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. ToneLoc on 9 June, 2012 at 22:25 said:


    Bhoys own – link or what channel?



    Was on ESPN Virgin 530, over now though!

  2. tommytwiststommyturns on

    SOAL – thanks for putting that link up, the wee man is a feckin genius. He needs to inspire Argentina to a WC win and he’ll replace Maradona as the best ever.




  3. The Spirit of Arthur Lee on 9 June, 2012 at 22:21 said:



    Thanks for that link, If Messi stays fit they’re a good bet for another WC win

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

    The Spirit of Arthur Lee on 9 June, 2012 at 22:21 said:



    Thank you very much for posting those goals …..excellent stuff…HH

  5. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Messi’s technique was all wrong for that last goal, leaning back when he takes the shot, I’m sure an english comentator told us thats just wrong

  6. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Did Green say he was going to graze sheep at the midden? Green Green grass of home.

  7. Paul and Alexandra’s Soupe de la Semaine (last weeks – forgot to post)…



    Roasted Red Pepper & Lentil Soup



    2 large red peppers


    1 onion


    2 cloves of garlic


    1 veg stock cube (to add: 1.4 ltr boiling water)


    200g red lentils


    1 sprig of fresh thyme




    Preheat you oven to 190c


    Slice the peppers into chunks/quarters/eighths and roast for 20mins (’til starting to crisp/blacken at edges)


    Finely chop onion and garlic – fry these on low heat in your soup pot for 5-10 mins (’til softened-ish)


    Wash/rinse lentils


    Add roasted peppers, lentils and thyme leaves – stir it up


    Add the stock and water, turn up the heat and bring to the boil before lowering and simmering for 15 mins.


    Blend the soup ’til creamy and nomnom it.



    Alexandra is my oldest daughter whom I am very proud of – I am teaching her to cook. And learning to do so myself (I am Paul, in case you didn’t know).



    Doing Pea and Mint tomorrow.

  8. The bould Hector's bhoys..... Tá ár lá anois on

    jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on 9 June, 2012 at 22:53 said:



    Did Green say he was going to graze sheep at the midden? Green Green grass of home.




    A piggery would be more apt..!

  9. philvisreturns on

    Paul67 – Not sure it’s xenophobia as such, more of a misplaced sense of moral superiority.



    I don’t know where our establishment got the idea that they’re fit to lecture Eastern Europeans on racism, but there does seem to be a tendency in the British media to portray Eastern Europeans in general and Slavs in particular as somehow more brutish than we are. (thumbsup)

  10. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on 9 June, 2012 at 22:57 said:



    Pea and Mint fae a chicken??





    Was done at work. Over. And Over. And Over. Again. And again.



    Mainly by me, it has to be said.




  11. dirtymac


    keep them coming, I have been married 18 years now and need to do more than marinade a couple of steaks… o))

  12. btw, the red pepper and lentil was flippin nice, although not perhaps a summer soup – too thick when blended to be a chilled starter.



    Cheap as chips to make though and pretty damn tasty to boot. What’s not to like?

  13. GREEN LANTERN u speak of the ENGLANDERS having no sense of irony did u watch the norwich vs tic game great atmosphere,great singing by our fans credit to the club no doubt then we let ourselves down by singing ira songs instead of football songs.we always criticise the huns for the songs they sing but yet we still participate in this low level of songs that should only be sang in our own presence of our own fans in our own clubs.Until this ceases we will be still shown in the bad light as the huns in the medias eyes.

  14. You started so well with the little Englander jibe, excellently observed it was, then ruin it with the song debate. tut tut, so close yet so far.

  15. blantyretim or is it fanny tim spell my name correctly please if u want to indulge in a conversation.



    jude2005 if u have watched the game u would have seen boys of the old brigade as well as a few others sang at a time when we were being hailed as the best support in britain.If we can refrain from these songs and an example of paddys song at the last 10 mins we will continue being the best fans in the world without ant comparison to the huns.