I haven’t watched England playing football in a bar for years, but last night I did because I have an American friend staying with me and we wanted to watch both games simultaneously. I soon realised why I stopped watching England matches in bars.
A Chelsea fan – who else? – spent 90 minutes roaring boorish, ignorant, remarks at the TV, seemed to think the Slovenians were Russians and referred to them as such throughout, and several times called the German referee a Nazi. When Joe Cole came on he abused him as a traitor for leaving the club next season, perhaps not realising that his contract is not being renewed leaving him with little choice but to go elsewhere. His remarks about the Algerians I will not repeat on here.
Last time I watched an England match in a bar, I think the same bloke was behind me. No doubt the next few days will be filled with WWII references which the rest of the world forgot in the 1950s. I’ll be watching the game at home, praying for a German win if only to shut up those who make England an international embarrassment.
Oh, and England might have beaten Slovenia and finished an impressive second in the weakest group of the tournament, but I doubt the Dutch, Argentines, Brazilians, and Portugese are too worried. If England were any good, they’d be playing Ghana next.