Sam Randall

Sport

Why diving isn’t worth making a song and dance about

Erik Lamela’s theatrical reaction to Anthony Martial’s flick to his face in the Tottenham-Manchester United game in October provides a useful case study for the problems with diving and exaggeration in football. Graeme Souness described Lamela’s display as ‘very Latin’ – a remark for which he was later accused of xenophobic stereotyping. However, I believe…

Sport

Why so-called ‘Project Big Picture’ was really a narrow-minded power grab

Earlier this month, Premier League teams unveiled ‘Project Big Picture’ – a £250 million bailout proposal for Championship clubs that redistributed TV revenue, 25% of which would go to the EFL. In return, Manchester United and Liverpool, who headed the proposal, requested that the Premier League’s 9 longest-serving teams should acquire greater voting power. This…

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