Non-event during football match: useful idiots, media up in arms

Here is an incident that demonstrates why Britain is now a mediocrity full of useful idiots who don’t know the first thing about anything, but who are told that they are geniuses by their delicate school masters and mistresses so not as to upset them.

In a football match between Cardiff City and Middlesbrough played on Monday, Cardiff player, Kevin McNaughton collided with a linesman and knocked her over.

Now, back in the day (I’m not very old, but I stopped going to football when it became a circus) we weren’t very interested in the name of the referee, and definitely not the linesmen. In fact, for the duration of the game and the theatre of the occasion, the officials were merely the objects of bemusement or ferocious abuse rather than named entities.

However, the changes in football (hinted at above) also brought about the emergence of the referee as a personality – which philosophically I think makes the abuse levelled at them worse because in the new circumstances of minor celebrity it becomes personal. But all this is besides the main point which is that normally I wouldn’t care about who the linesman was nor even name them, but the core of this story is about her identity.

Sian Massey was the official at which two high profile male SKY Sports presenters, Keys and Grey, recently aimed sexist comments. They got sacked for it. I am not defending their actions. They were idiotic. She was blameless in that incident.

But in this one, I think that she was a little bit rubbish in one moment in her role as a match official. Normally that is no big deal either, but something not nice happened to her as a result. Consequently she is now being portrayed as a victim, and so I am concerned about a future effort by Progressive media, activists and politicians to leave no area of traditional British life unaffected by government implemented Equality and Diversity.


Going into football summariser mode to describe the actual incident which you can see in the above video:

Well, Barry, if you look at the replay, McNaughton wins the ball on the touchline and taps it past the ‘Boro lad, and turns on a dustbin lid to chase it. It’s pinging away into empty space and it’s a great opportunity, but look… the linesperson is in the way, and McNaughton turns into her at speed and not expecting her to be there. She hasn’t made herself a bit scarcer than she should have, to be honest. They fall over, and look, when she gets up she has to signal a goal kick because McNaughton was unable to get after the ball.

So, the evidence suggests that McNaughton runs into the linesman because she didn’t make enough room for him. A mistake. People make them. We should leave it at that, shouldn’t we?

No, because all of a sudden the story is in the MailOnline after being picked up from YouTube where people have been getting upset about Massie’s treatment. Now the story is all about a possible deliberate attack by a big footballer on a poor little victimised woman official who had previously been abused by others in this very male oriented game.

Here is how MailOnline reports the incident:

This is the moment that the female linesman at the centre of a sexism row is violently knocked to the ground by a Cardiff City football player.

Defender Kevin McNaughton is seen running to keep the ball in play when he appears to drop his shoulder and steer himself into Sian Massey.

She is hit with such force that her head snaps back and she is flung across the pitch.

Ungentlemanly McNaughton simply gets up and walks away without even checking to see if she is injured, let alone help her up or apologise.

Leaving aside the fact that the writer seems to be accusing the player of assault, you will also notice the characteristic hypocrisy in order to make political gain. In this case the insistence is that McNaughton should be gentlemanly to Massey, we presume because she is a woman and he is a man. But surely that difference was negated when Massey was allowed to officiate at a professional men’s football match? And as for apologising, if I had just been denied a potential goal scoring opportunity in a high stakes game where the future of my club, and therefore my future was dependent on the smallest variable – as  is always the case in the business of football now – then why should I apologise to an official who through an instance of their own ineptitude had altered one of those variables against my favour?

I did a piece on my own site recently about how the Victorian construct of manhood was developed to link a constitutional history to an Imperial destiny, and that construct was a political target for anti-British, anti-Christian subversives. What we are seeing in this case is just the tail end of the demise of the Victorian construct.  Professional Football is possibly an anathema to the Progressive elite because it is a commercially successful reminder that men and women are not equal in terms of physicality. The logical conclusion of the Equality agenda is to leave no evidence of a practical example of inequality between men and women. Equality is after all about blanket mediocrity, and that situation is quite frankly totally undesirable to one such as myself who thinks that individuals should excel in fields that are both suitable and attainable (we must live with the burden that life is not fair). We should possibly expect to see incidents such as this one –  there are bound to be more as women have more access to the men’s game – to be used to feminise football by arguing that men are too aggressive.

As I argue in the aforementioned piece, the new Progressivism that shapes how we see the roles of men and women is a consequence of the deliberate hollowing out of British social continuity. The Victorian-envisioned link between British past and future liberty was purposely broken. We experience that reality when we see our bleak future that does not look like a free one. It’s not too late to change our future, but it will involve people devoting some time to a good deal of thought regarding balance – to explore what is fair, but what is also best for our society.

7 comments for “Non-event during football match: useful idiots, media up in arms

  1. May 5, 2011 at 10:34 am

    So, the evidence suggests that McNaughton runs into the linesman because she didn’t make enough room for him. A mistake. People make them. We should leave it at that, shouldn’t we?


  2. Ashtrayhead
    May 5, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Good job she didn’t run into a player otherwise said player would fall to the ground in agony, roll about 10 yards (checking half way through to make sure the ref was watching), and wave an imaginary card, the rest of the team surrounds the ref, the manager inserts some more chewing gum, player gets his legs rubbed by the fat physio, adjusts his hair band and gets up as if nothing has happened.

  3. May 5, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I posted on this too and was more caustic than you. It’s great, in my eyes, that girls can make it to a linesman role in big matches and much of my working life has been spent promoting girls and getting them to have the confidence to try.

    So I can’t be down on the lass. Plus, she had the right attitude and is learning the hard way. She might become quite good eventually.

    However, the namby-pambies who have tried to jump onto the Mail’s coat tails is both extraordinary and predictable. It’s been really heartening to see comments by women about it, that these people who want the player’s head need to get a life.

    Look, the girl didn’t mind, she was smiling, Naughton did look back and smile [but that’s not on camera] – crowd members reported that and all was fine. It’s not a Sunday school picnic out there. I admire her but I sure as hell don’t admire these false gallants who jump onto anyone where there is an incident involving a woman.

    Great post, by the way.

    • May 5, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      “Look, the girl didn’t mind, she was smiling..”

      Rather like all those concerned progressives who take offence at golliwogs and such on behalf of minorities, no-one seems to have asked her opinion before launching into a defence – I’d find that much more offensive!

  4. The Man With Many Chins
    May 5, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    She had quite clearly never heard of the old saying “Never stand on the tracks when the train is coming through”.

  5. dearieme
    May 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    It’s hard to be sure on a single two-dimensional view of a three-dimensional process, but it looks to me as if he did a sidestep off his right foot to allow him to collide with her. Only a cynic would conclude that he won a dressing room bet.

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