Want to know what is wrong with football?
Read these comments from Fabien Pivateau , the agent of Asamoah Gyan, who a year ago signed a three-year contract, on what we can imagine to be fabulous wages, with Sunderland AFC.
“I can’t say if he is staying or not. As far as I know one club has tabled an offer. He is returning to the club for pre-season and we will sit down with the coach to talk about it.”
I know a few choice responses in French that M Pivateau would instantly recognise.
They all amount to re-arranging “bog” and “off”, with varying standards of decency, into a well-known phrase or saying. Of maybe we could persuade the French to resume executions by guillotine, reserved for the most heinous of criminals and footballers’ agents (France hasn’t beheaded anyone since Hamida Djandoubi in 1977 and he was a killer, not an agent).
Does he see it as his job to unsettle a player who is allegedly committed to SAFC? Does he care? Should we ever deal with his like again? Have we any choice?
The comments were reportedly made to The Sun, raising modest hopes that he has been misquoted. But they were picked up by Sky which, though another part of the Murdoch empire, is marginally more credible and repeated them without caution. So since we don’t really believe in capital punishment around here, it’s probably back to that dictionary of French swear words and translations of Bog Off, M Pivateau.