It’s been a widespread debate for many a year, What is the appropriate level to criticise players, Is “Booing” our own players acceptable?
It’s something that I personally would never do (Boo) however it has happened around me during games & I’ve always wondered, If supporters came to an agreement, what would be an acceptable level of criticism?
The link between players, managers & supporters has grown hugely over the past 2 or 3 decades, I remember we had players visiting the local CSC every season, a rota which the late, great Tommy Burns had to bring back himself. I’m unsure if this sort of activity remained at the club since his departure.
Supporters felt more close to the players back then, even closer before no doubt however in this modern game, this link is practically non-existent. Some may say that the emergence of social media, this has created a link between the support & players however I’d disagree as it’s fairly rare for players to respond too direct supporter messages & tweets.
So the level of criticism, If fans agreed on an acceptable level to criticise, what would it be?
I’d go as far to say that there is more supporters who would hurl abuse towards a player than there is who would boo? What’s the difference?
Booing together no doubt creates more of a noticeable noise however why should it be okay to react to someone booing than to someone giving Sammy for example pelters?
I believe that criticising players as supporters can go one of two ways –
“If you can walk away from a defeat and think that it does not really matter then you will never develop” – Recent signing Miku
Anyone could can see the difference between a confident Samaras to a not confident Samaras.
While I’d never boo a player, I’d never speak against anyone who’d take the decision to do so. As fans I believe supporters need to have some sort of voice to show displeasure towards what we see as failings, that link which was previously there has disappeared so what other options are available?
As Miku says, If players leave the field of play thinking that a defeat or any negative result does not matter, how can they develop?
It’s a touchy subject no doubt, one which will always be there however these are my views.