A Liverpool football widow has caused outrage by refusing to wear a black armband in her husband’s match day absences.
Despite demands from Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rogers and senior club officials, Mrs Doris Whittaker 69, has steadfastly refused to comply with requests to show respect for other football widows throughout the UK. Mrs Whittaker was given the armband during a Saturday afternoon shopping trip to Tesco where other football widows sported the armbands with pride.
Tesco cashier Tracey Timmins was shocked by Mrs Whittaker’s action, “It should be compulsory to wear a black armband. If they take it off that’s just disrespectful and should have some sort of punishment. They should have their Club Card points stopped if you ask me.”
Store manager, Michael Connolly said, “Every Saturday at 3.00pm we like to have a minute’s silence for football widows around the country. However, Mrs Whittaker and her neighbour refused to keep quiet. I’m a Liverpool fan and I was really disgusted with their booing and singing it sets a really bad example.”
However one Tesco customer was more sympathetic. “I disagree, i think it's absurd to say a football widow doesn't care and has no respect just because she’s not wearing an armband. That's the kind of ridiculous thing that's scourged Liverpool FC this season so I don't think it's fair to criticise people like Mrs Whittaker for a minor PR-mishap. Football managers and people everywhere just need to chill out a bit. It’s political correctness going absolutely mad.”
In a new incident Mrs Whittaker has also refused to be accompanied into Tesco by children wearing 'Unite Against Racism' T-shirts and wear a 'Unite Against Racism' branded armband.
The club is considering what action to take at their next board meeting.