was great movement and passing. Consider me set strait.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never been a big Keane fan ever since he intentionally injured Manchester City’s Alf-Inge Haaland in 2001, but I rather like his mouth because you see so many players today saying the same old stupid things to the media; so worried about their image and marketing potential. It’s nice to see outspokenness rather than the fakers that kiss their team’s logo after a goal.

Keane, rightly so, is frustrated. The team looks listless. Remember the days when United played with that pressure that seemed so relentless, when teams really feared leaving the ground with a 5-0 drubbing?

I wrote it then, I stand by it. Last season’s FA Cup loss to Arsenal (right after the takeover) was the first sign of the crumbling walls at Old Trafford. Censorship is another fallen brick.

Airing the interview would have kept a smidge of integrity in place.



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Anonymous mspoke said...

They shoudl just air the program, it'll be about the only thing that's been worth watching on MUTV in all its years of operation.

11/01/2005 8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking at your comment about Alan Smith I must wonder if you have actually seen a single United game this season??

11/02/2005 4:41 AM  
Blogger i love 1865 said...

Surely the censorship is nowt at all to do with the Glazers... it's the manager and his 'la la la I can't hear you' approach to anyone daring to criticise his little darlings.

11/02/2005 12:55 PM  

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