by : Sean OMeara
If the FA had anything about them at all, which is a separate debate, they would slap a hefty ban on Bolton’s El-Hadji Diouf, for spitting in the face of Portsmouth’s Arjan de Zeeuw.
A man who deems it acceptable to spit in the face of an opponent, does not belong in this, or any sport. This behaviour is beyond deplorable.
This is the 21st century, and to witness this kind of act on television during a football match, is simply astonishing.
These players are role models to young people. They are paid incredibly large amounts of money for this privilege, and should suffer the consequences when they betray the trust we put in them to fulfil that most important of roles.
Fining players for these acts, that ‘bring the game into disrepute’, is quite frankly a joke, when the individuals concerned are making such phenomenal amounts of money.
It is bad enough that many of them promote the art of cheating, swearing, complaining and general bad sportsmanship, without our youngsters – and us – being subjected to their foul personal habits.
Spit at people on your own time, if you must - I wouldn’t recommend doing so to anyone in my local – but keep that kind of detestable behaviour off the pitch and out of the public domain.
To kick, hit, push or head butt - or nearly, in Lee Hendrie’s case - a player, has no place in the game and is rightly punishable. However, while they cannot in any way be condoned, these acts are normally the product of passion and anger. Quite where spitting at an opponent comes from, I do not know. To not possess the self control, to refrain from emptying the contents of your mouth into another’s face, is of serious concern. What next?
Eleven out of ten to the Portsmouth man, for the self control he displayed. How many of us would have criticised him, for any kind of retaliatory action in the face of such disgusting treatment? The immediate response, or lack of it, from de Zeeuw and the post match interview he gave, should be applauded.
He demonstrated exactly, the behaviour we should expect from these sportsmen.