Rafa Benitez has slammed the News of the World reporter who tried to stir up trouble for him this morning, and has put the sensationalist paper into the same hole as its sister paper The Sun.
Speaking ahead of today’s clash with Chelsea, Rafa said of the article, written by Rob Beasley: “It’s no surprise. Everybody in Liverpool knows that there are two newspapers that you cannot trust, this is one of them.
“He talks of it being an exclusive; but the journalist is lying. I was talking with the Spanish press – he was manipulating everything. So he’s lying.”
Rafa said everything was okay with the owners: “I have contact with them, especially with Mr Hicks, because he was talking about Mr Hicks and I think he is lying – well clearly he is lying, because I did not talk with him.”
Rob Beasley’s hatred of Rafa Benitez was there for all to see earlier this year in one of his appearances on the Sky Sports programme, the Sunday Supplement. Read more on when he called Rafa a “snide” and a “petulant spoilt brat” in our earlier article, “Perfect Excuse? Or just a worried Chelsea fan?”
Beasley is a disgrace to his profession and will not have the balls to apologise with as large a headline as he used to accuse Rafa – if he apologises at all.
The News of the World has never been part of the boycott by Liverpool fans of The Sun, which has been boycotted for almost 19 years after its outrageous slurs against the club and its supporters. However it’s been boycotted on principal by many Reds, causing a lot of unease whenever a Liverpool player gave an interview to it, or even had a regular column in it.
Many fans see it as the Sunday Sun, given that its approach to reporting is often as disinterested in the truth as its daily sister. However as it is part of the same stable as the Times and Sky TV, the boycott line has always been drawn officially at The Sun. Players are not allowed by the club to speak to Sun reporters other than in unavoidable situations such as press conferences held when on international duty. This has not been extended to the NotW.
However, unless some decent apology is forthcoming – now and also followed up in next week’s paper – perhaps it’s time that the News of the World was also added to the boycott officially.
Rob Beasley – you have proved yourself worthy of your place in the gutter press. And all because you were worried that Liverpool might just beat your beloved blues.