Sky Sports are offering an interesting new service for the English games … they are going to add fake crowd sounds courtesy of FIFA 2020.
I like the idea. It seems a bit OTT in some ways, as the games will still be played in front of empty stands, but I do approve.
Over the weekend, I am going to do a piece on Sevco and sectarianism.
It needs to be written in light of what happened last weekend and into this week with the Black Lives Matter issue haunting them all the way through it. That club has real, and serious, issues and not all of them are confined merely to what happens in the stands.
But enough of it is to be found there.
Theirs is a support that, if you read their forums, you can see is becoming ever more politicised and right-wing.
It is becoming ever more hateful and paranoid.
They see enemies now all around them, even within their own walls.
That’s why the Sky Sports policy is of such interest to me; maybe now, with this being possible, we will no longer have to listen to the sounds of vile and hateful singing coming out of Sevco stands even at the point where they are, again, filled with supporters.
Because if Sky Sports can put fake sounds on the air, they can certainly keep repellent and sectarian singing off of it. They can keep songs about paedophilia and those chants about which of the Lisbon Lions won’t see ten in a row off of it.
I sometimes think I should have no problem hearing Sevconian bigotry over my TV speakers; I understand that all it does is shame their club.
But you can only hear so much chanting about how they want to be up to their knees in your blood before it becomes tiresome and then grossly offensive.
I would rather not have to put up with it.
This kind of thing makes me think we’ll no longer have to.
That would be very nice.
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