At the end of another disappointing season for Arsenal it would be easy for any Arsenal supporter to be negative about Chelsea’s Champions League victory.
Of course it would also be easy to celebrate, given that Chelsea’s win consigns Spurs to yet more second string European football.
So why should we come down on the side of negativity? For a reason that no-one could have anticipated.
Just when the modern face of football couldn’t sink any lower, along came Roman Abramovich and his entourage.
When Cech saved Robben’s penalty, Abramovich was understandably excited (after what appeared to be a brief moment of ‘my God I’m so rich should I show any emotion?’ consideration). He leapt up from his seat and pumped the air in joy.
But that’s irrelevant. Look behind him and you will see an eight-year old boy proudly wearing his Chelsea strip. He’s just as excited by Cech’s save, but his celebrations are cut short by the iron forearm of one of the owner’s henchmen. It seems this young supporter got just a little to close to Mr Abramovich, and was lucky to escape with his windpipe intact. The gorilla’s forearm appears across his body, just to make sure he doesn’t get overly excited.
Embarassing is not the word for it. Unfortunate doesn’t even come close. Pathetic is there or there abouts.
Here we have an instant microcosm of all that is wrong with modern football. Chelsea Football Club is simply the plaything of a very, very rich man who couldn’t give a flying feck about the common supporter. As, of course, is Manchester City.
Supporters who celebrate the victories of these two clubs must surely feel a slightly hollowness underneath it all; the feeling that they don’t really matter anymore.
If they don’t, they need to watch the clip of Mr Abromovitch celebrating. Then look behind him
And then watch it again.
This article was written by an anonymous man!