The opening match in the first-ever full season in the new stadium, Aston Villa should have been one of the most memorable events for me as a Spurs fan.
However, while it will live long in the memory, it is for all the wrong reasons, despite the lads earning a 3-1 win.
I can safely say that the guys I sit with in my row are some of the nicest blokes I have met at football games, but sadly the same could not be said for those behind us.
They took their seats and proceeded to shout and slurr the same unfunny jokes from minute one of the match, which was fine, that is a part of football after all.
However, when they started targeting some of the officials and players, that’s when I got uncomfortable.
It started with them making sexist comments about the female lineswoman on duty, with the usual backwards remarks about her ability and skill to run the line.
This coming from a group of middle-aged blokes who couldn’t see straight and probably haven’t run a mile in the last twenty years.
As if the sexist remarks weren’t bad enough, they then started to target one of their own players, Erik Lamela, a man who has been at the club for a good number of years.
They claimed that he looked as though he was gay, he looked like a woman, he looked like a transvestite, and much more, all in a negative manner. All while the Argentine was busting his gut trying to earn the fans three points.
The only thing that was missing from this group was a few racist chants.
I thought we had left behaviour and comments like this in the past, but it seems the few still harbour the same old-fashioned views.
West Upper stand. You know who you are.
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