Monday is here again which means it’s time for ‘Morning Mix’ – our weekly football column with a bit of music thrown in for good measure.
We look at two major talking points from the past seven days and point you in the direction of some of the best football stories elsewhere on the internet.
We also offer a top tune recommendation to get you in the mood for the next week and what to watch out for over the coming days. Let’s get this party started!
Real Madrid star spot on that La Liga belongs to racists
‘Racism is normal in La Liga’. Those six words should send shockwaves around Spanish football, but they will sadly not cause a ripple.
Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr was rightly outraged by the abuse he received from Valencia morons during his team’s defeat at the Mestalla Stadium.
La Liga has long paid lip service to tackling racism. Inadequate fines and temporary stadium closures simply have no real impact.
Points deductions on a rising scale with relegation as the ultimate sanction are needed. If clubs face tumbling down the leagues, they will soon take action to get rid of the racist cretins.
Fraud charges put a stain on Man City’s title triumph
Unless you are a staunch Manchester City fan, it is impossible to look at their latest Premier League title success with too much positivity.
The club still have more than 100 charges hanging over them related to breaching the league’s financial rules between 2009 and 2018.
While City have inevitably denied any wrongdoing, all of the silverware they have acquired during this period and subsequently is tainted.
Given that we must trust in legal processes, City must prove their innocence to remove the stain on their achievements. Until then, cynicism will abound.
The week that was
Are you looking for the best football stories from the past week? Check these out:
- Big Six? Great Eight? Is there a route into England’s elite for Newcastle, Brighton and Villa?
- A glimpse behind the VAR curtain was not enough – we need the full reality show.
- One player each top club should sign: Vlahovic to Chelsea? Kane to Man United?
Today’s top tune
If you’re a regular reader of this column you will know we are extremely partial to an indie banger, particularly if it’s of the South Yorkshire variety.
Our latest offering is ‘At Your Door’ by The Rosadocs – a storming tune that is guaranteed to be hugely popular with festival crowds this summer.
What to watch this week
Everton, Leeds United and Leicester City will head into the final weekend knowing that two of them will be playing in the Championship next season.
They face Bournemouth, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United respectively. Out of the trio, Leeds will be rubbing their hands at the prospect of facing flaky Spurs, won’t they?
A final Morning Mix thought
Plenty of West Ham fans have been calling for David Moyes to be sacked this season. Underperforming in the Premier League hasn’t helped his cause.
However, Brendan Rodgers and Graham Potter have been touted as potential replacements for Moyes. Be careful what you wish for folks.
- Leicester City release seven players following drop into Championship
- AC Milan reject €60 million from Chelsea for Mike Maignan
- Nacho close to Madrid contract renewal in blow to Inter Milan
- Chelsea sign teenage star Kendry Paez
- Leicester want at least £40m for Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle target James Maddison