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Racism in Football May 19, 2009

Posted by masterj27 in Sports and Entertainment.
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Thought I would follow up on the first post I wrote. Here’s an excerpt from a football news blog I read everyday:

Sol Campbell was today once more vindicated in court, after a man and a 14-year-old boy were found guilty in Portsmouth today of shouting “shocking and disgusting” chants at the 34-year-old former England international, when Tottenham Hotspur travelled to Fratton Park last year.

The pair will be sentenced at a later time, after the first ever case of ‘indecent chanting’ brought by the Crown Prosecution Service reached its conclusion. The boy, who was 13 at the time of the offence, and his co-accused Ian Trow, 42, were convicted on the basis of CCTV evidence, though their defence lawyer claimed, according to BBC News, “They passionately and whole-heartedly believed their behaviour and language

didn’t overstep the mark of what is acceptable behaviour and language at a football match.”

The footage showed fans chanting, amongst other things,”Sol, Sol, wherever you may be, Not long now until lunacy, We won’t give a f*** if you are hanging from a tree, You are a Judas c*** with HIV”, “Campbell you are a c***”,  “Sol’s a wanker” and “come on gay boy, that’s my gay boy”.

Campbell himself issued a court statement which read, “I felt absolutely disgusted at this and I didn’t react because of my profile and I feared I might make the situation worse and cause problems.”

There’s not much left, but if you want to read the rest of the article click here.

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