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This evening I went to my local watering hole to watch the England game. I’d been there the previous night for the Spain vs Italy game and also for the last day of the Premier League season a few weeks earlier and had a good time. Tonight, however, I witnessed some of the worst incidences of “support” I’ve ever come across. I don’t mean people booing their side, I don’t mean people not caring. What I mean is ignorant, drunk Sun readers displaying obscene amounts of partisanship, hypocrisy and vulgarity.

On at least three occasions I heard shouts of: “BREAK HIS LEGS”, usually when an England player had committed a foul and was then rightly brought up for it. Added to that was the ridiculous levels of hypocrisy dished out by the attending supporters. Every time an England player committed a full blooded challenge which was more often than not a foul, it was applauded and the ref abused. Yet, when the reverse happened, the French player would be accused of diving. It was absolutely ridiculous. The sheer reversion to type was startling as well. There were many calls of: “HOOF IT” and applauding last ditch blocks and tackles, despite it being a sign of poor defending. If you told these people that the sign of a good defender was clean sheets and clean shorts, they’d probably have an aneurysm.

Obviously not all England fans are like this. However, there seemed to be an overwhelming amount of “IN-GER-LUND” idiots who probably couldn’t give a rats arse about the rest of the tournament, just their national side. Really, it’s quite depressing. It’s not at all helped by the frankly awful punditry and commentary we’ve had so far from the BBC and ITV. Completely devoid of insight or intelligence. I long for a day when the audience isn’t treated like a moron, but going on the people watching the game in the pub today, most of them are. Maybe the BBC and ITV should take it on themselves to educate football fans and shine a light on the more intricate and intelligent aspects of the game rather than appeal to the lowest common denominator.

Consequently, I shall no longer be going to the pub for the England games. In fact, I hope England progress no further just to piss in these deluded idiots cornflakes.

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6 Comments

  1. Accusing the opposition of diving and screaming for cards when any of your players go down is just part of football support. It’s not even a bad part. Coupled with what a definitely poor refereeing performance in France’s favour, I don’t know what you expected. Yohann Cabaye alone could have been booked 3 times, maybe more. And sure, if you’re needing last ditch blocks then you’re probably getting taken apart at the back, but it doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a bit of recognition.
    Yes, there are moronic England fans, but there are moronic fans of every club and country. You can’t tar everyone with the same brush. You certainly can’t castigate people for caring about their own team and not the rest of the tournament. It doesn’t make them bad fans, it means they’re supporting England, and not just wanting to watch as much football as possible.

    Overall, I disagree with most of what you’ve said.

    • When it’s clearly a foul, then fine. But when it’s a perfectly valid tackle and you do it, especially after abusing the referee earlier for giving a foul for a worse tackle by an England player, that’s just plain idiocy.

      Don’t claim last ditch tackles and blocks to be fantastic defending, because they aren’t. It means you’re not doing your job properly. You don’t praise a fireman for saving the garden shed when the house has burnt down.

      Of course there are moronic fans for every club and country. Hell I support Liverpool, I should know a thing or two about moronic fans. However, it seems that with England the idiocy crawls out of the woodwork and take over. There’s a complete absence of reason and rationality. Maybe it’s the beer, I don’t know.

  2. U clesrly dont have a clue mate…. Might be the most pathetic blog ive ever read

    • Fair enough. But first might I suggest turning on spell checker?

  3. I highly suspect ‘erty2333@live.com’ is one of the Sun readers you talk about

  4. Applauding/cheering a last ditch tackle/clearance is a natural reaction to relief that the opposition hasn’t scored – doesn’t necessarily mean you think it is amazing defending.

    I don’t have a problem with people only caring about England in the tournament. Not everyone is a connoisseur of football, some people just want to support their country. Not being patriotic myself, I don’t understand this, but don’t really see a problem with it either.

    Don’t get me wrong, anyone who shouts things like ‘break his legs’, for example, is a twat. I just wouldn’t describe any of the things (apart from the one I just addressed) you mentioned as problems that are exclusive to England fans, and you can hear worse in any stand (and many pubs) up and down the country. People generally behave like dicks in crowds. Okay, a lot of them are dicks anyway, but in a crowd it only takes one dick to start a chain reaction.

    Completely agree with you on the abysmal state of the commentary/punditry, particularly on ITV (as usual).


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