Last night was ugly. And I’m not talking about the performance on the field.
Certain things happened last night, and I cannot stay silent about certain behaviors from the stands any longer.
You do not throw solid objects onto the field.
It is one thing to throw streamers (at appropriate times; I’ll get to that) or confetti. But there are certain things you do not throw. Like trash. Or beer bottles or cans. Or the latest team giveaway of the day. And certainly not smoke bombs.
(Those weren’t thrown this time, but have in the past, so might as well throw it in.)
In this one, there is a small measure of culpability to the team. Having small soccer ball toys as a giveaway was not the smartest idea. I don’t know which of our sponsors handed those out, but please make sure they don’t in the future.
Still, even in anger, these should never find their way to the pitch. It is inappropriate, and will only distract play.
As for streamers: They’re great for celebrations, but they can also be distractions. It’s particularly stupid when you are throwing them at the goal when we’re the ones defending it. Moderation is key in this case.
And there is such a thing as inappropriate language.
I have no problems including cursing in the supporters’ section, and even general insults at the opposing teams and players. But we need to stop targeting players with profanity. And slurs at players’ families in any manner should never ever be tolerated.
I have never been in favor of “You Suck Asshole”, or YSA. It’s unoriginal, utterly cliché, and only attracts negative publicity. We’re trying to get public funding for a new stadium. This is not the way to go about doing that. Is it so hard to replace the A with something more cleverly targeted?
We are on the edge of the big time here. We need to be respectful. It’s time to get serious about conducting ourselves properly.
If you have issue with what I’m saying, all I can tell you is that a good, long look in the mirror may be necessary.