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Thread #63590 Message #1035291
Posted By: GUEST,Strollin' Johnny
14-Oct-03 - 08:24 AM
Thread Name: BS: Turkey v England in Istanbul
Subject: RE: BS: Turkey v England in Istanbul
In taking that attitude you're behaving in exactly the same stupid, belligerent and intransigent manner as those two rags (I won't sully the word by describing them as 'newspapers') and the half-wits they pander to - I'm English, I don't hate foreign players/teams, I don't relate football games to previous conflicts/wars and I've absolutely never run riot anywhere in my life. I do, however, love the game of football and hold great players, whatever their nationality, in the highest regard. I also respect supporters of foreign teams, club or national.
Don't allow your prejudice to take charge and don't stereotype true football fans, English or otherwise, as the louts and thugs who have latched on to the game as a vehicle for their moronic behaviour - most of us aren't like that.
Incidentally, loutish behaviour isn't, or hasn't always been, restricted to the English - I'm old enough to remember the bloodbaths that used to be the 'Old Firm' games in Glasgie years ago. And who broke down the goalposts and dug up the pitch at Wembley? Oops, there goes another pane of glass!