It appears that the Iraqi Information Minister’s influence has pervaded even English football commentary. A Guardian reporter for the most recent Manchester United v Arsenal clash, writes, after van Nistelrooy’s opening goal:
A quick word from my co-commentator Mohammed A(rsena)l-Sahef, Iraqi Information Minister: “That was not a brilliant goal. It wasn’t even a goal. Arsenal are beating these infidels to within an inch of their lives. It’s 15-0 to the Gunners. Manchester United are tying nooses to the crossbar and preparing to take their own lives. The streets of North London will soon be awash with the blood of Mancunians. Not to mention Manchester United supporters.”
Hilarious stuff. And I’m sure many more M.A.S. tributes abound.