An ‘And finally’ piece on a radio 2 news broadcast yesterday concerning a small football club Gloucestershire football club, intrigued me.
The club in question, Forest Green Rovers, have taken the step of banning red meat from the menu – not just for the players but also for staff and fans. With regards to the former it was as a result of nutritional advice but it was decided to extend the policy to the entire club grounds. So far, so entirely up to the club. Their property, their rules.
It is the justification and the fluff added to the BBC piece that raises eyebrows.
The club chairman, Dale Vince (a vegan), said:
“If red meat was not good enough to feed our players, then it wasn’t good enough for our staff, fans and visitors too.”
Really? I can perhaps see that there is a performance reason why a sportsman might avoid red meat but why extend to same logic to those who aren’t?
“At its worst it means once every two weeks watching a football game without being able to eat red meat.”
Translation: ‘Suck it up, you murdering carnivores’.
“Anybody that really needs it can bring a ham sandwich or something if they wish – that’s no problem.”
Well at least you aren’t into confiscating someone else’s property.
The Vegetarian Society (no agenda there then) added their two pennies worth:
“A diet lower in meat, particularly red meat, and higher in plant-based food is lower in fat, higher in fibre and higher in trace minerals.
“Anything the British population as a whole can do to reduce their reliance on meat has got to be positive.”
Sod off. I’ll eat what I bloody well want to and people like you tend to put me in the mood for a large, medium rare fillet steak with chips and mushrooms on the side.