No Place For Racism In Football Or Today’s World

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.

63 comments so far

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 3, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #1

    must say a do think its pathetic how Sky are covering up what Terry says.. he also blaintly doesnt say any racist language

  • Miffleton

    Nov 3, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Saw this at the time, what a little mug that kid was.

    Checked his profile and it was all he went on about…too easy for little keyboard warriors to give the big’un!


  • soundoid

    Nov 3, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #3

    Black and white United!

    We used to use this slogan in the 90’s, about time we dusted it off again.


    Nov 3, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Obertans our for 4 weeks and now everyone loves him? I was on here before the Stoke game and everyone wanted him dropped….the world of NUFC eh

    How are Sky covering up what Terry ‘said’? And do you mean he did say racist remarks or he didnt?

  • veto

    Nov 3, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #5


    took the words outa my mouth

    Black and White United !

  • corf22

    Nov 3, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Chuffed for Besty getting called up for the Euro Play offs. Rightly so too!

  • connor_nufc

    Nov 3, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #7

    leon best called up by ireland. bout f**king time

  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 3, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #8

    wwjbd > i think he meant they actually covered it up (like blured the image)

  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 3, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #9

    JTerry clearly said “F’ing Black C++T” about Ferdinand. Would people be as shocked if someone called someone a FAT C++T!

    I am not condoning it one bit, and I certainly am not racist in anyway, however Terry should simply appologise and move on from this if the FA let him.

    ( I still hate Terry, always have) but this doesnt make me hate him more!


    Nov 3, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #10

    Ah right didnt know they had done that (dont have sky) but tbf of course they did haha they cant show that kind of thing on their coverage

    On the whole Terry thing I think its best to leave it until the real truth comes out tbh it looks bad but it was a very small portion of the argument that we have seen

  • ilovetoon8788

    Nov 3, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Obertan’s injury MIGHT be a blessing in disguise. He hasn’t really light up our right midfield and in almost all of his game except 2 of them, he has performed largely under par.

    Hope Marveaux or HBA can come in and make that spot theirs.

  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 3, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #12

    wwjbd > who would you bring in for Oba ( i know you’re his biggest fan :p )

    Straight swap for Marveux imo!


    Nov 3, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #13

    Also Terry’s excuse isnt out of the realms of possibility add to that the players around him not reacting to what he said then who knows

    I dont like Terry hes a horrible man and a poor CB imo but calling him a racist is a life ruiner and shouldnt be taken lightly

  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 3, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #14

    8788 > I think HBA isnt the right man. He still needs match fitness so throwing him on the wing wound be a bit dangerous as our full backs have relied on Oba and Jonas in tracking back up to now. I cant see HBA running back to help out with every counter attack.


    Nov 3, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #15

    Haha yeah I love Obertan…..just prefer him on the bench haha. Yeah straight swap for Marv I dont see any other option tbh, Gosling/Guthrie are both centre of the park players for me, Santon is a full back, HBA wont play on the wing while Pards is manger and our cult hero Sammy is no where near ready which just leaves Marv who has earned a chance over all of them imo

  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 3, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #16

    wwjbd > agree with that mate. Terry has played at Chelski for a decade and has played with loads of different black players (hope i am allowed to say that) and also Sturridge/Cole etc….. so i doubt he has turned into a racist overnight.

  • jimmyxavi

    Nov 3, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #17

    I’ve just heard a rumour that Ben Arfa requested a meeting with Pardew as he feels he isnt being played enough!!

  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 3, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #18

    where’s your rumour from Jimmy. Not surprising as when he was injured we were ALL planning on configuring the team around him. Now he cant even get into the team.

  • AP's Black & White Army

    Nov 3, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Terry said ‘blind’. Witch-hunt because people don’t like him.

  • cupiddstunt

    Nov 3, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #20

    Sky have to cover up Terry’s mouth as if the case goes to court there has to be no claim of pre-judgment, as there would be if you could lip read his comments.

    Much the same way as people have their faces covered /obscured from media cameras when they are accused of various wrong doings, it stops people pre-judging. You can show the face after the court case but not before.


    I have already posted to this effect, it is not by what is said, but by the intent in the voice.


    Nov 3, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #21

    I heard a rumour Obertan cut off his toe as not to lose his starting line up position….granted I just made that up but still TO TWITTER

  • irish magpie

    Nov 3, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #22

    Thank God Besty was called up for Ireland!! poland and ukraine still a possibility now 🙂

  • Dannyo

    Nov 3, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #23

    Shame that Obertan is injured, but it could be a blessing in disguise, now we get to see Marveux run rampant in the PL.
    We’ll need him for Everton really, they are a tight unit, and Marveuxs got plenty of vision, Obertan really doesn’t, atleast not yet.
    Will need him to find the loopholes in their defense.

  • cupiddstunt

    Nov 3, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #24

    I am a pretty tolerant person and would never class myself in any way as racist I treat people generally the same regardless of how different they are from me. (I hate everybody equally)

    But I also understand that we, and by we I mean the whole world are inherently xenophobic, it is stupid and naive to think we can abolish racism, but we can make it less extreme and people more tolerant. I also think we should be a little less sensitive, we are all different and in times of competition/conflict we will seek an edge and this often comes as picking on something that is different.

    Terry can’t call Ferdinand big, stupid, ugly as he is all of these things himself so he pick on the difference.

    In sport it’s called psyching out the opposition, if it puts the other off their game you have won.

  • the_besty_show

    Nov 3, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #25

    is it a straight swap for marveaux which it probably should be or do we have to find a place for ben arfa cos he could get pissed off soon if he isnt being considered


    Nov 3, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #26

    I agree to a extent (I think the world is far to sensitive these days tbh) but racism is a horrible thing, as is homophobia and discrimination in general

    Your right in saying it will never be fully gone from the world and we need to learn to deal with it but it shouldnt ever be allowed to be centre stage and get the attention in anything other than a horrible way

    And I dont consider things like that ‘psyching out’

  • the_besty_show

    Nov 3, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #27


    if your using black in the same way as big stupid and ugly your using it as a negative therefore its racist. I do think we are too sensitive when it comes to racism, for example when your trying to describe an indian or pakistani and call them paki people automatically think your racist, doesnt make sense to me just short for pakistani if your not using it as an insult then should be fine. IMO terry is guilty and in his position should be made an example of, but thats probably cos i dont like him

  • stuart no9

    Nov 3, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #28

    NO matter what term it is used , no matter who it is aimed at, a sportsman , film star or just some guy off the street using the nigger word should be classed as an automatic custodial sentence. no matter how old they are ,even as young as 9 or 10, they need to know at a very early age that these words do not exist in our culture. i remember going to games in the 70s awayto places like west ham and millwall and listening to abuse some players took because of the colour of their skin and thinking what the f..k are they ranting on about. then we signed a player , who i see and still talk to to this day called tony cunningham, i think he was the first black player to sign for NUFC newcastle fans called him blackie milburn , we had a chant that went ” hes black , hes broon, hes playing for the toon cunnningham cunningham ,” and he loved it ,all good fun but he was the proudest player ever to be linked by name to wor jackie. but the abuse away was sickening, but bang on cue ,, 1-0 that shut them think that kind of verbal abuse STILL goes on today makes me shake. chelsea and their manager , although he is portugese , they are just as bad as the spanish when it comes to being racist . should hang his head in shame , to say he never heard the fans chant about ferdinand and as for terry we all know what he is .


    Nov 3, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #29

    I dont know what Terry is….care to enlighten me?

  • Toon Tang

    Nov 3, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #30

    @the_besty_show –

    the Australians use paki as a term for the cricket team when they tour. its not considered a racist term as it is here.

  • Toon_Jock

    Nov 3, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #31

    I have friends in London and they are Black/Asian AND they are always using the ‘N’ word in multitude of different ways at each other, doesn’t mean I would call them that, but fairly sure if I did it wouldn’t go down well. But it’s perfectly acceptable for them to call each other by this name! and they used it ALOT

    Look at the word ‘Black’ it was reclaimed after slave trading was abolished and equal rights were introduced, years ago, and everyone can now use this word to decribe people today. although it was as offensive as the ‘N’ word, back during that dark period of our history.

  • Dannyo

    Nov 3, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #32

    No, i don’t think abuse, of any kind, should be “tolerated”, yes, the world is spiraling downwards in pretty much every aspect thinkable, but the more people take a stand to this, the less it’ll spread.
    We can’t ever stop it, but we can slow down the spread of it, and we can teach our own kids different.
    To make it turn around entirely needs a huge amount of generations to be aware of it, and not tolerating it happen.

    But there are so many things to be aware of today, it’s impossible to focus on one “task”.
    In any case, abuse, of any kind, should NOT be tolerated.

  • jakesome

    Nov 3, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #33

    will be a muckem


    Nov 3, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #34

    jakesome that because toon fans arent racist? Cos thats not true mate

  • stuart no9

    Nov 3, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #35

    dannyo@32 yep i agree it will take generations to be aware of it, sadly this is because parents are not taking responsability for their childrens actions . alot of parents think its funny when their kids verbally abuse someone

  • chiefone28

    Nov 3, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #36

    Martin Lawrenson you retarded twat!

    He really doesn’t have a clue

  • Sir Alan

    Nov 3, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #37

    Is Tiote not fit for the game??? Someone said to put Raylor right mid and Santon left back which is not a bad shout but then why disrupt a solid defence? As well as Guthrie did on Monday, i think he will start, but i would like to see this:





    Subs: Elliot, Santon, Gosling, Sammy, Ben Arfa, Lovernkrands, Guthrie. (I would love to see Abeid, Vuckic or Fergie on bench though!)

  • Toon Tang

    Nov 3, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #38

    chiefone28 – i dont agree with that prediction at all but hes right about not getting complaisant. am sure pards will have that sorted though eh, and lawro will eat his words along with a nice helping of rangers goose.


    Nov 3, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #39

    Lawro expects Blackburn to hold Chelsea to a draw but sees us losing to Everton? What a odd man he is haha

  • stuart no9

    Nov 3, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #40

    wwjbd terry is a devious, deceitful treacherous , adulterer and being racist is not out of his remit. i hope that has enlightened you.


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