Anti Joga Bonito (Love All Football)

Celebrating club football and shining the light on incompetent and biased journos indulging in stereotyping and negativity.

Daily Archives: March 6, 2011

BS Sermonizing Interview with Joey Barton

The trigger that motivated me to start this lark again was the totally pathetic yet somehow enraging interview of Joey Barton on french national tv station TF1’s football show Telefoot. Completely lacking in any actual football content whatsoever, it was soaked in premeditated self-righteous moralizing of the player and his past, with droning narrative to boot, and to top it all off, was punctuated by a ridiculous sniggering remark by that idiot who runs it. The only thing that was missing was a “sponsored by Wenger Undisputable Truths Ltd” logo. I created an id on the station’s website and posted my outraged rant, only to find it (unsurprisingly, really) deleted within minutes. So here it is below, reproduced in full.

P.S. You would have thought that people would by now be aware of the risks of basing their entire worldview on Wiki posts, especially those in french which have a rather limited scope on a topic like this (Joey Barton Wiki post in French), but I guess not, some are still acting like it’s 1994.


C’est dommage pour l’interview de Joey Barton dans Téléfoot ce matin 6 mars 2011. C’était une belle occasion de saluer et soutenir la progression à la fois personnelle et footballistique de cet homme qui est en train de conquérir les démons de son passé (et notamment un contexte familiale plus que défavorable) et de contribuer à nouveau à son équipe. Il a été essentiel à la remontée de Newcastle la saison dernière et leur contribue encore beaucoup cette année, et notamment dans CE match contre Arsenal.

Joey the mean machine in support of charity

Joey the mean machine in support of charity

Pourtant, vous n’avez montré – et donc apparemment pas posé – une seule question liée au football. Au lieu de ça, on a eu droit à un sermon de bonne conduite sous forme d’une revue morale du passé de la personne. Devons-nous déduire de cette offrande dominicale que le football doit se pratiquer exclusivement sans contact physique, par des personnages fades et de préférence favorablement disposé envers tout ce qui est hexagone? Je vous conseille alors plutôt le foot volley, c’est encore plus esthétique.

En attendant, s.v.p., pour la prochaine fois, ayez la courtoisie envers notre intelligence de signaler ce genre d’intervention par un logo “parrainé par les vérités inconditionnelles de M. Wenger” afin de nous faire comprendre le besoin pour la chaîne d’amadouer le grand seigneur pour qu’il daigne venir commenter le prochain France – Malte.

We’re off again

This is the start of the new blog of the scribe formerly known as the Yugo Consultant (or Consultant Yugo, in french, to be more precise) – of modest Subfoot fame. This will be the place where we celebrate all worthy events, actions, goals and news from the world of club football, take the odd poke at country/national football, and above all take to task all those footie journos who found guilty or suspected of stereotyping players and/or teams, blatant negativity, indulgence in gossip and similar football media crimes. This will also hopefully (over time) become the archive of all of the articles written on, in French (the majority up to now) or in English.