Sit back and enjoy blissful feast of footie

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 May, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 May, 1998, 12:00am

IGNORANCE is bliss. Like most armchair sports nerds, I've found that to be a most fulfilling life philosophy.

And I'll kindly remind you to not disturb my delusions of happiness by bothering me with real-world issues of war, poverty and injustice.

However, the aphorism took on a new dimension this past week when I committed the cardinal sin of the TV sports slob, and watched a non-live match without knowing the outcome in advance.

The PSV v Feyenoord clash (ESPN) from Holland was not shown live because of a plethora of other live games (more of which later), so it finally aired on Monday and Tuesday. With so much to watch, so little time, it's advisable to know details in advance so you don't waste two hours on a dull 0-0 draw.

In the event, the match was a topsy-turvy 3-3 draw in which PSV steamed out to a 3-0 half-time lead before Feyenoord discovered a pulse in the second half, erased the deficit and went close to stealing the win.

This thriller followed a weekend of eventful live matches. Leicester's amazing four-header blitz in the first 15 minutes at Derby (Wharf) had to be seen to be believed. But that took second place to the engrossing Italian match of the year from Turin where Juventus' highly controversial 1-0 win over Inter Milan (Wharf) sparked days of media comment about alleged refereeing favouritism.

It's not hard to see why the issue has been raised in the Italian parliament and been on the newspaper front pages - Inter were conspicuously robbed, no more dramatically illustrated than the 60-second spell in which they were first denied a penalty and then penalised with one. The fact that Alessandro Del Piero's subsequent kick was saved was irrelevant.

Monday night capped off the live thrills with Manchester United's demolition of Crystal Palace. United seemed to have rediscovered their ruthless winning ways but then again it was only against Palace This week Inter appear live in midweek (ESPN and ATV Home), playing Lazio in the UEFA Cup final, the first time this competition final has been a one-off match rather than two legs. ATV deserve great praise for earning the rights to this match and they have also got the European Cup and the Cup-Winners' Cup in coming weeks.

The Premier League title race and relegation battle build to a potential crescendo this week.

Wimbledon v Spurs is live tomorrow followed by Bolton v Palace on tape delay (both Wharf).

But the meatiest games come on Sunday with Arsenal v Everton (Wharf) and Monday, Man United v Leeds (ESPN).

Only a week more of the league to go after this so sit back, switch out the world and enjoy.

Thanks to reader Keith Wingrad of The Peak who pointed me in the right direction vis a vis the Arsenal fans' Vieira tune.

It turns out to be a 1958 Italian song called 'Volare' by Modugno and Migliacci which has been covered by David Bowie.