This was a very interesting moment in the game last yesterday.
I’m one of those cynics that almost every single time there is any fan and athlete contact, I think that it can only end badly.
When I first saw those guys grabbing Mario I thought that it was one of those situations and it easily could have gotten verrrrrry out of hand very quickly if MB turns around and swings on someone who is holding him – and I don’t care what you say, he has EVERY RIGHT to do just that.
* ISPS opinion *
Buying a ticket, in no way, no form, no fashion means that you are allowed to be grabbing players, or touching athletes when its not initiated by the player, no matter how well your intentions are. Slap ‘em five, chest bump them if they bring it to you, but keep your damn hands to yourself.
Now, all that being said, I totally get what the supporters were doing. They were looking out for the best interest of the club and the best interest of Mario and its actually a beautiful moment because it truly does live up to the spirit of the club and what spot is really about.
* Someone on Mario’s PR team is now on the job. This is a reeeeeally good move on his part. Really good.
And big ups to Mario in the whole incident. There was a time when he gets up and slaps the supporters hands away, and then goes and squares up with Smalling until broken up by other players and / or the ref. Good on him that he’s maturing and seems to be in a different place.
Speaking of that, do we realize that Mario is still on 24 years old.