Thursday, January 28, 2010

Never Say Never In Life I Suppose

Is there a reason throwing a glass bottle at an opposing team's football player leads to an "indefinite" ban, and not a "lifetime" ban?

And take time to breathe in this "Only in England" quote from Assistant Chief Constable Ian Hopkins: "The low number of arrests (eleven!) on the night is testament to the excellent work of all those involved. The vast majority of fans behaved very well and I would like to thank them for listening to the messages we have been giving, to help make the evening pass off peacefully."

3 comments:

notoeverything said...

I'm confused. Are you saying that 0.0146% of people being arrested in a highly charged, extremely emotional, confrontational atmosphere is a bad thing and the police should be condemning the awful behavior?
Obviously there was the bottle and coin throwing incident but I don't think that isolated problems like that should lead to the police pissing off a huge number of Manchester citizens.

Richard Whittall said...

Why no life time ban is what I mean, and my comment wasn't directed at Manchester United alone, it was directed at the quaint English absurdity of eleven arrests at a top flight football match indicating everything was "fine."

notoeverything said...

I didn't take it to be directed a Manchester United, I just don't see how eleven arrests in a crowd of 76000 is not that bad. A quick, crude look at US crime statistics and I would reckon the percentage of people arrested daily in the US is about the same, and that's just in day to day life.