Coke Is The Real Thing

So, Shaun Newton… busted. The biggest surprise of the whole story to me wasn’t that he’d been caught having taken the old Bolivian Marching Powder, rather that he was playing at West Ham when he was. Most Wolves fans will tell you that he spent much of his time at Molineux as if under the influence of a very heavy dose of mogadon. That he was in a Premier League club’s squad having spent a few seasons singularly failing to be Wolves’ long-term replacement for Steve Bull was something of a shock, I can tell you. I’m struggling to see how a seven month ban is proportionate, especially when compared with the recently-retired Zinedine Zidane’s three-match ban for head-butting someone for insulting his mother in the World Cup final. Zidane is, of course, an icon. A role-model to millions. To see him commit such an act of violence on a football pitch was shocking. He’ll spend three days (yes, that’s three days) doing community service, because his international career is over. Newton, according to tabloid rumour, isn’t even much of a role-model within his own family at the moment. If the authorities (and, presumably, the clubs) really wanted do something about recreational drug use in football, presumably they’d be better advised to not pay their young players thousands of pounds a week for a couple of days work, and...

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