If you’ve been following this column during the European Championships, you’ll know that there are a few things we don’t like.
Cheats (Raheem Sterling), lousy pundits (Robbie Savage), racists and homophobes are amongst our pet hates.
With that in mind, here’s our latest Euro 2020 Diary.
BBC handed an easy win
“Commentary comes from Sam Matterface and Lee Dixon with contributions from Emma Hayes and Gary Neville.” Sigh.
ITV’s confirmation that Clive Tyldesley and Ally McCoist won’t be commentating on the Euro 2020 final effectively ensured the BBC will win the ratings war.
When the viewing figures are known you’ll find not having @CliveTyldesley and McCoist was a large problem. In fact, it’s a 12 storey problem with a magnificent entrance hall, carpeting throughout, 24-hour portage, and an enormous sign on the roof, saying ‘This Is a Large Problem’
— Peter Faragher (@wpfotos) July 9, 2021
How anyone at ITV thinks that Matterface is better than Clive Tyldesley is one of life’s great mysteries, while Ally McCoist’s omission is a major mistake.
With Hayes nothing more than a box-ticking waffle merchant and Neville a shadow of the pundit who shines on Sky Sports, fans will switch in their droves to the BBC.
Ex-City star shines as a pundit
It is fair to say that Nedum Onuoha didn’t live up to expectations during his playing career, but things look like they will be different now he has joined the punditry ranks.
Onuoha has been covering Euro 2020 for ESPN, and he has put many of the established pundits on the UK media circuit to shame with his superb insights.
Former Premier League and @realsaltlake defender Nedum Onuoha has excelled as an ESPN analyst during #EURO2020 He discusses his experience the past few weeks w/ @worldsoccertalk: https://t.co/xtbPddt4ne pic.twitter.com/bP2nLhSJ25
— bill hofheimer (@bhofheimer_espn) July 9, 2021
The former Manchester City defender has proved to be popular with North American audiences, providing them with expert analysis about a sport that they are still trying to get to grips with.
Onuoha is a breath of fresh air in a sector that is riddled with mediocrity – let’s hope that we see him on Sky next season.
UEFA bottle it
UEFA really are a bunch of clueless idiots, aren’t they?
The supposed custodians of football have ordered Hungary to play two matches behind closed doors following ‘discriminatory behaviour’ by ‘fans’ at Euro 2020.
Uefa imposes sanctions on Hungary for fans’ racist behaviour at Euro 2020 https://t.co/0gswduSukb
— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) July 9, 2021
Black-shirted knuckleheads engaged in homophobic and racist chanting during Hungary’s group games, prompting UEFA to investigate.
Two games behind closed doors will solve nothing. Ban them from competing in major tournaments for the next 10 years – that might have an impact.