Roy Hodgson says Olympics is a 'wake-up call' for players and fans

Roy Hodgson


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Wednesday, 15 August
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Roy Hodgson believes the Olympics has been a "wake-up call" regarding the behaviour of both footballers and fans.

Hodgson says players and spectators should emulate the spirit of London 2012 - a view which has also been echoed by FA chairman David Bernstein.

"[The Olympics] is a wake-up call for us all that we don't need that hatred and abuse which footballers have to suffer," said England manager Hodgson.

"Certainly we didn't see too much of that in the Olympic Games."

Hodgson's side face Italy in Switzerland on Wednesday night as they prepare to begin their World Cup 2014 qualification campaign next month.

The England manager admits all major sports - including football, rugby and cricket - will be under more scrutiny with regards to performance and behaviour following a successful Olympics for Great Britain.

He said: "Our athletes did perform so well, not only in terms of their athletic performance but in terms of their behaviour.

"So a benchmark has been set and we must accept that in football, and probably cricket and rugby and all the other major team sports, that we'll be under a little more of the spotlight."

However, Hodgson wants football fans to also take examples from the supporters at London 2012, who created incredible atmospheres that both Team GB and visiting athletes praised.

The former Fulham and Liverpool manager admitted he was not impressed by the atmosphere at Villa Park when Manchester City and Chelsea met in the Community Shield on Sunday, in comparison to what occurred in stadiums at London 2012.

Hodgson said: "I wouldn't mind a spotlight also focused on the crowd because I think one of the things that made the Olympic Games for Great Britain was the incredible support within the stadia where the events took place.

"Maybe we need to start looking not only on the field and off the field after the match, but maybe in the stadia itself.

"To be frank you can't compare the atmosphere and the way people behaved in the Olympic Stadium with the game I watched the day after, the Community Shield.

"It was a very different public at that game to the public our athletes performed in front of."

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