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Washing of dirty linen proves Calum really is Second Best

Editor's Viewpoint

George Best was a genius on the football field, but a flawed human being off it. His son Calum witnessed his dad's problems at first hand and it must have had a negative impact on him.

But does he really need to tell the world that George was as imperfect off the pitch as he was perfect on it?

Calum can never truly recognise the esteem that his father was held in. We all knew of his drinking and how it impacted on those closest to him, but many people were able to forgive him. Perhaps that was easy at a distance, but not so simple for those who wanted to love him. Yet washing dirty linen in public makes Calum's book title so apt - he is Second Best.

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