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The Ugly Side of Festive Football - Poverty Chanting

December is a period of great enjoyment for many football fans, as the games come thick and fast with a new game almost every day, and some terrific games already happened this month and more is to come.


An issue that seems to be a recurring theme at over the festive period is the persistence of poverty chanting, particularly when fans travel to Goodison Park and Anfield or vice versa.


Recent evidence of this is in Everton’s recent midweek home victories against Newcastle and Chelsea, as a fraction of the travelling faithful were chanting the ‘Feed the scousers’ and 'sign on' chants.


Ironically the Geordies’ chant was followed instantaneously by a chant about winger Anthony Gordon, who was born and raised in Liverpool.


The Goodison Park screen was lit up with the logo of local foodbank charity, Fans Supporting Foodbanks in the community during the chants of the Chelsea fans on Sunday. Foodbanks that are essential in the city of Liverpool as one in three children and families suffer with food poverty.


In Liverpool's recent clash with Sheffield United at Brammall Lane in which the Reds ran out 2-0 winners, the Blades' fans sang the 'Feed the Scousers' chant in which their own player and scouser Jack Robinson was not impressed and told the crowd 'I'm a scouser'.


Unfortunately, the foodbanks are needed up and down the country and the need to chant about these issues and make a mockery of by a minority of fans is a terrible and repetitive habit.


Fortunately, Everton silenced the fans who chanted by defeating both Newcastle and Chelsea at home and Liverpool legend and Sky Sports presenter, Jamie Carragher took to twitter to say 'Made up the blues won' and labelling the chants by the Chelsea fans as 'nonsense.'


The cutting down on these chants from those in charge of the league has been low to no work done, at a time when football has done excellent work on other social issues. This is another and it is repetitive every season.


Of course, everyone loves football and the tribalism, banter that comes with the game between the fans. Poverty chanting is not an example of this; it is pathetic, disgusting and needs to be binned.

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