News today that Northumbria Police have arrested two teenagers in connection with racial abuse that was sent to Sammy Ameobi’s twitter account.
Sammy Ameobi – racially abused on twitter
The Newcastle United club had posted a message earlier this week saying their 19 year-old player had told them he had been racially abused on his Twitter account.
It was good to see Newcastle act so quickly, and that happened on Monday, and the police seem to have moved quickly, which is very good to see.
There was very little news in the Newcastle statement, but more news is now coming out about what was said in the tweets.
Sammy was called by the “n” word by a person who had a twitter account with the username of @JonnnnyPhipps, after the Newcastle winger has tweeted a photo of a black pair of football boots.
The attacker’s account has now been closed down.
Ameobi had posted a message alongside the photo of the black Nike boots, saying:
“There will always be a place in my heart for the all blacks.”
And to that the abuser replied:
“Your hand is nearly the same colour. n*****”
Sammy then re-tweeted the message, and added:
“Sad to see some people are still racist nowadays.”
A Northumbria Police spokesman said this today:
“On Wednesday November 2 Northumbria Police arrested two young men, both aged 17, on suspicion of malicious communication.
“The arrests come after reports of a racist tweet being sent to one of the region’s professional sportsmen.”
The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew added these comments:
“We represent the local community here and when something like this happens we have to react strongly. We will not tolerate any type of behaviour like that.”
“With the austerity measures and everybody feeling a bit tight, everybody is feeling a bit narrow-minded and racism is coming to the fore, so maybe it is not a bad thing.”
“We have been leading the world, the football world, in terms of dealing with it and maybe we should not become complacent in keeping a lid on it.”
Good words from Alan Pardew and it is a little distressing that racism still raises its ugly head in football.
Of course it doesn’t help one little bit that the England captain John Terry has been accused of using the “n” word to Anton Ferdinand in a recent game, and when Sky Sports have been showing the alleged comments by Terry, they cover up John’s lips.
That seems to suggest that you can lip read what he is saying.
If John Terry is found guilty he should be removed from the England captaincy and banned from the game for a suitable time period.
By that means people will realize football is serious about getting rid of racism from the game, and that society is too.
There is no room for racial prejudice in today’s world, and the sooner people come to the conclusion we are all basically the same the better things will be.
We come in different colors with different backgrounds, depending on where we were brought up, and if we can all accept that, then the world will be a better place to live in.