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Three things you learnt last week

Three things you learnt last week
It's been an interesting week in the world of football, with huge snowfalls (again), trouble in Africa, statements and interviews flying around left right and centre from our owners and ex's. But what were the most significant events to happen this week?

Here's my pick:

1) Under-pitch heating isn't important. This time last year, our home game against Man City was cancelled. The reason? Extreme weather had caused the pitch to freeze. Queue the media heckling for us to be fined, and tossed out the league "surely all premiership clubs have under-soil heating?" was the cry. Stan Collymore went one better - "all football league clubs should have under-soil heating" was his shout. Fast forward one year, and SIX premiership ties were cancelled this weekend due to extreme weather - of these, 5 had under-soil heating, however this expensive facility did nothing to prevent the postponing of the game. To make matters worse for the "under-soil heating" brigade, a 7th game was cancelled on Saturday, following a failure of the heating system. Despite the expensive technology, a simple frost cover probably would have worked better.

2)Mark Jacob, and Pompey, REALLY don't approve of the African cup of nations. And rightly so! We are the ones paying the players wages (albeit late), not the national side, yet we are the ones left struggling to cope. Jacob has made every effort to get the players back - complaining to FIFA about the timing of the tournament, and (more recently), the safety of the players. And having seemingly failed to prevent our players from participating, he is rumoured to be trying to get all the games we are due to play whilst the tournament is on postponed. So far so good on that one.

3) No-one knows anything about Ali al Faraj. Ok, this isn't all new. Personally, I never knew anything about him, nor did I know anyone who did. Even Google and Wikipedia had no idea - and they know everything. However, I did at least assume that Mark Jacob - Al Faraj's representative on the board had met him. Sadly, it turns out he hasn't - he's only met his representatives. Which leaves us with the question. Have these representatives ever met the big man himself?

Do you agree with these? If not, what have YOU learnt this past week?

Written by pompeycarpet.

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Date:Monday January 11 2010
Time: 9:12AM

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Agree with all absolutely especially the African Nations Cup part; these players sneakily turned African whilst Storrie and Hart weren't looking! I heard there skin pigment started turning black not ten minutes after the non African but now African players signed their contracts; all of em did it - at different times! Wors WORSE the people of the dark continent kept the tournament a secret from Pompey - just like the one two years ago!!! And nobody like me and others mentioned this on this site in August 09 at all. Tssscchh yer can't trust anyone; can yer?
11/01/2010 11:10:00
Ali who?
11/01/2010 11:24:00
I heard he's distantly related to Lord Lucan....or was it the yeti...
11/01/2010 11:50:00
His 5 times Great grandfather was on the Marie Celeste.
11/01/2010 11:54:00
I think it's not just the under-soil heating issue this weekend - the freak weather we have seen has made travelling hazardous, as well as the areas in and around the grounds very dangerous. That's probably the main reasons for the games being called off, as opposed to the state of the pitch. Al-Faraj is about to be on celebrity Big Brother I heard?
11/01/2010 13:34:00
It's a bit like 'The Prisoner', off the telly. We're all number sixes, Jacobs is number two and no one knows or has ever seen number one, code named Ali 'Big Al' Faraj. Cuh!
11/01/2010 13:39:00
It's a bit like 'The Prisoner', off the telly. We're all number sixes, Jacobs is number two and no one knows or has ever seen number one, code named Ali 'Big Al' Faraj. Cuh!
11/01/2010 14:23:00
I am not a number, I am a real man!! Good stuff carpet.
11/01/2010 16:10:00
I think Colleymore should now go on an offensive against under soil heating as it clearly encourages the wasting of electricity and hastens the destruction of this great footballing planet.
11/01/2010 18:36:00
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