Some of you may have seen the following written on Facebook statuses of your friends and family:
“POLICE R GOING AROUND PUBS & CLUBS SAYINGTHAT WE CANT WEAR OUR ENGLAND TOPS 4 THE FOOTIE & GOTTA TAKE THEFLAGS DOWN AS IT IS UPSETTING THE PPL THAT DONT COME FROM HERE!! NOW IM NOT RACIST, BUT THIS IS TAKING THE PISS! THIS IS OUR COUNTRY & WE NEED 2 MAKE A STAND IF U/THEY DONT LIKE IT GO AWAY! WOULD U REMOVE UR TURBAN & BURKHA BECAUSE IT UPSETS ME, IF U AGREE POST THIS AS UR STATUS”
I’d like to dispel this using personal anecdote.
As those of you who have been reading my blog for a while might be aware, I’m from Croydon originally. When I say “originally” I mean I was born there, sadly I cannot trace my personal history back any further than that, other than the disagreement between my parents over where I was conceived.
Back in 2004, when I was a mere whippersnapper working in a Croydon pub, I witnessed firsthand the damage that these so-called “football fans” caused. The Beer Circus where I worked at the time (a pub specialising in European beers, now a trendy wine bar) among other respectable shops had their windows smashed in, my brother was on a bus that hooligans tried to overturn, it was absolute chaos. Even now, recollecting the evening, I find it staggering that only 14 people were arrested. There were hundreds of people acting like twats.
You can see coverage of the riot on the Croydon Guardian website –http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk/news/501790.police_and_football_fans_battle_on_croydons_streets/
Immediately afterwards, the police in Croydon drafted a recommendation that pubs should not allow customers in who are wearing football colours (not justEngland t-shirts, all football colours. The link above tells of an English man in a blue t-shirt who was mistaken for being French!) as a precautionary measure against this ever happening again. As far as I know, every single pub in Croydon took this on board. This had nothing to do with immagrunts or forrinurs trying to change our quaint way of life and everything to do with a bunch of football hooligans causing a fucking riot in theirs and my hometown.
People who believe this kind of claptrap need to wake up and think for themselves. Aside from Anjem Choudhary, when have you EVER heard a foreigner telling you how to behave? If you don’t like it, why don’t you wear yourEngland football shirt with pride and get kicked out of every single pub in Croydon for dragging up the memory of that horrible, horrible night.