In this edition of ‘said and done’ we take a look back at the week that included the British transfer fee being shattered, the most goals scored in a Premier League weekend since 1993, and another Twitter scandal.
You know how Fernando Torres spoke about his love for Liverpool in order to quell transfer speculation last month?
“As long as Liverpool want me, I’ll stay. I’d only have left Atletico Madrid for Liverpool. I grew up in Spain, but Liverpool are my boyhood club.”
Well, it turns out this week, the Spaniard only has eyes for one club, or more specifically, one badge;
“I only want to score goals and do my job. When I was born in Madrid, I was not a Liverpool fan or a Chelsea fan. I was an Atletico fan. I still am. They’re the only badge I will kiss.”
Elsewhere, you may remember Ryan Babel was punished by the FA after posting a mocked up picture of referee, Howard Webb wearing a Manchester United shirt on his Twitter account after his club’s defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup last month. The now former Reds midfielder was fined £10,000 for his picture and posting this message;
“And they call him one of the best referees? That’s a joke. SMH [shaking my head].”
Apart from stopping Babel trying to coin a rubbish abbreviation, the message from the FA was clear – do not criticise referees on Twitter. However, last weekend Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere voiced his frustration after Arsenal’s remarkable 4-4 draw with Newcastle on via the controversial online platform;
“Inconsistent refereeing needs to stop. It’s killing the game. If Diaby is sent off, what’s the difference between that and Kevin Nolan’s challenge on our keeper!?? #Joke”
Wilshere’s punishment? A starting berth alongside Frank Lampard for the friendly against Denmark. Hellish.
Meanwhile on Tyneside, Andy Carroll has told Newcastle fans he was forced into making his deadline day transfer from his hometown club;
“Gutted to be leaving my home club but I was practically told to go. Don’t want to leave, that’s why I signed a five-year deal.”
Alan Pardew, however, saw things a little differently;
“I went to see Andy, and face to face we had a conversation about him wanting a new contract, even though he signed on in October, and [he said] if he didn’t get that contract, he wanted to go.”
It’s been a busy week for Pardew, who saw his side go 4-0 down at home against Arsenal within half and hour, only to see his men produce a rousing comeback. Such has been the mixed start to his tenure, the former West Ham boss wasn’t sure how he would be received on Tyneside on Saturday night;
“I don’t know whether people are going to buy me a drink in town tonight…..or throw them at me! That’s the sort of week it’s been.”
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