Arrest Spotlights Racism Concerns in English Soccer

Alex Felton, CNN, January 30, 2012

Police in England arrested a man Saturday on suspicion of making a racially abusive gesture at a high-profile soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester United earlier that day, they said Sunday.

Charlotte Spink, a press officer for Merseyside police in Liverpool, said the suspect was a 59-year-old from north Wales. {snip}

Police earlier said hate crimes officers were involved in the investigation.

They appealed to the public to help identify a man who appeared to be making a racist gesture and said Liverpool Football Club was cooperating with the probe.

It was the first time Liverpool had played Manchester United since Liverpool’s Luis Suarez was suspended and fined for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra in October.

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Evra said Suarez repeatedly shouted a racial slur at him during the October 15 match and demanded that Suarez be held accountable.

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“I didn’t insult him. It was only a form of expressing myself. I called him something his own teammates from Manchester call him,” Suarez said, according to the Uruguayan newspaper El Pais.

Suarez is from Uruguay. Evra was born in Senegal and plays international soccer for France.

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Saturday’s arrest is the second time this month that a person at a Liverpool match has been accused of racism.

Earlier this month, Merseyside police arrested a 20-year-old man on “suspicion of a racially-aggravated public order offense” following a Liverpool match against Oldham.

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Liverpool is not the only top-flight English soccer team to face allegations of racism.

Chelsea’s John Terry—who is also captain of the England team—has been charged by police for allegedly racially abusing Queens Park Rangers player Anton Ferdinand, and will face a court case in February.

Patrice Evra

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  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t it be easier to just not have non-whites in the UK then to have to pay for all these hate crime persecutors?

  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t it be easier to just not have non-whites in the UK then to have to pay for all these hate crime persecutors?

  • Anonymous

    I would like to know what was the exact form of the “racially abusive gesture” that the unfortunte individual made. I say ‘unfortunate’ because it seems that even looking at a person in a perceived wrong way can get you landed with some ‘hate-crime’ charge. I have been following my own team (Port Vale FC) for over 20 years, and let me tell you that banter from the terraces is part-and -parcel of the whole experience. It is not personal (most of the time), and is part of the joy of ‘the beautiful game’. And it is beautiful!. This country has become so entrenched in Political Correctness that you can’t even go to a Football  match (In US English – Soccer) without the Diversity Nazis breathing down your neck. And how typical of our spineless Police ‘Farce’ to jump about like this is some ‘Jack the Ripper’ case; and just as spineless is Liverpool FC to cooperate like some major crime has occurred. I have always thought that UK Football teams should recruit from the UK or other White Majority nations; and ideally, all of the players should be white. This case has been reported in the sports pages of most of the major newaspapers, yet none of them will actually say what the “racially abusive gesture” actually was. Why?. Is it because the ‘racially abusive gesture’ was so etheral, vague, and subjective that to specify it would demonstrate just how petty and perverse our ‘anti-hate crime’ laws really are?.

    • He made a monkey gesture.  It was on Daily Mail.

      • Anonymous

        I found out today from a work colleague that the unfortunate guy had mimicked a baboon or gorilla (monkey gesture). Fooball, Britain, society, common sense, is already doomed. We are now a Police State – Official!. Do you in the US fancy taking on board a white, british illegal immigrant (I understand the border from mexico is a breeze to cross!) – but then again it wont be too long before Your cops starting You for doing impressions of animals; so I’ll stay put and wait for the revolution – I’ll let you know how it goes.

        • Anonymous

          I think “common sense” could be extended to thinking about one’s public displays.  I do think it’s a bit too much but the old “slippery slope” metaphor applies here.  First its a “monkey” gesture and then overt screaming of racial epithets (would you invoke “common sense” here?) and then what is acceptable?

    • Anonymous

      Ok with ‘banter’ but some of the things I have heard are over the top and maybe once a player can go along with it but I think after a while it does get to be tough to swallow.  Since as whites we don’t have an easy analogue the only thing I can think of would be if there had been something bad in your family and fans started in on you with remarks about your children or something of that nature it would probably start to rub you the wrong way.  Even if you are a “loyalwhitebriton” you should be able to understand that some things are just mean spirited.

      • Anonymous

        It doesn’t matter if it’s mean spirited. The police should not arrest you for being “mean” or “racist”.  The police are not the manners patrol. They are not the morality police. People should not be arrested for being offensive.

  • Notice all the police resources that are being deployed here — I bet there wasn’t half this much police man-hours (sorry, person-hours) being spent on the riot victims (white) that were forced to strip naked or almost naked.

  • Anonymous

    It’s good that 1984 was written by George Orwell, an English writer.  England is fulfilling his prophecy. The thought police have come to arrest you for “racially abusive gestures”.  A victimless crime. A thoughtcrime. 

    Not that America is not well on its way also. But England seems to be moving faster towards it.

    Welcome to the NWO.

    • Anonymous

      Well this wasn’t a “thought crime” insomuch as he was photographed doing it.  Was it an overreaction?  Yes, but I haven’t been to a Liverpool game and it may be a very incendiary place and the police – overzealous as they may’ve been – were very keen on nipping anything in the bud.

      • Anonymous

        It certainly was a thoughtcrime.  His gesture  meant that he was thinking “racist” thoughts not approved by the government thought police. Therefore, he had to be punished. It’s like arresting somebody for  sticking their middle finger up.  Or arresting somebody for having “offensive” clothing on. Their outward actions mean that they are not thinking pre approved, politically correct, goverment mandated thoughts.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe he jumped around and scratched under his armpits like a few simians we’re familiar with?
    I dunno, I’m just guessing.

    • Anonymous

      That’s probably what was going on.

  • Anonymous

    For those that don’t know, the “racist gesture” was the scratching-the-ribs monkey dance.

    I wonder how many cops would be dedicated to my capture if I gave someone the finger across the throat threat to kill them.

    • Anonymous

      So, are you threatening them?

  • R P

    England may very well be lost.

  • Mr Sarcastic

    Maybe the racist gesture was PICKING UP A LUNCH BUCKET TO GO TO “WORK” ?

    • Anonymous

      Well, the black man on the pitch makes a lot more money then you or I put together and don’t tell me you wouldn’t do it in a second if you had the chance.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, it’s white money  that makes the  team managers and  black players so rich. 

    • Anonymous

      And white players who regularly make jerks of themselves.

  • Anonymous

    Making a monkey or chimpanzee-like motions with your arms a loa “Cheeta” in the Tarzan movies.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t they have televised broadcasts in the UK?

  • Anonymous

    Surely you’re not denying there are at least some people in the UK who have racist attitudes and I’m not talking about making a joke now and then?

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely right.