The decision by Stuart Pearce to axe David Beckham from the England Olympic football team now looks even more stupid than even at first thought. Not that Pearce gives a monkeys anyway, but how many more people would have been attending the football matches had Beckham been in the team?
Now we have the spectacle of stadiums staging the football matches being less than half full. The Olympic committee have come up with what they consider to be a clever solution by closing off vast portions of the stadiums so as to coral those spectators attending into a smaller area, thus, they say, to make it look as though there are more people actually there.
Instead of going to all that expense and PR nonsense, why doesnt somebody in authority, just box Pearces ears and explain what the Olympics mean to the country`s standing in the international sporting arena. No wonder we could not manage to get the World Cup. FIFA must be patting each others backs at the decision not to allow England to host the World Cup when they see the fragmented and bitterly divided people who are supposed to be in charge of the Olympic football team.
We have already had the utterly amateurish fiasco over ticket sales, which is still ongoing. Then we have just this week had a parliamentary committee investigation into the farce that is supposed to be the allocation of security staff at venues and team headquarters. Now we have the spectacle of half empty football venues.
Those who chose Pearce for the job could not have chosen a more unsuitable or fractious person. A veritable PR disaster every time he opens his mouth. But they had a forewarning of this when he was in charge of the U21 team. It came to light that Pearces brother was actually a BNP member and had made public certain unsavoury views about immigrants. Moreover, it is little known that Pearce was himself forced to apologise to Paul Ince over a racist remark he made during a match in 1994.
Perhaps when the commentators are trying to think of what to say whilst the cameras are panning across vast swathes of empty seats, they might want to have Beckham on hand to give his insightful comments on the state of the hierarchy in English Football.