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Delayed is denied

The accusation now means the removal of the ability to go to work.

The centre-forward, who was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, has been with Manchester United from the age of six. He has played for them 129 times, scoring 35 goals.

He was reputed to be earning £75,000 a week and had a number of lucrative sponsorship contracts.

He has not trained or played with the Manchester United squad since his arrest and the club has said that situation will remain until further notice.

Football playing careers are not long, a decade say?

The player, who has represented England once, was first held in January

A trial date was set for Nov 27, 2023, with the case expected to last 10 days.

That’s 20% of his lifetime career killed over the allegation.

Summat’s not right with this, is it?

14 thoughts on “Delayed is denied”

  1. Is he still being paid, though ?

    Gareth Bale has not played in a couple of months ( mind you it showed yesterday, he was well off the pace ).

  2. I’m totally disinterested in anything kickyball, but aren’t there also opportunities for other earnings, not just salary, for active players?

  3. The thing that is ‘not right’ is the delay in legal processes. I was speaking with an ex-colleague the other day and I proposed that the way to deal with delays and backlogs (in hospitals, courts, DNA testing etc.) was to draw a line between the backlog and current cases and process the current cases quickly. You would also need to set up a separate temporary task force to process the backlog. The reasoning is that as long as ‘the system’ takes an inordinate amount of time the people working in ‘the system’ have little incentive to do better because ‘there’s always a backlog’.

  4. DJ, exactly that priority distinction between new and backlog seems to be happening at the Probate office. We got probate for my father-in-law’s estate in two weeks this summer. Others are still waiting after many months.

  5. Almost worth someone paying an enterprising young lady to take out a prolific opposition striker, isn’t it…

  6. Bloke in the Fourth Reich

    Given the number of shag and cry rape allegations against footballers (gentlemen who are not exactly of limited attractiveness to hordes of ladies), they would be well advised to rely solely on professional services in future.

  7. @DiscoveredJoys: Sensible if you’re actually clearing the backlog. I’m doubtful our legal system can do this though – certainly not enough to stop this sort of case.

    In the 18th Century, an English jury could hear 20 felony cases a day. Today, for a not-guilty plea, the median Crown Court case takes 12.3 hours of hearings (~2 days). The median waiting time is 39 weeks. The means are much higher.

  8. I did Jury service a few years ago. The trial took two weeks but in fact we only sat for 5 days because the Judge went on a courrse and the prosecutor didn’t realise that we had restarted and missed the morning.

    A pal of mine was up before the beak at Brighton Mags. The trial took the entire day, but could have been cleared up in an hour.

  9. Law operates to the benefit of lawyers – sometimes intentionally so, given the number of the hucksters in Parliament. At their fancy rates, there is a strong disincentive to efficiency.

  10. I did jury duty years ago and couldn’t beleive how many times we recessed (or whatever it was called). I was on the case for five days but only “doing” the case about four hours a day. It was all “well, it’s nearly eleven, let’s break for lunch. It’s almost four, adjurn until tomorrow.”

  11. Regards adjourning in trials.

    The jury has to concentrat a lot. It is unwise to do this for much more than 45mins at a stretch, otherwise people start to lose concentration. This is something I learnt when giving training courses.

  12. Almost worth someone paying an enterprising young lady to take out a prolific opposition striker, isn’t it…

    I thought so too, Sam. And if the contract renegotiation isn’t going well, or you want to keep the rest of the squad on their toes…

  13. @mjohnm…

    Indeed. It occurred to me very early on in my LLB course that, in essence, the law exists for one reason and one reason only – the enrichment of lawyers. Any contribution to equity or civilisation is purely a side-effect.

    After graduation, my tutor asked if I was going into the profession, I told him “no, I’m going to get an honest job… Maybe playing the piano in a whorehouse.”

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