Football fans cannot be fanatics
English football is reeling under the retirement decision of former captain John Terry, who felt that his racism row (accused of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand in an English Premier League match last October) would not end with him being deemed innocent by the Football Association.
Terry has already been cleared by a court and is probably justified in questioning the logic of the FA probe.
However, the pending verdict of football’s governing body in England cannot hide the fact that the game has been stained badly by racism slur and hooligans who need to get their heads examined.
Everyone believes he is an expert in a populist sport, but when that opinion becomes unsporting and evil, the game is in trouble. It was reported yesterday that EPL referee Mark Halsey complained to the Manchester police after receiving abuse tweets about his work in the Manchester United vs Liverpool game. Halsey, who endured throat cancer before returning to refereeing, had every reason to feel distressed when he read a Liverpool fan’s tweet which said, “I hope Mark Halsey gets cancer again and dies.”
This is nothing but a low blow and no amount of moral policing will work if fans don’t change their mindset towards their passion.
In football, like in all other sports, you win some and lose some. This basic truism must be accepted by fans and their spewing of vile should be restricted to the pubs they frequent, and not on a public platform.
Last week, Chelsea player John Obi Mikel was forced to shut down his Twitter account due to racist abuse.
Often footballers are physically tackled for not achieving a favourable result and we are often forced to remember how Colombian footballer Andres Escobar was murdered after his own goal in the 1994 World Cup against United States.
Escobar was known as ‘The Gentleman of Football.’ His death was a tragedy just like the attitude of impatient, mindless fans.