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Day: May 22, 2011

Match Of The Week: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-3 Blackburn Rovers

Survival Sunday, then – a name that was bestowed upon the final day of the season because most issues at the top of the table had been already been resolved. The third class passengers of the Premier League, therefore, have been bumped up to first class. Nature abhors a vacuum and the the last day of the Premier League season wouldn’t be the same without a news story. With West Ham United already condemned, there are five clubs playing to avoid the other two relegation places – Birmingham City, Blackpool, Blackburn Rovers, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic. Birmingham, Wigan and Blackpool all have difficult away matches this afternoon, but at Molineux, meanwhile, two of the clubs at the centre of the hubbub, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers, play each other. For both clubs, their destiny remains in their own hands. Either could lose this afternoon and still stay up. A win for either will guarantee their safety. A draw and the matter is out of either’s hands. As such, it’s a day for the furious contemplation of the league table, for mental arithmatic and for matches going on elsewhere to be as important – if not more so – than what is happening before your very eyes. If only the top of the table was this close at the end of the season. Molineux is tense, but it’s a...

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On Footballers And Super-Injunctions

There is a Scottish newspaper which has had a difficult time of it of late, with its circulation having fallen by over one-fifth year on year between February 2010 and February 2011. This may or may not be behind the decision to print a barely censored – so barely that they may as well not have bothered – picture of the Premier League footballer believed to be at the centre of the superinjunction concerning the reality television “star” Imogen Thomas. As a Scottish newspaper, it isn’t covered by the same laws as publications based in England, but Scottish newspapers have shyed away from revealing his identity because their publications are available to buy in England and because of the ease with which copies could be obtained by people in England. That it should have come to this is a pretty sad indictment of the state of free speech in this country. The decision of the player to sue – or, more correctly, to attempt to sue – anyone on Twitter that has made reference to his indiscretions is obviously and clearly a stupid one. Had he simply allowed the kerfuffle over the story to blow over, it would be largely forgotten by now. That, in essence, is how Twitter works. It’s a lengthy conversation and is transitory by its very nature. As things have turned out, though, his actions...

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