Roger Alton Roger Alton

Ugly face of the beautiful game

Football, bloody hell, as that old bruiser Sir Alex Ferguson twinkled bibulously at the turn of the century. But it’s not looking so good now, Sir Alex. Bloody hell, it’s in a pretty dark place: the game’s a beauty of course, but otherwise nothing but racial abuse, wholesale cheating, assault, shocking levels of officiating and terrace savagery.

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Roger Alton
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Roger Alton
Roger Alton is a former editor of the Observer and the Independent. He writes the Spectator Sport column.

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