Aristotle said that the law was ‘reason free from passion’; something that football isn’t.
Football lives and breathes on passion; it is often a most unreasonable obsession with fans – driven to the heights of ecstasy with a win and dropped to the depths of despair by a crushing loss.
With defeats and disappointments, players are often singled out for criticism and blame. However, there are some things that go beyond simple criticism and defy all reason – such as what Marco Silvestri’s wife Sofia Jamal tweeted earlier today, revealing what one fan posted to Twitter earlier today.
In what is becoming ever-more frequent, players are often seen as fair game for sly digs and more unsavoury comments – the like of which is posted above. However, Twitter is judge, jury and executioner rolled into one and as quick as something is posted, the roles can be reversed and a screenshot tweeted out to all and sundry – as Sofia Jamal did.
Leeds fans on Twitter were quick to rally to the defence of the Silvestris and attempt to add that little bit of reason to help redress the balance. Below are a sample of the replies that were tweeted:
@DoctorT1992 – “Horrible. Stupid little boy. There is anger Sofia but there are things that should not be done. A silly boy.”
@LUFCLDP1989 – “He needs a reality check and maybe booking into a physiological assessment.”
@CHATLUFC – “ignore these scum – they are not fans. All the best #MOT”
@LEEDSFANZ – “disgusting. These people don’t represent the true fans Sofia. Please ignore. There are people like this everywhere.”
It needs noting that the original Tweeter of what became the picture attached to Sofia Jamal’s initial tweet at least had the grace and conjones to apologise with the following messages and also a private inbox.
@MWildLUFC – “I f****d up, I put my hands up and apologised. Why threaten violence?”
@MWildLUFC – “agreed. That’s why I tweeted an apology and sent one direct to them as well. Doesn’t change it but it’s done”
The apology itself is one over two tweets
The apology itself was welcomed by the Silvestris, as evidenced by the following tweet.
Thank's to everyone. He says sorry and we absolutly accept the apology.
— Sofia Jamal (@Sofiajamaled) May 2, 2016
However, gracious apology or not, the original Tweet does go some way to highlight the liberties that some fans feel they have when upset at the performance of their team per se and players individually.
At least this guy had the courage to front up about his mistake, admit it and move on. Others have put things much more vile attacks online, aimed at Leeds players and have failed to apologise, many revelling in the notoriety that they gain from their trolling.
Whilst football fans have a right to express their disappointment at results and player performances, there needs to be a reminder to reason amid all the passion. Thankfully, the Leeds fan who posted the original Tweet remembered this and should be congratulated for his apology. Many others wouldn’t go that far.