Last night I caused a bit of a kerfuffle on twitter when I posted this .
No doubt in my mind that I want Spurs to beat Chelsea, and beat them well.
Apparently this is unacceptable to the “Local club for local people, proper Arsenal” crew, and was interpreted to mean that I want Spurs to win. Well I don’t want them to win, I don’t want them to win anything, but I do want Chelsea to win less. Much as it irks us, one of them will win the COC, I would prefer that not to be Chelsea.
People who know me ,know that a big part of why I love Arsenal with such passion is down the the ethos and playing style of the the club. Chelsea are the polar opposite of what I respect and love about Arsenal, So yes, I want them to win less than Spurs. And I make no apologies for this.
Of course I understand that for many people who are “local fans” they would want Spurs to lose less. This doesn’t rile me. Its their choice. The reality is though , that I am not a local fan. I have never even met a Spurs fan, so how am I expect to get it?
What does rile me is that these people want to set the parameters for my support. I have to feel like them otherwise I am not a real Arsenal fan. They, the “local club for local people ,proper Arsenal” fans decide what good support is. Is it a coincidence that the ones that resorted to abuse towards me ,are for the most, the same fans who abuse me for my support of Arsene. The same ones who tell me I’m not a real fan because I back him ?
These people are insistent that to be a proper fan you must see Spurs as the biggest rival. Because its a local thing? Right? Yet they seem unable to grasp that local fans do not make up the vast majority of the fan base.
I know hundreds of United fans and not one single Spurs fan, so who am I ‘liable to see as the biggest rival? Who would you think I would want to beat more? Go on , hazard a wild guess !
Did you guess United?
You were right then. But according to these narrow minded halfwits, that means I cant be a real Arsenal supporter.
What is more worrying than anything is that these people can’t grasp it. We all must feel like them to be “proper Arsenal”
Now, there are many non-local fans that see Spurs as our biggest rivals. They may be old enough to remember when Spurs were actually rivals at all in football terms, or they may have simply bought into the traditional rivalry. That’s understandable to me. I get it. But seriously,does that make them better fans? Well it seems they think it does.
Are people from all over the globe expected to see Spurs are the biggest rivals? That’s Spurs, a mid table team that never finishes above Arsenal? Really? Why? Well I will tell you why, its because the “local club for local fan, proper Arsenal” feel they have the right to dictate how other should feel about their club. Because its their club, not our club, its theirs.
Ok I then tweeted these
Here is another bombshell. I dont hate the fans of any club. They are just doing what we do following the club of their choice >
>I dont really see the difference from hating a set of supporters to hating an ethnic group or people from another country.
More howls from the mentally challenged.
Again I make no apologies for this, hating people because they support another football team is tribalism.
Justifying hatred by calling it “football rivalry” is about as lame as it gets in my opinion.
Some people actually told me that I didn’t understand because I have never had a fight with a Spurs fan. They were scum.
What? Are they sub-human?
The notion that its ok to hate people because they are doing exactly what we are doing, supporting the club of their choice is a a notion that has led to all sorts of barbarity in the past.
The very idea that hatred for someone else makes you a better fan is so off its not true.
If you feel the necessity to hate in order to love, you really need to reevaluate your life and your support.
Perhaps start by moving into the 21st century?
Finally I tweeted
I am getting hate because I don’t hate random people I’ve never met, from random people I’ve never met. Seems reasonable.
Think about that for a moment. I think it tells me exactly the type of person we are dealing with here.