Football is simple to learn, inexpensive to play, and loved across so many borders. As such, it can teach its fans (and its players) the values of mutual respect and tolerance. When your young heroes are so diverse, it is bound to stutter racism.
Norwich's Leroy Fer caused widespread controversy on Saturday when he opted to roll the ball into Cardiff's unguarded net with an unsuspecting David Marshall out of position rather than return the ball to his opponents, who had kicked the ball out of play so his teammate could receive treatment for an injury. Unsurprisingly, chaos ensued.
I'm not saying derby day victories are necessarily bigger than winning trophies, of course they aren't, but when clubs are unlikely to lift said trophies, then the derby triumph is the next best thing.
Joe Hart's miscalculation cost his City side dear on Sunday in their defeat to Chelsea, further raising questions about the England number one's decline in form of late. It seems like it has all gone downhill since that dramatic final day when Aguero's strike sealed the Premier League title for Manchester United's noisy neighbours back in 2012.
The biggest problem is the ignorance referees display when defending their colleagues in the heat of high-profile mistakes. 'Refs are only human' is a common response, rather than trying to come up with ideas to aid the officials in the future.
Of all the players Paolo Di Canio decided to make an example of, Cattermole was the most inexplicable. Of all the poor decisions he made, this was the worst. Of all the dissenting voices in the dressing room, the midfielder's was one of the most listened to.
Ashley quite obviously thinks he can remove freedom of information from the equation and Newcastle United fans will take this lying down too. I won't focus on the act of banning newspapers too much. Quite clearly Ashley is feeling the pressure and is reacting in the only way he knows how to - badly.
The club we are supporting right now is not Newcastle United. It is a pale imitation of the great club it once was. Until Mike Ashley leaves and takes Kinnear and Pardew we will not see this great club back to where it belongs; showing ambition, playing good football, and exciting the fans with the (ever heartbreaking) possibility that this year will be our year in the cups.
Promised Land by Daniel Harris provides the answer. Harris is a rare character: a passionate Manchester United fan, who retains the discipline to step away from the euphoria and provide a calmly forensic take on events at Old Trafford.
It would be foolish of me to try and predict the final top six with so long left in the season, but so far it seems that we are in for one of the most open and competitive Premier League seasons for years.
The fact of the matter is, rightly or wrongly, footballers and top sportsmen enjoy very little privacy, opinions on this will vary drastically. Nowadays, it comes with the job and lifestyle that your private life as a star football player is in the public interest, so you could argue that if you don't want your privacy infringed upon, don't become a pro footballer.
With United apparently going backwards, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Spurs and Liverpool are all making inroads. Looking at United and those clubs' transfer dealings in the summer, there is more evidence of shifting tides.
Financial plight, potential profit, increased exposure or a passion to be involved in the "beautiful game" are just some of the reasons why investors choose to takeover and plough funds into a football club. But is a takeover always a good thing?
Despite getting the Sunderland job, Gus Poyet still has a chance of taking Brighton to the Premier league. Not in a literal sense, obviously (unless there are some drastic changes at both clubs), but in a more figurative, philosophical kind of way...
When talking about the Premier League, the debate still rages as to whether it's the strongest division in the world, or the most entertaining. There's certainly a case for both, and this season so far is evidence of that.
Any Cardiff City fans looking forward to lying back and basking in the glory of the Premier League has had a rude awakening these past few days. And there hasn't even been any football played. In what should be a time of quiet consolidation during the first international break of the season, the club has found its name written all over the back pages of the newspapers for all the wrong reasons. Again.