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Too Little Too Late From The FA On Racism?

Following penalty misses from Ashley Young and Ashley Cole in England’s defeat to Italy at Euro 2012, Twitter was littered with England fans racially abusing them.

All the tweets have been deleted and some users have blocked their accounts but the police are investigating complaints made.

The FA have today released a statement condemning the behaviour of these fans. It read: “We are concerned at the reports regarding allegations of abuse aimed at England players Ashley Cole and Ashley Young on Twitter. They have just given everything for the national team at Euro 2012 and it is appalling and unacceptable that messages of an abusive type are being posted. We support any police investigation in identifying who is behind this.”

That is great. They need to come out with a strong message saying racism is wrong. But maybe they needed this sort of clarity before now.

Video footage was spread across the internet of John Terry appearing to racially abuse Anton Ferdinand, with it looking like he said: “You fucking black cunt! Fucking knob head!”. Terry gave an interview with The Daily Mail in which he claimed he didn’t call Anton a “fucking black cunt”, he was merely asking Anton whether he thought he had called him such a thing. He also claims he went to see Anton after the game to clear up the “misunderstanding”, something Anton denies. Make up your own mind.

Terry was due to have a trial in February but it was requested by his club that this trial was moved until the end of the season. Bizarrely, this request was granted and Terry was allowed to see out the season. If a teacher had been charged with racially abusing another member of staff, would their request for the trial to be moved to the summer holiday be granted as they continued to work? How about a busy plumber with a lot of jobs on? Regardless, the trial was moved and the FA decided they couldn’t possibly go to Euro 2012 with a captain who had a racial abuse charge hanging over him. Apparently though, they had no problem with going to Euro 2012 with a starting player who had a racial abuse charge hanging over him and Terry was selected. Anton’s brother, Rio Ferdinand, missed out because of this, despite Roy Hodgson’s laughable claims that “footballing reasons” saw Martin Kelly selected ahead of Rio.

So, it’s great that the FA are trying to make a stand on racism, but they have been so wishy washy over the racism issue in regards to Terry that it’s a tad rich for them to try and tackle it now. Let’s have a look at what some of the offenders actually said:

@lukedavidwarren Ashley young is a black cunt
@johnbcfcmillman: It’s all youngs fault you dirty black CUNT!!!!!!
@Lapwnage as John Terry would say, Ashley Young is a FUCKING BLACK CUNT, BLACK FUCKING CUNT!!!!

Let’s kick racism out of football.

Captain, Leader… Liar

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. WillieRedNut says:

    Capello said Rooney only understands Scottish. Why did he pick Rooney, then? Capello was found out at the last WC. Fuck him and his opinions. Great club manager, but flopped with England.


    How often does rooney appear in the english papers?


    Now I’m concerned as fuck, my typos aren’t appearing aren’t being published

  4. giggs12gerrard0000000000000000 says:

    i think we could do a lot worse then sign gerrard. he had a cracking euros and is eager to win a league title and with the dippers being in the europa league, it could happen. Hes a marquee signing we’d probably to get on the cheap (over 30 now) a real sterling name. Hes the enforcer box/box player we need. If not him maybe xabi alonso as he’s meant to be missing england. Thoughts reds?

  5. wayne says:

    Not concerned and don’t give a fuck about Capello,would rather Rooney not run his mouth off puts added pressure on himself then if he doesn’t deliver leaves himself open.Its no secret I think Rooney is a thick cunt and would be better just getting on with it
    Can’t defend someone who started the smack in the first place,that’s all I’m saying

  6. WillieRedNut says:

    Fucking right I’ll defend him. Against any cunt outside of United.

  7. wayne says:

    Isn’t anything to defend in this case,Rooney would be better off trying to be more guarded instead of saying things without thinking but whatever

  8. United Till I Die says:

    Soon after he joined I realised Capello was a dozy looking muppet and I said so. He’s the manager for fuck sake, so if he doubted Rooney could perform in South Africa he should’ve picked a different line up just like the Scotsman has done v Everton or whoever. On a different note thats what this country lacks imo A MANAGER WITH SOME BACKBONE. Everybody in blighty would back England if a man like Alex Ferguson managed the national side as there would be none of this back to back bollocks we’ve become accustom to with the national squad.

    Jus saying :wink:

  9. WillieRedNut says:

    He was asked a question. He answered. Simple as that. This discussion is becoming boring. Agree to disagree.

  10. CedarsDevil says:

    Looks like I missed me a bit of action here!

  11. wayne says:

    Yeah and when he didn’t perform Capello had a shot back simple as that,I agree this has become boring because I’ve no fucking idea what grounds you’re defending Rooney on,he took a shot at Capello,Capello took a shot back end of story

  12. WillieRedNut says:

    I’m defending him because he plays for United. Capello was also taking a shot at Fergie. Hence, the Scottish remark. Just for the record though? I’d defend any of our players when some cunt is making comments about them. Right, or wrong doesn’t come into it for me. Rooney was right about the lost in translation comment. Capello is right to respond.

  13. WillieRedNut says:

    Just to be clear? It’s different where United are concerned. Not having postman Pat slamming Rooney. We all know why Rooney is below par with England. The quality around him is sub standard. At United he’s had the likes of Ronaldo, RVN, Keane, Nani, Berba and Valencia. And a far better manager of course. That’s it now for me. I’ve said my piece.

  14. fergie is the boss says:

    many can point the fingers, but no one played well for england, gerrard does a few assists and he was sensational by others PPL’s logic. Hart was useless, he did not even looking like a huge presence in goal. The fact is? its classic england, get to the quater finals, get knocked out on pens etc, and blame someone

  15. wayne says:

    Blind ignorance,I see no point in continuing then is there,hasn’t earned that from me and Capello was telling the truth Rooney has gone missing for England don’t see the scottish reference as a shot at Sir Alex at all
    Anyway been a slice gotta go to work

  16. WillieRedNut says:

    You don’t want to see it then. To be fair, I’d defend Rooney even if he ram shackled Capello’s woman’s ass. How do you like them apples?

  17. WillieRedNut says:

    Only joking……maybe just a pecker on the lips!

  18. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Capello is an educated man and probably a good man to listen to around a beer or at any other time. It is frankly disrespectful to say that something was lost in translation, which is what Rooney and a heck of a lot of reporters did to him.

    I feel Capello was just giving Rooney, and the media, a friendly dig. And complimenting Fergie because Fergie gets Rooney to perform when others don’t seem to manage it. Uncle Roy included.

    If you ask me, it is all about time. Do you give a man time to stand before you and listen while he talks.
    Social media is really about inviting people who you would never allow into your home, the time to occupy your brain.

    Sorry, I have a lot more time for intelligent people like Capello, who are worth listening to. Than for gits who are just being racist and anti foreign.

    What Capello said was a joke, what Rooney said about Capello really wasn’t.

  19. WillieRedNut says:

    I don’t think what Capello said about Rooney was a joke. It was a clearly intended retort to Rooney.

  20. CedarsDevil says:


    Sorry pal, I respect you on here but that last post of yours was utterly daft………..Sorry for being straight forward, only way I know

  21. WillieRedNut says:

    Tell me if I’m wrong here? The issue isn’t about what Capello said, what Rooney said, it’s about Rooney’s contract problems in 2010. If it was Young, or Welbeck involved instead of Rooney, no-one would be taking Capello’s side of it. Not going over old ground again. Will say this though, I’ll support Rooney while he’s still at United. I don’t respect the guy like I used too. If any of that is wrong, do tell.

  22. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Cedars, Just saying that Brit media really turn things around that have no business giving a second thought.

    We are in for Modric? Evidence: Fergie says Modric is a good player or was watching a game.
    Capello slanders Rooney? Evidence: Capello turns around one of Rooneys slanders on Capello.

    It’s daft.

    Go on then: Who are we going to buy this summer? Are you willing to put 1000quid on any of those predictions? Bet not.

  23. CedarsDevil says:


    As I said and I am sure you know I have nothing buy respect for you here, so apologies for calling your post daft, got caught up in the heat of the moment…………However when it comes to our players I tend to be over protective and rightly so….

    Good day mate

  24. Denise Williams says:

    King Eric the reason I brought Owen into this discussion is because he has been treated shamefully by the FA the same as Rio has. The truth is we are all sick to the back teeth of the FA and their corruption and hypocracy that we should all stand together on this. The way I feel is that until we do and make a united stand against this pathetic organisation nothing will ever get done. As for Capello and his snide comments about Rooney. Rooney did nothing wrong here he simply stated the truth. That is that Capello could not and did not communicate with the players and as usual Capello chose to behave like a spoiled toddler. Personally I loathe and detest Capello or Postman Pat as Alan Brazil calls him. One other thing is someone should tell that stupid idiot of a Capello that you win or lose as a team there should be no scapegoats. However you would need to tell our useless media that as well as they are just the same.


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