Posted on 13th October 2008
FA attacks Cole boo-boys
This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.
England fans who booed Ashley Cole in England’s 5-1 victory over Kazakhstan have been branded “crazy” by the Football Association.
Spokesman Adrian Bevington said: “It is crazy a section of our own supporters are booing one of our own players.”
“That is clearly not going to help the team during the course of a game.”
England boss Fabio Capello also joined in the criticism saying he did not understand the booing: ‘When you play and work in sport, you can make mistakes.’
Expectation levels have risen so dramatically under Capello that a relatively comfortable win in a World Cup Qualifier still draws criticism from the media and some in attendance.
Football Supporters’ Federation international co-ordinator Kevin Miles said relatively few in the Wembley crowd booed the Chelsea fullback and he could not see the sense in it.
“I hardly heard it, though I was aware of it. It seemed to be a minority,” said Miles.
“People have obviously paid their money and have the right to express their opinion but I can’t imagine a situation in which a player being booed every time he touches the ball is going to feel lifted by the experience.
“I personally believe once the team have gone out there and are playing, fans should do what they can to try to improve or support them.
“Ashley Cole made a mistake for their goal, but he’s still got to carry on playing the rest of the game and we wanted to move forward from that rather than compound it.”