Someone’s Been Watching Too Much Footballers Wive$

Sigh. There really is nothing that can’t be blamed on women, is there?

From CNN/SI:

Wacky World Cup note: The soccer might be over, but not the strange goings-on. Monday brought reports that England’s Football Association might ban wives and girlfriends from attending future international tournaments. It seems that some are blaming England’s disappointing World Cup performance on the distractions caused by Posh Spice and other extremely thin yet well-endowed women. The group of wives and girlfriends was dubbed the Wags by, well, wags in the press. Among other feats in Germany, the Wags dropped about $105,000 in an hour’s worth of communal shopping and danced on tabletops after running up bar tabs of more than $700. Many of the Wags stayed together at the same hotel, which created what the linked story felicitously calls a “paparazzi honeypot.” For what it’s worth, the FA is denying the story.

Honestly, it sounds like the Bush twins were visiting Germany.

I realize that sports fans often look for any reason whatsoever that they can pin their team’s loss on, but, look. It’s not like these guys didn’t know what their wives and girlfriends were up to. And is the whole Posh and Becks thing really news to anyone at this point?

The best part is that the Guardian article doesn’t have any more concrete information than the SI snippet. It’s all based on rumor and innuendo, and as the guy from the FA pointed out, it’s a bit early to talk of banning anyone from tournament play when England hasn’t even qualified for the next tournament.

So an otherwise respectable newspaper runs a bunch of tabloid-worthy gossip that sounds like a bad plot idea for Footballers Wive$. Why? Because it’s so much easier to blame women than it is to accept that England just didn’t play as well as the team that beat them.

H/T: bmc90.


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9 comments for “Someone’s Been Watching Too Much Footballers Wive$

  1. Thomas
    July 11, 2006 at 2:16 pm

    Because it’s so much easier to blame women than it is to accept that England just didn’t play as well as the team that beat them.

    Exactly right. They have not won since 1966. They don’t even have to accept that other teams were better! The level of competition is very high, and a bad game can doom a team even in the pool round. The winner is the team that plays well enough to beat each of the opponents they face, when they face them. England has not had a team that outplayed each opponent when it counted since then (excepting possibly the loss on Maradona’s handball in 1986…) They keep producing talented players, and they will have another shot in four years.

  2. July 11, 2006 at 2:29 pm

    I wonder if this would help the Cubs?

  3. July 11, 2006 at 3:50 pm

    Many of the Wags stayed together at the same hotel, which created what the linked story felicitously calls a “paparazzi honeypot.”

    So the wives and girlfriends were not staying with the football team, but on their own in the hotel. They were not dining and dancing with the football team, but going out on their own.

    Short of taking away the passports of anyone married to or seen in the company of a member of the national team, how does the FA propose to prevent the players’ significant others from traveling wherever they please, in whatever groups they please, and shopping and partying in whatever manner they please?

    During playoffs and tournaments, coaches of teams often sequester their players, requiring them to stay in the same hotel, take their meals together, and not socialize (or only for limited periods of time) outside of the team in order to keep the focus on the tournament. However, I have never found a coach to be omnipotent and able to tell persons not on the team what to do, with the exception of some communist bloc countries like the USSR, East Germany, Romania, etc.

  4. July 11, 2006 at 5:16 pm

    Gosh, and i though Rooney cost them them match by being a jackhole and stomping on another guy’s nuts, leaving England to play a man down for most of the match.

    Silly me.

  5. July 11, 2006 at 6:39 pm

    Ok… I have nothing but distaste for the phenomenon that is Posh Spice, but even I think this is a little bit weird. And sexist. And just… I mean, what’s next? Should we make sure that all the fans show up wearing lucky underwear, or something? How odd.

    Civilian, you hit the nail right on the head.

  6. kate
    July 11, 2006 at 7:20 pm

    Those damn women, the cause of all pain in a man’s life! There should be a law, I mean a law to keep them home where they belong and away from messing with the order of things.

  7. July 12, 2006 at 7:14 am

    Oh. I thought it was Cristiano Ronaldo’s fault they lost, because he ran over to ask the referee to give Wayne Rooney the red card he already had coming to him and then winked at his bench. I guess I’m just behind?

  8. July 12, 2006 at 7:30 am

    If England could just accept that ’66 was a fluke and they don’t have some divine right to another world cup, maybe they wouldn’t have to scrape the excuse barrel every four years.

  9. Thomas
    July 12, 2006 at 2:08 pm

    ‘66 was a fluke

    Nick, even that’s probably going too far. England is a good footballing nation, but so are many others. The top ranks are crowded. Even when they produce a very good team, they can’t expect to win perennially. There are very good countries that have never won (Netherlands, etc.).

    It would be nice to see England get through a tournament without losing a critical player to a red card or giving up an impossible goal, however.

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