The madness of football


As a resident of Scotland, within about 45 mins of Ibrox, the Rangers Stadium, I was sickened by the recent scenes in Manchester. There is nothing which can be said to explain or excuse the appalling behaviour of the minority of people who ravaged the centre of the city, and showed a distorted view of the normally-sane Scottish football lover. What an example to the young ones present (why were they not at school?)! And what are they saying to the rest of the world? The injuries caused to police officers, and the appalling video of the attack on one of them, is an insult to the ideals of law and order, to which, fortunately, most of us adhere.

The sooner, that the footballing authorities get some kind of grip on these people (who, incidentally help to pay the inflated wages of football management and players) the better. It cannot be left entirely on the shoulders of the police forces who are already well-stretched.

Perhaps they could start by remembering that at one time football was a sport, and not a reason to produce high emotions, change a genuine opportunity for rivalry, into a chance to hate people wearing a different shirt, and destroy property.

If not, then the next generation will pursue the same path.

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5 thoughts on “The madness of football

  1. I coulsn’t agree more. It’s saddening, such a shame. As you may have discovered, we are a family of ardent football fans, well, I’m happy to watch or not watch but my boys spend nearly £1000.00 a year on two season tickets for NUFC. They are true fans, they go to see the football and have no interest in any violent acts. Any rivalry is light hearted to say the least.
    It is of course the minority that hit the headlines and then of course I dare bet there were a few people involved who wouldn’t know the offside rule if it tapped them on the shoulder.
    Let’s hope we soon see an end to it all.
    The money in football and the exposure that these so called fans get, does not show the true face of football. Sadly the media runs the world at the moment so I wonder if the pictures they (kids today) are fed are what they consider the norm? It’s a topsy turvy world we live in nowadays.

  2. Daffy…Thanks for your reply…unfortunately, I can see no way out of this. Lack of cash, or unemployment does not seem to prohibit these thugs in the pursuit of an environment where they can cause trouble whether they win or lose!

    We see with the prices being asked for the Russian final, it must be felt that supporters can be fleeced and make some rich pickings for those who have tickets to sell.

    But it needn’t always be like this. We were in Dusseldorf one evening a few years ago,and the place was full of Scottish football supporters, who were all sitting outside the cafes and restaurants chatting quite happily….noisely, but in a good-natured fashion. We actually stopped and chatted to them and felt no kind of fear or anxiety. Seemingly they went back home the next day with no problems.

    So maybe Club supporters and National supporters behave in a different way when in a large crowd.

    One positive event which has happened was that following the untimely death of the great Celtic man Tommy Burns, Rangers supporters went to pay their respects and leave a Rangers shirt alongside the Celtic tops…..how’s that for a bit of common sense and a small glimmer of light in the darkness of the madness which can be football. Let’s hope a few nut-cases saw this gentle act.

  3. Yes, *nods in agreement*
    Tommy Burns was a very well respected and loved man at Newcastle too.
    My boy has a pal who is a Sunderland supporter and I think it is a brilliant sight to see the two of them wandering around together, clashing in black and white and red and white! Pity the media don’t cover more of this kind of thing.
    Excellent post Harry!

  4. Much to be encouraged!! I came from a country where it was not seemly to be seen with someone of the opposite political or religious persuasion. Luckily time has made a difference and there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel there.

    Like you, I feel that the media can influence the future at least to some extent, by highlighting what unites people, and not what divides them.

    Schools can encourage pupils to channel any aggressive tendencies into some form of physical exercise…sadly lacking now (tire the little guys out!)

    Youth clubs (if such things still exist) could also encourage friendly rivalry by competitions.

    There are plenty of ways where society can make a difference in this up-coming generation…..but as for the older thugs, I am afraid there is little salvation for them!

  5. Football is all about big money and many players, and others, are hardly good role models are they!
    It’s sad but unfortunately all part of the mad world we now live in!

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