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Stop getting easily offended at the football

Football is a release for many. We all have a hard working week. Whether it be in the office, on site or down the mines, but we live for the weekend, for Saturday 3pm (or whatever time the kick off is). We work hard, and the majority of what we earn go’s on tickets, trains, booze and food for the football.

It used to be the working mans sport. A chance to release the stresses of the week. Whether it be screaming for your team till your throat go’s hoarse, drinking till you can not remember, or any countless other extra curriculum activities that happen on game day.

Sadly, football has been on a downward spiral for many years now. And recent actions by the PC brigade seems to be hammering the nail in the coffin.

Chelsea Chant

So Chelsea use the word Yid in their chants. As do Arsenal. As do Spurs. As do West Ham. Kick It Out (always trying to make themselves relevant) reacted to it. Complained. Demanded people who use the word Yid in a song get a life ban. They need to fuck off.

I remember 15 odd years ago, we sang a song about Sol Campbell (to the tune of Hey Baby by Dj Otzi):

Heyyy, Hey Yiddo,

You. Scum.

I wanna knoooow,

Where your captains gone,

2 3 4 5 6 7 8

(repeat)

The next game, in Arsenal’s programme, the club politely asked us to stop singing the song as it was deemed racist. They assumed we were calling Jewish people scum. We were not, we were calling Spurs fans scum. If you have been living under a rock for decades, Spurs fans nickname themselves the Yids.

Arsenal fans were not using the Jewish definition for Yid, but the Tottenham definition.

Recently Chelsea have been condemned for singing an alleged anti-semitic Alvaro Morata song :

Alvaro, oh, Alvaro, oh.

He came from Real Madrid,

he hates the fucking Yids

Like Arsenal’s song about Sol Campbell, Chelsea are not saying Morata hates Jews, but that he hates Spurs fans.

Now there are some very naughty songs out there, about Adolf Hitler, gas chambers and more, and these are in poor taste, and are anti-semitic. But the anti-Spurs songs are degrading to Spurs supporters, not Jewish people.

Too often this subject has been spoken about. Nothing will change. What annoys me is the easily offended snowflakes. They do not go football. They do not care for football. They hate football fans. The type who look at you like you are scum when they are on the way to a museum. Those that say English football fans shame the country.

The problem is too many of these sort of folk work in the media, and like to have their say about things. The type of people who called up Ofcom to complain about the Russell Brand, Jonathan Ross, Andrew Sachs voicemails without ever having heard it.

Many of those who complained over the Chelsea song probably did not watch the game live. They did not watch Match of the Day. They have not even heard the song. They probably do not even know who Alvaro is.

Leave our game alone.

Romelu Lukaku Chants

In very much the same way, Manchester United fans have been condemned for singing a racist song about Romelu Lukaku:

Romelu Lukaku,

He’s our Belgian scoring genius,

With a 24 inch penis,

Scoring all the goals,

Bellend to his toes

Our friends at the very easily offended anti-discriminatory group Kick It Out called the chant “offensive” and have raised it with the FA and Manchester United.

“Kick It Out is aware of footage of alleged racist chanting by supporters of Manchester United that emerged on Wednesday evening, ” a spokesman told The Times.

It clearly is not offensive. They are just saying he has a massive knob. Now whether this is because of the positive stereotype that black man have massive penis’s, or maybe a fan has actually seen him in the shower, it is just not offensive.

Arsenal used to sing a song about Emmanuel Petit:

His blonde

His quick

His names a porno flick

Emmanuelle, Emmanuelle

Would this be considered offensive? After all, we were making a chant about his hair colour. And the majority of blonde people are white. I would imagine Kick It Out are the type of group that deny racism towards white people exists. Some bollocks about oppression and the oppressee’s can not become the oppressors. Some mumbo jumbo invented by some idiot who got a degree in Sociology from SOAS.

Of course, the Petit song is not offensive, and neither is the Lukaku song.

Stop finding a reason to be offended by everything.

Women’s Football

The ladies game has been through hell in recent weeks. Hell of their own making. Players and the FA are to blame over a cover up where it seems a women was dropped, could not handle being called lazy, claimed racism, accepted a pay out to shut up, and then the cover up was exposed leading to the England manager being sacked.

Now I am not going to go into the in’s and out’s of what has happened, as there is a lot to come out. There will be court cases with all parties taking each other to court. Whether it be for discrimination, unfair dismissal or lose of earnings.

One side comment, Lianne Sanderson is clearly of the easily offended nature. This is a woman who refused to play for a black lesbian in Hope Powell, claiming unfair treatment. It seems she is making similar noises about her time under Mark Sampson. Maybe it is her who has the chip on the shoulder. The issues. She needs to look at herself, rather than constantly blame others.

It seems the women’s national side is full of cliques. Some supported the manager, some threw accusations at him and were widely disliked by some in the squad. Imagine tweeting that former-team mates celebrating is ‘divisive’, whilst you are sitting on your phone continually making divisive comments.

I feel ultimately, a few people have realised there is a few quid to be made and, with their careers coming to an end, are looking for an extra pay out, whilst also launching themselves into the media spotlight for a media career.

CBBC and I ‘m a Celeb beckons for some of these.

Anyway, I have digressed.

The FA covered up a banner which stated “Super White Army” that hung from the stand of Tranmere Rovers Prenton Park.

The banner is a nod to Tranmere’s nickname. A Tranmere Rovers Supporters’ Club said it did not know why it was covered, adding it was “not remotely racist” and referred to their team’s shirts.

It was taken down after England player Lucy Bronze tweeted a picture of her team mates training with the stand that contains the banner in the background.

This tweet drew criticism from the PC brigade who claimed the banner was offensive.

Arsenal call themselves Red Army. Is this offensive to Red Indians, ginger people or sunburnt Brits? Plymouth call themselves the Green Army. Everton, Chelsea and others the Blue Army. These are not offensive terms.

What next? Homebase can no longer sell white paint? Screwfix fix stop selling white spirit? Great White Sharks have to get renamed Great Sharks?

It is just a perfect example of what I am talking about. People who probably do not even care about football getting offended about something that is not offended.

Why can’t they just stick to having a go at the Conservative Party, abusing Theresa May, moaning about Brexit and taking in asylum seekers? Just leave our game alone.


The problem is the more the PC brigade do, the more the game dies a little bit. The more atmosphere is killed.

We already can not drink in the stands. Swearing is unacceptable. And we are requested to grass fellow fans up by texting the club if you feel the remote bit offended. How long till football stadiums have safe spaces? Many already have prayer rooms.

I look at cricket. I went to Australia in 2010 for the Ashes. It was brilliant. Boxing is a top crack. The atmosphere at the darts is electric. Rugby is full of posh twats. Even cricket now has a better atmosphere than football – no longer do old folk sit around and politely applaud. Snooker has an incredible atmosphere in its own special way. Even ice hockey now, a few Arsenal lads I know have started going to Gillingham, Lea Valley or Milton Keynes.

I always laugh when I am watching boxing, at 11pm, and someone swears and the commentator apologies’ if you heard foul language. It’s 11pm and its two people fighting FFS. No one is going to be offended.

If football keeps going down this root, its key selling point, the passion and atmosphere, will be no more.

I travel up and down the country and very few stadiums have hostile, vibrant atmospheres. Everyone now sits on their hands and claps politely.

Being in the crowd is no longer as enjoyable. And the more this continues, the less people will go. They will drift to other sports where the atmosphere, the release is still there, and football l will die.

Remember, without fans, football is nothing.

Football has had its troubles in the past, and every now and again these rear their ugly head. But let’s not go too far the other way and make the game completely sanitised. It will kill the game.

The likes of Kick It Out and the Society Of Black Lawyers need to take a step back a little bit. Understand their role in society. And realise that you should not be offended by everything.

We are all consenting adults. Stop trying to sanitise our once-great game.

Keenos

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Great result for The Arsenal? Or another away day failure?

Having sobered up from what was a decent local away day out to West London, I am in reflective mood this morning. My sunrise yoga session really cleared my mind and forced me to consider yesterdays result.

Was it a great result for The Arsenal? Or was it another away day failure against a top side? And more specifically, another

Having been spanked against Liverpool, and lost away to Stoke, Arsenal were finding themselves adrift in the title race before it even begun. Before yesterday’s game, we were already 7 points behind Manchester City.

A draw brings that in to 6, not a big difference, but that is just a couple of games. It also keeps us just 3 points behind Chelsea in 3rd, and a single point behind Liverpool and Spurs.

Defeat would have been a disaster. It would have meant 2 wins from the first 5 games. A draw is a brilliant result compared to recent games away to top sides in the Premier League.

And it was not just the result, but the performance. We put in a brilliant defensive display, restricting Chelsea to just 1 decent chance. Alvaro Morata was anonymous, and Chelsea showed how much they struggle without Eden Hazard on the field.

At the other end, we were a threat. We hit the post, carved out a handful of chances of our own, and had that goal disallowed. We proved that we can compete with the best teams in the league, even if on this occasion we did not beat them.

A lot will be made of our poor record, but in the last 4 games against Chelsea in all competitions, home and away, we have now W 3 D 1 L 1. Not a bad record!

It is another tough game with a line through it. We always lose to Liverpool, Stoke and Chelsea away, so getting a draw from those 3 games is better than we usually expect.

With home games against WBA and Brighton, and a trip to Watford, coming up, this draw sets us up nicely to start building an unbeaten run. 3 wins from those 3 games will take us to 5 unbeaten. We then visit a poor Everton side before hosting Swansea City.

The draw against Chelsea could be a catalyst which could lead us to winning all 5 of those upcoming games. It will mean we go into the game against Manchester City on an unbeaten 7 game run, and hopefully closer to them in the table than we are now. Hell, beat City and there is a good chance we will find ourselves above them.

The performance also showed no sign of fatigue after the Thursday late-late night game against Koln in the Europa League. That should give us confidence going into further Sunday games.

On the other side of the coin, Arsenal’s poor record away from home against big sides is well documented.

Yesterday’s draw just adds to this poor record.

It is another game Arsenal failed to win, another game Arsenal failed to score in. And it leaves us 6 points behind the Manchester clubs in the league table.

 

Since Roman Abramovich took over at Chelsea, Arsenal’s record at Stamford Bridge has been atrocious.

P 14 W 2 D 3 L 9 F 11 A 27

And 5 of those 11 goals we scored against Chelsea were in a single game.

Yesterday was yet another game without a victory at Stamford Bridge. And another day we failed to score against them.

Since we beat Chelsea 5-3 way back in 2011, Arsenal have scored just 2 goals in 6 games. Yesterday’s 0-0 is part of that run. History will show it is another game Arsenal failed to win, another game Arsenal failed to score.

Keenos

 

Who would Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain start central midfield for?

So Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has turned down a move to Chelsea.

According to the BBC;

Oxlade-Chamberlain believes the Blues planned to use him at wing-back, and his primary reason for wanting to leave Arsenal is to play in central midfield.

This backs up the thinking that I have had all along with Oxlade-Chamberlain, that he thinks he is a better player than he is. That he sees himself as an action man central midfielder at the highest level. He has delusions of grandeur.

He is not good enough to play central midfield for Arsenal, so what makes him think he can play their for Chelsea? In fact, going through the top sides, who would he play central midfield for?

Oxlade-Chamberlain is not a central midfield, so the reality is there are 3 positions he could play. Box to box, attacking midfield, or as a winger.

Would he get into any top sides playing this position?

Chelsea

Box to Box – Recently signed Tiémoué Bakayoko will partner N’Golo Kante in central midfield, with Cesc Fabregas backing them up.

Attacking Midfield / Winger – Eden Hazard, Pedro & Willian.

Chelsea might not have many options in their dangerously thin skin, but the options they do have are all better than Oxlade-Chamberlain. He would provide good cover for Bakayoko, Fabregas, Hazard, Pedro & Willian, but, like at Arsenal, he will find himself at right wing back, then back up for positions further forward.

Tottenham

Box to Box – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has a very similar style of play to Mousa Dembélé, but is not as good.

Attacking Midfield / Winger – Christian Erickson and Dele Alli are guaranteed starters. Son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko are options for the other wing if Spurs play 4 at the back. They are a similar level to Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Oxlade-Chamberlain might get a chance to play for Spurs if they play 4 at the back, but the favoured formation at the moment is 3 at the back. That leaves Oxlade-Chamberlain in the same position as at Arsenal, playing right wing back.

Manchester City

Box to Box – Central midfield options of Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, İlkay Gündoğan, Fabian Delph and the option of playing Kevin De Bruyne deeper.

Attacking Midfield / Winger – The aforementioned Kevin De Bruyne, plus David Silva, Bernard Silva, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus.

Manchester City have an abundance of options in midfield and attack. Oxlade-Chamberlain would not even get into their 2nd team

Liverpool

Box to Box – Georginio Wijnaldum is the type of player Oxlade-Chamberlain could become, but the Dutchman is better. Chuck in Emre Can and Oxlade-Chamberlain would be 3rd choice. They have also just spent a world record fee on Naby Keïta, due to join next season.

Attacking Midfield / Winger – Even without Coutinho, Liverpool had enough going forward to destroy Arsenal at the weekend. Mo Salah and Sadio Mane were electric on the wings. Add in Adam Lallana.


The side Oxlade-Chamberlain wants to play for. But do they even want him? They are also targeting Thomas Lemar. They have better options in their squad, and better options set to sign.

Keenos