Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa: What Cricket Fans Can Learn From the Coventry City Protest

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During Friday night's FA Cup tie between Arsenal and Coventry City, the visiting fans launched a subtle protest which was very much supported by the home fans. Football supporters in England are a crafty bunch who are very curious about the running of their clubs.

It's about time cricket fans take a similar interest and start voicing their discontent about the way the game is governed.

Football fans in England, if you believe pop culture standards like Green Street Hooligans, are bad people. They want to go cause trouble wherever they go and heaven help the rival fans who cross their paths. It is true, of course, that pockets of hooligans exist who wander around for no other purpose than to cause trouble, but most of the time, the fans are actually quite docile.

Sometimes, opposing fans even come together to support a cause for the greater good. During Friday night's FA Cup tie between Arsenal and Coventry City, two sets of fans supported each other in protest.

Coventry spent 34 years in the top flight but, like so many other teams taken over by people who haven't got a clue what they're doing, they've fallen from...

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