This concerns the worrying trend of certain players thinking that it is now ok for them to attempt to hit fans over the barriers.
We experienced it at Great Wakering with their Player Manager now we've had it at Witham. In my opinion there is NO EXCUSE at all for this. No matter WHAT the level of provocation from the fans. If the boot was on the other foot and the fans jumped the barrier to "exchange opinions" with the players there would be all hell to pay. Players MUST be accountable for their own actions and realise they have a responsiblity not to inflame situations. The fans pay their money to enter the ground and are entitled to voice their opinions.
What i saw at Witham today was deplorable. The witham players that were guilty of this should be banned for life. Their were kids in and around the trouble area and i too had my young 'un there. The beauty of non league football is that on the whole kids can go to a trouble free environment and feel close to the action, players and general atmosphere unlike the prima donna bullshit that is the premiership.
I shouldn't be looking over my shoulder for some jumped up idiot player leaping over the barrier and throwing his girly fists around because he feels aggrieved someone in the crowd may have questioned his parentage...GROW A THICKER SKIN or play football at a level where there are no paying spectators.
Quite agree. In a perfect world, nobody would abuse players or referees but it happens the world over and has always happened. Can anybody who has attended a football match honestly say they've never shouted something a little bit critical to a player or a referee?
No matter the level of abuse, players and managers have a responsibility to act professionally and just ignore it. All hell would break loose if Stephen Gerrard or Arsene Wenger reacted badly to something a fan said and tried to lump somebody.
I don't agree with some of the abuse that goes on but if a player or manager doesn't like the abuse he has got from opposition fans then he should leave it to after the game.
Either report the individuals to the opposition club or have a word with his own club officials about reporting the opposition club to the FA not act like a thug and use his fists to solve the problem.
You are not going to stop fans expressing their opinions and sometimes unfortunately that can be in a foul mouthed way but players and management should learn to walk away from it and let other parties deal with this rather than making a bad situation worse.