I recieved this email from Feroz Soni and thought it was exellent.Ive traced the source and given it appropriate reference. This is humour and no disrespect to Nelson Mandela who is a great man.But it is indeed a co-incidence.
Why NELSON MANDELA is to blame for Liverpool's 20 year failure to win the league ?
Liverpool FC’s inability to win the league title since 1990 has been blamed on various people over the years, including David Moores; Rick Parry; Graeme Souness; Roy Evans; Gerard Houllier; Tom Hicks; George Gillett; Rafa Benitez, and most recently, Roy Hodgson. The truth is, however, that none of them are responsible. The real blame for the club’s abject failure to bring home the trophy Bill Shankly famously called ‘our bread and butter’ lies solely at the feet of one man: former President of South Africa and anti-apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela.
After considering the startling confluence of events that have inexorably led me to this conclusion, Liverpool fans will be forced to rethink their ingrained views about the club’s league demise over the last 20 years. As you will see, Mr Mandela’s negative influence on the club simply cannot be denied, and I will illustrate that with cold, hard facts:
* In 1959, Bill Shankly took control of a club that was languishing in the English second division. At this time, Mr Mandela was a free man.
* In 1962, Mr Mandela was arrested and imprisoned after being on the run for 17 months. The same year, Liverpool won promotion to the first division.
* In 1964, Mr Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment. That same year, Liverpool won the league for the first time in 17 years (the number matches the length of time Mr Mandela was on the run).
Coincidence? I think not.
Over the next 27 years, Liverpool became the most successful British football team of all time, winning a whole host of trophies including 12 league titles, 4 European Cups, 4 FA Cups and 2 UEFA cups.
* In 1990, after 27 years behind bars, Mr Mandela was released from prison. Three months later, Liverpool won the league title for the last time.
The facts speak for themselves: Liverpool’s dominance of English football began with Mr Mandela’s imprisonment in 1964 and ended with his release in 1990. At the time of writing, Mr Mandela has been a free man for 20 years, and in that time, Liverpool FC has failed to win the league title.
Coincidence? Once again, I think not.
Clearly, the club's league success is inextricably linked to Mr Mandela's liberty, and based on the evidence, the inarguable conclusion must be that Liverpool FC can only be successful in the league if Mr Mandela is in prison.
The destructive influence of Mr Mandela must be addressed NOW. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and it is our duty as fans to take action and address the damaging impact Mr Mandela's freedom is having on the club's ability to win league titles .
To that end, I have hired Lord Grabiner, QC and Richard Snowdon, QC to examine the terms of Mr Mandela’s 1990 release documents. Hopefully, they will be able to discover some legal loopholes/procedural inconsistencies/Judicial improprieties that would retrospectively invalidate the release.
Liverpool fans can do their part by campaigning for Mr Mandela’s immediate re-imprisonment and signing this online petition: http://www.jailmandela.com/.
Upon collection of as many signatures as possible, the petition will be delivered to Jacob Zuma, the current current South African President, for (hopefully) immediate action.
Back in 1990, people around the world - including millions of Liverpool fans - were shouting 'Free Mandela!' as they campaigned for the great man's release. Hindsight is a wonderful thing though - little did those fans know that they were effectively sabotaging their own club!
20 years later and things have to change change: 'Jail Mandela!' must become every Liverpool fan's mantra, and every premiership ground must reverberate with the power of the Liverpool faithful's commitment to the cause.
The needs of the club outweigh the needs of the individual; with the greatest fans in the world working together in the spirit of 'The Liverpool Way', the goal of having Mr Mandela returned to prison can be achieved, and Liverpool FC can be restored to its rightful place at the pinnacle of English football.
Jaimie Kanwar. http://www.http//www.liverpool-kop.com
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