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 war on youth