Football is becoming a politically correct game

Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume
Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume

We tred a particularly fine line in these politically-correct days.

Take the World Cup currently being played out in Brazil for instance. Is it okay for us, as Scots, to enjoy a collective chuckle when England lose or, as some suggest, is it racist?

At various times, no doubt, some of the familiar stereotypes will be trotted out by one of the ‘experts’ called in to offer their opinions – the Germans are boring but efficient, the Dutch flamboyant but unpredictable, the Latin Americans happy to employ brutal tactics.

Hopelessly out of touch with modern reality certainly – but also racist?

And once you’ve sorted that one out, why not take it down a level?

Substitute ‘Falkirk fans’ for ‘Scots’ and ‘Dunfermline’ for ‘England’ and ask the initial questions again?

Racism may be a harder argument to make, but it opens up a whole new debate on whether it’s wrong to wish ill on your local rivals, even if it’s just in the sporting arena.

Anyway, I’ll leave you all to wrestle with that one while I go back to watching the football – and, just to ensure I don’t fall foul of anyone, may the best team win!