SWANNY’S WORLD OF SPORT: Football’s most obnoxious player, batty cricket selection, not-so-healthy athletes

Joey Barton.
Joey Barton.
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Now that Robbie Savage has long retired, it’s a toss up between Joey Barton and Diego Costa as to who is the most obnoxious current professional footballer.

As Costa still plays at the highest level and is reasonably successful at a top club, Barton must be the clear front-runner.

Gareth Batty.

Gareth Batty.

His own opinion of his ability and influence is so far removed from reality, his impending auto-biography, could easily be filed under fiction.

By all accounts the Scottish Premier League has been beyond Barton’s level so far this season which might have contributed to his outburst at team-mates and management staff that led to his suspension from Ibrox this week.

Let’s hope the suspension becomes permanent and covers all football.


The fact that England’s Test cricket selectors have picked a 38-year old tourist confirms the first-class counties have let their country down.

Gareth Batty has been picked on merit to fulfil the off-spinning role which is a natural consequence of Englands’s money-grabbing counties ploughing too large a proportion of the money they receive from Test cricket into overseas mercenaries who specialise in Twenty/20 slogging.


It’s always amazed me how many elite athletes need to take so much medication so much of the time. Even British ones.

I’d always assumed they must be super-healthy to achieve what they do with such precise timing.