Sunday, 6 March 2016

Hypothetical league tables...

...FIFA, team work and agendas.

1) How the table would finish based on form so far this season

If Spurs, Arsenal, Man City, West Ham and Man United were to get the same average number of points per game as they have done so far this season, Leicester would only need 13 points from their last nine games to be champions. #hypothetical #justabitoffun

This how the top six would finish up...

1 Leicester - 79
2 Tottenham - 72
3 Arsenal - 68
4 Man City - 68
5 West Ham - 64
6 Man United - 62

* Points totals rounded to the nearest point.

So as Leicester are currently on 60 points they would only need 13 more points to be champions.

Obviously, you would expect at least one or two of the top six to put together a strong run in, so the above statistics don't actually mean anything, other than underlining what everyone already knows, namely that the chasing pack are going to have to up their game to have a realistic chance of taking the title.

2) Not one single fact?

Referring to the Qatar 2022 World Cup, new FIFA President Gianni Infantino claimed, "There has been a lot of speculation and a lot of allegations but not one single fact, in six years."

Not one single fact?

i) It's a fact that BBC reporters were arrested in Qatar simply for doing their jobs:
Arrested for reporting on Qatar's World Cup labourers

ii) It's a fact that FIFA claimed at the time, "Any instance relating to an apparent restriction of press freedom is of concern to FIFA and will be looked into with the seriousness it deserves."  And yet what action has been taken by FIFA against Qatar since the reporters were arrested? #zilch #sweepitunderthecarpet

iii) It's a fact that statements were read out before every match at the 2014 World Cup aimed at ending discrimination, yet FIFA awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar where the law discriminates against gay relationships. #hypocrites
"...promoting gender equality ... tackling discrimination..."

Not one fact, Gianni?  That's three facts for you straight away.

To be fair, Gianni Infantino will hopefully be a big improvement over Sepp Blatter #notsayingmuch, and he has made some encouraging noises, but if he wants to get off on the right foot he needs to stop white-washing previous FIFA wrong-doings out of history, and acknowledge FIFA's many previous failings.

3) There's no 'I' in team

When talking about his team-mates, Cristiano Ronaldo recently said, "If we were all at my level maybe we would be leaders."

Admittedly he's right, and if Ronaldo's team-mates were all as good as him then they'd probably be at least 10 points clear at the top of the table.  However, it's hardly a morale boosting thing to say, and if his team-mates all had Ronaldo's self-centredness over team spirit, then they'd quite possibly be at the other end of the table fighting relegation. #ego #theresnoiinteam

4) An agenda?

During this weekend's press conference, Steve McLaren had a go at journalist Craig Hope (@CraigHope).  He described him as 'a journalist who for the last 18 months has written nothing but negative things about Newcastle,' and accused him of having an agenda against the club.

To state the obvious, if a journalist has written negative things about the way Mike Ashley runs Newcastle, or written negative things about Steve McLaren's managerial performance since he took over, then that's not an agenda.  That's just honest accurate journalism.

Look at the facts, Steve.  Look at the statistics.  Look at the performances.  If journalists are supposed to do their jobs with integrity, then how can they possibly report on 24 points from 28 matches in a positive manner? #stupidgrin #lotofpositives

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