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John Terry escapes the thought police – real racism exists beyond football

by | 19th, July 2012

THANKS to Chelsea captain John Terry and Anton Ferdinand, the court of Great Britain and Northern Ireland know that ‘FBC’ stands for “fucking black cunt”. The other thing we know is that an innocent man Terry might be a dislikable oik but he is no racist can be condemned by the right minded with a cause.

Comments on Terry have come thick and thicker. Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand showcased his stupidity with a tweet about Ashley Cole being a “choc ice”. Cole held the sensible opinion that the matter should never have reached court.

Duwayne Brooks, Stephen Lawrence’s friend who was there that night when the black teenager was murdered by racists, tells The Times’ readers:

So there can be no denying that the “not guilty” verdict at Westminster Magistrates Court is a setback for those of us who want to drive racist language out of the game… A guilty verdict would have been a breath of fresh air for football at all levels in Britain. 

But Terry was innocent.

Brook’s piece is grandly called “The John Terry verdict has set us back thirty years”:

 He was found not guilty, but there is no denying that he referred to Anton Ferdinand’s skin colour in his on-pitch dispute.

The article ends:

Duwayne Brooks is a Lewisham Councillor and author of Steve and Me: My Friendship with Stephen Lawrence and the Search for Justice

Odd that a man championing justice should find the justice system so flawed. What of the rule of law. What of innocent unless proven guilty? Does anyone really think Terry’s words take us bak to the early 1980s, when the police were openly racist and fans chucked bananas at black footballers?

The one big shock to the righteous tuning into the case in the media and courts is that football that marketed, shiny version featuring the crowd as extras and the dread phrase “football family” is still a sport that seduced so many of us to love it. Football does not operate on a higher level to the rest of society. Players are not role models. Using them to educated and re-educate the masses is bonkers; who in their right mind would want their children to be educated by John Terry, Rio Ferdinand or Ashley Cole?

This is why the Terry-Ferdinand case end up in court? It was not about supporting or disliking John Terry. It was about the powers that be educating the masses, proving to the world that the country will not tolerate racism in any form, even if it is unintentional.

Football is no more or less racist that any other part of life. But it is more entertaining. And one thing fans love is a spot of argy-bargy on the pitch. If it gets out of hand, the referee has cards to warn and punish players with. But people outside the game want to change football. They see it as means to educate the white working class fans, the very people more likely to work with and live by black and Asians.

Are footballers responsible for racism? No. Is John Terry a racist. No. He has not denied equal opportunity to his black teammates. Terry comes across as an unpleasant man but in the curent cimate to be a racist is to be a heretic, one who goes against all that the enlightened hold sacred. He

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