Despite all the hand-wringing from the weekend, I actually quite enjoy the dark side of football.
For my latest project I’m watching a load of old games. Today’s is Italy v Argentina from the 1982 World Cup. This was a belter, with lenient refereeing and fouls galore. Great fun. Diego Maradona v Claudio Gentile was a key duel:
As I say, terrific.
So does that make me a hypocrite? Very possibly. But I’m watching Italy v Argentina as a neutral, Fulham v Wolves is different: if my team is prevented from winning by unfair tactics then I will, of course, be outraged. It’s how it works, isn’t it? Part of football’s great pantomime.