WALES > GOLF > MADRID
In the latest international break Wales secured the result required against Hungary to qualify for the second major tournament in their history, with Gareth Bale again vital to their success in the qualifying group. Afterwards, he displayed an elation that is only reserved for achievements with the Welsh, and not his club, Real Madrid, with whom he now has a fractured relationship. In the summer, they were desperate to sell him, while the partisan Madrid press constantly questioned his commitment to the club, his inability to speak Spanish, and the amount of time he spends on the golf course. Following the win against Hungary, he took part in a troll of epic proportions as he draped himself in a Welsh flag which listed out his priorities in order: Wales, Golf, Madrid.
Nothing but respect for the sheer absence of one single fuck given by Gareth Bale here. pic.twitter.com/7ngxIdi1hK— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) November 19, 2019
RACISM PROTEST IN THE NETHERLANDS
At the weekend, Excelsior's Ahmad Mendes Moreira was racially abused by fans of Den Bosch in the Eerste Divisie. The incident struck a nerve with football fans in the country, and various players including Memphis Depay, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Frenkie de Jong, who all displayed support for Moreira. Now, as a form of protest against the racism, players from every team in the Eredivisie and the Eerste Divisie will not play for the first minute of each fixture this weekend, while anti-racism logos surround the pitch on billboards.
In a protest against racism, players will stand still during the opening minute of this weekend's Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie games.— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) November 21, 2019
The message “Racism? Then we don’t play football" will be displayed on the scoreboards during the stand still. #NoRoomForRacism#KickItOut pic.twitter.com/CUpSRhmw8j
Scottish Championship side Partick Thistle have been successfully taken over by Euromillions winner Colin Weir. After bagging a cool £161 million in 2011, the lifelong Jags fan invested in the club, before recently pulling support after the proposed takeover by a foreign consortium. Now, he has pulled a u-turn and bought the club outright, and plans to give the club back to fan ownership within 18 months, so that supporters are the majority shareholders.
Partick Thistle takeover complete. Our story here https://t.co/Q7ZF4DXHS7— Raman Bhardwaj (@STVRaman) November 20, 2019
SADAM TO MANAGE TO IN PREMIER LEAGUE?!
Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp raised eyebrows this week when commenting on Mauricio Pochettino's surprising departure from the Champions League finalists. When asked by TalkSport whether the Argentine would be welcomed at another London club, like Arsenal, the King of the Jungle said:
"There are clubs in London who are having a terrible time. Why shouldn’t he go to Arsenal if he wants to? You think the Arsenal fans wouldn’t love him there. If you go in there and start winning football matches, they would have taken Saddam Hussein in there when he was about, the fans don’t give monkeys!
"If you start winning every week, they’re singing ‘there’s only one Saddam’."
“The Arsenal fans would love him.”— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 20, 2019
“They could take Saddam Hussein in there if they start winning matches.”
“They’ll sing: There’s only one Saddam.”
Brilliant from Harry @Redknapp on whether Pochettino could go to Arsenal.