Who are the losers from the recent Ian Durrant outburst? It’s certainly not the Pope, nor any his co-religious. I don’t even know if it will be Durant himself, who, incredibly, “meant to cause no offense”. Durrant’s status, whatever it is worth, will be assured by what happened.
The consequences will be imperceptible, part of a slow drift of affinity away from a football affinity which was once elevated by such sentiment and, in the 21st century, limited by it. Sponsors are not the first to leave, it’s the fans with more between their ears than Durrant. The losers are the club and fans.