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From Zenit to London football has one thing in common: racists

You know how I know that someone’s about to say something racist? They always say, “you know I’m not racist BUT…” and then they say something completely racist. Either that or the racist person will lower their voice, cover their mouth, and say something like “those people” with a wink wink and a nudge nudge to let me know that I am in their club of racists.

Another thing that I have noticed about racists is that they are very concerned with other people’s racism and especially any perceived racism against them. It’s always the most racist people who are ever vigilant about non-existent things like “reverse discrimination”. And no matter how many times you try to explain the concept of a double-negative to these people, they just don’t get it. “Think about it for a second,” I’ll say to the racist “reverse discrimination would be actually privilege, wouldn’t it? Or at the very least reverse discrimination would be anti-discrimination, right?” That’s when they look at me blankly and then I try for the really simple, “besides, if you are being discriminated against, it’s just discrimination, there’s no need to have a special ‘reverse’ category just because you are in the group that was historically the oppressor and now you suddenly feel like you’re the oppressed because other people have to be treated fairly and not racially abused.”

That’s how I used to be anyway. Now days if someone tries to rope me into their merry band of racists or engage me in a discussion on why they feel reverse discriminated against I adopt a zero tolerance policy and just walk away from them. I just don’t have time to suffer these fools and neither should anyone else.

So, why on earth are we still suffering racism from the terraces of clubs like Millwall and Zenit St. Racistburg?

Pretending that there is no racism in England is part of the problem. It’s a major reason why the FA doesn’t deal with clubs like Millwall whose fans have been accused of racist chants no less than three times, since October. Once against Bolton, once against Charlton, and now against Leeds. Three times in five months? Isn’t England the most watched country on the planet? Don’t you have cameras on every street corner? Don’t you abhor racism so much that it’s a crime to use a racial epithet? Why did it take a SkySports “special investigation” to get these racists banned from the terraces? If the club and the FA truly cared about banning racism, they would have dealt with this problem years ago. But they didn’t and that’s how racism in football is still alive and well, because the clubs and the governing bodies don’t really care.

And Zenit. I’m not really even sure how a football team, where the manager can say that he openly discriminates against black players, can have a license to play in Europe. I’m sorry but any team which openly discriminates and which has a fan base that has been fined so many times for racist abuse that I’ve actually lost count should play in their own racist league of racist teams but be denied entry into Europe.

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And that’s why I’m actually happy that Liverpool complained about Zenit prior to the match. Of course, some folks are pointing out the irony that Liverpool are suddenly so concerned about racism. But I suspect their newfound concern is actually a byproduct of the shame that they were subjected to after the Luis Suarez debacle. Which is exactly how you deal with these cunts, you name them and shame them.

It’s easy to make fun of Liverpool for that sordid affair with Luis Suarez but you also have to understand that they have several black players who are going to be in very close proximity to the most racist fans in all of Europe. Any team, every team I would hope, would seek protection before the match.

The ball’s in UEFA’s half now. Let’s see how they handle it. My hope would be through tough measures. But history tells us it will be by punting.

And the FA. Sorry guys but racism is no longer just an overseas problem (hint: it never was). There’s a Den of racists there, in London, a few miles from the HQ at Wembley. Maybe take a look?

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Tony Pulis pontificates on the meaning of referees in the Premier League

We are Stoke and we complain how we like

Last month Emmanuel Eboue who now plays for Galatasaray was pelted by all manner of objects, including a water bottle, by the supporters of Turkish club Besiktas. After the match there were accusations that the Besiktas fans attacked Eboue because he’s a black man. The charge that Besiktas harbored a certain racist element in their midst were vehemently denied by the club. The club’s official reason that fans threw things at Eboue was not because he is a black man but because he is a diver.

Thursday night, Besiktas fans were at it again in their Europa League match with Stoke City. This time it wasn’t a black man who had objects thrown at him, no it was two black men: Ricardo Fuller and Jermaine Pennant. But this time there’s no talk of whether the attacks were racially motivated because Stoke City’s manager, Tony Pulis, has decided to take some kind of bizarre moral high ground by refusing to report the attacks to UEFA.

First off we could remove race entirely from the equation and Tony Pulis would still be wrong for not reporting the incident. It’s at least partially his responsibility to ensure the safety of his employees and two of his players were attacked with objects thrown from the stands. That alone should generate an immediate complaint. But what did Pulis do instead? Issued this statement:

We won’t be complaining to anyone. We’re Stoke and we don’t complain. Hopefully we’ll have benefited from all this.

We’re Stoke and we don’t complain? Just last year Pulis tried to have Mike Dean barred from refereeing any further Stoke City matched because he felt like Dean was unfair to Stoke. This information was revealed in a post-match interview where Pulis again complained about Mike Dean for sending off Dean Whitehead.

That was last year. Maybe Pulis has had his Saul/Paul moment and emerged from the desert with a new vision — or not. Here’s Pulis again complaining, in October, about the referees. This time it’s Lee Probert who comes in for some Pulis opprobrium.

Pulis has a history of complaining so why stop complaining now? Why is it that when two of his black players are physically abused by opposition fans, opposition fans who have been accused of racially charged abuse in the past, why choose that moment to issue a statement that Stoke doesn’t complain? I just don’t understand the logic.

UEFA should step in and ban Besiktas from Europe just on the fact that they can’t control their fans. UEFA should also investigate whether or not Besiktas is a hotbed for racism and take further action should they find that to be the case. But the problem is that UEFA are perfectly happy not doing anything about either situation. After all UEFA are the spineless twits who allowed Zenit St. Petersburg to play in the Europa League despite the manager openly discriminating against black players.

So long as Pulis keeps his mouth shut, UEFA are perfectly happy doing nothing, Besiktas are perfectly happy with their fans throwing things on the pitch, and the Besiktas fans are perfectly happy throwing things at black players. All that’s required is for Pulis to keep his mouth shut, for once.

Perhaps there is a logic to all this. Maybe Pulis doesn’t mind if the opposition throws lighters at his black players, just so long as Lee Probert doesn’t mind if Ryan Shawcross breaks a few legs. After all, they are Stoke City they complain how they like.

RIP Hitch

Christopher Hitchens died yesterday, finally succumbing to the cancer which he so eloquently wrote about over the last years of his life. I didn’t always agree with him but I always enjoyed his writing. In fact, he’s probably going to haunt me forever for doing this but this rant above is dedicated to Hitch.

RIP old man.

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