Bad Timing For Vieira Gaffe


Patrick Vieira’s latest gaffe was perhaps another example of Man City’s inexperience of title run-in pressure.

Vieira spoke very well at Soccerex about Football Against Hunger, before sitting on a panel including Gerard Houlier, Stuart Pearce, David Sheepshanks and the excellent Mark Warburton where the focus was England’s St George’s Park – the long-awaited centre of excellence.

Then came the gaffe. Vieira, having already rattled United’s cage with his recent quotes on Paul Scholes, should know better than to even mention Man City’s rivals during the title run in. They’ve been there many times before of course and Fergie is Master of the mind games.

I later spoke to Emmanuel Petit – a true gent who still loves Arsenal – who told me he had missed meeting up with his former Arsenal midfield partner at Soccerex, but that Vieira texted him to say he was en route to Cannes. Petit also told me that retirement has been harder work than football now that he lives in a predominantly female household in Paris with his wife and three daughters.

Vieira later tweeted of his displeasure at the BBC’s Dan Roan, yet he was not quoted out of context. You can’t help but think this wouldn’t have happened had Vieira been representing Arsenal.