Shamed media moghul Rupert Murdoch in new disgrace
Fresh from destabilising England's buildup to Euro 2004, England hater Rupert Murdoch is back at it again. This time, he has used his "Fake Sheikh" reporter to get Sven Goran Eriksson to talk about taking another job after the World Cup and dish the dirt on some of his players
In short, Eriksson has been a victim of entrapment which is basically a form of blackmail.
now when it comes to football, Murdoch is in a win - win situation. If England win the World Cup, the Sun will ride high on jingoism, something it has always been good at. If England underperforms, the Sun will engage in vicious denigration of the England manager whose nationalisty, readers will be constantly reminded of. In its conduct leading up to Euro 2004 and now the 2006 World Cup, we can see that the Sun and News of the World do not give a fig about England's chances - after all what is England but a place for Murdoch to whip in the cash whilst intimidating politicians with the threat of his blackmailing press.
None of this means that I think Eriksson is above reproach. Absurdly overpaid, he has shown great folly in being seduced by the promises of one whose wealth he believed in. He has been irresponsible in being led on into making unfortunate comments about players. I have my doubts that he is the right man for the England job but to change manager so close to the competition would be crazy and so we are left with a man whose unguarded comments about players are now known by those very players he need to motivate.
Still, Eriksson is more sinned against than sinning. For me it is Murdoch in the dock and also the politicians who fawn over him. They will want to ride on footballing success but yet they are like shivers looking for a spine to crawl up when it comes to the man who has just given the English game an almighty V sign.
Come the day that one of our political leaders tells Murdoch to get his unprincipled, war mongering, bullying, grasping, soft porn promoting, sorry arse out of this country, then I shall have found a leader worth voting for.