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Category: News

The Ched Evans Debate: My Thoughts

I’ll be honest when he was convicted I signed the petition that he should be banned from football. 2 and a half years on, I realise that would never happen and nor should it happen, if he’s served his time he should be allowed to continue his career in whatever field he works in. My opinion now however is that Sheffield United have an opportunity to send a profound message to the community of football here and I think it’s incredibly important that they make the right choice. Football fans are often a fickle bunch, if a guy scores 20 goals a season for your team, it wouldn’t matter if he’s a serial killer, that’s the reality, fans see footballers as being above human and therefore are ironically held to a lower standard than ordinary people because of their performances on the pitch. Luis Suarez was guilty of racist abuse, Liverpool fans backed him, it’s the way of football, the biggest crime a player can commit in the eyes of the fans is to leave. So to the board of Sheffield United I say this send the football community the message that you as a club believe rape is a serious crime, rape is wrong and violence against women is wrong and don’t take back Evans. I have no doubt another club would take him on but the spotlight would be gone by then, it’s Sheffield United’s reputation that’s on the line, if they take him back they will alienate 50% of potential fans, yes women watch football too. To the fans that would welcome him back with open arms I say this, a woman was raped, her life was ruined, she did not ask for it, the rapist was Ched Evans, imagine if that was your mother, daughter, wife or sister, would you still cheer him from the terraces.  I’ve heard people compare this story to Mike Tyson, who was convicted of rape in 1991 and served 4 years, they are not the same thing, boxers don’t work for anyone they are effectively self-employed, I suppose boxers could refuse to fight them but in the case of Tyson that would never of happened, and just like the football authorities would have no grounds to ban Evans from football, the boxing authorities would have no grounds to ban him from the sport. However had Tyson been employed by a sports club my message would’ve been the same, do the right thing, send a message to the rest of your sport. There are some things in life that are bigger than football, I think in a sport that has almost no morals or ethics, it’d be nice if a club stood up for an issue bigger than their end of season profits, but maybe I’m a fantasist.

Calling all South East Londoners!

To anyone that lives in South East London, you are probably all to aware of how our segment of the great city of London, is cut off from centre in terms of transport. Whereas the Tube services every other part of the city we have been stuck with National Rail running every 30,20 or 15 minutes leading to ridiculous overcrowding at rush hour and in the last 10 years we have been gifted with the DLR which while good for sightseeing is not an efficient mode of transport and the Overground which NEVER runs. Now if we were in the suburbs I’d expect to only have National Rail services it’s the price you pay for wanting to live the life of luxury but SE London is the inner city and it always has been the inner city so it was simply an unacceptable state of the affairs. Anyway I’ll get to the point TFL are proposing a Bakerloo Line extension from Elephant and Castle terminating at Lewisham, further on to Beckenham Junction or even Hayes, what I need you guys to do is fill out this questionaire so that they get loads of responses and don’t just brush this under the carpet. I suspect they’re only doing this as middle class professionals have been forced to move to the dreaded “south of the river” because of the soaring house prices but regardless of their reasoning we need to make sure it happens. SE London has been ignored for too damn long.

Here’s How I’ll Remember Joan Rivers

Apparently she was a trailblazer, good for her, apparently her jokes were controversial and not to everyone’s taste again fair enough. But the above video is not a comedy routine or a sketch it is her expressing her actual opinions on the Gaza conflict and frankly my only comment is that karma’s a bitch.

This is Malky Mackay.

He is a racist, sexist homophobe. Anyone that has seen the disgraceful, disgusting and actually quite disturbing texts he sent I’m sure would agree that it was not “banter” in any way, shape or form. I hope he never gets another job in football but unfortunately the game I love is fickle, ignorant and stuck in the dark ages so I suspect he’ll be at a club in a few months I’m sad to say.