I think as football fans we can all relate to the feeling of going to a game. Whether your a season ticket holder, or your someone who’s attendance is the result of a special occasion such as a birthday or Christmas/Eid gift, the excitement is the same.
For most people that excitement is contained within themselves and they enjoy/endure the game (depending on the events of the game).
However we have to remember that we have a responsibility as fans to behave in a respectful and dignified manner. We should remember what we have the right to do and what we don’t have the right to do.
We have the right to cheer or jeer. We have the right to chant for our favourite player or managers. We have the right to be elated or deflated. Football can do so much to you in 90 minutes.
However there are certain things we need to remember that we don’t have the right to do under any circumstances.
1. Invading the pitch.
We must remember we are a paying customer and respect that. Whenever I see pitch invasions, I always fear for the safety of all involved. The incident at forest was shameful and disgraceful but was as the result of mob mentality. People have said it’s the minority, but thats not true. If you have invaded the pitch you have contributed to the anarchy that led to the incidents.
2. Discriminatory behaviour.
It’s important for us as a socially to move forwards. Chanting about the colour of someone’s skin or of a homophobic nature is not ok. I must say West Brom have always been great ambassadors for diversity in the game
3. Screaming abuse at officials
People from behind the goal screaming at the linesman for an offside decision has always struck me as odd. You can’t see the angle he can. He’s impartial and although they make mistakes, they deserve to be treated respectfully.
Players and manager exasperate the issue by blaming them for their teams shortcomings. That red card in the 94th minute did not result in your 6-0 home loss to Salford.
4. Aggressive behaviour.
Fans being aggressive towards one and other. When we strip it back, people are fighting because another person has a different colour t shirt on. Think about that. The other people happen to be from a different part of the country and like orange.
My best man was a wolves fan, we have the usual football banter but that’s where it ends.
5. Causing damage.
This follows on from the previous point. Fans ripping seats off or breaking doors and toilets in the ground. Why? For what purpose?
Football is an emotional game, but we have to remember we are customers. You wouldn’t scream abuse and invade the stage at les miserable (other plays are available).
We have a responsibility to be role models for children attending the game, so that we can eradicate the awful behaviour into future generations.
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