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Player of The Year – And the Award Goes To My Mate

WITH the footballing fraternity stumbling ever closer to the unveiling of its very own Footballer of The Year, with football fans across the country eluding opinion and condemning in the same breath. This is not a time for calm and informed debate, more villification of the candidates whilst recollection of worthiness is promoted in a pursuit of reason. Much blood will be spilled on this football field before a victor can be announced & awaiting public quick to renounce the new King prepare sharpened swords.

This is a time where he will be no longer judged alongside his teammates, but set aside and with esteem recognised by his peers, judged on footballing ability alone over a season with acknowledgement & appreciation toward one of their own. Amongst the many reasoned argument, the one stand-out criteria that of being the very best, unsurpassed to be crowned for his feet of clay.

Unfortunately and at the detriment to the very trophy being procured, the task of choosing this “Chosen One” is left at the disposal of professional footballers themselves, they who have propensity to point shotgun toward foot and go bang.

If we are to believe our media, this above all years has left the profession a question regard morality of the candidates, rather less their footballing ability and more the conduct and indeed the sportsmanship of those we are told are fortuitous enough to be considered contenders.

Premier League footballers are not so different to Joe Public susceptible to the same dilemmas. Whilst we may think and trust that “The Players Player “ is purely a decision based upon ability and a genuine belief that its choice originated from worthiness, we must also take into account personal and private opinion of individual players. Indeed it was a long-held belief through seasons gone that specific clubs would not vote for players from other rival clubs. And why would this not be true, as in life itself is this not how we as supporters act.

In some previous seasons we have witnessed the accolade given to a player who perhaps has not so much had the greatest of season, rather more a career defined award. The league’s top scorer can normally expect to sportingly be given the opportunity at getting his hands on the trophy, again if no truly outstanding player is propelled to the fore usually by media intent on having its say irrespective of the Football Writers Award.

Two pillars of the footballing community with their awards.

Two pillars of the footballing community with their awards.

This year alleged contenders and aspiring front-runners for the award include Robin Van Persie, Gareth Bale & Luis Suarez, with Bale the favourite to collect the award for the second time in three years. The main focus of attention courtesy of both media & football supporters seems to be the self-inclusion of Suarez, in a season where the Uruguayan leads the scoring charts & at times has played some scintillating football. Unfortunately baying sections of rival supporters are derisively intent on making the award about more than footballing ability alone.

Football supporters do not and will not decide who wins The Players award, however, will morality become an issue for those players deciding upon a winner? All three of these leading protagonists have fallen (quite literally) foul of the law on simulation, having all at one stage been booked for such an offence, it does seem rather odd to just pick out Suarez on the question of diving whilst favourite for the award Bale has been booked more than any other Premier League player for this such offence.

Luis Suarez will always be targeted with the cries of racist after the well-publicised incident with Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, and here lies his biggest hurdle to overcome if he is to secure the votes required to win the award, will players choose a footballer deserving of the award, or rather not choose a player, however succinctly linked with being a racist.

We need not look too far for the answer, a gentle stroll back through previous winners of The Players award, would overwhelmingly suggest; perhaps players do not concern themselves with a moral high ground when deciding exactly where the cross in the box goes. Still this does not allow us to just assume the players vote for the best footballer. Many times the players have chosen a player in complete contrast to an assuming public & the writers of football journalism.

In the past we have had winners with some very diverse characteristics, womanisers, alcoholics, violent thugs & they are just some that have been seen to be proven. It will be a very sad day and quite disheartening day when The Players Player of The Year is chosen for his sportsmen like behaviour & ability to be a role model alongside footballing ability – Rue the day.

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The Football Association: Made In England

The complete arrogance and totally disrespectful attitude of the Football Association, the PFA, and The Premier League, toward professional footballers from other countries, and indeed coaches and managers intent on plying their trade on these shores, has apparently reached a new level.

 

The Professional Footballers association is backing a campaign that will see foreign players and managers attend “cultural lessons” on arrival in the UK.  It really does beggar belief that an organisation that prides itself on representation of ALL professional footballers regardless of race, colour or nationality, could seriously support such a campaign, in some misguided belief that there be a need to reiterate the imprudent and irrational response to earlier misdemeanours regarding racism.

 

Making Johnny foreigner mindful of what constitutes “The Rules” on discrimination, indeed what our little island deems as racist or racism, this is not a new thing the PFA have already been behind a programme to educate apprentices within the game with “Cultural awareness classes”.

 

If we were being slightly pedantic we may suggest that lessons in cultural awareness may be required closer to home, more possibly within those organisations themselves, even prior to looking at home-grown players who have shown a lack of knowledge when tackling the differing cultures from foreign players that now have cemented themselves in the UK and Britain. The associations concerned have clearly identified where they believe the problem lies. Whilst clearly failing to understand that cultural differences by definition should not necessitate a foreign national to change something that is his or her way of living, it’s like inviting a vegetarian to dinner and demanding they try a sausage roll, in some hare-brained experiment.

 

Surely a much easier solution would entail giving said Johnny Foreigner a book containing the law of the land, what constitutes  a criminal act, whilst adding the consequence of such acts, why must football assume it must be a spokesperson for society, holding itself up as a social conscience leading the hordes like some pied piper. It has come to the point where football supporters have had quite enough of these types of protestations, being told what is right and wrong by a big brother disguised as some irreverent leader.

 

If footballs decision makers really want to make a difference to a game which swiftly heads toward self-destruction, then it should point its social sword upon itself, its members and those who are making vast amounts of money, on the back of working people who continue, if at times reluctantly, to fund this cash cow. The moment that football constructs an amnesia toward the paying public, something that I believe it has begun in earnest – Then football will be buried amongst its own arrogance and self- promotion,  the customer is always right, ok so they are not always but they must be treated with respect.

 

The cost of watching a game of football is at what can only be described as ridiculous levels, there will come a time when enough is enough, when the paying public realise they are being royally shafted whilst treated with the utmost contempt – One idiot throws a coin at high-profile player and suddenly we all need wrapping in fishing wire to keep the millionaires safe from the scum, fair play to Rio Ferdinand for making very little of the incident, such a shame footballs bosses could not take that as a lead, the complete over reaction shows us all exactly how these people think – Rio is not the first and sadly won’t be the last to have something thrown at him within a football stadium, this is not footballs conundrum – It is societies.

Ferdinand response far more sensible than the FA

Ferdinand response far more sensible than the FA

 

What has football and the PFA done about cheats in football, how many classes have Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale attended on GCSE diving? Something that infuriates supporters, yet the governing bodies do very little to attempt to eradicate, apart from of course blaming the influence of Johnny Foreigner again, whilst actually data shows British players dive just as much, whereas Journalist tend to ignore it as cute and clever when it is a home-grown professional, against dirty cheat when it’s a foreign player.

 

We can also look at the standard of refereeing, which we are told is a very difficult job – Really how difficult can it be for 4 guys to get the simplest of decisions correct, for £100,00 a year I would expect better quality than is currently being seen by alleged top referees – Schoolboy errors to say the least.

 

Then we must ask Mr FA when is threatening a referee acceptable? Allegedly offering to beat him up amongst other things, all littered with expletives – well the answer seems to be that provided another player has told you that they have heard the referee say something racist about you, then by all means attack the referee as we at the FA understand how that might upset you, regardless however whether it has an ounce of truth in it – Hearsay has suddenly become a suitable defence, whilst cultural differences has been described as ignorance, violence versus stupidity, the standards are clearly being set and defined.

 

My mate says you called me shit!!!

My mate says you called me shit!!!

So the precedent seems to be set, with racism at the heart of its excuse, with the true victims of racism of which there are many that do not come forward, now seemingly being given an even more difficult avenue for their grievances – I remember an incident where Zidane was to head butt Metaratzzi when he suggested Zidane’s sister was a whore, is it really about cause and effect? Only those sat on that FA panel can surely answer that, or as I believe the case is all about that unspeakable word, racism.

 

The game itself and the highly paid individuals who play at the highest level, have become immune to criticism, not for a moment taking in to account football supporters, only ever concerned about fans when they are invading the hallowed turf, singing historically racist songs, or throwing loose change toward unsuspecting players celebrating too close to the idiot few who cannot and will not accept defeat. What about those of us who attend matches purely to support our team, with no intend on violence or law breaking, how do you treat us? That’s right like the criminal minority – Silenced whilst being beaten and cut with their sword of social justice.

 

The truth is I don’t have any interest in being educated by those who believe they need to preach to me, I am not inadequate in my beliefs, I comprehend and I am aware of my responsibility in who I represent, football has never taught me anything that I did not already know – It is a game, the sooner people remember that, the sooner we can move forward.

 

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Chelsea FC: Horrid To Its Core

The support of your football team and indeed your club is for most, a rite of passage, which will comprise an emotional rollercoaster, that will eventually lead to a point when nothing will, or can replace the feeling of belonging that we get from the endorsement of those around us. They are our tribe, our family, our team, engrossed where through such following, our lives are in some way authenticated and we are indeed alive – I am football fan.

What am I prepared to accept of my team, my club? At what point do I turn my back and disassociate my devotion and adoration for my team? Well I am not sure I have the answer to such a question, having never found myself at such a point where I have had to question such sanity in the belief I hold in the club I follow.

Rafa Out

I often wonder what it must be like for Chelsea fans or supporters; what their acceptance levels have become, how they would judge their own attempts at being a football supporter. It’s quite the conundrum; mercenary fans being purchased with success, having become voiceless, instantly recognisable by the way they hold a contemptuous attitude in pursuit of supporting their club, aided by a media which refuses to fully hold them accountable, sitting back as Chelsea Football Club catapults both itself and its supporters toward an horrific parody of its malignant self – Horrid to its core.

With an owner who has a motto of “My way or the highway” which is reinforced by supporters less than intent on asking the question “whose club is this?”. It has become a club without any soul, with its integrity tested with a monotonous regularity, its failing exposed for all to see. Chelsea have allowed the club to be strangled by Mr Abramovich  without so much as a squeal from Stamford Bridge as the Shed End shuts its eyes and ears for a moment of success. Owning a football club when in possession of a wheelbarrow full of coinage, does not have to be managed in such an indignant and clearly dictatorial governorship. The fans support their club in a similar manner to which the owner runs it – with contempt for all.

On the day that your new manager – a man employed by your owner – begins his first game, like the classy supporters you have become, you decide to ask, in the guise of song, for him to “F**k off as he is not welcome here”- seriously people are you listening to yourselves? If indeed you are so unhappy, then why are you not questioning your owner? Supporters should not be consumed or acquired by success alone, allowing themselves to be pimped by magnificently rich owners, taking selling-out to a whole new level. You don’t support your team, players or managers, you have all become a vehicle for Abramovic. You both lack any dignity and in history to come your successes will be lacking any real provenance.

Many questions can be asked of Chelsea & the way it is run – A captain who was not only accused of having a relationship with a teammates partner, but also guilty of calling a fellow professional “a f***ing black c**t” hero worshipped without compunction from supporters – This does not happen in the real world, only in the football arena, where social blindness takes place, whilst the hawking of your soul and compassion are by-products of you prostituting all self-respect.

Chelsea supporters like no other, do not support a club they support the owner. As Rafa would say FACT!!

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Olympic Spirit – Booing and Hissing its way to Gold.

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.

Bellamy & Suarez both booed at Old Trafford – Bellamy by his own “Fans”

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?

Drugs Cheat Justin Gatlin

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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