�I�m sure some people think I have not got the brains to be that clever.
But I do have the brains.�
That�ll be the England football captain speaking, having just admitted that once he realised he�d broken a rib or two in Saturday�s game, he then deliberately fouled another player in order to secure a second yellow card caution which would stop him having to go to Azerbaijan. The captain, okay? This is the sort of stuff of which our national heroes are made nowdays. That clever, eh?
Mind you, I�m not surprised if he�s behaving oddly (or normally, depending on your point of view). Look at the Daily Star�s coverage this morning, a single paper on a single day.
Page 1. Posh saw a doctor yesterday � is stress hurting the baby?
Page 6. The worst jobs of all time based on Tony Robinson�s recent programme. The article jokes that Beckham�s PR must be the worst job ever (certainly true this week). Page 7. Yet more on Posh & unborn Beckbabe.
Page 22. Rumours flying that Rebecca Loos will write a book.
A book?! Can we take any more? Blimey, you definitely need brains to tackle a whole book. They go on for pages, books do. While recovering at home (and not dodging frying pans) David could get stuck into something useful if he had the bollocks, never mind the brains. The following is from yesterday�s CRE (Committee for Racial Equality) press release relating to Racism in Sport and it makes depressing reading (my underlining)
�Despite the large number of black players in top football clubs, those who run the game are still almost exclusively white, according to a CRE report launched today.
Every member of the FA board and the 92-strong FA council is white, but this is the typical picture in the footballing world. The report looks at the extent of racial discrimination in the non-playing side of football and an action plan has been devised to secure change. The multi-million pound football industry thrives on the skills of players from all ethnic backgrounds. Yet non-white faces make up less than 1% of positions off the field, whether in boardrooms, management or coaching staff � and less than 2% of supporters on the terraces. The report found that 75% of football clubs have informal recruitment practices � if your face fits, you get the job.�
While Beckham�s face continues to fit, it would be great if he used his enormous fame and influence to help make some changes for the better, instead of poncing about conspiring to miss England games. But then, life being what it is, if he suddenly pitched up doing a passable coss between Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa someone somewhere would doubtless accuse him of staging a publicity stunt. Sometimes you just can�t win.