Just filled out a survey on http://populuslive.spss-asp.com/ASP/P001557/flash2.asp?&device=desktop&manuf=generic&ismobile=n
about people’s views of the act of and attempts to stamp out racial discrimination and all other types of discrimination from the game.
I think there’s a crossing of wires when it comes to racism against black players and racism against Jews (not using ‘anti-semitism’ as Muslims are a Semitic tribe as well). Following the John Terry incident, the witch-hunt of figures in football who are believed to be racist has been restless.
Luis Suarez has felt the full force of the FA’s power from a ban for a few matches (I use a pinch of sarcasm in there somewhere). John Terry has become a petrol-soaked burning effigy of the perceived remaining problem of football racism in many people’s eyes following his altercation with Anton Ferdinand, which took long enough to find the evidence for, may I add.
The survey asked me if I firmly believed racism was still a big problem in football. I basically said racism and other forms of discrimination wasn’t as big a problem as it was 30 years ago, but is once again being made one by the organisations who want it eradicated. Let me explain:
One of the specific topics the survey touches on is the ‘under-representation of black/ethnic football managers and coaches’ and whether it concerns me. It must concern them otherwise they wouldn’t be mentioning it. I find this topic to be a ridiculously petty non-issue.
Firstly, Chris Hughton, current manager of Norwich City, isn’t exactly albino is he. John Barnes and Chris Kamara have managed clubs before and Ledley King is now coaching. OK, so they actually asked me if they’re underrepresented, not if they existed. It is still a non-issue as black and white players have a choice on whether they want to take on a managerial/coaching role at all. If they feel they don’t have the credentials or desire, it’s their prerogative. It seems that in the top-flight, black managers aren’t common. But why should it ring alarm bells?
The issue of black managers being underrepresented is a non-issue. You can’t force a black former footballer to manage a club simply to bump numbers up. Selection of a manager/coach for a club should be based PURELY ON CREDENTIALS, not on a target to make sure x-number of employees are black/other ethnicity. I feel that if the FA/Kick it Out set out to do just that, they are indirectly being MORE racist than the supposed renegade racist fans they are trying to quash!! It is counter-productive and only fans the flames of any underlying racial tension, of which there is much less than the media are making out to be for the sake of selling sensationalist sports clap-trap.
There is no such thing as positive discrimination as discrimination is not positive at all! Why make efforts to eradicate one type of discrimination by replacing with another which doesn’t balance it out but rather swings it so much that it becomes a fast moving stick to beat the former ‘perpetrators’ with?
And then there’s the other Old Chels-nut about the ‘Yido’ word.
It seems that because Chelsea are occupied with one racist incident, another incident’s buck has been shifted from them onto Spurs fans…by a secret Society of Black Lawyers (you couldn’t make this up!).
Rival clubs’ chanting aimed at us regarding our strong Jewish following has gone unpunished for all these years, whilst Spurs’ REACTION to all that by adopting the ‘Yido’ term as our own to defuse the racist element has suddenly become the scapegoat for the perceived problem of racism in football. The Baddiel brothers should know this better than anyone as they are both Jewish AND fans of Chelsea Football Club. They’re in the glass house and they’re throwing stones. They should have had their own fellow fans investigated before having a pop at Spurs fans, but the Kick it Out campaign managed to convince Ledley King and Gary Lineker (much-respected Spurs legends) that helping out with the ‘Kick out the Y-word’ campaign video was doing Spurs fans some sort of favour, because it wasn’t. It is actually a disservice to their own organisation.Follow @TrfficTottenham