There is a saying in the north of England, “There’s nowt as queer as folk” – there’s nothing as strange as people. And football fans this week have been doing their damnedest to prove its enduring accuracy.
It started harmlessly with Newcastle fans who, at 3-0 down after 21 minutes and expecting a rout, chanted the name of their disliked previous manager and alleged “Cockney Mafia” member Alan Pardew. The Toon went on to lose 5-0, with City’s Spanish midfielder David Silva bagging a brace.
However ironically it was meant, the singing of his name would have put a smile on Pardew’s face after his Palace side were unlucky not to get a point against Arsenal. Football fans can have a lovely line in self-deprecation.
They can also have a famous capacity for thuggery, as Chelsea fans showed in the Champions League when they blocked a black man from boarding a Paris metro train. Unless, of course, they were pushing a post-modernist pastiche of 1970s football.
Chelsea went on to draw on Saturday with a Burnley side that started without a single black player. Perhaps the small band of Chelsea fans involved wouldn’t have been as upset as they might have been. After all, they said: “We’re racist and that’s the way we like it.”
Not to be outdone, West Ham fans, again on the subway, insulted Jews on their way to their match with Spurs.
Clearly delighted to possess a foreskin, they proved to be unashamedly lacking behind the forehead.
And when they got to the game, they caused more offence by comparing Tottenham wonderkid Harry Kane to a Down’s Syndrome sufferer. Charming.
Well, at least it makes a change from the players being in the news for idiocy.
Somebody, however, who this week epitomised all that’s special about the beautiful game is Bun Kheang, the manager of Black Diamond 2015 who collected a thumping 87 points. And we’re sure he will use his $20 Cellcard phone credit for the forces of good.
Kheang had Chelsea’s Eden Hazard as captain for 32 points and two other Dream Teamers, City midfielder David Silva for 17 points and Arsenal’s Santiago Cazorla for 10.
Dream Team Star Man David Silva scored twice, provided an assist and got three bonus points.
Other notable Dream Teamers were City team-mates Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko, and Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, whose goal against Southampton was a beauty.
Meng Ong was also a paragon of virtue as he won the Facebook competition by correctly guessing that 29 goals would be scored and that City would get the lion’s share. His reward is $5’s worth of Cellcard air time.
Gameweek 27 will be played over the weekend, with the standout game being Liverpool against Manchester City on Sunday.