Anorak | Tom Adeyemi ‘race storm’: Police and state want to re-educate the Liverpool bigot

Tom Adeyemi ‘race storm’: Police and state want to re-educate the Liverpool bigot

by | 7th, January 2012

WHO called Oldham defender Tom Adeyemi a fucking black bastard as his team took on and lost to Liverpool in the FA Cup? Well, allegedly, it was some mentally negligible pillock in the Kop End at Liverpool’s Anfield ground. One person.

One is not many. But it is enough for the Daily Mail’s David Gerges and Damien Gayle to write:

Racism in football reared its ugly head again last night as a young soccer star was so badly abused by the crowd in an FA Cup match that he broke down in tears.

So badly abused was Adeyemi that he cried.

We then get this :

Race is also high on the political agenda, with this week seeing the jailing of two thugs, Gary Dobson and David Norris, for the murder of young black teenager Stephen Lawrence in 1993 in Eltham, South-East London.

On what planet is an idiot calling someone names equated to the brutal, pre-mediated murder of a man because he was black? Is everything now seen through the prism of a racist murder 18 years ago? Is it always racism and not prejudice? This is not a debate on racism. This is not exposing bigotry. This is about singling out the wrong uns and re-educating them in the right way to behave. The State is not racist it’s just individuals.

And why is this a big enough story to make it to national news bulletins? Why is this the Sun’s “Race Storm”? Are the police and media always on the look out for racism in football because they perceive it to be the sport of the white working classes, the maligned group that defines the better classes with its supposed ignorance of how decent members of society behave?

As players from both teams tried to calm down Adeyemi, fans in Liverpool’s stands then began singing the name of Suárez, upsetting the young player even more. He appeared to be in tears as he lifted his shirt to wipe his face.

Did the Liverpool fans who sang Suarez’s name hear the alleged racial abuse aimed at Adeyimi? If they did then the brains trust in the Kop End are using Suarez to attack a black footballer. Forget that the FA said there is enough evidence to suggest that Saurez is not a racist and just get a load of his supporters using his name as racial insult. Genius.

The Guardian quotes a witness:

Witnesses reported seeing two fans wearing Luis Suárez T-shirts – similar to those worn by Liverpool players at Wigan last month, after the Uruguayan was found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra – confronting Adeyemi. A witness who gave evidence to Liverpool officials and the police said: “I was to the right of the Kop and the No11 turned to walk away after a tackle. I heard a single voice shout, ‘You fucking black bastard.’ He spun round with shock on his face and started pointing at the crowd, from where the shout had come.”

That state of shock does down the idea that football is rife with racism. Adeyemi was shocked. The fans around the bigot never took up the matter on the player’s behalf. Maybe they too were shocked at his isolated voice? Fans might also wonder why Adeyemi, a professional athlete, did not wade into the crowd and smack his abuser in the face a la Eric Cantona?

The police then get involved and how they love to

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