Why doesn’t the game judge ?
This isnt an article I wanted to write but I should have known that I was going to need to write it someday. At some stage we as fans were probably going to have to face up to watching some unsavoury characters either on the field of play or being allowed to grace our own beautiful shirts but I really really didnt expect it to be Cristiano that might be in the dock .
Before going any further it is only fair to state that he has not been charged with any crimes at this point , and I will not be assuming his guilt only talking in general about the moral dilemma we as fans might be forced to face .
So Ronaldo has been accused of rape ,, a most heinous crime .
This to me anyway throws up a couple of questions,,
Wheres the line here ? Do we just support the player and ignore the person ? Or would one club do that and another club do different ?
As a club open to all that would include rehabilitated criminals right ? After all they have served their time . You see where I am going here , once you start judging the morals of those you are watching where do you stop ?
Any crime ? Squeaky clean only need apply ? Are divorces allowed ? Had an affair ?
Its a road we should not and hopefully will not be going down judging those the club pays or somehow holding them up to higher standards than we ought to .
There is a part of me that would like to think our players are good blokes in the main but the truth is I have no idea whatsoever .
Ronaldo was the obvious example as he’s the most high profile example but other examples of this are all around us and dont seem to get as much headlines surprise surprise . Why Lafferty was in the news just last week and tax dodgers are all over the media so why the sudden questions eh ?
The fella Evans who was actually convicted and served time for rape got a contract with another club after his release so they clearly looked at only the player not the person .
Duncan Disorderly , Ol Arry , Dave King , the list is long of those who have been involved in football yet have been anything but squeaky clean .
Our own Paolo supported , and still supports by all accounts , fascism and has been pictured giving the nazi salute yet we ignored that and supported the player.
Heck , the governing bodies were found to be corrupt yet the masses stayed , hooked .
The prime example outside of football is Mike Tyson who was actually convicted of the same crime as CR7 is accused of yet was welcomed back into the sport .
For a game that’s already eating itself would this be a step too far for many ? End of Ronaldo ?
No,,, fans and the sport in general will not blink an eye at watching Cristiano in the spotlight as often as possible whether he is a convicted criminal or not and that is the world we live in .
He would get a contract on release if ever jailed have no doubt , if he was to continue that is.
This world doesnt judge character and morals no more , it wants drama and page filling face’s for some reason , like my President or Connor Mc Gregor.
The nice normal guy is no longer celebrated and held up as an example . This social media / instant information world has created monsters of idiots with little scruples.
Amazon have been accused of dodging tax yet the world is addicted to them, another little example of blind eye-ism.
The World Series was fixed yet America’s favorite pastime still thrives.
The masses have accepted its a messed up world and are burying the head in sand .
Football fans will do , and have done , exactly the same .
In other news I am surprised no one has mentioned the news reports last week of a new push to start the Be – Ne – Lux league ( Belgium , Netherlands , Luxembourg ) .
Preliminary talks have taken place about a league merger , news which surely must interest any Celtic fan a little .
This report claims it is a step in reclaiming the game from the dominance of the big 5 leagues and even goes so far as to claim the Spl may well get involved in the new set up .
When one also takes into account another proposed merger this year , of the MLS and Mexicos Liga 1 , then perhaps we are starting to see some signs of life in revitalizing the world game and making it a more fair and equal partnership .
Lets hope so , it needs it .
Finally , I would like to think we are all in agreement in sending our condolences to those involved with Leicester City at this troubling time for them . Tragic news and lets hope the entire city can rebound .
May the souls of the departed Rest In Peace .
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