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F****ing What? (Weekend Review Show): EPL Talk Podcast

In this week’s show, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer discuss the major headlines from this past Premier League weekend dissecting everything from Manchester United’s comeback (and Wayne Rooney’s torrent of swear words) to Arsenal and Chelsea’s failure to get all three points, as well as all of the other games in the Premier League. Kartik returns with some Premier League history. Richard Farley is out this week.

Other topics discussed during the show include the relegation battle near the bottom of the league, the entertaining encounter between Fulham and Blackpool, Fernando Torres and his season thus far, what answers the rest of the season will reveal for Liverpool, the Michael Jackson statue, and much more.

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  1. Gillian

    April 6, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    This Rooney thing is silly. *I* swear WAY more than he does!

  2. Why?

    April 5, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I did write a full explanation of the rule and more but it seems not to have been allowed. Basically players don’t get banned for ‘cursing’ and neither has Rooney he has been banned for being abusive, it’s in the rules and it’s the same for all players. The rule has nothing to do with opinion if you are abusive to fans or officials etc you are in breach of these rules and will be treated accordingly, like it or not. What Rooney has done is very rare so there will not be loads sent off for the same. I cannot think of other case like this except Drogba who was banned.
    I’m sorry but I don’t know anything about Kenyon Martin, what sport he plays or what he did, so I cannot comment on that being wrong or right but if he was being abusive towards people in the crowd (in football) he would have been sent of if the Ref had spotted it.

  3. maw4bc

    April 4, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    How can you ban a player for cursing? It doesn’t take a professional lip reader to see these players cursing AT officials basically every game. Are they going to start banning players for cursing? Seriously? Could you imagine that happening in the USA? Kenyon Martin makes a put back two on a missed FT that seals a win over Lakers and he blasts up and down the court dropping F bombs. Banning him for that would be insane. This decision confuses me.

    • Martin

      April 4, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      The difference is Rooney deliberately sought out the camera and shouted his profanities. I imagine if he’d ran towards the stands and shouted the phrase in the direction of the stands, there would be no issue.

      • maw4bc

        April 5, 2011 at 12:28 am

        yeah i see your point. Just don’t see why a player should be banned. IMHO.

        • Why?

          April 5, 2011 at 4:46 am

          He hasn’t been banned yet, but he should be.

          Sending-off offences
          A player, substitute or substituted player is sent off if he commits any of the
          following seven offences:

          • using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures

          The above is sending off reason number 6 taken from FIFA’s rule book. Many players have been sent off for using the ‘using offensive, insulting or abusive language’ rule but I have never seen a player be so blatant about it. Yes other players have used offensive language and not been sent off but this was straight down the camera lens aimed towards millions of viewers world wide! How could he possibly think he could get away with it? Drogba did something similar and got a 6 match ban but he also called the game a disgrace hence the long ban. It’s the same rule for all especially (or should be) when the total moronic idiot doing it does so on international TV purposefully with millions viewing what can u say!!!! He deserves a ban and large fine.
          The ref didn’t see it but the camera sure did, so the FA will use the video evidence as the do these days which is I’m sure you will agree is 100% conclusive.
          The only shock will be if he doesn’t get a ban as it’s clear cut. This player’s behaviour in general is discussing and needs addressing by his Manger or higher as he seems to get worse month by month. He has the morals of a street rat! Yet he still is allowed to rake money in for kid’s TV programmes like Street Striker (in his case Street walker would be more suited). Can you imagine any other player with Rooney’s back catalogue of vile behaviour in both his professional and private life being allowed to do kid’s TV? A great role model for them isn’t he.
          I am amazed that people actually think he is being persecuted in some way and that any ban would be unfair I find this distasteful to say the least!

          P.S. Apologies if I have offended any Street rats lol.

          • maw4bc

            April 5, 2011 at 12:04 pm

            I just don’t think any athlete should be banned for cursing. I am just stating my opinion. It happens throughout every match. Distasteful? Yes. Banning a player for it? No. But we just have differing opinions. Could you imagine if they started banning players for cursing? or red carding them? Every match would be 1 v 1 with a bunch of 10 year olds playing cause every footballer would be banned. Cursing is rampant throughout matches.

            Here in the US, Kenyon Martin stormed up and down the court cursing and pointing at fans after a put back shot against the Lakers the other night that won the game for the Nuggets. ABC cameras caught him spewing F bombs. It wasn’t even discussed by the media, not one person brought it up.

  4. scott

    April 4, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Man, if they give him any punishment, they MUST go back through EVERY other game and issue similar bans to EVERY other player that swears and is caught on camera. It happens CONSTANTLY. I’m not saying it’s right, but they shouldn’t just single out Rooney.

  5. Kal

    April 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I wouldn’t call one word a torrent.

    • Laurence

      April 4, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      Hey Kal,

      What do you mean?


      • trickybrkn

        April 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm

        Think that was meant for me…

        but was interesting to read he faces a two match ban over it…

        • Kal

          April 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm

          I was just referring to Gaffer’s blurb “(and Wayne Rooney’s torrent of swear words)”. I wouldn’t call dropping one F-bomb a barrage of foul language.
          Regardless, the ban sets an interesting precedent going forward. We don’t need to be expert lip readers to recognize the language used on the pitch, some of which gets picked up by the sideline microphones. Action was never taken then…what gives?
          Furthermore, I could give a few examples of players(including Rooney) swearing on live tv during interviews. Why didn’t the FA take action then?
          Hypocrisy and the FA…soulmates for eternity.
          End of rant 🙂

  6. The Gaffer

    April 4, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Did anyone else have an issue downloading this episode from iTunes today, or was it just me?

    It worked fine when I played it on the EPL Talk Podcast, but I got a weird iTunes error message when trying to sync it to my phone.

    The Gaffer

    • Martin

      April 4, 2011 at 9:36 am

      Downloaded and synced fine for me to my iPod this morning. Was looking for it last night and wondered why the delay since it usually is released on Sunday night.

      • The Gaffer

        April 4, 2011 at 12:56 pm

        Thanks Martin. Glad to hear it downloaded perfectly. Aye, the episode was late in being released because I didn’t get home to late. But it should be back to its late Sunday release again starting next Sunday.

        The Gaffer

  7. Trickybrkn

    April 4, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Mark Noble kisses the camera, stealing one from Scott Parker…. Rooney let’s off a torrent.

    Don’t go changing Wayne… And congrats on the hat trick

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