Sticks and Stones, Mr Savage

Robbie Savage. Girly Hair.
Robbie Savage. Don't say anything about his mum.

Eternally annoying footballer Robbie Savage was on the radio at lunch, complaining about the abuse which gets hurled at him from the stands during every game. Aside from deserving it, this unsurprising, pointless insight into the world of Mr Savage also drew a somewhat sensible counter argument from a listener: “40K per week? You can call me what you want.”

I couldn’t agree more. The old playground adage: ‘sticks and stones will break my bones…’, whilst firmly suited to the child-like Savage, really should have been considered before Radio 1 decided to give this story a significant amount of Newsbeat air time.

Who really cares what certain fans decide to shout at Beckham et al regarding their siblings or suggested penchant for action on the other side of the sexual fence? I certainly don’t. It certainly doesn’t detract from the beautiful game; most players appear to just get on with the job in hand.

The story was centred around the idea that, one day, a fan may well go a step too far and do some physical damage to a player.

Fair enough. No one wants that (unless it’s Gary Neville), but is that really a possibility? I think not. In this age of over-nannying there is very little chance of a tattooed, topless oik making it onto the pitch and successfully landing a punch square in Ryan Giggs’ face.

Would make for a superb Match Of The Day, mind…

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