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Sit Down If You Love Rangers





I`ve mentioned it before, but why do some fans think that they can stand throughout a match without upsetting others? At Derby, the tickets clearly stated that persistent standing is strictly forbidden. So, when the Rs fan sitting in front of me persisted in standing up, despite the fact that, in doing so, he hid the goal from not just me but others sitting behind me; he was asked politely (several times) to sit down by the Derby stewards.

And when he refused to do so, he was then (again very politely) given a warning. He was told that, if he did not sit down, he would be ejected from the stand. So what does the guy go and do? Sit down and enjoy the game, and let those around and behind him enjoy it too? No! Of course not!

He deliberately stood up, and continued to stand up, when there was absolutely no reason to (for example, a corner to watch, when everyone else stood up momentarily; or a brief chant that got us all on our feet). So, guess what? He got kicked out!

And what was his reaction and those of the people around him? Shock and disgust! But why? He was pre-warned on the ticket; he was warned again in the ground; and, more importantly, fellow QPR supporters were all shouting to him to sit down and not spoil their enjoyment - and he didn`t care at all. He actually started arguing with one man implying that that man was in the wrong!

Now, I know that most grounds turn a blind eye to standing in the very back of a stand - as the Derby stewards did today. There is always a small knot of fans who stand up in the last three or four rows. But it`s a small group and they don`t interfere with anyone around them. Some fans who want to stand go and join those at the back - and that`s fair enough! I`m talking here about people who stand in the middle or the lower part of the away section.

At Chelsea last season, I nearly had my head taken off - literally - by a fellow QPR fan who took great exception to me asking him to please sit down as none of us could see! It`s horrifying how selfish some supporters can be. Yes - selfish. That`s what it is! We all know that these days standing is not condoned. Yet, a selfish few persist in upsetting their own fans by standing up!

I admit to being glad that this particular guy was taken away. More fool him! If he had only done as asked, he would have been able to enjoy that amazing comeback that saw us claw a point out of defeat, as the rest of us did. I praised the Derby stewards for their cool and calm handling of this particular situation - assuring them that QPR fans were really not all like him! He harassed and harangued them mercilessly and they didn`t deserve his rude and aggressive behaviour - but nor did the rest of us.

Long may it continue that stewards carry out what they say they will. Maybe then those fans will learn! If you are asked to sit down, just do it - you`ll be doing yourself a favour - as well as the rest of us!

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Writer: sandydl Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 30 2010

Time: 12:15PM

Your Comments

As one of the fans that enjoy standing I moved to the R block. On saturday I was in row U and wanted to stand so i moved to the back. Definitley understand how it is annoying. Easily could have moved to the back.
_qpr-scotland_
I think the point that Sandy made - and made very well - was not the people who stand up at impending incidents, because lets face it most do. It's the ones that stand, sometimes just checking their phone or facing the wrong way, ignorant or otherwise of blocking someones view.
Boxer
Scotland - you are right - it is easy to move to the back. And I'm not saying people shouldn't stand - good on you coz you get us all chanting along with you. You guys create the atmosphere. It's those others, tho, who want to stand but don't go to the back coz they think they've the right to stand where on earth they like, that gets on my nerves!!
sandydl
So it should. Not only does it ruin the match for the surronding supporters but it alienates the standing person who could put there voice to much better use by joining the others that do stand. Unfortunately it is too late to follow the Bundesliga in having safe standing and seating areas with seats lower down so everyone can see. Although seats came in for a very good reason after the tradgedy of Hillsborough so I'm not surprised terraces were almost completely wiped out.
_qpr-scotland_
 

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