So Chelsea gaffer AVB has said QPR's Anton Ferdinand should shake hands it with John Terry? Nonsense, absolute nonsense...
Well football has finally gone mental. The evening before an FA Cup tie and Anton Ferdinand gets a bullet through the post. Ferdinand is, let's remember, the person who has allegedly been the victim of racist abuse, with John Terry apparently calling him a 'f****** black c***'.
The bullet through the post is further proof that some people shouldn't be allowed out of the house with a muzzle and a set of reigns, but much worse than that is the fact the people in positions of power are urging Anton Ferdinand to shake John Terry's hand.
Why should he? I've been called plenty of things in time. Fat, thin, a Romanian orphan and all sorts of creative stuff and have been able to laugh it off. But nothing I have been called is laden with hundreds of years of intolerance and outright bigotry. So for Andre Villas-Boas to insist that Anton should shake the hand of his supposed tormentor is as naive as Sepp Blatter saying that racism can be settled with a handshake.
If Villas-Boas, who has probably been called a Ginger T***** behind his back during his time at Chelsea, is so worried about what will happen then he should be a man about it and drop the increasingly ineffective Terry from his line-up.
In 1938, the England Football team was forced to do a Nazi salute in Germany before an international, and while I'm not about to compare the Genocide that followed to an incident between two millionaires, the parallels are there for all to see. Anton Ferdinand is being pressured to do something that he doesn't believe in, being asked to shake the hand of a man who insulted him because of the colour of his skin.
And to what end? So Chelsea can feel better about the situation? So John Terry can go into the game without pressure. It's absolute nonsense. Whether or not Terry is found guilty but he police and the FA, Ferdinand should be allowed to blow a raspberry to Terry if he feels like it. And if he wants to drop his hand and move on, then good on him.
It is for him to decide, no-one else, and that should be the end of it.
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