Will football chants turn politically correct?
9:00am Monday 21st October 2013 in Sport
IF this week’s events have taught us anything, it is that stand up comedy and England dressing rooms don’t mix.
Poor old Roy Hodgson found out to his cost that language that you have to watch your tongue in these sensitive times. And while I’m sure he was never going to win a Perrier award with his half-time offering against Poland, he might want to consider getting in a team of writers by the time the World Cup comes around in Brazil.
The joke that caused all the controversy is shrouded in mystery. All we know is that it involved an astronaut and a monkey. And it was the second word on that list that has sparked a wave of outrage, an FA investigation and taken the sheen of what should have been a celebratory week in the England camp.
All and sundry have come out in support of Hodgson, and rightly so as there was clearly no malice meant with the mention of said primate.
Everyone wants an environment free from discrimination but surely such over-sensitivity just damages the excellent work that is being done to make the beautiful game more inclusive?
Or is football the problem? Have we moved enough with the times?
Perhaps we should go the whole hog – if that is not offensive to pigs – start on the terraces and remove all trace of crude humour from the chants that pour down on to the pitch?
Will it be long before we hear this kind of thing?
“I wanna go home, I wanna go home, your facilities and the town in which they are based are not to my personal preference and need regeneration, I wanna go home.”
“Your footballing ability is not good enough and you are aware of this fact.”
“We have noticed there are not many travelling supporters and would like to know what kind of vehicle you arrived in?
“We are all in agreement that the only other football team we dislike is Manchester United.”
“You will be given a P45 and wished well in your future endeavours tomorrow morning...”
“We are winning away from home – which raises a question about the standard of your football team.
“Where were you when your team was not doing quite as well as it is now?”