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Isolated Incident

July 21, 2008

There has been quite a bit of overreaction to last night’s fan extracurriculars, but the Dispatch story was fairly even handed. Now comes a report from the Sporting Life with comment from West Ham:

While we take such matters seriously and utterly condemn the actions of those involved, we must not let this mar what has been a positive trip so far and the excellent way we and our supporters have been treated in Columbus.

I strenuously object to the calls that Columbus is the home of hooliganism in America. Yes, American soccer and Columbus suffered a black eye yesterday and give ammunition to people who hate soccer, but I must defend a large core of the Nordeke. While I do not stand with the supporters, these people are passionate about soccer and friendly to Crew and opposing supporters alike. The Hudson Street Hooligans invite anyone to share a beer with them at Ruby Tuesday. Hard Hat Mike goes out of his way to welcome new Crew supporters and the opposing team fans to the stadium, by way of the Crew Union tailgate. While the refrains of these being isolated incidents may ring hollow to some, after meeting these people I would have to say most of these incidents are just that.

The supporter culture in Columbus is having some growing pains, but I have every expectation that the supporter can sort this out. I would love to see better communication and cooperative security so that the supporters, the soccer curious, visiting fans, and the average fan like myself can get along. It is very sad to see this a mere four days after the best atmosphere I have seen in Crew stadium in years. The casual fan, the long suffering season ticket holder, and the supporters all came together to showcase the Columbus Crew on national television on Thursday, but sadly that was wiped away by a few stupid hooligan impostors on Sunday. Don’t lump everybody in with a few drunken morons intent on trying to spoil a good thing.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Biff Scooter permalink
    July 21, 2008 11:53 pm

    To showcase the Columbus Crew on nat’l TV? It was on nat’l TV? I wouldn’t know,. Never even registered in my consciousness. This was not Pele’s Cosmos vs. Rodney Marsh’s Rowdies.

    Wow, who knew? Next time, the MLS might want to advertise this game a few weeks beforehand on programs I might watch as only way I ever watch MLS is if I’m flipping and thescore pops up better than boring 0-0 or 1-0.

  2. July 22, 2008 6:06 am

    Biff,

    Sorry to mislead, Columbus was the ESPN Thursday game of the week. That Kansas City game was the best atmosphere I had seen in a while. I have clarified the sentence.

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