The ability of football’s authorities to make your jaw hit the floor never ceases to amaze.
First comes the tale of the enforced relegation of Donaster Belles, the iconic and groundbreaking women’s football team, and the subsequent crackdown on legitimate protest about it by the Football Association. It’s worth reading both posts from the Popular Stand website. And when you have, I hope you’ll sign the petition.
I also picked up on some controversy on Merseyside, rooted in Everton fans’ protests about their new club badge. It seems that Everton FC Director of Communications Paul Tyrell, while working in a previous job as Head of Press at Liverpool FC, put together a rather extraordinary document outlining the actions of a “small, highly-motivated group of agitators” opposed to the Hicks and Gillett regime and likening them to a “sporting version of the Khmer Rouge”. Some Evertonians suspect a similar dossier is being prepared by Tyrell for the Blues’ hierarchy.
It doesn’t take a great leap of the imagination to draw the conclusion that this view of fans who don’t toe the official line may not be confined to Merseyside. The collective noun in the headline may yet make the dictionary.