And so the sporting scandals continue…
Case in point, John Terry. These scandals don’t actually affect the way a sports person performs but the media, the internet and the public’s adoration of this kind of news make sure that it is blown ludicrously out of proportion. Players can lose their place on squads because they have managed to turn the moralising public against them with one, or many, swift actions.
If you must engage in sexual exploits beyond your loving partner, make sure it is not with a teammate’s girlfriend. This, John, is stupidity beyond belief and now that you have racist allegations over your head it leaves everyone wondering whether you are trying to alienate all of us. Of course, affairs aren’t the only sexual deviance. You could, as F1’s Max Moseley did, find yourself involved in a scandal involving Nazi costumes, prostitutes and bondage. But try not to.
The recent convictions of the Pakistani players are far from the first in the game. Hanse Cronje was the captain of South Africa’s cricket team until he was investigated for taking bribes in another spot-fixing scandal. He lied, was found guilty and was banned from playing or coaching the game for the rest of his life.
There are betting scandals, questions over dodgy looking transfer deals and all sorts of underhand tactics being employed as FIFA is currently exhibiting. Sport is all about pushing the boundaries but some of these characters get tired of pushing mental and physical barriers and have decided to see how far they can push legal barriers.
Zinedine Zidane, a fan of the biggest scandal – argy-bargy: the worst sporting villains are those who bring their dirty dealings onto the field with them. So many sports involve physicality, aggression and violence but these scumbags take it beyond the rules of the games.
Zidane is such a brilliant example because he is so ridiculous. In the 2006 football world cup final – televised worldwide and watched by millions of people – he felt it was ok to lower his horns and headbutt Materazzi in the chest. Other examples include Cantona flying studs-up into a crowd, Tuilagi taking time out of a game to land two lefts and a massive right hook in Chris Ashton’s face and a plethora of bad tackles, fights, cheeky digs and folk losing their rag.
Argy-bargy makes players look silly and brings sport into disrepute. It shows fans that the people they idolise are far from perfect, and demonstrates that some are just glamourised and highly-priced with more testosterone than sense.
Images courtesy of John Terry, Hanse Cronje and Zinedine Zidane