To boo or not to boo?
by Mark A (U5611457) 12 October 2008
The world has booed its stage performers since the actors of ancient Greece and Roman gladiators fluffed their lines and dallied with whimpering lions.
Should anyone paying for a ticket to watch a sport or stage performance, have a free licence to express their opinions?
Everton crashed out of the Carling Cup to Blackburn recently and the vitriol followed. The losing manager David Moyes said: “The fans were entitled to their boos because we didn’t play well.”
Football Supporters' Federation international co-ordinator Kevin Miles was at Wembley and while he admitted it was only a minority booing Cole, he said: “There are two sides to it; people have obviously paid their money and have every right to express their opinion.”
This view has also got its fair share of support on 606.
“You can't eject people for having an opinion, they have paid their money, so who are we to tell them they can't boo the England side if they wish?” said user saintsince65.
While punter slyadams said fans had spent “a load of money following England around and have been served up a load of dross over the last few years. Their only real way of demonstrating their discontent is through either not going to games or booing.”
And booing in sport is not just something restricted to the football arena.
In the gentlemanly world of snooker, Ronnie O’Sullivan was on the wrong end of some booing at the Grand Prix three years ago. Some of the petrolheads even got in on the act this summer after booing Aussie Casie Stoner when he won the British MotoGP.
Last Christmas England’s cricketers will have been choking on their turkey after being booed for their poor showing in Sri Lanka three days before.
Alastair Cook said: "They're passionate cricket fans and they're entitled to have a go. They have travelled a long way to come here and they like to see us doing well.”
Even England skipper Michael Vaughan, after his team were booed off the field in Barbados last year, said: "I've been a supporter in a stadium, watched football teams that haven't produced, and done exactly the same.”
So should anyone paying for a ticket to watch a sport or stage performance have a free licence to express their opinions?
In theatre circles booing has been recently deemed unkind, demonstrating a lack of sophistication. But perhaps expressing disapproval could lead to improved players’ performances?
From the views expressed so far since the England players walked off the Wembley turf on Saturday night, it seems the nation is divided. Give us your thoughts.
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