Racism and me

What a waste of time and money.**

The Knife has personal experience in one way or another, of the two most successful areas in British life, in terms of a mixed race environment, to the point where it’s not an issue: the NHS and professional football.

Genuinely, I can’t think of a situation where you’re more likely to have a role model of a non-white race than football, and one that’s generally without the trappings of  drugs,violence and general stupidity found in some areas of “popular music”. Just look at the England squad.

I entirely accept that John Terry is possibly an obnoxious prat, but why is he in court? Is his (alleged) reference to the mediocre Anton Ferdinand’s skin colour really worse than Ferdinand’s admitted insults around Terry’s private life?

In the bizarre world of right on CPS officials and weird legislators, possibly. In the real world that the rest of us inhabit, I don’t think so. It’s not as if Terry sat him down and insulted him, it was on a bloody football pitch. Have these idiots who mounted the prosecution ever been to a game?

This snippet of the court transcript admittedly has a certain comedy value:

Ferdinand said: ‘He called me a c*** and I called him a c*** back and he gave me a gesture as if to say my breath smelled.

‘I said to him “How can you call me a c***? You shagged your team-mate’s missus, you’re a c***”.”

This was a reference to Terry’s alleged affair with Wayne Bridge’s ex-girlfriend, Vanessa Perroncel.

Ferdinand jogged down the pitch making a fist gesture to imply sex, he told the court.

Handbags at dawn. Like I say, Terry is probably not the nicest man in football, but when Ferdinand says:
‘When someone brings your colour into it, it takes it to another level and it’s very hurtful.’
I actually don’t believe him.
**Just to reinforce the point, it didn’t take long to reach the only sensible decision. What gets into the minds of these prosecutors?
A racially mixed squad. Anton wasn’t quite good enough.

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