The Society of Black lawyers as I predicted, have excelled themselves.
The Mark Clattennurk investigation has been abandoned by the cops. The Metroploitan Police were investigating this complaint as it was made by Peter Herbert of the Society of Black Lawyers. It is of note that nobody else reported this to old bill. Nobody.
The cops issued a statement saying:
No victims have come forward’ and ‘without a victim and/or any evidence that any offence has been committed, the matter cannot currently be investigated.
But of course Peter Herbert isn’t happy with this and he told BBC Radio 5 live:
It sounds remarkably like a football cover-up. It sounds remarkably like the football industry wanted to have this issue swept under the carpet.
No Peter, it sounds remarkably like you’re an attention seeker. You suffer from the same disorder as our old friend David Baddiel. The pair of you are so up your own politically correct bottoms that your take on the world no longer includes common sense or reason.
Piara Powar, former head of Kick It Out and current Executive Director of Football Against Racism in Europe, said:
“I think Peter Herbert and the Society of Black Lawyers are naive. They perhaps don’t know football.”
Chelsea Football Club was a hotbed of racism for decades. Not my words, but I those of a Mr Ken Bates. Thing is, Ken perhaps doesn’t realise it is still is. Hissing, coin throwing, the most vicious abuse and by this please don’t get distracted with this ‘Yid Army’ nonsense. I’m talking about ‘Spurs Are On Their Way To Auschwitz’ being sung – amongst other toe tapping ditties.
But tackling significant numbers of mindless cretins doesn’t fit in with the way the pair of pontificate your way through life, does it? The reality is that THFC who are shall a rather stringent business, left Herbert’s crusade against the use of the word ‘Yid’ completely marooned when they replied to a threat of zero tolerance:
Our position on this topic is very clear. The club does not tolerate any form of racist or abusive chanting. Our guiding principle in respect of the ‘Y-word’ is based on the point of law itself – the distinguishing factor is the intent with which it is used i.e. if it is used with the deliberate intention to cause offence. This has been the basis of prosecutions of fans of other teams to date.
Our fans adopted the chant as a defence mechanism in order to own the term and thereby deflect anti-Semitic abuse. They do not use the term to others to cause any offence, they use it a chant amongst themselves.
The club believes that real anti-Semitic abuse such as hissing to simulate the noise of gas chambers is the real evil and the real offence. We believe this is the area that requires a determined and concerted effort from all parties and where we seek greater support to eradicate.
Brian Reade in the Mirror also chose his words wisely on who Mr Herbert was:
A man with no known connection to football, who speaks for a society which exists solely of black members, is accusing a mass of multi-cultural people who embrace the word Yid to disempower rivals chanting anti-Semitic slurs, of being racist.
Football doesn’t want the episode swept under the carpet – it was Chelsea that lodged a complaint with the FA. Mr Herbert got wind of this involving a black player and screamed ‘bingo!’ But this wasn’t an opportunity of a lifetime. It was actually a rather tawdry stunt being pulled by some disreputable footballers who wanted revenge on a referee who didn’t do them any favours.
They made it all up. And so the Society Of Black Lawyers have heavily a backed a horse that went to moral knackers yard some considerable time ago.
Peter Herbert’s next mission is rumoured to be demanding that sweet manufacturer Barratts explain their sinister subliminal plot of manufacturing of both banana shaped foam candies and black jack chews. The world’s breath is baited.
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