The crying game? Not on your telly
- Wed 14 Mar 2012, 8:48AM
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Tears for souvenirs? The City fan who let his guard down at Swansea now has a whole national newspaper column to remember the day by as well as those unfortunate TV pictures.
And the crank calls and the general mickey-taking, even though John Millington insists he wasn't crying - and we all know you only do that when Sky cameras pan the stands at a play-off final.
But he was, notes a sympathetic Tanya Aldred in the Telegraph, " filmed with his head in his hands and his face crinkled up with emotion when City lost at Swansea City on Sunday".
She adds: "He had to grin through being serenaded with Oasis’s Stop Crying Your Heart Out on the coach back home. He then became an internet sensation after being shown on Match of the Day 2, with 'Crying City Fan' trending on Twitter after the programme.
"He’s been repeatedly phoned up and abused because some idiot posted his phone number on Facebook. As he said mildly, 'It’s a bit harsh.' Poor bloke.
Sport is all about passion. It pulls you in and throws you out
On a good day it might leave you mentally pummelled and physically aching but elated; on another, you might be knocked flat."
And to console John, Tanya lists those sporting giants who have wept ... Kim Hughes, Gazza, Nick Faldo, Michael Vaughan, Roger Federer among them. Almost enough to flood the place.
But around here, we're made of stouter stuff, right? Tanya concludes: "Sometimes it is not like that. A huge group of Mancunians gathered in the city on Sept 23, 1993, in the hope that Manchester would be announced as the host of the 2000 Olympics.
"The prize, however, went south, to sunny, surfy Sydney and the crowd groaned, threw a few V-signs and then burst into a chorus of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life."
Napoli will be crying all the way to the bank if somebody is willing to come up with "a whopping £100million for in-demand strike duo Edison Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi," says the Mail.
They name City and Chelsea as potential suitors, quoting president Aurelio de Laurentiis: "We are not looking to sell, but if some crazy guy wants to put down £100m, then maybe."
Elsewhere, they're still filleting the Mario Balotelli interview. Indian site newkerala.com run his quotes about fashion: "I don't wanna offend nobody but an English person cannot speak about style with an Italian person."
Mario, we've seen how you dress, and we're not sure we should be taking your fashion tips ...