Chris Mort Asks Newcastle Fans For Help

Chairman Chris Mort has urged Newcastle’s supporters to ensure there is never any repeat of the anti-Islamic chanting that overshadowed last Sunday’s Premier League game at Middlesbrough.

Visiting supporters at the Riverside abused Mido of Middlesbrough during Sunday’s Newcastle – Middlesbrough game.

The English FA is going to investigate the matter and Mort is hoping that this is an isolated incident.


Chris Mort – asks Newcastle fans for help – please behave

This is what Chris has written in the program notes for Newcastle’s game with Wigan Athletic this afternoon.

“Unfortunately, it was the abuse of Mido and not our open play and goals that captured the headlines,” “This isn’t typical behavior from our supporters.

“We value highly the great work that has been done by and with important organizations such as Kick It Out and we also do a considerable amount of work which goes unnoticed.”

“This club doesn’t judge people on the grounds of race, religion or personal beliefs. I want to encourage fan participation and we must all work hard together to make sure the Mido incident is a one-off.”

“I would like to say a public thank-you for the way the Middlesbrough owner (Steve Gibson) and manager (Gareth Southgate) reacted to the incident.”

“While they naturally supported their player, all their comments about Newcastle United were both sensible and measured.”

Excellent and measured comments from Chris and we really hope his words will not go unnoticed by our great supporters. The chanting of last Sunday harms the club’s image, there’s no argument about that. Let’s have the headlines in the future, not only be about all the wins Newcastle register this season, but also that our supporters are indeed the greatest in the land. That’s what we need to aim for – and we know we can do it – on both fronts.

We have the team now – and we’ve always had great support – so please let’s keep it that way. Oh, and by the way, fasten your seat belts, we think it’s going to be an exciting ride this season 😀

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • Teazy

    Sep 1, 2007 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Absolute storm in a teacup this Mido thing. My Brother in Law is a season ticket holder at the Smogs and he thought the chants going back and force were funny. He is disappointed that the press getting hold of this and blowing it out of all proportion has overshadowed what he thought was a good game with a good atmosphere. If you listen to what Mido said about us taking the p***, and why he told us to shut up, HE understood it being football banter, HE wasn’t bothered, the only problem was he got booked. He shouldn’t have.

    The corporate suits are taking over the is becoming sterile, big business, I have that from Monday to Friday, I want passion commitment and escape on a Saturday.

  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 1, 2007 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #2

    Friendly banter from the terraces is good for football, but ratial and anti-islamic abuse is not acceptable and needs to stop!

  • AndyW

    Sep 1, 2007 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed – very sensible comments (both from you and Chris Mort) and refreshing to see. Ii go to a lot as there is usually good info with a decent sense of humour there but I have to say I think their reaction to the Mido business was out of order.

    OK some of the press and perhaps the player himself over-reacted and it got blown out of proportion a bit but I think both the Newcastle and Boro Boards and management have behaved sensibly.

    For to suggest, however obliquely, that because other chants are worse is mitigation of these supporters verges on the irresponsible and to further argue that being islamic is a matter of faith and not race, whilst accurate, misses the point entirely and sounded like a misguided defence.

    Great to see none of that nonsense on your blog Ed.

  • toonfan1

    Sep 1, 2007 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    this man talks so much sense and i think could be the best chairman that newcastle could find. also the owner isnt afraid to wear the holy newcastle shirt whereas other chairmans just wear suits and dont wear there teams shirts!!! will beye and faye go stright into the squad for today?

  • Craig Allen

    Sep 1, 2007 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Yeah it’s usually a few individuals with misguided passion that can dent the reputation of all supporters. I say keep the passion, but use it in a more constructive/positive manner.

    Anyone know where I can catch the broadcast of today’s game?

  • toonfan1

    Sep 1, 2007 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #6

    look on it says all of the channels that will show newcastle against wigan but most of them are abroad channels so none in england! the derby game is on setanta sports, the west ham game is on sky sports so is the man city game and i think the tottenham game in october is on setanta so plenty of live games coming up!!!!!!!!!!

  • Archie Dean

    Sep 1, 2007 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #7

    “This club doesn’t judge people on the grounds of race, religion or personal beliefs”. – Then, particularly with respect to the latter two issues which are crucial in determining that illusive quality ‘character’, the club has a lot to learn.

  • graeme dev

    Sep 1, 2007 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #8

    congrats to Mr Mort for his comments and i for one will be behind this thinking , we dont need this kind of chant, we`ve never had it before ,and hopefully will never hear it again.Its onward and upward for us ,the last thing we need is to have points deducted for racial chanting and end up missing out on europe !As for todays game , beye and faye wont be registered as newcastle players (needed to be newcastle players before 12 mid day yesterday) so wont be available till next week.
    After that though its gonna be a scorcher!!!! It is a shame that nobby left though but good luck to him he`s a hero and will always be welcome at the toon, the same sentiments go to paul huntington who left for leeds.

  • jp

    Sep 1, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Well done fellas for not taking the .com view on the Mido incident. i remember us throwing mars bars at Gazza on his return to St James’ as a spurs player, it makes me laugh now. However, it’s not acceptable in todays stadiums and when you look at how we are trusted inside the ground now compared to then, things have to give. Being Fattist at a match or or being topically humorous skate a similar fine line, we werent being racially inciteful but probably being too insensitive to a potentially volatile subject. We can never expect others to have our senses of humour and likewise understand our joviality and mischief but if we want again to be a force in football we must adhere to the code and prove we mean no harm. Let’s not give those southern journo tossas the chance to tarnish our reputation as the best fans in the country. sorry for the language Ed, some words were invented for their true meaning.

  • daniel

    Sep 1, 2007 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #10

    hear man all u people saying it is unaceptable, i take the views of deepley to heart and believe they where quite acurate, as how come the papers and you lot didnt say nothing when we where callin sammy lee a dwarf or chanting child melestation chants at boro fans all these years, its all the smae thing takin the piss out of the oposite fans and team for qualities they have, its all just a bit friendly banter between oposing teams, is it not racist when i am a newcastle fan through and through and a makem calls me a geordie bastard?? its all the same they are from another part of the world then us so how come it is not racist??

  • Obafan

    Sep 1, 2007 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #11

    @ Edd Case

    Do I have to choose Sopcast to see the game, because I get an error message. Can you tell met what I should download first to see the game. Or is it just because the game is in this afternoon and I need to do it at the time the game starts???????

  • Tommie

    Sep 1, 2007 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #12

    The game will be broadcast on the web…. not the best quality ever, but its free!

    I get to watch atleast 2 games a day now I have discovered this site! (Thanks to another NUFCblog user)

    Im not sure if we can post URL’s in these comments though, Ed? We allowed to shamelessly advertise free footy? 😀

  • Dingo

    Sep 1, 2007 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #13

    here here JP…… just to add my tuppance to the subject… whilst i do not condone the situation @ borough I cant help but feel that we are as a nation falling into the chasm of political correctness that the Americans so enjoy. We are nation built on piss taking, personal jibes & laughing at the lesser. Nowerdays you just got to say gay, fat, black, bomb…. (the list goes on) and a special branch of the fuzz turn up at your door, stick electrodes on ya point a light in yer face and ask your name 10 million times. In a league awash with foreigners, different races, religions and motivations, we are in danger of losing what is quintessentially english about the game….. The Mido is a peado chant tickled me a little bit, but as for the racism … that has to stop. What I don’t want is chanting to be banned at football matches… I mean by next season the FA might have banned the word Maccum from Derbys…. Scousers will no longer be known a theifs, it can all get a little to much…

    When you earn 100k a week and you are in the public eye you put yourself in a position to be called anything the public can throw at you… its the nature of the beast. We have always @ Newcastle been acceptant of all walks of life in our team. The sooner people realise this the better. The sad fact is they wont!… until then we got to watch our mouths and the beers that we drink before kick off and sing Kum-By-Yah as the opposing team slip one past Shay. I know there is a line we cant cross but that line is getting closer and closer by the week. Remember Big Brother is watching!!!


  • Velok

    Sep 1, 2007 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #14

    Am I the only one in the world who fails to see “Mido, he’s got the bomb you know” as Islamophobic? Banter thats what it is. I bet everybody who chanted that, did so with a grin. What about “You’re just a fat Eddie Murphy” directed at Hasselbaink a few years ago? That must have been “Fattist”, but he took that one with a grin (and a goal:( ).
    If you want something really tasteless, what about the boro fans that sang “Bobby Robson smells of piss”. Where were the press on that occasion? That one isn’t even remotely funny, and is in my opinion way more out of line than any bomb-referals to an Egyptian…..

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 1, 2007 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #15

    Very sad to think that some of our fans are STILL arguing that it’s their human right to suggest a person of arab/asian appearance must be carrying a bomb.

    Get over yourselves will you. You are in the wrong. It is out of order. Chris Mort has said as much and I would guess he is a lot more qualified to pass judgement on the matter than most of you lot. Now give it up, it’s actually embarrassing now.

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 1, 2007 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #16

    Velok – whilst saying someone is fat or smells of piss isn’t very nice, it doesn’t even come close to suggesting someone is a suicide-bomber. Fat and smelly people may in their own way cause misery all over the world, but the last time I checked no one lost their life because of it.

  • hadrian

    Sep 1, 2007 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #17

    all this media press is patronising , there are chants from every football stadium week in week out that some wouldnt agree with . has been for as long as the game has been played .
    next they will be asking for the 52k supporters to remain quiet during the match so the suits and those with money can hear the game properly .

    im sorry , but in my eyes its harmless banter , im sick to death of watching what i say.
    im young , and race,color , religion means jack to me ,
    ive been surrounded by these type of people all my life and they are just like me and you , they can call me all the names in the book as i take it for what it is , harmless banter .

    its only the older groups of society who get so uptight about anything they consider tobe out of order , maybe its because it is actually they who were really racist all those years ago .

    its always the old making new rules and standards , that none of them lived by themselves , but yet expect all the young todo .
    what they dont realise is that we just dont mean it like they did . its harmless banter

  • Craig

    Sep 1, 2007 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #18

    Banter, yes. But in this day in age you can’t say anything remotley anti-religious.

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 1, 2007 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #19

    What the f*ck has religion got to do with it?

    They said he had a bomb.

  • Velok

    Sep 1, 2007 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #20

    Come on Toon Chicken.

    If you sift through all the chants after a Saturday of premiership footy, how many of those chants is as bad, or worse, as the bomb-chant? Answer: most of them. I can’t speak for the ones who chanted, but I’m betting the didn’t chant because they are islamophobic! You do what you can to unbalance your opponent, thats why we chant at all! If you can’t take it, then being a professional footballer might not be your best occupation.

    If you’d like a 100% politically correct society, take a look at America… Is that a place you’d like to live?

    …..thought not…..

    The only reason not to repeat the bomb-chant is that the rest of the country obviously don’t get our humour.

    The paedo-chant on the other hand, was just tasteless, and not funny at all.

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 1, 2007 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #21

    I can’t be arsed with all this bollocks again.

    Going to the pub to watch the match.

    3-0 Toon!

  • MightyMilburn

    Sep 1, 2007 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #22

    Agree that this whole thing has been blown out of proportion.. Yes the chants about Mido having a bomb were perhabs not the most intelligent ones we have heard from our faithfuls.. but it seems as if whenever there is even the slightest notion of irony, sarcasm, harsh banter towards Islam the entire society (read: media, politicians) go into this “defender of the morale” mode..

    The same thing happened during the Muhammed crisis in Denmark.. a couple of cartoons.. and the entire middle east screamed out that “their religion” was not respected enough.. I am not going to comment upon this, but just say that I have seen newspaper from the middle east and the majority of them depict the US and Israel as satan, devils, demons etc.. Where is the difference?? Why should we award Islam with a special status? Shouldnt we treat them as equals? Meaning, do onto others and you want them to do onto you?

    I have several friends who come from a muslim background – and they do not take these “banters” seriously.. My philosiphy is that what happens on the field stays on the field.. The same way you yell at the ref.. call Viduka “a fat aussie bastard..”.. No it is not politically correct, but some people should get the stick out they have shoved up their behinds and let it go in one ear and out the other.. (pardon my french)

    Enough about this case..

  • Velok

    Sep 1, 2007 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #23

    lol; and _why_ did they sing that he got the bomb Chicken? Because of the dominant religion in the country he’s from… Of course it’s the religion-thing that’s the problem. ( When you see how som emuslims react because of some stupid cartoons, the powers that be gets scared of doing anything that might piss them off. ) Nobody at the match actually _believed_ he’s a suicide bomber, and nobody will think: “hmmmm, those football supporters must be right, I bet he blows himself up every sunday…” because of the chant. Everybody knows the chant is just to piss him off, and contains zero truth.

    In this case Mido got pissed, and scored an offside goal, so in the end it didn’t have the desired effect…….

    If you like all football matches to be 100% PC, you have to play the games with nobody in the stands…..

  • Rich

    Sep 1, 2007 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #24

    Funny thing is the Brummie Fans will do exactly the same this weekend and no one will take any notice.

    thats life i suppose.

  • Rich

    Sep 1, 2007 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #25

    Funny thing is the Brummie Fans will do exactly the same this weekend and no one will take any notice.

    thats life i suppose.

    ce la vi.

  • Dingo

    Sep 1, 2007 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #26

    Additional ……. take a look at these chants from the Toon Ultras page…. The toon ultras are a SJP sanctioned group of surporters that are trying to bring more singing and chanting to NUFC matches. I think they are doing a great job… more Shearer scarf waving when we score and all that jazz… the 12th man if you will. they have been in talks with mort and SJP have made dispensation for their seating position in the stadium in order for more noise to be heard.

    have a look at the chant page if you will

    pay special attention to chants such as ‘shoot the maccums’ /’if your’/’when i’/’Roy Keane’ >>>>>>>>>>> hell look at all of em….. I reiterate my last post… in todays game we are in a media snow storm to satisfy the tabloid paper readers in sensation journalism…. where the utterance of any anti minority opinion (if they can be called that) is beefed up and paraded in front of the whole country….. its disgraceful …. I lived in Holland for 6 n a half years, they have one of the most diverse cultures as a county in the whole of the EU… they also have a reputation for free speech and see things ‘as they are’ ….. chants like the Mido incident happen over there all the time, but its at the match and the other supporters give as good as they get… its then left on the field….Its not unusual to see both colors drinking in bars together after the match. How come they have got it so right and we have got it so wrong??????!!!!!!!

    make up your own minds… comments welcome. 😛

  • Hadji

    Sep 1, 2007 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Yo or no zero truth its all the same s..t
    Just don’t do it,as simple as that
    There are much more ways to get to the player and that one is certanly not the right one.
    Its as equal as Racism for chaunting like monkeys to insult the Afroamericans.

  • SteveD

    Sep 1, 2007 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #28

    @ Obafan. SOPCAST installed, which channel for this afty please… pretty please, want to see the talent 😉

  • apan

    Sep 1, 2007 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #29

    hey what channel i also want to see, in malaysia its not showing life, i want to see bramble haha

  • SteveD

    Sep 1, 2007 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #30

    0-0 HT, according to Roger Thames, we’ve done everything apart from score, Owen several chances, Taylor also.

    Bring on the second half 🙂

  • Velok

    Sep 1, 2007 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #31

    Hadji: That’s just plain wrong.
    If anything, it’s “religionism”, but why are we not allowed to joke about that?
    This is the problem with a free country and free speech, who is qualified to say what we can’t joke about? I reserve my right to make fun of anything I want, and people can make fun of me back.

    Monkey noises btw, is not “a joke”, and can’t be compared to a tounge-in-cheek chant.


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