Friday, 13 July 2012
This evening the internet shuddered and the radio programme I was listening to stopped. Soon it returned but it appeared I had been momentarily cut off, although the correct lights were flashing to indicate it still worked. Hmmm.
Later I noticed I had to sign in again to Blogger and Yahoo but all else was OK. Blogger will not allow me to post pictures tonight, although it would allow me to post a video! For spite I refused to post it!
Hmmm strange indeed.
The two points however were totally removed from this.
First John terry.
This man is not a well liked footballer.
He has many enemies in the game and more in the tabloid press. The press hate anyone who stands up to them and when he obtained a court order keeping his misdemeanours a secret they were very upset! His family are to say the least a bit rough. He has also behaved on the rough side on several occasions and obtained a reputation. Recently a spat between him and a black player (we are no longer allowed to say 'coloured' say the language Nazi's) during a football match ended up with him in court on a 'racist' charge. Today he was found 'Not Guilty.'
Now few know what actually happened, most have made their ignorance known anyway. The court result says something at least and ought to bring the matter to an end.
But what was the real cause? Racism? Really?
I am unconvinced racism was at fault. I suggest Mr Terry, once England captain and regular team member, has many enemies within the England camp and football in general. His opponent in court has a brother who plays alongside Terry for England and I suspect does not like him. he may well have good reason for this. It seems to me this case was overblown and exaggerated merely to have a go at the man himself. It failed.
Abuse flows through football. Some players will do and say the most awful things to upset an opponent, racism does appear, rarely in the UK these days, but on occasion. (It certainly comes in the other direction but we cannot go into that here) I suggest that here we had a spat during a game when words were passed by both needlessly and political correctness and spite took over. Sadly the police these days fail to judge such things properly. Where once a caution and words of warning were offered we now have court cases. A man yelled abuse at a station ticket collector and called him a Welsh something or other and ended up charged with racism. A needless court case followed while a caution would have sufficed. I say the Terry case was similar! However the police were too afraid not to charge him, the media demanded this, many fans demanded this also, and the only way out was for the jury to decide. usually when players behave like this wise words behind the scenes take care of things. Nobody appears to have tried! Maybe too many wished harm to this man. Some would say who can blame them?
Point two features another unsavoury group of men. Those who run Scottish football. These short sighted biased people have done their utmost to ensure Rangers (under the new name Servo) play in the Scottish premier League in spite of their many crimes against that league, the tax man and society in general. The other clubs of the SPL were forced by their fans to oppose this and today the lower league body, The Scottish Football league, resisted immense pressure from outside to place Servo in Division 1. Division 3 was the choice, by 25 -5 votes! Pressure from the Scottish Football Association, others behind the scene and the Rangers media (all Glasgow based media is totally behind Rangers as they support the club and make their money there) were ignored by the courage of the chairmen of these lower division clubs.
Does this mean we can get on with the game now?
No! There will follow more dirty deeds, especially at the next SPL meeting on Monday, possibly to attempt an SPL2 as has been suggested already. Maybe another devious attempt will spring up. Whatever, the sooner those behind such deals are removed from the game the better. The leaders of these organisations have shown themselves to consider Rangers, under any name, more important than anyone else. Shortsightedness, failed planning, bad negotiations have led to this awful time. Heads may have to roll, new ideas need implanting, but a breath of fresh air may well be approaching Scottish football when Servo take the field in Division 3. I hope they remain there!