Enough of football

Well done, Emma John, for being brave enough to swim against the tidal wave of football's hegemony in our national culture ("Fouled! How football hijacked our culture", 9 October).

One example of the many ways in which this tedious sport is rammed down our throats is the badge of credibility people think it bestows. No description of anyone, from a new manager's profile in a company newsletter to a cabinet minister's interview in a national newspaper, is complete without the obligatory reference to his or her "beloved" football team.

Steve Elliott
Ripley, Derbyshire

This article first appeared in the 16 October 2006 issue of the New Statesman, The war on youth