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Xenophobia trumps racism for Brits at Euros

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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. monteblanco on 9 June, 2012 at 21:12 said:

     

    Mark Lawrenson, somehow every time he opens his mouth I think of Les Dawson in curlers and a hair net, standing clutchin his bag to his bosom, bitchin to his wee pal.

     

     

     

    He is also as tight as a crabs arse. Seen him drag his family across the car park at Manchester airport in the rain, so that he did not have to pay his taxi the £2 parking fee.

  2. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice will always prevail on

    Dixiebhoy69

     

     

    Hello, my friend ……. Won’t be long now……..when this CVA bites the dust on Thursday, I’m going to freak out all together…..LOL……CHUCKIE

  3. Can someone clarify this transfer windows activity so far ?

     

     

    Cervi – Released. Confirmed Celticfc.net

     

    McGinn – Released. Confirmed Celticfc.net

     

    O’Dea – Released. Confirmed Celticfc.net

     

    Towell – Released. Confirmed Celticfc.net

     

    Loovens – Out of Contract and nothing new signed ?

     

    Cha – Signed on Bosman for Fortuna Dusseldorf. Confirmed Celticfc.net

     

    Juarez – BBC reports Signed with Club America in Mexico.

     

    Murphy – Rumoured to be signing for an English team £300k fee or thereabouts.

     

    Brozek – Loan deal finished. Left the building

     

    Forster – Loan finished, potentially resigning.

     

    Josh Thomson – Word on the street that he has left. Confirmed ?

     

    Zeng Zhi – New 2 year deal signed.

     

     

    Alot of room cleared for our latest batch of signings….

     

     

    GetTheSevilleMoneySpentCSC

  4. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice will always prevail on

    DixieBhoy .69

     

     

    By the way, I’m supporting Portugal here..

  5. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice will always prevail on

    What a miss, Portugal

  6. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Brazil v Arg on 530 ESPN for all you sad Sky peepil. Belter of a game!!!

  7. Jude

     

     

    If it says CANDLE 20p….isn’t that a payment and not a donation??

  8. Textbook header from Gomez to give Germany the lead

     

     

    If Germany see this out it will be a massive win. Puts massive pressure on Holland for Wednesdays game against Germany

     

     

    The Germans would take glorious delight in putting the Dutch out

  9. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice will always prevail on

    Dixiebhoy69 ………..as long as you can cope with a raving ranter…..

     

     

    Where every single night…..

  10. Jude

     

    when they tell you the candles cost 40p/20p would you donate 10p? o)

     

     

    you Coatbridge bhoys….

  11. •-:¦:-•** -:¦:- sparkleghirl :¦:-.•**• -:¦:-• on

    That’s quite a lot of stoppage time played….

  12. Germany have been average as I predicted, Holland poor, Spain to walk it if they turn up (hopefully).

  13. Further to my message of 21.25 I though id pencil a team on paper….

     

     

    Zaluska

     

    No Replacement

     

    Matthews Rogne Mulgrew Izaguirre

     

    Lustig Wilson ? ?

     

     

    Brown Kayal Ledley Forrest

     

    Samaras Wanyama Ki ?

     

     

    Hooper Commons

     

    Stokes ?

     

     

    Young team; F Twardzick, P Twardzik, Ibrahim, Blackman, Watt, Spence, Slane, Keatings, McGeough.

     

    Not so young: McCourt, Bangura, Rasmussen, Murphy.

     

     

    StillWorkToBeDoneCSC

  14. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Bid candles for the G G’s Wee connells for the greyhounds mind!!

  15. Green Lantern (((((0))))) on

    The Engerlanders like the huns have no sense of irony.

     

    They blithely talk in disparaging terms about the racist Eastern Europeans meanwhile conveniently forgetting the racist in their own camp that is John Terry, a disgrace of a human being who is keeping out of their team a black player who quite rightly refuses to have anything to do with this troll.

     

    No amount of trudging about concentration camps is going to convince any reasonable person that this is anything more than a hypocritical and cosmetic cover up.

     

    These muppets, like rankers, deserve everything that is coming to them.

  16. Professor Green on

    Ryan,

     

     

    Mate where did you here about Zeng zhi signing a new 2 year deal?

     

     

    I’m hearing his contract with the Chinese circus is watertight and no chance of him signing

  17. Glendalystonsils likes a mr whippy with his lime green jelly on

    2 year deal then a testimonial for Zheng Zhi. Well deserved for a loyal (pardon the expression) servant.

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