THE WESTERN SYDNEY WHINGERS

The Wanderers Fan’s boycott isn’t far away. This is such a great boycott. The fans don’t go to the game and don’t get to watch their team play. The players lose their fans so there is no atmosphere in the stadium.

 

Yep- this sounds like a great idea from these so called passionate Western Sydney Wanderers fans.

 

I’ve been to sports events all over the world. I’ll be candid – I’ve had far too much to drink at many many events (when it’s less than 0 degrees, what are you meant to do? And when it’s 30 degrees you need to stay hydrated). My behaviour has bordered on what can only be described as baboon like. I’ve been a happy baboon, but I’ve woken up in the morning with a sore head and a lot of embarrassment.

 

What’s my point… I’ve never been kicked out of a sporting event. I’ve never been banned from a sporting event. It’s very very hard to get kicked out of a stadium. I’ve managed to get security guards to turn off an x-ray machine, so I could pose for a photo at the Athens Olympics and I didn’t get banned.

 

Let’s be honest, being inside an x-ray machine was one of the most ‘appropriate’ things I did at the Athens Olympics. Somehow I got on the track, under the track, went to every event for free and ate and drank for free…and I didn’t get banned. (Infact, I made money from this exercise, but you’ll be able to read about this in the upcoming book).

 

The 198 soccer fans who were named and shamed recently must have done something very bad. I’m sure they weren’t ‘bubbling’, but it had to be shocking to receive a ban.

 

It’s embarrassing for these people and I don’t think it was the correct thing to do, as people make mistakes and it doesn’t mean they need to be vilified for it. They’ve got a ban. They already know they’ve made a mistake. But, it also serves as a reminder to other fans. Enjoy yourself at sport but don’t be a twat!

 

I completely support David Gallop’s comments telling the fans to focus their energy on being fans. That’s what they are. They aren’t bigger than the game. If the fans don’t go to a game the games will still continue. There is something called broadcast deals and sponsorship deals, just to name two, which will ensure fans boycotting games won’t really affect anything.

 

The A-League is growing and getting stronger. Let’s hope the fans don’t ruin the game because they think they are more important than they are. The game needs fans. The fans need the game.

 

Here are my top tips for baboon fans :

  1. Don’t swear. There are kids around. One day these kids could be yours.
  2. Drink, but don’t spill your beer over people. It’s just a waste of good beer.
  3. If you’re going to streak, make sure you’ve at least been going to the gym beforehand. Don’t do it on a chilly night either as that will make it extra embarrassing.
  4. Don’t use a flair. When you leave the house and you check for your phone, keys and wallet, leave the flairs off this checklist. They stop you seeing the game and make it harder for the players.

 

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