My Thoughts On The Pape Souare Incident At Bristol City

1 Posted by - October 25, 2017 - Uncategorized

On a night when emotions were running incredibly high at Ashton Gate, one idiot’s actions towards Pape Souare have left a hugely bitter taste in the mouth for the vast majority of Palace fans.

Following the conclusion of the Eagles’ 4-1 defeat against Bristol City, second-half substitute and fan favourite Pape Souare decided to throw his match shirt into the crowd as an act of solidarity, only for it to be thrown back by a “supporter” who was clearly painfully unaware of the significance attached to the defender’s actions.

Whilst I fully understand there being a bitter sense of frustration with our overall display, it’s always worth taking a look at the bigger picture in instances like this. If there was one player left on the pitch at full-time who didn’t deserve a volley from our fans, it was Pape. Removing the fact that he’s battled back to full fitness after an accident that could have left him unable to walk, he was only on the pitch for 26 minutes, being subbed on with the score already 3-1 in City’s favour.

Roy Hodgson said after the game that the players he’d trusted to put in a solid display on the night hadn’t pulled their weight but it was obvious that Pape was not one of those the gaffer had in his mind when speaking to Chris Grierson. In truth, the Senegal international’s story is one of very few bright spots in what has otherwise been a thoroughly dreadful campaign to date, making the reaction he received on social media last night all the more heartwarming.

Looked at in isolation, it’s difficult to imagine Souare putting in a performance at left-back any worse than the one Patrick van Aanholt managed last night. The Dutchman was utterly dreadful from the first minute to the last at Ashton Gate, leading me to wonder if Pape may indeed be trusted to start in a Premier League game before Christmas.

At a time when our fans are desperately searching for players who are willing to put their bodies on the line for the shirt, Souare’s inclusion may be a stroke of genius.

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  • Richard C October 25, 2017 - 10:26 am Reply

    When a violent crowd shout insults at the Police, they are not shouting at the Police but at the government or whatever system has let them down. This is no different, the fan was not having a go at Pape but at the totally inept team performance. It was unfortunate that Pape got on the wrong end of it. I would not criticise this fan for what he did.

    • admin October 25, 2017 - 10:54 am Reply

      For me, if a person sees an individual throwing a shirt in the crowd, they should have the presence of mind to think about who it is, rather than blindly associating them with the others.

      By this token Don Rogers, Andy Johnson, Clinton Morrison and Wilfried Zaha are the same as Stern John, Shefki Kuqi, Alan Mullery and Mark Kennedy.

      • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh October 25, 2017 - 12:28 pm Reply

        Agreed, If Jules is on the bench and comes over to clap we wouldn’t lay into him just because Hennessey has a made another howler. Pape is one of about 4/5 players who genuinely care for the club and should be treated with respect.

        In performances like this i feel every player should go over to the crowd as an act of solidarity and contrition for such a shambles. Punch and Wardy, despite not being the best players, nearly always go over to the fans after the game, win, lose or draw. Despite not rating their ability that highly i respect them for making the effort and not running away down the tunnel.

        • admin October 25, 2017 - 2:06 pm Reply

          Agreed there JFB. It’s easy for me to say (my chances of playing professionally are long gone) but I like to think I’d always do it.

  • Dolf CPFC October 25, 2017 - 3:10 pm Reply

    I made the trip yesterday and for 30 minutes we looked great! Passing and moving – it did seem that once near the penalty area no-one seemed to want to shoot and rather to pass it to someone else. A couple of times their gk managed to only parry a shot and I wish we had someone chasing these down. So disappointed with the result but his has been over-shadowed by the treatment of Pape. We stayed and clapped the team and I have not seen a comment or tweet regarding this incident which wasn’t a condemnation of the action. The majority of fans I spoke to/overheard after the game were disappointed at the loss but gutted with “that” behaviour. We are better than this, We are Palace.

    • admin October 25, 2017 - 3:29 pm Reply

      Hi Dolf,

      A great first comment with sentiments I’m sure 99.9% of Palace fans agree with completely. As you say, our fans’ reaction on social media has been completely in Pape’s favour and that’s encouraging.

      Welcome to HLTCO, look forward to seeing more from you in the weeks and months to come.

  • Richard C October 25, 2017 - 7:45 pm Reply

    Try reading both Souare and Speroni’s take on it. They quite clearly understand the crowds frustrations. Molly coddling is not what these players need, regardless of whether they are popular amongst fans, it’s a good kick up the arse. I’m sick to death of watching disinterested performances from very average players.

    • admin October 26, 2017 - 6:11 am Reply

      I don’t disagree with the overall frustration from the fans, I just feel that the situation deserves a bit of extra care given what Pape has been through in the last year or so.

    • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh October 26, 2017 - 11:04 am Reply

      How can you say a man who has been in a car crash, returned to full fitness and not been responsible for a hammering to lesser opposition doesn’t deserve shielding from the criticism?

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