In recent years society has moved to a point where it is fashionable to be offended.
People like to be offended, they think it is their right to be offended by anything and everything.
Of course, there are things that maybe were acceptable 30 years ago that aren’t today and they are genuinely offensive.
But people like to be offended these days, they like to be outraged by someone’s honestly held opinion, to the point where they believe they shouldn’t be allowed to hold that opinion.
Ironically some feel they should abuse that person for offending them.
And in the last year or so, I have noticed this more and more creeping into football.
What used to be coined as ‘fan banter’, is now taken as something offensive.
This issue or topic has been amplified by the one thing that seems to be the problem in the modern era, Twitter.
For all the good that Twitter does, it gives everyone a voice but it also makes many, many people feel they have a right to be offended.
In football, due to the popularity of the sport and the huge fanbases we have seen the ‘offensive brigade’ more and more in the last year.
The amount of times I have given an honestly held opinion about a manager or a team on social media and I have been met by abuse or other comments along that line is baffling.
Top level journalists get this too. It is their job to express an opinion. They aren’t saying bad things against your club out of spite. It isn’t personal, it is their job.
By all means disagree and debate because a lot of the time someone’s argument may be wrong, but its an opinion.
However, it is almost as if certain fans at all clubs are of the opinion: ‘No one can say anything about our club, its offensive for you to even say anything bad about our club.’
As everyone knows I’m a West Brom fan. If I was to get offended everytime someone said something negative to me about the Baggies, I would be one very angry man.
I’m not for a second saying all fans of all clubs are like this, it is a minority.
Most fans can separate the good apples from the bad ones.
But it is that minority that is mirroring modern society. I don’t like to use the term ‘woke’, because people can be accused of being ‘woke’ when flagging up a very real issue.
I wasn’t going to write about this subject but the out right laughable response to a tweet from Chorley earlier this week just about tipped me over the edge.
To give a bit of background, West Brom beat Wolves in the Black Country Derby last weekend, and Wolves are due to face the non-league minnows in the FA Cup tonight.
Chorley, like many other non-league clubs are struggling with finances at the moment so have proceeded to sell virtual tickets for their behind closed doors game in order to raise much needed funds.
Wolves have backed this and in a bid to get their rivals to back this, the official Chorley Twitter account tweeted that if West Brom fans bought tickets they would get their players to do the ‘Boing Boing’, the dance synonymous with the Baggies.
A harmless tweet from a non-league club trying to make some extra money. Do you see anything wrong with that?
The response from a section of the Wolves fanbase was, quite frankly, embarrassing.
Throwing abuse at Chorley as a club and basically kicking up a stink over a jokey tweet.
Some were calling it ‘disrespectful’.
It got to the point where Chorley felt they had to issue an official apology over the matter.
I’m not sure how true it is as it only came from a handful of tweets but some supporters said to be asking for their money back.
Now some might say, as a Baggie, it is easy for me to sit here and say some of Wolves fans have been embarrassing in their conduct.
But if the boot was on the other foot, I would laugh and say hats off to the Chorley Twitter admin for an unbelievable marketing move that will only garner the club more money.
The whole debacle, if that is what you can call it, underlines a certain section of football fans.
The social media fans who get angered by anything negative said towards your club. It’s not personal, it is an opinion.
Nobody has the right to be offended, especially over someone else calling your side’s 4-2-3-1 formation a mistake, or saying your manager got his tactics wrong.