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The Coloccini Conspiracy Believers

8 years ago
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When the Coloccini fiasco went public in January, it was in front of a disbelieving Newcastle United audience.

United were deep in relegation trouble, a weak squad had seen the welcome arrival of Mathieu Debuchy but star striker, and scorer of most of Newcastle’s goals, Demba Ba had walked away.

Then to rub it in, top striker target Loic Remy chose at the last minute to join bottom club QPR instead. Newcastle’s two most creative players, Ben Arfa and Cabaye, were still to return from long-term injury and Cheick Tiote was away on African Nations duty.

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So what you don’t need is your captain saying he is jumping ship mid-season and what is more the only destination is a country (Argentina) where no club would appear to be able to afford his wages, never mind a transfer fee. Your captain who happens to also be one of your best players, determined to leave his relegation threatened club and not even any money coming in to fund a replacement.

As if it couldn’t get any worse, you had Colo’s dad over in Argentina giving daily updates as to how his son was desperate to get away and there was no way he could stay.

As we all know, things were patched over (at least for the time being) and Coloccini got on with what he does best, playing football.

Only a month past the transfer window though and Fabricio Coloccini goes off in the Southampton match with an apparent back injury. In the days that follow there isn’t any clarity as to how long Colo will be out for but then Alan Pardew says that his captain won’t be risked in Moscow because of the artificial pitch, the public naturally assuming then that if it had been a grass pitch he could/would have played against Anzhi.

Things then take another turn with the announcement that Coloccini has broke two bones in his back and the estimate is between three and five weeks for his recovery.

The club therefore have allowed Fabricio to go back to…Argentina, so he can see his family.

I don’t subscribe to this but those of a cynical nature now start looking for the real ‘truth’.

Some doubt exactly what the extent of the injury is and how it is quite convenient that the player was desperate to go back to Argentina in January and now he has got his wish.

Newcastle United have made clear that Colo has gone over for a week and they’ve allowed it as a special favour but if one week becomes two…

The other part of the equation (for the conspiracy theorists) is that some kind of ‘understanding’ may have been reached whereby Colo has hung around long enough for Mapou to settle in and now with a few points on the board and things apparently looking up, Coloccini has been allowed to be absent.

I think it is a load of rubbish but until we see Coloccini back in a black & white shirt some will choose to believe what they want to believe, as well as knowing nobody ever having set foot on the moon.

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