This probably won’t come as much of a surprise, but the Ibrox forums are losing their minds tonight over Brendan Rodgers’ decision to steer a young fan out of the hands of the stewards and to point him towards his friends in the stands.
Rodgers defended his action at the end of the game, but he didn’t really have to. I
’m not a fan of fans invading the pitch, and think that it ought to be harshly punished but this was a kid after all, this was a young fan who got over-excited and wanted to congratulate the players.
This was not some pissed up ned wanting to fight with the referee.
But to read the Ibrox fan forums and their nutty reaction to this, you’d think he’d charged the field wielding a weapon and asked to square-go the Drug Dealer In Chief in the opposing dugout. Their reaction is hysterical. Some of them want Rodgers sanctioned. Others actually want him charged with assault for “man-handling” the steward.
You can tell that some of them have studied the footage as if it were the Zapruder Film, can’t you? Their behaviour is absolutely pathetic at times.
They claim he’s “bringing the game into disrepute.” How exactly? By masterminding a win with ten men, after masterminding one at their ground with a makeshift team? Theirs is the support that belts out sectarian and anti-Irish bile every single week. They have some balls to be slagging anyone else for their behaviour and demanding that people clamp down.
If we had strict liability in this country, they’d have more to worry about than we do.
As it is, this is Rodgers doing a good thing. Of course, they’ve twisted that as well, painting it as a gesture to “get him back on the good side” of fans; maybe they’ve failed to notice that the vast, vast majority of us are fully behind him. Or do salient details like that not bother them?
And of course, there are the obvious references to child abuse … these are the sickest people on the planet. They cannot help themselves. The section of their support which is madly fixated on this subject really ought to be drummed out of the game. Their weaponization of this issue is absolutely abhorrent. That it is used to fuel their hate is despicable.
I love the way that Rodgers is under their skin already. Of course, going to Ibrox and getting a big, big win against them will do that every time. He was brilliant today, and this gesture deserves to make positive headlines all around football … that they are stamping their feet and venting their rage over it is actually hilarious to me.