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Liverpool FC wants its fans and staff to be Thought Police narks

by | 31st, July 2013

Unacceptable Liverpool

LIVERPOOL FC’s widely distributed list of things you cannot say has yet to be handed to all fans entering the Anfield ground. Your moral credentials will not be checked at the gate…yet.

I have said infantile things at football matches, mostly when I was young and thought it funny and possibly liberating to sing things I would never sing at a polite dinner table; belting out abusive lyrics to songs like the First Noel :

Hoddle, Hoddle, Hoddle, Hoddle

Born is the Queen of Golder’s Green

That’s racist! Nowadays it could be. I knew that words cold hurt. Well, that was the idea. You get worked up in support of your own team and say things designed to damage the opposition. You don’t mean it. The song was targeting Spurs’ best player and the fans, many of whom are Jewish (Golder’s Green has a considerable Jewish demographic). It would also be now classed a homophobic. Hoddle is not the King of Israel, as the Spurs fans might have had it. He was the Queen. Was I a homophobic anti-Semite? No. I just thought it was funny. The song did not show me in my true colours. They were just part of the match.

Was Hoddle offended? No. He just smiled and get this later became a born again Christian.

(It was he who said: “You and I have been physically given two hands and two legs and half-decent brains. Some people have not been born like that for a reason. The karma is working from another lifetime. I have nothing to hide about that. It is not only people with disabilities. What you sow, you have to reap. ”)

Arsenal fans also had this to say about their own Nwankwo Kanu:

He’s big, he’s black, he’s had a heart attack, King Kanu, King Kanuuuuu

All factually correct. But racist? What about this song sung by Spurs fans at Sol Campbell when he returned to White Hart Lane with Arsenal:

Sol, Sol, wherever you may be,
You’re on the verge of lunacy,
And we don’t care if you’re hanging from a tree,
Judas **** with HIV.

Offensive? Of course it is. It’s horrible. It’s meant to be. But is it racist? One Spurs fans said:

“This is a national witch hunt. It was not racist. Our fans are being demonised. It is no worse than the fans who sing Arsene Wenger is a paedophile. The Campbell song is not racist.

“The line in the song that he is “swinging from a tree” is from the bible because Judas was found hanging from a tree. It is not racist. On Saturday, Manchester United fans claimed we were “p****.”

The Daily Mail said it was racist:

If it is not racist, it has racist connotations. It is hardly a massive leap from the words ‘hanging from a tree’ to the Lynch Laws in America, when black people were routinely found hanging from a tree.

You see. You have to analyse the words. Police shouting “niger, nigger, nigger” as they confronted rioters in the 1980s was pretty obvious racism. Chucking bananas at Watford’s John Barnes was racism. Such things are, mercifully, of the past.

(Although some don’t understand how offensive racism is; how loaded with years of systematic abuse it is. Jimmy Hill defended Ron Atkinson’s saying of Marcel Desailly, “He is what is known in some schools as a f**king lazy thick nigger” with this: “ What about jokes about my long chin? I mean, nigger is black so we have jokes where we call them niggers because they’re black. Why should that be any more of an offence than someone calling me chinny? ”)

But football chants the best ones are subtle, aren’t they.  Peter Tatchell thought so:

“Hanging from a tree” could be a reference to a racist lynching, or more likely, to Judas’s guilt-ridden suicide after betraying Jesus. Or, perhaps, to the death of footballer Justin Fashanu who hanged himself in 1998, after years of anti-gay taunts.

Maybe it just rhymed and caught on easily?

Rod Liddle was unimpressed:

The remarkable thing about this chant is that it was grotesquely offensive in almost every conceivable way except racially. There was no mention in that vile little ditty of Campbell’s racial origins or even an allusion to them, no matter how closely you poke around in the text, like a sort of demented Jacques Derrida. And yet the main objection to the song was that it was “racist”.

Is it now racist to sing this at Spurs fan?

Away in a manger,
no crib for a bed,
the little Lord Jesus stood up and he said…
WE HATE TOTTENHAM, AND WE HATE TOTTENHAM

Is this prejudicial against Liverpool fans?

Sing sing wherever you may be,
don’t leave your wife with John Terry,
it could be worse he could be Scouse,
he’d shag your wife then he’d rob your house.

What about this sung at a South Korean footballer?

Park Park wherever you may be,
You eat dogs in your own country,
It could be worse you be Scouse,
They eat rats in there council house.

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