In this anti-Christian country we live in, football has almost become a new religion. The stadiums are the new churches (note I don’t say mosques or temples: there are still plenty of practising Muslims and Jews around), the fans are the congregation and Sunday morning football sees the gathering of the faithful.
The fact people have turned their backs on religion is one thing but it also seems the substitution of faith with football is contributing to what David Cameron calls the “moral-collapse”. There are the obscene wages, the petulant players and serious lack of intelligent thought. But this is small fry compared to players thinking a different set of laws should be applied to them.
This has become prevalent this week with the cases of Luis Suarez and John Terry. In the former’s case, the FA has charged Mr Suarez with racial offences and given him an eight match ban and fined £40,000. The CPS has advised the police to charge John Terry with a racially aggravated public order offence.
What was the reaction of Liverpool Football Club to Luis Suarez being charged with making racist comments? Humility, remorse, sorrow? No, his colleagues (i.e. fellow players) went to the effort of organising t-shirts with a silhouette of Suarez on the front and his name and squad number on the back in ‘solidarity’ with their wronged team mate so they could show brazen contempt for the FA’s ruling. In any other walk of life, if the employee had been found guilty of racism, that would be it. P45. Out of the door. But a footballer, oh no that’s not right: he’s a hero, no one cares he’s also a racist do they? Well, if you are not wrapped up in the euphoria of worship for men who would most likely be in prison if they weren’t kicking a dead cow around a field, then yes we do care he is a racist. Suarez should be treated like any other employee who find themselves in a similar situation and be sacked.
Now Mr Terry is a foul-mouthed lout even before he, allegedly, racially abused Anton Ferdinand and is another example of a man who would be cleaning municipal toilets or be in prison if he wasn’t born with a “talent” people are prepared to pay a lot of money for. This matter is now sub judice so I will not comment any further. I suspect, however, considering the response of Liverpool FC players and manager, Kenny Dalglish, to the Suarez case, Mr Terry will be welcomed back with open-arms by Chelsea and Fabio Capello should he be found guilty. It doesn’t matter does it? He’s a footballer after all…