Sunday the 14th of October. Another day, another plot
to blow us up, at least that's what the News of the World tells
us. For whatever reason or whatever distorted and malignant political
agenda, Al Qaeda would like to kill thousands of people living in
the UK and (according to the News of the World) one of their targets
will be a premiership football club.
They don't mention the origins of this source, or how reliable
this source may be, they just imply the malignant intentions of
the source. No doubt numerous social commentators with a penchant
for subversive rhetoric will view this as a sign of an era of
fear and will tell us that this fear is created by the very systems
which exist to oppress us [.] meaning that regardless of the actual
threat of terror, fearing the worse, we will consequently submit
to the power of those who say they can protect us from this plastic
threat. But what if this threat is real? What if some dickhead
hates England so much that he is willing to kill thousands of
people at a football ground [.] and what if his target is an English
premiership football ground?
You see, that's what we, the public, the supporters, have no
real way of determining. It's all good spouting anti authoritarian
rants about fear and submission. But what if there is a real threat
to the people who attend the grounds of premiership football?
Does it not therefore make sense to prevent the terror by eradicating
the risk, the possibility? Maybe, maybe not. But one thing is
certain, no matter what the decision, it will be us, the public,
the supporters, who will suffer.
If you own a football stadium, a club or you are a well paid
staff member on the English football association; or are somehow
involved in the safety of a club then you will feel that the slightest
possibility of terror needs to be eradicated before it becomes
more than a possibility, before it becomes real. So, imagine the
pressure of knowing that the safety of thousands of football supporters
relies on your ability to protect them from this possible threat.
You could be forgiven in your desire to implement numerous draconian
measures to eradicate the possibility of threat.
This is already the mantra of the football association in their
quest to reduce violence and hooliganism from football. In order
to prevent hooliganism the threat of hooliganism is eradicated.
What then occurs is a systematic cleansing of all things associated
with the prejudice which drives this desire to eradicate violence.
Thus, the likelihood of violence is reduced. Now, if you don't
look like you might contribute to hooliganism then you are ok.
However, if, by definition of another mans prejudice, you look
like a threat (regardless of the actual threat you intend to cause)
you risk being treated as the criminal they don't want you too
be. In other words, if those with the power to eradicate violence
or their low paid minions define you as a c*@t, you will be treated
as, a c*@t. This is obviously open to the prejudice previously
mentioned. If the authority, or the minion dislike black people,
poor people, people who dress in a way they don't like; then they
have the power to 'eradicate' this element from football under
the veil of lies which associates them with threat and therefore
labels them criminal.
The risk of violence feared by the authority is then exchanged
with the fan for the risk of being seen as a risk, by the fan.
In other words, the fan has to change their behaviour. But, as
the behaviour is not the only issue but the possibility for the
behaviour to occur; the fan has to become what it is that the
authority or its minions do not discriminate against. This requires
a transformation of self; a submission of the self to the demands
of another, of the authority and its minions. In short, to act
like certain sections of the wealthy middle class, the business
elite, the dickheads who sit on the half way line at the new Wembley
with their corporate associates at every game regardless of who
plays, those without a real passion for the game, those without
a heart that demands they roar when the team they love score;
those who are not really supporters but are customers. Become
the type of man that the X Factor moguls want their crowds to
be. Become a commodity, become submissive; allow another man to
mould you into whatever it is he needs you to become in order
to drain you for every penny you have ever worked your last left
bollock off to earn (or for your giro, whatever.). Become something
you should not have to become; stop being a supporter and start
to become a customer [.] otherwise risk becoming part of the disaffected,
the banned, the unwanted; yesterday.
The terrorist is the new hooligan. Only he causes a much bigger
threat than the hooligan ever did.
If you thought that it was hard to get an atmosphere going at
the football after the crackdown of football hooliganism, just
wait until the match day experience is taken over by the prophylaxis
of terror. Everything that has just been mentioned previous, in
this article, may only have touched a nerve if you were the type
of person who is likely to be a victim of the prejudice of authority,
or if you have a subversive outlook, a dislike for the misuse
and abuse of authority or if you are just pissed off at being
treated as [or seeing others treated as] a commodity. But now
there is a new threat to our freedom to be football supporters,
and a new excuse for authority to dominate. Yesterdays scally,
discriminated against based on his appearance and the prejudice
of others, is tomorrow's everyman. No matter who you are, what
you look like, how much you earn, the social status that society
has ascribed to you or whatever [.] you will be treated as a potential
terrorist and your match day experience will become one which
is affected by rules, regulations and legislation which masquerade
These new rules, regulations and legislation will happen, no
doubt. But are these rules, regulations and legislation there
to protect you from a real threat, the threat of terror? Just
as with the previous ones which were apparently there to protect
you from hooliganism and violence. Or are they a smokescreen,
a veil, to cover something more sinister and more authoritarian;
the comodification of the football supporter, the comodification