Last night's Champions League match between Manchester United and Bayern Munich was roundly praised for having an excellent atmosphere. The Old Trafford faithful were spirited throughout, and the team came through for them with a respectable 1-1 draw.
While most in attendance were glued to the action in front of them, one journalist was caught browsing the Internet for dog pictures.
That journalist was The Telegraph's Chris Bascombe, and he's come forward and explained himself.
"[Fellaini] looks like an out-of-control dog," I thought. But what dog?
For some reason an Afghan hound came to mind. No idea why, it just did. This image nagged since, to be perfectly honest, I have no idea what an Afghan hound really looks like. It just sounded quite good.
In the diligent pursuit of accuracy I used a well known search engine to check photographs of an Afghan hound. My instincts were right. Fellaini bore no resemblance. So then, what dog? Ah, there it is. A poodle. Fellaini, with that bushy head, resembled a poodle on steroids. An overgrown poodle. That's it. That will do.
So there you have it: clearly a valid and work-related excuse…mostly.