The John Terry affair has finally come to a verdict in court. A sensible verdict, I believe (given that it should never have come to court in the first place). After all, words are just words and while he may have used the words “fucking black cunt” no one was actually harmed and it does not automatically follow that the utterer is a racist. And even if he is, it shouldn’t be illegal. That it is, is reprehensible – thought-crime writ large.
The court, though, accepts that the context means that it was not racial abuse. So, that’s dandy. It is also worth remembering that the alleged victim didn’t complain – an off duty police officer with nothing better to do, did that. Also Ferdinand was an unwilling prosecution witness, believing that the FA should deal with the matter. In this, he was right. Terry may well have committed that heinous offence; bringing the game into disrepute. And, fair enough, an internal disciplinary may well have been the best way of dealing with it. However, now that it has gone to court, that really should be the end of the matter.
You would think.
Garth Brooks writing over at the Groan (where else?) wants more. And, he was apparently in the thick of stirring it all up by his own admission:
I first saw the incident of John Terry “mouthing off” on YouTube early on the Sunday evening. I knew Terry was in big trouble and immediately rang Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, and told him so.
“Witch! Witch! Kill the witch!” Oh, sorry, for a moment there I was in the wrong century…
Ahem, back to the case in point. Garth Brooks is a nasty, snivelling, stirring little tittle-tattle creep with nothing better to do than report a minor incident that was not worthy of note, determined to make it more than it actually was. And, now that the court has made a decision, this little shit wants blood anyway.
Now that the court has spoken and the Chelsea captain has been acquitted of racially abusing the QPR player Anton Ferdinand. The ordeal for Terry, though, is not over yet. The Football Association still has to consider one very important matter.
Whereas, in fact, there is nothing to consider – he is not guilty. End of. And, it isn’t important. No, really it isn’t. It never was. Terry uttered some unpleasant words that the supposed victim didn’t feel sufficiently strongly about to make a complaint himself, so why should anyone else?
Unless you are one of those nasty offence mongers of course.