Gordon Strachan: “Anyone Threw A Dart And It Caught In His Head”
Is the problem of hooliganism rising in soccer?
Violence has lengthy been related to soccer in Britain and not too long ago reared its ugly head as soon as extra when a Birmingham Metropolis supporter managed to invade the pitch and assault Jack Grealish two weeks in the past.
Neil Lennon is one other instance of an expert who has been attacked. Whereas supervisor of Celtic he was attacked by a supporter on the sideline throughout a sport towards Hearts in Tynecastle, then a number of years later was struck by a coin thrown from the stands on the similar venue when he was managing Hibs.
In accordance with Scotland legend, Gordon Strachan the issue has existed for years and Strachan was capable of recount a number of tales from his youthful years when the violence at soccer matches received properly and actually out of hand.
“I received attacked on the pitch and received smacked on the facet of the top, any individual punched me within the face. So, it’s occurred earlier than and in case you bear in mind, the Celtic & Rangers followers standing throwing bottles at one another in the midst of the pitch within the 70s,” Strachan advised Match of Day
“I at all times bear in mind being at a Hibs sport, I used to be standing beside my mate and any individual threw a dart and it caught in his head.”
“I believe I discussed that final week once I was doing one thing at Tynecastle, folks behind the dugout had been threatening my spouse, abuse my mom, my sister and all that and I’m pondering the coach might be going to demand to open the dugout and say ‘look are you going to do something about it, simply watch the sport’. Now, may have rooted this out 10/15/20 years in the past at Tynecastle, however we didn’t and guess what occurred a pair years later, any individual runs on a smacks Neil Lennon within the face.”
Strachan believes the trendy sport it has moved past merely a ‘hooligan tradition’ right into a ‘yob tradition’ and the one strategy to cease it’s to call and disgrace those that really feel the necessity to abuse gamers and managers.
“To be truthful, let’s get it proper, it’s not like for the final 40, 50, 60 years we’ve been residing in Disneyland. What we now have in Britain now’s a yob tradition, they’ll shout and scream abuse at anyone. However the incidents on the pitch now, I believe they’ve received one other drawback.” Strachan stated
“Not solely have they got an alcohol drawback however they and I do know this for a reality, they’ve a drug drawback, individuals are taking medicine now once they go to video games, which, now I’ve by no means taken a drug in my life however I’m advised that may truly make you go a wee bit crazy. So, you’ve received these folks taking medicine in addition to alcohol now, so there’s a distinct drawback.
“The yob drawback and yob behaviour has been unfold by way of the stadiums. The variety of occasions you see in video games, folks taking nook kicks and there are 5 or 6 folks making disgusting indicators behind their backs, screaming and abusing gamers and we’ve allowed that to occur.”