The Sordid Pleasure Of The Mass Brawl


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. Dermot O'Dreary says:

    It’s a bit like the comment that I often hear about a sending off spoiling a match. What rubbish – there are few better sights in football than an opposing player being dismissed, particularly if it’s self-inflicted stupidity – the two yellow-card dismissal is a real favourite here.

    Of course when it’s one of your players it’s a bit different, but what is better than the against-the-odds victory after the harshest of dismissals?

  2. Matt Smith says:

    I’m glad I’m not alone in enjoying the occasional “wrong” in football.

    Scuffles, red cards for petulance, pitch invasions and even the odd streaker add colour. As long as it’s occasional and no one gets hurt it adds a bit of colour.

  3. Mark Perry says:

    Excellent analysis. We all love it when it kicks off on the pitch and any amount of hand-wringing from the ‘outraged’ media will never change this. The sanctimonious reportage on these occasions always brings to mind Alan Partridge noticing a crisp wrapper blowing in the wind and observing solemnly: “Let’s just hope that doesn’t get out of hand…”.

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