Question and Answer Time

Taken from a Scottish Football Forum

Q: Is it true that “King” Billy was gay?

A: Thought Billy Jean King was gay not King Billy…..

A: If so…………………. It gives a whole new meaning to “Billy Boys”

A: I have no idea…….I’ve heard he was but who the hell cares.

A: Apparently his wife didnt know which way to turn

A: Ask Jock Stein, I hear he knows!

A: No; King William III(King Billy) was actually joint monarch with his Wife Mary.However William IV (William Rufus)
was reported to be gay

A: William III’s Jacobite enemies certainly accused him of being so, and he seems to have had a close relationship with his Dutch favourites like Bentinck. At the same time, he seems to have been fond of his wife, and also had a mistress,
Elizabeth Villiers.
So, not exclusively so, though of course we’ll never know for sure.

A: King Billy (William of Orange) was openly bisexual, but in those days who wasnt!!

A: We used to have a lad at school. his name was Billy King of course, the school registers showed his surname first… and the nickname stuck.

A: Urban legend
There was also a story going about that he was a catholic and went to visit the pope

A: Aye as bent as the back road to Cloughmills

A: He was in a position to indulge all his tastes.

A: Yes, She came out years ago.


Italians Got Talent (Problems)

E’ solo  un gioco

Italian MP Marco Miccoli will pose parliamentary questions to Economy and Finances Minister Pier Carlo Padoan about the refereeing errors during last night’s Juventus – Roma, because they affect the share price of two publicly traded companies and undermine the credibility of the country

Italy’s politicians join the fray after bitter Juve-Roma clash

Juventus' Carlos Tevez (L) fights for the ball with AS Roma's Radja Nainggolan during their Italian Serie A soccer match at the Juventus stadium in Turin October 5, 2014.  REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Juventus’ Carlos Tevez (L) fights for the ball with AS Roma’s Radja Nainggolan during their Italian Serie A soccer match at the Juventus stadium in Turin October 5, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

Stock Market Prices
AS Roma SpA        ASR.MI    €0.65  -0.01-1.21% 16:02:13 IDT
Juventus FC SpA JUVE.MI  €0.23 +0.00+0.66% 15:57:02 IDT
(Reuters) – Italian politicians from right and left fuelled controversy following Sunday’s fiery Serie A encounter between Juventus and AS Roma, with lower house deputies tabling questions in parliament and even complaining to the stock market regulator.

Hosts Juventus won the top-of-the-table clash 3-2 but all three goals by the reigning champions, including two penalties for infringements on the edge of the box, were fiercely contested by the visitors.

Rome-based sports daily Corriere dello Sport ran a banner headline on Monday saying “A rigged championship”, while the capital’s main newspaper Il Messaggero took aim at referee Gianluca Rocchi with the headline “Rocchi 3-Roma 2.”

Marco Miccoli, a deputy from Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party, said on Monday he had asked bourse watchdog Consob to investigate whether the “incredible refereeing errors” could constitute an infringement of its rules.

Both Juventus and Roma are listed on the stock market. At 1415 GMT on Monday, Juve’s shares were up 0.8 percent, while Roma’s were down 2.7 percent.

Miccoli said Rocchi’s refereeing had “distorted the championship and undermined the credibility of the country” and was “absolutely unimaginable in any other part of the civilised world.”

Post-match analysis in Italian media tends to focus obsessively on refereeing decisions which are pored over with countless slow motion replays.

Freeze-frame television images showed Juve’s two penalty episodes may have been a couple of centimetres outside the area. Roma also lamented that Arturo Vidal was offside when defender Leonardo Bonucci fired home a spectacular late winner.

On the other side of the political divide, Fabio Rampelli of the far-right Brothers of Italy party, tabled a parliamentary question to Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan, over the “two non-existent penalties and an offside goal.”

He called on Padoan, a well-known Roma supporter, to ensure no taxpayer money were used – for example in policing costs – to fund a championship that risked being unfair.

Rampelli said Rocchi’s performance could also have “incalculable consequences” for crowd violence. Ugly clashes between rival fans have marred the Italian game in recent years, most recently when a Napoli fan was shot dead by a Roma supporter before last season’s Italian Cup final.