‘Only 3 of the country’s 42 senior football teams are in favour of clubs being punished for the misbehaviour of their fans.’
That’s the headline and above that, the results, when you ask the clubs if they think that they should be punished for the behaviour of those who have paid to get into property they own. Hmmm, let me think, how will they react? What’s that phrase about turkeys and Xmas, again?
We don’t know what the majority (25) think so we cannot say anything about them. We certainly can’t say, just to trigger feeling of righteous indignation, that only 3 are in favour. One or more of the others might be in favour but afraid that the big clubs hear of it.
This is research of uber-dummkopf quality with a hopeless research question, a useless response rate and simply daft conclusions. If two Access to Journalism students, say McLaughlin, B., and McLaughlin, B., on day-release from BBC Scotland, had come to me with this as a proposal for their group project, I’d have said in kindly tones:
‘Sorry lads, you’ll need to think again.’
As for my headline, I don’t have the evidence but my thesis is that they’d say:
Scottish football clubs think fnnn Reporting Scotland should stop fnnn wasting licence-payers’ money on fnnn stupid surveys?
Maybe there’d be more fnnns?