A Sorry Sorry Affair.
So at last we get the apology, that once again means we as Liverpool supporters can get on with just that – supporting. No longer do we have to magnify every comment from opposing fans to find small chinks of daylight in the argument, that somehow we have felt the need to stringently defend, where our minds have told us no, we find it impossible not to reply yes. I am personally exhausted by the whole argument, I have found it ridiculous how many Liverpool fans have an incredulous grasp of the whole situation.
I am understanding as to how Dalglish has wanted to defend his players and our club but I feel let down by the owners Fenway, our PR Ian Cotton and Managing Director Ian Ayre. It seems to me that it has just been left to Dalglish to take all the flack, when we actually have people employed by the club who should be deflecting the kind of poor publicity we have invariably attracted. The club have allowed outsiders to divide us, not only Liverpool Football Club but also the supporters and fans of this, our great institute.
My mother always used to say to me “That I should never spoil a good apology, with a poor excuse” this is why I am so happy with the statements from the club on the hand shaking incident. Sorry is the hardest word but we have eventually understood what our place is in football, they are custodians of our club, they have failed in their duty to represent Liverpool Football Club in a way that I am totally happy to follow blindly with 100% support. This is something I have done for many years through some of the clubs darkest days and I may also add on some of its greatest moments, moments that have formed my formative years, made me who I was, what still defines me today – him the Liverpool fan.
It again reminds me of a quote attributed with Shankly, although his historians suggest he never actually said it “If you can’t suppot us when we lose, or draw then don’t support us when we win.” So if you can’t accept that we have a responsibility to represent our club in the best of lights, that when times are dark, you are not prepared to accept we could do better, then maybe you should not be following us at all because supporters also are as much custodians as the owners.
Some so-called supporters have shamed us over the last 24 hours, some bloggers, some journalists have attempted to shame us, to disrespect Dalglish to question his legacy, to question the heritage of my club – all because of a hand-shake or the lack of a hand-shake – that too is incredibly wrong if not point scoring and bias.
If you really want to do something about racists, racism or bigotry then I suggest the next time the BNP are marching through your own city centre and are unopposed strolling across your towns, when they are throwing stones at your police I suggest that you make a stand, that you gather up the troops and point your hate toward them, yes be indignant.
While you are marching against those real racists just take a moment to look around yourself and see if there are any journalists amongst those opposed to racism in society. Is there any sign of Ollie Holt, Patrick Barclay, Martin Samuel and the many others who have been waving their swords toward those belligerent racist Liverpool fans?
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