Thursday, 7 April 2011

Wayne Rooney, a role model? Bah! Humbug!

There is no greater nonsense generated by the celebrity-obsessed elements of British media which award role model status to individuals in the spotlight followed by swift condemnation when they take a tumble from their presumed pedestals.
I just don’t believe, as I saw written recently, that Wayne Rooney is a role model to millions of young people and should be setting a good example. What part do parents play in their children’s lives?
Role models never live up to their billing. When I was growing up the youthful Prince Charles was depicted as a template – respectful and adventurous – of good behaviour. Decades later he was eavesdropped contemplating being reincarnated as his mistress’s Tampax.
What threat does an unreformed Wayne Rooney pose to future generations of Brits? Are we doomed to be crushed under the boots of a race of potato-headed, swearing, ignorant louts who enjoy playing away from home? I don’t think so.
Bearing Rooney’s name on a Man U team shirt doesn’t expose the wearer to moral turpitude – it is a salute to a gifted soccer star.
His two match-ban for swearing into a TV camera after completing a hat-trick at West Ham at the weekend has been upheld by the FA, thereby exposing this crumbling institution to further ridicule.
Having claimed it was powerless to act after Rooney’s elbow in the face of Wigan’s James McCarthy, it has over-reacted in the player’s latest transgression.
Swearing – in the stands and on the pitch – is as much part of the English Premiership game as overcharging and poor refereeing. As a sometime Arsenal fan, I think it’s a pity some of Rooney’s passion cannot be bottled and force-fed by Arsene Wenger to his players even if it risks giving them a potty-mouth.

16 comments:

  1. GC. Check out his latest arrogant remark to the press, to his club's appeal to the FA being refused re his 2 match ban; "I won't be the first footballer to swear on the pitch, and I won't be the last". It is not the first time that he has broken wind into the camera. [the same thing happened during Rooney's lousy display in the last World Cup, his lousy play precipitated by the scandal hanging over his head which the newspapers had agreed with his club, his agent and himself, would not be reported until the World Cup was over]. It was also currently suggested by a soccer presenter on TV that Rooney himself was responding to some banter from the West Ham fans, ie, "Rooney, the only place you can score is in a brothel". Nevertheless, speaking for myself, I am not happy to invite his allegedly foul-mouthed ugly 'mush' directly into the living room via my TV.
    I used to watch the great Paul Gasgoigne in his prime, week in weeek out at Tottenham. Every match he he did footballing things of genius on the pitch, always marred by back chat and complaints and other provacative statements to the officials and the opposing players, plus of course some seriously dangerous cynical fouls. Where is he now? Need I say more?
    There were reports that in the World Cup[where his play was "rubbish"]that Rooney's ego in the dressing room etc was "a mile high". It looks as if it has not come down yet. [Yours Rooney/looney tunes].

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  2. Soccer has always been a working class game judged by middle class standards. Now if you mean cricket, that of course is a gentleman's game. {irony intended?}.

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  3. Thanks for your well-argued comment. Talking of breaking wind, the young Mozart is supposed to have been fond of fart jokes. What do you do with a genius who is also a poor specimen of a human being? Not that Rooney is a genius but he is still a potential match winner and Fergie and Fabio are not going to drop him. So let the FA keep him in check but let's see some consistency. GC

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  4. Rooney is a product of the same media obsession with celebrity which came up in the replies to your recent blog on Charlie Sheen. [So says Chaz Chandler].

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  5. Rooney was one of the biggest breaths of fresh air to be introduced to English football. However only his perfomances at European and International level amongst his multi country peers plus his overall behaviour on and off the field will indicate whether he will be fit to join the all time legends, such as Pele. In other words he has to be instrumental in helping England to win the World Cup and/or the European Championship to join the footballing 'gods'. {Zinidane Zidan}.

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  6. Wayne has given me and my kids more footballing pleasure than any other player.

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  7. Wayne Rooney must not just use the 'elbow', he also has to become proficient at head-butting to qualify as a modern all round footballer.

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  8. Have some sympathy for poor Wayne having to live his whole life in the glare of publicity, on and off the field.

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  9. Rooney needs to remember that in modern football "you have to stay on your feet".

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  10. Bad luck for Rooney, that at the moment, The Murdoch empire and News International etc are not exactly flavour of the month. Neither is Sky TV. Andy Gray could have told him that. But would he have listened?

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  11. Any blog that mentioned Wayne Rooney and Coca Cola in the same breath could be accused of ulterior motives. But truth is stranger than fiction and the truth is that Rooney has lost a sponsorship deal with Cola as a result of his cumulative behaviour and this latest furore. These international conglomerates obviously take their role models very seriously.

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  12. Manchester United win their games with and without Rooney, and are set for another premiership success, no matter how hard Arsenal huff and puff. But that said very big things are currently happening at The Emirates which might just make the difference next season.

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  13. No, Grapefruit. The FA did good. Wayne has got away with a lot and like the rest of us he has to learn that he cannot expect to get away with it every time he plays jack the lad. Like the rest of us he will sometimes get caught out and suffer/be punished for his misdemeanours. You forget Grapefruit that the FA are currently running their Respect campaign. By the way I like your blog-Lord Triesman.

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  14. After Rooney's exposure and Coleen leaving him at the time, Rooney starte to lose sponsorships and therefore money as well. So he threatened to leave Man U. So what did they do, they doubled his wages and gave him a 5 year contract. Some you win, some you lose.







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  15. Man Utd asked Ferdinand what they should buy Wayne for Christmas. He replied 'a blow-up football with a red light on it'.

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  16. Well GC, it proved to be a very expensive suspension, because Man Utd lost to Man City in the semi final of the FA Cup, without Rooney AND without their manager Ferguson on the touchline. He had been banished to the stands for his own misdemeanours. Meanwhile, Mancini the Man City manager was spurring his team on from the touchline. These 2 vital exclusions cost Man Utd dear.

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What do you think? GC