Media Reaction

The over-reaction to the West Ham/ Millwall game begins…

‘It was like a horror movie’

Charming Millwall fans

Granted, the scenes in East London last night were abhorrent and completely unwelcome in the game, but fans of both clubs who were present at Upton Park tell The Spoiler that they are fairly surprised by the over-the-top reaction and blanket coverage from the media*. Leading the hyperbolic pack are The Daily Mail, who temporarily cast aside stories about school fees, immigrants and fluffy kittens to print this gem:

West Ham could be thrown from the tournament after this, the ground could be closed.

No, Martin Samuel, the ground will not be closed and West Ham will not be thrown out of the Carling Cup. As a measure of our certainty, if either of those things happen, The Spoiler will actually go through the humiliating process of paying for a copy of your newspaper.

*We are aware that we have sort-of contributed to this melee, but hypercriticism is our bag, baby!

3 responses so far
  • Danny D // August 26, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Ha exactly right Ryan!
    Shock journalism is as bad as Phil Thompson’s reactions on Sky last night.
    Did people really expect this not to kick off?
    All this talk of effecting the world cup bid is a joke too!

  • // August 26, 2009 at 10:52 am

    WHU fan says WHU should be thrown out, that tells you how serious it is (although Samuel is somewhat a gob). The problem is football has changed a lot since the likes of me were the norm in the early 80′s, now we have families, women, kids, elderly in bigger numbers and that means that events like yesterday are compatable to some of the excesses of 25 years ago and it will be treated accordingly.

    Best thing that can happen is WHU fans put their hands up and say “our fault”, but, like my own clubs numpties, no chance.

  • RedbyDawn // August 27, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Martin Samuel is an A grade gobshite.

    That fat lad in the McKenzie (!) t-shirt looks like Son of Friedel, the ugly bastard.

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