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Send The Thugs To Jail
With the ugly face of hooliganism back in English football, Tony Cascarino reckons it's time to jail the offenders. He also takes time out to give Richard Dunne some some free advice and expresses his misgivings about Sven's managerial skills.
Tony Cascarino, 24 Feb 2005
Instead of Sheffield United holding Arsenal to a draw or Brentford coming back from 2-0 down at Southampton, it’s the morons who threw things and ran onto the pitch that made the sporting headlines at the weekend.
Needless to say, there’s been a knee-jerk call for the clubs in question to be docked points, but short of searching everybody and taking their money off them how could Everton have prevented Roy Carroll being hit by that coin? If they were negligent in not having enough stewards on duty, fair enough, fine them a hundred grand, but otherwise the penalty should be directed at the gutless coward who did the throwing.
Never mind community service or a suspended sentence, send him and the blokes at Celtic and Burnley to prison for 18 months so other people know what will happen to them if they do the same thing.
To be that angry and frustrated, they must have sexual problems. Perhaps they can’t pull, or aren’t getting any off the wife. Whatever it is, they should be publicly named and shamed and banned from every football ground in the country for life.
Everywhere they go they want to prove their manhood because they haven’t got one. It’s perhaps over-stating things to say that England’s become a scum nation, but you don’t get the same level of anti-social behaviour in Europe.
I was on a boat yesterday coming back from France and guess what nationality the 18 or 19-year-olds who got pissed out of their heads and took all their clothes off were? Who’s educated these people? If my kids behaved like that, I’d go absolutely crazy.
Returning to football, I thought the Ireland v Portugal friendly was the perfect preparation for the away trip to Israel, which we’re well capable of winning. It says it all about the respective levels of commitment in the camps that only two Irish lads pulled out injured as opposed to the six or seven Sven had missing.
Friendly or not, Brian Kerr wants to keep his winning streak going, which is why he put out his strongest possible team and had Damien Duff geed up enough to mix it with Cristiano Ronaldo.