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.