Kevin McCabe, Chairman of Sheffield United Football Club, publicly stated his "disgust" today upon being informed that the government has demanded the club change its nickname. A spokesman for Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, said this evening that Sheffield United FC must drop the nickname 'the Blades' to avoid upsetting victims of the current surge in knife related crime, and their families:
McCabe, however, responded with predictable incredulity at the news, saying he'd like to "cut Jacqui Smith's face off", although presumably not with the intention of swapping it with his own, in a parallel with the John Travolta-Nicholas Cage film Face Off. McCabe issued a statement in response to the news:
It remains to be seen if the government will back down over the controversial measure and risk compromising their apparent tough stance on knife related crime, although they probably need the votes in Sheffield anyway, so this reporter would be far from surprised.