The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #163410   Message #4104687
Posted By: Steve Shaw
04-May-21 - 09:42 AM
Thread Name: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
Of course we condemn that behaviour. I've just done it myself. But the fact is that thousands of fans turned out to protest, a couple of hundred got on to the pitch non-violently and two policemen were injured outside the ground. I'm quite happy for you to blame fans for those injuries but they were caused, probably, by a maximum of two people out of thousands, and we don't know what was going on between them and the police in any case. When the Marcos dictatorship was eventually brought down, which we all applauded, it was by what we called People Power, direct action. The same when Saddam's statue was hauled down. Not too much demurring when the actions chime with our personal principles then... I applauded the felling of the slave trader's statue in Bristol and noted that most of the huffers and puffers over that came from the right. I am not a Man U fan and I wanted to enjoy the match. But the principle for me, of the people who really matter in football, the fans, eventually taking action which was overwhelmingly non-violent, after sixteen years of frustration with uncaring and absentee billionaire owners, who, to cap it all, tried to get the club into the ESL without consulting the fans, easily overrode my temporary disappointment. Kudos to Man U fans and I'd like to see a lot more fan power in the coming weeks/months. There would be no football without the fans,you can't cut them out, and the Premier League, BT, Sky and those bloody owners had better believe it.