DON’T LET TOOL RUIN IT

Midweek Sport - - BOG BREAK -

HERE’S hop­ing the ac­tions of Leeds “fan” Aaron Caw­ley don’t have reper­cus­sions for the 99 per cent of us who go to footie games and DON’T act like a cock.

The tool has ended up in jail for four months for run­ning on the pitch and smack­ing Chris Kirk­land in Leeds’ match at Sh­effield Wed­nes­day. The last thing we need now is an over­re­ac­tion to that huge dis­play of bel­len­dery.

Play­ers get­ting at­tacked at the match is hardly par for the course. Nei­ther is trou­ble of any kind at football.

The most re­cent Home Of­fice fig­ures for football-re­lated dis­or­der for the 2010-11 sea­son re­ported 3,089 ar­rests out of an es­ti­mated to­tal at­ten­dance of 37 MIL­LION. That’s 0.01 per cent – or, in lay­man’s terms, f*** all.

Yet fans are of­ten rou­tinely treated like scum. Name an­other time in so­ci­ety when you’re filmed by po­lice for walk­ing along the road or sit­ting in a seat. You can’t? Ex­actly.

Show me an­other sit­u­a­tion where you can be nicked for sip­ping an al­co­holic bevvy “in sight of the pitch”.

You can drink at rugby matches, you can drink at pop con­certs – yet if you’re watch­ing footie you’re not to be trusted with a pint.

Cop­pers are al­ready said to be trig­ger-happy with Football Ban­ning Or­ders. The last thing we need is more pow­ers to al­low po­lice to dis­crim­i­nate against football fans. There’s enough of that go­ing on al­ready.

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