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Leave racism and homophobia out but why can't there be some abuse from the fans? - Blackburn's Bentley

Blackburn Rovers winger David Bentley believes life revolving around football matches has become a little too serious in recent times.

In this day and age, crowd interaction has dropped right off according to Bentley and he feels there needs to be more of the olden day 'abuse' from supporters to help lift the atmosphere as long as they leave racist and homophobic slurs at the gate.

"That is what football is all about - there should be more of that," he said in the wake of the jeering comments he received in the FA Cup quarter-final with Millwall (0-0) on the weekend.

"Every ground you go to should be like that - the fans fully involved and involved with the players.

"That is all part of it. At times we all get a little politically correct with all the palaver that is going on in society at the minute.

"I personally think the fans should be allowed to drink, to enjoy themselves and to abuse the players. Why not?

"The players will just take it like I have. It is like a pantomime and it should be like that. I think that is the way it should be.

"It makes it more exciting. Football can, at times, seem a little bit boring and people are paying big money to come and see the game so I see no problem in what they say - so long as they stay away from racism and homophobia."

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