“The thing about football – the important thing about football – is that it is not just about football.
Football is supposed to be a gentleman’s game, played on venerable university lawns for honour, polite applause and a hearty match tea afterwards. Unfortunately for the gentlemen, the rest of the world doesn’t see it that way. Football has moved on, to the streets, and now it inhabits a world of pies, chants and jumpers for goalposts. This is a world where a talent for keeping tin cans in the air could make you a local celebrity, and where any polite applause is lost in the roar of pitched battles between fans. This is a world oflife or death.
And if the gentlemen want to try and bend it to their rules again, they’re going to have a fight on their hands.”