Friday 20 July 2018

When you start thinking you win when you lose, then you've got the fever bad

England manager Gareth Southgate applauds fans after the defeat by Belgium. Photo: PA
England manager Gareth Southgate applauds fans after the defeat by Belgium. Photo: PA
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

It was the broadcaster Danny Baker who declared during Japan v Senegal that "unless this World Cup now goes into an inexplicable slump, we might just be witnessing the most entertaining spectacle of modern times".

Great shout Dan, I thought to myself, one of many great shouts that have come from the same Danny Baker as a brilliant writer with the NME, on the radio and the TV and on Twitter.

But then there is a shout that is not so great, a shout that Danny Baker is not alone in making, but that seems somehow more wrong when it is coming from him - "it's a fuzzy, fussy, muddled, complicated, bloated, hopeless fudge of a con foisted on to the game. It does not make things better or clearer or decisive. F**k off VAR and all your supporters".

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