Once again, Sepp Blatter has come out and criticised English football, or an incident in English football, and blown it out of all proportion.
This is a man who is still convinced that England have the worst hooligans, which is complete garbage as stamping it out is one thing in this country which has been hugely successful. To him, English football appears to be the root of all evil. He criticises everything he can about the game here, from team selection, to the players. And just in case you still think the world game is in good hands, let’s not forget his infamous idiocy about women footballers and skimpy outfits.
Now, he’s complaining about the ‘brawls’ in football, citing the Valencia-Inter match (fair enough), and….the Carling Cup final. Yes, the match which ended in handbags, no punches, excessive media coverage and general foolishness. Not an actual fight, just a traditional footballers’ ‘push around and fall over’ episode. The sort of thing we see after a bad challenge regularly (see the Man Utd-Boro match after Morrison’s ‘tackle’).
“Even rich countries they are not capable of providing safe and comfortable stadia and I see that violence is everywhere, including inside the stadia.
“When you see what happened recently in big stadia, in the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, when highly-paid players got involved in fights…”
Is he really suggesting that because England is a rich country (ignoring for the moment that the match was in Wales), the ground can be blamed for the shoving match? I’ve been to the Millenium Stadium, and it’s extremely comfortable and safe. What exactly is the man’s point?
The stadium had nothing to do with it. The wealth of the league had nothing to do with it. It was a bunch of highly charged sportmen being a bit stupid.
Mountains. Molehills. Yawn.