Thursday, January 17, 2008

Just Shut Up

The news that the FA has chosen to forego a minute’s silence at the England V Switzerland game because it doesn’t trust the fans to respect the silence is one of the most depressing things I have read. Sadly they are right. The comments on this blog post on the Guardian make for bizarre and ultimately downright sad reading.

If Sir Alex Ferguson and a football club annoys you to the point you want to boo / whistle / talk during a minute's silence for young men who died in the primes of their lives, leaving wives, girlfriends, children, family, friends devastated then you really, and I mean, really, need to sort out your priorities.

We respect those men who died in WWI and WWII without caring which part of the country they came from, or what team they support, but if someone happened to play for a certain team that 'we don't like' it's somehow okay to ruin a memorial to them because they 'annoy us'.

People who actually feel like this, quite vehemently, and even worse seem to feel they are actually justified in this behaviour really need to get more going on in their lives and appreciate that they are alive and well and didn't die in a plane crash aged 22 with their whole lives ahead of them, leaving a grieving family behind.

It makes you wonder why we bother calling ourselves civilised.

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