Referees on Twitter, Gareth Bale and European Football

2nd May 2013

This Thursday Patrick and Barney jointly took the reins, as they were joined by Chris, Dave and Gaffers to get stuck in to the week’s sporting news. They began by tackling the the controversial decision by Super League bosses to host a weekly Twitter debate in which rugby league’s elite referees would discuss their decisions and officiating of games. The team were sceptical as to whether the move amounted to more than just a publicity stunt by the people running the game. Next, they discussed Ronnie O’Sullivan’s announcement that his recent snooker comeback would be coming to an end as soon as he completed his contractual obligations, as he had only returned to the sport ‘for the money’ – a move unlikely to win the enigmatic champion many fans.

Audley Harrison’s decision to retire from boxing was next in the lads’ sights, a move which they proclaimed as well overdue. Continuing with the boxing theme, they also addressed rumours suggesting Amir Khan may be teeing up for a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr, questioning both the likelihood of such a fight, and Khan’s long-term fighting career prospects.

In the next section the team paid tribute to Gareth Bale, who has achieved a clean-sweep of awards for his consistently dominant performances for Spurs this season. Credit was paid to the Welsh forward who was languishing on the sidelines at Tottenham until only a few years ago. However, given his stupendous rise to prominence, it was questioned whether and for how long the North London side will manage to keep hold of their prize asset.

Finally, the boys turned their attentions to the week’s events in the Champions League which saw Spain’s elite duo of Barcelona and Real Madrid thoroughly trounced by Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund respectively. After questioning how things went quite so terribly wrong for a Barca side that has been at the pinnacle of the game in recent years, discussion inevitably turned to Mr Galactico himself, Real boss Jose Mourinho, and his future at the club… or beyond.

Thanks to everyone who listened and texted in.