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Diverse — Drokles on December 21, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Den engelske fodboldklub Liverpool FC’s stjerneangriber Luis Suarez er idømt 8 spilledages karantæne plus en bøde på 40.000 pund for vittigt at have repliceret “Why? negro” til Manchester Uniteds Patrice Evra’s “Don’t touch me, you South American!“. Straffen afspejler, hvor alvorligt FA ser på denne såkaldte forbrydelse og stadfæster dermed at det multietniske samfund er en krudttønde som selv en imaginær gnist kan antænde.

David Maddock er i ekstase i Daily Mirror

But now, with Suarez judged a racist, there must be some serious soul-searching at a club that prides itself on its unique community spirit, and its all-inclusive charter.

After such a hard-line stance, they must back up their words with some tough action.

It is not just Dalglish who has been let down.

The club’s owners, who have a passionate record of fighting racism in their native United States, submitted testimony to the FA disciplinary hearing in support of their player.

Suarez er ikke dømt som racist, men for at have “ytret sig fornærmende” med “reference til Evra’s hudfarve”. Og modsat Maddock pointerer Liverpool af Evra selv ‘don’t think that Luis Suarez is racist’ og at “The FA in their opening remarks accepted that Luis Suarez was not racist”. Og Liverpool føler sig ingenlunde svigtet af Suarez, men er derimod “surprised and disappointed” ved at retfærdigheden er blevet svigtet af FA.

We find it extraordinary that Luis can be found guilty on the word of Patrice Evra alone when no-one else on the field of play – including Evra’s own Manchester United teammates and all the match officials – heard the alleged conversation between the two players in a crowded Kop goalmouth while a corner kick was about to be taken.

Og de sår tvivl om Evra’s troværdig med reference til

It appears to us that the FA were determined to bring charges against Luis Suarez, even before interviewing him at the beginning of November. Nothing we have heard in the course of the hearing has changed our view that Luis Suarez is innocent of the charges brought against him and we will provide Luis with whatever support he now needs to clear his name.

We would also like to know when the FA intend to charge Patrice Evra with making abusive remarks to an opponent after he admitted himself in his evidence to insulting Luis Suarez in Spanish in the most objectionable of terms. Luis, to his credit, actually told the FA he had not heard the insult.

Spillerforeningens formand følger begejstret i moralismens flok, som man kan læse på Sky Sports

“We are a multicultural society but also our football is very cosmopolitan and it is important that we send out the strongest message if there has been racist abuse,” Taylor told Sky Sports News.

“Clearly it is an Independent Regulatory Commission set up by the FA. They must have had compelling evidence to come out with such a very strong sanction as a deterrent for the future.”

Oliver Holt udtrykker også sin begejstring over at, der er statueret et eksempel

A three-game ban would have been an insufficient sanction because it would have made it appear the offence was no more serious than a sending-off.

(…)

This is about allegiance to one of the basics of human dignity and that is why, on this occasion, the FA got it right.

Systemet mener at racistiske kommentarer ikke blot er så slemme at de ikke behøver andet bevis end at man selv synes man har hørt dem er det værste problem af dem alle. For de fleste andre menneske ude i virkeligheden vil man måske mene noget andet, hvis man fik valget mellem at skulle stå model en en sårende bemærkning omhandlende ens etniske eller biologiske oprindelse, så langt som den nu fremstår, eller et bevist forsøg på at brække ens ben.

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words is even worse! synges der i de ruiner, der engang var England. Også Martin Lipton fejrer i Daily Mirror dommen ud fra devisen at når forbrydelsen er slem nok så må sandheden vige og ingen forbrydelse er værre end racisme

But Evra’s agitation was evident and Suarez’s apparent line of defence, that he was using a phrase which has different, more jocular connotations in South America - “like calling Dirk Kuyt ‘Blondie’” - seemed risible.

Evra took the term used as outright racism and if it is perceived as such and deliberately repeated, it is hard to argue that Suarez was unaware of what he was saying or the way it was being taken.

Hvis Evra virkeligt er blevet ked af det og det ved han jo bedst selv så må Suarez selfølgelig dømmes. Og det skal fejres med eller uden fyrværkeri

Yet this was a landmark day for English football. A huge test of the FA machine.

And one, taking all club allegiances out of the equation, that they did not flunk.

Let there be no denying, either, that the Suarez case was a hugely tough one for the FA and the three-man commission asked to rule on nuance and culture as much as the facts.

Nej fakta skal ikke stå alene når man kun har en påstand mod anden anden og kravet er at der skal statueres et eksempel. Som han uden ironi bemærker til slut i hans infame indlæg

For the FA, though, this was a major moment.

The men at the top may feel better about themselves.

Og det er vel det racismeanklager handler om - at vi andre gennem domme over syndebukke kan få det bedre med os selv.

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