If you are a Town fan and you have not paid attention to Talksport’s crass monologues regarding Huddersfield Town, then you are one of the lucky ones.
Like the growing number of click-bait websites and attention-seeking media outlets, Talksport is a radio station that thrives on riling up football fans. Often the controversial views that are held by their numerous presenters are simply a means of staying relevant.
Already, I can see the hypocrisy as I am giving them the satisfaction of taking the time to write about this very radio station.
However, there is a reason why.
Following Manchester City’s straightforward victory over Town, there was a look of disbelief from said radio station that Huddersfield Town had refused to give them permission to interview either Mark Hudson or his players.
Who could blame them?
Talksport’s sanctimonious attempts to take the moral high ground collapsed beneath them when you take a look at their coverage of Town over the past six months.
In early October, manchild Jason Cundy tried to belittle our football club through an artificial attempt to create “banter”.
"Huddersfield need a change, a signing, personnel or maybe the manager."
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) December 27, 2018
It is something we’ve grown used to since gaining promotion to the Premier League. The subtle sly digs and constant misunderstanding of our football club have now become commonplace.
Jason Cundy’s remarks were the first real overt attempt within the mainstream media to besmirch our football club, a view that is shared by armchair Premier League fans, up and down the country.
However, seemingly the straw that broke the camel’s back came yesterday.
In another nonsensical tirade from another Talksport culprit Mark Saggers, it was Adama Diakhaby’s turn to be subjected to serious criticism, with the standout claim being made that “there are non-league players who they could have got to play better than that”.
One factor behind the rise of racist abuse in the stands and the toxicity on social media is the way that certain media outlets and pundits have criticised black football players; “lazy”, “money-grabbing”, “petulant” are all labels which have been used against players like Raheem Sterling and Paul Pogba.
Whilst we do not suggest for one minute that Diakhaby’s criticism was racist in its concoction, this type of criticism can often be a slippery slope towards more vile invective and can boil over into the behaviour by those Chelsea fans in that game against Man City.
Calling it out and stamping it out should be football fans responsibility just as much as journalists.
"I don't care how isolated he is."
"This season, I've seen better players in the National Conference."@MarkSaggers did NOT hold back when assessing Adama Diakhaby's first half performance for Huddersfield Town. pic.twitter.com/8XY5Zv4irQ
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 20, 2019
If we are to improve the culture, the language and the environment that football players live and work within, pundits must practice what they preach. Slinging proverbial mud at players who can’t stand up for themselves or play for ‘smaller’ clubs is the refuge of a school bully.
Even if this particular TalkSport pundit truly meant what he said, what did he gain from this vicious critique other than click-bait fuelled views and retweets?
The only surprise about Town’s refusal to co-operate with Talksport is how long it has taken for Town to stand up for themselves and their staff. For too long, Talksport besmirched Huddersfield and yesterday’s unprovoked comments seemed to have been the final straw.