Monsieur Salut answers a question raised by an eminent SAFC supporter on these pages. See the original debate by clicking on Niall Quinn: love means never having to say ‘I despise you’ ….
Did Niall Quinn really use the word “despise” to describe his feelings towards fans who watch currently illegal live broadcasts down the the pub instead of paying to see the games at the Stadium of Light?
Or, asked Tom Lynn with perfectly good reason, was the word put into his mouth by the SAFC corporate press people?
Now we have the answer, and it’s from the horse’s mouth, as this link provided by BBC Radio Newcastle’s Martin Emmerson shows.
Despise ’em he does.
Niall repeated the word when interviewed this evening, telling the Beeb he chose “despise” to generate attention for the club’s stand against the screening using foreign feeds of unauthorised games.
“I did use emotive language,” he said. “I did think long and hard about using the word despise. It was a tactical thing to say, which worked and it got a response.
“I’m delighted it got us to the front page of the papers and radio programmes and at last I can have a meaningful debate.
“I’m able to highlight the problem, I’m able to tell you our crowd has lost around 6,000 people in the time we became successful.”
Monsieur Salut has had his say. Niall has had his and many of you have had yours.
You know what to do if there’s more left to be said.