City will see off sly Sky Sports and putrid pundits

Ignore the facts, never mind the rules and whatever happens, stay on message by undermining Manchester City and always empathise with City’s opponents.

Brilliant, brave and battle-scarred – Ederson put his neck on the line for City. Imagery courtesy of Stiz from BlueRoom.

It’s a simple enough directive and one followed with great gusto in recent days and weeks by City’s ever growing army of detractors.

Led admirably by the snide shites at Sky Sports, the licence fee subsidised morons on Match of The Day, the liars at La Liga, the corrupt Catalans at the Nou Camp, the gesticulating jerk Jurgen Klopp, the malicious Mike Dean and, lest we forget, PGMOL’s ‘medium’ ‘Mad Bob’ Madley, with his amazing ability to see things that never actually happened…it’s fair to say City have had an eventful start to the season.

Sauerkraut – gesticulating Jurgen always has a ‘kop out’ when things go wrong.

The increasingly blatant attempts to disparage City’s reputation and damage the club’s on field results, reek more and more of desperation as Pep Guardiola moulds his squad to challenge for the big prizes.

Provocation from so-called ‘pundits’ and rank awful decisions of rancid referees, has given more credence to the long held belief that something is definitely amiss when it comes to fair mindedness, balance and an unbiased perspective, where City are concerned.

The media and various football governing bodies will vehemently deny any anti-City agenda, and there are plenty of others who will ridicule any suggestion of discrimination against City.

Intent is irrelevant – Mane had to go for his reckless and dangerous challenge on Ederson. Bespoke graphic courtesy of Stiz from BlueRoom.

If it isn’t anti-City, then it is most certainly pro-City’s opponents – either way it amounts to undue negativity being heaped upon the Etihad outfit. 

For example, take Sadio Mane’s reckless challenge on Ederson which left the City keeper needing eight stitches in facial wounds.

A lack of ‘intent’ by Mane has been trotted out as a defence by ex-pros Lineker, Neville, Shearer, Sutton, Wright and Gale all questioning the validity of the Liverpool striker’s red card. Only Jamie Carragher, ex-Liverpool stalwart and an unlikely voice of sanity, readily accepted the sending off in the immediate aftermath of the incident.

The rest of the ‘know-all but know nothing’ assembly of ex-players, all chose to dispute the law which left ref Jon Moss with no option but to send Mane off.

I know the feeling – Kyle Walker was sent off with City 1-0 down to Everton. This time Mane is going off with Liverpool 1-0 down to City.

The outpouring of sympathy for Mane was nauseating. Sky and the BBC went into sycophant overdrive, clamouring to soothe the feelings of the precious Liverpool fans – their viewers and listeners. Liverpool were losing and had just had their star man sent off – this wasn’t in the script. 

Martin Tyler and Valencia’s ‘legendary’ ex-Manager Gary Neville, agreed live on air that Mane was innocent. The case for the defence rested squarely on the ‘evidence’ that Mane’s ‘eyes followed the ball’ – presumably with not even the merest hint of a hefty 6ft 2″ Brazilian bloke in the vicinity?

Sky would have us believe that on that basis alone, it stood to reason that FIFA’s Laws of the Game 2017-18 should be completely disregarded, you know, the one which states ‘…a tackle or challenge that endangers the safety of an opponent or uses excessive force or brutality must be sanctioned as serious foul play…’

A gobshite loser as a manager and now Gary Neville is losing credibility as a pundit.

Neville had the gall to say: “Sorry Jon Moss, you just ruined the game…” Why, for doing his job correctly?

Never one to stopping digging, the ex-Manchester United defender continued, blaming City’s defence for the fact Ederson had just had his face ripped open by Mane’s blades.

It then behoved Sky’s commentary duo to blather on for nigh on eight minutes about the injustice to Mane, with little sympathy or concern for a brave and highly talented goalkeeper who, for all we knew at the time, could’ve suffered a catastrophic head injury.

Klopp later emphasised that Mane was ‘…very very upset and shocked by the situation…’ before proceeding to say how everybody thought Ederson was seriously injured but ‘…not as serious as everybody thought, as he was running around after the game.’ The clear implication being it was a ‘nothing’ injury.

Red for a red – Mane is off.

Poor old Sadio. Poor old Liverpool. Always the victims.

Of course the Merseyside media darlings only lost 5-0 because Mane was sent off. The fact City were already 1-0 up and in the ascendency was brushed to one side. Being a man down obviously compelled the Scousers to become invertebrates and capitulate in pathetic fashion. 

Forgive me, but weren’t City 1-0 down to Everton in the second match of the season, when Kyle Walker was sent off at about the same stage of the game as Mane’s dismissal? The only difference being that Walker saw red for an offence which never happened.

Where was the debate about ‘intent’ when Everton’s Calvert-Lewin gave an Oscar winning performance to earn Walker his marching orders?

City’s Kyle Walker was wrongly sent off against Everton when City were losing 1-0. City fought back rather than capitulate in adversity.

And didn’t City battle back manfully for a 1-1 draw, after going all out for the win, leaving Wayne ‘Merkin Wearing Granny Shagging Adulterer’ Rooney and his chums hanging on for dear life?

I must’ve been imagining it!

According to Sky slime ball Tyler, Ederson became an outfield player and fair game when he attempted his headed clearance, as Mane whacked him in the head.

Moss melee – Ederson lies injured as Mane gets set to be sent off.

Therefore, if Martin’s Mantra was to catch on, any player should be prepared for a good shoeing in the ‘fizzog’ on any part of the pitch, from an opponent who can act with impunity.

Tyler’s fellow Sky Sports Neanderthal, testosterone-fuelled Tony ‘Tough Guy’ Gale, even implied that Ederson was not a ‘real man’ as he had to be stretchered off the pitch.

The personification of ‘Sly’ Sports News – Tony Gale implied Ederson wasn’t a ‘real man’ after he was kicked in the face. I wonder if Gale fancies his chances in a ‘kick off’ with the City keeper?

The Cockney ‘hard man’ (hard, but only in comparison with budgerigar diarrhoea) incurred the wrath of just about every City fan on the planet, most of who would willingly put Gale’s ‘boat race’ to the test, if he fancied re-enacting the Mane Facekick Challenge.

Back to Tyler, and his propensity to have more digs at City than seen in a garden makeover by Alan Titchmarsh, this time focusing on Saint James Milner of Merseyside.

Slimy Tyler – Commentator Martin Tyler likes nothing more than having a dig at City on air.

As ‘Jimmy’ came on as a sub to try and stem Liverpool’s second half bleeding – (he didn’t succeed) – he was greeted by a crescendo of boos, prompting Tyler to pipe up with a ‘How quickly they forget…’ admonishment of the City fans.

No mention of Milner running his mouth against City since his departure or, God forbid, not even a whiff of the Liverpool fans abhorrent abuse of Raheem Sterling.

And yet, in the midst of all this bullshit, here was a City team annihilating Liverpool 5-0, a Liverpool side recently highly lauded for tearing Arsenal apart 4-0.

Wunderbar – Leroy Sane bagged a beautifully crafted brace, scoring City’s 4th and 5th goals.

Mindful of not upsetting the already morose Merseyside viewing masses, it would never do to deviate from the script and actually heap praise on Jesus, Aguero, De Bruyne, Sane, Silva, Mendy, Danilo, Fernandinho, Walker, Stones and of course Ederson, who had performed brilliantly up until the point of his departure.

Gary Neville did manage to squeak out a sentence praising Aguero’s selfless assist to set up Jesus’ second goal, before continuing to defend his indefensible stance on Mane. 

Flourishing partnership – Jesus scores and Sergio assists.

As for Jesus, that’s an impressive 10 goals and four assists in 12 Premier League games, with two of those as a sub.

Strange how Sky et al, bang on about City’s record transfer spend, but fail completely to highlight the paltry £27m ‘splashed’ on Jesus.

The goal was particularly pleasing. Sergio could just as easily have scored himself as he closed in on the all-time City scoring record. Instead, he sowed the seeds of a flourishing partnership with the Brazilian protégé.

Super Sergio starts things off – Aguero rounds the keeper to put City one up.

Aguero’s first half opening goal, following a perfect pass from the exquisite De Bruyne, was classic Sergio.

Jesus headed home to make it 2-0 in time added on for treatment to Ederson. Leroy Sane’s beautifully crafted brace was the icing on the sky blue cake, with livewire left back Benjamin Mendy delighting as much on the pitch as he does on social media – a ‘Mario with Brains’ kind of guy.

Triumphant Trio – Mendy, Jesus and De Bruyne were outstanding as City demolished Liverpool.

An emphatic victory, but still Klippety Klopp had his wriggle room and the media their ‘get out card’ because Liverpool wouldn’t have been thrashed if Kung Fu Sadio had stayed on for the last 50 minutes…would they?

The FA has rightly upheld Mane’s three-match ban, but Raheem Sterling had to sit out Saturday’s massacre of the Merseysider’s, due to yet another farce at the hands of Mike ‘It’s All About Me’ Dean.

Dean sent Sterling off for celebrating his 97th minute winner at Bournemouth. Sterling ran to the away supporters, but it was the fans who encroached onto the pitch, not the player going into the crowd, during the wild scenes of Mancunian delight. Never let the facts get in the way of a City sending off.

Injustice – arrogant Mike Dean sent off an ‘innocent’ Raheem Sterling for his 97th minute goal celebrations.

Earlier in the game Dean failed to red card the Cherries’ Nathan Ake when, as the last line of defence, he brought Jesus down 25 yards from goal.

Similarly, Dean did nothing when Bournemouth’s Steve Cook steamed in, totally out of control on Jesus. It’d have been a straight red had it been a City defender on a home player.

Cherry picking delight – City have just grabbed all three points at Bournemouth with a late late winner.

At this early stage of the season, City are already consistently on the wrong end of dodgy decisions. It was therefore refreshing to see Moss had the cojones to do his job where Mane was concerned – there was nothing remotely questionable about that decision, despite the ignorance of Neville, Tyler and the rest of their ilk.

City even attracted unwarranted criticism when they weren’t playing, during the international break, effectively slandered by a couple of ‘simple minds’ from Spain – ‘Juan Kerrs’ – you might say.

Simple Spanish Mind – Javier Tebas – Juan Kerr Number 1.

La Liga President Javier Tebas, clearly p*ssed off that his precious league had lost a big name attraction in Neymar to Ligue 1, decided to lump City in with PSG and accuse the two Arab-backed clubs of ‘financial doping’.

City alluded to possible legal action against the despicable Spaniard, so let’s see how that one plays out.

Simple Spanish Mind – Josep Maria Bartomeu – Juan Kerr Number 2.

The other element of City’s unprovoked Spanish Inquisition, came in the shape of Barcelona’s President Josep Maria Bartomeu, who accused City of distorting the transfer market and ‘peeing in the swimming pool’ along with PSG.

No sour grapes there then Senor.

Perfect placement – Jesus puts City 2-0 up before half time against Liverpool.

Can you imagine, just for a nano second, if Lionel Messi fails to sign his new contract and leaves the Nou Camp for nowt, nothing, zilch, next summer and ends up at the Etihad on a free.

City would once again be ‘ruining football’ only this time without spending a penny – oh what sweet irony if it were to happen.

City would willingly have spent £55m to secure Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal on transfer deadline day, only to be thwarted by the ineptitude of Arsene Wenger’s weird and not so wonderful transfer ‘strategy’.

Lethal Weapons – with Jesus and Sergio in rich form where would Alexis Sanchez fit in to Pep’s starting XI?

It’s rather amusing that Arsenal’s chief transfer negotiator, the rather aptly named Dick Law, has resigned after the last minute debacle.  Sanchez is now likely to join City in January at a cut-price £20m, or on a free next June.

One thing’s for sure City have done great business over the summer, shifting out deadwood and bringing in top quality players who will be at the Etihad for years to come.

High Five – Sane celebrates as City smash five past Liverpool.

The new talents of Bernardo, Ederson, Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo plus a returning Ilkay Gundogan, the emergence of Phil Foden and a soon to be fit again (please make it happen) Vincent Kompany, illustrate how City should be a much stronger, robust, creative and dynamic proposition on all fronts, continuing in Rotterdam tonight.

Pep is aiming high with his new look City squad in 2017/18.

Pep has been ringing in positive changes, whereas the pundits, media and green-eyed rivals will carry on hitting the same pejorative notes for a long time to come.

All Guardiola can do is have his team play to their potential, win games and give Sky and the like all the more reason to feel sorry for anybody who stands in City’s way.


By David Walker

Just a quick personal indulgence to express my love and gratitude to my wife, son and future daughter-in-law, as well as my heartfelt thanks to the Czech paramedics and doctors who, in all probability, saved my life 12 days ago. Thank you and Dekuji. It remains Read But Never Red as opposed to Read But Rather Dead, at least for the time being. @ReadButNeverRed @djwskyblu


  1. September 13, 2017  12:43 pm by Alphie_Izzett Reply

    Good to hear you are still alive David, but for goodness sake stop sitting on the fence and tell it as it is old son.

    • September 13, 2017  1:32 pm by David Walker Reply

      Cheers, and yes, I really should decide which side I'm going to choose - these fence spikes are killing my @rse!

  2. September 13, 2017  12:56 pm by John Finnigan Reply

    I agree with everything you said in your article. The "establishment" are nothing short of cityphobic.

    • September 13, 2017  1:33 pm by David Walker Reply

      Thanks John - it appears that way to us, but there are plenty who will argue that we're paranoid - but that doesn't mean they're not out to get us does it? :-)

  3. September 13, 2017  1:02 pm by bluebones Reply

    'Mario with a brain' it!

    • September 13, 2017  1:34 pm by David Walker Reply

      Absolutely love Mendy - what a guy, what a player, what a character!

    • September 14, 2017  8:00 pm by David Walker Reply

      Mendy just struck me as a wonderful character with a real sense of mischief and fun, but not quite as far 'out there' as Mad Mario in his City hey day. It's great to have him onboard, and boy can he cross a ball.

  4. September 13, 2017  1:09 pm by @lghualways Reply

    Enjoyed that as sums up most of my feelings. The arguing with pool supporting friends was hilarious. My brother though (pool fan) just went 'red all day unless he gets to the ball first as then it might be a yellow'. He thought it was funny how others arguing still but media likes to have controversy and klopp gets to distract from a truely woeful display. Only issue i have is getting 'deadwood' moved on. I loathed AK in last 3 yrs but servants one and all. Personal only as hate use of term deadwood after reading lakeys book. Loved the read as always and glad you are on the mend

    • September 13, 2017  1:43 pm by David Walker Reply

      Many thanks for great feedback. The term 'deadwood' wasn't meant to be disrespectful, but obviously comes across that way. It was meant in relation to being pruned as a necessity for City to move forward, not as a reflection on past achievements. The after match and in play comments mean a loss of respect for Gary Neville who, in fairness is a good pundit, compared to the other Muppets. As for Klopp, he started off as quite a likeable, genial figure, but nowadays he should be seen for what he is a bad-tempered, combustible buffoon who simply plays to the media. His comments on Ederson were a disgrace. The level of excuses the media offered up for Liverpool was laughable, but hey, spherical objects to them, we'll take the 5-0 win!

  5. September 13, 2017  1:23 pm by Mazin Reply

    But Mane was sent off and the appeal was denied.

    • September 13, 2017  1:36 pm by David Walker Reply

      Very true, but that doesn't alter the overall approach of the media to City and some of the outrageous refereeing decisions that have gone against us.

  6. September 13, 2017  1:52 pm by Stuart Reed Reply

    Ederson is looking like he's going to be a monster - he's commands his area "manfully" & he's got big cojones - despite Gale's comments (r-sole).
    After the Everton game I challenged John Murray on R5 when he questioned Ederson's abilities after the Rooney goal - "City still have problems in goal" - how wrong he was.
    Straight red if Ederson comes out of his area & studs an attacker in the face at should height right?
    Then why not the other way. City would've got a disrepute charge for not keeping a player in order as well, no doubt.
    City were given no chance on R5 before the match. But City wouldn't have lost by 5 goals if Moss had reverted to type & sent 2 City players off.

    Sky have been a cozy sell out from the beginning - but BT are no better & BBC getting there. The snipes are sometimes low key & often by omission - I thought City must be playing next week because at weekend BT failed to mentioned City were playing on the CL this week despite plugging all the other games on more than one occasion.
    In the past I've thought G Neville to be reasonably fair but his comments were so much BS he embarrassed himself badly.

    Glad you're ok Dave - take it easy
    A very satisfying weekend only marred by the antipathy towards City by the usual suspects

    • September 13, 2017  4:56 pm by David Walker Reply

      Smashing analysis and comments Stuart and I'm in full agreement with your thoughts on all matters. It's now reached laughable proportions with the media bias, so that's what we really ought to be doing - laughing at their pathetic little ploys and pipsqueak efforts to hurt City. Just as long as Pep and the boys do the business on the pitch, it'll be us who laugh last and loudest...and not because we were too thick to get the punchline :-)

  7. September 13, 2017  1:57 pm by steve Howard Reply

    what an excellent journalistic overview of the torret of vile thats gets pump at man city
    endless sniping from every area of the medial - the booking of any city player with the slightest hint of a robust challenge - vincent Kopany the prime example - how many times has he been booked earky on in a game within making 3 tackles- - and also my advice ti vinny - would be -retire from internatial duty and concentrate on leading this club we as city fans adore to the grater heights we have the class - structur and skills to achieve

    • September 13, 2017  2:24 pm by David Walker Reply

      There are plenty who would contest my view about the anti-City agenda, but I have seen no evidence of the same sort of treatment and contempt being directed at United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea etc It won't happen because SKY, BBC, BT and a certain shite radio station is scared to alienate viewers and listeners who follow said clubs. It helps retain fans of City's rivals if they seek to mock City at most every given opportunity. Who knows, there may come a day when City's fan base is deemed worthy of commercial merit and these biased institutions seek to suck up to City, but it'll be too late. All the Sky Blues will have turned their backs on these vile broadcasters by then. Thanks for reading and commenting.

    • September 13, 2017  5:20 pm by David Walker Reply

      I think it'd be a very large petition that went to Vinny asking him to retire from international football for the sake of prolonging his City career, but that's not going to happen anytime soon with the 2018 World Cup Finals around the corner. It'd make sense if Vinny retired from Belgium duties next summer but he's very proud to play for his country. Hopefully he'll do the right thing by City. Thanks for your comments.

  8. September 13, 2017  2:11 pm by GeorgeInIsrael Reply

    Totally agree with every word. Let's hope we build on that performance tonight.

    Ian Cheeseman in his vlog interviewed Shaun Goater and Emile Heskey at half time during the Liverpool game ( - starts at about 7:29). Both of them said that in the same circumstances they would also have gone for the ball with their foot. They also both said that the the red card was the correct decision.

    As for the intent and the "his eyes were on the ball" claims - that's such a load of bollocks. If Ederson hadn't come out of his area as he did, there would have been no need for Mane to go for the ball with his foot high and studs showing. He would have been able to control the ball with his head or his chest and then to continue to a 1x1 with the keeper. The very fact the he did go for the ball with his foot proves that he was fully aware of the keeper coming out, yet he still made the decision to go for the ball - INTENT!! Did a single one of these so-called experts (who all played at a level far higher than my Sunday League at Hough End) even think of that, because they certainly didn't mention it!

    Finally, I'm glad that you have recovered from your ordeal in the Czech Republic. Do they have any idea what caused it? Is it possible you ate too many sausages in the Old Town Square in Prague ;-)

    • September 13, 2017  5:33 pm by David Walker Reply

      The fact, as we all know, is that 'intent' was never a factor in the application of this particular FIFA rule, so Neville, Tyler & Co were talking more bollocks than usual. Their attempts to sweeten the pill to the watching masses on Merseyside was pathetic and they just would not let I go would they? How ironic that Tyler is forever intrinsic to the Aguerrrrooo Moment because he is such a pile of shite when it comes to City commentaries. It's a bit like Niall Quinn, his co-commentator on that fateful day in May 2012 - a brilliant performance - but subsequently hypercritical off City ever since. Maybe they overdid the enthusiasm and their Sky paymasters told them 'never again'. Thanks for the feedback and I hereby declare any Czech sausage completely innocent with regard to the spillage of copious amounts of my blood. Cheers fella.

  9. September 13, 2017  2:24 pm by Allan Reply

    Good read as usual. I think Mike Dean is a good referee but he does favour the underdog and that has worked to our advantage in the past. Most referees are hoping for "promotion" and therefore please the people who appoint them the FA run by an ex rag.
    When I first saw the incident it looked like Moss had decided straight away to send Mane off and I thought it was harsh but you see the reply and the reaction of the 2 closest players, Otamendi and Danilo and you know he was right. I thought he had gone with the head and the shoulders had collided but he has both feet off the ground and is out of control (a la Steve Cook) and kicks the opponent on the head. If he did that to any player around their ankles its a sending off and it doesn't matter that its a goalkeeper or where the goalkeeper is on the pitch. He may have his eyes on the ball but he knows the keeper is coming why else would he lunge at it with his foot that high. He is entitled to go for it but if he catches the player he pays the price. When Otamendi kicked Salah(?) it was a free kick and Otamendi was booked, no problems with that even though Otamendi intended to play the ball.
    To be fair to Carragher I think he said red card.

    • September 13, 2017  5:41 pm by David Walker Reply

      I'd have to say I used to think Mike Dean was a good referee - he did of course officiate in our wonderful title winning 3-2 win over QPR - but in recent years he has done City, quite literally 'done' City time and time again. He is among the most arrogant of officials and he genuinely seeks to hog the limelight, by any means. He was astonishingly bad at Bournemouth and the City fans would probably have been tempted to lynch him on the day - despite the win.

      I wonder if all the Mane debate was simply an effective way of deflecting analysis and debate as to how and why City tore Liverpool apart. There's no way the sending off of a forward can account for such a dismal defensive showing. Yes, Carragher was refreshingly honest, especially as an ex-Liverpool player, which makes it all the more mystifying why Neville was kissing Merseyside ass. Thanks for the feedback.

  10. September 13, 2017  2:28 pm by David Stanton Reply

    Once again an eye opening article on the amazing restraint from Manchester City. The club, the players and the vast majority of the supporters have kept a dignified silence in the face of an all out assault (Both physically and verbally) on our club, our players and our owners. The honesty, integrity and reputation of Manchester City FC has been put under the microscope. With what result? A stronger, leaner and hungrier club with a redoubled passion to show these leeches that make a decent living on the back of football that we don't give a damn what mischief they make. We will succeed.
    As their eyes get greener we get meaner.

    • September 13, 2017  5:43 pm by David Walker Reply

      A nice take on what the net effect of all this hatred and negativity actually generates from within City. When we triumph - and we will - it'll make it all the sweeter when these b@st@rds have to suck it up!

  11. September 13, 2017  2:34 pm by Deji Reply

    Perfectly written Dave! I've battled within myself as I am well aware of the reputation City fans have for paranoia, but there has been a very clear pattern of dodgy decisions going back at least as far as Walker getting away with pushing Sterling in the back.

    What would you put this phenomenon down to that has GNev so defiantly behind sworn adversaries Liverpool and skews pundits and refs alike against City? Jealousy at City's consistent dominance over the last 5 years?(we're the only English team that has finished in the top 4 in each of the last 5 seasons). Alarm at how quickly the power shifted? Or is it the colour of the money that back City?

    There's been a slight anti-City slant in pundityry for a long time but I feel like the brief extended to officiating following Guardiola's incredible perfect start to Premier League football. I've always suspected that whoever the people are that decide decisions could not countenance this foreign coach coming to England and making our 'mighty Premier League' look easy.

    • September 13, 2017  5:49 pm by David Walker Reply

      It's the age old joke isn't it - just because we're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get us! Pep genuinely found the Premier League more difficult than he'd imagined last season, but equally, he also knew he was handicapped by an ageing defence. On reflection, he did well to secure third and we must now truly believe he will hit the dizzy heights we all dreamed about when he was hired. City are still very much work in progress this season, but the expectations of silverware are rightly very high. If Guardiola stays for 5 or 6 years, even more, we're going to need an extension for the Trophy Room.

  12. September 13, 2017  2:49 pm by Geoffrey Blake Reply

    Hi David
    Thanks for an excellent read and so glad that you have survived whatever misfortune befell you in Czech land recently.

    We have been threatening to put a hat-full past someone for a while now and I am sooooooo pleased it was 'pool because they seem to have been a bogey team for some years now. I'm glad it wasn't Bournemouth, Brighton or Palace, because then the comments would have been 'well, so what its only Bournemouth Brighton or Palace!!

    Watching the game it was clear from the moment the replays were shown that Mane's foot was so high that it had to be a red card and yet as you say the comments that followed from all and sundry were so false.
    Commentators are always (rightly) having a pop at high, studs up challenges and yet when it's 6ft high it and in the face its apparently ok?
    The one question that I've not heard asked is why Mane didn't try to to head the ball?

    Anyway, onward and upward, lets give Feyenoord a beating this evening and get the Euro campaign off to a good start;
    Trust your recovery keeps on track and look forward to many more articles - keep up the good work

    • September 13, 2017  5:54 pm by David Walker Reply

      It's very distasteful when you reflect on the coverage of City's win and how the media have managed to shift the emphasis away from Liverpool's abject showing. Still, as City fans, we know what we witnessed and we know how good it felt to finally stuff the Scousers good and proper!

      Sky, the BBC and BT are all finding it nigh on impossible to hide their hidden agendas against City any longer. City and Guardiola have their measure and, as you say, let's hope the team do well in Rotterdam tonight and keep momentum going. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  13. September 13, 2017  2:49 pm by Dave Mann Reply

    What a refreshing read,bang on.worse thing is only city fans will probably read it,because the dislike and even hate in some quarters,the press,the media via some so called experts sitting on tv panels have created an enviroment of dislike towards us.gone has all the romance of 2011.
    We see from all angles the love in for utd,pool,and tarquins,so what! you may say,but all we really want is honesty.Ive felt for a few years now there is an agenda against us and seem to be proven right almost weekly,including referees decisions as well as negativity from commentators and pundits.
    These so called expert pundits havent got the bottle to coach or manage,because they are so well paid for their views,they never lose a game sat on a sofa.
    We are city no one likes us we dont care,we are city super city, how long before we start singing that.Problem is i think we do really care and thats the most annoying thing about the negativity and bias against us. Ctid.

    • September 13, 2017  11:44 pm by David Walker Reply

      Equally well measured and proportionate feedback Dave. Great point about the undefeated streak on the sofa! These pundits are 'sofall' of sh*t! And the award for the worst play on words of the week goes to...

      I agree, I don't think City fans want the overall tone to be one where the muppets in the media are fawning all over us, we just want fair, balanced, unbiased reporting of the facts. If somebody is offering an opinion, then let it be known that they do so from a position of bias or have a vested interest in a club and stop trying to present a skewed viewpoint as factual content.

      Obviously it'd be nice if City was more widely appreciated, but it's not imperative.

  14. September 13, 2017  2:51 pm by Andy Gent Reply

    What an excellent article, thought it was just me looking at games, through blue glasses. To my mind we still have a long way to go to pass last seasons appalling decisions in major games too many to name , however the Chelsea home game was for me the nadir. Hopefully this year City can rise above it and push on.
    Agree the squad looks much stronger than last season still a bit iffy at centre back though especially if we are going to play three of them and Kompany is going to keep on getting injury on international duty!!
    Perhaps Mangala deserves a chance!

    • September 13, 2017  11:55 pm by David Walker Reply

      Thanks - a gent by name and by nature;-) You're right, the Chelsea defeat was a season changer, a six point differentiator, orchestrated by the little b@st@rd who will take charge of Watford v City on Saturday - the first time since the alleged Altrincham arse wipe will have officiated a City game since the 3-1 defeat last December. Thomas Walter Anthony Taylor, or just TWAT for short.

      Keeping Kompany fit and playing well is vital, but I wouldn't rule out two substantial acquisitions in January - Sanchez up front and a top class centre back...and no, I don't mean Jonny Evans. My heart says it'd be great for Mangala to turn things around, but my head doubts it is plausible. Time and opportunities will tell. Thanks again Andy.

  15. September 13, 2017  3:03 pm by Raymondo Reply

    Last season was a Joke this season is the Punch line. The officials need to be punished for nailed on decisions being reversed

    • September 13, 2017  11:47 pm by David Walker Reply

      Corrupt or inept...or a bit of both? One thing's for certain, City must ensure that our play is of such a high quality that even the cheats who do PGMOL's bidding can't exert sufficient influence to prevent our genuine future success.

  16. September 13, 2017  3:03 pm by Richard Cooper Reply

    Well David, another week and another controversial week regarding refereeing and pundits.
    1. The sending off of Walker was a "farce"
    2. The second yellow for Sterling was harsh, but not unexpected. Pity, other more physical incidents were totally missed by the always totally inconsistent refereeing.
    3. Mane challenge, while not malicious, was dangerous and therefore a Red Card without doubt.
    4. We thought the referee last Saturday had a good game - praise where it is due !.

    We don't have Sky but some of the comments on Beeb were a bit bizarre and frankly unbelievable.
    Certainly players have right to challenge for the ball but NOT to endanger an opponent. How Shearer etc (especially Sutton) could say otherwise a bit mind - blowing. At least on MOTD2 both Chapman & Kilbane looked at Sutton disbelief when he intimated the red card should be rescinded.

    Onward and forward and best ignoring the implications of the Press, TV whatever media outlet next tries to undermine the super transformation of the last few years.

    • September 14, 2017  10:22 am by David Walker Reply

      And to think the BBC licence fee helps muppets like Sutton, Lineker and Shearer make a handsome living - I nearly said 'earn' but then realised that would be a lie. As ever RC we are as one in our thoughts on all matters relating to City. Thanks again buddy.

  17. September 13, 2017  3:48 pm by Andy Hopkins Reply

    Fantastic well written piece mate and perfectly sums up the despicable media agenda. Great job. Oh and the ' Mario with brains ' line had we spitting out my coffee laughing.

    • September 13, 2017  11:58 pm by David Walker Reply

      I aim to please Andy - thanks. Is there a dry cleaning bill needs paying in respect of Mendy's intellectual impersonation of Mario? Coffee stains can be a bugger can't they?

  18. September 13, 2017  4:03 pm by lee stringer Reply

    Bloody marvelous piece. Quite similar to all my rants on facebook this week but encapsulated all in one well worded and coherent manner (unlike my random style) Good work sir :-)

    • September 13, 2017  11:59 pm by David Walker Reply

      My gratitude Lee - you keep up the rants and I'll endeavour to carry on encapsulating. Cheers fella.

  19. September 13, 2017  4:34 pm by Sean McDougall Reply

    Totally spot on as ever David. It was my 1st visit to the Etihad this season and what a wonderful day it was. Great to see the ground rocking. With sell outs every week and a season ticket waiting list they should be cracking on with the 3rd tier at the other end! Contrasted with the pics last night of large expanses of empty red seats at The Swamp but guess no-one will mention that?

    • September 14, 2017  10:19 am by David Walker Reply

      LOL - I think you mentioned it once but nobody noticed...empty red seats, I've never heard of such nonsense ;-)

      Quite frankly the empty seats 'discussion' bores the t*ts off me - no disrespect to you Sean. It's largely irrelevant, albeit the saddos at The Swamp like to bang on about it, while reading The Advanced Course For Hypocrites Volume 9 handbook. I imagine City will expand the Etihad for the 2019-20 season and boost capacity to approximately 63,000 nice shiny blue seats. Who knows, we may even have safe standing areas as well?.

  20. September 13, 2017  6:16 pm by Kieran Brooks Reply

    Outstanding stuff. So many excellent points both in the article and the subsequent comments. The utter contradictions in every single 'argument' put forward in defence of the challenge were absolutely laughable especially Klopp's assertion that "he didn't see the keeper" which the interviewer should have said "well why did he feel he had to leap into mid-air with his leg extended to try and "tip it past the keeper"? The failure to do so was symptomatic of the sychopancy infesting the media types when it comes to their favs. Best not get me started in the chronically unprofessional response of Tyler and Neville to the event and their subsequent schoolboy sarcasm every time a City player put in a tackle "Oh, perhaps that was 'endangering an oppotent' eh Gary?".

    Keep up the good work and gladto hear you are ok after your experience abroad

    • September 14, 2017  10:11 am by David Walker Reply

      Much appreciated Kieran - thank you. I'm led to believe by those who know about such things, that Mr Tyler does have a red hue to his eyes, and it's nothing to do with late nights and sleep deprivation!

      In fairness, as much as I detested rodent Neville as United scum, I have respected him as a pundit, BUT his comments against Liverpool were outrageous. He's entitled to his opinion, but before he spouts his views he ought to context them within the rules of the game.

      Tyler and Neville showed contempt for Ederson and City - that was despicable and unforgivable.

  21. September 13, 2017  9:10 pm by Pete Reply

    I think you have missed the point, much as we don't like it the biggest fanbase in the country is across the city. The media think they have a great chance to win the league. Hence the interviews with Doesn't and Luckyarku on Football Focus. We are proving to be a fly in the ointment, the T.V. boys want to keep their biggest audience happy.
    Re the refs. it has been shocking since Kompany's so called 2 footed lunge in the cup.
    I realise from the posh seats you don't get to feel the whole atmosphere; I was disgusted with the initial booing as Ederson was carried from the pitch. That wasn't noted anywhere, the pictures of him being carried off on TV were after that had died down.
    I note recently that the scousers were asked re the so called safe standing. I personally feel this would be a step back If we had had that on Saturday the tribal aggression this brings in this country would in my opinion have spilled over. I recall the no go areas of Train stations, Motorway services and town centre shopping arcades on match days and the needless beatings. Not for me thanks. Another topic for your waspish pen and sharp wit.
    Lastly, I read with interest all the papers re this game and for those of you who can afford The Times ( I can't ) you will have seen that it was reported that the mane challenge was a deserved straight red also that City were in the ascendancy when the incident happened.
    Finally. We have appeared to have scored four, Is that three from corners? A record. Pep must read your blog.

    • September 14, 2017  1:09 pm by David Walker Reply

      Missed the point? Nah!

      The media bias is driven by a desire, a need, to appease the massed ranks of Manure, Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea fans and City are, as you state, the 'proverbial fly in the ointment.' We are not disagreeing on this, so why have I missed the point?

      I'll move past the 'posh seats' jibe - incidentally, it was rather splendid sitting just three seats away from Pep's mate, Eddie Jones, England's Rugby Union coach - a vantage point that enables me to look down on you Derbyshire dwelling types ;-) I was however aware of the classless Scousers' booing of Ederson as he was carried from the field.

      I will disagree with you on the point of 'Safe Standing' - the clue's in the terminology - as I think this would enhance the atmosphere at games and enable more fans to attend at affordable prices. You only have to look at what Borussia Dortmund achieve in their home games in the Bundesliga to see the obvious benefits that flow from an effective safe standing policy and implementation, for both a club and its supporters.

      Nobody in their right minds wants a return to the bad old days of hooliganism and fights pre, during and post matches. We both can recall those shared experiences can't we?

      I didn't see The Times' coverage - maybe we should pool our resources and purchase an online subscription? However, the overall media narrative was one whereby Liverpool's loss stemmed from the sending off, irrespective of what you, I, The Times and most City fans believe, that City would have won regardless of whether Mane had stayed or not.

      Finally, my old friend, I must implore you to pay more attention. The RBNR blog mentioned all five of City's goals - but not necessarily in a chronological order. Do try and keep up!

      Cheers Pete old chum, see you at the Palace game matey :-)

  22. September 13, 2017  10:46 pm by mancunian mike Reply

    Sums up my own potential paranoia exactly. Agree with Andy Gent above, the nadir of shock-awful biased refereeing was the Chelsea home game last year and beginning when Sideshow-Bob should've seen a straight red that didn't even earn a free-kick. The refereeing in that game resulted in City's players becoming so frustrated at the inequality that they lost their heads with Aguero and Ferdi receiving red cards whilst Chelsea face slapper Fabregas got nothing...not even by disciplinary panel. On a positive note we are winning them over slowly, with both Kami (Goals on Sunday) and 2 of the 4 writers on the Sunday Supplement pointing out the shear ridiculouness of even debating the Mane red card. Onward and upward...

    • September 14, 2017  10:03 am by David Walker Reply

      Great points well made Mike, but we happen to have Thomas Walter ANTHONY TAYLOR (TWAT) as the ref at Watford on Saturday, so let's wait and see how the world's most infamous 'Altrincham fan' can screw us this time out! His handling of last season's Chelsea game was as BENT a performance as you are ever likely to see! Thanks again fella.

  23. September 13, 2017  11:23 pm by Brian Wilshaw Reply

    Once again David I have to say our brains are in perfect sinc. Very Very good blog. However we do need proper back up for Vinny. I've had a look at the left centre back for Metz. Tall very

    • September 14, 2017  12:02 am by David Walker Reply

      Our brains are in the kitchen sink? I prefer the Metz centre back's twin brother for City - Very Tall :-)

      In all seriousness Brian, many thanks for reading and commenting and I reckon that along with Alexis Sanchez, Pep will have a top quality centre back target in mind, maybe in the January window, depending on the team's needs and player availability.

  24. September 14, 2017  7:14 am by Gary Owen Reply

    What a perfectly assessed versions of events so far this season

    Dave you have been able to put over the correct and factual points anyone with a sound mind would agree with.

    Excellent piece of journalism.

    • September 14, 2017  9:52 am by David Walker Reply

      Thanks Gary, great to know that you read Read But Never Red - even better that you should comment in such a positive fashion. Please carry on reading.

      It needed saying about the ant-City agenda.

      That said, it was somewhat ironic that BT Sport were treading on eggshells last night because they know what we all know - that they've shafted us in the past, it's gone beyond a joke and we're not prepared to stand for it any longer.

      They still managed to make a few dozen references to our wealth and our spending power in commentary...but so what, City are now rich, successful and proud of it ;-)

      Good to see more ex-City players gradually being introduced into the role of pundits rather than the usual crop of Manure and the Merseyside Mafia. The point is Pep is letting City's football do most of the talking and the City haters won't have an answer to that if we keep going with this brand of stylish play.

  25. September 14, 2017  7:45 am by Alan Williamson Reply

    Thank you a very enjoyable read. After that and all the comments Its comforting to know its not just odd ones that see and hear all this nonsense. Is this bordering on Racism??? Basically Its because of "arab' money isnt it??.. or is it a fear of what we will achieve?

    • September 14, 2017  9:58 am by David Walker Reply

      Thanks for reading. I think there's a huge element of protecting historical vested interests and the old cartels of both English and European football are apprehensive that City are going to make it right to the very top in terms of trophies, global appeal and commercial success.

      Of course it all boils down to money, but the more the likes of SKY, BBC, BT, Talkshite Radio et al try and undermine City, the more foolish they will look when City are one of the - if not THE - dominant force in the Premier League.

      It's a backhanded compliment from La Liga and Barcelona that they too are bleating about City in the same breath as PSG - we haven't gone and splashed a £200m fee on a world class we just spent £27m to acquire our world class Brazilian.

  26. September 14, 2017  9:46 am by niall burman Reply

    Hi David,
    Very good article. Backed up today with the fact Man City, after beating Feyenoord 0-4 in the Champions league hardly get a mention on their online news feed. You have to scroll down and find out about Man City. Their headed lines are about Liverpool injustices again. Tottenham breaking their voodoo at Wembley and Paul Pogbas injury.
    I feel Man City this year are going to go from strength to strength, there is a great team spirit. My only concern is Otemendi, he wears his heart on his sleeve when he puts in the tackles, but he leaves us little vulnerable at the back when we press high, he lacks a bit of pace. Come on City

    • September 14, 2017  10:28 am by David Walker Reply

      It was ever thus, but they'll have to give us prominence when Pep and the boys start building up the haul of silverware. They are only make themselves look pathetic and 'small time' whereas HHSM, Khaldoon, Pep and our present squad of players ooze integrity and talent as City are set to smash the big time.

      As for 'Otto' he is a worry, especially his stunning lack of pace which is really rather frightening - the 100m in 0-10 minutes! Thanks for your feedback.

  27. September 14, 2017  10:15 am by Pete lynch Reply

    Always the victims...its never their fault. Abhorrent scousers!!! Glad you still with us David!

    • September 14, 2017  10:23 am by David Walker Reply

      Cheers Blue - I lost a lot of red stuff, but as the song goes 'We're/I'm still here...' Thanks again.

  28. September 14, 2017  5:47 pm by Jimbo Reply

    Great read. I'm not quite in agreement with all of the tinfoil hat stuff but even a sceptic has to admit the evidence is mounting.

    On Tyler's commentaries it's instructive to review how he commentates on City goals. It's been like this for a while but you only need to check the highlights of Saturday's game and you will notice his voice barely raises an octave when describing any of our goals, including Sane's worldie at the end; you may almost surmise that he's gutted his beloved Liverpool are on the end of an extended shafting.

    Then compare and contrast with his ecstatic Rashgasm (nee Roongasm) when a rag forward scores.

    • September 14, 2017  7:56 pm by David Walker Reply

      Great comments. If as and when you feel the need for tinfoil headwear drop me a line and I can get you a really good deal. One can only assume that Tyler was either rebuked by his bosses for the Aguerrrrrooo commentary and told never to repeat, or he suddenly realised what he had done and got back 'on message' for all future City commentaries.

  29. September 15, 2017  1:38 am by Simon Dear Reply

    Loved it David . Keep it real

    • September 15, 2017  3:42 pm by David Walker Reply

      Thanks Simon - haven't heard from you for a while - hope everything is going well? Had to write this one - couldn't give all these anti-City scoundrels a free pop at our club.

  30. September 16, 2017  9:00 pm by LeftPegger Reply

    Jesus, no wonder we call you the bitters.

    • September 17, 2017  12:35 pm by David Walker Reply

      But even a pint of bitter can be extraordinarily refreshing, so we'll savour every moment as you and your ilk choke on your own bile and venom and we enjoy the sweet taste of success. Thanks for reading, commenting and boosting the ratings ;-)

  31. September 16, 2017  9:51 pm by Curly Reply

    It's amusing to see how bitter and angry city fans are even when their team is riding high and banging the goals in. You all honestly thought the world loved you, didn't you? You expected to be clapped into grounds, as lovely little city, the people's club, like when Del and Rodney won the lottery. It's been a terrible shock to learn that most people think man city are a total joke. Well this is it, guys - you'd better get used to the hatred. You bought your way to the top, and people will never forgive you. Keep this hilarious stuff coming.

    • September 17, 2017  12:37 pm by David Walker Reply

      Even more amusing that you feel the need to read and comment, safe in the knowledge that you can do absolutely sweet FA to stop City's rise to the very top. He who laughs last...

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