Guilty Until Proven Innocent?

For the second time in his football career, John Terry was yesterday given the news that he was to be stripped of his England captaincy. Fabio Capello was left unconsulted and will once again return from Italy to find his team a shambles, a mere four months before a major tournament.

Source: Telegraph

Surely this begs the question of why 14 men in a board room can make such career defining decisions, based merely on allegations? Whether or not John Terry is innocent is irrelevant; we live in a democratic society whereby we are all innocent until proven guilty. Except in football it seems.

Whilst this ethos may become slightly more difficult in Terry’s case considering that the accusations come from Rio Ferdinand’s brother, surely the point still stands? Though David Bernstein may insist that the decision “in no way infers any suggestion of guilt”, the very opposite is inherent within it.

That the allegations reflect badly on the team is a charge that cannot be denied, however striking Terry off before a ruling has been made, equally does nothing to repair England’s reputation. The argument that the court process could affect Terry’s ability to do his job hold more weight; though surely this is a decision Terry and Capello would have to decide?

Unity of the English team is of course important, but surely players should be able retain professionalism at all times, regardless of any allegations? For me at least, this whole process appears somewhat shambolic.

Women, Football and Boobs

According to the Football Association website, 2011 has been a pivotal year for women’s football. They’ve managed to develop a new

Jullia's all for "sweet. pretty girls" playing

semi-professional league, compromising of a whole eight clubs which play regularly in the summer months and they’ve even managed to secure a grand total of four official sponsors. There’s also been huge developments in coverage with live television streams and . . Wait, who I am kidding?

Despite the official ramblings of the FA, women’s football still remains somewhat uncharted territory in the minds of many. We know it exists and we presume some people are quite into it, but that’s a far as we go. Feminism and equality aside, can anyone really imagine any group of football loving lads, sat round the pub TV with their pints watching an nice game of women’s footie? Well, not unless they’ve got their tits out.

Yet bizarre as it sounds, German women’s footballers have jumped on the idea, hoping to draw popularity to the sport by bringing some alternative skills to the field. Over 300 women competed in a knock-out tournament with only 12 prizes – one page each on a new raunchy calendar to hit shelves next year. And it’s not merely the amateurs agreeing, as Jullia Simic, international midfielder for the country talks of how she’s pleased that women’s football is ditching it’s tomboy look and giving way to “more and more sweet pretty girls”.

But whilst pictures of scantily clad women and balls might give some hype to the sport, as seen when the German team appeared in an issue of Playboy earlier this year, it’s hardly the image that women’s football needs. By pressuring players in appearing as almost soft porn models, we’re inadvertently pushing out those women who may prefer the tomboy look, whilst thoroughly degrading the sport.

Women without clothes definitely do have a place in life, in our magazines, film and general seduction, but notably not in sport. Whilst women’s football may not appear to a mass market, it is a serious niche sport, with real enthusiasts and real talents. By simply degrading it to a bunch of boobs running round on legs, just so more people feel the need to tune in with the lads and beer, we’re losing the essence of what women’s football is really about – women playing football.

Like it or not Women’s Football is never going to be a main stream sport, we should stop trying to make it one.


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