'Irony'[edit | edit source]
Journalists, managers and pundits define a situation as ironic:
• when there is a disparity between an expected event and an actual event
• when there is a coincidental relationship between two events
• when the actions of players are incongruous with a situation of which they are ignorant, yet its nature is clear to observers
• whenever any other thing happens
Football matches frequently contain coincidences, surprises and things happening, leading to hundreds and sometimes thousands of ironic events every game.
Not ironic[edit | edit source]
Something is not ironic if it does not take place on a football pitch, if it does not involve a footballer, manager, mascot or Page 3 slattern, if it cannot be subdivided into two halves, and if an important part of its equipment cannot be replaced with jumpers.
Irony should not be confused with sarcasm. Sarcastic events on a football pitch are rare, although they usually involve Filippo Inzaghi on account of his incredibly sarcastic face.
Examples[edit | edit source]
Examples of irony include everything that has ever happened in the history of football.