However like I said, I'm fed up. Every single week there seems to be a different controversy, whether it's the many players 'diving' (you know who you are... Phil), trying to gain an advantage from unsporting behaviour, whether it's the R word, one or the other of them - Respect or Race, or whether it's the fans themselves.
Racism has no place in either modern society, or the prehistoric society that seems to exist on the football field. I'm pleased to see that the Ferdinands are getting back on board with the Kick it Out campaign, this is one thing that players are better united, they should air their grievances within the body itself.
|Suarez showing the coin|
Chelsea fans in fact proved to me throughout the game that (some) football fans lack class, every time Rio touched the ball he seemed to be booed... I don't think they understand how being the victim works. (I'm not going to mention the punishment received by John Terry for the incident with Rio's brother). This of course brings me to the main talking point... the referee. Mark Clattenburg is accused of making racist comments to Chelsea's John Obi Mikel. Now if Mr Clattenburg did make the comments that Chelsea allege then he will probably never referee again, and that is quite right. But I find it a complete double standard as players effectively abuse referees all game long. Watching on TV you know this to be true, when decisions go against them they always complain and if you can lip read you know it's not always the most pleasant conversation. I find myself completely agreeing with Brian Moore who was apparently on BBC Radio 5 Live this morning:
Former England rugby player Brian Moore tells BBC Radio 5 live being able to hear referees' microphones would rid football of bad language within six weeks.
He said: "Not only do you record these things you put them on the ref link so the crowd and sponsors can hear it. The pressure to change would be so great it would be carnage for six weeks but it would change within six weeks."
(Also, if Hartlepool could get off the bottom of the table that might help!)