You would certainly not be alone in Working Public Relations on this public forum.
============================================= To hide the meaning of stories about what they claim to be corruption, the corrupt UK Press often uses slang to bore people and try discourage people from reading the stories so that they can turn around and claim there is no interest in investigative reporting stories about corruption.
The continuing question is whether any UK sports press operations will produce investigative reports about players throwing (purposely losing) matches by having themselves Sent Off, claiming an injury likea broken foot, or simply purposely playing poorly and whether Rooney, Owen and others committed these crimes in the recent World Cup Finals 2006 in return for Organized Crime Gambling bribes involving Undetectable Steroids and Human Growth Hormone.
Now, if soccer player Agents know something about Organized Crime Gambling division bribes to soccer players causing them to Fix (purposely deliver a pre-planned result) matches, then let us hear it. Fixing matches is what is really important to the public and which demands the public's attention.
Here are some samples of slang terms used to hide meaning and bore readers: ============================================= Tapping-Up:
Tapping-up generally refers to an approach by one football club to a player under contract to another club without that other club's knowledge or permission. This kind of approach is often made through the player's agent. The aim is to unsettle the player and facilitate the transfer of the player. It is expressly forbidden in many professional football leagues.
A milder form of "tapping-up" involves a manager's letting his admiration for a player at another club become known, perhaps by hinting at his interest while working as a pundit on a game the player is taking part in, "he's the sort of player any manager would be very keen to sign", or by lavishing praise in programme-notes when the two teams meet. There are also the "source close to the manager"-type newspaper rumours which in many case originate within the club and are intended to flag an interest while retaining plausible deniability against charges of tapping-up.
Tapping-up is similar to the North American practice of "tampering." =============================================
============================================= Bung: (the 5th definition here is likely what the UK Press are talking about)
"Bung" Australian slang term for cheese. A bung is an apparatus used to seal a container Bung Enterprises Ltd manufacture video game accessories
"Bunghole" is an insult, commonly used in the animated television show Beavis and Butt-head
"Bung" is a British slang term for a bribe, most recently used to refer to illegal payments made in sport to ensure a player will sign for a club
"Bung" can also be a British or Australian slang term for "place" or "put", as in "Bung that item over there". =============================================