As a display of suppressed anger, the bottled-up emotions of the England delegation at FIFA headquarters last week would have matched in force anything the Hadron Collider was achieving right under their feet, deep in a Swiss tunnel.
Which raises the question – how much should you choke back real anger when facing the media? The problem with anger is that it can spiral out of control, leaving you ricocheting wildly around an interview and quickly becoming a freak-show available on YouTube. John Sweeney of Panorama and Adam Boulton of Sky News know the feeling.
On the other hand, controlled fury can be very effective if it is carefully handled and harnessed. An interviewee clearly seething under the surface can make a forceful point, without sacrificing credibility.
At FIFA HQ, in the immediate aftermath of England’s 20-2 defeat, English upper lips were perhaps a little too stiff. A clearer indication of the real underlying anger would certainly have found approval at home.