Fan. Connoisseur. Disciple. These are the things I would consider myself to be before a football journalist. I wrote an article a month or so back where I called out the mainstream media on its inciting comments in the wake of an article which demonised those who called the sport soccer.
But if we were shown one thing in the last few days, it’s that ignorance is not always bliss, as in three cases over the last week.
The first involved Tom Elliot, a so called ‘afternoon expert’ on Melbourne radio station 3AW, who originally incited fans with this beauty:
The fact is, soccer is a dull, boring game. It is the only thing that explains why such bad behaviour doesn’t happen at AFL or NRL matches.
It’s just soccer, because it’s a dull game. That’s the explanation.
Like most football fans I sat there going “yeah, yeah” – we’ve seen it all before from the AFL boo boys. But then …