SUNDERLAND fans have flooded the Echo’s website with reaction to Niall Quinn’s comments on televised football matches.
Supporters logged on in their droves after Sunderland Chairman Quinn told the Echo last week that he “despised” Sunderland fans who chose to watch club home games on the television instead of going to see a live game.
Most of those commenting couldn’t see where Mr Quinn was coming from.
One fan, calling himself, Taz, wrote: “Oh dear. The average Wearside family (2+2) has now shelled out over £240 in ticket money (without a bit of bait or travel) to watch Sunderland not manage a win in four and a half hours. Are you getting this yet Mr Quinn? It isn’t value for money.”
Another, safcman, added: “Welcome to the 21st century, Mr Quinn. No doubting you are a Sunderland legend and always will be, but you have to understand the cost of attending the games now, compared to when you played.
“I gave [up] my season ticket three years ago after 25 years because I lost my job.
“I would listen to the game on the radio, now I watch it on the internet. It’s not costing the club money because I can’t afford to attend regardless of the other options available to see the game. The greed of the modern-day footballer is turning fans away.”
In yesterday’s Echo, Mr Quinn said he doesn’t despise any fan – and added that the comments he made were intended to spark a debate about televised football.
He also added that his observation was not to do with money.
He said: “Our strength is the home crowd. It’s a passionate crowd and opposition clubs don’t like playing here when the stadium is packed with Sunderland supporters.
“But what happens when we’re 10,000 down and we’re playing in a stadium that is only two thirds full? The atmosphere will drop and we’ll lose what has always been a tremendous advantage.”
Some fans, though, did agree with Quinn.
One, offshoremackem, said: “There are a lot of jealous and bitter people about who do not like the truth sometimes. It puts it into perspective that some of the safc supporters show the same apathy as well-supported sides like Wigan.”