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England defender Tyrone Mings was a credit to his country after their game in Bulgaria last night.  He explained how he dealt with racist abuse during the game, brought it to the officials’ attention before the game was twice stopped, and demonstrated that an important night would be remembered by him for his football achievements.  He even showed sympathy for those whose limited minds permitted them to make Nazi salutes and monkey chants.

Only a few years ago columnists argued that this issue was a societal problem, not a football one.  Those were simpler times when politics everywhere was not plagued by a misplaced insistence of local exceptionalism, if not downright hostility to ‘the other’.

Attitudes change slowly in some places but the reaction after the game in Sofia, specifically the Bulgarian prime minister calling for his FA chief to be sacked, help.  Some of us have seen it all, from that infamous banana 30 years ago, to less publicised moments against Sporting 7 years before that.  England is currently caught in a peculiar 1930s re-run, so reaction there will be measured.  No one should raise their head proudly on this issue.

Tyrone Mings is typical of the modern England I know.  Last night he encapsulated its future.  You can trace racism from the 30s, to the terraces of the 70s and 80s, to today’s local exceptionalism – wherever local is to you.  It never went away in 1939 but I doubt it has had so many vocal opponents.

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  1. France U21s 4 – 1 up at HT away to Slovakia in qualifier – and he’s at it again !

     

    Eddie double in the 23rd and 35th minute !

  2. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    Elhamed and Bitton playing for Israel, who are leading 3-1 at half time.

     

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  3. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    That Dabber or whatever he’s called, that plays number 9 for Israel looks a good player. He has scored two, very cooley, and the Goalie spilled his shot for another player to score their other goal. He looks very strong, but mobile, with a decent touch.

     

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  4. bigrailroadblues on

    Good evening all from the salubrious public house known as the Star Bar. I hope you are all well and that the huns shall be consigned to the dustbin of odious history.

  5. Sorry, that’s for the game in Rome. The home end behind the goal where the ultras are will be shut

  6. HUNDERBIRDS ARE GONE

     

     

    Dabour played against us for Salzburg. Now with Sevilla – out of our price range, sadly.

  7. Morelos scores 4 for Columbia in a 4-3 win away to Algeria tonight

     

     

    Sorry totally misread that…

     

     

    Columbia got beat 3-0 away to Algeria and Alfredo got subbed

  8. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    INIQUITOUSIV on 15TH OCTOBER 2019 9:56 PM

     

    Ah, l knew I had heard of him,.thanks for that info, shame

     

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  9. Good morning CQN from a dry, dark and chilly Garngad

     

     

    Hope all our bhoys on international duty get back fit and well.

     

     

    Let’s pump Ross county on Saturday and put a wee bit of pressure on the zombies.

     

     

    Although I bet Mr Clancy notices all the penalty opportunities in the Mini Huns v Zombie clash at weekend and the penalties will be for one team, nothing surer.

     

     

    HH

     

     

    D. :)

  10. Agreed

     

    FtSFA refereeing dept showing Celtic they have absolutely no say or influence within the corridors of FtSFA

     

    Who remembers being told Fleming was a fresh broom, or Maxwell could be trusted ???

     

    Knuckle crunchers

     

     

    Hail Hail

  11. The attendance at the Lazio – Rennes match was 13,000.

     

     

    How the hell does closing a stand equal any kind of punishment?

     

     

    Answers on a postcard.

  12. PHILBHOY on 16TH OCTOBER 2019 8:47 AM

     

    The attendance at the Lazio – Rennes match was 13,000.

     

     

    How the hell does closing a stand equal any kind of punishment?

     

     

    Answers on a postcard.

     

     

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    Is it not the case that they are specifically closing the ultra section

  13. TIMALOY29

     

     

    Is that still a suitable punishment?

     

     

    If you have small attendances , what’s the point?

     

     

    If the “ultra section” has been closed, can the ultra’s not gain entry to another part of the stadium?

     

     

    Looks like there might be plenty of seats available.

  14. Lazio ?

     

     

    They have appealed -line is -what more can we do.?It isn’t our fault if @ 30 self determining adults decide to make Fascist Salutes in a football stadium. We know who they are.We will ban them ./ we will pursue them for damages in the civil courts..

     

     

    Some media outlets have claimed that UEFA wanted to shut the stadium but since that would have seriously inconvenienced thousands of Celtic supporters -then no.

  15. Hi

     

     

    Spensie Mentioned it on RS this morning. When asked about racism in England he said it is also a big problem in Scotland with anti-catholic , anti-irish.

     

     

    HH

  16. 65 comments in 23 hours must be some kind of record surely? But just like our players returning from International duties today I’m sure things will start to pick up as we move towards the Ross County game which is, as I’m sure you’ll know, only 3 sleeps away.

     

    But, seeing as it’s quiet (and so I won’t be distracting from any heated debate) does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations for a modestly priced turntable with which I can transfer my dusty, in the loft, vinyl collection onto my iTunes library?

  17. Big Tam Gemmell

     

     

    The big shot

     

     

    Would have been 76 today.

     

     

    Thanks Tommy for all you gave our club

     

     

    HH

  18. JOBO BALDE @11 19

     

     

    Sacrilegious – but each to their own.

     

     

    Mrs S of T wanted to listen to her favorite 45s while driving..I was ordered to get the necessary.I got one of these-@ 200 euros.

     

    Audio Technica ATLP 120 USB.

     

    Unfortunately (for me ) it does its job .Being driven way too fast is one thing -having to listen to Red Bird 45s on rotation while so doing is way too much

  19. Edouard hits 9 goals for French U21 team meanwhile Morelos is yet to score for Colombia at Under-17, Under-20 or senior level.

  20. Another test!!!

     

     

    PLAYER APPEARANCES VOTES POINTS

     

    Ryan Christie – – – 8 – – – 177 – – – 17

     

    Odsonne Edouard – – – 8 – – – 156 – – – 16

     

    Scott Brown – – – 9 – – – 151 – – – 15

     

    James Forrest – – – 8 – – – 149 – – – 15

     

    Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo – – – 8 – – – 129 – – – 13

     

    Christopher Jullien – – – 8 – – – 161 – – – 12

     

    Moritz Bauer – – – 4 – – – 63 – – – 11

     

    Calum McGregor – – – 9 – – – 86 – – – 9

     

    Hatem Abd Elhamed – – – 6 – – – 70 – – – 8

     

    Mohamed Elyounoussi – – – 5 – – – 56 – – – 6

     

    Olivier Ntcham – – – 7 – – – 43 – – – 5

     

    Jeremie Frimpong – – – 1 – – – 34 – – – 4

     

    Vakoun Bayo – – – 6 – – – 30 – – – 3

     

    Nir Bitton – – – 2 – – – 41 – – – 3

     

    Jonny Hayes – – – 8 – – – 21 – – – 2

     

    Kristoffer Ajer – – – 8 – – – 27 – – – 1

     

    Fraser Forster – – – 7 – – – 14 – – – 1

     

    Tom Rogic – – – 4 – – – 3 – – – 1

     

    Anthony Ralston – – – 1 – – – 0 – – – 0

     

    Craig Gordon – – – 2 – – – 1 – – – 0

     

    Jack Henrdy – – – 1 – – – 0 – – – 0

     

    Lewis Morgan – – – 2 – – – 0 – – – 0

     

    Mikey Johnston – – – 2 – – – 11 – – – 0

  21. PLAYER – – – APPEARANCES – – – VOTES – – – POINTS

     

    Ryan Christie – – – 8 – – – 177 – – – 17

     

    Odsonne Edouard – – – 8 – – – 156 – – – 16

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