The Ship Be Sinking

Mouth Almighty

Craig Bellamy

A quick note on his getting off without FA sanction for fighting with a fan-

I haven’t seen the whole incident, but from everything I’ve read this is a 100% correct decision. The nature of professional spectator athletics ensures that there’s going to be both crazy people and high feelings at sporting events; in the wake of the Monica Seles incident, those dipshits who attacked a Royals coach here in the states, etc. I don’t believe there’s any way you can argue that the moral imperative is on the professional athlete trying to do his or her job to try to discern or guess what the intentions are of a fan who has already committed one crime- trespassing- simply by virtue of being on the filed of play to begin with. If anything this is an even more meaningful concern in football, which produces fan emotions deeper and more uncontrolled and more likely to erupt in violence of one kind or another than any other sport worldwide. No other sport has the history of hooligan issues; no other sport has the present reality of coins and other objects hurled at players with regularity, a disgusting practice which happened in the Manchester Derby as well. So far as I’m concerned I believe a player has the right to assume violent intentions of any pitch invader and the right to defend themselves by any and all reasonable force until such time as stewards and police have the moron handcuffed. If Bellamy punched the fan, well, give him one more for me Craig.

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September 23, 2009 - Posted by | Other Soccer |

1 Comment »

  1. A million times agreed. I don’t care if it’s the athlete’s biggest fan or worst enemy, a player shouldn’t have to make that call on any field. (On that note, I want to see “Big Fan” because it deals with this very subject.)

    I don’t know if you’ve seen this, but enjoy this little tidbit about the younger gent who beat on that coach a few years back: Ligue proud of beating up coach

    Comment by TK | September 25, 2009 | Reply


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