In an interview with the Edinburgh Evening News this week ex-Hearts striker, Esmael Goncalves, claimed that racial abuse from a minority of the Edinburgh club's support was at the forefront of driving him out of Tynecastle.
My first thought when seeing the story begin to break on social media could best be described as one of resigned frustration. I'm a big boy, and well aware of just how unsavoury some elements of the Hearts support can be.
At no point in time did I try to convince myself that Goncalves was talking rubbish in some twisted effort to save face that his time at Hearts didn't go quite as well as anybody had hoped.
'It WAS a goal!'
'Naw it wisnae!... It couldnae have been, I had my arms at full stretch and it wis MILES above my hands.'
If you've ever played football down the local park as a kid, you'll have had this and many conversations like it. Did somebody score? Did they not? How can you tell?
In public park games between pals, it generally comes down to consensus. If enough people say 'goal', then the goal stands. It's pretty much that simple.
In professional sport, of course, such consensus would be impossible ... that's why some poor sods are employed to run around a football pitch, getting stuck in the middle of everything... to try, as best they can, to eliminate the need for that consensus.
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