MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Ramsey cheering was embarrassing
10:11am Tuesday 3rd December 2013 in Sport
“WE’LL keep a welcome in the hillside; We'll keep a welcome in the glen. This land you knew will still be singing, when you come home, sweet home again.”
Attention Cardiff City fans. It’s just a song, not a mantra for how to greet returning players.
I’m sure this won’t be brilliantly received by some, but the fawning, pathetic swooning over Aaron Ramsey by (some) Cardiff City fans on Saturday was absolutely ridiculous.
Never in my life have I seen a player clapped and celebrated for scoring a goal for the other team and my sincere hope is that I’ll never see such nonsense again.
Now not for a second am I knocking the Cardiff fans for welcoming Ramsey back with open arms (unlike in 2009 and unlike when other former players return, like Chris Gunter who gets a horrible reception) but there is a time and a place.
Namely, the time and the place is any time that isn’t between 3pm and 4.45pm. By all means clap and cheer Rambo on his return, but not during the game. Rouse your own side when they fall one behind. Don’t give confidence and incentive to your opponents!
Arsenal are a quality outfit without question, but currently Ramsey is the player making them tick and by making his feel so at home, Cardiff massively shot themselves in the foot.
Equally, while I’m sharing unpopular views, do we not think the fawning of Ryan Giggs has perhaps reached unsustainable levels?
I’m not knocking Giggs, one of the finest players I’ve seen, but people are guilty of confusing longevity with quality in some of their outlandish assessments of him.
“The greatest British player ever,” stated one national scribe.
Please. He’s not even the greatest Welsh player of the past 20-years. Gareth Bale is.
Giggs has had a remarkable career and will be remembered as a great player by all and an icon of Manchester United.
But he’ll also be remembered as the player who didn’t do enough for Wales, who tarnished his reputation with his off-field antics and turning 40 doesn’t make those factors cease to exist.
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