Posted on September 8, 2019 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Are you ready for some football?

Okay, we’re actually posting about soccer — known as football outside of the U.S. — and about a soccer player’s memoir.

The memoir in question won’t be available at a bookstore in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, after excerpts from it revealed the author’s reluctance to join that city's team.

“From a career perspective, there was no doubt in my mind that a move to the North East was a downward step,” writes Michael Owen in Reboot.

“As unpalatable as that opinion might be to Newcastle fans, that’s more or less what I felt.”

In response, The Back Page bookstore said it wouldn’t carry Reboot, which now has the dubious honor of the first book it has ever “totally refused to stock.”

Soccer fans can read more about Owen’s feud with all things Newcastle in the Guardian.

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