23.09.2022
Paul Merson lifts the lid on ‘close friend’ Matt Le Tissier’s Sky Sports sacking

Paul Merson has said Matt Le Tissier was issued with several warnings before he was sacked by Sky and recalled the time he told his ‘close friend it’s not always clever to be clever’.

Le Tissier – who worked for Sky for 15 years – was sacked in August 2020 after being a regular member of Soccer Saturday, which is hosted by popular presenter Jeff Stelling.

The former Premier League footballer was given his marching orders after sharing his controversial views on a variety of subjects including the Covid-19 pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

When asked about Le Tissier’s sacking, Merson said his ‘friend’ should have reined it in after being warned multiple times. He also said Le Tissier didn’t have ‘to share his beliefs’.

Speaking on Rob Moore’s YouTube channel, Merson said: ‘We are close me and Matt. We are close. My thing that I said to Matt, and I think this is a big compliment, sometimes it’s not always clever to be clever.

‘He had a couple of warnings and you know, when you have a couple of warnings you pull it in. If you have certain beliefs, you don’t have to share them.

‘I was just on the radio now coming in and a good friend of mine, who I really like and think is a top bloke, Trevor Sinclair done something yesterday. He believes that but he shouldn’t have said it.’

He went on to add: ‘I think Tis (Le Tissier) got a couple of warnings. So you know, if you have a couple of warnings, you pull it in.

‘That’s why sometimes it helps me not being bright. I am clever in certain ways and not clever in other ways.

‘I love Tis. Tis was one of the best English footballers when you talk about gifts. That’s a gift. But, I don’t get involved.

‘I didn’t get involved in the Covid stuff. Those conversations, in that way I am just not that bright about certain things so I don’t say them.’

Le Tissier used his Twitter account to spread conspiracy theories about the Covid-19 vaccine to his 593,000 followers. It was reported that his posts were also being shared by Premier League footballers who were hesitant about getting vaccinated.

Le Tissier received criticism on social media but went on to share more controversial beliefs about the pandemic – claiming ‘PCR tests were the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on mankind.’

The former footballer also suggested that news outlets were using ‘actors’ to depict the impact Covid-19 was having.

In an interview with The Times, in relation to images of intensive care patients struggling to breathe due to Covid, Le Tissier said: ‘Some of those were actors, by the way.’

Le Tissier went on to share his beliefs on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He felt that images of the devastation in Ukrainian towns and cities during the conflict ‘had been falsified.’

As result, Le Tissier quit as an ambassador at Southampton Football Club in April after stopping short of apologising for spreading conspiracy theories about Russia’s massacre of civilians in Bucha.

However, the former Premier League star did later admit his Tweet questioning the truth over the events in Bucha was ‘the wrong thing to do’.

Nevertheless, he was still sacked by Sky.

Describing how he was told of his sacking, Le Tissier told The Rob Moore podcast: ‘Within five seconds I was told there was no more work for me at Sky.

‘I had about seven months left to run on my contract but I was told that I wouldn’t be needed anymore.

‘They didn’t really give a particular reason, they just said “the show was going in a different direction”, they were the words I think they used. So I asked the question, “does this have anything to do with my posts on social media?”

‘To which their reply was, “well we have to take into account the reputation of the company when making these decisions.” At which point I said “oh that’s interesting, because at the moment, you are employing somebody who spat at a girl from his car”.

‘Jamie Carragher, who spat at a young girl through his car. They suspended him for six months and then brought him back into the fold.

‘I said “do you not think that might have harmed the reputation of the company at all?” and I got told “we can’t talk about other people on this”. So that was it really.”

Le Tissier played 270 times for Southampton in the Premier League, scoring 100 goals. He also played eight times for England.

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    JJ Watt is in tears as he reveals the Cardinals’ win means ‘a little more’ after heart scare

    JJ Watt said he appreciated the Cardinals win a little more after a scary and emotional week that saw the defensive star endure a heart scare.

    Watt took the field Sunday afternoon just three days after having his ‘heart shocked back into rhythm’ after going into Atrial fibrillation.

    Watt made the shocking admission at roughly midday ET on Sunday, and was on the field hours later for the Cardinals as they took on the Panthers, securing a 26-16 win.

    Speaking after the game, Watt was visibly upset and was in tears as he revealed the win was a nice end to an emotional week for him and his family.

    ‘Obviously, it’s been a very emotional week for my family, for my wife, for myself,’ Watt said.

    ‘So, I’m very happy to get a win today. Obviously, I’ve had a lot of emotions, but I’ve learned to appreciate the little things even more and so it’s nice to have a win today.’

    According to the CDC, Atrial fibrillation – commonly called ‘A-Fib’ or AF – is ‘when the heart beats too slowly, too fast, or in an irregular way’.

    It occurs due to the blood not flowing as well as it should from the atria to the lower chambers of the heart, and it can occur as a one-off episode or as a permanent condition. It is currently unclear whether Watt’s situation is the former or latter.

    Watt said he considered not playing Sunday against the Panthers but after talking with cardiologists and electrophysiologists, he was told and assured multiple times that it was safe for him to play.

    ‘It’s tough,’ he said. ‘My wife was by my side all the time. So, that helped a lot, and then, just, I didn’t know what else to do. I have been playing this game my whole life. They said I was fine. So, once my heart was reset, they said, ‘You’re fine. If you feel comfortable.’

    ‘I’d probably be more uncomfortable sitting on my couch at home. You know, this is what I know. Right or wrong. Maybe that’s messed up, but if I was sitting at home watching the boys play and knowing that they said I was perfectly fine to play, I would have felt weird, so, I just did what I know.’

    He took to Twitter Sunday afternoon to break the news, claiming that he was only sharing the health update because it had been leaked to the media.

    He revealed the leak was especially upsetting as it had to have come from someone he ‘should trust’ and insisted he was irritated as he didn’t want it to take away from his team’s performance.

    ‘The only people that knew were people I should trust,’ Watt said. ‘And, so, injuries, I don’t care. If you leak injuries, whatever, that’s football. But this one was very emotional for me so it upset me.’

    He added: ‘Boys played good today. I don’t want to take away from them. A great game, the boys played a great game. [I’m] grateful to be out there with them. That’s partly the reason why I’m upset that it leaked because I didn’t want to take away from them.’

    Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury revealed didn’t know what atrial fibrillation was until he was told about Watt’s condition but said Sunday that tight ends coach Steve Heiden had it a couple times and explained it.

    ‘Just a scary deal for everybody,’ Kingsbury said. ‘But I’m glad it got figured out. He seems better than ever.’

    ‘Shows you what type of person and competitor, human being he is,’ Kingsbury said. ‘He’s special and we were all obviously worried when he wasn’t around for a couple of days getting the tests run and handling that but I think it was definitely inspiring for all of us and he played at a really high level and he just continues to amaze, the type of person and player he is.’

    The former Houston Texans star missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday for what the Cardinals reported as ‘calf/illness’ on their injury report.

    The NFL star has consistently struggled with injuries over the last few years of his career, missing 10 games of the 2021 season with a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

    In 2019 he missed eight games with a torn pectoral, and in 2017 he fractured his tibia and had to sit out the final 11 games of the season.

    This heart issue is seemingly not something Watt wants to keep him sidelined, despite fans and fellow players appearing concerned in reply to his Sunday tweet.

    Quarterback Robert Griffin III wrote: ‘Life is bigger than football. Glad you are OK,’ while one fan commented: ‘You’re a young man who’s already made enough money to support your children’s children and you’re going to play 5 days after essentially having a heart attack? What’s the matter with you guys? This toxic masculinity is shameful.’

    Watt’s injury comes at a time when the NFL is under heavy scrutiny for allowing players to continue despite problems, after Miami Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailova was allowed to play on Thursday night.

    The quarterback suffered a heavy hit to his head the previous Sunday but passed concussion checks to return four days later, only to suffer another serious blow, resulting in him being taken off on a stretcher.

    In the wake of that incident, the NFLPA fired the medic who cleared Tagovailova to play in the second game.

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    Robin Goodfellow’s racing tips: Best bets for Monday, October 3

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    WINDSOR

    Newmarket – 2.02 Fanciful (nb); 5.32 Kirilenko (nap).

    PONTEFRACT

    Northerner – 1.25 Midnight Lion (nb); 3.05 Wynford (nap).

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  • 2 часа, 21 минута назад 03.10.2022Sport
    Amos Kipruto wins the men’s 2022 London Marathon as Yalemzerf Yehualaw clinches women’s gold

    After the fall came the rise. Not many athletes can climb up from a face-plant to win the London Marathon but Yalemzerf Yehualaw is rapidly emerging as a runner who does not conform to the usual standards.

    The Ethiopian’s victory across two hours, 17 minutes and 26 seconds on Sunday was staggering, both in her revival from tumbling over a speed bump six miles from the tape, and also in what it heralded, with the 23-year-old becoming the youngest winner of this race in history.

    That it was only her second ever marathon, six months after winning her first in Hamburg, would indicate she has a better shot than most in her stated ambition of one day breaking the 2:14.04 world record of Brigid Kosgei.

    ‘I had a dream to be a professional athlete and to run in these races,’ she said. ‘I am so happy to win on my first time in London. London people were shouting a lot and it inspired me.

    ‘I am thinking of the longer plan I have that I would like to break the world record.’

    Kosgei, the dominant Kenyan athlete, was among the many leading names who withdrew injured ahead of this race, which cleared a sizeable hurdle for Yehualaw. However, another presented itself after 20 miles, when she lost around 25metres on the leading group of eight when she fell hard over the speed bump.

    ‘I hurt my hip and knee,’ she said, before a member of her team confirmed she bumped her head as well. Despite that setback, she reeled the pack in and by the 24th mile it had become a two-woman showdown with the defending champion Joyciline Jepkosgei.

    That was when Yehualaw ran a storming mile of four minutes and 43 seconds, the quickest ever recorded in a women’s marathon, and left the Kenyan in her wake. Her time was the third fastest in the 42 years of the race.

    The men’s event was won by Amos Kipruto in 2:04.39 after breaking three miles from home. The leading British runner was ninth-placed Waynay Ghebresilasie, who carried the flag for Eritrea at London 2012 before seeking asylum here.

    The 28-year-old said: ‘Before the 2012 Olympics my country was not in a good situation, that’s why I stayed in Britain. I was in Sunderland and then moved to Birmingham and I’m in Scotland now.

    ‘My plan is to run at the World Championships and the Paris Olympics for Great Britain.’

    Meanwhile, Eilish McColgan, who pulled out because of blood sugar issues that are exacerbated over the marathon distance, set a new European 10km road record by clocking 30:18 at the Great Scottish Run.

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  • 2 часа, 21 минута назад 03.10.2022Sport
    JJ Watt returns to field just THREE DAYS after having his ‘heart shocked back into rhythm’

    JJ Watt took the field Sunday afternoon just three days after having his ‘heart shocked back into rhythm’ after going into Atrial fibrillation.

    Watt made the shocking admission at roughly midday ET on Sunday, and was on the field hours later for the Cardinals as they took on the Panthers.

    According to the CDC, Atrial fibrillation – commonly called ‘A-Fib’ or AF – is ‘when the heart beats too slowly, too fast, or in an irregular way’.

    It occurs due to the blood not flowing as well as it should from the atria to the lower chambers of the heart, and it can occur as a one-off episode or as a permanent condition. It is currently unclear whether Watt’s situation is the former or latter.

    Yet Watt took his usual position Sunday on the defensive line for the Cardinals, with one total tackle at the time of writing.

    The three-time defensive player of the year said earlier Sunday that he was only sharing the health update because it had been leaked to the media.

    Writing to his 5.6million followers, he said: ‘I was just told somebody leaked some personal information about me and it’s going to be reported on today.

    ‘I went into A-Fib [Atrial fibrillation] on Wednesday, had my heart shocked back into rhythm on Thursday and I’m playing today. That’s it.’

    Watt is currently in his second season with the Cardinals, and appears to have been deemed healthy by medics to play in North Carolina for the Week 4 match-up.

    The former Houston Texans star missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday for what the Cardinals reported as ‘calf/illness’ on their injury report.

    The NFL star has consistently struggled with injuries over the last few years of his career, missing 10 games of the 2021 season with a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

    In 2019 he missed eight games with a torn pectoral, and in 2017 he fractured his tibia and had to sit out the final 11 games of the season.

    This heart issue is seemingly not something Watt wants to keep him sidelined, despite fans and fellow players appearing concerned in reply to his Sunday tweet.

    Quarterback Robert Griffin III wrote: ‘Life is bigger than football. Glad you are OK,’ while one fan commented: ‘You’re a young man who’s already made enough money to support your children’s children and you’re going to play 5 days after essentially having a heart attack? What’s the matter with you guys? This toxic masculinity is shameful.’

    Watt’s injury comes at a time when the NFL is under heavy scrutiny for allowing players to continue despite problems, after Miami Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailova was allowed to play on Thursday night.

    The quarterback suffered a heavy hit to his head the previous Sunday but passed concussion checks to return four days later, only to suffer another serious blow, resulting in him being taken off on a stretcher.

    In the wake of that incident, the NFLPA fired the medic who cleared Tagovailova to play in the second game.

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  • 2 часа, 21 минута назад 03.10.2022Sport
    Terry Bradshaw reveals he has battled bladder and skin cancer in the past year

    Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, Terry Bradshaw, has shared he has been diagnosed with cancer twice over the last year.

    The Fox NFL Sunday co-host and football favorite concerned fans during an appearance on the show last week and has now revealed he has endured bladder and skin cancer.

    ‘Last week on this show, I ran out of breath, and Howie (Long) helped me up, and a lot of people are asking what’s wrong with me, what’s happened to me physically,’ Bradshaw said on Sunday’s NFL pregame show.

    ‘I just want to address it and let you know what has happened in my life. In November, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer.

    ‘I went to the Yale University Medical Center – surgery, treatment. As of today, I am bladder-cancer free. That’s the good news.

    ‘Then in March, feeling good. I had a bad neck. I get an MRI. Now we find a tumor in my left neck.

    ‘And it’s a Merkel cell tumor, which is a rare form of skin cancer. So I had that surgery done at M.D. Anderson in Houston.’

    Bradshaw, 74, played 14 seasons for the Steelers and is a four-time Super Bowl Champion, a two-time Super Bowl MVP and one-time regular season MVP.

    ‘Folks, I may not look like my old self, but I feel like my old self. I’m cancer free, I’m feeling great. And over time, I’m going to be back to where I normally am.’

    Former New York Giant and fellow Hall of Famer Michael Strahan had kind words for Bradshaw. ‘You are the ultimate teammate. We love you,’ he said.

    ‘We’re just so happy that you’re here and we’re happy that you’re cancer-free and I think you’re going to give hope to a lot of people out there who are going through something similar.’

    In typical Fox NFL Sunday fashion, the compassionate, loving tone didn’t last long before Strahan injected some humor at the expense of the former Steeler.

    ‘I’m also just curious why it took this for people to ask what’s wrong with you after all these years?’

    Bradshaw and his colleagues erupted in laughter before host, Curt Menefee added: ‘There’s some of us that have been asking it for several years!’

    The 74-year-old is married to his wife, Tammy, and has two daughters, Rachel and Erin, and a step-daughter, Lacey.

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  • 2 часа, 21 минута назад 03.10.2022Sport
    Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters has to be held back from head coach John Harbaugh

    Peters reportedly left the field screaming before attempting to confront Harbaugh as Buffalo readied for the field goal which gave them a 23-20 victory on the road.

    The 29-year-old was then said to have thrown his helmet in fury as he watched on. Harbaugh was seen yelling, seemingly toward Peters, before CBS cameras cut back to Bills kicker, Tyler Bass.

    Cameras then turned to Peters, who was enraged, attempting to get closer to his head coach.

    Following the game, Harbaugh attempted to quash the disagreement as nothing more than a part of football.

    ‘Emotions run high. We’re on the same page,’ Harbaugh told reporters post-game.

    ‘We’ve got a great relationship, we’ve got an honest relationship. I love him, hope he still loves me, we’ll see.’

    Baltimore gave up 20 unanswered points after charging to an early 20-3 lead. What may have incensed Peters further was Harbaugh’s decision to go for a touchdown on fourth and goal on the Ravens’ last possession after their altercation.

    Instead of a chip shot field goal which could have given Baltimore a 23-20 lead with just over four minutes remaining, Harbaugh went for it from the two-yard line.

    ‘I thought it gave us the best chance to win the game,’ Harbaugh said. ‘It didn´t turn out that way and unfortunately, and we lost the game.

    ‘Hindsight, you take the points. But you look at it analytically, you´ll understand why we did it.’

    Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson threw an interception, giving Buffalo an opportunity to go down the field and win the game, which they duly took.

    Following the loss, Baltimore hold a 2-2 record, tied with Cleveland who sit first in the AFC North.

    Buffalo’s late victory avoided a two-game losing streak and keeps them on pace with AFC East rival, Miami at 3-1.

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