Rio Ferdinand controversy continued

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Football
October 8th, 2003 • 9:52 pm

The English football world is in crisis following the strike threat by England players if Rio Ferdinand is not reinstated.

I am afraid that, no matter how well-intentioned the England players are, they are wrong. Guardian reader Tom Brady puts it best:

I used to love athletics. For me the Olympics were better than the world cup in football. Not any more. Why? Drugs use. I used to love the Tour de France. I don’t watch it now. Why not? Drug use.

You can’t just avoid a test and say you’re moving house. Ferdinand had to be dropped. Forgetting is not an excuse. I’m a teacher. At exam time you sometimes get kids who sleep in or mistake the time of an exam, asking if they can do it another day. Of course they can’t. There are consequences to our actions or inactions – something that these squealing players are refusing to accept. If the FA back down then football to me will become like athletics and cycling.

Quite right.

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