Vital Football

Latest Leicester City News

Shades of social selection

Shades of social selection

Is there an undeclared policy now to make us all sit and watch football in an attitude of inactive deference?.

I ask because the Leicester Mercury's Blue Army website tells the tale of a City fan I believe I saw being turfed out of the West Stand during the Cardiff fixture.

Justin Preston reportedly gave '£200 he couldn't afford' to help Leicester City when they went into administration and says he follows the club all over England.

So what did he do to get ejected on another day when his beloved team were getting their usual tactical good-hiding?

Did he whack a copper?. Stand up and p**s down the backs of City staff? Did he rip out his seat and try to put a rare something between the goalposts on Leicester's behalf.

Not at all. He, and presumably whoever was with him, got cheesed off, basically.

He let rip with a few uncomplimentary remarks about Craig Levein, an argument developed with one or more other fans and, despite protests from still more onlookers, Mr Preston and friend/s were escorted out by stewards.

Downstairs a steward reportedly said 'we don't need the likes of you here,', while Mr Preston says he has statements describing his treatment as 'barbaric' and 'out of order'.

The City board got cheesed off too. They sacked Levein just a few days later and could well have used Mr Preston's £200 as part of a pay off few fans believes he deserved. But that was done civilly.

Mr Preston says he's banned, City say he's not.

But this isn't just one off. I was at Sheffield Wednesday the other week when local stewards got all growly and two police officers eventually turned up because a City fan and his marginally quieter friends were getting verbally wound up.

Nothing exceptional, because I was sitting next to the noisy one, but certainly loud enough and descriptive enough to understand what his feelings were.

And who summoned the stewards?. Quite possibly a group of schoolteacher sorts sitting behind the verbalist who had another view of how fans should support their club.

And there's the key.

We live in a society now where any complaint prompts a reaction and, in a world where people would condemn their own kids to the authorities if they thought it was socially required, there are always plenty of complaints and always people in authority who want to be seen to react to them.

Stewards like referees should realise that they are there to keep the peace and to ensure fair play. It is a job that mainly requires diplomacy not heavy handedness.

One thing that would help? Start playing some proper football and start winning some matches.

Date:Saturday January 28 2006
Time: 12:32PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Leicester City Articles

Fuchs - We Fought For Every Inch

Left back Christian Fuchs has said that Leicester City's fighting spirit was absolutely key to the victory over Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Attacking Quality Pleases Ranieri

Manager Claudio Ranieri has been reflecting more on the weekend's victory over Crystal Palace and the sides attacking intent came in for praise.

After Game Player Interviews Explained

Scientific researchers have discovered that a tendency for professional footballers to overuse the words 'um' 'ah' and 'err' in post game press interviews...

2016 Ballon d'Or Shortlist Confirmed

The 2016 Ballon d'Or shortlist of 30 players was confirmed yesterday and there are plenty of familiar names on the list.

Archived Vital Leicester Articles

Vital Leicester articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Palace MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Sub - Vardy0%
Sub - Gray0%
Sub - Amartey20%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 9 6 2 1 20 11
2 Arsenal 9 6 2 1 20 10
3 Liverpool 9 6 2 1 20 9
4 Chelsea 9 6 1 2 19 10
5 Spurs 9 5 4 0 19 9
6 Everton 9 4 3 2 15 5
7 Man Utd 9 4 2 3 14 1
8 Southampton 9 3 4 2 13 3
9 Watford 9 3 3 3 12 0
10 AFC Bournemouth 9 3 3 3 12 0
11 Crystal Palace 9 3 2 4 11 0
12 Leicester City 9 3 2 4 11 -4
13 WBA 9 2 4 3 10 0
14 Burnley 9 3 1 5 10 -5
15 West Ham 9 3 1 5 10 -7
16 Stoke 9 2 3 4 9 -7
17 Middlesbrough 9 1 4 4 7 -4
18 Hull City 9 2 1 6 7 -14
19 Swansea 9 1 2 6 5 -7
20 Sunderland 9 0 2 7 2 -10
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Leicester City Results (view all)

Leicester City Fixtures (view all)

Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 6 2016 4:30PM : West Bromwich Albion (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Watford (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Middlesbrough (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Sunderland (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Manchester City (H)
Barclays Premier League
The Vital Football Members League