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Middlesbrough ‘Superfan’ Who Ripped Up The Koran Is Guilty Only Of Being A Godless Idiot

by | 1st, May 2014



MIDDLESBROUGH FC fans Julie Phillips, 50 and Gemma Parkin, 18, travelled to see their club play Birmingham City at St Andrew’s on December 7, 2013. They went equipped with a copy of the Koran, not to hold in prayer as they willed their team to score. Julie, a Middlesbrough Council employee, ripped pages from the religious text and distributed them to other fans to shred.

The pair ended up at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, where they claimed they had no idea the book in their hands was the Koran. Parkin said she’d been handed it at a Birmingham market. They claimed they were simply “making confetti”.

Only get this they had told a steward they were ripping up a copy of the Koran. Oops. That’s idiots for you.

Steward Matthew Corns told the court he heard chants about Muslims and the Koran as the book was passed around and ripped up.

Said Phillips:

“I was mortified. Very ashamed and disgusted in myself. It was just a book of some sort, I can’t remember if the cover was on. It was just white paper.”

The Magistrate was disbelieving. They two women have been  convicted of causing harassment, alarm or distress. The Birmingham Mail says they “were both found guilty of committing a religiously aggravated public order offence”.

Phillips was fined £300 with £400 costs. Parkin was fined £200 and and £400 costs.

The Beak, one Gordon Sayers told the pair:

“This was a very unpleasant offence and there was a degree of pre-planning involved… This behaviour was in a football stadium and was both abusive and insulting.”

Well, yes, it was. We’d guess that it was designed to be. But you must wonder who or what was being insulted by two idiots ripping up a spiritual text at the football? Muslims are surely too strong to be shaken from their beliefs by three mentally negligible berks. Birmingham City fans didn’t seem to care. Maybe it was just the officials who were upset? Who else was harassed, alarmed or distressed?

The BBC adds:

He [Sayers] added that a number of the 700 away fans had appeared to disapprove of the women’s behaviour. “Other away supporters seemed uncomfortable,” he said.

The other Boro fans thought them prats. That surely hurts more than anything. Crowds often police themselves. The idiots get shouted down and shunned.

Of course, anyone who wilfully destroys books is a monumental idiot. If you are angry enough to burn and rip a text, you should be able to debate your point to view, to challenge the book’s contents and hold a view.

The Mail says during the trial, prosecutor Amar Sanghara told the court:

“On that date Birmingham City Football Club were playing home against Middlesbrough. There was a crowd of 13,454 and 655 were Middlesbrough fans who were standing in the stand behind the goal. A club steward Matthew Corne was stood in the Gill Merrick stand. While there he observed fans ripping pages from a book. They were also chanting words like ‘Muslim’, ‘Koran’ and ‘bayonet’.”

Pathetic stuff. But should it be a crime to

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