No Soccer for London’s Faithful

Daniel Jamieson, US Daily Review, Senior Editor.

In the midst of incredible duress, British soccer fans are excited about the beginning of a new season. For some, however, the wait continues.

Having already cancelled the upcoming match between international rivals England and Holland, authorities have decided to postpone the English league season-opener between London club Tottenham Hotspur and northern competitors Everton. The recent riots in the British capital have lead police chiefs and government officials to believe that the conditions are simply too dangerous to continue with the game as planned.

Soccer is England’s everyman sport. Loyalties and rivalries span the nation, with hundreds of teams often being separated by mere city blocks. In the wake of such social disturbance, weekly matches should be outlets for the British faithful to adorn their colors, forget their working-week problems and assemble en masse, all in the name of their favorite eleven.  Unfortunately for the fans of these two teams, no such Saturday exists.

The recent NFL lock-out has had football fans across America on a knife-edge. Having finally reached an agreement, the league has sidestepped what would have surely been an enormous national reaction, loss of economy, and widespread anger.

What does the London lockdown mean for local optimism? Immense criticism has already befallen the authorities’ handling of the social-media organized violence and the lack of decisive police response. A nation under scrutiny looks to its resident heroes for relief. When a government frustrates its public, distractions are vital. Sports are just as integral in British culture as they are here in the United States, and when The People cannot have their fun, they become restless.

Born in Scotland and educated in Texas, Daniel Jamieson has been professionally writing since 2005, most recently for ‘US Daily Review’ and ‘Health and Fitness Magazine’. Daniel has contributed to a number of published medical articles and online information sites, such as aeha.org and ehow.com. One of US Daily Review’s Senior Editors, Daniel adds fresh viewpoints on everything from education to sports. He graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing.

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.

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