Xenophobia trumps racism for Brits at Euros


All week I’ve been telling myself that it is a healthy thing that discriminatory chanting has come under the spotlight prior to Euro 2012.  The world needs to focus on those who are unable to find an outlet for their testosterone without picking on the vulnerable.

We know all about discriminatory chanting in Scotland, you could say, we’re up to our knees in it, so I’ve been slightly uncomfortable at the tone to some of the reporting about Poland and Ukraine.  It feels a bit like we’ve decided, ‘They have it too, let’s talk about them.  Not us’.  When I say “us”, I don’t mean you, of course.

Fair enough, I thought, let’s bring this issue out, but at the start of the second half between Netherlands and Denmark when BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce reported “We haven’t heard any racist comments here today.  Not when the young, black, Dutch left back got the ball, or at any other time” I figured this is more about xenophobia than racism.  Xenophobia about Eastern Europe.

We’re no wiser about how to deal with our testosterone-fuelled under-achievers with a purpose to find than anyone else.  In fact, we’re worse for allowing our intellectuals to indulge in the last refuge of the scoundrel.

My money is on the Polish and Ukrainian fans emerging from this tournament with a better reputation than some of their Western European counterparts.

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  1. tommytwiststommyturns on

    Jobo – it is in this country, but when the outside temperature is in the 30’s…?!




  2. St.John.Doyle on

    Noticed earlier that Phil McG was hinting at a legal challenge to the CVA meeting, got me thinking if it is delayed by a legal challenge form any of the interested parties, how would this delay affect the deadline for providing audited accounts for our SFA/SPL chums.


    What are the chances of Duff and Duffer having accounts ready despite any legal set-backs.

  3. ElDiego



    And I thought that was me :-))






    That was his advice last night. In fairness there’s probably a difference of about 30 between his weather and EK :-))

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    You don’t put ice in red wine any more than you do in whiskey, it waters it down.



    I was surprised the first time I asked for red wine here and a bottle came out of the fridge …. now I know better. It’s not nice too warm either so pour from the fridge and let it come back to the right temp.



    But ice cubes? NEVER!!!

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    I was at a birthday party last night in the local golf club. I was a very agreeable chap until near the end of the night The Penny Arcade was played.



    I then became extremely disagreeable to put it mildly.

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  7. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    We should claim these songs back starting with Tina Turners classic An Empty Warchest. I think HT alluded to being a Technical teacher.




  8. St.John.Doyle on 9 June, 2012 at 19:50 said:


    Isn’t the time to submit accounts long gone?


    I thought the deadline was March 31.

  9. swindonbhoy on 9 June, 2012 at 19:46 said:



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  10. The whiskey drinking society actaully recommend a bit of water in a malt to enhance it’s flavour.

  11. AweNaw



    Is a Technical Teacher a jannie? I never liked the jannies at my secondary school.



    Lazy gits who sat about drinking tea and studying form all day.

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  13. tommytwiststommyturns on

    EDB – ht assures us that he’s a dab hand with the ole sand bucket. He is the Jannie!




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    I find Lawrenceson in the same category as Burley ….a condescending twat

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    Lancashire-born Ireland international Mark Lawrenson questioning Klose’s German eligibility.

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  17. St.John.Doyle on

    ‘GG on 9 June, 2012 at 20:01 said:





    No I am sure our helpful friends at the SFA/SPL extended the deadline to the 15th June, expecting a CVA or Liquidation by their deadline, what I was wondering is how would a legal delay turn up the heat on our game’s administrators

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    Your sawdust comment would confirm that. Puke at my primary school was always doused with it at my primary and was the Jannies duty.




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    it was Podolski he was questioning



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