Amazing quote from Assou-Ekotto, a rare case of a footballer showing some awareness of the world the rest of us live in.
The tendency in football at the moment is that as long as you’re not a prostitute shagger then it’s OK, it’s no big deal. Wayne’s not very well and it’s a dirty thing for his wife to know he had relations with a prostitute. He was seeing the same bird for seven months… We kick a ball around and we earn 100,000, 200,000 or even 300,000 euros a week. We don’t improve the world. It’s not like we invented hot water. We just kick a ball. But sometimes when these guys go out, you’d think they were rock stars.
I could understand that you wear dark glasses at night time when you do open-heart surgery and save lives, but not if you’re a footballer. I’m not in the same world as most of the people in football. I really don’t like this world. These people didn’t feed me, they didn’t bring me into the world and my life won’t improve by going to a nightclub and drinking loads of champagne.
– Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Although I’ve never been a fan of TalkSport radio, I have to confess I do enjoy their videos 🙂http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQt3kw8th5w
It’s been a fucking mental 24 hours at Liverpool, with the official site dropping this bombshell in the late hours of Wednesday night:
The Board of Directors have received two excellent financial offers to buy the Club that would repay all its long-term debt. A Board meeting was called today to review these bids and approve a sale. Shortly prior to the meeting, the owners – Tom Hicks and George Gillett – sought to remove Managing Director Christian Purslow and Commercial Director Ian Ayre from the Board, seeking to replace them with Mack Hicks and Lori Kay McCutcheon.
This matter is now subject to legal review and a further announcement will be made in due course.
Meanwhile, Martin Broughton, Christian Purslow and Ian Ayre continue to explore every possible route to achieving a sale of the Club at the earliest opportunity.
Ironically this news comes on the same day that the much hyped “Dear Mr. Hicks” viral was launched – minus any celebrity of note – I struggled to watch it to the end, and as a Liverpool fan I am embarrassed to have this sanctimonious whining being connected to my club.
Finally, yesterday morning I wake up to the news that a sale has been agreed and some dynamite quotes from previously quiet chairman Martin Broughton
I am delighted that we have been able to successfully conclude the sale process which has been thorough and extensive. The board decided to accept NESV’s proposal on the basis that it best met the criteria we set out originally for a suitable new owner. NESV’s philosophy is all about winning and they have fully demonstrated that at Red Sox. We’ve met them in Boston, London and Liverpool over several weeks and I am immensely impressed with what they have achieved and with their vision for Liverpool Football Club. By removing the burden of acquisition debt, this offer allows us to focus on investment in the team. I am only disappointed that the owners have tried everything to prevent the deal from happening and that we need to go through legal proceedings in order to complete the sale.
I think it is a great pity that at the end of an exhaustive process that has been seeking a competitive bid, that they are not going to take the last opportunity to be the ‘good guys’ and pass over Liverpool to the right owners, that is what they promised to do, what they said all along they would do.
When I took the role they gave a couple of written undertakings to Royal Bank of Scotland – that I was the only person entitled to change the board and that they would take no action to frustrate any reasonable sale, I think they flagrantly abused both of those written undertakings. I have the casting vote.
There are no words .. these are best impressions I've seen in a long time — mind you the current crop of TV impressionists are pretty dire so that's not saying much.
I guess if I was going to have to watch Man Utd or Chelsea win the Champions League the best I could hoped for was seeing the man who epitomises everything I hate about Chelsea fluff the penalty kick that would have won the Champions League for his team and then watch the opposition go on to win the trophy…
The next morning I caught this on Sky Sports News — and have been waiting for it to turn up on YouTube ever since.