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Thread #154755   Message #3634275
Posted By: GUEST,Allan Conn
18-Jun-14 - 09:31 AM
Thread Name: BS: World Cup
Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
I think what gets on many Scottish people's nerves a bit is that we watch the World Cup through England's (ie our footballing rivals) eyes. even during the opening ceremony they whittered on non-stop about England. I dare say had it been broadcast by BBC Scotland or STV and Scotland were in the tournament then our commentators etc would be the same. Difference is that the whole of England wouldn't be force fed it too.

The point about Andy Murray is the perfect example of taking things too serious. He was in a press interview with Tim Henman and the interviewer asked him who he'd be supporting as they tended to do to Scots for a while though there has been little of it so far this year. Henman joked "he won't be supporting Scotland anyway as they didn't make it" to which Murray joked back "I'll just support anyone who's playing England". It was all banter but several papers the next day run the story that "Murray hated England" and there was a tirade of both online and offline abuse against him. Even a death threat! Despite both Henman and the journalist himself insisting that they were all just having a good natured banter the story persisted for years. In a documentary last year Murray said that is why he seldom speaks to the press now other than on tennis matters and is very guarded in waht he says.

I think other prominent Scots who are now asked would be very reluctant to even suggest that they might not support England - despite what they really feel. It is daft to think that you can pressurise people into support a particular football team!!