Manchester United have lost finals. Manchester United have lost semi-finals. Manchester United players have suffered defeat with England. But would you ever see Gary Neville cry? Terry’s passion was blamed for him bursting in to tears instead of consoling his team-mates, but is Neville not a passionate player? Does he not love United to his core? But when we’ve been knocked out of Europe in the semis did he cry like a baby, as Terry did against Liverpool? When England were knocked out by Portugal, Captain Neville went around rallying the players, picking them up off the ground, whilst Terry sat there and cried. What kind of fucking captain is that?
I’m not a caveman. I’m not void of emotion. I’ve shed an alcohol induced tear or two when we’ve won the European Cup. It was no Cristiano Ronaldo throwing myself to the floor and sobbing effort, but there was definite moisture! Still, I can’t get my head around the idea of a captain, the leader of the team, the man the other players look up to, crying on everyone’s shoulder following defeat. What the fuck is that about? To be too consumed in his own disappointment and shame to take care of his team is out of line. He’s the bloody captain!
So, I was very pleased to catch the Comic Relief sketch which ripped the shit out of Terry for his Tiny Tears moment. David Beckham looked as though he enjoyed it too!
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