Soccer fans snubbed


As a Miami resident of 30 years and a lifetime supporter of the English soccer team, especially now that soccer star David Beckham wants to bring Major League Soccer to the city, I was excited to join fellow fans at Sun Life Stadium recently to greet the English team.

As the competing team from Ecuador excitedly greeted its fans and signed autographs, the English players and their manager, Roy Hodgson, simply left their two coaches and entered the stadium without acknowledging the fans.

The English fans consisted of ex-pats, men, women and children who had traveled from all over the Southeast and beyond and paid good money to stand in the rain for two hours just to call out the players’ names and show their support. Despite our surprise and disappointment at the team’s arrogant indifference, we waited to greet them again when the players left after the match. This time, there was even less recognition, and team members stared at us out the bus windows as they splashed past, as though we were zombies standing out in the rain.

Good luck in Brazil, England. Without your fans, you will need all the help you can get.

Robert Hubbard,

Miami Lakes

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