"A Permanent Embarrassment And An Occasional Disgrace."
Today sees another Guest Article from ASWGL. As you may have already noticed,he’s not one for pulling his punches and this article is no different!
Very recently Michael Stewart spoke his mind, and was suspended (at least on a temporary basis) by BBC Scotland. I personally applaud what he said at the time regarding one Mr James -“A dangerous character. Stoking fires, creating division, for his own personal gain.”
Let me say firstly, if indeed Alfredo Morelos was indeed racially abused that is shameful, and needs to stop. However he is not alone-Shay Logan and Scott Sinclair have recently suffered racism at hands of away football fans. Where was the large media outcry then ? Where is the balance and accuracy that was requested by a certain James Traynor ?
James Traynor is accused by some of orchestrating a false but very dangerous Alfredo Morelos story that has some lunatics accusing a Celtic fan of tampering with the brakes of his car, putting his wife and unborn child in danger. That is a very dangerous way to stoke fires, by falsely suggesting something which is so ridiculously off the scale and untrue.
There is also the accusation by some that he may have been involved in a faked up Sky Sports interview that again wrongfully calls Celtic supporters racist.
Whether this was James Traynor or not, is actually immaterial to the point I need to make. Perhaps it was someone else entirely who fabricated these stories, perhaps a number of people are involved in them. Whoever it was. Do these idiots not realise it creates tension and hatred, that can, and usually does, lead to violence?
Have they not learned any lessons from the past? Tensions and hatred that go further and have lunatics send death threats to people, that can also lead to much worse things,like bullets and bombs being sent in the post? Then again “mind blowingly” according to some, that guy who was being sent bombs brings it upon himself, …..hows that for balance and accuracy?
They should have learned these lessons long ago.
Tensions and hatred do lead to violence and in some cases fatalities. Such as a 16-year-old wearing a Celtic strip who was stabbed to death.
This is not banter, it’s downright dangerous, foolish and irresponsible. This 16-year-old wearing a Celtic strip was attacked by two rangers supporters and killed after an old firm cup final game. How does anyone tell that poor boy’s mother it may have started as a bit of harmless banter? It’s NOT banter-these mindless acts only fuel hatred, and the same ones who stoke these fires, and others who orchestrate these divisions, need to take a long hard look at themselves and stop it right now!
In 1996 Jason Campbell was jailed for life for slashing the throat of a young Celtic fan.
Thomas Longstaff, 26, was jailed for 10 years for attacking another Celtic supporter and stabbing him in the throat.
Both of these animals were represented by none other than QC Donald Findlay.
The very same Donald Findlay who was recorded singing anti-Catholic songs about “being up to his knees in fenian blood”, after an old firm game. Perhaps Mr Findlay had no idea that singing such vulgar songs would do any harm, and thought it was (just a bit of banter), but being in a Vice-chairmans position with a large audience means you must ensure you act responsibly, and must not stoke any fires.
More recently some Celtic fans were attacked and stabbed in Glasgows Merchant City by rangers supporters, while celebrating their team’s win. This again is not banter, it’s hate fuelled bigotry, brought about by these cretins, who have access to a large media audience, stoking fires and creating division for their own personal gain.
It needs to stop. It ‘should’ have stopped. Sadly though, for as long as these cretins stoke their fires of hatred,it will not stop.
Sports Presenter Ian Archer once wrote
“This has to be said about Rangers, as a Scottish football club they are a permanent embarrassment and an occasional disgrace. This country would be a better place if Rangers did not exist.”
Above article by ASWGL. If you want to have your opinions as Article of the Day,mail them to Mahe.