Sunday Express - Sun 23 Dec 2001 - Page 114
|Pages shown here are low-resolution, intended only to demonstrate coverage of the archives. For high-resolution pages with full active text, please Subscribe Now.||
Beautiful game will not be defaced by Bow yer
in the World Player of the Year awards in Zurich the night before. Or the face of Bobby Robson, the shiningly enthusiastic 69-year-old manager who on Tuesday night guided his Newcastle United to the top of the Premiership with a victory against Arsenal. In the orgy of accusation and revelation that surrounded the cases of Bowyer and other football miscreants, it was too easy to neglect the enduring virtues of English football and its players. The bull's-eye was easy to hit, and one headline seemed to sum up the mood of the week: 'FOOTBALL ? Why it represents everything that is wrong about Britain'. Consider the words of German football legend Franz Beckenbauer, speaking in Zurich last Monday evening, when he said: "Beckham is a truly world-class player.
'Eriksson can send a clear message that loutishness has no place in World Cup'
HICH IS the true face of English football paraded in front of the nation these last few days.