D J Webb
I’m personally sick of football being used to promote the politics of racial and national dispossession.
Football fans should not be subject to political propaganda of any type. There should be no link between attending a football match and espousing right-on views on racial relations.
UEFA and any other football association should have no policies on race and racism, and no footballer should be investigated by kangaroo courts held to establish his political views.
I should add that I regard football as a low-brow interest, and I’m not a supporter of any team, and I know nothing about the off-side rule. My only focus in this article is on the _politicisation of football_.
We read today that Chelsea fans excluded a black man from an Underground train in Paris. Apparently, they were recorded on a mobile phone as chanting about “racism”. Chelsea football club has agreed to act as an arm of the state by supporting criminal prosecution of its own supporters (???).
Yet I was pleased to see that Mitchell McCoy, a Chelsea fan, has denied the man was excluded from the train for being “black”, and it was probably, if anything, because he was a Paris St. Germain fan. Moreover, the carriage was full and there was no room for anyone else. He also claimed that the chant was about club captain, John Terry (banned for four matches and fined after an Orwellian inquest into his political views).
It’s nice to see someone stand up and be counted — and McCoy will probably now face an attempt to link him to the incident and even remove his season ticket.
The common thread in many such incidents is the sneakiness of people who try to record other people using free speech in a way that violates politically inspired speech codes. Even where genuine resentment of ethnic minorities is recorded, that is not “racism”, as the definition of racism is politically inspired, and it is not racial hatred of others to think we have gone down the wrong path in allowing so many millions of unassimilable people to move to Western countries. Even where expressed in an unpalatable fashion, this is an inchoate expression of resentment of what has been done to us.
For the avoidance of all doubt here, I don’t think altercations with members of the ethnic minorities are productive, given that they are a protected political class; but I do support the right of Englishmen to express themselves in insulting language to people who have arrived en masse in countries like England and France.
Pushing someone off a Tube train could be a very minor form of assault, but if the carriage is full it could also be seen as a natural way of allowing the train to proceed on its journey. It makes no difference what was being chanted at the time. A full carriage is a full carriage.
The villain of the piece is the man — apparently an Englishman — who recorded the incident on a mobile phone. I would like to see a legal change that prevented all such footage from being admissable in court or from leading to any kangaroo court-style proceedings by football associations. It is unacceptable that some git is trying to record your inchoate expressions in order to frame you for some political crime or other. Where serious violence took place, that would be different, but as long as this sort of thing is just recording people’s views, and things like an attempt to exclude someone from a full carriage for unknown and unknowable reasons, such mobile phone footage should never lead to official investigations. The police should be required by law to concentrate on real crime. The football clubs and the Football Association should be banned from promoting anti-racism to club members.
The worst thing about this is that English people do not rally round their own. Mitchell McCoy is a 17-year-old young man, and if he faces any action in connection with his comments, a healthy English society would see millions of people defend him.