Crystal Palace fans believe they have found the culprits for their team’s relegation form. But it’s not the players or coaching staff.
Some Eagles supporters have turned on the club’s cheerleading troupe and have blamed their ‘sexy routines’ for leaving the club hovering above the drop-zone.
Palace fan Gareth Pollock said: “They are just pole dancers on grass and they should be stopped — they are not doing the team any favours.
“When they come out waving their pom-poms I just hang my head.”
He added: “They put everyone off the game — you see the players eyeing them up when they should be focusing on the game. The sooner they go the better.”
But the cheerleaders’ captain Charlotte Duffy reckons anybody blaming her team for Palace’s dire position needs to take a closer look at the team’s home form.
She said: “I think people need to look at the facts, because the team are doing well at home and have not lost a game since we have been there.”
Palace are indeed unbeaten at Selhurst Park since the cheerleaders were introduced on December 11. Granted there has been a lot of draws, but beggars can’t be choosers.
Charlotte, aged 25, added: “We are nowhere near the team during the games.
“We go on before the game and then make a V formation as the players come onto the pitch, but there isn’t even any eye contact.”
Yes, we wouldn’t have expected many of the players to be looking at your eyes, Charlotte, so no doubt even Gareth Pollock will agree with your last point!