Expressing pleasure when your football team score a goal is a natural expression of support.
There is however etiquette involved in attending a football match. When seated among fans of the opposing team you don’t stand up and go ‘completely bonkers’ when your team score a goal. While you may be overjoyed, the opposition’s supporters will have the equal and opposite emotion of despair, and dejection. It’s plain rude to exalt your team’s performance while all those around you are dejected.
This simple rule, one which is both sensible for one’s safety, and the other is of magnanimity towards one’s fellow man. I’ve been caught out being with the home fans at a football match. It requires self restraint, that’s all. No point in ‘rubbing home supporters noses in it’ when their opposition scores a goal [however, not something that happened often when supporting Wolverhampton Wanderers football Club in the past].
It seems that Neil Kinnock is unaware of this simple piece of football supporter etiquette. Finding yourself, by design or unwittingly among opposition supporters requires to handle yourself with decorum. Not as Neil Kinnock appeared to do when supporting Cardiff City at an away match at Fulham, such that he was asked to move seats, as reported,
Another case of someone exhibiting a sense entitlement with complete disregard for the feelings of others. Sarah Brookes, spokeswoman for Fulham FC, said of Kinnock’s celebrations after the 12th-minute goal:
“He was in the home area and celebrated when Cardiff scored. Stewards did him the courtesy of relocating him in the away end. No home fans are particularly happy when away supporters are located in their area and vociferously celebrate when their team scores.”