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Roberto Mancini Blames David Villa’s Woes on Spain, According to Daily Mail

The Daily Mail newspaper made an embarrassing mistake Tuesday morning when it reported that Roberto Mancini was blaming Manchester City’s slow start to the season on David Villa’s international commitments with Spain.

Problem is that David Villa doesn’t play for Manchester City. David Silva does.

You can read The Daily Mail’s erroneous article. But don’t be surprised if they fix it sometime today. If so, you can see the faux pas in the above screenshot. A perfect example of how poor The Daily Mail is at reporting.

Here are the actual quotes from Roberto Mancini:

“The thing with Silva is that we have been able to work with him only a couple of days at a time since he arrived. He had just signed for us when he went off with his national team to play in Mexico [during the August international break]. Then he came back and very quickly was off again with the national team again, this time to play in Argentina – another long trip.

“I thought he did very well when he came on [against Blackburn Rovers] but I always said that he would need time because it is very different here than playing in Spain.

“The internationals are over now and I think it will be time for him to play in the team from the next game.”

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  1. Mitchum

    September 15, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Dave C, got it one. And as for City Slicker, I don’t know, maybe you haven’t read the DM before (lucky you!), so you don’t really know what kind of ‘journalism’ it goes for and haven’t quite got the irony of my post as a result. That’s fair enough I suppose. But yes, Dave C was right about my comment and you just misunderstood it. Simple as that.

  2. City Slicker

    September 15, 2010 at 1:59 am

    David C

    I see you cast the second stnoe.

    Any more biblical quotes planned?

    • Dave C

      September 15, 2010 at 10:00 am

      Oh wow, spotting irony really isn’t your strong point, is it???

      I deliberately mis-spelt “stone” as “stnoe” to highlight the point I was making – that we shouldn’t criticize people’s spelling unless we’re sure that our own spelling is correct.

      Your 0 for 2 right now.

  3. City Slicker

    September 15, 2010 at 1:56 am


    I would prefer us to get rid of xenophobes (look it up if you can use a dictionary ) like you. It would certainly increase the average IQ of the country.

    • Dave C

      September 15, 2010 at 9:58 am

      City Slicker,

      Mitchum was OBVIOUSLY being tongue-in-cheek. He wasn’t being xenphobic himself – I believe he was making the point that the Daily Mail has a fairly xenophobic outlook in its news coverage, and therefore if it were to be consistent, it would have to take the same xenophobic approach to its sports reporting (i.e. demanding that all these immigrant footballers should go back where they came from).

      Don’t try to be a smart-ass on the internet (telling people to use a dictionary, and suggesting people have a low IQ) unless you can avoid making stupid mistakes yourself. In this case, you’ve missed a really obvious joke, and should just stand in the corner, face the wall and hang your head in shame.

  4. Mitchum

    September 14, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    I’m still surprised the Mail doesn’t just focus its sports reporting on the large amount of foreign players in the Premiership, and how they should all go back to their own countries!

  5. GoalAddict

    September 14, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    It is a typo and it is an easy mistake to make but there is such thing as proof reading.

  6. patrick

    September 14, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I told you the Mail is garbage…
    and my favorite is the reporter name,”sportsmail reporter”.

    • The Gaffer

      September 14, 2010 at 1:10 pm

      Probably an intern or a entry-level reporter.

      The Gaffer

  7. UpTheBlues

    September 14, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Just another reason it’s the Daily Fail. Awful newspaper.

  8. Dave C

    September 14, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Really stupid article.
    A newspaper mixed up two Spanish players who have fairly similar names (both Davids, both have have a V, an I, an L and an A in their last name), big deal. Are you gonna make an article calling out everytime a tabloid makes a typo?

    When it comes to correcting other people’s spelling and grammar issues on the internet, I always say “Let he who is without sin cast the first stnoe”.

    • Dave C

      September 14, 2010 at 12:18 pm

      Aslo – have you taken a look at some of the articles on EPL Talk? I know you guys do it for free (presumably), but some guys on here (not you specifically, Gaffer) often write horrendously.

      • The Gaffer

        September 14, 2010 at 12:52 pm

        If I’m being critical, I can say the same thing about many newspapers, media sources and blogs, but at least we don’t confuse David Silva with David Villa.

        The Gaffer

    • The Gaffer

      September 14, 2010 at 12:53 pm

      This wasn’t a spelling or grammar mistake.

      The Gaffer

  9. Fee

    September 14, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I’d expect that (no offense) from a US early morning talk show but this is sad. They have since edited the article… kind of…

  10. Chris Elliott

    September 14, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Your faux-pas is just as bad. Roberto Mancini was blaming Manchester City’s slow start to the season on David Villa’s international commitments with Spain?
    Villa/Silva error to one side. Mancini is blaming SPAIN or rather Silva’s commitments to Spain on SILVA’S (or Villas in keeping with your article) poor start not Manchester City’s poor start.

    • The Gaffer

      September 14, 2010 at 11:20 am

      Chris, it’s confusing anyway you look at it!

      The Gaffer

    • Chris McQuade

      September 14, 2010 at 11:24 am

      Can’t we agree that they’re all crap?

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