Only by implementing my solutions and giving me 4 per cent of all sponsorship money will the FA begin to see a changeby Caspar Salmon / August 22, 2017 / Leave a comment
Let us turn to Britain’s ever edifying Premier League, with the excitement that always attends a fresh spate of homophobia in the beautiful game. This weekend, kickball fans at Leicester saw fit to chant homophobic abuse at visiting soccer-heads from Brighton, famously the only city with gay people in the UK. Twenty to thirty fans apparently started chanting “vicious homophobic abuse and making homophobic gestures”—Leicester City stewards, we are told, ejected “the offending minority” and reported them to the police, before bosses at Leicester pronounced themselves “disappointed” at the scenes.
First things first: in the Guardian’s blushing coverage of the scandal, the homophobic chant is effectively bowdlerised, as is the nature of the homophobic gestures in question. What exact words were the Leicester fans actually saying? Surely it’s germane to the story to know what precise language a gay football fan or player could expect to hear in the year 2017 at a public event with a heavy security presence.
Secondly, note the hilariously tutting reaction from leaders in the football community: disappointment is a fun official response to undisguised homophobia, when horror, disgust, despair, shame and grim exhaustion were all available. You might plausibly argue that something might actually get done about rooting hatred out of football if the sport’s gatekeepers could be induced to give something more than the merest public shit about it.