February 26th, 2010
Did Wayne Bridge Make The Right Decision?
But we have yet to hear from the most influential demographic in football today: Kickettes, of course!
Below we outline the two prevailing views, handily condensed so you can read them over a coffee and maybe even a tiny little muffin. Then, wipe the crumbs off your desk, make your decision and state your position, people!
THE FOOTBALL VIEW
Wayne Bridge should man-up, grit his teeth and take it out on the park. First and foremost he is a sportsman, he has a responsibility to his country and personal feelings should never encroach on performance.
His decision to remove himself from selection for the England squad has serious ramifications for the country’s chances in a year when many had tipped the team for World Cup success. If you are picked, you play, regardless of your feelings toward the man next to you.
Plus, um, Bridgey has played football his entire life. And there will surely be huge regrets years from now when all the smoke and condom wrappers have cleared that he passed on the chance to play in the WC. You shouldn’t let anyone take that away, regardless of the circumstances.
The devastating betrayal of Wayne Bridge by one of his closest friends was bad enough. But the subsequent failure of England’s management to deal with such a potentially divisive matter effectively has left the Bridgey with no option.
Bridge has been forced to sacrifice his personal hopes and ambitions for the World Cup, a tournament he stood a good chance of featuring in due to the injury of Ashley Cole. His dignity and silence in the days following the newspapers breaking the scandal should be admired and his decision respected.
Whether it’s a matter of personal principles, pride, or good old fashioned stampy-feety, it’s Wayne’s choice to make and it doesn’t make him any less of a man.
Ladies. It’s over to you.