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Greek tragedy, angry man narrative concludes

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The world likes nothing more than an idiot to make us all feel better about ourselves.  The World Cup has duly delivered.  An otherwise intelligent, multi-lingual, footballer, has debased the game, and himself, despite twice before facing the world’s censure.

I feel for Italy, who should have seen an opponent sent off before they conceded the goal which put them out of the tournament, for Giorgio Chiellini, the victim of the assault, and manager Cesare Prendelli, who resigned after leading a large nation to failure in a group which Uruguay and Costa Rica progressed from.  Few in our game are selfless enough to resign from any job, so he deserves credit, but the prevailing narrative on the offender sits uncomfortably.

Instead of asking “Why?” the most obvious question is “Why did anyone think he wouldn’t?”

A man loses control of his emotions, gets angry and reacts in an inexplicable way he has repeatedly done so before, despite calmly delivered assurances he would never do so again.  It’s not exactly a unique human tale.

What if he was a wife beater, would anyone be surprised?  Some men repeatedly lose control, get angry and indulge in an inexplicable act of violence against the person they are most dependent on (women have been known to regularly ‘lose it’ too, of course).

I don’t know what the treatment programme for wife beaters is, but I’m pretty sure it’s completely separate from any punishment.  Does fear of punishment, condemnation, or of hurting yourself or your loved ones, matter the instant before an attack?  I suspect not.

Suarez is not repeatedly beating a helpless victim, so I’m not equating him with those who do, but his case is more difficult to resolve.  You can tell a wife beater not to get drunk (etc.), but Suarez’ trigger is the tension which arises on the football field.  He will feel this tension again and we should expect him to react in the same uncontrollable way.  In fact, opponents are now more likely to provoke him, so, if anything, the rate of incidence is likely to increase.

Like the bully who is not fit to be alone with his loved ones, Suarez is literally not fit to be on a football field.  To protect him, and others, from himself, he should be removed from the game until that rage is under control.  This may also rob him of his mojo, which is a very great pity.

The other narrative of the week is that the game should not only value people who lose control of their emotions but should put them in charge, as it takes anger to get results.  Watch the adherents to this doctrine line up to condemn the logical conclusion of their strategy.

Dreadful news that David Taylor, one of our own, former SFA chief executive and latterly one of the top men at Uefa, died.  Our condolences to his family.

I was delighted when Greece were awarded an injury time penalty when needing a goal against Ivory Coast but the trauma when Georgios picked up the ball!  Things are still raw….  Fortunately Georgios is not prone to letting his emotions get out of check.  The coolest man on the planet acted like he was training at Lennoxtown.  So pleased for him.

Cast your memory back to the “Greek tragedy” goading the player received from ITV commentators during World Cup 2010, based on his limited exposure at Manchester City.  They’ve all learned now.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Celtic Graves raffle, which was drawn by Celtic FC Foundation chief exec, Tony Hamilton.  First name out of the Celtic carrier bag and winner of Scott Brown’s boot was Edward John Gavin Whyte.  Second name out and winner of Virgil Van Dijk’s boot was Erin McCafferty.

Just over £1,000 was raised and half of this will go to the hospice who looked after Wee Oscar.

Visit the CQN Bookstore to get Tommy Gemmell to sign your personal copy of his book, All the Best.

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  1. KevJungle

     

     

    12:13 on 25 June, 2014

     

     

    NatKnow

     

     

    12:10 on 25 June, 2014

     

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    What color is a chameleon?

     

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    Dunno. Is it Karma-coloured? Natural history was never my strong point on account of all our David Attenborough videos being chewed up by the Ferguson VHS player.

  2. Silver City 1888 on

    “When you have to shoot, shoot. Don’t talk” Eli Wallach best manager we’ll never have.

  3. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    PAUL67

     

     

    I echo your condolences to David Taylor’s family.

     

     

    No age at all,but neither is any age.

  4. It’s shame that David Taylor has pessd away.

     

     

    But, every time he was involved in the European draw making

     

     

    the huns were ‘always’ dealt a more favorable hand. imho

     

     

    The only SMSM person to make any reference to the above was

     

     

    Peter ‘McGuire’ Martin.

  5. Surely it’s fairly easy to resolve Suarez’s problem….simply get him fitted with false teeth which he then leaves in the dressing room :)

     

     

    OK he might still give someone a nasty suck but then if the ref turns a blind eye and a swift hook will soon ensure the end of that as well.

     

     

    Good player – major problem and I’d expect his value to drop dramatically now.

  6. KevJungle

     

     

     

    12:18 on 25 June, 2014

     

     

     

    NatKnow

     

     

    12:16 on 25 June, 2014

     

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    No, I’m not going to praise them.

     

     

    Their erses should be booted for taking too long.

     

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    Ah OK…

  7. My colleagus has just been telling me that he’d been a good friend of David Taylor for many years.

     

     

    He kept in touch with him regularly and is surprised and shocked by his death.

     

     

    My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

  8. The Green Man on

    When Suarez gets banned….he can take up dooking for apples, probably be the World Champion Dooker.

     

    That headbutt/bite move will never catch on.

     

     

    HH

  9. Marrakesh Express on

    Guys

     

    Anyone recommend a good bar lunch in city centre about 3ish?

     

    I’ve done a few so just looking for some new options.

     

     

    HH

  10. NatKnow

     

     

    12:25 on 25 June, 2014

     

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    Ye know what, I think it’s taking too long cos

     

     

    the ‘bored’ will find it more difficult to help the

     

     

    cops ‘smash’ the GB in a ‘Jungle’ type of area.

     

     

    imho

  11. whitedoghunch

     

     

    Great clip with the Greek commentator! Thanks for that!

     

     

    Govan yer a brave man going down there a good looking Tim like you!

  12. The Green Man on

    jamesgang

     

     

    Your bhoy wouldn’t be wrong….Luis is a total nutcase/footballer

     

    He should be banned….bad example to youngsters.

     

     

    HH

  13. eddieinkirkmichael on

    Terrible article linking the actions of an idiot on the football field to those who commit domestic violence. Over the years many Celtic have lost the plot on the field of play are we to wonder what they also got up to behind closed doors?

  14. The Green Man on

    Starry

     

     

    Regarding our wee discovery yesterday,… went to see my ma, she told me some of the family history….Buncrana indeed.

     

    But I was wondering….does the name Mitten mean anything to you?

     

     

    HH

  15. @ a ceiler gonof rust

     

    09:47 on 25 June, 2014

     

    Yer maw is just a bit auld fashioned btw:-)

     

    Auld fashioned and easy to wind up ;)

     

    P.s I would huv sammys babies and be a wonderful house husband !

  16. KevJungle

     

     

     

    12:29 on 25 June, 2014

     

     

     

    NatKnow

     

     

    12:25 on 25 June, 2014

     

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    Ye know what, I think it’s taking too long cos

     

     

    the ‘bored’ will find it more difficult to help the

     

     

    cops ‘smash’ the GB in a ‘Jungle’ type of area.

     

     

    imho

     

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    The Celtic board are proposing it because the fans asked for it and it will probably bring more income. The Safety Advisory Group are putting the brakes on until they are satisfied there will be no disasters.

     

     

    Why would Celtic take longer than they need to when it’s Celtic who want it?

  17. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    The best laugh about the Suarez incident,IMO,was during the 6am news on R2.

     

     

    They reported it then followed it with an article about vampire bats!

     

     

    Which,btw,was dropped from subsequent updates….

  18. The Green Man

     

     

    It doesn’t no but then again I left Glasgow 25 years ago and have only been in Buncrana once since then, lost touch with a few folks over there since my father passed away.

     

     

    My relations there are Doherty’s mostly now..

     

     

    Catch you later I’m running for the bus!

     

     

    At my age not a pretty sight!

  19. NatKnow

     

     

    12:36 on 25 June, 2014

     

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    You believe what they say – good for you.

     

     

    I stopped believing the minute that Martin O’Neill

     

     

    walked out the door….

  20. The Green Man on

    I was just wondering if there were any lhads from Donegal on the blog?

     

     

     

     

    HH

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