R.F.Wilson writes from London: The English Football Association scored a goal against common sense yesterday, finding Chelsea’s and former England’s captain John Terry guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand of QPR during a match last October. Despite a criminal court clearing Terry of these very same charges last July the grey suits at the FA decided that they could act as judges and banned Terry for four matches, slapping a fine of two hundred and twenty grand on him as well.
The politically correct freaks in the FA who use every opportunity possible to cover up their incompetence and overall stupidity obviously hope to get a thumbs up from the white liberal trash who seem to be dictating the rules of the game, if you pardon the pun. And they were not wrong in their expectation. No sooner had the stupid decision been announced, all sorts of easily excitables showered praise on the football’s governing body. As if black footballers were not paid the same astronomical fees as white ones and were not just as spoilt and overrated as anyone else.
Which brings us to the words that Terry had said to Ferdinand, kid brother of living legend Rio, on that fateful October day. According to an off duty policeman, who was not minding his own business, having come to the match fresh from diversity training, Chelsea’s captain called Anton ‘f..king black c..t’. The off duty cop then rushed to make a statement to the police and despite all attempts to convince him that it was no big deal insisted that it was outrageous and demanded that action be taken. In fact, it was one of those rare occasions when a third person in a two party verbal brawl got offended on behalf of one of the people involved and made an effort to turn a slight drama into a full blown crisis.
Ever since that incident in October countless people have been coming up with stories about how racism was rife in English football, with whole documentaries made, and – even more amazingly – shown several times in a row on national television, trying to convince everyone that even though black footballers were in an absolute majority and earned just as much as everyone else they still felt like outcasts who didn’t really get the respect they deserved. Tough questions were also raised as to why there were not enough black football managers while ignoring the fact that managers were selected on the basis of their abilities and not their race.
Legal experts who have monitored Terry’s case with interest expect the FA to start acting more like a criminal court from now on: charging players, fans and even random passers-by with all sorts of crimes including a lack of genuine interest in the game, terrorism and intent to say things that should never be said.