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Comment: Cardiff 2 Leeds United 1
FA Cup 3rd Round, 6th Jan 2002

From the Cardiff v Leeds Bulletin Board

Kaka Tim: Are Cardiff the Welsh Galatasary?

moose: Speaking as I do with some authority on Galatasaray (beaten, banged up for 18 hours and deported) I would say Cardiff are nothing like. Nothing compares to Turkish football fans. I have a friend who lost an eye when England played in Izmir, and another who is permanently deaf due to injuries sustained in our hotel in Istanbul. they day things get so bad here is the day I burn my season ticket.

editor: "Are Cardiff the Welsh Galatasary?"
Now, let's see:
Was anyone stabbed?
Was anyone seriously assaulted?
Were there any death threats prior to the game?
Were any flares thrown on the pitch?
Were there any pitch invasions during the game?
What did happen was that a fuckwit minority from both sets of fans taunted each other and threw some plastic bottles and coins and, err, that's about it.
Inexcusable? For sure. But are they even remotely akin to the behaviour of the more extreme Galatasary fans? Not even remotely.
Methinks someone should stop reading the hysterical tabloids and wonder why the two pitch invasions at Villa v Man Utd while the game was in progress attracted so little publicity in comparison...

Apparently, the playing of Welsh music prior to a Welsh club taking the field in Wales is now deemed 'provocative', the chairman merely walking past a set of opposing suporters is 'incitement' and if a Welsh team take to the pitch with a Welsh flag, well, hell, that's got to be some kind of racism, hasn't it?

Still, at least the extra-drinking-time 4pm kick off slotted in nicely with Sky schedules and why bother holding such a high profile game in the considerably safer and more secure Millennium Stadium (as Cardiff had requested) when you can ram them into an ancient, poorly designed ground, eh?

I'm never going to defend the fuckwits from both sides who threw coins, but it seems the media is hell bent on blowing this comparatively minor set of events into some kind of major battlefield (or 'The Battle Of Ninian Park' as one of the tabloids put it).

See: Opinion by Sky commentator, Andy Gray, 7th Jan 2002

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Media reports:
Hammam: I did nothing wrong (BBC 07.Jan.02)
Cardiff face a heavy penalty (Guardian)
How football returned to the dark ages(Guardian)
Why the Cup must be rid of this poison (Guardian)
Hamman: still crazy(Guardian)

Peace breaks out in Cardiff (13th Jan)(Guardian)

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