Our screens are currently dominated by the World Cup and St George’s flags abound as evidence of support for Southgate’s Squad and many a mind and pocket are focused on ‘our team’ winning.
Much is invested, emotionally as well as financially, in the hope of winning but it is worrying to note that there is said to be an increase in domestic abuse rates by 38 per cent if England lose (*). Naturally, I’m hoping England wins but may the World Cup and our conduct as fans serve to remind us that life is not purely about winning but the grace and maturity to face any ‘result’ without recourse to abusing others. (*) Cited by Pathway Project – a Lichfield-based domestic and sexual abuse charity. Geoffrey Clarke, The Crossing Church & Centre, Worksop.