In fairness, though, you’ve only deconstructed an article published by/on/in TDM; that bastion of racism, xenophobia and general fear mongering. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Sign up to hear from us about specials, sales, and events. As Shakespeare was to life, I am to sport. Yet, as was proven last season, the drama of relegation is a television turn-on. This has all been Grealish’s own personal choice and he has been happy to represent Ireland. Debt Free! Glaring double standards evident there. Is it simply because Singapore’s “claim” would have been at odds with English interests? Sports Writer of the Year, Sports Journalists' Association of Great Britain (2005), Sports Writer of the Year, Sports Journalists' Association of Great Britain (2006), Sports Writer of the Year, Sports Journalists' Association of Great Britain (2007), "Award-winner Samuel to join Daily Mail – Sports Journalists' Association", "Mirror takes top What the Papers Say award", "Martin Samuel wins prestigious journalism honour", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Martin_Samuel&oldid=972765567, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Sports Journalist of the Year, Sports Journalists' Association of Great Britain, 2010, Sports Journalist of the Year, Sports Journalists' Association of Great Britain, 2013, Sports Journalist of the Year, British Press Awards (2008), Sports Journalist of the Year, British Press Awards (2013), Sports Commentator of the Year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards in 2014, This page was last edited on 13 August 2020, at 18:09. FIFA update and re-publish their statutes annually. All associations, including the FA, will use the rules as best they can, so pontificating on this is tiresome and of little merit. Martin Samuel - Sport for the Daily Mail's recent articles. This is not about the player, then, but the process. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Introducing Trends: visualize news in real-time and discover top authors or outlets. It's not a threat. Are we to assume the choice is unnecessary just because the English media have taken a selfish interest in Grealish all of a sudden? The regulations are anything but out-dated and the FAI (as well as Grealish) have simply been using them as FIFA have intended them to be used; FIFA’s intention is to enhance player choice. But if they can find some way of hurting the Premier League - by devaluing its market share - then they will thrive. There is nothing wrong with this. See if anyone cares, in fact. DailyMail.com DailyMail The Mail on Sunday Please select from the options below There is even an Irish captain! Ireland were into Grealish early, at 14, and since then he has represented them at Under 17, Under 18 and Under 21 levels. … Liverpool's and United's rivals Man City are seen as other English candidates to be included. 6.6K posts. He first played for Ireland at under-15 level. Winning is already paramount for most, if not all, associations. Grealish, now 19-years-old, has been playing for Ireland since the age of 14 (as is later stated correctly in the article, oddly). He uses his position, and why not, but there is an absence of self in his behaviour. Parties, and that includes agents and associations (perhaps even working in tandem), are already free to attempt to convince and influence players so long as it is without manipulation or coercion. e-mail; 135 shares. 6. He has previously worked for The Times, News of the World, Jewish Chronicle, Daily Express, The Sun and Sunday People.He began his career at Hayters Sports Agency in London. This paragraph doesn’t really make sense to me – I’m not sure of what exactly Samuel is getting at here – but it sounds a lot like scaremongering rhetoric to me, despite the fact there hasn’t been any rule-change recently that would motivate or have the effect of causing changes in agent behaviour all of a sudden. Haha, England double standards; their rugby & cricket teams Hoover up overseas players then blame the grass-roots pathways. The link between repeated heading of a football and degenerative brain disorders is proven, and every bit as much an industrial disease as asbestosis. Find the best way to get in touch with Martin by joining Muck Rack. So again we say: go and form your European Premier League, see if we care. Nevertheless, using the “granny rule” as a stick of ridicule with which to beat the Irish has been a means of asserting a distasteful and imperious sense of English superiority; since Jack Charlton in the 1980s first started selecting en masse England-born players for Ireland who were eligible on account of their Ireland-born parents and grandparents, Ireland have been derisively dubbed the “England ‘B’ team“.