There are a lot of things I hate about modern day football. Ticket prices, the lack of connection between clubs and fans, attention seekers who try to become YouTube / twitter celebrities, no beer at half time, LadBible fans, the PC brigade censoring our songs, no standing, no swearing. Basically no fun.
And it has become worse over recent weeks. Pundits and other fans have attempted to suck the last bit of fun out of being a football supporter.
We are no longer allowed to take the micky out of other sides when they lose.
Firstly we had last weekend. Spurs lost 5-1. To a team who were down to 10 men. Who were already relegated. And it resulted in Arsenal finishing above Spurs for the 21st season in a row. And how we laughed. How we celebrated. And how we laughed even more.
But then the fun police appeared.
Robbie Savage on 606;
“They left Highbury all those years ago to compete with the best in Europe,” he told 606. “[Instead] they’ve scraped past Tottenham, are ten points behind Leicester City, and they’re celebrating. It’s ridiculous.”
So according to Robbie Savage, we can not celebrate finishing above our local rivals, on the last day of the season, in sensational style. Don’t have fun.
Ian Wright also got in on the act;
“Those Arsenal fans should be thinking about what could have been, not what is.”
Taking into account the passion he showed in an Arsenal shirt, and the hatred he often showed for the likes of Spurs, Man U and The FA, I was surprised by his comment.
You would think Wrighty would understand the passion of the fan. But no, he missed the point. Arsenal were not celebrating finishing 2nd. We know it was a missed opportunity. We were laughing at Spurs, and celebrating at finishing above them. Again. The wheels coming off. Again.
We have previously seen it with the likes of Roy Keane, Jamie Carragher and others. Trying to dictate from a TV studio how fans should celebrate. How they should release their passion. How they should have fun.
According to these, you should only celebrate your own team doing well, and the only thing Arsenal can do well is win the league. Nothing else should be enjoyed.
On Sunday, we should have all gone home. Turned off the radio and TV, sat in a dark room and cried. We should not have been out having a drink up in the sun with our pals. Laughing at Tottenham. Singing It’s happened again. No having fun.
And then last night, how we all laughed at Liverpool.
1-0 up at half time and cruising. To then see 11 men go missing in the second half and Sevilla run riot in a 3-1 victory.
Most people had a laugh. Mocked the Scouser’s. Took pleasure in their defeat.
But then the fun police reappeared.
Should Arsenal fan’s be laughing won they won F*** All?
Klopp has done more this season than Wenger in 7 years, why are you mocking him?
There were plenty of similar things said last night on Twitter.
Apparently, we should not mock Liverpool for losing a cup final despite being ahead because we did not make one.
It seems the footballing world has gone mad. We as fans are no longer allowed to have fun at other clubs expense.
I take tremendous joy in seeing kids in Tottenham shirts crying on the TV. I love seeing grown men crying on the terraces. I laugh watching vines of bingo winged women celebrating a non-existent goal at Newcastle.
Football is joyful. It is a release. Look at Birmingham City fans. Despite being in the Championship, finishing 10th, they loved Aston Villa getting relegated.
Please, pundits and fellow fans, stop trying to take the fun out of football. Stop trying to dictate how and when fans should celebrate.
If Crystal Palace win on Saturday. I will laugh. It does not matter that Arsenal did not make the final.