The Football League Paper - - BIG INTERVIEW -

I WATCHED TV in the gym on Fri­day night and saw Frank Skin­ner present Room 101; the show where you dump your pet hates. It got me think­ing about my en­tries to Room 101 from the world of foot­ball: 1. Ar­ro­gant Ref­er­ees From the minute you walk into a ref’s room on a Satur­day, you pretty much know whether a ref is there to give the play­ers and the crowd a great game of foot­ball, or whether he is there to mas­sage his own ego.

The best just give the game back to the cap­tains, deal with the man­agers with­out is­sue, and set the scene for a crack­ing show. The worst an­nounce them­selves very dif­fer­ently.You can smell their ego a mile off and the game rarely looks any dif­fer­ent. They like to make con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sions, they like to blow the whis­tle, they like to be seen. 2. Clubs that cor­ner away fans One of the worst sites for me is a half empty League One ground, with away fans stuffed up in one cor­ner of the worst stand in the ground with a poor view.

Yes we all want to gain ad­van­tages. But come on! Peo­ple pay good money to travel and sup­port their teams. Let’s show them some de­cency and re­spect their ef­forts. Let’s give peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy the game. 3. Petu­lance Noth­ing an­noys me more than a player who kicks a ball away or be­haves in any other petu­lant way. I would love to see those play­ers sent straight from the pitch rather than sim­ply yel­low carded. Kids are watch­ing and learn­ing from role mod­els; petu­lance is the last thing that should be get­ting put on dis­play.

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