Skip to main content

Roman Zozulya, Milo Yiannopoulos and ideology. (2nd March, 2017)

I've been avoiding this topic, but things are just getting ridiculous now and I wanted to give a very quick take on it.

Yesterday was the deadline for Zozulya to "return" to Rayo. Now, there have been a lot of disagreeements. Rayo fans don't want him in the team. Tebas and Presa are willing to charge fans who drove Zozulya out. And the Agrupación de Peñas del Rayo, or la Plataforma ADRV, has called for an assembly in the Rayo locker room to resolve the situation, whether that means Zozulya plays at Rayo or somewhere else.

But among all the chaos, what was most striking was Toño's recent interview, where he said something very simple but very important. "We must also consider that if he comes we will have to accept it in the best possible way and if he can contribute by scoring goals we must treat him as part of the team, regardless of ideological thoughts."

If the left loves one thing, it is the idea of free speech and safe spaces where anyone can speak their mind. But is there a line between free speech and consequence-free speech? Maybe, but some might argue that all speech has a consequence - that it is being heard. More contentiously, what is the line between opinions that are contentious and opinions that are harmful?

For example, Milo Yiannopoulos lost his book deal when he stated opinions in favor of pedophilia. The questions arises - is that the line? Does bullying transgenders count as free speech?

The hypocrisy of some on the left, sometimes called the "regressive left", is that while they seek to say "don't look at people as a monolith", they treat everyone who disagrees with them as a monolith. But then the question becomes, what is the line between understanding an opposing point of view and accepting it? In the Zozulya case, fans are currently saying that someone who supports a far-right group is not welcome. Is that hypocritical coming from a community that arose from immigrants and whose central message is that everyone is welcome?

There are too many questions, a lot of finger-pointing and very few answers. But the interview by Toño is amazing - he was looking at a sporting aspect and giving an answer on sporting terms but basically gave an answer to a very difficult political question on political terms.

He said that any player who contributes to the team, and any one who contributes to a community, is welcome. Regardless of ideological thoughts.

Maybe Toño was just trying to diffuse a tricky situation. In another way, maybe he is more radical than the fans.

And maybe he is right.

A post-thought: I love looking at things from the other side. What I find scary is not that some fans think that Zozulya is extreme, but that Zozulya most probably things that the fans are being extreme.

And even scarier is the thought that Zozulya might be more justified. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Non-league Incider: Cray Valley Paper Mills 4-4 Punjab United Gravesend

Last game: 9th August: St Helens Town 3-0 Atherton Laburnum Rovers After ripping up my groundhopping calendar, mostly because I was determined to avoid overnight travel, and partly due to other commitments, there was a period of time where non-league football took a backseat. But that period did not last long. Because of course it didn't. Secretly, I'd loved travelling over ten hours back-and-forth to watch some 10th division football. And this was 9th division football in London. When I had gone to East Dulwich exactly a week back , I had commented on how the amount of graffiti struck me as I watched from on board a southeastern train. I was going the exact same way, but much further this time - then I had stopped at Denmark Hill, now I would have to go six stations further. The graffiti I had thought was so emblematic of south London quickly disappeared, as did the tall buildings desperately cluttered together. We, and by we I mean me, were going to the suburb

Fuenlabrada - the mighty challengers: Part 2; aka Juan Quero - the roller-coaster (15th October, 2017)

In just a few months, Fuenlabrada have competed for promotion to the Segunda, signed a center-back from a La Liga side, and will now be playing Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey. This is part 2 of a series about Fuenlabrada, the mighty challengers to Real Madrid, who they play in the cup on the 26th of October. You can read part 1 here . He was short. Very short. At 5'3", the left winger sometimes played in an over-sized shirt. The ball never left his feet. His feet were tiny but they had magic. A dizzying array of body feints, close control, direction changes and sheer speed, often resembling a roller-coaster, left opposition defenders outwitted. And yes - s ometimes, he frustrated. Sometimes, he was irregular. But when he turned up, the world was at his feet. If Juan Quero plays against Real Madrid he'll be playing against the club that let him go. The club that didn't think he had it in him to become a La Liga player. The club that was wrong. Very,

The story of a Dutch duo transferring to relegated Rayo - Dave van den Bergh and Robert Gehring (17th November, 2017)

Transfers are always fun. While digging around former Rayo players, I found that someone had transferred from Rayo Vallecano to Rayo Majadahonda - the other Rayo. What I uncovered was a fascinating story - the story of two Dutch friends who came together and left in very different ways... Robert Gehring started his youth career in AFC, and finished it at Ajax; he made his debut in the first team in the second match for the 1995 UEFA Super Cup against Real Zaragoza - a competition Ajax subsequently won - but largely spent his time in the reserves. In the 1996-97 season, he got seriously injured, which stagnated his development. Robert Gehring, celebrating the Super Cup victory In 1997 his friend and teammate Dave van den Bergh made the switch to Spanish side Rayo Vallecano. Dave recommended Gehring to the club, and Gehring was invited to a trail - despite the fact that his ACL injury had ruled him out for a year. In the trial, Gehring made such an impression that he was off