All entries for Thursday 14 September 2006
September 14, 2006
Writing about web page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Johnson
The answer, apparently, is that one may have been getting ideas from the other. A mere two months before the WC final, we have this report…
“Boris appeared in a charity football match, on 3 May 2006, between English and German “legends” (squads comprising ex-footballers and celebrities) at the Madejski Stadium, Reading. The German side won 4-2. Playing for the final 10 minutes, Boris achieved instant notoriety with his extraordinary tackle on German midfielder Maurizio Gaudino, where without warning he ran straight at Gaudino from about 10 yards, dropped his head, and clattered Gaudino around the midriff. Johnson later explained his actions: “I’m a rugby player, really, and I knew I was going to get to him, and when he was about two yards away I just put my head down. There was no malice. I was going for the ball with my head, which I understand is a legitimate move in soccer.” Commentators later noted that the referee appeared to agree with Johnson in that Johnson was not even booked for the tackle — let alone dismissed from the field of play — and that in any case Boris did get the ball (albeit accidentally). While Gaudino went down and took some time to recover, some suggest he may have dived.”
I feel there is cause to question the accuracy of this account – surely Boris was notorious long before this?