In this football language newspaper headline (from the Telegraph newspaper) looks at some of the comments from the West Ham manager David Moyes about the referee’s decision to disallow a last-minute equaliser against Chelsea. You can see more newspaper headlines here and don’t forget we have hundreds more explanations of football language in our football glossary. If you have questions or comments about this or any other phrase then email us at: email@example.com.
Newspaper Headlines: Scandalous and Rotten
In this week’s newspaper headline we look at a headline from the Telegraph newspaper about some of the comments from West Ham manager David Moyes after VAR disallowed his side’s last-minute equaliser against Chelsea. The main headline picks out two words in particular: scandalous and rotten. Scandalous is the adjective form of the word scandal and in this example means that the refereeing decision was completely wrong and that the manager completely disagreed with it. A scandalous decision then is one that many people feel is wrong and unfair. The second adjective he used in his post-match interview was ‘rotten‘ which is used to describe food, for example, when it is no longer fresh or edible. The word can also be used to decsribe something corrupt as they do not follow the rules and this is what the West Ham manager is suggesting in these quotes; that the system of VAR and possibly refereeing is not working well. He was extremely angry after this decision and many people and pundits agreed with him though there is a good possibility that the West Ham manager will be fined for his comments.
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