Typically they feature dawn raids and search warrants; obscure provincial prosecutors with snappy wardrobes and an eye for publicity; pictures of sheepish young men emerging from police stations; extracts from mobile phone taps selectively leaked to the papers; condemnation and summary convictions; and then a five-year appeal process during which it emerges that everyone was doing it but the accused had the misfortune or the stupidity to be caught.
Tue, 29 May, 2012
THIS was the kind of night that could just give the meaningless end of season friendly a good name, as an Irish side which spent most of the 90 minutes defending as if for its very life, somehow ended up recording a memorable, if almost inexplicable, 2-0 win against Italy.
Wed, 08 Jun, 2011
AH, football. It really is the global game. The last thing you might expect when stumbling bleary-eyed into a hotel reception in the Balkans first thing in the morning is to be given a blow-by-blow account of Cork City’s home win over Bray Wanderers the night before.
Mon, 30 Mar, 2009