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Fan media has become increasingly popular over the last few years. More fans, with little to no journalistic experience are become a go to for football opinion and conversation. However, the mainstream outlets are doing their utmost to belittle it.
Recently, Sky Sports and Arsenal Fan Tv (AFTV) had a back and forth on Twitter, stemming from Gary Neville referring to Arsenal Fan Tv as "embarrassing". It opened up a wider debate on social media highlighting the condescension fan channel and media receive from their mainstream counterparts. This superiority complex extended to some pundits mocking the way that Troopz, a regular on AFTV, spoke.
Football needs both mediums. We need the 'experts' and in some cases I used that term loosely, as well as the fans perspective. The opinions and analysis of the likes of Gary Neville are appreciated, but the fans need a voice too. The fans go to games every week, see the players up close and in most cases are better equipped to critique their own clubs. Channels like AFTV, 100pcChelsea, Ball Street etc. give opinions of real fans on their clubs and wider football, with no constraints or political ties. Fans respect that and can relate to it.
Fan media is revolutionising the way we communicate as football fans. Social media has brought us closer together than ever. The mainstream need to accept this. The old boy snobbery needs to stop. After all, if Paul Merson can have an opinion on football and get paid for it, anyone can.
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