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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Suspect Role Models

In a moment of spectacular blindness that even Arsene Wenger would have been proud of, Sports Minister Richard Caborn has praised the Arsenal and Chelsea players for their restraint in Sunday's Carling Cup Final.

"I've said many times that what happens on the park on a Saturday happens in the playground on Monday," Caborn said. "Sunday showed the youngsters that it is possible to have a disagreement without resorting to physical violence. We hope they follow the Arsenal and Chelsea's players lead by arguing passively - without punches being thrown or anyone getting hurt, let alone seriously injured. At a time when the use of guns and knives is rife in Britain's school playgrounds, it was a great example to be followed."

I'm not sure whether Sports minister Richard Caborn watched the same game as me on Sunday, but 3 people got sent off and two more got booked in a mass brawl. Both clubs have now been charged by the FA with bringing the game into disrepute. Nice to see the politicians are still keeping in touch with what's going on in the world.

1 comment:

Shit Sandwich said...

As "brawls" go, it was a bit on the camp side; not a proper slug-fest like you get in rugby or ice-hockey. Footballers these days are more likely to go down than a White House intern, whether or not they've been touched by an opponent (eg Fabregas when he gets "hit" by Eboue). Richard Caborn is out of touch with the common man - everybody wants to see a PROPER fight.