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Wednesday, November 24, 2004  

There'll always be an England? I think not.

A football fan today admitted in court racially abusing black soccer star Dwight Yorke.

Jason Perryman, 22, was caught on TV cameras hurling monkey chants and gesturing towards Yorke during a live match on Sunday.

Today Perryman, of Chorley, Lancashire, admitted at Blackburn Magistrates Court to an offence of racially aggravated disorderly behaviour.

Perryman was fined £1,000 with £75 costs and given a maximum five-year football banning order. It means he cannot now attend a football match in England and Wales until 2009.

Passing sentence, John Fryer, chairman of the bench, said: "You racially humiliated Dwight Yorke in public by both actions as well as words.

"There is no place in football or anywhere else for racist behaviour."

I have no problem with banning a cretan, but a fine for mockery? Isn't that what he was basically doing? Mocking the black player. How that rises to the level of a criminal act is beyond me.

Crude, vicious, stupid, idiotic - yes, it's all those things, but are we going to start arresting children from playgrounds for yelling - "fatty fatty, you're a fatty!"

Poor England. It's become a lost cause, I'm afraid, and we are fast approaching the same conditions. England was once a great, masculine land of conquorors, heroes, nobility, gentlemanliness, and muscular Christianity. What a soggy mess of crybabies, wimps, soccer thugs, and sneering slobs it's become.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 9:37 AM |