Happy Friday to ya’ll. Some heated debate on yesterday’s post, but largely civil and interesting. One apology I have to make is for missing the victim in all this. Obviously a shocking incident for any person to have to deal with. Yob fans are scary, when they’re targeting you, even scarier. That was a brave man right there. I’d have most certainly have tried another carriage. His principled multiple attempts to board the carriage were, well, brilliant.
It seems the cowards involved are being picked off. Chelsea have banned three members already. One of the guys picked out yesterday has been suspended by his work. I mean, he’s going to get a come uppance deserved or not. My point does still stand from yesterday. I don’t believe the internet should be judge and jury in cases like this. This financier has been found guilty by association. He’s and easy target, rich, good looking with an Instagram picture of himself with Nigel Farage. All of those elements lead to his guilt despite little evidence he was doing anything.
If he’s guilty, fine. Let the French justice system take care of him and punish accordingly. I find it interesting that that the overweight white skinhead seen shoving the man twice hasn’t been splashed across the front newspaper. Why? Well, it doesn’t make an interesting story, does it?
… and there’s your problem. The press guess at the salacious because it shifts papers… Sad, when people’s lives are at stake. I remember the papers ran a front page story on a someone they thought was a child killer, basically, because he looked like a Paedophile. Horrendous. Even worse, we lap it up as consumers.
Also, a few people mentioned that I was part of the problem for not confronting the racists behind me. I also heard people complaining about the bystanders on the train not stepping in. In an ideal world, a man wearing rolled up jeans and pink socks would take on a group of old school thugs in a ground, but that’s not reality. You can speak up so many times before you start running the risk of a violent confrontation. In front of kids. At a football game. With people you have to sit near every game (for years). That’s pretty grim.
Same goes for the train. If you’re the type of guy who wants to have a pop at a group of thug football fans pissed up on a train… power to you, but that’s not an odds game many will play. The risk, getting your teeth kicked in. The reward is what? Racist enlightenment? Come on… be real with me.
So imagine this, you’re Brooklyn Beckham, you’re smashing it at youth level, the call comes… you’re moving up to the under 18s. Brilliant. So exciting. You’re being fast tracked. But wait, what’s that? A new coach is joining the under 18s? Wait… it’s Thierry flipping Henry!
Yep. That’s what happened. Way to sour a promotion…
So Thierry is going to learn his coaching trade at the Arsenal. It’s all very exciting. Having a name like that behind the scenes is unbelievable. Imagine learning from a guy with a work ethic like that. Be interesting to see where he wants to take things. Does he want to be a pundit or does he want to impact the game? Can he manage? Is he enough of a team player from a personality perspective? We’ll see. Great signing by Arsenal.
On the Beckhams, apparently Romeo has also joined Arsenal because he is good as well. Could have a De Boer type situation on our hands in a few years time. That’d be so good form a marketing perspective. However, calm yourself, he’s like 12.
In more good news, Arsenal have done a good one ain’t they?
Sorted the fans out with a train didn’t they? Yeah they did. They’re also subsidising more coaches, which is really nice. That’s class. It’d be nice if the club could help out away fans more like that. I don’t know what the cost of coaches is, but it’d be nice if they used some of the TV money to support the die hards.
… but let’s not take away from the gesture. It’s very good of them.
In ladies good news, Kelly Smith has signed a new deal for the club at 36. Heard Wenger stepped in to make sure it’s just a one year deal. Congrats to her on a brilliant achievement.
Tomorrow we play Crystal Palace under Alan Pardew. They have players capable of physically battering us, so it’s going to be a tough game. We need to play with confidence and discipline.We need to take the game seriously and we need to deliver another 3 points. United are in a mess, we need to be ready to pounce when they inevitably collapse.
Big game tomorrow. Fingers crossed it’s a positive day.
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