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  1. Me neither, a pretty shocking read to be honest! Probably the greatest player the world has ever seen. A bit before my time to properly judge but you only have to look at clips of him playing and realise that he could do things no-one else could (eg what Lineker talks about in that video). Maybe not the greatest 'professional footballer' in the sense that many of his years were blighted by issues and if he had coupled his talent with more professionalism and commitment he would have done more, but even despite that he is revered for clubs (Boca/Napoli) and country for what he did achieve.
  2. It does require people to show an element of acceptance. I think 30 seconds would work. Obviously there is always going to be some point where there will be displeasure, but I think most would say that was worth coping with if a) it prevented the terrible decisions and b) didn't come at the expense of the flow of the game. Although offside is close to being black and white, it's not quite - not like the ball crossing the line is - because as with Bamford's case, for e.g. at what point on the arm do you measure? Is it the armpit? If so, what point on the armpit? Offside is black and white if yo
  3. Or... make the most of it while it lasts, you can never take anything for granted with Saints!
  4. He will always be synonymous with Steven Davis! I found it really annoying, but I think that was initially a reaction to Davis being everyone's "unsung hero" and "massively underrated" award, and when you are against the tide, you end up arguing more vociferously than otherwise. Most of the time Verlaine's posts are well reasoned, and his comments above are no different. Pointing out a player's weakness, or critiquing someone's blind faith is not the same as slagging a player off. Adams is obviously playing well now, but I don't think it's unreasonable to say he's an automatic starte
  5. I actually didn't remember that, that's why I asked! All I recall about Delgado was he was Ecuadoran striker who came from the Mexican league along with his mate Kleber Chala, so wasn't sure what comparison he was trying to make! Thanks for clearing that up - my memory is usually pretty good but that transfer was nearly 20 (!) years ago...
  6. Why have you picked Delgado as a comparison?
  7. Not sure I'd go as far to say he is just as good as MLT... To be honest he has taken his game to a new level under Hasenhuttl. Of course he's never been a bad player, but before Ralph arrived he always struck me as a bit of a 'nearly man'. He'd nearly close down the shot, he'd nearly make the challenge etc. He's always had a good delivery, but even his direct free kicks nearly went in. That has changed now of course!
  8. Fair. Perhaps I didn't need to introduce 'who' I am into the discussion, but no need to find it depressing - I wasn't trying to score points, just thought it might be relevant to know that I'm not arguing from an obviously biased position (I basically don't tick any of the boxes that apply!) My comment about the minority was a general observation, both to the comments on here and in the world at large. I do actually agree with some of what you say, and I'm not claiming that you don't know anything, more suggesting that there might be other circumstances which you, or I, or many people on here,
  9. No, it's narrow minded not to consider that these intiatives might have a positive effect. Instead of saying "these are the problems with it, but what good might come from it? Does the good outweigh the bad? This is my experience, but what about people who has different experiences from mine?" Everyone is just writing it off as a bad thing, so I'm trying to offer a counter argument, hopefully to make people think about another angle. If everyone was on here saying "how great, about time too!" then maybe I'd put forward some of the arguments that you and others have made as a counter the other
  10. Let's say there are 10 white people and 10 black people of the calibre required to work for your company. They're all 'good enough' but you don't necessarily know how they rank amongst the 20. You currently have an all white workforce. You advertise the job, the 10 white people apply but only 2 of the black people, because they see your all-white workforce and feel intimidated, or maybe just uncomfortable that they won't fit in. Although the best candidate is white, you decide to take one of the black candidates on. Next time you advertise a job, and every time after that, because yo
  11. In fairness, I haven't seen many road workers full stop when I drive on the motorway. Plenty of roadwork signs and cones though.
  12. That's fine, totally understand that argument and of course in isolation I agree with the sentiment. However, what if a highly qualified black woman doesn't get a job because clubs DON'T have to fill a quota and therefore give it to someone else - because even though she appears to be qualified, is she really going to fit in with the 'culture' in the office? She might have the grades, but she doesn't sound that intelligent with that accent... Sounds like she has read up on the club, but (being a woman) it all sounds a bit forced, she doesn't come across as a 'natural' follower of the industry
  13. Absolutely, but if "virtue signalling" encourages other people to be better, is it something to feel particularly nauseous about? More nauseous that the original problem? It seems common nowadays to dismiss anyone trying to raise awareness about issues as "virtue signalling". While it no doubt exists and some examples are irritating, there's also a lot of people out there doing a lot more (even if it is 'just words') than others - including me! - to improve other people's lives, and writing them off as do-gooders or virtue signallers is just a comfort to one's own laziness, apathy or prejudice
  14. Could you not argue that because of their quotas, even though they took a dip for a while, that positive discrimination led to more black kids being interested in the sport (because they saw more people from their backgrounds playing, and therefore didn't assume it was off limits to them), and eventually leading to an even better team in future? Because now they have a bigger/better talent pool as a result of black people playing rugby? I'm not a follower of rugby but you said they are current world champions, so it hasn't really done them any harm in the long run has it? While I do under
  15. Sure, I was thinking even as I was writing it that maybe people imagine that it's discrimination and not a repeated error etc, but my aim/point was to try and take those possibilities out of the equation, because while I'm sure there are plenty of examples of people exaggerating discrimination, I also think it's far too easy for people to CLAIM it's all made up! Those made me laugh btw, thanks I am definitely the type of person who would judge based on spelling/grammar and lament that so many people seem to think it's not important anymore (I have a pet peeve of people writing "with rega
  16. Depends. But not if it's there to combat negative discrimination, which exists. Like all these things I could put myself in either situation and find fault with it. Would I be annoyed if I went for a job at Southampton FC and didn't get it because while I was the best qualified and performed best at interview, they had to take on someone else who was female or an ethnic minority? Of course I would, might even make me feel a bit racist/sexist! However, if I had a foreign sounding name, and thought I was cut out for jobs (or at least knew I was good enough for an interview) that I kept on being
  17. I am surprised (maybe I shouldn't be) that the aims specify "hires" rather than "interviews". I can totally see how someone with an unusual name might not get an interview because someone is either prejudice or subconciously biased, but you'd like to think that a face to face interview would give an opportunity to overcome that discrimination (supposing of course that the person hiring isn't a massive racist). To enforce that you actually have to HIRE a % of a certain type of person rather suggests the best people for the job won't necessarily get it. I'd be interested to hear a counter a
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