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Republic of Ireland soccer boss Martin O’Neill (centre) at a press conference ahead of Ireland’s match against Switzerland tomorrow

This morning.

At the Aviva Stadium Dublin.

Eurosport reports:

[Martin O’Neill] cracked his joke when asked about the policy of Wales boss Chris Coleman, who revealed earlier this week that his players’ wives and girlfriends would be banned from the squad’s base in France during the tournament as he attempts to remove all possible distractions.

And O’Neill batted the question away with a flippant comment, saying that only the “good-looking” wives and girlfriends would be allowed into the team hotel at the Euro 2016 finals.

“Well, it depends on how good looking the girls are,” he said. “If they are really attractive, they’re very, very welcome. The uglier ones, I’m afraid not.”

Thud.

Martin O’Neill: We’ll ban ugly WAGs from the team hotel (Eurosport)

Pic: Maud

62 thoughts on “Wag The Dog

    1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

      #topbants #madbants #bantasaurusrex #archbishopofbanterbury #bantymcbantface

          1. mildred st. meadowlark

            It’s on the way, or so they told me. Thank you for the lovely nomination btw. You’re an aul hunny bunny x

          2. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

            Spreading the love mildred, spreading the love.

            Make sure Bodger doesn’t nick it :P

  1. realPolithicks

    It’s remarkable how dumb these “public figures” can be when they open their mouths.

    1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

      That tennis guy this week had a humdinger as well, it’s almost like their brain isn’t connected to their common sense.

        1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

          Serena has been on fine form slapping him and old Nadal down though.

      1. rotide

        I’m suprised “That tennis guys” statement didn’t get more play here.

        Maybe it’s because it exposes a completely sexist sport where women get paid the same as men for half the work.

          1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

            They fought hard to get that and I support them. That’s all I have to say really.

        1. Deluded

          I thought it was related to marketing- tennis favours the skinnier form which means they have value- for comparison the male stars could be described as lanky.
          Of all the sports in all the world you have found one example of egregious injustice against menz.

    2. Bertie Blenkinsop

      O’Neill is one of the brighter managers, he was studying for a law degree when he quit for football as far as I remember.

  2. Owen O'F

    Nothing to worry about, all the WAGs are physically identical anyway – all Barbie clones by the look of them. Footballers’ taste tends to converge on a particular type

  3. Kieran NYC

    I can’t imagine a day when husbands and boyfriends are happily invited along any time soon if that’s the attitude some still have towards women.

    1. MoyestWithExcitement

      A hysterical reaction to perceived hysteria in what is actually just mild criticism about a really stupid utterance from a public figure. Do I have to pay Alanis royalties if I break out those lyrics again?

  4. Polaroid Fluid

    most male sports personalities and followers are just about above the rapist threshold, something that parents and peers should address but never do because “boys will be boys” and then you have the world we live in. Chemical castration would really help a lot.

  5. Murtles

    Oh god, does no one have a sense of humour anymore? Already there’s groups “outraged” at the comments. Seriously? 34 people killed in one terrorist attack alone and their outrage is directed to an obviously frivolous comment at the end of a football press conference. Meanwhile the ad where the hunky shirtless guy is mowing a lawn with 3 or 4 women gawking at him while he throws hot cross buns over himself merits nothing from the same “outraged” people. Outrageous.

    1. Kieran NYC

      So how long after terrorist attacks or other tragedies are we not allowed have opinions on something else?

      Does the horrific accident in Donegal run concurrently with the Brussels attack or do we have to add another week of not commenting on other news?

      It sounds like you really just want to tell people what to think.

    2. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

      Isn’t it awful when people are reduce to merely their physical attributes and not considered as a whole and fascinating human being regardless of gender or looks? But, from what you are saying, you couldn’t be outraged about that ad anyway because of Brussels.

  6. Funster Fionnanánn

    Leather jacket fella is just having a laugh when he does it. Martin should have dropped in the word cabbage at the end. Two non comedians attempting jokes… Let’s try to all relax. I am having that.

  7. Scooperman

    Hope this doesn’t get too much attention. Totally out of character. Ridiculous thing to say but more an error of judgement than an indication of his opinion of women.

  8. Bingo

    Do people get offended by this sort of quip really?
    And that’s all it is, a cheeky, playful remark…..
    I’ve met real women (yeah, seriously, I have!) and some of them might even find this mildly amusing, some might hate it and some might *gasp* even make a similar comment themselves if the roles were reversed.

    Do people really think that every little ‘sexist’ quip is designed to “keep women down”?

    1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

      Surely that’s the point of making a “quips” like this? I doubt he was doing it to send up sexist attitudes towards women who are in relationships with footballers.

      Anyway, its hard to be offended as such about such a stupid comment because it’s so incredibly idiotic. Someone in his position should know better really that we expect more from people these days.

    2. rotide

      I’d agree, it’s a nothing story, but the same sorts will get outraged and point at #everydaysexism

      If a gay man were to make the same remark it would be ooooh snap and nothing more said.

          1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

            Things can be sexist and funny, that’s how comedians make money and where dapper laughs went wrong.

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