In his Five Things We Learned From Liverpool vs Manchester United article, The Guardian’s Daniel Taylor came down harder than Jamie Carragher on Nani, who was tearfully substituted after feeling the effects of a horrific lunge from the Liverpool defender. Taylor insists:
“Bryan Robson never cried. Roy Keane never cried. Heck, we never even saw tears from Cristiano Ronaldo, the man who wrote the book on football prima donnas.”
It makes me sick, these foreigners coming over hear with their overactive tear glands.
I like Daniel Taylor’s work, but it does seem a little perverse to me that a journalist is quicker to criticise the reaction of a badly injured player than the perpetrator of a quite horrific tackle. It’s symptomatic of the prevailing attitudes in English football that create an environment in which challenges like this take place.