Newcastle United’s Stephen Ireland has tried to quickly downplay the comments that have been attributed to him in today’s French magazine So Foot.
Stephen Ireland – how could he be so misquoted?
The 24-year-old in the interview had some derogatory things to say about lots of things and people, including his home country Ireland, the Ireland National team, the current Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni , the current Manchester City manager, Roberto Mancini, and the current Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier, and we’ll not even mention the second city – Birmingham.
We think the Newcastle Bigg Market escaped any criticism, but we’re still investigating that one. 😀
Ireland told Sky Sports via a statement issued by his agent this afternoon:
“I’m upset with what has been printed this morning because I feel like I’ve been portrayed in the wrong way,” “I was misquoted and things have been blown way out of proportion. That is the reason why I feel like I needed to say something because the quotes are very unfair.”
“What I said during the interview has been twisted to sound particularly blunt and a lot of what was written about my hometown of Cork – which me and my family visit regularly – was just plain ridiculous.”
“The comments regarding Birmingham were also taken way out of context as I had only been at Villa a few months and didn’t even live there so I have no idea what Birmingham is like to live in and everyone I have met from Birmingham has been nice.”
“My girlfriend’s father is from Birmingham so why would I say that, it’s just crazy.” “I can only apologize if anyone was offended, but the way the interview was written made me sound very harsh, and I am not that kind of person.”
We’re very glad Stephen has come out and said something – because the reported statements made to the French magazine seem to be completely over the top – and are certainly embarrassing to the Irishman.
So was he misquoted, or were the comments taken out of context (whatever that means) – or in short – what did he actually say to the magazine?
But just how he could have been completely misquoted with the many statements he is said to have made to the French magazine, is hard to believe.
Stephen must have said some of those things or close to them – so we don’t know what the real truth is, but this is certainly not good for Stephen.
He shouldn’t give any more interviews to the French press – ever! 😀
Ireland is hoping to make his Newcastle United debut against Bolton this weekend, after fully recovering from his injury, but he picked up a slight thigh strain in training yesterday, and may not make it.
If he plays tomorrow, we’ll expect a hat-trick from him now.