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article imageOp-Ed: Britain's football problem — Bigotry or just plain nastiness?

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By Alexander Baron
Oct 8, 2012 in Sports
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The police are said to have been called in to investigate alleged racially abusive chanting at Millwall Football Club. Is there no end to this silliness?
Although the John Terry affair appears to be over, at least as far as Terry himself is concerned, both Chelsea and Millwall Football Clubs are back in the news for all the wrong reasons, and that is just for starters.
Four visiting players are alleged to have been the victims [sic] of racially abusive chanting at London's Millwall Football Club stadium, The Den. This was reported two days ago; now it appears that the police have been called in. Obviously, like the case of John Terry, this is not or should not be a police matter; surely the club, or if not the club itself then the Football Association, should be able to do something about this sort of thing. The word FINE springs to mind, megabucks.
Meanwhile, back at Chelsea, Ashley Cole is in hot water with the FA. After appearing as a defence witness for his foul mouthed team mate, Terry, he appears to have overstepped the mark himself. He has been charged with misconduct for making an allegedly offensive remark on Twitter about that august body. Say nasty things about us and we will take action against you: judge, jury and executioner.
In case anyone hadn't noticed, Cole is black, which perhaps should make followers of this increasingly boring saga see the Terry affair in a different light, namely it was not about race, but about an unpleasant rivalry.
While Cole's loyalty is commendable, it may be there are other reasons for it; perhaps Terry shares his poor taste in women? Hopefully they won't go out on the town roasting together; Chelsea fans would hate to see either or both of them end up like Ched Evans.
Meanwhile in Liverpool, another player has been arrested and bailed following an allegation of assault on a paramedic, while further down the food chain, yet another footballer, former Crystal Palace player Nathaniel Pinney, has appeared in court accused of sexually assaulting two women in a night club. It may be that both men are cleared of any wrongdoing, but that is not the point, the point is that they should not put themselves or allow themselves to be put in such compromising positions to begin with. This is something both John Terry and Ashley Cole have done; whatever the final outcome of that affair, the two men have only themselves to blame.
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