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Robbie Savage- Football and Rugby

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Ah! The ritual but unjustified slating of soccer, soccer fans, soccer players, soccer pundits merely because it is more popular and more successful than our code. Jealous inverted snobbery, pure and simple. 

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Ah! The ritual but unjustified slating of soccer, soccer fans, soccer players, soccer pundits merely because it is more popular and more successful than our code. Jealous inverted snobbery, pure and simple.

Rubbish!

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Later in the same piece, on of his co-commentators / pundits from the 5live stable texted in with something along the lines of "If you think there's more passion in football than rugby you should come to a Hull derby". He may have his eyes openened a little there.

Also think it's important to look at the context of his statement, which came after someone calling for video technology to be used more. This was in the light of Keiran Gibbs mistakenly being sent off in the Arsenal Chelsea game. Savage's point was that the atmosphere at football was "too tribal" and he was actually qquite apologetic for that.

In his defence he's also bigged up RL on occaision. During the RLWC he described YaYa Toure as "steaming through like Same Burgess" - which was nice......

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The OP mentioned his comment comparing Football and the match at Twickenham. We know he's aware of (and very much appreciates) Rugby League, but as a Welshman, his natural instinct would be to call RU 'Rugby'.

 

And that's all there is to this non-story.

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Rubbish!

 

I acknowledge your superior expertise in that area. I am still right, of course.  

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Ah! The ritual but unjustified slating of soccer, soccer fans, soccer players, soccer pundits merely because it is more popular and more successful than our code. Jealous inverted snobbery, pure and simple.

I don't do that

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I went to a Sale game once and a Herd of Wilderbeast could have passed through the Crowd without anybody noticing.....

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Ah! The ritual but unjustified slating of soccer, soccer fans, soccer players, soccer pundits merely because it is more popular and more successful than our code. Jealous inverted snobbery, pure and simple. 

But you have liked a post saying that soccer is more passionate than RL, suggesting you agree with that, so you having that view makes you just as bad as people who take the opposing view doesn't it?

 

Or is it just if they take an opposing view to you they get criticised?

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I acknowledge your superior expertise in that area. I am still right, of course.

Poppycock !

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Can't say. I haven't seen you with you pants down...yet.

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John M its time you retired again,you are embarassing yourself again,i remember your resignation speech in 2006 over uncle Mo it was hilarious,give it up pal

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Being Welsh, Robbie probably has no animosity towards either code of rugby. Well certainly not union anyway. Hes probably right in that unions general crowd is nothing like football/RL's. Rugby league and football share a similar type of fanbase, borne from the working class roots of both. 

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Being Welsh, Robbie probably has no animosity towards either code of rugby. Well certainly not union anyway. Hes probably right in that unions general crowd is nothing like football/RL's. Rugby league and football share a similar type of fanbase, borne from the working class roots of both. 

 

Football was actually borne from the upper classes and only later, on the advent of professionalism, did it become a working class sport. Early winners of the FA Cup include Wanderers, Royal Engineers and Oxford University. There was much warring between the strict amateurs and those wishing to expand the game through monitory reward. One club playing in the Scottish Cup final hired a private detective to see if the opposition had breached the strict amateur rules. 

 

Out of interest, Glasgow Rangers once reached the English FA Cup semi-finals, while Queen's Park was a dominate force to be reckoned with in the FA Cup and pioneers of the 'passing game' ('Combination Game'). 

 

I have penned a piece on my website looking at the connections between rugby league and football and more to follow. 

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John M its time you retired again,you are embarassing yourself again,i remember your resignation speech in 2006 over uncle Mo it was hilarious,give it up pal

 

OMEGA wrote: What the hell does Robbie Savage know about Rugby League or Union, the blokes an over privileged buffoon who stole a career as a footballer and is doing the same as a pundit

 

How best can I put this?   Lets see. Try this. Are you sitting still?  OK. here goes.  OMEGA is talking  complete rubbish. Even if OMEGA had stated this was his opinion,  rather than a bald assertion, he'd still be wrong. 

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