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  1. Adidas were awful you’re right, I’ve got some of the hummel tracksuit stuff and it just feels low quality. They’ve also got stupidly shallow pockets so when you sit down everything falls out of them
  2. Just for pitch invading? Or for abuse on the pitch?
  3. That's the point though? Instead of putting users in prison they get the help they need and dealers aren't going to prison because they're out of a job? There's a lot of "what if?" comments from those opposed to decriminalisation/legalisation that don't hold up when you compare to countries with looser drug laws. I'm not trying to get on my high horse or shut down debate, just comments like legalisation would lead to an increase in crime is objectively not true. There's proof in other countries and it doesn't make sense anyway when the legal status of a drug has no relevance to an addict anyway. It all feels a bit Daily Mail to me but each to their own.
  4. Cool. Doesn't mean the street would be awash with addicts if availability and ease of access to drugs stayed the same.
  5. With the greatest of respect to some people in this thread, it's pretty obvious who's got their opinions from tabloid newspapers and who's actually got a little bit of knowledge on the subject.
  6. That's not true. What some people fail to wrap their heads around is that the buyers market is always going to be there regardless of whether a drug is legal or illegal. Look at prohibition in the US as an example of how ineffective outlawing drugs are. As others have said, it is very easy to access pretty much anything you want if you live in a city with minimal effort. If someone is going to become addicted and get into debt through drug addiction, the legality of the drug is irrelevant. If anything it's better to be in debt to the state or a regulated pharmaceutical company as at least someone isn't in physical danger. Legalisation wouldn't result in a wave of people getting addicted to heroin for example, because if you want to take heroin you're already taking it. As someone who would never touch it, I couldn't care less about the legality because I have no interest in taking it. The article below is pretty informative. Like alcohol and other legal drugs, there is no perfect answer. Addicts will always be present in society, it's a sad part of human nature. In my view it's best to ensure that people are taking drugs safely and have proper support available to them to turn their lives around without worrying about stigma/criminal charges. Again, recreational users will be users regardless of legality, it makes sense to ensure they're consuming safely whilst generating some tax revenue to pay for the treatment of addicts. https://transformdrugs.org/blog/drug-decriminalisation-in-portugal-setting-the-record-straight
  7. The Arsenal shirt is £70, with £5 of that going to community charities in North London. Pretty sure most Premier League clubs offer an "Authentic" shirt for £100 thats just there to con people out of money. Our kit is no longer on the website to purchase (new kit soon?) but was around £50-£55 if I remember rightly? A £15 increase for a considerably bigger club with probably a better quality shirt (all the Hummel stuff I've bought has felt pretty cheap) doesn't seem that crazy to me. Sadly that's the way it is now. I'd rather spend the money on a retro shirt but each to their own.
  8. The amount of fake Stone Island at Ashton Gate is a far more serious epidemic than cocaine use imo.
  9. Think you could write a thesis on it to be honest, I'd have liked to have looked at it as part of my degree but ended up going in another direction. Drug use on the whole is on the rise, not just amongst football fans. Having done no proper research I would imagine austerity policies, increased inequalities and the pandemic have all led to more and more people wanting an escape from normal life, so want to let off steam. Investing in communities etc would help so that people are more content in their daily lives, personally I back legalisation as it would instantly cripple organised crime across the country that relies on the drug trade to fund other crime. Studies have shown its actually reduced drug use in countries such as Portugal, but again having done no research I can't tie myself to a solution. Not looking to open that debate as it's: off topic, incredibly nuanced and I simply don't know enough to have an informed discussion about it without going through proper studies of it. https://twitter.com/BBCArchive/status/826112912074952706?s=20&t=qeZea0DCQjPUkDhWZWgQfQ
  10. It's part of a big day out for many, comes down to socio economic factors as you mention which are too layered to go into on here. I personally don't have an issue with it, I know people who use it and don't turn into thugs, however an idiot with increased energy is a more dangerous idiot. What many don't understand is that demand is always going to be there like it or not, so dealing with the societal factors that make people want to go to football and cause trouble is a far better use of time and resources than throwing police at a situation they will never be able to control.
  11. Need to deal with the actual cause of the problem though, rather than having extra police at grounds who will become targets of aggression and probably make things worse.
  12. It's obviously not a pub league but the difference in quality is pretty clear. Outside the top 2 it's top end championship standard at best, that's not the case with the Premier League.
  13. "Geezers need excitement". It's part of a much wider societal problem, but it's too much of a rabbit hole to go down on a football forum. Idiots will be idiots. I wouldn't want to see fences in front of stands personally.
  14. Samba is a top keeper
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