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Stan Collymore… Moral Guardian?

Editorial | Article posted on February 23rd, 2015

I often wonder where they would have been if we hadn’t have taken them in, fed them and washed them.
Imagine the scene. A leading club, one of England’s best-supported, reaches the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley against a long-standing, bitter rival in a match televised live by the BBC. From an early stage, they look a distant second best and long before half-time they are a demonstrably beaten side. Their fans know this. And there seems little point in trying to urge their team on. Instead, they begin to sing “Pakis go home” alongside chants glorifying the bloody murder of Muslims. The songs are audible to the nationwide audience. There is also a banner visible from the opposition’s supporters, using a derogatory term for the leading club.
It could be any club (bar Bradford City, of course, as it’s on the Beeb). And it would provoke the outrage we have seen this week in response to camera-phone footage of three proudly racist Chelsea fans on the Paris Metro. In fact, given the national TV audience for the Wembley match, the outrage would almost certainly be greater. And if the football authorities were seen to be inactive in dealing with the issue, any media pundit calling them out for this would receive praise from all decent areas of society.
Thousands in Glasgow alone From Ireland they came, brought us nothing but trouble and shame.
In the world of Glasgow football, we are all regularly informed, they do things differently. And we are advised to find that acceptable when talking or writing about that world and to adjust our reactions and behaviour accordingly. The above hypothesis played out at Hampden Park for a BBC Scotland audience on February 1st when Celtic beat Rangers in the Scottish League Cup semi-final. Rangers were a distant second best and long before half-time they were a demonstrably beaten side.
Thus were Scottish football fans ‘treated’ to lusty, repeated renditions of songs such as The Billy Boys and The Famine Song. The former is a paean to Billy Fullerton, a 1920s Glasgow gang leader, whose ‘boys’ took vocal pride at being “up to our knees in Fenian blood,” urging such Fenians to “surrender, or you’ll die.” It is argued that Fenians is a derogatory reference to Catholicism in general. The latter is a call to all descendants of immigrants who fled to Scotland from the famine which ravaged Ireland in the late-1840s. “The famine is over. Why don’t you go home?” Both songs are illegal at football matches and the latter is also racist.
Now they raped and fondled their kids, that’s what those perverts from the darkside did.
After the game, with little football to discuss, some media attention focused on the

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