A Culture Of Contempt, Abuse & Outrage

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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3 Responses

  1. Alex says:

    I agree that a lot of this supposed ‘banter’ is unfunny and distasteful. Still, what people find offensive is subjective and as such, I don’t it’s something that clubs should attempt to ban.

    What would be better is if clubs, managers and supporters’ groups condemned such idiotic behaviour. On radio, TV, in programme notes, wherever. People are unlikely to engage in such activities if they know everyone else associated with the club won’t join in because they don’t like it.

  2. Paul says:

    Well said Ian. For me the clubs must do more rather than leave it to the fans. Self policing can be a dangerous activity and not everyone has the confidence to challenge such behaviour, especially if you have children with you and don’t know how the idiots will react. Every week we see opposition players taking throw ins and home supporters (or sometimes only one) standing up and vehemently abusing them. Clearly caught on camera you can’t tell me that clubs couldn’t act with a warning letter or a quiet word at the next game. Word would soon spread that they’re being watched.

  3. Lord Badger says:

    We had an episode like this at Ipswich Town recently. The chair of the supporters club publicly condemned a tiny element of supporters who persist in acting like dickheads and singing a rather charming song about Justin Fashanu. The response? Whining about people trying to ‘take all the fun and banter out of football’.

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