Authenticity and cancel culture

JD Sports have cut ties with the ‘football ‘influencer’ Adam McKola. Some anti-Israeli tweets were unearthed and JD acted swiftly, distancing themselves from the Full Time Devils creator. McKola has subsequently released a statement on Twitter. He denies accusations of anti-Semitism…despite a string of tweets, where a clear correlation can be made. But this article…

SEXISM. COMPLICITY. COPA 90

This is a story about influencers, sexism and turning a blind eye. Football media publisher Copa90 have decided to delete a promotional video for their coverage of the women’s world cup. For those who don’t know get to know. Nah…Copa90 is a YouTube channel come football media company with lofty aspirations of becoming the definitive…

Stick to the script.

Football is dying. Not the sport itself. That’s still great. But the storyline-driven soap opera just feels out of date. Maybe Netflix is to blame. As ‘consumers of content’ (people that watch stuff), we’ve been simultaneously introduced and spoilt with sophisticated storytelling that’s forced the likes of the BBC, SKY and HBO to up their…

What Game of Thrones can teach us about Sarri & Kepa.

Before we get stuck into Sarri and Kepa, let’s enjoy a quick excerpt from a fascinating article about power. Disclaimer. I’ve never watched Game of Thrones, nor do I intend to. But it’s very popular and this is very relevant:  Power is a curious thing. “Three great men sit in a room, a king, a priest,…

Why everybody is wrong about Jorginho

  Rio Ferdinand, Martin Keown, Danny Murphy, Alan Shearer and the Sunday Supplement gang have all weighed in on the war against Jorginho. Essentially, they believe that Kante is being misused in the Sari-ball system. Furthermore, they don’t really think Jorginho is up to it. In my humble opinion this feels a little short sighted….

Brand values?

Der Spiegel recently published a chilling account of rape. One the accuses Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese player has rejected the allegations, and in one tweet referred to them as fake news. This article isn’t about Ronaldo’s innocence or guilt. It’s about the response of the brands associated with the global icon. However, I highly recommend…

End of Arsène. End of ArsenalFan TV?

ArsenalFan TV had a great thing going. It’s birth five years ago coincided and in many ways shaped the #WengerOut movement. And Arsenal’s formulaic top four failure (or success depending how you see it) was the perfect point of contention. The anger and outrage expressed by the likes of Claude and DT slots perfectly into…

Martin Glenn the top lad.

Martin Glenn has had an eventful time so far at the FA. The man brought in from Birdseye kicked things off in whiter than white fashion. Sam Allardyce was sacked for giving pointers to a fake sheik on how to cheat the system. A reasonable start for someone whose objective was to clean up the…

Gary Neville supports Arsenal.

I’m convinced that Gary Neville is a secret Arsenal fan. There’s no other explanation for it. His commentary at the League Cup Final was outrageously biased. He spoke with a venom and fury only seen on ArsenalFanTV. Oh yes, he’s made an appearance on ArsenalFanTV. All very suspicious if you ask me… …Ok, maybe suggesting…

BELLERIN VS. ARSENALFANTV

Why Hector Bellerin is wrong about ArsenalFanTV Speaking at the Oxford Union, Hector Bellerin made some interesting observations about ArsenalFanTV. Has the Arsenal full back hit the nail on the head, or is he missing the point. Well as is so often the case, the truth lies somewhere in between. Not true fans though? Bellerin’s…