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Newcastle fans boycott – Arguments for and against

1 year ago
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The Newcastle fans boycott versus business as usual.

I think it’s time for a balanced appraisal of the situation.

The Mag has been inundated with articles on the merits, or not, of breaking the boycott planned for the Arsenal game and beyond.

Whilst the majority see staying away as the only answer. I intend looking at both sides before giving my conclusion, which I already have in mind.

Considering my own Newcastle fans boycott started 11 years ago, the outcome shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.

The argument for going (I was tempted to leave it blank):

– Mike Ashley could be agitating for a boycott to split the fanbase, divide and conquer tactics. A full ground wouldn’t give him the satisfaction of seeing a fractured fanbase

– The players will perform better in front of a large home crowd

– Match goers social routine will be left intact

– People will be doing what football fans should be allowed to do, support their team

– More money for the club (lol)

The argument against going:

– After an atrocity of a close season, the message of enough is enough is put forward

– Pride in knowing that we do have principles and won’t be bullied

– A recognition that you can’t lose one of the best managers in the world, get a workmanlike replacement and put up with it

– To show to the media and fans everywhere, what is going on

Highlight to Ashley that we aren’t prepared to put up with his model any more

– Challenge the anti-progressive small-minded approach insisting on future development

– Prove the club theory, stated through Steve Bruce, that there won’t be a boycott, is arrogant rubbish (which proves the fans are taken for granted)

Respect for Rafa, what he did and how he was treat

– To challenge the ‘nothing will change theory’

Both lists could be extended but for me it’s a no-brainer, if there isn’t a boycott now, there never will be.

We will be stuck in a rinse and repeat cycle for another 12 years. He will have done the unthinkable and got away with it. I think a nil attendance from our fans against Arsenal is the way forward, even if it’s business as usual after that (if people just can’t stop themselves). Maybe have other Newcastle fans boycotts for televised games?

My final word: if you go you are complicit in the constructive running down of our once proud club, giving Ashley the green light for his atrocious behaviour. It could be argued you deserve each other but as I have family and friends who still go, I won’t say that.

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