Old News & Plagiarism: Tottenham’s Roman Pavlyuchenko & his distaste for English food

Spot the difference.

“‘My schedule is very busy and I have only been to London twice, but everything that I do at this club I enjoy very much,’ he said. ‘The only problem is food. I hate English food. I’m not used to English cuisine, but I think food would be a problem for anybody travelling to a different country. If an Englishman went to Russia, he would find it very difficult to acquire a taste for Russian food. My wife cooks Russian food very well so that is what I tend to eat.'” – Roman Pavlyuchenko’s interview with The Times back on December 8th 2008.

“Tottenham’s 27-year-old Russian striker has been starved of service on the pitch since arriving at White Hart Lane in a £14million switch from Spartak Moscow last August. And he also whinges about being starved of decent food off it — until his missus joined him in England. He said: ‘I don’t like English dishes. At the Spurs training ground, the food is modest. All they have there is a simple canteen. At the Spartak training camp, near Moscow, the choice and quality is better. But since my wife Larisa joined me in London it’s not a problem for me any more. She is a good cook and now I eat at home. I’m back to my favourite borsch and vareniki — dumplings stuffed with cottage cheese — and from this point of view I now feel as if I never moved countries.'”- Hack Paul Jiggins’ article in The Sun today.

And to make the obvious point, this wasn’t much of a story the first time round.