Saturday 22 October 2016

Why draw attention to yobs and their songs?

Published 04/04/2015 | 02:30

Question:How do you appeal to the conscience of someone harbouring a fetish for the very sound of you making that appeal?

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All of this public urging for England fans to desist from singing provocative songs at the summer friendly against Ireland in Dublin is surely destined to lead only to one thing ...the sound of "No Surrender to the IRA" rolling around Lansdowne Road on the evening of June 7.

I doubt Roy Hodgson (left) preaching against bad manners carries much traction for the few sociopaths no doubt already planning some "fun" that weekend.

An obvious fear is that the occasion degenerates into something akin to the abandoned '95 fixture.

To that end, the police presence is sure to be intensive and, presumably, intelligence on probable trouble-makers will - unlike 20 years ago - be shared between Gardai and their English counterparts.

But I imagine that the singing of inappropriate songs is well down the list of their real security concerns (have you been to a game in England lately?) given the very probability of it happening.

So, assuming that those inclined to do so have the IQ of tree trunks, why bother even drawing attention to them?

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