The Olympic Oath
“In the name of all competitors, I promise that we shall take part in these
Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules that govern them, in the
true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our teams.”
So British/English football fans do their hardest to disgrace not only the sport they shambolically feign to support, but also the country or Island in which they live – I refer to the constant booing of Luis Suarez and Craig Bellamy who would be booed during Great Britain’s first game at Old Trafford – those jeers for Bellamy would be replaced by applause after an excellent display would turn the opinion of said morons around.
I have watched many Olympics and I cannot remember anybody actually being booed whilst taking part in their particular sport – The Olympics would have an unwritten rule, where even athletes of the most limited ability receive accolade for the fact they are Olympians – that alone is enough to transcend everything else.
Football however is another animal, lacking in the most basic skills of fair play, where your opponent is an enemy, there to be kicked, sworn at and abused – The supporters of this sport follow suit, you can lead a horse to water then watch it get drunk at the well.
Is there really a place at the Olympics for this type of sport – or this type of supporter? I think that there is not – kick it out before it muddies more water, the problem is this Nation, this Great Britain that has educated its own that it is acceptable to adopt this pantomime approach.
So we can all understand why opposing fans would want to boo and hiss at Liverpool’s Luis Suarez – Racism, handballs, diving, cheating all things that others would point accusingly at Suarez – so the racism aside nothing too dissimilar to most other footballers from the Premier League – indeed the stats suggest there are many worse.
Let’s deal with the racism then – Suarez accused of and found guilty of misconduct and abusive insulting words including Patrice Evra’s colour – A charge that although Suarez accepted the verdict, has always publicly denied those charges – this bit is immaterial guilty or not this happens to be the main reason Suarez finds himself booed whilst playing at the Greatest Show on earth – The Olympics.
It was quite shameful to hear people showing allegiance to Great Britain actually booing another countries National Anthem – It is beyond words, but like an old Iron Curtain nation it will be silenced by not one comment making any part of the Olympics round-up – pushed into the cabinet filed under “oh and a man was hit by a bus” – It feels like 1980s Russia – Imagine those pesky Uruguayans booing God save The Queen – exactly.
Hypocrisy is the one constant that all football fans tend to be guilty of – footballing blindness where we see only the best in our own heroes, whilst being able only to see the worst in our greatest of foes.
Stuart Pearce the Great Britain coach himself has accepted guilt also, in regard to a racist slur aimed at a fellow player – when Pearce would in 1994 say to Paul Ince “You arrogant black c**nt , some may believe that the fact Pearce admitted this and then apologised is enough – Ask yourself this how can people cheer and support Pearce because at this time he represents Great Britain, whilst booing Suarez for what is believed similar conduct?
This whole argument is about the spirit of the Olympic Games or the lack of it during Football, there are many dubious cases for booing or hissing if we wish to look for them – take a look at the 100 metres sprint – Justin Gatlin would win an Olympic gold in Athens in 2004 before being tested positively for a banned substance in 2006, Gatlin will appear in London 2012 and is one of the favourites to gain a medal after winning the USA trials with the fastest ever time by a man over the age of 30 in 9.80 seconds – Will the British boo boys & girls be out ready to hiss Mr Gatlin?
Then team GB has its very own drugs cheat representing them in London – Dwain Chambers would test positive in 2003 for a banned performance enhancing drug, he would receive a lifetime ban which has since been overturned – God forbid if Chambers were to win
The very worst issue I have with all of this booing, is how easily this has all been accepted without a newspaper or commentator making so much as a boo hoo over the disgraceful booing, the way it shows a lack of respect to athletes and their countries – It would make you wonder what the opinion would be if it happened at the swimming or maybe the gymnastics? Football will always play by its own rules.
As someone said to me earlier – supporters should be made to take The Olympic Pledge.
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