Expressing emotions is normal for coaches

Editor, Reference is made to the article “Spier resigns as APR coach”, published in The New Times on February 13.

Editor,

Reference is made to the article “Spier resigns as APR coach”, published in The New Times on February 13.

I will use few quotes from the article to make myself understood: “...Spier, who has a history of harassing match referees...” We should know and remember that history means habit. Why keep him for 7 years if that behaviour was so bad?

Another quote: “...Spier angrily walked off the pitch before slamming his jacket on the ground in front...” This is football, and he is a civilian. I urge the leaders of APR FC to leave army discipline impounded where it should and not in our clubs, stadiums, etc.

And by the way, have you ever seen what the majority coaches the world over do at the stadium when expressing their frustration? I think, it is fair to say here that, there are places where people's behaviour should be understood, tolerated and not be taken out of context. And that is exactly the case we are having with Andreas Spier.

There are places and moments where the grip should be loosened, letting people express their emotions and passion, as long as they do not harm anybody.

For football is lots of passion and emotions, and the VIPs who go to watch a football match should know it...I wonder what the management of the team expected. It's in other words like saying people should not dance at a party attended by a VIP...

Albert, Lubumbashi, DR Congo

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Yeah, true football is football and can trigger some reactions which is normal and natural for any human being. People must understand that.

For instance, I can (looking at the picture used in the article) turn things around and blame the referee to be aggressive. He looks so angry while the coach leaves the pitch smiling.

John, Rwanda

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