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Liverpool fan arrested for calling Manchester United’s Patrice Evra a monkey? Call the race police

by | 29th, January 2012

AND so it came to pass that one man in the stands saw fit to grunt and make monkey noise towards Patrice Evra, the Manchester United captain. Yesterday, we asked why Liverpool fans booed Evra . Their reasons are many. Liverpool versus United in the FA Cup was the first meeting between the clubs since Liverpool’s Luis Suarez was found him guilty of racially abusing Evra.

Today we wonder why one fan made like a monkey. This seems to be racist abuse. Polcie are talking the matter over with the 59-year-old from North Wales.

Chief Superintendent Jon Ward said:

“We can confirm that specialist officers are reviewing match footage, as a result of a picture posted on Twitter. This matter is now under investigation by specialist hate crime detectives.”

Yep. The police have a specialist team that watches twitter to see if one man at a football match making monkey noises is a hate crime. ( Emma West might laugh .)You see how seriously the enlightened anti-racist police tackle racism? No, neither do we. This is about PR. The police are not anti-racist. the police are as prejudiced as the rest of the country’s elite institutions. It’s just that football is seen as a thing to be controlled, the fans re-educated lest the predominately working class fans shame the country and do bad things. Forget reforming the House of Lords, the upper classes or the police just get at football.

The Macpherson Report, written in response to the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence, re-defined racism. It was no longer just about inequality. Racism, as Macpherson noted, “ can be seen or detected in processes, attitudes and behaviour which amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness and racist stereotyping which disadvantage minority ethnic people “.

His report recommended that racist incidents should be defined as “any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person “.

So. If Evra says he was booeed because he is black, then Liverpool fans who booed him are racist. Such is the

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