You could be forgiven for forgetting that Shaka Hislop ever played for Reading, but the former Royals keeper well and truly threw his toys out of the pram on their behalf following Friday night’s FA Cup defeat.
Having seen the hosts’ resistance broken in the final five minutes after Yannick Bolasie was brought down in the penalty area by Jake Cooper, Hislop has described Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew as “two-faced” for not condemning Yala for “diving”.
Hislop’s remarkably passionate and ludicrous rant on the subject references Pardew’s complaints over Benteke’s theatrics in Palace’s last-gasp defeat at home to Liverpool a week before as a sign of hypocrisy from the Eagles’ supremo, with his fellow loud-mouthed cheerleader Craig Burley adding fuel to the fire by describing Pardew as an “absolute joke” amongst other things.
Clearly, the sense of karma created by Mike Dean pointing to the spot was lost on Hislop and Burley, both of whom reacted to Pardew’s non-commital comments on the decision as if the gaffer was guilty of a war crime rather than a simple nod towards the frustration he felt at our own hard luck just a few days before.
Without wanting to get too catty, their outlandish reaction is probably as good an indicator as any as to why neither have been given work by one of the major players in televised football in the UK. They simply aren’t professional enough.
Keep your composure next time, boys. It’ll do your job prospects the world of good.