Another week has gone by, and there has been another sad example of football turning nasty in England.
In a week that saw Italian giants Parma go bankrupt, AC Milan fans boycott their own home match and Blackpool fans turning out to watch AFC Blackpool instead of their own side, there are weekly examples of football fans turning increasingly more frustrated with the beautiful game.
But the example that took the headlines this week were the fights that broke out during Blackpool’s 1-1 draw with Leeds at Bloomfield Road.
It is common knowledge that Blackpool are in a state of turmoil and their fans aren’t best pleased about it either. The draw leaves Blackpool rock-bottom of the table, 17 points adrift of safety with just seven games left, with League One football beckoning for Lee Clark’s men.
They need five more points to avoid finishing the season with the lowest ever tally in a 46-game second-tier season.
The draw leaves Blackpool rock-bottom of the table, 17 points adrift of safety with just seven games left, with League One football beckoning for Lee Clark’s men. They need five more points to avoid finishing the season with the lowest ever tally in a 46-game season.
But what completely overshadowed the game were the ugly scenes that occurred in the Blackpool home end.
It was reported that a number of Leeds fans ended up in the home end after they sold their initial away allocation entirely. It is against footballing rules to allow away supporters to sit in the home end but reports emerged suggesting the trouble arose because of Leeds fans who sat in the Blackpool end.
I understand football politics are important, and that the Tangerine Knights – the group boycotting the games in an attempt to oust Karl Oysten – just want the best for their club. But there is no room for violence in the stands.
The UK once had a reputation for football hooligans, and if you ask many football fans, there are still some teams that still carry the same feared status. But there is no room for it in our beautiful game.
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