Two things come out of last night. The first, and most important, is the racism shown by the Spanish. The example set by the manager in his recent comments has obviously been taken on-board by the morons who were chanting on the terraces. Seems to me that whenever England fans get a bit naughty anywhere in the world, FIFA come down on us hard. But stabbings, riots and racism in some parts of (what is supposed to be) the civilised world seem to go unpunished. Good luck to the Sports Minister, Richard Caborn who got off the mark early today when he said that he is going to write to his counterpart in Spain. I just hope that FIFA and UEFA will act as quickly.
The second point, and one that has understandably been overshadowed in the papers today, is the dreadful performance by England. I can appreciate that the racism dragged them down, but even in the first half, before the chanting got really going, our passing was erratic, our playing off the ball was non-existent and our general approach to the game was pedestrian. I thought the Spanish players pushed the ball around really well and made good use of space.