Just like everything else in life, sport is also about putting on a show and providing the audience with what they are going to like, probably with some razzle dazzle. Peter Reid won the praise last week for calling the host of the Conservative Brexiteers ‘absolute dopes’.
Peter Reid, the former Everton midfielder has been cheered for his impassioned and short speech at the rally for the vote of people on the shambolic process which has been the modus operandi of Tories on leaving Europe. He is to be commended that there are too many people in sport in order to speak for the common people on social and political issues. However, there is no mistake in the fact that he was telling the listeners whatever they wanted to hear.
His preaching to the people who had converted wouldn’t have been fine, he hadn’t recalled that in May, he had been on television on Qatar to speak about the 2022 World Cup and how wonderful it is going to be. He said beside Andy Gray and Richard Keys to recoun the tour round of the stadium along with Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee of Delivery and Legacy of Qatar 2022, Hassan al-Thawandi. According to him, the tour had been pretty impressive and the infrastructure also quite amazing.
He is being given the benefit of doubt as he was trying to whitewash Qatar World Cup. As he was simply giving his audience more to the point what they wanted. Also, he was helping out the Everton teammate, Gray, while they got some spring sunshine during the same time.
Yet, football is full of the small moral knots. Vincent Kompany was the one that was planning on giving out testimonials proceed to a homeless charity in Manchester. Manchester city had been cooed in the football world but it was the ideas of Komapny and not the club.