Hello it’s Alex here, it’s Saturday and I’m drunk. Well it’s actually Thursday night as I’m writing but you’re reading it on Saturday. Weird huh?
So I thought I’d better have my two cents on this racism nonsense. I mean let’s just get this out early doors – those Chelsea fans on the Paris metro, what a bunch of unbelievable pricks.
Chelsea are a despicable club generally, their captain is a ‘Grade A Dick’ and they have such a hateful manager that it makes my eyes cry vinegar. They’ve also had more than their fair share of unpleasant incidents involving fans. But let’s not pretend this type of arsehole behaviour is exclusive to them.
I’ve heard Arsenal fans at the Emirates do that hissing sound when we played Tottenham (as a Jew it is forever to my shame that I did not report them, but next time I will). I even heard some Middlesborough fans make similar comments before last Sunday’s game.
So what’s it all about? It isn’t just a football problem, it IS a societal one. But there’s something about the atmosphere of a football match that nurtures this kind of behaviour. That carriage on the Paris metro packed full of inebriated mammals was like a petri dish of ignorance, watch the idiocy multiply and swarm.
Rather than a love of football being the cause of this behaviour, the common denominator is a need to conform with the behaviour of the pack – a situation football fans, by their very essence, are forced into – and which makes men,who would never usually act like that in everyday life, behave like overgrown, racist toddlers.
How do you stop it? Absolutely ban them, name and shame them. But the most effective way to stamp out racist or homophobic behaviour is for fans themselves to have the balls to condemn it when they hear it because it has NO place in the modern game. Having said that I totally agree with Pedro. It’s all well and good preaching the Good Samaritan from the safety of a keyboard. When it’s you on your own in the stadium challenging 10 blokes who you’re still going to have to sit next to for the rest of the season it’s a different story.
In other news the great gig in the sky has dictated that Arsenal are to play United in the FA cup at 13 o’clock on the 59th of Fourcember. Don’t worry if you’re struggling with the journey home, the FA have arranged a rickety rope bridge back to London over a gorge full of radioactive, horny crocodiles. Who says the magic of cup is dead??
Today we face the mighty Crystal Palace. Thankfuckfully Sanogo should be ineligible or this could have been a real blood bath. I’m not sure of our starting line up but presume we are still without Arteta and Debuchy. It would be nice to see some key players rested with one eye on the Monaco game on Wednesday. Let’s hope we can pick up where we left off against Borough because that was a very good performance.
Finally a quick survey to lighten the mood. Who do you rate as the top 5 worst football pundits/commentators? My top 5 to start you off:
1) Clive Tyldesly – cliches so laboured they belong in siberia
2) Michael Owen – like watching paint dry
3) Andy Townsend – why does someone who was dogshit as a player think he has the right to tell me anything about football
4) Alan Shearer – I’m going to use crayons to explain the thing you have literally just seen with your eyes
5) Steve Mcmanaman – learn the rules of the game, get a hair cut and stop shopping at topman, you’re 40.
Let me know your thoughts!
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