Football reaches an all time low

22 Apr

Match day is almost upon us once more. Brentford visit MK Dons knowing that a point will be sufficient to confirm the home side’s relegation back to League One. Over in Italy meanwhile, AC Milan used last night’s Serie A game with Capri to come out with something so cringeworthy as to make #trophyfriends and #BigNewAmbitions seem tame in comparison.

First up, MK Dons. There was genuine sadness amongst many supporters when Charlton joined Bolton in being relegated to League One. The controversy going on at the club surrounding owner Roland Duchatelet and the set up at The Valley has blighted their campaign, culminating in that bizarre ‘telling off’ administered to fans back in mid March.

For all that people have moaned this season about some aspects of life at Griffin Park, our ‘problems’ are, on the surface, just a drop in the ocean compared to those of the Addicks. It’s always been a great club to go and visit (especially pre-match) and for that reason alone I’ll be sad to see them outside of our league next year. Here’s hoping they bounce back fast.

Yet, on the flip side, I can’t imagine there’ll be any tears shed amongst supporters if MK Dons join them. This most divisive of clubs have done nothing but upset football fans up and down the country since their relocation and rebranding of Wimbledon FC 11 years ago.

Closer to home, we’ve had our own runs in with the club. Manager Karl Robinson left “shaken” (not my words but those of the Daily Mirror – I know) after claiming to have had a pint glass thrown at him by Bees fans back in 2012.

Chief Executive Mark Devlin, of course, categorically denied the claims – if for no other reason than we all know it’s physically impossible to find a pint glass within 100 square metres of Griffin Park on Match Day. All we have are those flimsy plastic things to wash down the free chili.

Whilst charges were never pressed by the police, not unsurprisingly that memory still lingers amongst Brentford supporters. Ordinarily I’d say it would be wrong to take pleasure in another club’s misfortunes and I’m sure Dean Smith will only be interested in keeping our unbeaten run going as we close in on QPR.

But for the Bees fans, I’m sure that a win or draw this Saturday will be treated far more excitedly than the point(s) would, ordinarily, warrant. Here’s to the weekend – whether you follow on BeesPlayer or live at Stadium MK, I’m sure there’ll be plenty of Bees fans with their fingers crossed for the right result come 5pm.

MK League one

Could this happen on Saturday?

ok – Italy. We all know that football is becoming much more corporate these days and the fans so, so sterile. Whilst I’m not advocating a return to the dark days of hooliganism by any stretch, the library at Arsenal or tourist trap at Stamford Bridge show how our stadia are becoming soulless arenas of polite applause. Our game is littered with fans wearing half and half scarfs whilst sporting selfie sticks and listening to ‘goal music’.

Yet AC Milan have taken this to the next level of awfulness after performing a pre-match haka on the San Siro pitch before kick off for last night’s match against Capri.

This, bad enough. The haka, from a sporting perspective, belongs exclusively to New Zealand. And they’re welcome to it. What on earth has the haka got to do with football? Or Milan?

Promoting skin-care company Nivea is the answer. One part of the Milan haka involves them rejigging the traditional dance to mimic the application of face cream.

Sometimes words just aren’t enough. The shameless appropriation of another team’s culture and history is below.

Not that such an act has anything to do with Saturday.

Nick Bruzon

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8 Responses to “Football reaches an all time low”

  1. RebelBee April 22, 2016 at 8:37 am #

    Eff me that Haka effort is the poniest thing I’ve ever seen. Maybe the Mc Dongs should use it tomorrow, it’ll be right up their street. Here’s hoping that Charlton and Wall get back up soon, and that franchise stay out of our way for a long time to come. That said i’ll be there tomorrow, the bees have turned it round and deserve as much support at the remaining games as possible. Stadium Michael Kors tomorrow, then next stop Kingston upon Hull.

    • allwhitenow April 22, 2016 at 12:00 pm #

      Hold no fear MK Dons will be back and will ultimately be
      a far bigger club than Brentford.

      • nickbruzon April 22, 2016 at 7:10 pm #

        I’m sure they will

      • hobbo April 23, 2016 at 9:49 am #

        Winklemans MK Parasites.

    • Rob April 22, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

      Would be great to see a few All Blacks turn up and rugby tackle them to the ground…Then they’ll know what a contact sport is all about!

  2. Perttu Junnonaho April 22, 2016 at 12:16 pm #

    Why Brocchi put his players in practis field to work their dansing skils and not playing skils, would somebody explain this to me!

  3. Rob April 22, 2016 at 1:17 pm #

    Just a quick note to see if anyone has read / listened to the Beesotted podcast titled “What’s the process of signing a player……” For me it was a real eye opener, helped me understand with a lot more clarity why things happened the way they did this season, and how much of a financial tightrope we Bees have been walking. Not trying to ramp it in any way, just a valuable insight into what we are currently dealing with as a club with a small income trying to survive in the Championship.

    CoYBs!!!

    • hobbo April 22, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

      Rob, that was always going to be the case with our crowds and Ground, and its all thanks to one man that we can continue to compete in the championship.

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