It's All A Whitewash...Yada,Yada,Yada
So, Lord Stevens announced the findings of his bung inquiry yesterday and didn't name one club, manager or agent who was guilty of even the slighest misdemeanour.
Consequently, pretty much all the papers are saying it's a whitewash. The journalists wanted names and they wanted them now. Because that's the kind of stuff journalists like. Even more precisely, it's the kind of stuff editors like because it sells more papers.
Lord Stevens didn't give them that - hence it must have been a whitewash. Journalists like the word 'whitewash' as it allows them room to speculate, throw in a few rumours and generally work up a nice conspiracy theory before they go round their mum's for Christmas.
As Lord Stevens did pass findings on to the relevant authorities, it seems to me that he has found dodgy dealings and these will be investigated by people with the power to bring criminal charges.
Obviously, the journalists got upset as Stevens didn't tell them exactly which authorities he was referring to - but that's OK, that gives them all the more room to write speculative opinion pieces and use that word 'whitewash' again.