As much as Welsh football fans love to deride the English, there is definitely one thing that Cardiff City and the English national side share in common - a minority of both teams followers can be guaranteed to cause a certain amount of mayhem.
Cardiff's season, abysmal as it
was, passed off without too many unsavoury incidents to report
- though the same could not be said of England. Beckham, Shearer
& co had failed again to conquer Europe on the pitch, but
off it, there's no doubt which nation rules when it comes to bad
A hastily assembled 'Panorama' special was aired in order that the Rugby loving English middle classes could view the antics of Englishmen who are unable to hold their liquor.
All of this was hugely embarrassing to Cardiff City football club, especially after the Daily Mirror ran the story that one of the fat white men with close cropped hair featured on Panorama was none other than Dai Thomas.
The goal shy City striker claimed
he had nothing to do with any kind of violent disorder but was
seen doing more running in the Belgian capital than he had done
all season in a Bluebird's shirt. Cardiff City very promptly held
a meeting about the incident, but since then, there have been
no further developments, and it must be assumed that despite the
huge offence caused, he must still be a City player.
It is regrettable that it took an incident like this to bring Dai Thomas to the verge of being thrown out of Cardiff City - surely his lack lustre performances and his appalling physical condition should have seen him consigned to the dole office long before he ever boarded his ferry to Belgium. Thomas (and he is by no means alone) did virtually nothing for Cardiff City last year other than draw his wages. It is so galling to be reminded that if the side had been able to earn just one more point, they would have retained their Division 2 status. Putting aside the abysmal quality of Thomas's efforts for City, a wider question should be asked about the responsibility of the Football League and the PFA.
Dai Thomas as a professional player (???), albeit in the lower reaches of the league, should have been charged with bringing the game into disrepute.
His alleged involvement in embarrassing scenes of violence makes the Vinnie Jones 'Hard men' video and Robbie Fowler's 'cocaine sniffing' antics seem like minor offences. Yet while these two high profile players were heavily punished, Thomas appears to have escaped scott free.
The antics of the lunatic fringe at City have made Cardiff fans about as welcome as a dose of the pox in most towns. Yet aspiring chairman Sam Hamman has been using the kind of aggressive rhetoric about 'going into battle against England' which can only appeal to the more idiotic Cardiff supporters already involved in this kind of childish nonsense.
Sam Hamman should view a copy of the Panorama documentary, listen to the kind of racist rubbish being chanted by the England fans in Belgium, and then decide if Dai Thomas is the kind of person he wants associated with Cardiff City