Cru­elty to ve­gans

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Soccer -

It was back in May that there was an ex­cep­tional ex­change be­tween Alan Brazil and Ally McCoist on talkSPORT about Héc­tor Bellerín’s dodgy per­for­mance for Arse­nal against Atlético Madrid in the Europa League, Brazil putting it down to the fact that, well, the de­fender had be­come a ve­gan.

“As some per­son here put it a few weeks ago,” he said, “‘ve­gans, they don’t say: ‘Hi, how’re you do­ing Ally?’ They say: ‘Hi, I’m a ve­gan and my name’s Peter’. They get it in first.”

To which the en­tire lis­ten­er­ship said: “What?”

Per­haps in­spired by Brazil’s take on ve­g­an­ism, an Arse­nal fan con­tacted BBC Ra­dio 5 Live last week to share his view on the mat­ter.

Gooner: “Since he’s be­come a ve­gan he can’t de­fend. I’m not even jok­ing. He needs to tackle a good steak.”

Chris Sut­ton: “So if he’s ve­gan he can’t de­fend?”

Gooner: “[Yes] if he’s not eat­ing any­thing he’s run­ning around eat­ing fresh air.”

You just wish the next caller opened with, ‘Hi, I’m a ve­gan and my name’s Héc­tor – and you’re all fruit­loops’.

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